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Western Electric was established in 1869 and re-established in 1996 for the exclusive manufacture of electron tubes and high fidelity. Woven into the story of American manufacturing is the story of sound itself. From the earliest glow of the vacuum tube to the advent of hi-fi, Western Electric makes stunning experiences for listeners worldwide. This connection to the past powers their mission to continue Western Electric sound for new listeners.


300B Western Electric Tube

300B Vacuum Tubes

The one and only original 300B Electron Tube
Upgrade your amplifier setup with the finest electron tube ever made. The type 300B is made by hand in the USA using the original Western Electric specifications from 1938.

The 300B is known around the world for its sound quality and powerful performance in both single-ended & push-pull amplifiers. Western Electric makes the original 300B with authenticity and precision. Listeners have trusted the same specs, materials, and testing standards for 85 years.
300B Western Electric


 
 

SPECIFICATIONS

Classification
Moderate power, filamentary triodes for Class-A service.

Application
Audio-frequency amplifier in positions where power outputs of approximately ten watts or less are required at relatively low plate voltages.

Dimensions
Dimensions, outline diagrams of the tubes and bases, and the arrangement of electrode connections to the base terminals are shown in Figures 1 and 2.

Base and Mounting
These vacuum tubes employ medium, four-pin thrust type bases suitable for use in Western Electric 143B or similar sockets. The 300B tube has the bayonet pin so located that it may also be mounted in a Western Electric 100M, 115B, or similar socket.

The tubes may be mounted in either a vertical or horizontal position. If mounted In a horizontal position, the plane of the filament, which is indicated In Figure 2, should be vertical.

Average Direct Interelectrode Capacitances
Grid to plate 15 µµf.
Grid to filament 9 µµf.
Plate to filament 4.3 µµf.

Filament Rating
Filament voltage 5.0 volts, a.c. or d.c.
Nominal filament current 1.2 amperes

The filaments of these tubes are designed to operate on a voltage basis and should be operated at as near the rated voltage as possible. When alternating current is used for heating the filament, the grid and plate returns should be connected to a center tap on the secondary of the filament transformer.

300B Stereophile Review, Herb Reichert -July 29, 2021

 

  • » 91E Integrated Amplifier
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    91E Integrated Amplifier

    The 91E is the result of years of research and effort by Western Electric engineers to provide listeners with the absolute finest in single-ended tube sound. Led by president Charles Whitener, the Western Electric team proudly continues the legacy of the Western Electric sound.

    Features

    • The Western Electric Type 91E is a Class A, single-ended (SE), integrated amplifier for high-fidelity audio reproduction.
    • The 91E was made for the Western Electric 300B to provide end users the highest possible performance and quality.

    Available in three (3) colors
    Nickel, Champagne, Black

     

    In the box
    91E Integrated Amplifier
    Remote control
    Pin-Straightener (9-pin)
    2x 300B Electron Tubes (Power)
    2x ECC81 Electron Tubes (Pre-amplifier, pre-installed)
    8 Ω Output Transformer Block (pre-installed)
    Power Cord
    Spanner tool (for removal and/or replacement of 300B’s)
    BT antenna
    End User Guide

    Steered Current Source Technology (SCS)
    Experience double the traditional output power with advanced, single-ended (SE) circuit design. This new level of performance is reached by using a fully linear, steered current source (US Patent 10256776) controlled exclusively by the tube’s output voltage. The excess of common large output transformers and associated hysteresis is eliminated, and as a result, lush detail in the midrange and masterfully articulated upper and lower frequencies are revealed.

    Stepped Logarithmic Attenuator
    A stepped logarithmic attenuator is used to mimic the response of human hearing. The attenuator consists of only discrete resistors in a ladder configuration that are switched in and out of circuit to produce a logarithmic attenuation of the output signal.

    Interchangeable Transformer Block
    The standard 8-ohm transformer block can be interchanged with the optional 4-ohm or 16-ohm version. This feature is unique to the 91E Integrated Amplifier and allows users to match speaker impedance for improved fidelity. Single impedance transformers maintain lower winding capacitance normally vitiated with multiple tap transformers.

    LCD Display
    A bright and easy to read color display shows the selected input, attenuator level, and VU meter. The display also shows settings which can be adjusted by the included remote control. The display is dimmable.

    Remote Control
    The included infrared remote control allows for quick adjustment of amplifier settings such as input levels, balance, and display dimming.

    Six Audio Inputs
    Up to six (6) source devices can be connected during amplifier operation.

    Auto-Bias
    Microprocessors automatically bias the 300B tube pair each time the amplifier is powered on. No manual adjustment is necessary.

    BT Compatibility
    BT compatible audio input is available for wireless convenience.

    Software & Firmware Updates via Ethernet Connection and USB

    Specifications

    Weight 49lbs / 22.2 kg
    Dimensions 18.9 x 15 x 11.1” / 48 x 38 x 28cm
    Chassis Machined Aluminum
    Colors Nickel, Champagne, Black
    Operating Voltage 100V / 115V / 230V / 50-60Hz
    Power Consumption (Operation / Standby) 160W / 0.3W
    Mains Fuse 2A slow-blow
    Electron Tube Complement One Matched Pair Western Electric 300B, 2x ECC81
    Phono MM Sensitivity (10W / 4Ω) 0.75mV
    Phono MC Sensitivity (10W / 4Ω) 70μV
    CD Sensitivity (10W / 4Ω) 0.27V
    CD Input Impedance 20 kOhms
    Phono MM Input Impedance 47 kOhms | | 100 pF
    Phono MC Input Impedance 1000 kOhms (adjust via Phono Load plugs)
    SNR MM (10W / 4Ω, input 5mV) 83 dB(A)
    SNR MC (10W / 4Ω, input 0.5mV) 73 dB(A)
    SNR CD (10W / 4Ω, input 0.5V) 101 dB(A)
    CD Frequency Response 15 Hz - 32 kHz (-3 dB)
    Phono Frequency Response 30 Hz - 20 kHz (RIAA within +/- 0.5 dB)
    Output Power / 4 Ω / THD 10% 2 x 20 watts
    Output Power / 4 Ω / THD 5% 2 x 16 watts
    Output Power / 4 Ω / THD 3% 2 x 14 watts
    Output Power / 8 Ω / THD 10% 2 x 20 watts
    Output Power / 8 Ω / THD 5% 2 x 16 watts
    Output Power / 8 Ω / THD 3% 2 x 14 watts
    BT Standard v4.2
    BT Codecs BC, MP3, AAC, Fastream, APTX
    BT Sample Rate (adaptive) Up to 96kHz / 16-bit
    BT frequency response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    BT SNR 96dB




     

  • » 97A Monoblocks
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    97A Monoblock Amplifiers


    Created for Those of Taste and Distinction.

    The Western Electric® 97A Monoblocks are created for those of taste and distinction with the means to fulfill their audio dreams. For well-heeled audiophiles who, like other connoisseurs, want to take what’s there and make it better. For tube aficionados whose eyes brighten when speaking of the fabled Western Electric 300B, presenting the magnificent 97A Monoblocks Amplifiers.

    Effortless Power Delivery
    Demonstrating the WE 97A Monoblocks around the world, people quickly fell silent as the music began. The sheer quality and transparency of sound, the focus, the presence and imaging palpability, the depth and width of the recording’s soundstage are all extraordinarily rendered. The smooth, low distortion and effortless power delivery, the deep, controlled bass, the delectable WE 300B midrange, and seductive highs deeply engage the listener; it’s easier to fall into the music’s embrace when it’s so enticingly rich and natural.

    Plush and Enveloping Sound
    Regarding the WE 97A Monoblocks’ fast, detailed, yet altogether plush and enveloping sound, no less a personage than the late, lamented Harry Pearson of The Absolute Sound wrote: “With no loss of focus or euphonic second harmonic, we can actually hear ‘behind’ images in the sound-field occasioned by the retrieval of extremely subtle ambient cues, the kind you take for granted when you’re listening to unamplified music.”

    A Satisfying and Engaging Musical Experience
    The WE 97A’s specifications are beyond reproach with 80 watts per channel RMS and eight WE 300Bs per side, as well as three 6SN7GTBs and a single 6SL7. You’ll love the 3D-like air and separation between performers with a side-to-side, top-to-bottom coherency that transcends the mechanics of playback.

    You can try listening to the WE 97A Monoblocks in a casual way but it’s not easy, they draw you into the performance; you hear it, you feel it, the emotion washes over you, an all-enveloping musical experience, so very satisfying.


    Features

    FRONT PANEL
    Selector
    Power On / Off
    Power Meter LED
    Low / Medium / High

    BACK PANEL
    Power
    120 volts
    Fuse Holder
    Fuse
    15 amps / 32 volts 313
    Inputs
    Single-Ended RCA
    Balanced XLR
    Toggle Switch / Single-Ended or Balanced
    Outputs
    Speaker Connections: Common / 4 ohms / 8 ohms
    Point to Point Wiring
    MIL-W-16878 PFTE stranded silver-plated copper wire



    Specifications

    Rated Power Output
    80 watts RMS per channel

    Input Sensitivity
    0.50 volts for full output

    Input Impedance
    500k ohms

    Frequency Response
    +/- 1 dB from 10Hz to 100kHz

    Total Harmonic Distortion
    10 watts output: < 0.05% 50 watts output: < 0.15% 80 watts output: <.90% Signal to Noise Ratio
    -100 dB below 80 watts

    Damping Factor
    16

    Power Consumption
    400 watts (true RMS)

    Output Impedance
    4 / 8 ohms

    Tube Component (per channel)
    8 x 300B / 3 x 6SN7GTB / 1 x 6SL7

    Dimensions (per channel)
    435mm W x 825mm D x 275mm H
    (17.1in W x 32.5in D x 10.8in)

    Net Weight (per channel)
    165 lbs.


  • » 116C RIAA Phono Pre
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    116C RIAA Phono Pre-Amplifier


    A Suave Companion for all LP-Loving Aficionados.

    The 116C Phono Pre-Amplifier is designed and assembled in the USA from mostly domestic parts as all our amplifier products. It’s a suave companion for all LP-loving aficionados. The feature set is extensive: MM (moving-magnet) and MC (moving-coil) inputs feature easily adjustable impedance settings to match any cartridge.

    Separate Power Supply
    Four carefully-selected 12AX7s drive the 116C Pre-Amp section with the tube-rectified power supply in a separate chassis, the 20B. Tube rectification – converting incoming AC into DC for the circuitry – sounds better than solid-state power supplies, and separating the 20B power supply from the small-signal 116C also pays dividends with lower noise, lower distortion, and greater transparency. The 20B Power Supply features one each 5AR4, 6V6, and 6SL7 for the kind of sound you’ve been yearning for.

    Incredible Imaging and Separation
    Taking full advantage of vinyl’s presence, nuance, and dynamics, the 116C sounds magnificent. The soundstage is palpable, big and airy, full of life, with simply incredible imaging and separation between performers in their own cushions of air making it much easier to feel that special emotional connection to music.

    Ultimate Refinement
    The refinement is overwhelming; you can feel as well as hear music as the sound envelopes your mind and body. A truly transcendental experience you’ll enjoy over and over.
     




    Features

    116C FRONT PANEL
    Inputs (RCA)
    MM / MC
    MC Input Impedance
    100k, 150k, 200k, 300k, 400k, 600k
    LED Indicators
    MM MC

    116C BACK PANEL
    Inputs (RCA)
    MC / MM
    Outputs (RCA)
    Power In
    120V AC
    Power Out
    230V DC to 116C Pre-Amplifier

    20B FRONT PANEL
    Power
    On / Off
    LED
    Power Indicator

    20B BACK PANEL
    Power In
    120V AC
    Power Out
    230V DC to Power the 116C Pre-Amplifier (l/c on power)

    Specifications

    Moving Magnet Input Impedance
    47k ohms

    Moving Coil Input Impedance
    6-step user adjustable
    100 ohms
    150 ohms
    200 ohms
    300 ohms
    400 ohms
    600 ohms

    Gain at 1kHz
    MM Input: 42 dB
    MC Input: 63 dB

    Frequency Response
    50k Load: +/- 0.5dB from 20Hz to 22kHz
    10k Load: +/- 0.5dB from 30Hz to 22kHz

    Total Harmonic Distortion
    50k Load: < 0.03% at 1kHz, 2 volts output 10k Load: < 0.05% at 1kHz, 2 volts output Maximum Output for < 1% THD
    50k Load: 17V RMS
    10k Load: 8V RMS

    Signal to Noise Ratio
    MM Input: 85 dB at 1kHz, 2 volts output
    MC Input: 80 dB at 1kHz, 2 volts output

    Power Consumption
    49 watts

    Tube Complement
    Type 116C RIAA: Pre-Amp 4 x 12AX7
    Type 20B Rectifier: 1-5AR4 / 1-6V6 / 1-6SL7

    Dimensions
    Type 116C RIAA: 8.0” W x 13.5 D x 4.5” H
    Type 20B Rectifier: 8.0” W x 13.0 D x 4.5” H

    Weight
    Type 116C RIAA: 10 lbs (3.26kg)
    Type 20B Rectifier: 20 lbs (5.32kg)

    Specifications are subject to change without notice. Weight and dimensions are approximate.


  • » 203C CD Player
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    203C CD Player


    The WE 203C is carefully-engineered and crafted, a player whose sole mission in life is to make you happy by letting your CDs sound their absolute best.

    Built the Western Electric Way
    Most audiophiles have a CD player in their system for the many recordings no longer available on vinyl. You’ll want a no-fuss, high-quality player that’s built with solid integrity, the Western Electric® way. The WE 203C is carefully-engineered and crafted for many years of reliable use, a player you can rely on to let your CD collection sing.

    Western Electric Sound
    The WE 203C is a glorious-sounding component weighing an extraordinary and very non-resonant 40lbs. Its Analog Devices AD1955, a Multibit Sigma Delta DAC, features what they call Directed Scrambling specified as the least sensitive to jitter. And of course, a full complement of tubes are specified for that WE sound.

    The 203C reaches beyond what many consider the limitations of CD and presents music in a flowing, colorful, natural way, with weight, impact, presence, deep bass, a gorgeous midrange and beguiling high frequencies. Analog outputs include RCA single-ended and balanced XLRs. Digital outputs include RCA, AES/EBU, and Optical. The 203C is designed and assembled in the USA from mostly dometic parts.
     


    Features

    FRONT PANEL
    Power
    On / Off
    CD Drawer
    Phillips
    CD Controls
    Load / Eject
    Pause
    Play
    Fast Forward
    Fast Backward

    BACK PANEL
    Power
    120V AC
    Analog Outputs
    Single-ended: RCA
    Balanced XLR
    Digital Outputs
    AES/EBU
    Optical
    RCA
    Chip Set
    Audio Decoder
    DAC
    Input Op Amp
    VACUUM TUBES
    6922



    Specifications

    Frequency Response
    <20Hz-20KHz +/- 0.2 dB Total Harmonic Distortion
    1kHz < 0.002% Signal-To-Noise Ratio
    > 118dB

    Dynamic Range
    > 120dB

    Channel Separation
    90dB (1Hz)

    Maximum Output Voltage
    2.5V RMS

    Power Consumption
    30 watts

    Tube Complement – Analog Output Stage
    2 x 6922

    Remote Control
    Yes

    Dimensions
    483mm W x 419mm D x 120.65mm H
    (19in W x 16.5in D x 4.75in H)

    Net Weight
    40 lbs


  • » 300B Vacuum Tubes
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