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Yvette

Wilson is very excited to introduce its fifth all-new loudspeaker in as many years: The Yvette.

As we launch our newest loudspeaker, the natural questions seem to be within the context of Wilson’s past models. This is understandable. Dave Wilson’s WATT/Puppy literally transformed the high-end loudspeaker market in the late eighties, and went on to be the best selling loudspeaker in the over-$10K category in history. The Yvette may also invite comparison to Wilson’s cult favorite, the Sophia. Again, this makes sense. For thousands and thousands of music lovers and audiophiles, Sophia was the first experience they had with Wilson. Sophia was treasured for her unique combination of musicality and accessibility with other traditional Wilson virtues, such as dynamic resolution and soundstaging. She was, above all else, easy-going and eminently lovable.

The new Yvette draws from this rich tradition. But, perhaps more importantly, it derives its core technology directly from the enormous research-and-development reservoir of what is perhaps Wilson’s most prolific era of innovation to date. Wilson’s latest Sasha Series 2, the Alexia, the leading-edge Alexx have all informed the Yvette project, in some cases, with identical components. And like the Alexx, the Yvette was developed alongside Dave Wilson’s new WAMM project.Yvette is the most advanced and musically refined single-enclosure loudspeaker in Wilson’s history.

Drivers:

In conjunction with the WAMM project, Wilson Audio recently completed yet another wave of research into tweeter technology and driver materials. Tweeters with domes constructed from beryllium and diamond—the seemingly ubiquitous choice of many loudspeaker engineers—were developed, tested, and rigorously compared to the latest version of Wilson’s Convergent Synergy Tweeter. While many of these designs held promise on paper, they all fell well short of the musicality, natural resolution, and coherence of Wilson’s tweeter.

The Yvette employs the MK III version of the Convergent Synergy Tweeter, which is also found in the Sasha Series 2 and the Alexx. The MK III features Wilson’s latest thinking on rear-wave diffraction and ultra-low resonance rear chambers. It mates seamlessly with Wilson’s proprietary midrange driver, which is the same unit found in the Alexandria XLF.

The ten-inch woofer chosen for the Yvette was (one of two woofers) originally developed for the Alexia, and is a cousin to the ten-inch in the Alexx and the upcoming WAMM. These newest series of bass drivers are partially responsible for Wilson’s unique blend of dynamic contrast, impact, speed, and musicality. When installed in Yvette’s bass enclosure, which was optimized for this driver in terms of volume and resonance control, it pushes the boundary of musical accuracy, extension, and dynamics for such a compact loudspeaker.

Specifications

Enclosure Type Woofer:         Rear Ported
Enclosure Type Midrange:     Rear Vented
Enclosure Type Tweeter:       Sealed
Woofer:                                  10 inches (25.4 cm) Paper Pulp
Midrange:                               7 inches (17.78 cm)
Tweeter:                                 1 inch, (2.54 cm) Silk Dome
Sensitivity:                              86 dB @ 1Watt @ 1meter @ 1kHz
Nominal Impedance:              4 ohms / minimum 2.94 ohms @ 90 Hz
Minimum Amplifier Power:     50 Watts per channel
Frequency Response:            20 Hz – 25 kHz +/- 3 dB Room Average Response [RAR]
Overall Dimensions:               Height: 41 inches (104.14 cm) w/o spikes
Width: 13 1/4 inches (33.66 cm)
Depth: 20 1/16 inches (50.92 cm)
Approx. System Weight Per Channel:     175 lbs (79.38 kg)
Total System Shipping Weight (approx.)  515 lbs (233.60 kg)

Reviews

Perhaps the most significant premiere at RMAF was the unveiling of the Wilson Audio Yvette three-way loudspeaker ($25,500/pair). Another design from Wilson Audio heir apparent, Daryl Wilson, it replaces the recently retired Sophia 3.

Perhaps the most significant premiere at RMAF was the unveiling of the Wilson Audio Yvette three-way loudspeaker ($25,500/pair). Another design from Wilson Audio heir apparent, Daryl Wilson, it replaces the recently retired Sophia 3.

At an hour-long Saturday-afternoon press event, jointly sponsored by Wilson and VTL, John Atkinson and I joined others to hear Wilson Audio’s Peter McGrath introduce Yvette. “We want to differentiate it from the Sophia because there are so many changes,” he explained. The 175 lb loudspeaker has an sensitivity of 86-87dB. This may be lower than many other Wilsons, but the fact that its nominal impedance of 4 ohms does not dip below 2.9 ohms at 90Hz makes for an easier load on amplifiers than some other Wilson models. “It needs 50W of good power to sing,” Peter explained.
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