Does Wilson Make The World’s Best Speakers? Many Think So.
WAMM, WHOW, Grand SLAMM! It’s enough to make you wonder WATT in blazes is happening?
No, this isn’t a discourse on pop art paintings that resemble blown up comic book panels. It’s an introduction to the venerated loudspeakers from Wilson Audio. Company founder Dave Wilson used those terms for model designations.
They’re a bit misleading since Wilson speakers deliver far more than the blunt-force bass they imply. Dynamic power, always a Wilson hallmark, is just one reason audiophiles revere the brand. Countless Wilson devotees will tell you, without hesitation, that these speakers have it all.
We heartily agree. Wilsons are forcefully dynamic yet highly detailed, fast and distortion-free, exceptionally transparent with true-to-life timbre, and as spatially correct as any loudspeaker has ever been.
You’ll Find The Diamonds From Bowers & Wilkins Absolutely Dazzling
Lyric, the nation’s oldest high end audio retailer, is a resource for information about these splendid speakers. Before you invest in them, be sure to visit one of our stores. When you do, you’ll be able to talk to a real expert about your needs, and you’ll begin to understand the Lyric Advantage. Read more about the Lyric Advantage here.
In 1979, Bowers & Wilkins introduced its original 801 loudspeaker, a giant step forward for the firm and its customers but a mere first step in the creation of what has since become an almost mythic model range.
The venerable British firm unveiled its 800 Diamond range at the January 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show and has since followed it with improved D2 and D3 iterations, each of which embodied numerous refinements and improved sonics. These speakers mirror a long tradition of distinguished English luxury goods, such as Rolls Royce and Bentley automobiles, and clothing by Burberry and Barbour. The company’s diamond dome tweeters are built into every 800 model, even the stand mounted 805, for clear, uncolored, distortion-free sound.
Sound That Isn’t Burdened By Boxes
When you play music through Magneplanars, instrumental and vocal performers sound as if they’re right there with you in your listening room.
One reason for the extraordinarily lifelike Magneplanar sound is the absence of box-like enclosures. (Cup your hands around your mouth and speak loudly to approximate the box effect.)
Magneplanars are configured as panels. While boxes can constrict sound, panel-shaped Magneplanars open up a wide, uncommonly realistic soundstage.
In that respect, they’re the sonic equivalent of large HDTV monitors.
Fidelity Freed From High Prices
Every audio enthusiast who has heard Magneplanars will tell you they represent outstanding value. Speakers sounding anywhere near as good invariably sell for at least two or three times the price of comparable Magneplanar models.
Magneplanar’s entry-level model, The MMGi, is just one example. Lyric customers hearing it for the first time are invariably shocked to find they can take a pair home for only $650.
The MMGi, incidentally, is a floorstanding model, not a small, sonically-compromised, stand-mounted speaker.
Hear Today’s Super-Fi LPs Outdo The Originals — On An Affordable Rega Turntable
In an era increasingly associated with digital devices, the renaissance of analogue recordings and turntables made to play them has amazed many observers. While some attribute the phenomenon to nostalgia, we know it occurred because music on vinyl, always marvelous, sounds better than ever.
Many of the industry’s classic albums have been remastered and pressed on heavy, high grade vinyl, which is vastly superior to the commercial grade. These new records sound substantially better than the originals — provided, that is, you play them on a high quality turntable.
Though Lyric was one of the first American audio stores to offer CD players, we never stopped recommending turntables to our audiophile clients. These days, given the proliferation of remastered, super-fi LPs, we once again see the turntable as essential to every home music system.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer, a serious listener on a budget, or a veteran audiophile in search of a top-echelon model, we have your turntable.