Various angles

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`When “W2” listens to the WE13a he prefers this setup with the horn down flat and facing straight forward, field coil tweeter tucked in the mouth and he’s all set. Those EV T350 tweeters are not connected…

Good thing with the WE13a is it’s so easy to change the angle having adjustable (or remove) tubular feet that support the front. The floor stand is like a huge bearing as the back of the second solid wood section is curved. It smoothly rotates on the felt (natural…) pads. Cool indeed!

All fun…




Another world…in Munich 2016

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“C” and Silbatone have granted us the opportunity to see and hear some of the most significant, historical and rare western electric gear at “High End” audio shows and mostly Munich. How can we thank them enough? We cannot! I do owe to “C” my very addiction to the Adam and Eve of speakers WE12a and WE13a.


Munich 2016 High End offered something very very different indeed! Stemming form the mind of “C” and extraordinary combination. Playing with WE gear (modest scale…) I deeply respect and appreciate the path taken. Mixing and matching this way doesn’t just require “inventory” no…it takes a deep understanding of the equipment and setup skills and obviously passion! This very setup came from “C”’s imagination, I applaud! Thank you.


What a setup:

  • 2 x WE11a horns per channel fitted with GIP 555w drivers running full range
  • WE24a horn per channel fitted with WE555w mesh (original)
  • 1 x 597a high frequency driver per channel with high pass (slope & Hz?)
  • Slot baffle bass/sub fitted with 2 x GIP 415 (15”) and 2 x EV30 woofers
  • 415’s and EV30’s driven by separate amps and active xovers (slope & Hz?)

The 3 parallel 555 drivers land a neat >5 ohms load for the amps…cool!

Yes so simple!

So if you have a few parts hanging around…

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What ever happened to colour?

Swimming Pool At The Mt. Royal MotelRoom At The Thorndike HotelMt. Royal Motel At Night


Seeing colours like these prompts that question. Indeed we have today digital software that can imitate these colours and tones. But nothing can replace original unalterated can it? Guess for those of us that have never stopped using LPs its the same thing. Indeed the digital version does seem to lack the tone and colours no matter how much work is put into the DAC calculations.

All fun…


Roll them into stage!

As we know the 1st sound installations for talkies were designed to be rolled onto the stage of theatres. They were rolled out when it was “movie night” ! Then rolled back in….this carried on until dedicated theaters were installed as talkies literally took over the “scene”. Just imagine this huge construction with all wires hanging off etc….this is without doubt a rare image of a western electric 12a and 13a installation very early indeed, 1926? Also image taken before the advent of sound transparent screens. The screen is above the horns, you can notice how the 12a’s are pointing upwards to get the sound to the balcony audience. It’s not evident why there is drappimg around this tower of horns, perhaps to keep them out of sight when not in use?
All fun…


Wooden tonearm, 1911?

Interesting development back in 1911 when vitaphone introduced their tonearm that could playback lateral and the rare vertical cut records. With this they got rid of the heavy soundbox unit like this :

Think mega VTF….!

The tonearm has its acoustical reproduction assembly at its base to then claim to get rid of the “metallic, nasal scratchy sound”…hey! Marketing? 

The further claim that any horn could be attached thanks to this, a we13a? Hey….lets have our imagination work !

Actually this is similar to the way a cantilever like we have today, only bigger! Did anyone try to use this technology with a moving magnet, ceramic or moving oil at tonearm bearing? No idea….please tell me! Project and adenture for my friend Franck S..?

They go on and actually talk about the qualities of wood for the purpose of sound and design. Now how cool is that ?

All fun…

Best solutions are simple!


At the 2016 Munich show the Silbatone team needed to avoid mid range shoutiness off the rear wall just cancelling some of it with a low tec solution. Yet awesome bass produced by the “small” sub… Now they did not do run out to get any high tec room compensation solution that was the popular solution at the crowded show…No…constructed simple on site using Ikea pillows hung on this “hightec”frame.

Like it!

Simple solutions satisfy the most…even more when its from a shared effort. Here three of the best audio minds on the planet just doing that, thanks SB, JC and TS…see you et ETF.

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Back to basics


You’ve seen Audio16 has split into its two different paths. I will be following my good freind E as he will be following me. We will unite behind the scenes.

Now it’s back to basis.

The previous pair of we12a have been put in storage.

This we13a was gathering dust in a corner of my workspace, real dust from woodworking…..I mean making horns! Dusted and back to life. I’ll use this one to have outdoor music this spring and summer. The patina of this one is fantastic!

More later….

all fun….