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Hen Wilson Audio introduced the Grand SLAMM in 1994, the company single-handedly changed the loudspeaker market in a number of obvious ways. First, the Grand SLAMM redefined the scale of a loudspeaker, both in terms of its physical stature and the ambition of its design. It stood over six feet tall and weighed more than 750 pounds. It used advanced composite materials for its multi-component cabinet and a lineup of drivers that included both 12' and 15' woofers, helping it achieve gargantuan bandwidth and dynamic range.
Second, introduced at $64,500 per pair, the Grand SLAMM shoved the price boundary far past where it had previously resided for speaker systems. It is true that Wilson Audio's own WAMM system cost even more, but it was a rare, custom-made product -- an exception and not the rule. Wilson dealers put Grand SLAMMs in their demo rooms, resulting in the sale of several hundred pairs.
Price: $17,900/pair Warranty: Five years parts and labor. Wilson Audio Specialties 2233 Mountain Vista Lane Provo, Utah 84606 (801) 377-2233 Which leads to the most enduring way the Grand SLAMM changed the speaker market. Its sales figures emboldened speaker makers both well known and obscure, planting the seed that they could equal Wilson Audio's success with a similarly large, similarly ambitious and similarly costly speaker -- a premise that continues to dominate the market today. Walking around the high-end audio exhibits at CES, I frequently see massive speakers in the over-$100,000 price range and diminutive minimonitors with price tags north of $20,000. While cost is no predictor of sonic potency, it seems as though these speakers are not just increasing in number but multiplying. I have a hard time believing that all of them are selling, so their creation must be based more on hope than reality. Ironically, since 1994, the loudspeaker market has caught and passed Wilson Audio when it comes to pricing.
Several years ago, the company began a concerted push down the price scale with the introduction of the Sophia, a speaker I first heard, and wrote about, in late 2001. It was the same general size and weight as the WATT/Puppy 6, which I owned at the time, but it was a single-cabinet design. It was also more ancillary-friendly -- a speaker that could be used with the best amps and preamps available or far more modest electronics and still achieve a Wilsonesque sonic outcome. I recall a CES demo that Wilson Audio performed to prove this point, driving a lineup of speakers that included competitors' products and the Sophia with top-flight electronics and sources. However, after hearing all three of the speakers, it was revealed that while the competition was used with the pricey amp, preamp and CD player in plain sight, hidden away were budget-priced electronics and an iPod, all of which were used with the Sophia.
With the introduction of the Sophia 2 in 2006, Wilson Audio's least expensive floorstanding speaker took an important sonic step forward, adding supreme coherence to its characteristic ratio of resolution to ease. With the introduction of the Alexandria Series 2 in 2008, which featured a new and remarkably articulate Wilson-designed midrange driver, the handwriting was on the wall for the Sophia 2. The Sophia 3, introduced a little over a year ago, features a new version of that driver, whose cone material is unusual -- a composite of fibrous materials including paper and carbon fiber. The Sophia 3's new woofer possesses higher sensitivity and, reportedly, greater speed than the driver used for the Sophia 2, and the Sophia 3's new tweeter comes from the Sasha W/P. Because of all the new drivers, crossover changes were necessary, no quickly performed task at Wilson Audio, which takes the crossovers of its speakers very seriously.
The same holds true for the Sophia 3's cabinet, which is a combination of Wilson Audio's X and S materials. The former is a phenolic-resin composite in its second generation. Wilson Audio has used it most often for bass cabinets, because of its very dense, very hard physical properties. For the Sophia 3, it is used everywhere except the midrange-tweeter baffle, which is S material, named after the Sasha, whose cabinet was the first to include it. It's a proprietary material that is as well damped and almost as rigid as X material, but it has a much lower resonance frequency that's out of the midrange band. But these are the particulars -- the 'what' in terms of speaker design and manufacturing. It's the 'how' that separates high-end speakers from the rest of the market.