Announcing the Wilson Audio Chronosonic XVX Loudspeaker:
The format of the flagship loudspeaker fits Daryl Wilson’s attitudes and convictions perfectly. He is extraordinarily compromise-adverse. Removing any constraints of price or practicality within the design equation felt liberating to Daryl. If Daryl had one advantage his father Dave Wilson lacked, it was the WAMM itself. Some of the technology developed for the WAMM now resides in the Chronosonic XVX in a simpler form. More than in any other previous loudspeaker, Wilson will introduce more technology, features, and manufacturing processes in the Chronosonic XVX. Short of the WAMM itself, no other loudspeaker reproduces music as realistically or communicates the emotional power of the artists so eloquently.
All-new Alnico (ALuminum, NIckel, CObalt) QuadraMag™ Midrange Driver
The sound of unamplified, live music has always resided at the heart of Wilson’s driver development. Just as Wilson’s current midrange driver finds its origins in the great concert halls of the world (chief among them the Musikverein in Vienna Austria), the new Wilson midrange driver’s development was driven by a passion for the authentic sound and emotional experience of live music. Originally co-developed by Dave Wilson (his last design project) and Vern Credille, the new QuadraMag midrange combines Alnico magnets in an entirely re-imagined geometry. The new driver utilizes four separate magnets arranged in an innovative quadrature geometry, which improves efficiency and lowers distortion.
Wilson’s new mid combines all the warmth and natural timbre of this classic magnet formulation in a thoroughly modern design. The new Alnico QuadraMag driver brings together unparalleled natural beauty, harmonic integrity, musicality, low distortion, and ultra-high resolution in a single design. It possesses a distinctive admixture of musical and technical virtues heretofore unrealized with any other previous design.
MTMM Upper Array Geometry
The Chronosonic XVX array is configured using an unusual MTMM (midrange, tweeter, midrange) arrangement. Wilson’s engineers further refined and perfected the proprietary two-way midrange system first developed in the WAMM and subsequently utilized in a simplified form in the ALEXX. The all-new QuadraMag driver joins forces with a modified version of the 4” midrange from the WAMM to form the lower section of the array. A second QuadraMag midrange driver at the top of the array flanks a Convergent Synergy Mk.5 tweeter, completing the MTMM geometry.
The construction of the Upper Array of the XVX consists of an open-architecture Gantry system constructed from X-Material reinforced, ultra-high-grade aluminum. The Gantry’s primary function is to provide an extremely rigid architecture for all the moving elements and modules that enable the system’s accurately adjustable time-domain. The design team paid particular attention to the triangulated cross-bracing and the strategic use of X-Material composites to improve both rigidity and critical damping. The new scalloped finish on the aluminum elements is both beautiful and functional, acting as a diffuser to further minimize the XVX’s sonic signature within the room. A new magnet system secures the decorative Gantry grille covers, which enables quick and easy attachment or removal of the grille.
Woofers From the WAMM Master Chronosonic
Wilson Audio originally developed the ten- and twelve-inch woofers appearing in Chronosonic XVX’s in conjunction with the WAMM Master Chronosonic project. Vern Credille designed the two woofers from the ground up to complement each other. He individually optimized the drivers for both speed and authority. Chronosonic XVX’s woofers incorporate all of Wilson’s latest thinking on accurate and musical low-frequency music reproduction.
Chronosonic XVX’s volume-optimized, ultra-low resonance woofer enclosure is the perfect home for these state-of-the-art bass drivers. The holistic totality of the various elements significantly raises the bar for bottom octave musicality and accuracy—performance exceeded only by the WAMM.
Wilson continues its now decades-long research and development into the latest composites. While most loudspeaker designers typically focus on a single material, whether it is a favored formula of aluminum, an exotic wood, or the newest trend in composites, Wilson has long recognized the need for specialized materials for different enclosure applications. Materials research into the actual factors that improve musical accuracy has been the critical focus of Wilson’s ongoing efforts to push the envelope of loudspeaker performance. Wilson uses the latest cutting-edge development tools, including its remarkable Laser Doppler Vibrometry system. With state of-the-art resolution, this measurement technique is capable of revealing the most minuscule of enclosure resonances—music-destroying vibrations undetectable using traditional measurements methods.
Like the WAMM, the XVX’s cabinets and modules are constructed using a combination of the company’s proprietary X- and S-Material composites, and aerospace aluminum.
New Crossover Design Details
The crossover housing is now constructed from carbon fiber. An all-new Wilson-designed connecting spades now join Wilson’s proprietary binding posts as a unified connection system. The quick-release time-domain adjustment bolts first developed for the Sasha DAW are utilized in the XVX. The tuning and protection resistors are located on an easily accessible portion of the rear cabinet. Each is mounted to a carbon fiber substrate. Changing resistors is a simple matter of removing a quick-release glass cover and removing the hardware from the heatsinks.
AudioCapX—New Wilson Designed and Manufactured Crossover Capacitors
Wilson Audio recently moved its capacitor design and production in-house to control and improve quality and build upon its already industry-leading crossover-to-crossover consistency. Wilson has long been the leader for ultra-tight tolerances in its crossovers, combining the best components available with extremely meticulous execution and testing. Since its inception nearly a year ago, Wilson’s capacitor division resides at the pinnacle of innovative capacitor technology and empirical (music-centric) development. Within the Chronosonic XVX’s crossover, Wilson debuts the all-new AudioCapX-WA (application-specific, bespoke versions of our AudioCapX). AudioCapX-WA capacitors advance the already state-of-the-art harmonic beauty and low noise floor—and simplify the method for even tighter tolerances within Wilson’s crossovers.
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)
Height: 73 5/8 inches (187 cm) w/o spikes
Width: 16 1/2 inches (42 cm)
Depth: 33 inches (84 cm)
The Chronosonic XVX Micrometer
The result is an array capable of exceptionally accurate adjustability. Two Micrometer units within the XVX upper array—one for the upper QuadraMag driver and the Convergent Synergy tweeter, the other for the second QuadraMag and the 4″ midrange. In turn, each of those modules is individually adjustable in relative position within the array.
This complex mechanism resides at the heart of the Chronosonic XVX’s time-domain accuracy and facilitates the loudspeaker’s optimization for nearly any sound room and listening geometry. Only the WAMM matches the XVX’s real-world time-domain accuracy, which in most rooms deviates less than 5-millionths-of-a-second driver to driver.
Transient speed, dynamic and harmonic expression, spatial resolution, micro detail, and extreme silence between the notes are all products of the XVX’s time-domain accuracy.
Convergent Synergy Mk.5 Tweeter
The geometry and other aspects of the Convergent Synergy driver have been continuously refined. Wilson spec’d the Mk. 5 version for the Chronosonic XVX. The Convergent Synergy tweeter works seamlessly with the QuadraMag midrange. The coherency and the musicality of the combination set new standards. The rear-firing ambiance tweeter is also a Mk. 5 Convergent Synergy unit. For the first time, the rear-firing tweeter will feature adjustable 0dB to minus 37dB attenuation to enable fine tuning of this element for each installation.
Cross-Load Flow Port (XLF)
As most audiophiles have experienced, various architectural details within a home affect the way a loudspeaker loads bass into the room. In rooms featuring several large windows, for example, a loudspeaker well-extended in the bass in typical situations can sound lean.
Dave Wilson originally conceived of the Cross-Load Firing Port as an effective remedy for this real-world problem. An elegantly simple idea, the Cross-Load system allows the user to choose either a front or rear-firing port configuration. On the front of the XVX, below the woofers, a plate covers a plug for that (one-of-two) port. The port in this configuration is on the rear of the bass enclosure.
In rooms where the rear-firing option would tend to overload the bass, it is merely a matter of removing the plate and port plug, switching those items to the rear, and attaching the low-turbulence trim to the front, moving the port exit to the front of the Chronosonic XVX.