China Grand Tour 2009
Report By Steven R. Rochlin
Jungson Audio, a premiere
Chinese high-end company, has over 50 patents from design to application that spans many years. They have earned many awards in the Asian review
press over the years and are very careful about sharing their creative and
innovative technology. As such, they were very welcoming to me yet also wanted
to be very careful about how much access i was allowed to achieve. Jungson
Audio manufactures everything from wall plugs to cable and of course active electronic components and speakers.
An audiophile could easily build an entire music system using their components
as they have over 100 products in total.
Jungson Audio started in 1993 and only focuses on high-end, thus avoiding mid-fi type
products as fond in other Chinese brands. While they have only 16 years as a
company, relatively young by USA standards, they are quite a well-established and longstanding
China high-end product manufacturer by this country's standards. Their philosophy is pure Class A fully balanced from input to output on certain models. In China, Jungson
Audio is considered this country's McIntosh, Krell, Goldman, etc. They also focus on high
value for the money/performance on many pieces, yet they do have many state-of-the-art items priced
well over $10,000. As a proof of their success and popularity, in China alone they have over 100 dealers. While
i are in their original facility, a new 120 acre location with 16 large buildings
(four of them pictured above) will be operational in a few months. They also OEM for various other companies, which uses about 30 percent of their overall resources. They
are very careful and choose who they OEM for and will not accept a contract from just any outside company.
Grant Fidelity CD1000 digital disc player and Rita-800 KT-88 stereo integrated tube
amplifier as made by Jungson Audio.
RBS-1 stand-mounted reference bookshelf speaker. Grant Fidelity's version is different than the standard version by Jungson
Audio as it has been added with various tweaks.
This is one of their listening rooms. The size and shape is actually quite good for analyzing sound. They also have a variety of other manufacturers' speakers and electronics so they can test various equipment to ensure it sounds well within a variety of systems.
They also have a home theater room, again properly sized and with acoustic treatment for testing in a real-world situation.
This room also had very good acoustics and mimics a typical good room. It is
great to know they take the time to check the actual real-world application of
their products during testing.
While Jungson Audio was understandably very
protective of the photos and information i was able to gather, seen here is
them testing those sexy meters as used within their amplifier.
Seen here is the JA-99D amplifier's power
supply. While it is hard to tell the actual size by this photo, rest assured
it is truly very large and heavy! Note the quantity of power capacitors and
the care taken to ensure there is plenty of steady current to feed the
A nearly fully-built unit being given a once-over
with close scrutiny during quality control.
Besides visual assurances, of course Jungson
Audio employs test equipment to verify the unit is performing to
specification. While i was able to observe their amplification assembly line,
they also make high-end CD players, loudspeakers and so much more. i came away
very impressed with Jungson Audio as was Enjoy the Music.com's Nels
Ferre within his world premiere review of the Jungson JA-88D(09) Class A
integrated amplifier (click
here). Stay tuned as we will have another review of a Jungson Audio
product within the December 2009 edition of Superior Audio.
Click here for the main China
2009 tour page.