Wilson Audio Watt/Puppy audition near Dallas

Mar 10, 2014
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I am working on a loudspeaker upgrade and a friend recently strongly recommended that I give the Watt/Puppy combination a try. In his opinion their sound would suit me and they would fit my current situation well, especially due to the fact that I can't bring my speakers out into the room very much (max 3 feet) and because they would be within my budget. I have the original Gryphon Diablo integrated as amplification.
Since I am very unfamiliar with Wilson Audio and the W/P are discontinued I am trying to find a place to audition them. I live in the Dallas area and thought that maybe someone could point me in the right direction. Maybe there's a W/P owner in the area that would be so kind and open their home in order for me to get an idea of how these sound like.
Thank you all so much in advance for any help.
Best
André
 

DaveyF

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Andre, there were several different versions of the Watt/Puppy, culminating in the model 8. ( Which I think was the best of them ). Each version had a somewhat different sound to the other. Many people, including myself, think that this speaker began to take on a more neutral sound beginning with the model 6. None of the Watt/Puppy combos can compete with the newer version called the Wilson Sasha. The reason, at least to my ears, is that with the Sasha, Wilson finally did away with the nasty 'ringing' Focal titanium dome tweeter that they had been using up until then.
 
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Andre, there were several different versions of the Watt/Puppy, culminating in the model 8. ( Which I think was the best of them ). Each version had a somewhat different sound to the other. Many people, including myself, think that this speaker began to take on a more neutral sound beginning with the model 6. None of the Watt/Puppy combos can compete with the newer version called the Wilson Sasha. The reason, at least to my ears, is that with the Sasha, Wilson finally did away with the nasty 'ringing' Focal titanium dome tweeter that they had been using up until then.
You are referring to the Sasha II - the Sasha had the titanium tweeter. And yes, we agree the model 8 was great sounding.
 
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Andre, there were several different versions of the Watt/Puppy, culminating in the model 8. ( Which I think was the best of them ). Each version had a somewhat different sound to the other. Many people, including myself, think that this speaker began to take on a more neutral sound beginning with the model 6. None of the Watt/Puppy combos can compete with the newer version called the Wilson Sasha. The reason, at least to my ears, is that with the Sasha, Wilson finally did away with the nasty 'ringing' Focal titanium dome tweeter that they had been using up until then.
Thanks, DaveyF
I am looking at preferably the 7 and 8 versions, which would fit the bill. The Sasha is outside of my budget. ;)
 

DaveyF

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Thanks, DaveyF
I am looking at preferably the 7 and 8 versions, which would fit the bill. The Sasha is outside of my budget. ;)
Simple answer, IF you can try both at home, then you will be sure. Since that may not be practical, I would suggest the model 8...although I suspect that either model will work given your parameters. I have not seen either on the used market for some time, so maybe that is going to be the determinant, therefore whichever comes available first.
 
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Simple answer, IF you can try both at home, then you will be sure. Since that may not be practical, I would suggest the model 8...although I suspect that either model will work given your parameters. I have not seen either on the used market for some time, so maybe that is going to be the determinant, therefore whichever comes available first.
there are options on the used market, but I don't want to buy without knowing the house sound. with used and discontinued gear listening before buying is rather difficult.
 

KeithR

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The 7 came out like 15 years ago - finding a demo is going to be difficult. fyi, that speaker was very bright compared to your EAs. The 8 wasn't much of an upgrade as it really was just made for EU consumption. It was actually a quite lazy release and they picked up their groove as Magico came to prominence at the same time - resulting in a much improved Sasha.

You might consider going to the Dallas dealer who may have a Sasha 1 on trade or something at least to hear a Wilson.
 

DaveyF

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there are options on the used market, but I don't want to buy without knowing the house sound. with used and discontinued gear listening before buying is rather difficult.
I’m not sure how you will be able to ascertain the house sound on a system that is going to be, in all likelihood, completely different than yours. Your EA’s will certainly sound very diff to the Wilson’s ...and I think if you like the EA’s, then the Wilson’s will certainly either really float your boat...or they really will not. There won’t be much indecision.
Personally, and given your budget...which I am assuming is about $10k...as that is most likely what you will have to pay for a used pair of Wilson 8’s, I would look elsewhere....to a speaker that is less hobbled by that nasty tweeter. Many choices out there in both the new and used market.
 
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I’m not sure how you will be able to ascertain the house sound on a system that is going to be, in all likelihood, completely different than yours. Your EA’s will certainly sound very diff to the Wilson’s ...and I think if you like the EA’s, then the Wilson’s will certainly either really float your boat...or they really will not. There won’t be much indecision.
Personally, and given your budget...which I am assuming is about $10k...as that is most likely what you will have to pay for a used pair of Wilson 8’s, I would look elsewhere....to a speaker that is less hobbled by that nasty tweeter. Many choices out there in both the new and used market.
I think I'll try to see if there's a Sasha at the local dealer. Might give me an idea. Maybe they have something else than arc to power them in order to create a scenario closer to mine. Thanks.
I had the 8’s. Really enjoyed them. Power hungry...
I have loads of good power and current to spare, imo.
 

Lee

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Do the grills change anything in the sound of the Watt/Puppy? I prefer most speakers without grills, since they are not transparent, but some projects actually are intended to be used with the grills on. What is the case with the Watt/Puppy?
 
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Do the grills change anything in the sound of the Watt/Puppy? I prefer most speakers without grills, since they are not transparent, but some projects actually are intended to be used with the grills on. What is the case with the Watt/Puppy?
I used the Watt/Puppy 5 and later the 7 without grilles, they sounded more airy without them. The only person I have seen using the grilles had small children ...
 

BruceD

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Do the grills change anything in the sound of the Watt/Puppy? I prefer most speakers without grills, since they are not transparent, but some projects actually are intended to be used with the grills on. What is the case with the Watt/Puppy?
I found my Watt Pups like Micro sounded more open with the Foam ( not grills per se in this case) off--it was not a finish befitting the product in my opinion--

they either rotted or deformed outa shape if you messed with them too much.

I've tended to remove grills on most of what I've run--except the LS3/5a's they were voiced with the covers on.

Early model Tannoy cloths were fixed to the cabinets also.

BruceD
 
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I am an EA dealer and have a pair of Mini 2's and a customer with a killer sounding pair of MM3's. You are welcome to come over and hear either or both.
 

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