Wilson Audio Duette Series 2 loudspeaker

Wilson Audio Duette 2
Wilson Audio Duette Series 2 loudspeaker

Alongside the upset, there’s some regret, but a very personal regret. Some years ago, about 100 or so of my LPs were damaged beyond repair. Most I replaced or replicated on CD, but not all of them. And one in particular is so far removed from the audiophile canon as to be of little relevance to most people, but I realised when I was listening to the Duette Series 2, this would have been the finest album to play on so many levels. That album was Scientist meets the Space Invaders, a mixed bag of whacked out dub from 32 years ago. It would have been great for several reasons: First, the Duette Series 2 have the bass and the drive and the drama and the fun to make it happen; second, it might have been a good test of the speakers (although that was a minor concern) and finallly it is the inverse of the vision of the stuffy audiophool listening to his well-recorded jazz through wonderful equipment. The only other personal regret is a constraint laid by the strictures of professional audio writing and a respect for the people who build these speakers, but I want to start shouting and swearing about how good they are, like a bit of a nutter.

The deeper I delved into this design, the more I realised it is one of the most important high-end loudspeakers ever. It achieves all the demands of a good high-end design (detail, macro and micro-dynamics, stereo separation and soundstage, 

Technical Specifications

Two-way standmount loudspeaker

Drive units: 25.4mm soft dome tweeter, 203.2mm bass driver

Enclosures: sealed combination X/S material (tweeter), rear ported X-Material (woofer)

Frequency Response: 33Hz-21kHz ±3dB

Sensitivity: 92dB/W/m (at 1kHz)

Nominal impedance: 4 ohm

Minimum impedance: 4.35ohm at 160Hz

2pi design

±1dB treble adjustment to crossover

single-wired external crossover

Range of finishes: four standard colours, 12 upgrade colours, six grill colours, two hardware options.

Dimensions (WxHxD, speaker only): 26.7x47x23.3cm

Dimensions (WxHxD, stand): 30.2x55.6x47.6cm

Weight (per speaker): 20.41kg (per stand): 29.48kg

Price: £19,500 per pair with stands

Manufactured by: Wilson Audio Specialties

URL: www.wilsonaudio.com

Distributed by: Absolute Sounds

URL: www.absolutesounds.com

Tel: +44(0)208 971 3909

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