China 2006

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Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  1 comments
XLH's M-2000 monoblock power amplifier $25,000/pair).
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Mr. Hou's loft is stuffed with fun goodies, such as a drum set, keyboard rack—even a disco ball.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
This is Hou Ying Zhong, of XLH.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Some tools are universal.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
"Essentially, we build everything by hand. Some Chinese companies think almost think this approach is primitive, but it gives us a lot of quality control."
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Original employs four full-time design engineers.
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  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Mr. Hou's Marshall and Strat.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Just the speaker.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
This is not the fastest way to heatshrink trannie leads, but this guy obviously takes his job seriously.
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  |  Dec 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Mr. Hou's tasty vintage Fender Jazz bass.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 05, 2006  |  0 comments
ETKG is located in what used to be a farming village near GuangZhou. Now it's considered to be in GuangZhou, although, as you can see, the streets retain their rural feel.
Wes Phillips  |  Dec 05, 2006  |  0 comments
This is one of ETKG's shops. David Zhou has grown so large over the last 13 years that he has rented just about every available space in his area. Some garages have a single CNC station in them.

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