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The 150-Year-Old Western Electric Reintroduces Flagship Product to Market, Gives Exclusive Distribution Rights In Japan

Tokyo, Japan - Rossville, Georgia, USA | April 2, 2018

Western Electric’s famous 300B electron tube, used in high-end audio amplifiers, is returning to production this year, and the Rossville-based company is proud to announce that ELECTORI will be the exclusive distributor in Japan.

Kiyohiko Yamamoto, ELECTORI President, said his company was proud to represent Western Electric in Japan.

“ELECTORI’s goal is to locate and deliver only world-class products for our customers, so we are glad to be the exclusive supplier of the renowned Western Electric in Japan,”
Kiyohiko Yamamoto, ELECTORI President

“We do not take on the responsibility of providing the support and maintenance necessary that makes a product’s success if we weren’t certain we had the best product available. With Western Electric, we are confident and optimistic,” Yamamoto said.

Charles Whitener, Western Electric CEO, said choosing ELECTORI as the solo Japanese distributor was a strategic decision as Western Electric begins reproduction of the legacy 300B electron tube.

“We’re restarting the manufacturing of our world-class 300B tubes, in time for its 80th anniversary, this year, and it makes sense to work directly with the premier Japanese audio distributor for this endeavor,” Whitener said.

ELECTORI will be the exclusive distributor of all Western Electric products in Japan.

“Continuing our 80th-anniversary celebration of the 300B, we are unveiling a new single-ended amplifier called the 91E, as an homage to its famous predecessor the 91A, first introduced in 1936,” Whitener said. “We trust that our classic and new products are in excellent hands with Mr. Yamamoto and his company.”

Western Electric will begin full production of new tubes September 2018. They will be assembled in Rossville, Georgia, at a new and reimagined electron tube works facility.

Since its founding in 1964, ELECTORI has been importing, selling and supporting the world’s finest professional sound equipment, consumer audio products and audiovisual digital information equipment. ELECTORI is a subsidiary of the Hibino Group.


The Return

Greetings from Western Electric

Rossville, Georgia | January 23, 2017

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that the WE 300B electron tube will re-enter production this year, in time for its 80th Anniversary. The famous triode was developed at Bell Labs in 1933 in the form of its predecessor, the 300A, which was modified, patented, and then produced at many historic works facilities beginning in 1938. The 300B has journeyed from the original New York tube shops, to the legendary Hawthorne Works, Allentown Works, Kansas City Works, then the Huntsville Works. The sparkling new tubes that will roll off the line this September will be assembled here in Rossville, Georgia at a new and reimagined electron tube works facility. Furthering our commitment to manufacturing excellence, we are installing new hydrogen reduction ovens, automated cathode cleaning lines, new laser welding systems, a state-of-the-art water deionization plant, and an updated testing system with improved accuracy. However, the 300B will still be manufactured from its original tooling and assembly specification standards.

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Western Electric Launches New Website Serving The High End Audio Industry

Rossville, Georgia | September 15, 2016

Western Electric today announced a new website designed to appeal to the High End Audio industry. Over the coming weeks and months, Western Electric will be announcing new products and partnerships with recognized industry experts and brands.

Since 1872, Western Electric is recognized for its innovation, high quality products and outstanding service. In keeping with these values, Western Electric has assembled two engineering teams, one team focused on the development of an innovative high performance mid-range air motion transformer targeted for release in the spring of 2017 and, the other team focused on the development of a fully integrated amplifier featuring the WE 300-B targeted for delivery in the summer of 2017.

In keeping with the traditions of Western Electric and its roots, like Western Electric Supply, the company is announcing WE SELECT®, a sales channel to resell products certified by Western Electric to be best products in the industry on the basis of industry recognition, technical excellence, high quality manufacturing and service excellence. It is our pleasure to announce GAUDER AKUSTIK, Renningen, Germany www.gauderakustik.com as the first products to qualify for WE SELECT®. The company will be announcing more details in coming weeks.

Western Electric products are recognized by the High End Audio industry for its outstanding amplifiers, speakers, vacuum tubes and components. We invite the reader to visit our new website at www.westernelectric.com and to sign up for email notifications sent directly to you, personally; to keep you informed about company updates, relevant industry information, new products, product availability and partner announcements: send an email to: news@westernelectric.com.

Western Electric is recognized by the High End Audio industry for its exceptional quality in amplifiers, speakers, vacuum tubes and components. The WE 300-B vacuum tube, since 1929 is still the benchmark by which all other tubes are measured.

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Press Contact: Tim Walsh
Western Electric
Office: 404-352-2000
Cell: 781-929-7657
twalsh@westernelectric.com
www.westernelectric.com

INDUSTRY NEWS


Western Electric Select Introduces Gauder Akustik Speakers Uber-Successful German Brand Available in the US

Visit them at Munich HIGHEND | Atrium | Demos E105 | Press/Industry E104

Rossville, Georgia | May 9, 2017

Western Electric Select®, a division of Western Electric®, distributes and sells only the finest High End products available. The first to qualify for WE

Select is Gauder Akustik, a successful speaker manufacturer with a full line based in Renningen, Germany.

Roland Gauder is a physicist using extreme computing power for speaker calculations and design on a strictly mathematical basis that led to many advanced speaker innovations. “The most important speaker parameters are excellent impulse response, wide dispersion, and eliminating frequency overlap at the crossover points which only creates phase problems,” explains Mr. Gauder.

“Music consists of impulses,” he continues, “there are no sine waves in nature! Frequency response only tells part of the story, it’s impulse response that makes a speaker sound good or mediocre. We’ve tried many drivers and diaphragm materials but there’s nothing that compares to ceramic or diamond, the only materials we can say faithfully reproduce music’s impulse demands. Ultra-steep, symmetrical crossovers reduce driver overlap to the absolute minimum for extremely smooth phase response.” The sound is dynamic and captivating, an emotional wash of music and feeling.

Beautiful Cabinets Complement the Calculations

The Arcona series are beautifully-finished with curved cabinets; the Vescova and Cassiano are curved-cabinet construction and allow sand-loading the sidewalls. The fabulous Berlina series features unique rib construction; rather than sidewalls, single ribs are stacked one over the other creating an enclosed volume. Bottom and top covers complete the construction. Gauder Akustik cabinets avoid ringing and virtually disappear as the music flows.

About Western Electric Select

Western Electric Select®, a division of Western Electric®, distributes and sells the finest products available. The first to qualify for WE SELECT® is Gauder Akustik a successful speaker manufacturer from Renningen, Germany. Western Electric’s high-end audio products are renowned the world over, and the WE 300-B audio tube is still regarded as the standard of the world.

Western Electric | Rossville, Georgia
Office: 404-352-2000
info@westernelectric.com
www.westernelectric.com
www.gauderakustik.com

About Gauder Akustik

Gauder Akustik is an award-winning speaker manufacturer acclaimed in Germany, Europe and other countries around the world. It features a full line of spectacular-sounding speakers for everyone who loves design as well as music. Visit them at HIGHEND 2017 in Munich, Atrium E105, press and industry meetings in E104.

Gauder Akustik | Renningen Germany
Office: +49 7159 920161
info@acga.de
www.gauderakustik.com

Press Contact: Jonathan Scull
Scull Communications
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Cell: 646-369-3340
Skype: J10Scull
jscull@scullcommunications.com
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AT&T Agrees to Buy Time Warner for $85.4 Billion

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED

In the world of media, bigger remains better.

So in the wake of Comcast’s $30 billion takeover of NBCUniversal and Verizon Communications’ serial acquisitions of the Huffington Post and Yahoo, AT&T has bought one of the remaining crown jewels of the entertainment industry.

The telecommunications giant agreed on Saturday to buy Time Warner, the home of HBO and CNN, for about $85.4 billion, creating a new colossus capable of both producing content and distributing it to millions with wireless phones, broadband subscriptions and satellite TV connections.

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AT&T Is Buying Time Warner Because The Future Is Google

By Klint Finley

TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES ARE becoming media companies. That explains AT&T’s agreement to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion. But something else explains it, too.

Media companies are becoming telecoms.

Internet firms like Google and Facebook and Amazon and Netflix are the new media companies. They deliver enormous amounts of video online, posing a direct threat to old-school television and movie companies. But they also are becoming telecoms, threatening the likes of AT&T and Verizon.

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Axpona Audio Expo North America

April 13 - 15, 2018 in Schaumburg, IL

AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is the largest high-end consumer audio show in North America. The three day experience features multiple hotel floors packed with listening rooms, exhibit floors, seminars and live musical performances. Whether you’re a serious audiophile, a new comer to high-end audio or simply a music lover, you’ll find everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds.

The event features over 140 high fidelity listening rooms, providing guests the enviable opportunity to experience the newest technology in high-end consumer audio products. Attendees are encouraged to go from room to room and sit, listen and compare the various systems. The Marketplace and Ear Gear Expo play host to thousands of products and accessories from cables to headphones to LPs and SACDs.

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HIGH END MUNICH

May 10 - 13, 2018 in Munich

THE ENTIRE RANGE OF HIGH-TECH PRODUCTS UNDER A SINGLE ROOF

The MOC in Munich hosts the HIGH END, our well-known, popular and successful specialist trade fair, which sets the tone in Europe in the truest sense of the expression. Some consider it to be the definitive source of audiophiles inspiration. Others see it as a business date of the highest priority. And both are right.

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

October 5 - 7, 2018 in Denver, CO

The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) is the largest consumer audio and home entertainment show in the United States. Simply put: “mega stereo systems!” Denver’s own audio wonderland now features over 160 exhibit spaces representing more than 400 companies from North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Attendees are encouraged to go from room-to- room, interact with salespeople and engineers, have a seat and casually listen. Many bring their own iPods, discs or vinyl records, as most exhibitors are happy to play one or two favorite songs as a demonstration of sound quality. A variety of equipment is demonstrated, ranging from affordable audio systems to ultra-expensive high-end gear.

RMAF also features live entertainment, informative seminars, equipment show specials, and prize drawings throughout the weekend.

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The NAMM Show

January 25 - 28, 2018 in Anaheim, CA

The NAMM Show is the global crossroads of the music, sound and event technology products industries with more than 100,000 attendees from 139 countries and regions commanding $10+ billion in buying power.

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Summer NAMM Show

June 28 - 30, 2018 in Nashville, TN

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California Audio Show

July 27 - 29, 2018 in Oakland, CA

The seventh annual California Audio Show (CAS7) is now concluded. Exhibitors reported unprecedented attendance in each room and Attendees reported extended listening time in Exhibits. It is now apparent what only small shows like the CAS can contribute to the health of the audio industry.

Nearly 100% of Exhibitors will return in 2018 (CAS8). The dates are set (July 27-29, 2018), the venue remains the same and the CAS Team will return!

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November 9 - 11, 2018 in New York, NY

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