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Wes Phillips  |  May 30, 2008  |  0 comments
As a sometime wood-butcher myself, I assumed that the multifaceted Focal cabinets would require some pretty fancy clamps. Not so, Jean-Paul Guy explained. Modern materials technology has given us a stretchy, incredibly strong, adhesive film that's quick to apply, infinitely versatile, and also cheap.
Wes Phillips  |  May 30, 2008  |  0 comments
The series of shots that follow has nothing to do with audio. I simply like these photos, so I present them hoping you will, too.
Wes Phillips  |  May 30, 2008  |  0 comments
A shop sign in Bourbon-Lancy. A Hallmark moment if ever there was one.
Wes Phillips  |  May 30, 2008  |  0 comments
Stiff, extremely light "aircraft" foam is stretched over a mold by hand and gently heated to maintain "dimensional stability," according to Dominic Baker, Focal's export sales director. The molds have different flares, depending on the driver's purpose—and they are produced in-house by Opus 42.
Wes Phillips  |  May 30, 2008  |  1 comments
Focal allowed me to visit the Be facility in which it manufactures its beryllium tweeters in a HazMat room. They would not, however, allow me to take photographs within it—saying that some of the machines were secret. So they gave me this factory authorized image of their technician examining a completed tweeter.
Wes Phillips  |  May 30, 2008  |  0 comments
It is Friday, after all. I met this suave French kitty in my hotel's rooftop garden in Lyon. Even French cats have a certain je ne sais qua.
Wes Phillips  |  May 30, 2008  |  0 comments
Jean-Paul Guy's office contains his electronics test bench and a variety of classic French hi-fi. He's definitely one of us.
Wes Phillips  |  May 30, 2008  |  0 comments
Here's another example of how Guy.HF combines hand processes with modern technology. The finish room is state-of-the-art, combining heat with super-sophisticated polymer finish formulations. "Yet," Jean-Paul Guy told me, "there is always some orange peel. Machines can't detect it and they can't correct what they can't sense, so a human being carefully checks each piece and makes it perfect."
Wes Phillips  |  May 20, 2008  |  4 comments
You know how life is: It's just one damn thing after another. I spent some time attempting to re-imagine this blog and I dealt with a health issue. clickfor sound effect Well, I'm better now and I have some fun things (I think) in store.
Wes Phillips  |  Apr 30, 2008  |  1 comments
Personally, I think Pink Floyd should do a reunion tour simply because this would make a fabulous concept album.
Wes Phillips  |  Apr 23, 2008  |  0 comments
Matthew Guerrieri (aka Soho the Dog) has a new installation of his ongoing series Strauss and Mahler Re-Enact Your Favorite Movie Moments. Today's episode is The Ten Commandments. Read 'em all—they're hilarious.
Wes Phillips  |  Mar 25, 2008  |  3 comments
Visitors to the 2008 International Auto Show, currently taking place at NYC's Jacob Javits Convention Center, might discover something different at the Bentley display: a high-end audio listening room. Bentley Motors and Naim have teamed up for the "Naim For Bentley" program, which will be offered as a sound package upgrade for all Bentley models by year's end.