Wilson Audio TuneToT
David Wilson designed his first small speaker, the Wilson Audio Tiny Tot (better known as the ‘WATT’) back in the mid-eighties, not for sale, but so he could easily take a pair of high-quality speakers with him for monitoring the on-location recordings he was making for his other company, Wilson Audiophile Recordings. When dealers, audiophiles, and music lovers expressed an interest in purchasing them, he started production, later developing a dedicated woofer module to partner them, which he called the Puppy. The combination of the two went on to become the best-selling over-$US10k US-made loudspeaker in audio history.
Wilson Audio’s new TuneTot, pays homage to the Tiny Tot, but according to John Giolas, of Wilson Audio, it is: ‘ a modern technical tour-de-force designed to offer the timbral beauty, dynamic nuance, soundstage resolution, and transparency—all the hallmarks of Wilson loudspeakers design culture—but do so in environments which are hostile to all of those qualities.’ It’s a two-way bass reflex design that uses a 146mm-diameter doped paper pulp cone bass/midrange driver and a 25mm doped silk fabric dome tweeter, both of which are mounted on a sloping front baffle. The cabinet is made of panels that are made using Wilson’s proprietary ‘X’ and ‘S’ materials: panels made of mineral-filled polymethyl methacrylate. Wilson Audio specs the frequency response at 65Hz–23kHz ±3dB and the sensitivity at 86dBSPL (1W/1m/1kHz). The nominal impedance is claimed as 8Ω, with a minimum impedance of 6.61Ω @ 172Hz.
The external surfaces of the TuneTot are all asymmetrical, to reduce the possibility of internal reflections, and inside the cabinet is a series of acoustic baffles based on the same mathematics used to develop the baffles in the Alexia Series 2 and the WAMM. Cabinet exteriors can be finished in any of the standard ‘WilsonGloss’ paint finishes, as well as five new ‘WilsonGloss’ colours created specifically for the TuneTot.
Rather unusually, the TuneTot comes without speaker grilles, which are an additional $495 per pair. As for the price of the Wilson Audio TuneTots themselves, the base price is $16,995 per pair (for standard colours) with an additional charge for ‘Upgrade’ colours.
For more information, call Wilson Audio’s Australian distributor, Advance Audio Australia on (02) 9561 0799 or visit the company’s website at www.advanceaudio.com.au