The one exception to the value of the room correction was with the kind of pop recording that had been engineered to have a constant wall of sound and volume/dynamic level to increase its punch for radio play and other purposes. I’m biased against such recording, however, and it may well be that the only device that could ever improve such music to me is the off switch.
I’d also caution that the clarity coming out of the Bohmer correction can potentially have an initial negative impact if you have gotten used to listening to the resonant peaks in your system. You may initially feel you hear less bass, although a little patience will reveal the music now has a wider range of bass frequencies, more realistic detail, and smoother upper bass and lower midrange. Cello music is a good example, as is the lower register of the guitar. As for the rest of the music, I have no caveats.
Coming Upgrades and Follow-on Availability of the Wavelet
The Legacy V’s firmware is not only upgradeable; Legacy is already finalizing an upgrade to the current firmware that will rearrange the Settings menu on the WiFi remote to make installation of the loudspeaker system easier. The Room Correction sub-menu will only contain the Room Correction On/Off selection, while the installation set-up procedure will be moved to its own Installation and Set-Up sub-menu along with the Channel Levels sub-menu.
In the Installation and Set-Up sub-menu there will be an added feature for automatic level setup and phase of the individual drivers, as well as a feature to send a short burst-sound to every individual driver to make the set-up procedure easier. This will automatically compensate for inverted amplifier polarity and gain differences.
As before, there will be descriptions on the remote pages that explain the functions. The status updates during the room correction and other processes will be improved in the new release, as well as some other small improvements to the remote pages to enhance the overall user experience. A balance control will also be added in the next update. It requires a number of programming steps for all outputs to be affected properly.
As for users with other speakers, the Wavelet’s price when sold separately will be $4950. The price for a consumer to trade-in the original Wavelaunch processors supplied with Aeris and Whisper XD will be $3450. The formal release of the Wavelet configured with an algorithm for the Aeris algorithm was November 1, 2015.
As I said in the introduction to this review, this is one of the best speaker systems I’ve heard, and the Wavelet shows great promise for Legacy’s other speakers and for the future of digital room correction and processing. It is worth the trip to hear a demonstration, even if its price makes it a dream for most audiophiles.
The Legacy V does not make every other speaker obsolete or make the kind of sonic differences to die for. No unit with as much processing as the Wavelet can be totally neutral, although it is very good in this respect, and no given piece of equipment in the audio chain is ever truly neutral. Like every other preamp and DAC, there is slight coloration here although it consists of a very minor touch of added midrange warmth, which is musically realistic.
The Legacy is, however, one of those rare new approaches to high-end audio that is so good that it almost compels serious audiophiles to audition it. It does have some truly great competition from speakers without any of the features of the Wavelet—and you should know this. But damn, the Legacy V is really good!
SPECS & PRICING
Type: Frequency and time-domain optimized, four-way, directivity-controlled loudspeaker
Frequency response: 16Hz–30kHz +/-2dB
Driver complement: Dual 4" AMT tweeters configured in post-convergent array; dual 6" curvilinear upper midrange configured in dipolar array; dual 14" carbon/pulp midrange/midbass in dipolar pattern; 12" aluminum-diaphragm woofer in sealed enclosure; 12" aluminum radiator subwoofer driving three 10" mass-loaded pneumatic radiators
Impedance: 4 ohms
Sensitivity: 98dB @ 2.83V/1m
Crossover: 80Hz, 400Hz, 3kHz
Recommended amplification: Two external channels of 30Wpc or greater
Dimensions: 18.75" x 72" x 19"
Weight: 226 lbs.
Price: $49,500 (with Wavelet processor)
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