I must admit that I didn’t use to be a huge fan of Wilson speakers. I must also admit that saying this is an awkward way to begin a review of a Wilson speaker. But a positive review from a nay-sayer turned aficionado speaks volumes about that product’s performance and capabilities. So, let us, together, go on a journey of discovery and realization.
David Wilson is rightfully considered one of the fathers of the high-end audio industry. He built a speaker-manufacturing empire and one of the most recognizable brand names in the business. When the world lost David, his son Daryl stepped in to shoulder the weight of what Wilson Audio had become. Daryl took the wheel of the Wilson engine and, while always respecting where he and his company came from, chose to move forward with his own vision of what Wilson Audio should be and where it needed to go next. Part of that new vision is a maturation of the Wilson sonic signature, one that better represents Daryl, rather than David; yet, my intuition tells me that the path Daryl started on was initially paved by David’s WAMM Master Chronosonic.
Now, with the “from the mind of” Daryl Wilson’s Alexx, Alexia2, Sasha DAW, Chronosonic XVX, SabrinaX, and just-released Alexx-V, it is clear that Wilson Audio is, indisputably, a Daryl Wilson corporation. And without showing any disrespect to David Wilson’s accomplishments or skill as a speaker designer, my tastes definitely lean toward the flavor of Daryl’s designs.
I bring this up because I speak to seasoned audiophiles every day, who say that they “never liked Wilson speakers,” and subsequently have essentially written the brand off—going so far as skipping Wilson rooms at audio shows, not listening to them at stores, and even speaking poorly of the brand in audiophile circles.…Ummm, ok.
Let me take a moment out of your friendly neighborhood review for an audiophile public service announcement: To audiophiles everywhere, many of the products from more seasoned manufacturers, which previously had reputations of sounding a specific way, no longer do. Forget your preconceived notions based on a demo from a decade or more back, or what a friend once told you about a brand. In fact, try an olive or mango again. You may find you now like them, as well.
OK. I feel better. I hope you do, too. Now, let us talk about the Little Engine that Could.
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