Announcing the Wilson Audio Yvette Loudspeaker:
Wilson is very excited to introduce its fifth all-new loudspeaker in as many years: The Yvette.
The new Yvette draws from Wilson Audio’s rich tradition, most specifically from Sophia. But, perhaps more importantly, it derives its core technology directly from the enormous research-and-development reservoir of what is perhaps Wilson’s most prolific era of innovation to date. Wilson’s latest Sasha Series 2, the Alexia, the leading-edge Alexx have all informed the Yvette project, in some cases, with identical components. And like the Alexx, the Yvette was developed alongside Dave Wilson’s new WAMM project.
Yvette is the most advanced and musically refined single-enclosure loudspeaker in Wilson’s history.
Like all recent Wilson loudspeakers, the Yvette is the beneficiary of Wilson’s state-of-the-art composites research, the heart of which is the laser vibrometer. Beyond using the best enclosure materials, the Yvette’s architecture is driven by two factors: time-domain performance, and extremely low-resonance and vibration contribution.
The enclosure is built primarily from two Wilson developed composites: the third generation of X-Material, an extremely well-damped and inert composite, and S-Material, which was developed for exquisite midrange performance.
Wilson’s exclusive resistor tuning system, located in an isolated chamber on the rear of the enclosure, can be accessed through a convenient cover on the rear of the loudspeaker. It features improved hardware and accessibility over that found in the Sophia 3.
The Yvette shape and overall aesthetic may call to mind the Sasha Series 2 and elements of the Sabrina. She is simple and organic, with sculpted lines that remind the viewer of the important function her shape serves.
In conjunction with the WAMM project, Wilson Audio recently completed yet another wave of research into tweeter technology and driver materials. The Yvette employs the MK III version of the Convergent Synergy Tweeter, which is also found in the Sasha Series 2 and the Alexx. The MK III features Wilson’s latest thinking on rear-wave diffraction and ultra-low resonance rear chambers. It mates seamlessly with Wilson’s proprietary midrange driver, which is the same unit found in the Alexandria XLF.
The ten-inch woofer chosen for the Yvette was (one of two woofers) originally developed for the Alexia, and is a cousin to the ten-inch in the Alexx and the upcoming WAMM. These newest series of bass drivers are partially responsible for Wilson’s unique blend of dynamic contrast, impact, speed, and musicality. When installed in Yvette’s bass enclosure, which was optimized for this driver in terms of volume and resonance control, it pushes the boundary of musical accuracy, extension, and dynamics for such a compact loudspeaker.
While not adjustable in the time domain as are Wilson’s larger, modular designs, the Yvette benefits from Wilson’s patented testing protocols, and is uniquely time coherent for a single-enclosure design. Wilson continues to be the only loudspeaker company in the world that fully understands the musically deleterious artifacts caused by time-domain smearing endemic to all multi-driver systems, and has, for decades, continuously and rigorously innovated better and more effective solutions for propagation-delay distortion.
- Enclosure Type Woofer: Rear Ported
- Enclosure Type Midrange: Rear Vented
- Enclosure Type Tweeter: Sealed
- Woofers: One—10 inches (25.4 cm) Paper Pulp
- Midrange: One—7 inch (17.78 cm) Cellulose/Paper Pulp Composite
- Tweeter: One—1 inch (2.54 cm) Silk Dome
- Sensitivity: 86 dB @ 1 Watt @ 1 meter @ 1kHz
- Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms / minimum 2.94 ohms @ 90 Hz
- Minimum Amplifier Power: 50 Watts per channel
- Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 25 kHz +/- 3 dB Room Average Response [RAR]
- Overall Dimensions: Height—41 inches (104.14 cm) w/o spikes
Width—13 1/4 inches (33.66 cm)
Depth—20 1/16 inches (50.92 cm)
- System Weight Per Channel: 175 lbs (79.38 kg)
- Total System Shipping Weight (approx.): 515 lbs (233.60 kg)
Yvette will be available in both Wilsongloss™ Standard and Upgrade Colors. Contact us for pricing and to schedule a listening appointment.
Wilson currently expects the Yvette to begin shipping mid-July, 2016.