The Western Electric® 97-A 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 300-B, we present the magnificent 97-A Monoblocks Amplifiers.
Demonstrating the WE 97-A Monoblocks around the world we realized 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 300-B 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.
Regarding the WE 97-A 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 soundfield occasioned by the retrieval of extremely subtle ambient cues, the kind you take for granted when you’re listening to unamplified music.”
The WE 97-A’s specifications are beyond reproach with 80 watts per channel RMS and eight WE 300-Bs 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 97-A 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.
Your slice of heaven on earth, audition them soon.
RATED POWER OUTPUT
80 watts RMS per channel
0.50 volts for full output
+/- 1 dB from 10Hz to 100kHz
TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTION
10 watts output: < 0.05%
50 watts output: < 0.15%
80 watts output: <.90%
-100 dB below 80 watts
400 watts (true RMS)
4 / 8 ohms
TUBE COMPLEMENT (per channel)
8 x 300-B / 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)
Three (3) Years Parts and Labor
Power On / Off
POWER METER LED
Low / Medium / High
15 amps / 32 volts 313
Toggle Switch / Single-Ended or Balanced
Speaker Connections: Common / 4 ohms / 8 ohms
MIL-W-16878 PFTE stranded silver-plated copper wire
"With this amplifier, the 3-D effect extends to the rear stage, where images are just as vivid as they are in the foreground with the best electronics. It’s as if you’ve suddenly both extended and expanded the depth of the soundspace so its field is as large as that of the original hall, and all this in a listening room not majestic in size. And there is not a trace of “bloat” in this effect."
Harry Pearson, "HP's 2007 Golden Ear Awards"
The Absolute Sound January 2009