Wilson Audio Chronosonic XVX First Impressions

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I have to admit that the XVX was highest on my list should I upgrade my speakers. ......until I read one most important spec.o_O Minimum power to drive the speaker is 100 watts. This immediately ruled me out as my Lamm ML3's which are a permanent part of my system are only 32 wpc
So, they likely could sound even better if drivable by a top SET!
 

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well, I would like to think that I have a very good SET, so good in fact that for me the XVX is a non issue as my Lamm gear is permanent in my system
 

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Jeffrey, so you're a "shoes first, spkrs second" kinda guy?
 

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That they can’t, so likely they cannot reach their full potential.
That's conjecture their full potential is what an ss amp can deliver, that's their design limitation.

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Thus Ron by definition would never swap his Pendragons for these.
 

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I do very much like the broad midrange band 'Pendagron-like' 'Genesis-like' ribbon in my own system. Keeping the crossover out of that region creates an audible benefit. The flat impedance and efficiency also bring out the best in every amp I have tried. The metal cage for the ribbon results in some horn-like increase in air impedance, because the ribbons do quite well with dynamics.

The big Wilsons I have heard can sound top notch fantastic, and don't give up much if anything to horns with dynamics. However, they always seem to be hit or miss and require intricate setups and equipment matching. They can also sound lousy if not fed or set up right.

I always had a preference for speakers that were easy to set up and sounded good with just about everything without fuss.
 
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Its a interesting debate
What comes first the chicken or the egg .
The speaker or the amp .
I dont have an easy answer

Easy peasy, it depends; however, your locus of orientation can be explained this way...are you a speaker manufacturer or an amplifier manufacturer?

vbw,
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Speakermanufacturer but that doesnt mean i know the answer .
I could see myself building a better system with the lamm if its as good as they say .
And not using a xvx .
It could also be the other way around , i just dont know at the moment .
 
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That they can’t, so likely they cannot reach their full potential.

Shurely. My car can't reach its full potential because I can't fill the tank with jet fuel or my favorite cognac! :)
 
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