SAE as an OEM
SAE also would build components for other electronics firm as an OEM.
Here are the products I have found so far.
SAE & Clair Brothers
Probably the most known SAE collaboration, the Clair Brothers 2600
started out as an SAE 2500 amplifier modified to output 400 watts,
a second bridge rectifier was
added along with increased relay protection plus the bias was set
higher. Later production runs also had an upgraded transformer
and power supply. A consumer version was released in conjunction
monikered as the "SAE 2600". The Clair Brothers unit had other
modifications as compared to the consumer 2600 as listed below.
Fortune smiled upon me again when I found this Clair Brothers unit
locally in excellent condition. From what I could gather, this unit was
purchased for home stereo use and therefore did not suffer the
indignities that other units had to suffer with life on the road. On the
Clair Brothers unit, the "Solid State Stereo Power Amplifier" script was
relocated from the top center of the face plate to below the
"On/Power/Off" text. "Clair Brothers Audio Enterprises, Inc" in block
text was silk screened on the top center of the faceplate. Another
difference is power gain switching, one the Clair Brothers unit the gain
control could be turned off or adjusted -6db, -3db or 0db. On the
consumer 2600, the gain could not be turned off but adjusted -12db,
-6db, -3db and 0db.
From the rear, you can see that the Clair Brothers 2600 had 1/4 phono
jacks for the inputs where as the consumer 2600 had RCA jacks. Another
difference is in case. The Clair Brothers unit had a three piece cover
leaving the fan and cooling fins exposed. The consumer 2600 had a one
piece cover which also covered the fan and cooling fins. On a side note,
the starting serial number for the Clair Brothers is 25- indicating a
Here you can see the internal modifications of the Clair Brothers
2600 and compared to the consumer 2600.
SAE & Hervic
In approximately in 1976, SAE manufactured a 150 watt receiver
exclusively for Hervic Electronics "HR 150". Below is a scan of a two
page hot sheet and
review from High Fidelity Magazine. I have seen some documentation that
maybe 250 watt version ("HR 250") was made too but I don't have any
confirmation yet. There is also a possibility that this unit was
originally ear marked as a SAE Mark V. Again, I don't have any
Below is a picture of my Hervic HR 150 and an two unusual finds, on
the left, a Hervic HR 150
with the Hervic logo replaced with the SAE logo. Also, the face plate is
17.5" wide versus the 18.0" width of the Hervic face plate. The how and
why of the this configuration is yet to be determined. To the right is a
HR 150 in black.
SAE & Audiometric &
In approximately in late 80's/early 90's, SAE manufactured a 225 watt amplifier for
Audiometric in Santa Ana, California. Model "AM 441". There
is also an "AM 421" model but I do not have any specs on it. From the build
style, I think this amp was manufactured around the time SAE was also
manufacturing the "X" series. The case work is similar to the "X-1P"
preamp and power supply.
This amp also is quite similar to the SAE A205 amp built under DAK
ownership and was also distributed by DAK.
This is another great find, SAE manufactured a moving coil
preamplifier for both TiBi Electronics and Audiometrics. I believe both companies
by a friend of Morris Kessler - Ted Bennet. The silk
screening style is very similar to the SAE RS-101 speaker switch.
Here is a promotional picture of a source management control device
for TiBi Electronics.I have yet to find one of these.
SAE & EAS
This equalizer is something I just came across and was manufactured
by Electronic Audio Systems, Inc. This company was owned by Ted
Winchester who also was a partner in SAE. Ted developed the graphic
equalizers and had a 15 year dual marketing agreement with Morris
Kessler to sell the equalizers under his own company name as well as
that of SAE. So this may be the case that EAS was the OEM to SAE as far
as equalizers were concerned.