Hong Kong. An interesting story. I was invited to hear the new Wilson Alexx V in the home of a friend of a friend earlier this year. The owner lives alone in an old apartment, and he has dedicated his living/dining room to his audio hobby. It immediately struck me when I entered because the room was very small and almost cube like in dimensions. The large speakers were tucked into the corners with super expensive high powered SS amps in the middle. The owner spent most of the time telling everyone how much money he spent on his system, and how he got his equipment upgraded with special caps, wiring etc. When he started playing music (if you can call it that), it was very apparent that there is a huge peak somewhere in the bass region, probably around 80Hz. Talking about boomy one note bass. In fact, the whole room was shaking due to the resonance. He kept playing tracks that had a lot of energy in this spectrum, and telling everyone how amazing the bass of his system was. He then proceeded to play tracks of a shrieking woman (apparently a sound track from a Japanese horror movie) and other sound effects. It got a bit too much for me, and I wanted to leave.
He then said "So and so (a veteran audio dealer in Hong Kong) came by last week to listen, and he said it is the most rubbish sound he has ever heard. What does the guy know about audio ? He is just envious because I did not buy from him." I just happen to know this dealer well, and his business has thrived after more than 25 years because he is brutally honest and always generous with his time and considerable expertise towards fellow audiophiles, customer or not. At that point, I asked to be excused.
And you are correct. This is not the sound I prefer.
Thanks again, but I am sad that you choose to refer this almost morbid case of Hong Kong extreme audiophilia involving Wilson Audio and ignore the surely great systems that your competent audio dealer has surely installed in this thread about a great XVX demo. The fact that the system was assembled in absence of the dealer confirms that this system is not representative of typical Wilson Audio systems.
Considering the big success, longevity of the brand and relatively large sales of Wilson Audio speakers it is very probable that many people know about poor systems using them - it is the price of being successful.
I prefer to address mostly the positive experiences I had, independently of the brand being addressed, ignoring those I disliked. It is my way of living this hobby. I would never be a member of WWF. (What is the Worst Forum) ...