As many readers know, the Wilson Audio Watt/Puppy speaker system is an enduring high-end audio icon (indeed, CES uses a silhouette front view of the Watt/Puppy as its symbol for high-end audio exhibits). The original Watt (Wilson Audio Tiny Tot) was designed as a small, very high performance, 2-way “location monitor,” and was the first speaker Dave Wilson designed. Later, recognizing a need to turn the Watt into a full-range system, Wilson developed the companion Puppy subwoofer system (so named because everyone knows a Puppy is a Tiny Tot’s best friend), and an audio classic was born.
In many respects, then, the Watt/Puppy is the loudspeaker that put Wilson Audio on the map. And with over fifteen thousand units sold, spanning eight generations of products, it is an undeniable high-end audio success story—the best selling speaker system in its price range of all time.
But, as of May 15, Wilson Audio announced that it has raised the bar by introducing a next-generation successor to the Watt/Puppy System 8—one that is sufficiently different from its forerunners to have earned an entirely new name: Sasha W/P. Wilson explains that the Sasha W/P represents a significant rethinking of the Watt/Puppy concept—one geared toward incorporating many of the technical advancements seen (and heard) in the much more costly Wilson Alexandria X-2 Series 2 and Maxx 3 speaker systems.
The Sasha W/P is said to improve upon the performance of the Watt/Puppy System 8 by introducing a large number of design changes, as outlined below:
Interestingly, though the Sasha W/P is significantly more sophisticated than the Watt/Puppy System 8 that it replaces, it will sell for $26,900/pair—slightly less than the price of the outgoing Watt/Puppy System 8. Wilson explains that the price reduction is made possible by leveraging the increased efficiencies of its new manufacturing facility.
As this is written, Wilson has not yet updated its Web site to include a Sasha W/P product listing, but within a few days more detailed information should become available at: www.wilsonaudio.com.