Price: $685,000 per pair
Thirty-six years after the Wilson Audio Modular Monitor (WAMM) loudspeaker was introduced—the brand’s very first consumer product—the Utah audio manufacturer has revisited the adjustable modular-driver concept that underpinned the original model. The resulting speaker is one of the most captivating audio releases of last year.
Standing more than 7 feet tall, the WAMM Master Chronosonic is a looming monolith of audio innovation. Its sculpted, curvilinear cabinet accommodates seven drivers housed within separate enclosures: a silk-dome tweeter, two midrange drivers, and two woofers, along with a rear-firing tweeter and a rear-firing midrange driver. The modular system allows the positioning of each driver enclosure to be manually adjusted to calibrate the length of time it takes the sound from each unit to reach the listener’s ear down to 5 microseconds. This process reduces audio degradation due to timing errors, making the speaker sound much more lifelike.
But the WAMM’s appeal extends beyond its modular configuration. Other standout features include an adjustable port on the bass enclosure that can be switched between the front and rear of the speaker to accommodate different room types, as well as the employment of advanced dampening materials in the construction of the enclosures.