Wil­son Au­dio TuneToT

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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

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