Sabrina is Wilson Audio’s newest—and smallest—3 way, floor-standing loudspeaker. It stands approximately the same height as the original WATT/Puppy, which, in some respects, is its forebearer. Back in the late 1980s, Dave Wilson imagined a truly compact loudspeaker that could compete with the multi-cabinet behemoths of the day.
That the WATT/Puppy quickly became the sales leader in over-$10.000 loudspeakers is one measure of how well Dave succeeded in his quest. Over time, however, as the greater goal of pushing the performance envelope of the original platform became paramount, the WATT/Puppy grew in size and complexity, it’s evolution culminating in the Sasha W/P.
Concurrently, Wilson Audio was exploring the limits of the possible in loudspeaker design, the current apogee of which is the Alexandria XLF. Relentless pursuit of the best proprietary cabinet materials, the most precise time-alignment of custom-designed drivers—with cost not a contingent consideration— the goal was what it always had been: to erase the boundary between live unamplified music, and its reproduction.
Then the question arose: what if Wilson’s engineers could take everything they’ve learned in three decades of state-of-the-art speaker design, distill it down to its essence, and apply that to a truly compact speaker for the 21st century?
Sabrina may be the most diminutive of Wilson Audio’s floor standing loudspeakers, but it is unquestionably part of the Wilson family.
“When I heard New York City dealer Lyric Hi-Fi & Videohad a pair of Wilson Audio’s new Sabrina speakers, I called and made an appointment to hear them. I brought music with me, and started with SMV’s “Thunder” album, which has a trio of master electric bass players (Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten), and the very texture of their basses shined through. Definition and pitch accuracy were superb, and the sheer power of the three basses left no doubt about the Sabrinas’ potency.
As I listened to jazz and classical music, the effortless clarity and poise of these speakers took me by surprise. Lyric has four or five listening rooms, with the Sabrinas playing in an apartment-sized room similar to where I’m guessing a lot of these speakers will be used in.” — Steve Guttenberg
The core directive in creating Sabrina was that it adhere to the standards of design and construction of every Wilson Audio product. The goal of simplicity was not license to cut corners in the pursuit of sonic and aesthetic excellence. The hand-built enclosures are finished and painted to the same exacting standards as every Wilson loudspeaker.
Cabinet materials were chosen to best complement the driver selection, and therefore Sabrina’s front baffle is made from Wilson’s costly and proprietary composite X-Material.
The woofer is the same 8-inch woofer used in Alexia, and atop the 5-inch midrange driver is a specially adapted version of Wilson Audio’s acclaimed Convergent Synergy Tweeter.
Alignment in the time domain of the three drivers—so critical to dynamic contrast and harmonic expression—is a function of the sloping front baffle. Thus, every major hallmark of Wilson Audio design is honored and incorporated into Sabrina.
Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms / 2.53 ohms minimum @ 139 Hz
Sensitivity: 87 dB @ 1W @ 1m @ 1 kHz
Frequenc y Response: 31 Hz – 21 kHz: +/- 3 dB: Room Average Response [RAR]
Minimum Amplification Power Recommended: 50 watts/channel
Woofer: 8 inch drivers (20.32 cm) Cone Material: Paper Composite
Midrange: 5 3/4 inches (14.61 cm) Cone Material: Paper Pulp Composite
Tweeter: 1 inch, Dome (2.54 cm) Dome Material: Doped Silk Fabric
Height—38 inches (96.52 cm) W/spikes: 39 5/16 inches (99.80 cm)
Width—12 inches (30.48cm)
Depth— 15 3/16 inches (38.55cm)
Enclosure Type (Rear Ported) X-Material Front Baffle and Bottom Panel
Weight Per Channel Uncrated: 94 lbs (42.64 kg)
Total Approximate System Shipping Weight: 222 lbs (100.70 kg)
Five Wilsongloss™ Colors:
Sabrina is available in three standard Wilsongloss™ colors—Desert Silver, Galaxy Gray, and Obsidian Black. Two upgrade colors, Biarritz White and Titan Red, are also available for an additional charge.
*All specifications are subject to change.