It was a as soon as in a lifetime expertise about 1.5 years in the past once I acquired to take a seat alongside David Wilson in his inspiring listening room and listen to the WAMM Grasp Chronosonic. I’ll always remember these valuable minutes with David, nothing has gotten nearer to being there. In a world the place many high-end corporations fade away once they lose their founder, one American firm is breaking the mould and demonstrating that a new era can ship breath-taking merchandise, specifically Daryl Wilson who has taken the reigns at Wilson Audio (web site).
Whereas David Wilson was engaged on his magnum opus the WAMM Chronosonic, his son and present Wilson CEO Daryl Wilson was main the design of the Wilson Audio Alexx Loudspeaker alongside the WAMM. Following the event of the Alexx, Daryl continued his profitable streak with the creation of the Wilson Audio Alexia Collection-2 that took lots of its cues from each the Alexx and WAMM.
Daryl’s momentum continues with the discharge of the Wilson Audio Sasha DAW loudspeaker. DAW stands for David Andrew Wilson and is a product that I firmly consider will turn into an necessary a part of Wilson Audio historical past. The Sasha DAW is the primary speaker that was created after the passing of David Wilson. It could possibly be thought-about a ebook finish on his profession. Wilson’s rise to fame started with the unique Watt Pet loudspeaker developed by David Wilson. The Sasha DAW is an evolution (or extra like a revolution!) of that unique design and type issue. On the opposite bookend of the spectrum, the Sasha DAW takes countless learnings from the WAMM and brings them to the DAW.
Within the lead as much as the October 25th, 2018 announcement of the Sasha DAW we had an opportunity to talk with Daryl to know the in’s and outs of the DAW.
Daryl had set a brand new bar with the Alexia Collection-2. He had taken the Alexia Collection-1 that I felt was good and lifted it to a degree of efficiency that I couldn’t actually respect till it took middle stage in my listening room during the last 12 months.
The Alexia Collection-2 has confirmed itself to be the strongest element in my reference room, revealing the issues and misgivings in each different piece of kit and content material in my room. It has grow to be the last word device for me to guage numerous modifications to my system and gear that has come and gone. It has established a bar of time accuracy, engagement by means of lovely tonality and breath-taking dynamics, and wonder.
With Alexx and Alexia Collection-2 behind him, I requested Daryl what have been his key areas of focus for the Sasha DAW?
Daryl defined that he targeted on three areas:
- “Primum non nocere” First, to do no hurt
- To “Certify Chronosonic”, which means to make use of the identical protocol developed for the WAMM Grasp Chronosonic for precision within the time area for the Sasha DAW drivers and new structure (the tweeter and midrange drivers at the moment are shared with the WAMM).
- Taking a look at each aspect and piece of the Sasha collection 2 and figuring out if we will make that piece higher, and in that case doing so with excellence.
Daryl began engaged on DAW January of 2018, however there have been loads of distractions and obstacles to beat together with the lack of his father. Daryl defined, that regardless of the challenges he couldn’t be extra pleased with what he has created and the way superbly it serves the music.
As we mentioned the Sasha DAW, one factor turn into very clear to me. The Sasha DAW is not a Sasha, or a Watt Pet. The Sasha DAW is an Alexia / Alexx / WAMM in disguise in a smaller extra approachable footprint.
Let’s dig in…
- 1 Sasha DAW Woofer Cupboard
- 1.1 New Woofer = Tighter extra linear bass response
- 1.2 Extra inflexible = Higher Resonance Management
- 1.3 Extra quantity and higher air circulate = Tighter bass
- 1.4 Higher time alignment = Higher integration between the woofer cupboard and the midrange enclosure
- 1.5 New Spike System & Twin Casters = Higher dynamics and Resonance removing
- 1.6 Visible Modifications = Magnificence abounds…
- 1.7 Different Hardware modifications
- 2 Sasha DAW Mid-Vary and Tweeter Cupboard
- 3 Specs
- 4 WAMM Bringing it residence
Sasha DAW Woofer Cupboard
The modifications to the Sasha DAW take cues from the Alexia Collection-2, Alexx and WAMM loudspeaker designs. Particularly:
New Woofer = Tighter extra linear bass response
The Sasha DAW will get a brand new 8inch woofer which is a variant of the 8inch woofer used within the Alexia Collection-2.
Extra inflexible = Higher Resonance Management
On the Sasha Collection-2, the woofer cupboard had 5 sides (glued collectively) and a backside that was screwed on with the crossover mounted to it. The Sasha DAW as an alternative advantages from a 6-sided enclosure (all glued) with a cut-out on the underside for the cross-over to go in, just like the design of the Alexia Collection-2. This leads to a extra inflexible design that additionally permits for vibration to extra simply drain out by means of the foot spikes extra effectively.
The Sasha DAW woofer cupboard was additional improved by stepping up the inside bracing and by including Wilson X-Materials, just like the design within the Alexia Collection-2. The general materials thickness for the woofer cupboard has been elevated and sculpted for higher resonance management.
Extra quantity and higher air circulate = Tighter bass
In Sasha-2, there’s a chamber behind the bass cupboard the place the wires route via. The cables undergo a lifeless area they usually come out wanting visually clear on the highest of the Sasha-2 enclosure.
The Sasha DAW leverages hardware improvement for the WAMM, that allowed Daryl to take away the necessity for this chamber through the use of a brand new fuel tight-fitting.
This modification was initially used on the Alexia Collection-2, and removing of this chamber resulted in a rise of 11% in enclosure quantity. This design change was utilized to the Sasha DAW and resulted in a rise of 13.three% in enclosure quantity for the woofer cupboard!
On the again of the woofer cupboard, Daryl defined that the rear port is now centered (versus off-center) on the Sasha Collection-2. The port has an elevated radius and has been softened. All supporting extra environment friendly air move, with even pressurization contained in the woofer cupboard and into your listening room. The situation port change permits for symmetrical loading and in addition eases speaker placement.
Daryl has beforehand defined to me that this allowed the group the power to tune the woofers in another way and optimize air stream.
Higher time alignment = Higher integration between the woofer cupboard and the midrange enclosure
The entrance of the woofer cupboard baffle can also be tilted again three levels. This will appear small, however visually is critical. In individual it makes the speaker look like a lot slimmer. Functionally it improves the time alignment of the woofer cupboard. As soon as once more one other enchancment that was found via the R&D of the WAMM, Alexx and Alexia Collection-2 loudspeakers.
New Spike System & Twin Casters = Higher dynamics and Resonance removing
Daryl developed some supersize diodes and spikes initially for the Alexx. They’re gigantic. When your audio system additionally arrive and also you pull them from the crates you will notice they’re sporting some fancy heavy-duty twin casters. All of this awesomeness is now included within the Sasha DAW. Moreover Wilson S-material inserts have been added underneath all spike tracks.
Visible Modifications = Magnificence abounds…
Just like the WAMM, Alexx, and Alexia Collection-2, the rear of the woofer cupboard sports activities a transparent glass door that covers the resistors. In prior variations of the Sasha, the beautiful hardware and resistors have been coated over by a strong metallic plate. Now you can look inside, akin to wanting by means of the again window of a Ferrari and peering in on the engine.
The highest of the woofer cupboard has a brand new beauty change that we haven’t seen earlier than. The highest wings on both sides now have a cut-out. We assume that is for aesthetic causes solely, and we like it. It lets you pear in from the aspect and get a glimpse of the Alignment Block hardware that lets you dial within the time alignment for the mid-range cupboard. This jogs my memory of wanting along side the WAMM the place they exhibit all of its hardware. The Sasha DAW Alignment Block not requires any instruments and could be loosened by hand. No have to search for your Wilson toolkit.
Different Hardware modifications
All screws on the hardware on the highest of the woofer are hidden to offer a cleaner look. The rear additionally sports activities new Wilson designed binding posts which have improved efficiency.
Sasha DAW Mid-Vary and Tweeter Cupboard
Shifting as much as the Midrange and Tweeter cupboard, the Sasha DAW continues to take cues from the Alexia Collection-2, Alexx and WAMM loudspeaker designs. Particularly:
New Tweeter = Higher excessive frequency efficiency
The Sasha DAW receives the WAMM Convergent Synergy MK5 tweeter. This is identical tweeter that ships in each the Alexia Collection-2 and WAMM.
New Mid-Vary Driver = Extra linear frequency response
The Sasha DAW receives the brand new Wilson Mid-Vary drivers that ships within the WAMM, XLF, Alexx and Alexia Collection-2. Extra goodness flowing down all the best way to the Sasha DAW.
Extra quantity and higher air circulate = Extra open sounding, simpler placement, symmetric efficiency
As described earlier, leveraging the WAMM hardware and wiring clamps, the rear chamber of each the mid-range / tweeter cupboard and the woofer cupboard has been eliminated. This modification offers a 10.2% improve in cupboard quantity.
On the Sasha-2, the design sported 2 ports on both aspect of the wire chamber. On the Sasha DAW, this has been up to date to be a single giant tuned port that’s centered offering higher efficiency. An analogous design to the Alexia Collection-2.
Higher Diffraction / Standing Wave = Higher all up efficiency
One of many hardest points of constructing a cupboard like that is addressing the back-wave generated by the mid-range driver. The extra area and geometry of the mid-range cupboard opened up some alternatives to raised deal with the back-wave. What’s new are edges which might be minimize into the aspect panels that break up the back-wave additional similiar to what was added to the Alexia Collection-2.
The completed speaker has a slighter greater impedance of two.48 ohms at 85Hz and can thus be simpler to drive than the Sasha Collection-2. The Sasha DAW sports activities a sensitivity of 91dB.
The Sasha DAW weighs in at a hefty 236 kilos per speaker or a rise of 29 kilos of muscle over its predecessor.
WAMM Bringing it residence
David Wilson delivered us a present with the WAMM Chronosonic. It might be one of the best speaker ever produced and could also be one thing most of us might by no means afford. I’m extremely excited to see so most of the issues discovered from the WAMM movement down into the Alexx, Alexia Collection-2 and now the Sasha DAW.
Followers of Wilson know properly that Wilson exams their audio system in mono. Within the early improvement of the Sasha DAW, Daryl would pay attention and examine the Sasha-2 and the Sasha DAW. This didn’t final lengthy because the DAW shortly surpassed the capabilities of the Sasha-2. From right here Daryl hung out evaluating the DAW to his reference the WAMM. Inch by inch, the DAW was tuned to strategy the last word reference, the WAMM. The Sasha DAW shares a sonic signature with the benchmark WAMM, and that’s an unimaginable accomplishment.
When creating the Sasha DAW, Daryl would examine the Sasha DAW operating with their reference setup of:
• Spectral DMA-250 (very linear amplifier)
• VTL 6.5 Pre-amp
• Audio Analysis CD5
• Clear customized cable calibrated for Wilson Audio’s R&D. Considered one of sort.
To the WAMM additionally being run by one of the best of one of the best:
• Dan D’Agostino M400 mono amps
• VTL 7.5 Pre-amp
• dCS Vivaldi Transport, DAC, and Grasp Clock
• Clear Magnum Opus cable
YES, that is completely not truthful to match, nevertheless it wasn’t about that…It was about utilizing the perfect of one of the best as a REFERENCE device and to create a objective submit for what the Sasha DAW wanted to aspire to.
In the long run, Daryl did it once more. The Sasha DAW isn’t a Sasha anymore. Its one thing new, one thing particular and it carries his father’s WAMM DNA in it. Seeing the image of him in his fathers listening chair gave me shivers. Daryl has confirmed that he’s able to take Wilson to new heights and we should always all be excited.
In my final dialog with Daryl, I requested him what a part of the Sasha DAW would his dad be most pleased with?
My Dad gave so many presents: time, information, insights, instance by means of motion, and laughter (to call a couple of). I’m positive he feels pleasure seeing the Wilson Audio group use the valuable presents he’s given us all to maintain his life’s work wholesome and thriving.
In a collection of occasions beginning on 10/25, we will give the DAW its first pay attention. I will probably be attending the Sasha DAW launch occasion on November third in Pasadena at Audio Component and once more on November eighth in Seattle at Definitive Audio. Hope to see you at a type of launch occasions, and we’ll share our ideas quickly right here on www.parttimeaudiophile.com.
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