02. September 2020 · Comments Off on Wilson Audio Launch SabrinaX Loudspeaker · Categories: Hifi News · Tags: , , , , ,

The Chronosonic XVX is Wilson Audio’s most ambitious and complex production loudspeaker to date. Daryl Wilson and his team of designers and engineers borrowed some of its technology from the limited-edition WAMM Master Chronosonic, now some of that technology has made it’s way into the smaller SabrinaX.

Fresh on the XVX project’s heels, Daryl and his team turned their attention to Wilson’s smallest floorstander. The SabrinaX is a ground-up rethinking of the Sabrina, the small, floor-standing loudspeaker from Wilson Audio.

The new Wilson Audio SabrinaX, their smallest floorstanding loudspeaker

X Material

X-Material has long been the cornerstone of Wilson’s composite technology. In its third iteration, X-Material has the qualities of rigidity, inertness, intrinsic damping, and extreme hardness. For this reason, Wilson Audio’s engineers deploy X-Material in several different applications throughout Wilson’s model lineup. The original Sabrina utilized X-Material only in its baffle and lower spike plate. Now, the SabrinaX’s outer enclosure is constructed entirely from X-Material.

Similar to those designed for the XVX’s midrange modules, a new low-turbulence vent replaces the aluminium unit used in the older model. The vent is milled directly into its X-Material enclosure. The intrinsic strength of X-Material makes complex vent shapes possible.

Wilson Audio SabrinaX features an X Material cabinet

Tweeter From The XVX

The tweeter chosen for SabrinaX is the Convergent Synergy MK5, which Daryl and the team developed initially for the limited-edition WAMM Master Chronosonic. The MK5 later became an integral part of the Chronosonic XVX’s design.

The Wilson Audio SabrinaX tweeter

Midrange

The 5.75-inch midrange driver extends flat to 2 kHz, facilitating the elevated crossover point to the tweeter.

Woofer From The Sasha DAW

The new 8-inch woofer designed and developed for the Sasha DAW’s bass module now finds a home in the SabrinaX. This driver is installed into an all-new, inert bass cabinet.

Wilson Audio SabrinaX (right) and Sabrina (left)

Hardware

The Wilson SabrinaX ports are machined from a solid billet of 6061-T6 aluminium, with a new geometry. The new model has the same Wilson designed and manufactured binding post as the XVX. It is easier to tighten by hand, and also features a banana plug option.

The SabrinaX uses the same spike/diode assembly found in the Chronosonic XVX.

The first Wilson loudspeaker to benefit from Wilson’s recent integration of capacitor design and manufacturer into its factory in Provo, Utah, was the Chronosonic XVX. Led by engineer Vern Credille, the design team developed a proprietary multi-wound capacitor specifically for the XVX, which the engineers dubbed AudioCapX-WA. The team took a similar approach with Wilson’s smallest floorstander. SabrinaX benefits from a version of the Wilson AudioCapX explicitly designed for its crossover.

Wilson Audio SabrinaX binding posts

Specifications

Enclosure Type: Rear Ported(bass), Rear Vented (midrange)

Woofer: 8 inches (20.32 cm) Paper Pulp

Tweeter: 1 inch Dome (2.54 cm) Doped Silk Fabric

Midrange: 5 3/4 inches (14.61 cm) Doped Paper Pulp

Sensitivity: 87 dB @ 1W @ 1m @ 1kHz

Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms / 2.60 ohms minimum @ 135Hz

Minimum Amplifier Power: 50 Watts per channel

Frequency Response: 31 Hz – 23kHz: +/- 3 dB: Room Average

Overall Dimensions and Weight: Height: 38 inches (96.46 cm), Height with spikes: 40 5/16 inches (102.34 cm), Width: 12 inches (30.48 cm), Depth: 15 5/16 inches (38.96 cm), 112 lb (50.80 kg)

Price & Availability

Standard Colours: £21,498. Upgrade Colours: £22,998

Shipping to the UK from September and available through distributor Absolute Sounds’ network of dealers

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