Our customer chose to upgrade to the Alexia II's without an audition. Quite a leap of faith, but it was certainly among the best decisions he has made. The II's are in a class of their own and a significant step upwards from the 1s. The tweeter is the best I have heard from Wilson, and, overall, the response is considerably more linear than its predecessor, requiring much less adjustment in the calibration. Virtually flat to 20 cycles (down 3db at 20) in his room, the sub was almost an afterthought. We were able to integrate it subtly. A minuscule shelving up of everything from 2k up added some needed bite without affecting the overall balance. Wilson is to be congratulated on producing such a fine speaker. The system is at a new pinnacle of performance. There is much more meat on the bones. Clarity, definition and separation are all improved. Can we extract more? Yes, the PranaWire Sukhavati interconnects and speaker cables are under construction. And beyond that? Watch this space.
The upper chart shows the response of the Alexia in room (without sub) prior to our calibration. The lower chart shows the response after. The smooth gentle slope downward is nearly ideal.
We are happy to announce that we are beginning production of a new speaker cable, The Sukhavati, or Realm of Bliss. For this cable we are pulling out all of the stops. It is a quadruple Ribbon Design with three of Pure Silver and one of pure copper (aggregate total = 2 gauge), a total of three shields for 21 element construction with specially treated internal layers, and pure silver connectors.