Wilson Audio Duette Series 2 Bookshelf Loudspeakers

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Wilson Audio Duette 2 - Wilson Audio certainly don’t manufacture cheap speakers but what they do is produce some of the most respected and accomplished loudspeakers this world has ever seen, from the Sabrina to the WAMM you get the same natural, delicate and open sound that get’s as true to the recording as possible whilst pulling you into the music at the same time, Wilson use non-wood materials for their cabinets with time alignment of the drivers playing an important part of their design and look offering something quite unique, HFL are really proud to add Wilson Audio to our portfolio so please come in for a listen to what Wilson Audio has to offer.

Price with Stands - £25,998

Duette is a truly unique product in the audio world: a compact loudspeaker designed specifically for installations where space or aesthetics require placing the loudspeaker near a boundary, such as a wall or in a bookshelf.

Introducing the Duette Series 2

With traditional loudspeaker designs, near-boundary placements wreak havoc on the performance characteristics audiophiles most prize. The soundstage collapses, dynamics are compromised, and a smooth, linear frequency response becomes a distant memory.

The original Duette was designed to overcome these limitations, while still offering a freestanding performance option. With the Series 2 Duette, we decided to forgo the inevitable compromises inherent in that approach, and concentrate on creating a loudspeaker designed solely for near boundary situations, which nevertheless boast the same dynamics, soundstage width and depth, and harmonic beauty of our larger, floorstanding loudspeakers.

Features:

The "Bookshelf" Duette

The new Duette is available in two configurations: a "bookshelf" mode, and a stand-mounted model. In either configuration, the crossover is external to the speaker itself. This has two important advantages. First, it mechanically isolates the crossover components from the drivers, providing greater freedom from vibration induced grain and noise. Secondly, it allows Duette’s 8-inch woofer greater room to breathe and achieve powerful bass response and dynamic alacrity in a cabinet that can still realistically be called "compact".

The "bookshelf" Duette’s crossover is called the Novel Crossover, because it’s the size of a large book. It can nevertheless sit next to the loudspeaker, or be hidden elsewhere in cabinetry. The provided umbilical cable is part of the Duette’s sophisticated time-alignment system and is color-coded for simple and error-free connection.

The Stand Mount Duette

If you desire to use Duette as a floorstanding speaker, it now comes with a newly designed dedicated stand, with the crossover integrated into the base of the stand. This arrangement provides the same kind of mechanical isolation for the crossover found in Wilson’s larger floorstanding loudspeakers. The Duette cabinet is now bolted securely to the stand. Laser vibrometry tests confirmed that this arrangement provides an impedance pathway, guiding unwanted energy away from the enclosure.

Duette Series 2’s tweeter has been modified to included a rear isolation chamber sourced from the Alexia version of the Convergent Synergy tweeter. Another distinctive feature of the new Duette is the slanted front baffle. While the original Duette offered some time-alignment capability, the Series 2 takes time-alignment precision to a whole new level.

We believe these improvements make Duette not just the best compact loudspeaker for near-boundary applications, but the best compact loudspeaker. Period.

Technical Specs:

Drivers

Woofer

  • Size8 inches (19.63 cm)
  • Woofer MaterialHard Paper Pulp
  • Enclosure TypeRear Ported
  • Enclosure MaterialX-Material with S-Material Baffle

Tweeter

  • Size1 inch, Dome (2.54 cm)
  • Tweeter MaterialDoped Silk Fabric
  • Enclosure TypeSealed
  • Enclosure MaterialX-Material with S-Material Baffle

Product Weight

  • Weight Per Channel Uncrated
  • Duette45 lbs (20.41 kg)
  • Novel Crossover24 lbs (10.89 kg)
  • Stand65 lbs (29.48 kg)
  • Shipping Weight System Crated
  • Shipping Weight Duette & Novel130 lbs (58.97 kg)
  • Shipping Weight of Duette106 lbs (48.08 kg)
  • Shipping Weight of Stand122 lbs (55.34 kg)

Measurements

  • Nominal Impedance4 ohms / minimum 4.35 ohms @160Hz
  • Sensitivity92dB @1W@1m@1k
  • Frequency Response33Hz–21kHz +/-3dB, 
  • Room Average Response [RAR]
  • Minimum Amplification Power Recommended20 watts/channel

Dimensions

Duette Enclosure

  • Height18 1/2 inches (46.99 cm) w/o spikes
  • Width10 1/2 inches (26.66 cm)
  • Depth16 1/16 inches (40.82 cm)

Novel Crossover

  • Height11 1/2 inches (29.21 cm)
  • Width4 15/16 inches (12.54 cm)
  • Depth9 3/16 inches (23.28 cm)

Dedicated Stand with Built-in Crossover

  • Height21 7/8 inches (55.56 cm)
  • Width11 7/8 inches (30.16 cm)
  • Depth18 3/4 inches (47.63 cm)

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