Announcing the Sabrina
The inspiration for Sabrina arose from two distinct and seemingly disparate sources: the original WATT/Puppy, and the Alexandria XLF. The WATT/Puppy was the result of Dave Wilson’s belief that a well-designed compact loudspeaker could outperform many of the much larger state-of-the-art systems of its day. Sabrina is nearly the same size as its 1980s progenitor. The XLF, on the other hand, represents the current pinnacle of Wilson’s three-decades-long quest to bridge the gulf between live, unamplified music and its reproduction. The XLF platform offers the world’s most precise time-alignment capability, custom-designed drivers, and cabinet modules constructed from Wilson’s proprietary materials, reducing cabinet resonance and coloration to inaudible levels.
The objectivefor Sabrina was to take the wealth of knowledge and experience contained in the XLF and distill it down to its essence. To create a loudspeaker that, like the first WATT/Puppy, could stand alongside much larger systems and offer the kind of dynamic contrast and harmonic expression that is the defining character of Wilson Audio loudspeakers.
All-new Architecture Using Proven Materials
When it comes to a loudspeaker’s architectural design, Wilson’s philosophy is driven by the notion that a loudspeaker’s form is inextricably tied to its function. The unique physical features which are required in order to reduce propagation errors and lower enclosure panel resonances have for decades now given Wilson loudspeakers their look. Arguably, there is a form of beauty singular to the congruent interplay of technical and aesthetic ideals. Sabrina’s cabinet is hand-assembled, glued with proprietary adhesives, hand-sanded, gel coated, painted with multiple layers of automotive-grade paint, inspected, then polished and buffed to the same exacting standard as every other Wilson loudspeaker. The front baffle and bottom panels are built from Wilson proprietary composite, X-Material.
When the drivers in a loudspeaker array are aligned so that the leading edge of transients from each driver arrives at the listener’s ear at the same time, the result is a profound improvement in dynamics, harmonic detail, transparency—and in other important areas of sonic performance.
Put simply, all the things that characterize what the brain interprets as “real” in music reproduction. The adjustable driver modules in Wilson’s larger loudspeakers exist to provide unprecedented control over time-alignment in a large variety of listening environments. But in a single cabinet speaker such as Sabrina, the concept is still valid. Sabrina’s driver array has been time optimized for the typical listening room (hence the sloping front baffle of the loudspeaker).
- Woofer: 8 inches (20.32 cm)
- Material: Paper Cone
- Tweeter: 1 inch, Dome (2.54 cm)
- Material: Doped Silk Fabric
- Midrange: 5 3/4 inches (14.61 cm)
- Material: Paper Pulp
- Frequency Response: 31 Hz – 21 kHz: +/- 3 dB, RAR (Room Average Response)
- Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms / 2.53 ohms minimum @ 139 Hz
- Sensitivity: 87 dB @ 1W @ 1m @ 1 kHz
- Height 38 inches (96.48 cm)
- Height w/ Spikes 39 5/16 inches (99.80 cm)
- Width 12 inches (30.48 cm)
- Depth 15 3/16 inches (38.55 cm)
- System Weight Per Channel 94 lbs (42.64 kg)
- Approximate Shipping Weight 222 lbs (100.70 kg)
Price in USD