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Wilson Audio TuneTot Review (high-end bookshelf speaker)

Rate this speaker:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 304 57.5%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 169 31.9%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 37 7.0%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 19 3.6%

  • Total voters
    529

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I just don't get it with this one - at all it seems...

You peeps have the audacity to slag off a 1/5 price cheaper old model ATC and an even older model Harbeth for gently tilting response 'errors' deliberately designed in (well, at least one was!), yet these expensive hideous looking monstrosities are 'tolerated' and excuses made for +/- 5dB response errors with one set as a massive crossover region dip and the other a one-note bass bump??? (bass unit looks as if it has extra doping over the stock model?) and because of the price asked and the high end audiophool cachet of this brand, it's almost fearful to be *too* negative about them?

The best measuring Wilsons I remember were the mid to late 90's WITT which was a fairly conventional 12" three way (5" or so cone mid and Focal inverted grey-dome tweet) in a VERY heavy box with best of 1970's British-Leyland car standard orange-peel black laquer on the sides! They actually sounded good I remember but cost at least as much as a pair of superior ATC 100A's which weighed at least as much too...

Excuse the rant, but come on, when Neumann and Genelec to name but two of the better known and liked-here makers can run rings around these and are fully active as well...
 

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Any Neumann’s and Genelec’s, period.

Neumann’s that have been tested all scored higher. Without discussing price per point earned.

PS I did not read all 100+ posts.

I did vote headless. Lol.
 

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If this would be 500Euro/pair speakers people would say:

Not bad overall, but this idiots realy messed up the port calculation.

But this are 10k speakers with a 5 inch woofer. Thats a bad joke.
Yes. Then again, even for those 500 € / pair there are far better offers available, only with less "bragging rights".
 

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Mere imagination
Some high-end manufacturers know that flat frequency response, controlled directivity, elements that seduce people different from this somewhat established standard ...?
 

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I don't get how one can recommend a speaker without considering the price. It seems to factor into the recommendation when reviewing lower cost speakers, so why not the high cost speakers as well?

This measures worse than some of the worst speakers I have, now that's impressive.
 

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Because WA still not gone bankrupt, such tuning and design is widely acceptable for audiophiles.
Even distortion profiling (2nd is dominating) is deliberate, i'd say.
Because in 10K budget one can get distortion lower than this without troubles, just by ordering proper drivers and measuring every speaker at QA step.
Obviously, it's not an "instrumental grade" control speaker as it was never intended to be.
 

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I was struggling to understand the meaning of this "Tot"... perhaps they meant that it doesn't need EQ? Or that they are "definetly" tuned? ... or perhaps they don't consider the German interpretation after all. :)
For folks outside US/UK: "tot" is a term for something small, such as a child. :) (I apologize if I am seriously asking a question that was asked as a joke!!)
Of course, in Wilson's universe, even the tiniest baby weighs 29lb/13kg...
 
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Hi guys,

Love this review...

Why ?
Because of it's conclusion.
I think it can be summed up this way : "Despite measurements that are not stellar, it provides a lot of fun to listen to".

So, measurements are not everything after all in audio domain ?
Good to know :) And since the boss says it...

I would really like to see amirm do it the other way round :
- listen to the gear first
- measure it after

Regards.
 

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You peeps have the audacity to slag off a 1/5 price cheaper old model ATC and an even older model Harbeth for gently tilting response 'errors' deliberately designed in (well, at least one was!), yet these expensive hideous looking monstrosities are 'tolerated' and excuses made for +/- 5dB response errors with one set as a massive crossover region dip and the other a one-note bass bump??? (bass unit looks as if it has extra doping over the stock model?) and because of the price asked and the high end audiophool cachet of this brand, it's almost fearful to be *too* negative about them?
Which peeps? I read in this topic almost everyone (deservedly) slaughtering them?
 

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Sub-bass response on TuneTot was better than I expect from a small speaker.

It seems @amirm and I have a different understanding of what sub-bass means. This speaker is 20dB (10x lower) below average level at 40Hz compared to -8dB (a bit more than half) at the same frequency on the similar sized Monitor Audio Silver 100 below.

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I gave it a 'not terrible' because it is patently not terrible, just poor.

Did not take the price into account as the selection doesn't qualify it, the choice isn't 'not terrible for the money'.

Obviously the price is stupid but who in their right minds would pay ten grand for a dinky little two-way in any case? I wouldn't pay that much even if it was the best measuring dinky little two way ever.
 
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