Thoughts on hearing a Wilson XVX Chronosonic System at Evolution Hifi

Lee

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Last week I spent three days visiting Evolution Hifi, a new Wilson dealer in Buckhead that has been very successful with the line. Ahead of an event with Daryl Wilson, and partly I think due to tremendous success with the line, Evolution too possession of a pair of XVX Chronosonic speakers in Cranberry Pearl. They were paired with the dCS Vivaldi Apex stack (Acoustic Signature turntable coming later) and Gryphon electronics including the Antileon amp and Zena preamplifier (Apex and Commander are on order I believe). Cabling was Shunyata Omega and Sigma v2 and more Omega is on the way. Power conditioner was Shunyata Gemini but an Typhon and Denali are coming this week I believe with more grounding as well. Two of the three days there were Scott, David Ellington, and Tyler Hall setting these beasts up perfectly and on the third day they rested...I kid...on the third day they were breaking in rapidly.

So some big improvements arriving soon but I really must say this is a quite spectacular system!

I heard...

1. A huge sense of scale but it was not abnormally so. Just a wonderful recreation of a music event.
2. Loads of fine micro and macro detail. I am sure the Vivaldi Apex helps but these XVXs really seem to get dynamics right on.
3. Spot-on instrument timbres. I have a similar but far more humble Alexia V/Rossini Apex pairing and instruments just have an stunningly realistic portrayal.
4. Well defined and powerful bass. I believe there is both a 10.5" and 12.5" woofer and the bass is extraordinary.

This is a system well worth traveling for. If you happen to be in town or have a long layover at Hartsfield, get in an Uber and visit Scott. It's a truly remarkable system that I believe shows how much more realistic these reference level systems have become.

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I was invited to an upcoming event to show this system off. I have been a customer of HiFi Buys (the old Wilson dealer not too far from Evolution in Buckhead), but not Evolution, so perhaps they got my contact info directly from Wilson. Darryl and Bill Peugh are expected as guests.

It sounds like it will be an excellent opportunity to hear the XVX in a well set up environment. I’ve heard the XVX at Paragon Sight and Sound with Burmester, Vivaldi Apex, Transparent, and also ARC. These are grand speakers, and if you’re not too far from Atlanta, and you’re skeptical about Wilson, this should be a great place to hear what the fuss is really about.
 
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I was invited to an upcoming event to show this system off. I have been a customer of HiFi Buys (the old Wilson dealer not too far from Evolution in Buckhead), but not Evolution, so perhaps they got my contact info directly from Wilson. Darryl and Bill Peugh are expected as guests.

It sounds like it will be an excellent opportunity to hear the XVX in a well set up environment. I’ve heard the XVX at Paragon Sight and Sound with Burmester, Vivaldi Apex, Transparent, and also ARC. These are grand speakers, and if you’re not too far from Atlanta, and you’re skeptical about Wilson, this should be a great place to hear what the fuss is really about.

I was the person who talked Daryl into coming. ;)
 
I was the person who talked Daryl into coming. ;)
I need to get over there, I haven’t been to Evolution in years. I still have my Paradigm inwalls in a bedroom system I bought from them when they were over near Gwinnett Place. They were one of the first high end dealers I visited back in the mid-90s. They were pretty cool folks if aI remember.

- Buck
 
I need to get over there, I haven’t been to Evolution in years. I still have my Paradigm inwalls in a bedroom system I bought from them when they were over near Gwinnett Place. They were one of the first high end dealers I visited back in the mid-90s. They were pretty cool folks if aI remember.

- Buck

Defintely worth the trip. Scott is doing very well there. Beautiful facility too!
 
Went back to Evolution today over lunch and hoo boy have things improved still. The bass is even better and the soundstaging is spot on.

Part was break-in and part was room acoustics since Scott and team have put up giant acoustic panels with album artwork on them. They also hung a film screen on the front wall to show brand signage and music videos. Really cool store!
 
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I've spent a couple of months with the Chronosonics, experiencing firsthand how they improved since newly installed. Two subsonic bass towers are also part of the system, driven by Boulder amplification. Absolutely phenominal scale, dynamics, detail and midrange. Best LF integration I've ever heard, using the Wilson Audio crossover. Sorry, cannot find my good photos, but the following provides an idea.

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Frontend is Airforce Zero.
 
I've spent a couple of months with the Chronosonics, experiencing firsthand how they improved since newly installed. Two subsonic bass towers are also part of the system, driven by Boulder amplification. Absolutely phenominal scale, dynamics, detail and midrange. Best LF integration I've ever heard, using the Wilson Audio crossover. Sorry, cannot find my good photos, but the following provides an idea.

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Frontend is Airforce Zero.
Would love to see a photo or two of the Airforce Zero!
 
Yet some prefer Devore ..:)


Audio , where one man’s Euphoria is another's anathema ...!


The End
 
Yet some prefer Devore ..:)


Audio , where one man’s Euphoria is another's anathema ...!


The End

I am friends with John and love his speakers. Both are great companies making great speakers in my humble opinion. That said, the XVX is spectacular.
 
I will be attending the Event on Thursday. Can't wait to hear that system!
 
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Just back home from the Wilson event. Had a great time thanks to Scott Carpenter and crew. Was able to spend a bit of time with Daryl Wilson. I must say he is impressive... very approachable and genuine. As to the XVX's all I can say is they are truly amazing. Every superlative I could come up with would apply. Expertly setup and displayed!
 

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Two nice surprises were that Joshua Dellinger, formerly with McIntosh, and the guys from Western Electric (Trent Suggs, Charles Whitener, and Jim Johnston) showed up.
 
Just back home from the Wilson event. Had a great time thanks to Scott Carpenter and crew. Was able to spend a bit of time with Daryl Wilson. I must say he is impressive... very approachable and genuine. As to the XVX's all I can say is they are truly amazing. Every superlative I could come up with would apply. Expertly setup and displayed!
Scott, is that you in the second photo? If so then I think we met briefly.
 
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Scott, is that you in the second photo? If so then I think we met briefly.
yes, its funny I knew some WBF folks would be there but had no way to identify them!
 
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