WE753 Inspired Altec 32/414 based speakers, JE Labs 2-way recipe

Discussion in 'The Emporium (Buy & Sell)' started by whatelse, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. Hi All,
    I am a new member here, been a member of AK and the Klipsch forum for a number of years. I thought I would post these on HH because the members here, many whose handle I recognize from other forums, seem to be the target audience. In other words, ya'll know what these are.

    I asked a friend to build these based on JE Labs 2-way recipe with the aesthetics of the WE783. Cabinets are absolutely beautiful. Fronts are solid walnut, cabinets are baltic birch with walnut veneer. Components are Altec 32 plastic horns, GPA 802-8G alnico (purchased new), Altec 601 reconed to 414-8 by GPA. Wired internally with Belden copper to solid copper Cardas binding posts. No crossover in cabinet. I have tried these with EV DX38 active crossover, Altec 9849 factory xo, and with a single cap on the tweeter. I will include the DX38, 9849 xo's, and single caps for the owner to experiment with.

    I had no plans of selling these but I am getting a new business off the ground and have a 2 yr old and another kid on the way and have no time to listen much less tinker with the hobby. For the next few years I'll enjoy a pared down system and headphones when the time allows.

    EDIT: No longer for sale


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  2. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    @whatelse - Welcome to The Haven. :)

    I would be all over these but, having driven it many times to visit my Grandma, the trip from Western Nevada to NW Arkansas in the summer is long and hot. ;)
  3. Redboy

    Redboy Knobophobe

    Damn, those are gorgeous!

    Good thing for me that NW Arkansas is in... well, NW Arkansas!
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  4. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    It was very tempting to call U-Haul. ;)
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  5. J-ROB

    J-ROB Senior Member

    There is no WE 783.

    You must mean 753.

    I have a pr of cabs built by the same guy, inspired by yours. If I had room for another pr, I'D BUY EM.
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  6. Thanks for the welcome. I've been lurking for a few weeks and really like the forum. A lot of good people here, swapping ideas and no bickering. :D

    @J-ROB , of course, you are correct. 753 is what I meant...brain fart. Btw, I tried your rockwool suggestion on my speakers and was very pleased with the effect.

    @Redboy , thanks for the compliments. If I'm not mistaken, I think I purchased a very cool Olympia Cremina lever espresso machine from you on the AK forum?

    Anyway, I know pickup in AR is out of the way for virtually everyone but I'm hoping someone that sees the value in these will be close enough to make the drive.
  7. Redboy

    Redboy Knobophobe

    Hey, that's right! I knew your handle was familiar. I miss that machine but I just don't have the countertop space for it right now...
  8. Very nice looking speakers! I like the retro appearance of the grill. Is it removable? How do you like the 9849 crossover?
  9. airdronian

    airdronian Junior Member

    Those look good enough to make the drive !
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  10. The grills are not removable, they are made solid to the cabinet. The motorboard can be removed from the inside, should you want to change out the drivers for something else.

    I felt like the 9849 crossover has a lot of potential. My crossovers have the original caps, I suspect an improvement can be had with something nicer. To my ear, the frequency response was very even but lacked the immediacy of the simpler 1st order cap with 414 run full range. Since getting the speakers, I haven't really had the time to get the crossovers really dialed in, I suspect the JeLabs schematic that is floating around that uses 9849 top section with the woofer run full out would probably be my favorite.

    The DX38 active setup provided lots of flexibility and great sound but I didn't like the additional space required by 2 amps and the DX38.
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  11. Wow. Those cabinets are absolutely gorgeous. Too bad you have to let them go. It's obvious that you've put a lot of time and thought into that project.

  12. Thanks. I can't take credit for the cabinets, but the builder did do an amazing job. And, of course, the driver pairing is something I became interested in after reading the experiments, and success of others.

    I am constantly on the fence about selling them so I haven't really tried that hard to push the sale. But I really should let them go.
  13. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    I'm still trying to figure out how I can take the time to come and get them..... ;)

    "Honey.....I'll be back in a week or so." ;)
  14. fiddlefye

    fiddlefye Senior Member

    Flippin' gorgeous. I haven't a single room big enough for cabs like those, but a guy can dream.
  15. These speakers have been sitting idle for a while. I decided to add an internal crossover and l-pad to make connection of a single amp easy and perhaps enhance their appeal to the less adventurous audiophiles. I used an old pio 2uf cap from a long gone pair of LaScala's, paralleled with a random Solen 1.5uf cap laying around. Added an 8ohm l-pad, with the knob on the back panel. I unhooked my Spendor SP1's and connected the Altecs to a pair of MC40's.

    Damn. Maybe I won't sell these after all....

    That was a few days ago and I have listed every chance I get since. Often when I don't really have time and I think I'll just play one track to see what such and such album sounds like and before I know it, I am flipping the record and play both sides all the way through.

    I guess I really should just pull the ad at this point.
  16. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    An excellent idea. :)

    Sometimes simpler is best. ;)

    If I had these speakers, they wouldn't be going anywhere. ;)
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  17. Just curious - did you have those cabinets built by Ken M. in Little Rock? Seems he posted a pair or two that he'd built on the Parts Express Speaker Project section.

  18. Yep, that’s them. Ken did an amazing job. I reached out to him after seeing some of his speaker projects on the Klipsch forum.

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