Vinyl Friday April 22nd

We had an excellent turnout to last night's Vinyl Friday,  We had the J.A. Michell Gyro Dek spinning last night as well as a customer's Thorens TD124 idler turntable sitting in a custom slate plinth and a hand fashioned arm board.  A Hadcock GH228 unipivot tone arm had a Music Maker cartridge hanging on the end.  Sounded lovely and smooth

One of our regulars brought along Prince's Purple Rain.  We cleaned it a then promptly sat down for a listen.  Such a talent! He will be missed. 

A few local suds and chips.  Some free record cleaning and a sit back to listen to some great tunes through our reference set up.

On the playlist last night was Lucinda Williams new album, Some Gregory Isaacs, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keith Richards new one, Billie Holiday's  Songs for Distingue Lovers, Miles Davis Kind of Blue on 180 gram 45 RPM 12 inch and of course Prince among others.

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Wilson Audio Visit April 8th 2016

On April 6th I was lucky enough to fly down to Salt Lake City in Utah to visit the fine folks at Wilson Audio.  I took some shots on my phone documenting some of the things I saw.  It was a highly informative trip and shows the truly exceptional level of craftsmanship this company reaches.

Arriving at the Wilson Audio Building in Provo Utah.  Peter McGrath from Wilson was our chauffeur and gracious host.

Sheryl Wilson's Jaguar with license plate HIFIGAL and David Wilson's BMW with license plate HIFIGUY

Korbin Vaughn, Chief Operating Officer starting our tour of the Wilson factory while Sheryl Wilson, Sutil Merchant ,President of Sunny's Components in Pasadena and Lenny Bellezza President of Lyric HiFi in New York, look on.

Raw reference cabinets - Alexx, Alexia and Sasha 2.  X Material for the majority of the cabinets and S material for the Midrange drivers

S Material and HDF bracing with X Material cabinets.  S and X Material are made from a proprietary composite of phenolic resins and manmade fibres to give a heavly damped, rigid, monotonic cabinet material.

The CNC programmer and operator walks us through the process of machining the parts to make a Wilson Speaker.  Wilson Alexx top wings are being produced.

Hand assembly of a Sabrina cabinet.  After this it is cured for 72 hours  120 C in a massive curing oven.

Partially assembled Alexia cabinets waiting for sanding 

Hand sanding a woofer cabinet before its trip to the paint booths.

Hardware kit for the top section of a Alexia.  All materials are Stainless steel and aircraft aluminium.

Wilson Audio carry replacement drivers for every speaker they ever made including this stock of WAMM spec Kef B139s.

All Wison Audio  speakers are sprayed with Gelcoat in one of their four paint booths.

The speaker enclosures are stored for 5 days while the Gelcoat cures.  Then the are hand sanded to a porcelain like finish. Why do these images remind me of Star War Storm Troopers?

Biarritz White Alexia cabinets drying in the paint booth.

Carmon Red Sabrina cabinets curing.  Each cabinet cures for 6 days between each paint finish.  Hence the reason it takes 6 weeks to make a pair of Wilson speakers

Literally hundreds of different finishes available or they can paint match to you favourite colour.

Three of the four Paint booths.

Hand sanding wet and dry process between coats starts at 600 grit and goes up to 2000 grit achieving a mirror like finish.  No orange peel here!

Final cabinet inspection is handled by a team of guys that take attention to detail to the next level.  These people would give some British Coachbuilders a run for their money.

Driver soak testing area.  Each driver is tested for 8 hours or more on the end of eight Bryston 4B amplifiers.  Some drivers are fed 15VAC at 28Hz for eight hours or more.  Talk about soak testing!

This weird jig is a laser interferometer.  This allows Wilson to measure how each material behaves mechanically. They gave us two hours of materials engineering training including descriptions of MLSSA waterfall plots showing the behaviours of plywood, MDF, HDF, Aluminium, X, S and W materials

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Standing with a selection of Wilson speakers from over four decades.

The venerable WHAM from the 80's beside an original Alexadnria.

Two decades Watt Puppy speakers.

Wilson's first product was not a speaker but this highly modified AR turntable with an SME 3009 arm.

Grammy and Emmy award wining sound engineer Trent Walker gave us a guided tour of The Church of Latter Day Saints Conference centre and concert hall.

An impressive 21,000 seat theatre, which is filled every Sunday morning for a CBS radio live broadcast world wide. Wow!

One of four Sound studios which do all live monitoring in 5.1 using of course Wilson Sasha 2s.

One of two organs in the temple complex.  Sporting 16 foot pipes!

Peter McGrath chatting with Trent Walker in one of the Sound Studios. Trent describes monitor speakers as tools that can highlight the flaws in the recording which in turn he can then fix.  He passionately believes Wilson Audio are the best speakers for this task.

We listed to some live recordings done in both the conference centre and the Mormon Tabernacle concert hall including a recording with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Bryn Terfel.  Oh my what a sound!

No this is a recording studio!

This was a fabulous trip that covered material engineering, manufacturing, R&D.  Private demos from David Wilson.  Product design descriptions from Darryl Wilson.  Four hours of Wilson Audio Speaker Placement techniques (WASP).  Demo tips and of course we broke bread every night. 

Vinyl Friday Friday 19th February, 2016 TODAY!

Join us for our monthly vinyl event at

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The Sound Room.

Free basic turntable tune-ups including cartridge alignment.

Free stylus wear evaluation using our powerful microscope.

Free record cleaning on our Music Hall WCS-2 vacuum record cleaning machine - limit to 5 LPs per person.

Bring you favourite LP and listen to it on our reference system, featuring the brand new Wilson Audio Sabrinas, Devialet 400 and a Nottingham Analog 294 Space Deck. Soundsmith Boheme cartridge.  Nordost TYR2 cables. Shunyata power products plus the Moon Evolution phono stage and 700! integrated amp.

10% off all turntables, cartridges, phono stages, turntable accessories and tone arm cables.

Complimentary local craft beer.

New Albums now for sale - 10% off on Vinyl Friday!

Vinyl Friday - June 19th, 5pm-8pm

Join us for the start of a new tradition at The Sound Room.

  • Free basic turntable tune-ups including cartridge alignment using a project alignment gauge.
  • Free stylus wear evaluation using our powerful microscope.
  • Free record cleaning on our Music Hall WCS-2 vacuum record cleaning machine - limit to 5 LPs per person.
  • Bring you favourite LP and listen to it on our reference system, featuring Wilson Audio Sasha 2's, Devialet 400 and a Nottingham Analog 294 Space Deck.
  • 10% off all turntables, cartridges, phono stages, turntable accessories and tone arm cables.
  • Mark Owen from Nottingham Analog and Pro-Ject will be on hand for the evening to give out sage advice on all things turntables

10% off all turntables, tonearms, tonearm cables and acessories

RSVP at sales@soundroom.ca

 

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