High End 2012
12 years on hiatus, we have once again participated in the annual High
End show which took place in Munich. Our last exhibition at this show
was back in 2000 at Gravenbruch near Frankfurt where we have introduced
our “Rondo“ speaker.
In the past three years,
legendary vintage Western Electric cinema systems were demonstrated and
listeners were impressed by the amazing tonal performance of this
“vintage stuff." Possessing the German vintage cinema technology,
Siemens Klangfilm Eurodyn, we thought it could be interesting for
visitors of the show to have a chance to listen to the European/German
interpretation of sound playback of that time. It would certainly be
interesting to experience the sound interpretations of the most famous
producers side by side, like Cinemechanica, Vitavox, Microtechnica,
London Westrex, LMT, BTH and AGA.
In the morning hours we played
alternatively our new speaker concepts which have been designed with
Line Magnetic drivers, for home use, in more suitable dimensions.
Understandably, the interest of the visitors prevailed on the large
baffles with historic Siemens Klangfilm Eurodyn's mounted, which one
only has the rare chance to listen. Therefore we had limited
opportunity to get back to the new speaker line.
are working to update our website with these new speakers whose
appearance is based on the original WE 753. The speakers are designed
for the speaker units of Line Magnetic Audio. Soon there will be a
smaller dipole cabinet with the look of the WE 753 but with a depth of
about 55 cm. With small horns, e.g. Altec 811 together with LM 555 W
drivers, it will be easy to benefit from the extraordinary capabilities
of the LM 555. This cabinet can be a suitable template for many ideas,
leaving maximum freedom to the creativity of the user. The cabinet can
also be considered as a low frequency solution for a future woofer
concept for the 22A horn.
A cabinet with the original dimensions
of the WE 753 will be equipped with a bronze horn in the style of 32A,
a matching woofer will be found. Possessing KS 12004, crossover, horns
and drivers we have the control tools to compare to the originals.
the pictures of the slideshow one sees at the right side of the room
the speakers which where the reason to contact Line Magnetic Audio for
cooperation. The ideas for “Hommage Cinema“ were on our
minds for a very long time, but only by the availability of the LM 555
drivers we were able to make this idea a reality. None of the drivers
we tried before provided the desired characteristics, though being
outwardly very similar to the WE 555 concept. None of them were able to
meet the requirements of the designed horns.
“Hommage Cinema“ and the woofer cabinet underneath the 22A,
we use the same electronics for amplification (Class AB). With its
transformer coupling we have no negative effects on the midrange and
treble drive units. A very good SE low power amp is mandatory (Shindo
It was Uwe Meyer in Wolfsburg, acoustic physicist and
carpenter, who skillfully participated in our ideas and made them come
true. He had a tough year with making prototypes, trials, changes and
last but not least the baffle for the Eurodyn. Without him all of this
would not have been possible. Uwe, thanks! www.buerofuerraumakustik.de
second force in these projects is Claus Jäckle who designed the
required amplification for the woofers. Also this cooperation was very
relaxed and synergetic. The outcomes are the 4 x 7 Volt power supplies
for LM 555 and LM 597 which you see in one of the pictures.
Autumn of 2011, when Line Magnetic Audio offered us the distribution
for the coming line of amplifiers for the European Union, it was clear
that the product line would have to be separated. It became obvious to
ask Claus if he would like to take on the service, support and sales in
addition to his own products. Claus agreed, founded a separate company
and now represents the amplifiers of Line Magnetic Audio within the EU.
His contact is www.fidelityimports.de
Not all of the models are currently available, some still have to pass
the tests for legal import into the European Union. Please watch the
website of Fidelity-Imports to be updated.
presents uncommented impressions of the show, from the very first to
the very last view in our room, empty in the beginning and empty again
after, 7 days in time-lapse.
A list of the used components of the demonstrated gear you find here
Keith AschenbrennerMay 2012