In the mid-1980s, Dave Wilson — the Wilson company’s founder and visionary — introduced their first commercial product. It was called the “WAMM” speaker, which stood for Wilson Audio Modular Monitor. A reference system that reproduced full bandwidth, flat response, and time coherency, the WAMM allowed listeners to enjoy accurate time alignment, regardless of their ear height when seated — or where they sat in the room.
To Dave, however, it was simply a loudspeaker for people, like himself, that loved music.
“During those early years, Dave Wilson, innocently designed loudspeakers to fit his needs and to fulfill his own passions,” said John Giolas, director of Wilson Audio Specialties. “He was surprised when others who heard them wanted to buy them.”
Decades after the original WAMM went into retirement, Dave began building a new flagship speaker in 2012 — the WAMM Master Chronosonic. Meanwhile, Dave’s son Daryl, a loudspeaker designer in his own right, focused on other main products in the Wilson line. In the five-year period it took to complete the new WAMM, Daryl finished design work on the Sabrina, the Alexia Series 2 and the Yvette. He also worked on a MAXX replacement — the ALEXX. As father and son each worked on their respective projects, they came to one another for feedback. Their shared insights helped to elevate each other’s designs.
As Daryl followed his father’s work on the new WAMM, seeds were planted in his own mind. Those seeds grew to become the next generation loudspeaker Daryl helped to design — the Chronosonic XVX.
Released in October 2019, the Chronosonic XVX allows you to listen to music the way the artist intended. Building upon his father’s legacy, Daryl designed the Chronosonic XVX with more technology, features, and manufacturing processes than any other loudspeaker before it. The one advantage Daryl had over his father during development – the use of the WAMM’s foundational technology. You can even find some of that same foundational technology inside the Chronosonic XVX, along with new innovations that set it apart.
- Larger than Life Sound — The first thing you’ll notice about the Chronosonic XVX is the sheer size of it. The loudspeakers are a little more than 6 feet tall (73 and 5/8 an inch, without spikes, to be exact). They’re like the hot rod of loudspeakers — designed to capture attention, not shy away from it.
- Attention to detail — The new driver utilizes four separate magnets — arranged in an innovative quadrature geometry — to improve efficiency and lower distortion. A cross-brace was used to support the upper gantry (highlighted in this marked-up image of the product’s design), improving rigidity and critical damping. The new scalloped finish on the aluminum elements acts as a diffuser to minimize the XVX’s sonic signature within the room. Each constituent of Daryl’s new flagship loudspeaker matters, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. They come together to contribute to the greater whole.
- Time-domain accuracy —Aside from the WAMM, the Chronosonic XVX’s real-world time-domain accuracy is unrivaled. In most rooms, it deviates less than 5-millionths-of-a-second, driver to driver. The result is greater transient speed, dynamic and harmonic expression, spatial resolution, micro detail, and thrilling silence between the notes. Your ears have never been so spoiled.
- New category of premium colors – At the same time of the Chronosonic XVX’s release, Wilson launched the WilsonGloss Premium Pearl with five new options, including Saffron Pearl, Cranberry Pearl and the Olympia Pearl. It’s a multi-stage process to get the color and finish just right. First, a protective gel layer is applied, followed by several layers of base color and a clear- or satin-coat finish. All paint surfaces are then meticulously hand-polished, so the final product looks just as impressive as it sounds.
The Chonosonic XVX is the first speaker Daryl designed since the Sasha DAW (David Andrew Wilson), a tribute to Dave after he passed away in 2018, following a long battle with cancer. His legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren, and through each new innovation developed by Daryl, his apprentice turned master loudspeaker designer.
By the Numbers (Chronosonic XVX Specifications)
Experience has been Daryl’s greatest teacher, both his own and that of his father. Dave deeply understood the most important qualities of reproduced music — and the design choices that must be made to support it. Those insights were also passed along to Daryl, whose every design decision is made to support the highest quality of reproduced music.
- Enclosure Type Midrange Modules: Rear Vented, X&S-Material
- Enclosure Type Tweeters: Sealed Enclosures, X-Material
- Enclosure Type Woofer Module: XLF Ported, X-Material
- Woofers: 10.5 inches (26.67 cm) & 12.5 inches (31.75 cm) Paper Pulp
- Upper Mid-Range: 4 inches (10.16 cm) Paper Pulp Composite
- Lower Mid-Range: (2) 7 inches (17.78 cm) Paper Pulp Composite
- Forward-firing Tweeter: 1 inch (2.54 cm) Dome Material: Doped Silk Fabric (Mk5)
- Rear-firing Tweeter 1 inch (2.54 cm) Dome Material: Doped Silk Fabric (Mk5)
- Overall Dimensions:
- Height: 73 5/8 inches (187 cm) w/o spikes
- Width: 16 1/2 inches (42 cm)
- Depth: 33 inches (84 cm)
Skillful and meticulous assembly, installation and service are as critical to the end result as the loudspeaker’s components themselves. To bring out the best in the Chonosonic XVX, you need a company that is well-versed in the best installation processes and setup methods. That can make all the difference in the resulting sound. Using an inexperienced technician is like handing the keys of your hot rod over to someone who has never driven a car before.
Wilson and Definitive have a lot in common — from our passion for music to our experience enhancing the way people listen to it. We were also founded just one year apart, Wilson Audio in 1974 and Definitive in 1975. From the start, both companies were deeply rooted in their love for music — and their willingness to go to great lengths to help customers reproduce it authentically in their homes.
Since those simpler times, we’ve seen the industry undergo profound changes. Technology has advanced. Well-loved music stores have been acquired by larger corporations. One thing that has remained steadfast? Our desire to help you enjoy music to its full potential.
“Through all this, two things have remained constant: Definitive’s idealist pursuit of a compelling musical experience, and Wilson Audio’s ongoing commitment to building and developing loudspeakers uniquely capable of reproducing music accurately and believably,” Giolas said.
Having grown up alongside Wilson, no one knows their products better than we do. Our experts have traveled to Wilson Audio as a part of a rigorous training curriculum, which focuses on the art and science of loudspeaker setup and proper service.
Above all else, we love what we do. Our experience and underlying passion are likely the reasons why we’ve sold more Wilson loudspeakers than any other dealer in North America.
At the heart of it all, it’s about helping people experience music. That’s why we had a custom Chronosonic XVX built — in Cranberry Pearl — just for your listening pleasure.
Previously in Bellevue, we have recently moved the Chronosonic XVX in our Seattle showroom for Music Matters. Drop in and check it out, you will be blown away with the sound!