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Wilson Audio WATT Puppy v6.0 Loudspeakers Print E-mail
Friday, 01 December 2000
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Wilson Audio WATT Puppy v6.0 Loudspeakers
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The WATT Puppy is a stunning loudspeaker that is greatly improved over past versions. However, in the past few years, Wilson’s competitors have built speakers that are also incredible that sell for half the price or less than the WATT Puppy v6.0. Martin-Logan’s Prodigy, priced at $10,000, is a great speaker and Revel’s Studio, which sells for $10,000, also demands consideration when shopping for an all-out audio/video system. Neither of the competitors are built or finished to the out-of-this-world specifications of the WATT Puppy, but they both sound very good and are up to a full $10,000 less expensive. Wilson has recently added to the value of the WATT Puppy v6.0 by launching the WATCH Series of loudspeakers which include a $5,200 center and $6,300 rear speakers that are tonally and physically matched to WATT Puppy v6.0s.

The WATT v6.0’s tweeter is still just a little hot for my tastes and my very live-sounding listening room. I mention this for those who don’t have EQ in their system, since that I very easily overcame this problem by adding a very slight, 1 dB low pass filter on my z-systems RDQ-6, which took just a little zip off the top end. You can also try to accomplish this feat with a choice of different electronics, such as tube amps, and/or you can try room treatments, mostly absorption. I recommend RPG, which I have on order but have yet to receive and test.

The new Version 6.0 WATT Puppy is not a subtle modification on an old design. It is huge improvement. WATT Puppies are highly designed loudspeakers that can pull emotional content from music and film in ways that most other loudspeakers cannot. A friend of mine who owns and designs very high-end loudspeakers (he asked to remain anonymous) said that the WATT Puppy v6.0 – not the 5.1s – simply blew his mind. If you think you know how v6.0s sound because you have already heard 5.1s at a dealer, schedule another audition.

With HDTV coming into its own and DVD-Audio promising a commercially viable 24/96 stereo and/or 5.1 playback format, the Wilson WATT Puppy v6.0 is the right speaker at the right time. With the WATCH center, rear speakers and smaller sub rumored, using WATT Puppies in a home theater is no longer an awkward retrofit. WATT Puppies can be integrated cleanly into a professionally designed room without making it look like a mastering studio.

The Wilson WATT Puppy v6.0 is beautiful, ownable for those with the bankroll, and most of all, it is sonically second to none. If you want to hear the music as it is in the studio with lightning-fast response and beyond belief presence, the WATT Puppy v6.0 system is a must-hear. You can spend less money on other excellent loudspeakers because, let’s face it, WATT Puppies are very pricey, but you can’t get the same sound that you will if you dig deep for the $20,000 for the WATT Puppies. I have said it before and I’ll say it again with all-new evidence: in a subjective category like loudspeakers, the Wilson WATT Puppy v6.0 is the best loudspeaker on the planet. Period.

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