Showing posts with label Western Electric. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Western Electric. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018

Western Electric 1304 Broadcast Turntable 1947

I love these giant broadcast turntables. One day I will have one and it doesn't have to be Western Electric perhaps Fairchild or Gates or RCA.  This is a nice one. 


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

In Search Of Quality - Construction Of A 25ft Horn WE555 - Wireless World 1929

This is one of the coolest articles I've posted in a while. A 1929 article appearing in Wireless World documenting the building of a large 25ft no compromise Wente and Thuras style horn. The driver is of course the Western Electric 555W. My favorite feature is the use the ceiling as the horn mouth. 





Monday, January 9, 2017

1949 Why Must We Have Bad Audio - Western Electric 755a

A classic article from Radio And TV News. If you have bad sound they recommend a 755a in a good enclosure. Sound advice.





Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Flying Electric

Interesting rig for flying some Western Electric. The multicells are amazing.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Loud Speaker For Auditory Perspective By Thuras

The Fletcher system was the father of the Shearer sound system and all those to come. I've posted about this before but now I wonder if this system survived? Does anyone know if this most important piece of audio history still exists? I pray it is out there somewhere. The construction is amazing. How big is the compression driver on the bass bins? It never ceases to amaze me.
The New York Times reported that "Sound Waves 'Rock' Carnegie Hall As Enhanced Music Is Played" and "The loudest sounds ever created crashed and echoed through venerable Carnegie Hall last night as a specially invited audience listened, spellbound, and at times not a little terrified."

Here is the article on the Loudspeaker Article by Thuras.



 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Western Electric Theater Turntable

I'd like to think my 301 turntable motor was robust but this makes it look tiny.
 
Probably playing Mae West newest release. 
That is a hell of a thing....

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Western Electric 15's Installation

This is just showing off.
Zowee!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Western Electric - Quality Counts

It has been a while since I posted a Western Electric ad. Here is one feature a small segment of their products. Good stuff.. The 713 driver was used on early Klipschorns with the K5 horn. That would have been a two way system.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Western Electric Film - A Modern Aladdin's Lamp

A story about vaccum tubes by Western Electric. This is the short version.

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.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Western Electric - Enjoy The World Series At Home

Can I have Western Electric font for my Mac. I would use it all the time.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

1945 Capehart 414N

Is this proof that EMIA and Joe Roberts are also time travelers? Or were the guys at Capehart just like minded brethren. Jeffery Jackson alerted me to this one. It has everything strain gauge, Western Electric 728B, Brook PP 2A3, and a pancake flipper record changer. It is beautiful!
 Mmmmm Brook!!!!!!
 Western Electric


Capehart gets extra points for style. I wonder what this cost in 1945? Anyone know?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Early Western Electric Turntable

When we look at turntables today they are very precise and delicate. This early WE turntable shows just how rugged they were built in the early days. Look at what he is in the shadow of..... Wow.