Showing posts with label Jeffrey Jackson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jeffrey Jackson. 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

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Wheel Fi Launches With Limited Edtion Complete Horn System

 I knew Jeffrey Jackson had been quiet for a while.. As they say in the films tooo quiet. After my visit early last year I knew many things were afoot. When I got the message last week about the company Wheel Fi I was very excited. This time they are offering complete tube and horn systems.

Check out Wheel-Fi 
 Wheel Fi is: Jeffrey Jackson, Robert Kalin and Christoph Vilaghy. These men have brought together some of the finest materials, tools, and equipment available. From the looks of the final product they have also assembled the finest craftsman available as well. 

Black walnut is cut with ultra precision.

For me cutting metal is a messy gnarly job but Wheel Fi slices through it as though it were butter.
No big deal just some precision cut brass.... 

Jeffrey Jackson at work.
Custom field coils....

Christoph Vilaghy at work on the baffles and petal horns.

Six available limited edition complete horn systems. 

Pascal Perich created this fine film for Wheel Fi. I have watched it countless times already and even frame by frame. Top notch work.

WHEEL FI from pascal perich on Vimeo.

Congratulations Wheel Fi I can't wait to hear your system. 

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.