JITTERING IN SILENCE

Complex mixes do not perturb the Sasha W/P. I suspect something special is going on with the crossover and the ‘anti-jitter’ technology. The crossover’s self noise—or lack thereof—makes for such a low level of hash and inter-driver harmonic interaction (or what I could also describe as a trail of inter-transducer overtone delay or smearing) that different instruments’ tonal character is easily identified as is their spatial relationship to one another. This inter-driver silence I refer to is actually quite an important sonic feature that differentiates Sasha from System 8, and indeed, just about any other speaker I’ve heard in my listening room. If I could draw an analogy it would be like the three-lens projector—one each for red, green and blue (or tweeter, mid, bass). The System 8, as extraordinary as it was, ever-so-subtly misaligned the three colours; visually, it was like object outlines/edges had a just-perceptible fringe of each colour bleeding outwards. Sasha has dead sharp perfectly-aligned edges—total inter-driver harmonic silence. I believe that this sonic feature—which can be understood and identified once it’s experienced—is tied in with this so-called ‘anti-jitter’ technology. Can a large multi-driver speaker (now larger than ever) not only be coherent but also manage a disappearing act? Yes it can (says he, in an Obama voice). The Sasha presents a soundfield that throws images beyond the speakers’ positions with surprising width, depth and height. In doing so Sasha also places within this soundscape focused, rounded and full-bodied images in accurate positions within that space. Now, many speakers can do this—in fact most well-designed speakers at far lower price points can do this well—but few large speakers can manage to project such huge expanses of clear, precise and delineated images so holistically and in full high-resolution while totally disappearing (recording and room acoustics permitting).

The level of detail (especially low level micro-detail) Sasha can present while still maintaining its tonal balance is actually quite astonishing. Ultra low level musical nuances and micro-detail add to the impression of re-creating a real performance event. This speaker excels at delivering the minutiae of nail-on-string, bow-rosinrubbed- gut, expelled breath, etc. These are additive elements that escalate the sense of verisimilitude and Sasha excels at translating the musicians’ playing techniques, accents and intent.

CONCLUSION

So is the new Sasha W/P the perfect speaker? Read the foregoing and you’d be excused for thinking so… and it’s not leaving the Kramer household; it’s my new reference. In fact, it’s a reference, period.

Let’s examine the facts: the Sasha W/P is a speaker with a rich ancestral history, created by a company with a formidable reputation and an enviable standing in the high-end audio industry. It’s a design possessing thorough engineering principles, extraordinary sound quality, attractive form, immaculate fit and finish and researched materials implementation. So does that make it perfect? Well, perfection in audio is more and more a subjective notion—objective perfection is practically and perhaps even conceptually, impossible. But for this writer the Wilson Audio Sasha W/P is, truly, finally, nigh there…

Readers interested in a full technical appraisal of the performance of the Wilson Audio Sasha Watt/Puppy should continue on and read the LABORATORY REPORT published on the following pages. Readers should note that the results mentioned in the report, tabulated in performance charts and/or displayed using graphs and/or photographs should be construed as applying only to the specific sample tested.

WILSON AUDIO SASHA W/P Loudspeakers

Brand: Wilson Audio
Model: Sasha
Category: Floorstanding Loudspeakers
RRP: $44,950
Warranty: Five Years

Positive

  • Superb bass
  • Alignment flexibility
  • Micro-detailing
  • Ease of drive

Negative

  • Cumbersome weight
  • Price