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Old 09-06-2019, 04:54 AM
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Excellent video. Here's my initial assessment: the XVX will fit and I believe work well in my room. If you swivel the Alexx around and point it straight ahead it is 23" from the side wall. The XVX would be 36" and this would allow 3" below the ceiling. The Alexx is 8.5' apart inside wall to inside wall of speaker and 23" off the Thor. The XVX would be 6.33' apart inside wall of speaker to inside wall and 8" from the Thor. The toe in would be less and I sit 11' from the Alexx. I could move in up to a foot closer with my sofa to the XVX if needed. My room is 15.25' wide and my measurements are based on 180". My ceiling slope is 45 degrees and wall height 5' so if I go out 3' I am at 1.5' up or 78" which is where I get the 3" ceiling clearance, since the spiked height of the XVX would be 75". I hope the rear tweeter is low compared to the XLF. The way I make a purchase like this is that first I have to check and see if the funds are there. They definitely are. Would this change my financial position at all? No. Would it change anything, a meal, vacation, large purchase for home, car purchase, anything. No. Then I buy it in my mind and let it sit for a while to see how it feels.

The really good thing is that all my other equipment is new, recently purchased. They are absolute endpoints for me. As much as I like the Alexx, it does not have the feel (not the sound), to be may last loudspeaker but it could be. The XVX would be. It sounds like a lot of money but it would end my quest for a reference loudspeaker.

Everything will have to be double and triple checked as far as measurements. And I will have to check with Wilson and my dealer in great detail. A purchase like this will take 12-18 months especially since the ship date is the end of October. I suspect a back log of orders.

I have to say there's is nothing that I don't like about the XVX. It's everything I dream about in a speaker. There's nothing I don't like about my Alexx. It really is a great speaker and the first I have heard that I was totally satisfied with sound wise. This is really not about sound for me. It is about owning a true reference. I never thought one could fit in my room.

Last thought: all things are a matter of priorities. If I had hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in amps, preamps, and sources, as some of you do, a purchase like this would be impossible for me. I have always felt that Mac represents the best by far value on the market. I've got 1,500 watts of very clean SS power per channel enough to easily drive an XVX. The D1100 is in my mind the best value in a preamp/DAC on the market and my cables are Wel Signature and power cords Dragons, all solid silver. High end audio is very personal: I have exactly what I want for me source, amp and preamp. I feel that adding an XVX would give me an extremely cost effective, frugal, well thought out reference system. The only change would be that as Mac upgrades their reference D1100 to drop in the new piece at my discretion. That's pocket change but great fun to have the current most up to date Mac digital preamp/DAC.


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Old 09-06-2019, 10:21 PM
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Old 09-07-2019, 05:23 AM
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Thank you for the excellent video. Very helpful. It looks like the rear tweeter (not shown in video) is high but not at the very top. I would like to see the rear tweeter. Alas, not to be. It would seem that when you are showing a speaker like this, providing a view of all the drivers would be important to potential buyers. I also note that speaker height and price was a consideration with the XVX. The fact that the rear tweeter is totally adjustable is very important to me. It was not with the XLF. All in all Daryl has priced it within reach and the height is acceptable but the rear tweeter is a question. Gorgeous speaker. I'd set the XVX as far apart as possible, then adjust my sofa for optimal sound. I have contacted my dealer. He can get me one and says he is confident he can assemble it and tune it to my ears. So we shall see. Again, thank you for the video and if you have an understanding of the rear tweeter, much appreciated.
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Old 09-07-2019, 07:15 AM
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Wrt location, this is my speculation.



It is the same 1-inch silk dome Convergent Synergy Mk.5 tweeter as the front driver. It is not identical to the one in your Alexx, which I believe is the Mk.3
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Old 09-07-2019, 02:33 PM
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Charles, from the XVX Press Release:

"For the first time, the rear-firing tweeter will fea-
ture adjustable 0dB to minus 37dB attenuation to en-
able fine tuning of this element for each installation."

Combined with the other adjustments, I think you and you dealer along with your experience with your Alexxs, should be able to dial in the XVX to your room and listening position.

I'd suggest you get your order in, since I think the first production run will sell quickly.
I'd also suggest you have your dealer get samples of the new WilsonGloss Premium Pearl
colors.
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I am not normally too kind on white speakers, but the XVX looks so slick in white.
There are other great colors, but the white one caught my attention. Congratulations
in advance, it's going to be a serious upgrade.
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I am not normally too kind on white speakers, but the XVX looks so slick in white.
There are other great colors, but the white one caught my attention. Congratulations
in advance, it's going to be a serious upgrade.
It's not just white, it's a very unique color with some kind of sparkle in it... Not sure what it is! I don't think it's just metal flake. Looks fantastic in person.

The xvx is a stunning speaker in person. A true work of art. I thought the Alexia was a work of art years ago... But this makes the Alexia look basic and boring! Still love mine though
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It's not just white, it's a very unique color with some kind of sparkle in it... Not sure what it is! I don't think it's just metal flake. Looks fantastic in person.

The xvx is a stunning speaker in person. A true work of art. I thought the Alexia was a work of art years ago... But this makes the Alexia look basic and boring! Still love mine though
Yes, I don't know what it is, how it is different, but it's gorgeous to look at
and the contrast with the black grills also looks impressive, including the
ones on the sides.
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Pearl finish on the XVX at RMAF.
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