Subwoofers are de rigueur in home theater systems, but their history at Wilson Audio long predates theater surround systems. Dave Wilson’s first commercial product, the multi-cabinet WAMM®, represented his effort to build a speaker capable of reproducing the full range of music, including those lowest organ notes.
The WAMM employed two six-foot tall bass cabinets. Dave understood from the beginning that—when it comes to reproducing the lowest frequencies with dynamic realism and without distortion—there is no substitute for moving large volumes of air. Utilizing and expanding upon the woofer technologies first developed for the WATCH Dog Passive Subwoofer, state-of-the-art, subterranean bass and impact is now possible in a relatively compact cabinet a mere five feet tall.
No other subwoofer of any technology or any configuration is capable of reproducing the bottom octave and subsonic region at the technological or musical level achieved by the Thor’s Hammer. It is truly state of the art.
In a Music System
Audiophiles have long regarded subwoofers as anathema to perfectionist audio systems. Sure, they provide one thing: deeper bass. But they typically do so at the cost of degrading performance in a whole host of other areas. The—not unreasonable—argument holds that since very little musical information occupies the ultra-deep bass region, reducing output in the bottom octave compromises very little.
In reality, though, the ideal subwoofer can reproduce more than the lowest pipe organ note. There is a wealth of ambient and music cues in the deep- bass region. The ideal subwoofer opens up the soundstage to an extraordinary degree.
The benchmark in designing Thor’s Hammer was simple: create a subwoofer that would be, in every measure, a worthy addition to a music system built around Wilson’s flagship loudspeaker, the Alexandria® X-2 Series 2—no easy task since the X-2 extends comfortably below 20 Hz.
That meant primarily two things: First, the subwoofer had to perform with the same alacrity and dynamic range as the Alexandria. Slow, muddy, or distorted bass, no matter how subterranean, wouldn’t suffice.
Secondly, it was critical that the Hammer not create out-of-band distortion that would rob the X-2 of its singular glory, which is—arguably—the most revelatory and seductive midrange in the world.
It goes without saying that, having built a subwoofer that integrates seamlessly with Alexandria (Thor extends X-2’s bandwidth down to 10 Hz.), we’ve made a loudspeaker that will, without question, enhance systems built around MAXXs®, WATT/Puppys—or even, if you’re into physical extremes, Wilson Audio Duettes ™! Thor can even be custom ordered for horizontal placement.
Width – 20 inches (50.80 cm)
Depth – 25 1/8 inches (66.4 cm)