Monday, September 15, 2014

50's Stephens TruSonic DIY Cabinets

I helped my friend Tube Hoarder get some excellent early vintage DIY Stephens TruSonic cabinets moved in. The first cabinet was a Klipschorn style using the 103 in the bass bin. Klipsch used this same driver in the early days. The multicells were so cool we left the tops off.
Stephens early gear was extremely high quality. Check out these pics of the cells drivers and crossovers.

The attenuators will be removed.

These crossover modules are just beautiful. 
Crossover points 600 and 5000.

It was a real treat to get to listen to these 50's time capsules. We didn't change anything just hooked them up and listened to them. They didn't disappoint. If you are lucky enough to have these early Stephens drivers in working condition I am jealous... 
Beautiful sound. 
Beautiful design.

Here is the other cabinet with my friend Tim for size reference. It has the same drivers and horns but different crossovers. The logos are different and the bass bin crosses at 800 and 5000. We are assuming that one was put together and then stereo hit and he built another. This cabinet is beautiful!
Here you can see the loaded the tweeter under the mid range driver.
The crossovers have different logos than the others. If anyone knows which was used first I'd love to know the time frame on these.

I will be posting more on these multicells and drivers later.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

VW LP Hauler

This is for my VW fan friends out there. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Engineering Features Of The UX-245

A great article about one of our favorite triodes the 45.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

1958 The Blue Note Story

Twenty years in a Jumping Groove. 50's article on Blue Note... Good stuff. 

"It's not how many records you have in your catalogue. It's how many good ones"

Friday, September 5, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Very Vintage Jensen

1926 Jensen advert.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Audio Encyclopedia

My brother dropped this by my house yesterday. A little light reading. This is bigger than it looks. Great reading and eye candy.

 Just a few random cell phone snaps.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sun Ra - Behind The Wall

Is there anything on this level in this day and age? 
I doubt it. 
From the Byron Dept Of Internet Research.

Intentional Chaos

Edit: Adding a few early songs.

Cosmic Rays

This may be my favorite.

Monday, September 1, 2014

JBL Multicell Horns

Time Electronics... Now that is what I call multicells....Dammm. These were fitted with JBL 2480 drivers. Did they all fit in the van?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Klipsch Driver Manifolds Pro Cinema

 I stumbled across these old pics the other day and thought some may find them interesting.  Here are a few pics of driver manifolds. I've never come across the occasion to use multiple  K77 or K55.

Nice little prototype.
Scraping the bottom of the barrel today 8-)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Electro-Voice Patrician IV

The massive and beautiful Patrician IV.
4 Way Loudspeaker System.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Terminal Radio New York Ad

New York had some great stores for audio in the 50's.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Matija Blažičko - Emanation

Check out this wonderful art installation in Croatia featuring tractrix horns and battery powered amps. The artist Matija Blažičko sent some pics to use for Retro Hi Fi Girl Friday but I thought it was too cool for that. Featured in the pics is his sister. Her site here.
From the Artist.
The work Emanation was exhibited in june this year in the chapel of saint Rocco in Zagreb, Croatia.
It was my humble attempt to recreate feeling of big cathedral in small chapel. 
There was Benjamin Britten's Festival te deum played, It was all about the experience of hollographic imaging and stereo separation (I got inspired by the Chesky records ultimate demonstration disc)
Main horns follow tractrix curvature and are made of "artificial marble" composite. They hang freely in the air by the kevlar strands. Frequency response extends below 80Hz but are digitally crossed over at 80Hz from where the pair of hidden subwoofers take over. Amps work on battery banks so the problems with "dirty" mains are altogether eliminated.

Check his website for future updates.. 

I'm sure the artist would love to hear feedback from you. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

These may be the most retro girls I've posted. 
This was a radio installation in a salon in Paris some when around 1920.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Beaty In Sight As In Sound - 1957

It seems this article was born out of the growing pains of stereo. Should I build two houses since stereo requires two of everything..... Yes...