Wilson Audio

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Wilson Audio
Private
Industry Consumer electronics
Founded 1973 (1973)
Founder David Wilson
Headquarters Utah, United States
Key people
Sheryl Lee Wilson
Products High end loudspeakers
Website www.wilsonaudio.com

Wilson Audio is an American high-end audio company, located in Utah, run and founded by David Wilson. Wilson Audio manufactures and sells loudspeakers and subwoofers.

Overview[edit]

Wilson Audio is known in the audiophile community as offering some of the most expensive speaker designs in existence.[1] Prior to manufacturing loudspeakers, David Wilson was a staff writer at The Absolute Sound magazine.[2] When Wilson Audio first began offering its products in the early 1980s, the highest priced small "monitor" speaker on the US market was $1,600 per pair; Wilson's small WATT speaker was introduced at $4,400 per pair.[3] Today (2016), the most inexpensive stereo speaker from Wilson Audio, the bookshelf-sized Duette 2, os offered for about $20,000 US per pair (without stands),[4] while home theater "Watch" center and rear channel speakers cost over $5,500. Their most expensive stereo speakers, the Alexandria X-2 Series 2, sell for $158,000 MSRP per pair and up, depending on finish. According to Stereophile in 2015, the average price of Wilson's product range is $69,325 per pair, in standard colors and finishing, and not considering potential extras.[5]

Wilson Audio is known for building highly rigid speaker cabinets. They construct their loudspeaker enclosures from non-wood materials such as phenolic resin composites and epoxy laminates. The cabinets are painted using a high-gloss automotive process in a variety of colors.

The company's record label was called Wilson Audiophile Recordings and was known for its releases (27 in total) that were issued on LP and CD between 1977 and 1995. Wilson Audio is currently reissuing high resolution downloads of select titles.[6]

Despite its name, there are no relations between Wilson Audio and the UK audio company Wilson Benesch, also a manufacturer of expensive loudspeakers.

Current Products[edit]

  • Alexandria XLF
  • Alexandria X-2 Series 2
  • MAXX Series 3
  • Alexx
  • Alexia
  • Polaris
  • Sasha W/P
  • Mezzo
  • Sophia Series 3
  • Duette
  • W.A.T.C.H. (Wilson Audio Theater Comes Home) Theater System
    • WATCH Surrounds Series 2
    • WATCH Center Channel Series 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guttenberg, Steve (April 27, 2010). "The $1,350 'earbud': Is it worth it?". CNET. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "David Wilson: WAMM!! WATT?!? WHOW!!! (& the Puppies!)". Stereophile.com. 2007-06-17. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  3. ^ "Wilson Audio WATT/Puppy System 5 loudspeaker". 1995-11-23. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  4. ^ "Wilson Audio Specialties Duette Series 2 loudspeaker". 2015-03-06. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Wilson Audio Specialties Duette Series 2 loudspeaker". 2015-03-06. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  6. ^ "Wilson Audiophile Recordings Return". Stereophile.com. 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2016-06-08. 

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