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Conversations, Part II
Conversations With Dave
Dave Wilson, Wilson Audio Founder and President, talks about what distinguishes live music from reproduced music, and what aspects of loudspeaker design are most relevant to approaching the sound of live music.
The Violin Bow
In the second video in our series, Dave Wilson had the opportunity to spend time with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Wilfried Hedenborg during the orchestra's recent North American tour. In a discussion of the bow's importance to the sound a violinist produces, Hedenborg relates the captivating tale about his attempt to make a copy of a bow borrowed from his teacher and mentor, Ruggiero Ricci.
Musicians and Wilson Loudspeakers, Pt. 1
This video is the first in a multi-part series that focuses on the stories of professional musicians who use Wilson Audio loudspeakers. This inaugural installment was made from footage of an impromptu interview with Peter Poltun, conducted by Dave Wilson and filmed by Daryl Wilson during their visit to Vienna in the Fall of 2012.
The most productive workplaces have a culture that attracts and holds people most in tune with that environment. In this candid piece, some of Wilson Audio's employees reflect on what keeps them engrossed in building loudspeakers after a decade or more with the company.
I Can See Music Everywhere
This is a story of friendship, tradition, and the power of shared music. How did an experience listening to classical music in a professor's living room at the University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee change a young student's life? An experience so indelible that forty years later it galvanized him to spearhead the creation of a campus listening library with 40,000 recordings, showcased in a million-dollar room with state-of-the-art audio. What impact does this unique academic facility have on the lives
The Choice explores a simple question: Is there intrinsic merit in accomplishing a task to the best of one's ability? Certainly this idea pervades the culture of Wilson Audio and is rooted in the character of its founder. It finds expression in the daily efforts of the craftsmen who thrive in this environment, precisely because they love the challenge of doing their best work. And it is manifest in the myriad detailed ways Wilson products themselves exhibit the dedication to excellence for its own sake, and
provenance (n): a term primarily used to describe the origin (and hence, the authenticity) of an artifact or piece of art. In manufacturing, the term implies the notion that certain products embody the culture and place they are made, and would lose that essential character if they were designed or built somewhere else. Few would dispute that a Ferrari is a quintessentially Italian automobile. So what is the provenance of a Wilson loudspeaker?
An impressionistic look inside the Wilson factory at our loudspeakers being built. It's a process that presents a daily challenge to the craftspeople involved--realizing the only hope of preserving the pure ideal of the loudspeaker as it undergoes metamorphosis into physical product lies in flawless execution at every stage of manufacture.
SnowGhost Music Recording Studio
For indie musicians wanting to make records with the best possible sound, mecca just may be a little recording studio in Whitefish, Montana. There Brett Allen presides over a state-of-the-art, spare-no-cost facility designed for the sole purpose of providing indie artists the kind of recording experience they would expect from a label-owned studio. Watch Brett at work, discussing the music industry, the art of recording, and the decision to outfit the studio with five Sashas and a pair of Alexandrias.
Wilson Audio in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Recording Studio
Every Sunday morning, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcasts a live performance over the CBS Radio Network, the nation's longest-running continuous radio show. Trent Walker, the recording engineer in charge of the broadcast describes the process that led him to select Wilson loudspeakers for the control room, and the impact his decision had on the quality of the broadcast sound.
30 Year Reunion
Nearly thirty years ago, Dan D'Agostino, the founder of Krell, helped a fledgling young designer named Dave Wilson launch his first loudspeaker, the WAMM, at the Chicago CES by providing the electronics for the display. This year, at the 2011 CES, Dan launched the first product from his brand new company, Dan D'Agostino: the jewel-like Momentum monoblock amplifier. The loudspeaker he chose to debut his amps with? The Wilson Sasha W/P. For Dave Wilson, it was the opportunity to return a favor, and shine the
Meet Trent Workman and Jerron Marchant, the virtuosos of Customer Service at Wilson Audio. Trent and Jerron, like the rest of us, have been on the receiving end of both good and bad customer service. Armed with that experience, they are fanatical about providing their own customers with only the most empathetic and helpful kind of support. An approach that obviously wouldn't work unless it was upheld by the company they work for. The B139 in question? That's the discontinued driver used in a discontinued lo
Director of Engineering Vern Credille and Mechanical Engineer Blake Schmutz demonstrate one of Wilson Audio's newest tools: the laster vibrometer system. Originally devised for the aerospace industry, the laser vibrometer can measure and visually display minute resonances in a cabinet enclosure on the scale of nanometers. The data generated by the instrument will prove invaluable in the evaluation of new cabinet materials, as well as in the design of bracing structures, as we continue our industry-leading q
Gel Coating is one of the "in-between" processes in the completion of a Wilson Audio loudspeaker. It's completely invisible in the finished product, and yet it is critical to the durability and beauty of every loudspeaker we produce. Clint Odom, who is Wilson's "master Gel Coater" shows us the process, but, more importantly, talks about the meaning and satisfaction he derives from being part of a guild of craftspeople, each one dedicated to the part they play in the creation of the whole.
Sleeping on Sonex
Sheryl Lee Wilson had never encountered the arcane world of high-end audio until she met young Dave Wilson in college and they started dating. Together, as a married couple, they made the fateful decision to transform Dave's hobby into a business. In this intimate reflection, Sheryl Lee Wilson recalls the romance, the challenges, the hardships and rewards of building Wilson Audio from a tiny garage enterprise into one of the most successful privately-owned audio companies in the world.
The automotive-like finish on Wilson Audio loudspeakers is the result of a painstaking, multi-step process, but, ultimately, the quality of the finished product is a function of the skill of the person in the paint booth. Bryan Schramm isn't content with good enough. He's constantly seeking ways to improve his methods and hence, the end product--a product he regards with a pride offset by the humility he displays in talking about himself.
Wilson Audio at the Ferrari Challenge
For those of you that were not able to attend Wilson Audio's event at the Ferrari Challenge at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Ut, here is a video to show you the highlights that you missed.
Another Father and Son
Not every part of a Wilson Audio loudspeaker is fabricated in house. In this video, we meet a father and son team operating a state-of-the-art machine shop in the countryside of Salem, Utah, some twelve miles from the Wilson factory. For years, they've been solely responsible for producing the metal pieces—ports, spikes, alignment blocks, cover plates—that are part of every loudspeaker. What do they get out of it, besides a steady customer? Eric and Elmer Hartman talk about their personal stake in the value
A Brief History of Cabinet Materials at Wilson Audio
When Dave Wilson began building loudspeakers in his garage in the 1980's, he was, from the beginning, concerned about controlling cabinet resonances. Some of the techniques he used (and later abandoned) are now being heralded by other manufacturers as "cutting edge" technology. Meanwhile, Dave and the Wilson engineers continued to research and develop a range of proprietary composites ideally suited to loudspeaker enclosures.
Conversations, Part V
Can a loudspeaker which measures "perfectly" according to all known parameters still sound less than satisfying? Dave discusses the inherent relativity in the notion of "accuracy", and why all the things we're able to measure may not tell you how well a loudspeaker will reproduce the beauty of live music.
Conversations, Part IV
Audio Fundamentalism. Given the myriad equipment choices available to the audiophile, when does passionate self-identification with a particular brand or technology cross the line from the occasion for free-spirited discourse into something less savory--something detrimental to to the sense of community in the high-end, and, ultimately, to the enjoyment of the music itself?
Conversations, Part III
Wilson Audio Founder and President talks about what "voicing" a loudspeaker means to him.
Conversations, Part I
Wilson Audio Founder and President, Dave Wilson, talks about early influences on his ideas about loudspeaker design, noting in particular the work of Gilbert Briggs of Wharfedale. He also considers the myriad technologies available to loudspeaker designers, and their relative strengths and weaknesses.
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