Western Electric 12a and 13a « combo »

In the heart of Switzerland a 13Audio replica horn setup has been installed for what I can call a “very keen” listener “I” who is very happy playing mono even from stereo recordings, good man! I is also into his whiskey as I discovered when I opened the door behind the horns, does that help…

Interesting reading here that dates back to 1928

So blog partner goes into the future with High Res digital and I work backwards to the roots of sound reproduction. This is how we imagined Audio16 in the outset, two angles of the same subject matter. This article dates back to 1928 when the WE555 was hot cakes and as the article says way…

The Trumpet from Mars…

… as some friends call the high frequency/ super tweeter on top of the BV 88 by TAD/Exclusive. In fact it looks like a species from a different planet. Does it sound like that? Yes and No!  But it is hard to describe as this 4 way horn system, including a large field coil bass…

The western electric 13a, sound?

It has been asked about and asked about, what does the WE13a sound like? Now there was the WE12a and WE13a “combo” demonstration at the Munich highend this year and yes this is/was impressive in its own rights standing as it was as a demonstration that not much has really changed. “HUGE” credits to the…

The second western electric 13a build

Snap shot of the second horn nearing completion. As I make these in France things may be delayed! Indeed foundry doing the casting will close for a month!….like all over France getting things down in July and August is hard work….places closed, less workforce…let’s see! All fun…

This photo was taken in 2014…..

A good freind living out East sent me this. His collection of “electric” audio and Western Electric is one of the largest in Europe….yet he is now going unplugged! Thanks A  

Western electric horns in use….

Here we have some nice images that have been sent to me. Yes at Madison square garden those are we15a And here a pair of we16a horns (actually the very rare version seen in the patent, search this blog to read) attached to the back of the retractable cinema screen…..who wants a home video like…

Saying goodbye to the western electric 12a's

So after making them and living with them the time came for them to go to another home. I know it’s a good home and in time the proud owner will make them sing as they did here at my place. These are extremely rare horns as already said never set foot in Europe before…

Western electric 13a 1st listen

So here we go…grabbed a we15a throat and kind of fixed it on, grabbed a we555 and a simple power supply, a 15$ amp and faithful Emt 981….well it sound like the work was time well spent…here no woofers, in tweeter sweet full range.

Horns from 1926 and digital source from 21st century?

Can the digital era music feed the large and so revealing horns such as the western electric 12a? For those who know these horns they are not like the shorter horns, backloaded etc….these babies give a straight drive from 100ish hz to 5k….and all that with no xover….they reveal just about all the good and…