China 2006

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Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  2 comments
XLH's SL-INS preamplifier ($5000). No, I didn't get a chance to hear them—Mr. Hou is still building his second AEF-1812, having sold his previous sets.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 30, 2006  |  First Published: Dec 01, 2006  |  1 comments
Over 10,000 products; seven floors of audio; "every manufacturer who matters from the US, Canada, Europe, China, Korea, Japan, and Kowloon;" and more than 30,000 people over four days.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 04, 2006  |  1 comments
We went to the "audio district" of GuangZhou—in China, all shops of similar character tend to group together, so the audio district is where all the hi-fi shops are. Actually, they're there twice: many store have display showrooms in the central mall and listening rooms ranked along a nearby alley.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 01, 2006  |  2 comments
What do you expect from me after 20 hours of travel and only four of sleep? I'm going to bed before dinner and promise I'll actually blog about hi-fi tomorrow.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 01, 2006  |  1 comments
"Tannoy is updating its line without abandoning its strengths," the suave Tannoy rep explained to me. "Listen to this recording of Salvatore Accardo. It's an old analog recording and it may be a tad too warm, but you could listen to it for hours."
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Du calls this conference room, "the battleground, because we argue about designs all the time. It gets pretty heated."
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 30, 2006  |  0 comments
The view outside my window. "What river is that?" I asked Ping Gong.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 04, 2006  |  0 comments
All the way across town from the audio market is the area where used equipment and parts are sold. Many small shops are specialists, such as this transformer kiosk. Not only can you buy thousands of transformers, but you can pick up plates and wire and roll your own.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Some tools are universal.
China 2006  |  Dec 04, 2006  |  1 comments
Tube stores also predominate in the used audio market.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 01, 2006  |  0 comments
I walked into Usher's room, where the $8000 (USD) Dancer II Beryllium held pride of place. I thought the sound was a little small and every so slightly forced, but I loved the rhythmic tautness and drive. "Not the best sound I've heard today," I thought, "but not too shabby."
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Mr. Hou's tasty vintage Fender Jazz bass.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 03, 2006  |  0 comments
Zhou Yi of W'inner is kind of a crazy guy—audiophile crazy. His stuff is all big, and so are his aspirations. He really likes class-A, too.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 07, 2006  |  1 comments
Wow, what are those?
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 01, 2006  |  First Published: Dec 02, 2006  |  0 comments
Show organizer Matthew Zhou is what we call an audio lifer. He wrote for hi-fi magazines for three years, penned a newspaper column on the high end for three years, has put on this show for 13 years, and has hosted a three-hour Sunday radio show on music, hi-fi, and sound for 16 years.