Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Weekend Hanging Out With Experience Music And Intact Audio And WE16 Part IV

I first saw the Western Electric 16A at the Klipsch Audio History Museum in Hope, AR in 2003. It was love at first site. I never thought I would get to hear one until this one landed in upstate New York. 
   
Not only did I get to hear a 16A but I got to here it with early WE555 field coil drivers.
This field coil power supply uses the mighty Western Electric Mercury and Argon rectifiers.
   
 Look at how clean the lines are on this horn. Just beautiful.


This 16A was powered by the 2 watt amp on the right.  Great sounding little amp.
So how did it sound?  I'm not great at describing sound and I hate reading descriptions of how things "sound" but I'll give it a shot.

Ok so here is a speaker I have wanted to hear for over 10 years. I've built up an ideal in my head I'm pretty sure it can't live up to or at least this was my concern.
I awoke got up and went for a brief morning walk and came back to grab some coffee. After grabbing some coffee  I heard sound coming from the other room which had to be the 16A. I think it took me 2 seconds to find my seat in front of the 16A. This speaker met and exceeded my expectations quickly. I was speechless. It had an energy that was very nice. I was unfamiliar with the first African artist we listen to but it was very good.  We also listen to some early jazz for example Louis Armstorng and Ella. The energy was  perfect.

I don't know the specs nor do I care right now. This sounded incredible. When listening to vintage speakers I have been greatly rewarded by stepping out of the 20hz to 20khz box. It is such a small place.

This concludes the IV part post of hanging with EMIA. It was superb.

Thank you Jeffrey, Lisa, and Dave. Your hospitality and generosity was greatly appreciated.


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