Wilson Audio announces Alexia V

Exhaustive research into Alexia’s time alignment capabilities yielded results that have led to every driver being better aligned with each other and more on-axis with the listener. From recordings users will experience more resolved micro-details and tighter time alignment accuracy at all listening positions, says the maker.

Sculpted to blend with the new form, and increase structural integrity, the midrange enclosure alignment bridge better reinforces the module external frame and is a more massive construction using a combination of X-Material and aluminium. A delicate balance is formed within the lines of Alexia V. In some areas mass was increased while in others material was removed. The cutout that reduces unwanted pressure between the midrange and woofer enclosures found on the top of the Sasha DAW woofer blades is now a part of Alexia V. The more aerodynamic looking tweeter module has been reshaped to comfortably house the larger Convergent Synergy Carbon tweeter.

V-Material is nested in the top of the woofer and midrange enclosures for increased vibration mitigation and control. By using X-Material throughout all three modules, and refining the internal bracing and panel thicknesses, Wilson Audio’s engineers have enhanced enclosure damping to a new standard. Wilson’s research has found S-Material to be a superior material option for midrange driver coupling and provides an open and accurate sonic presentation.

Continuous development

As development finished on Alexx V and as Alexia Series 2 reached its five-year anniversary, Wilson Audio’s Engineers were put to the test to see how far they could push Alexia’s performance envelope. What unfolded is nothing short of remarkable, claims the company.

More than thirty areas of improvement were identified and refined. Benefitting from the enormous evolutions found in Chronosonic XVX and Alexx V, so Alexia V truly sits upon the shoulders of giants.

Windswept fields and towering arches served as points of inspiration for the more svelte lines and thoughtfully distilled design of Alexia V. Alexia V ’s enclosures are crafted from many exotic and proprietary materials. Included in these handcrafted enclosures are the latest versions of X-Material and S-Material, V-Material strategically nested throughout its form, carbon fibre, aerospace grade aluminium, austenitic stainless steel, and gold connections throughout the entire signal path. Each element has been carefully chosen and optimised for its distinctive role in extraordinary sound reproduction.

Transducers

The integration of the tweeter and midrange is a critical element to accurate sound reproduction. Originally, when Alexia Series 2 was introduced, it used the same cellulose fibre/carbon composite midrange unit as is found in the WAMM Master Chronosonic. This midrange has served Alexia well over the years. After extensive experimentation and system refinements the Alnico (Aluminum-Nickel-Cobalt) QuadraMag has been successfully incorporated into the design and selected as the main midrange for the Alexia V. First developed for the Chronosonic XVX, the QuadraMag midrange provides a tonally rich and life-like sound.

Excellence in All Things

Included with Alexia V is a complete set of Wilson Audio Acoustic Diode. An all-new spike system launched with Alexx V, which has been completely upgraded from the standard spike system, and features a novel combination of austenitic stainless steel and Signal Path First introduced in the Alexx V, Wilson’s Convergent Synergy Carbon (CSC) Tweeter now finds a place in the Alexia V. This unique and complex carbon fibre rear-wave chamber is constructed entirely in-house on one of the company’s many dedicated 3D printers.

A few more of the upgrades found in Alexia V include a custom capacitor used in both Alexia V ’s crossovers that has been wound and finished at Wilson Audio’s in-house capacitor manufacturing department (Reliable Capacitors). These unique capacitors are made to industry leading tight tolerances. The AudioCapX-WA capacitors, along with fine-tuning in the crossover topology, have contributed to a new standard in loudspeaker low level resolution, says the maker.

Wilson Audio’s bespoke binding posts also create a cleaner signal path at its point of contact. Both banana plug and traditional spade connections can be used with this binding post. Additionally, the new spades, previously only found on the Chronosonic XVX and Alexx V, are optimised to couple precisely with the binding posts. New custom built cables connecting everything inside Alexia V provides a balanced and beautiful sounding signal path.

Modifications made in the crossover slightly improved the impedance measurement of 2.59 ohms at 84Hz from 2.54 ohms. Alexia V ’s sensitivity measurement has also improved by +1dB over that found in Alexia Series 2.

The V-Material coupling system was created by Wilson Audio’s Special Applications Engineering (WASAE) division and has strong vibration management that reveals far greater dynamic nuances across the entire frequency spectrum. Resistor mounting hardware is now attached to carbon fibre and angled in such a way for a more beautiful presentation and ease to work with. The improved and aesthetically appealing external cable dressing solution works in concert with the new stylized alignment ‘staircase’ block developed for ease of visibility during installation.

The woofer port has been improved to increase laminar flow and the mid enclosure internal volume was increased 6.4% to allow a more open sounding midrange. The woofer enclosure internal volume is also now 8.9% larger compared with Alexia Series 2 creating deeper low frequency reproduction and faster transient settling. Refined internal midrange wave diffusers allow faster midrange settling and there is now an integrated bubble level on the top of the woofer cabinet which makes levelling the loudspeaker much easier and more convenient.

The UK RRP for the standard range of colour options is £79,888 per pair, including VAT and installation. Premium and custom colours are also available.

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