Showing posts with label Experience Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Experience Music. Show all posts

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Update On EMIA - Jeffrey Jackson / Dave Slagle

I noticed the EMIA site was updated recently. EMIA is the collaboration of Experience Music and Intact Audio or Jeffrey Jackson and Dave Slagle. They are my favorite audio designers and just happen to be dam good people. If it wasn't for their encouragement I never would have gone down the path of DIY audio.. So I can at least blame them for that.... I've been lucky enough to hear their systems a few times and even though it has been a while those experiences have stuck with me. It isn't just the sound impression which is always hard for me to english but their deisgn asthetic is a perfect blend of high end modern craft with the old school audio masters casting an influence over everything.
 Check out the products offered by EMIA http://myemia.com/
  



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.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Weekend Hanging Out With Experience Music And Intact Audio Part III

The tag line of the Experience Music and Intact Audio blog Hi-Fi Heroin is new school ideas meet old school junk. The junk they refer to is far from it. However It is very clear after just walking around snapping a few pics who they study and revere.
I was supposed to do a video interview while there but time just slipped away. Maybe next time. I learned alot just from hanging out and listening.  

 These petal horn studies are reminiscent of the early audio horns. I got to hear one of these briefly and it sounded great.
The picture of this horn does not do it justice. This walnut is stunning. I hope to see more of these in the future. The construction was very interesting. 

Expect big things from EMIA in the future.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Weekend Hanging Out With Experience Music And Intact Audio Part II

Nothing.... Nothing beats a large well designed horn system.
 I love the size and scale of this system. You can't fight physics horns just have to be big. The sound of this system was true to source, imaged beautifully, and had that extraction of detail I love. I got to hear this system a little louder than on previous visits which was a treat.
When I heard Junior Marvin's Police And Thieves and Roots Train on this system I was floored. This album was produced by Lee Scratch Perry so quality was very high from cymbals to vocals to thick bass. All the tracks we went through on this system were incredible. Jeffrey also played me some very early Phish that was extremely innovative so I am going to find that album. I didn't think I was a Phish fan well now I am.
 
Here is Stacey modeling the horns. She is 6ft tall so that gives you a good idea of scale.
 
 
If you have known Jeffrey and Dave for very long you realize they are nocturnal music listeners. Now when I think of the Eimac 75TL amplifiers it is glowing tubes in the dark that come to mind. 
 When I look around at all the gear I notice all the equipment in the house is chock full of custom wound Slagle transformers, autoformers, and chokes. That is alot of winding. Dave and Jeffrey are a great team and build stunning gear. The fact that they are founding members of the no bling coalition is an added bonus. The only shine you'll find is from glowing tubes.   
Eimac 75tl output stage
 
 Western Electric 287A mercury thyratron rectification
 Can't believe I didn't get better pics of the 75TL or the EMIA AVC with remote volume control or the phono stage.... WTF... I guess I was just enjoying the music.

This pic is from my GoPro camera which isn't great close up as it distorts but here it is anyway. 

The EMIA guys are too humble to say it so I will. 
If you need custom audio I can say with 100% confidence that Jeffrey Jackson and Dave Slagle are among the best. I've heard their horn systems, WE field coils with their supplies, phono stages, preamps, and they are all top notch. Guess I'm a junkie too.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Weekend Hanging Out With Experience Music And Intact Audio Part I

I was fortunate enough to hang out with Jeffrey Jackson of Experience Music and Dave Slagle of Intact Audio AKA EMIA for a weekend in upstate New York. The Hudson Valley and surrounding area was beautiful and a nice change of pace from the south. The weather and culture change was very refreshing.

Jeffrey and Dave lured me into a kayak for a quick trip to a small island and the Hudson River. You should have seen the rope and pulley system the developed to get me in and out of the kayak. 
 
I must admit I was a little suspicious because in the south no one goes kayaking until the weather warms up. I've seen the movies Evil Dead and Blair Witch..... 

I was straining to hear them but I thought I heard something about getting Iain to eat a newt before getting him off the island. It must have been paranoia because I didn't eat a newt...

Speaking of the movie Evil Dead and not the new one. This spooky little cabin reminded me of that movie big time. I could not find a copy of the necronomicon. We walked through a few acres of abandoned structures off the Hudson.

 Jeffrey found a nice French cast iron pan but why is he coming at me with it???
 My paranoia was completely unfounded as I was rewarded with wonderful craft beer and great food at the end of the day. 
 This will conclude the non audio portion of these posts. It was an incredible weekend.

The next couple of post will be packed with nothing but high quality audio porn.