WAMM Master Chronosonic
Magnum OpusIn this video, Dave Wilson speaks about his early research on the time domain, and how this poorly understood phenomenon affects the way we hear music. Dave also reveals his inspiration for designing loudspeakers—the passion that has been central to his designs during a career spanning more than thirty-five years. Please celebrate with us this small homage of Dave’s remarkable life work, which, as it relates to loudspeakers, now culminates in his Magnum Opus, the WAMM Master Chronosonic.
It's About TimeThis video previews the long awaited WAMM, Master Chronosonic™, Dave Wilson's Magnum Opus. Nearly five years of research, development, and thought have gone into the new WAMM. Now, as a preface to its launch in a few months, we offer up this small homage to Dave, a visionary who has indelibly changed the way we all think about music and its reproduction.
- Daryl Wilson and Wilson’s team of engineers recently concluded another round of research and development into tweeter technology.
- Wilson’s MTM configurations, which feature time-domain adjustability, have always been far more sophisticated
- Unlike the original WAMM, which required a subwoofer to cover the bottom octaves, the Master Chronosonic is a true full-range design.
Enclosure MaterialsMost loudspeaker manufacturers are content with building enclosures from medium-density fiberboard—a material originally used in the construction of tract-home sub floors. In contrast, Wilson has spent the last several decades researching and developing cutting-edge composites.
WAMM Master SubsonicFrom its inception, the WAMM Master Chronosonic was designed to cover the entire audible spectral bandwidth with an unprecedented time-domain fidelity, ultra-low distortion, and exceptionally well controlled enclosure resonance. It is a laboratory grade instrument on the one hand and an unalloyed conduit to a numinous connection to music on the other.
The Master Chronosonic is a full range loudspeaker, capable of reproducing the bottom octaves of music with extreme speed and authority, but Wilson’s design team also recognizes the advantages presented by fully active bass management and a dedicated subwoofer.
While most manufacturers of subwoofers attempt to bend the immutable laws of physics with undersized enclosures and drivers, Wilson’s approach to the bottom octave is uncompromising and pure. The WATCH Dog and the state-of-the-art Thor’s Hammer are designed to reproduce the region between 10 and 40hz without the aid of distortion-producing equalization or other Band-Aids to poor or compromised designs.
The WAMM Master Subsonic subwoofer builds on the strengths of the Thor’s Hammer. The Subsonic employs three dual-spider woofers in an enclosure tuned to reproduce the infra-sonic range below 10 Hz, and, at the same time, seamlessly and coherently mesh with the Master Chronosonic in the lower mid-bass region. Extreme transient speed is not a intuitive characteristic associated with subs; the Subsonic was designed to cover the bottom octaves at the same level of transient fidelity that characterizes the WAMM Master Chronosonic.
WAMM Master Chronosonic Technical Specifications
DriversWoofers One – 10.5 inches (26.67 cm)
One – 12.5 inches (31.75 cm) Upper Midrange Two – 4 inch (10.16 cm) Lower Midrange Two – 7 inch (17.78 cm) Main Tweeter One – 1 inch silk dome (2.54 cm) Rear-Firing Tweeter One – 1 inch silk dome (2.54 cm)
Enclosures & MaterialsWoofer XLF port, adjustable rear or front firing Midranges Bottom vent, X-material, S-material baffle Tweeter Sealed X-Material Gantry Aerospace Aluminum, W-Material Module Interface, X-Material damping
MeasurementsSensitivity 93.5 dB @ 1W @ 1 meter @1 kHz Nominal Impedance 3 ohms / minimum 1.77 ohms @ 310 Hz Minimum Amplifier Power 100 watts per channel
DimensionsHeight 84.375 inches (214.31 cm) w/o spikes Width 21 inches (53.34 cm) Depth 37.375 inches (94.93 cm) System Weight Per Channel 900 lbs (408.23 kg) Total System Shipping Weight (approx.) 2620 lbs (1188.41 kg)
WAMM Master Subsonic - Drivers & MeasurementsEnclosure Type Front Ported Woofers Three—12 inch Dual Spider (30.48 cm) Frequency Response 10 to 150 Hz. +0, – 3dB Room Average Response [RAR] Nominal Impedance 4 ohms Sensitivity 87 dB @ 1 watt (2.83v at one meter)
WAMM Master Subsonic - DimensionsHeight 65 1/16 inches (165.25 cm) with spike Depth 27 3/16 inches (69.09 cm) Width 18 1/16 inches (45.87 cm) Weight 515 lbs (233.6 Kg) Total Shipping Weight (approx) 695 lbs (315.3 kg) Review " But the WAMM, friends, is no joke. It’s the real thing. No doubt I traipsed up to Wilson to hear it in an agnostic frame of mind. “How much better could it get?” and the usual litany of audio doubts formed the mental knapsack that I toted with me to Provo, Utah." - Read the full review by The Absolute Sound here.
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