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/
  



Friday, November 1, 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Genalex KT66 Ad


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Klipsch Console Prototype

Check outt this Klipsch Console prototype. This is a cool product that never reached market. There were only a handful made.
I'm convinced the Klipsch factory in Hope can do any finish. Check out this piano gloss. 








Friday, October 25, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Klipschorn Jubilee by Roy Delgado and PWK

 The weekend in Hope was a blast. PWK and Roy Delgado's Jubilee two way loudspeaker is truly state of the art. It is simply the best loudspeaker I have ever heard. Roy has it so dialed in it is just amazing. If you can make the pilgrimage in Hope next year please do.  That experience is so fresh in my mind I thought I'd do a Jubilee post.


Roy and PWK started this project in the 90's while PWK was in his 90's. Back then the Jubilee had a K403 which I happen to own as the HF horn. Sadly with Paul's passing the project did not move forward. 

 

Roy made a great move and had the Jubilee bass bin placed in the pro cinema line. This was a great move as it was in production in some form. Roy saw lot of rapid Klipsch fans on the forums(including me) wanting to know why it wasn't released. Roy Delgado hoping to deter fans pointed them at the cinema line thinking it was way too ugly to put in a home but in a surprising move many fans bought them and put thesed giant cinema speakers in their homes. It is like Henry Ford said you can have it in any color as long as it is black. Personally I love the Klipsch pro line and there are some real gems there. The pro horns and horn loaded subs are top notch.

  
 

The hardcore Klipsch fans with these cinema speakers worked very hard to make them fit into their homes. This reminds me of the Klipsch designer speakers where it was up to the decorator or owner to make them look nice. Here are the many early Jubilee's.. This is only available via cinema line so you need a cinema dealer to sell you the setup. 

Here are a few examples of what people of done with their Jubilee's. They start as just black and eventually Klipsch was nice enough to offer a veneered front. So some veneer is factory but most was done by the owner. Check it out. 





















Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Stephens True-Sonic - Picking Winners

I've been lucky enough to hear a few Stephens drivers. They are really well built nice sounding systems.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Klipsch Museum 1st Educational Event

This was the first of what will hopefully be an annual event. Roy Delgado gave talks and demos to illustrate why PWK did what he did and why they still follow his example and standard. We don't have PWK anymore but Roy Delgado follows his principles and expands on what PWK that was the future of speaker development.
https://www.klipschmuseum.org/
I must have asked Roy a stupid question and gave him a headache. On the left is the mighty Jubilee and on the right the recently upgraded Cornwall 4. 
Roy shared data on how he develops crossovers but not the skunk works side of things. Crossovers are where DIY fails IMO and he just illustrated how complex they can become with so many moving parameters. 
This is part of the class with what looks like some new ported Heresy 4's.  Honestly I am still amazed there is still room for improvement in the Heritage line. I can with all honesty say the Heritage line has never been stronger and it will be one to watch for future developments. Bravo Roy and Klipsch.
A little piece of old history PWK and Roy's K403 with the new Cornwall 4 underneath..


 It was always the museums goal to have education be one of the most important aspects of the museum. This was just a start of more to come.
 This is where Jim Hunter gave a lengthy history on Paul W Klipsch. It was superb. I always learn something new when I go to Hope.

 Thank you Jim Hunter, Roy Delgado, and Travis Williamson.


Jim Hunter and the popular "They Sound OK" t-shirt. 

 Don't go for a walk in the woods on the old proving grounds 8-)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Brook 12A Sings Again

The input wire on this old timey 6 pin plug from preamp to amp was disconected. I am looking for another plug as this one clearly has issues. It is repaired best we can but really needs a new one. Thanks to Chris Hornbeck for his trouble shooting skills!
 I built a pair of clones and they do not even come close to the real deal Brook 12A. Going to have to do something about that. We studied this Brook as it was restored by Richard Modaferri of McIntosh fame.
Sadly they go home Friday 8-(

 This is what Modaferri did for this Brook. I will be doing the exact same thing in my clones.
For any Brook fans this amplifier is very stable and sounds amazing on PWK's Jubilees... Stunning...