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DIY: Wilson Watt Puppy Crossovers

Updated April 17, 2017

The Wilson/Watt Speaker System 8 contains crossover networks. A pair of these speakers cost £18,135 in 2010. They are not available in do-it-yourself kits, and the crossovers are proprietary. Wilson says crossovers are energy-storage media that release energy less than perfectly, resulting in measurable distortion. The system is designed to minimise this distortion. High-quality crossover components and Wilson Watt Puppy clones are available for the DIY enthusiast to experiment.

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The Latest Wilson Sasha W/P Speaker System

The latest entry from Wilson is the Sasha W/P Speaker System, listed at £17,517 a pair. The crossovers have two separate modules--one in the base of the woofer cabinet and the other in the WATT, built as a separate speaker. Nothing is available on the slopes and orders of the networks, as it is confidential information. The crossovers have been relocated to a reinforced section of the woofer enclosure. Wilson says," To account for the different acoustical signature of the Wilson mid-range driver and to exploit its ultra-high resolution, all crossovers have been modified and improved."

Look-Alike and a DIY Wilson Watt Puppy Clone Design

A Loudspeaker Kit Puppy or Watt by Klang + Ton is available as a DIY project, but you will need quite a few components from a building-supply store. The kit includes a high-grade crossover network with ccfc copper foil bobbin in the transformer coil and a silver/oil Mundorf capacitor. The price of the A/O kit is less than £585 per unit. The design resembles the Wilson Speaker System.

Since the real Wilson Watt Puppy Crossovers are firmly wrapped in the enigma of the entire Wilson Speaker System conundrum and they are not available as a DIY project, this German system is a close copy. However, for those willing enthusiasts who want to build a Wilson Watt Puppy Crossover, a clone can be made for the woofer, mid-range and tweeter speakers using a total of three air core coils, six capacitors and six resisters. Schematic and parts description are included. These are components for one unit. You will need double the parts for two-speaker systems. Crossovers can be mounted internally, with speakers in their cabinets.

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Writing from his Cape Cod home alcove, Thomas Edward won American Express' National Humor Contest and wrote "Stern's Reminder," a nautical fiction, in 1999. His first professional publication in 2005, "My Fathers Who Art in Heaven," was followed by short stories in New England One magazine. Edward holds an M.S. in civil (environmental) engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

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