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Wilson Audio TuneTot Review (high-end bookshelf speaker)

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  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 304 57.5%
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    Votes: 169 31.9%
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Galliardist

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Yes. The 'cutting edge design' not just deviates from common wisdom, but it frankly contradicts any established 'good practice'


> reflex tuning at about 90Hz, lower bass than that leads to extreme excursion, hence strong harmonic distortion and intermodulation
> big hump in bass response generates exagerated group delay, hence vastly inferior 'impulse response', if there is an ideal


> obviously the tweeter is out of phase, most probably with a shallow slope to make it more effective. Floor bounce is, around 1kHz, some 8dB stronger than direct sound.
> diffraction sideways again, way more sound towards the room bounderies than direct

This is, assumably, intended. It renders the speaker most sensitive to room placement. It sounds different, of course, in any place.

The philosophy reminds me of experiments with square wheels on a car. It has been done. Yes, it adds a lot of drama and excitement to the experience of driving. But would anybody choose such for daily commuting?

Same here. I can tell, because I often had failed designs on my bench. Namely my own DIY stuff, doing it for decades. These errors don't sound too bad for about a day or two. But then, hmm, nasty it appears more and more. Would anybody, after the purchase of a 10k speaker pair admit the wrong decision?

My advice would be to stay away from 'alternative wisdom' in speaker design, how fancy it may appear. Better stick to standards like Neuman 120A for 800$ each, active, digital. That would spare tons of cash for other excitements like sky diving, scuba diving, a yacht even. Let alone the music.
Thanks for the detailed response.

I’d just like to point out that my question which you picked up on, was referring to DanielT’s post above yours that referred to the Alexx, and not your post at all - I habn’t seen yours at the time!
 

phoenixdogfan

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Hm, futuristic? Or no, ..just ugly.

Usually, these speakers have a fairly high voltage sensitivity and a relatively low distortion, which is a good starting point for a dynamic sound. A prerequisite, however, is that the speakers are powered by a relatively current-capable amplifier because the impedance is usually low. An excessive midbas and some irregularities in higher registers give the illusion of a more dynamic sound, but only if one is not paying attention.

By the way, I have not heard a Wilson Audio creation that has sounded particularly good, regardless of price.
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The WP III's sounded good, with absolute pinpoint imagining (but a miniaturized sound stage). Everything after that had the sonic equivalent of a Loony Tunes color palette.
 

srrxr71

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These kinds of products on ASR exist for only one reason: for us to laugh at.

Those of us who are recovered from the audiophile disease can also take the time to be be thankful.
 
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