Polaris—the North Star—anchors the rotating night sky as the immovable center above the north pole. The task of a center channel loudspeaker is to provide the still point around which swirl the ...
Polaris—the North Star—anchors the rotating night sky as the immovable center above the north pole. The task of a center channel loudspeaker is to provide the still point around which swirl the action, music, and emotion of the home theater experience.
|Woofers:||Two – 9.5 inch (24.13 cm)|
|Midrange:||Two – 7 inch (17.78 cm)|
|Tweeter:||One – 1 inch inverted dome (2.54 cm)|
|Sensitivity:||94 dB @ 1 watt @ one meter @ 1 kHz|
|Nominal Impedance:||4 ohms, 2.2 ohms minimum @ 49 Hz|
|Frequency Response:||+/- 3 dB 20 Hz - 21 kHz Room Average Response|
|Minimum Amplifier Power:||20 watts per channel|
|Overall Dimensions:||Height – 29 inches (72.39 cm) w/o spikes
30.75 inches (78.11 cm) with spikes
Width – 38.75 inches (96.52 cm)
Depth – 25 inches (63.33 cm)
|Approx. System Product Weight:||294 lbs (133.36 kg)|
|Total Approx. System Shipping Weight:||485 lbs (219.99 kg)|
Polaris, MAXX 3, and Alexandria X-2
To create a low profile loudspeaker worthy to occupy the same space (literally or figuratively) as Alexandria and MAXX meant that several design challenges had to be met.
Polaris had to incorporate Wilson's flagship loudspeakers' characteristic tonal accuracy and coherence. It had to meet the same standards of dynamic contrast and speed. Finally, it had to achieve the level of transparency, detail, and spatial resolution that set Alexandria and MAXX at the pinnacle of audio art.
In short, the same synergy of drivers, cabinet materials, crossovers and Aspherical Propagation Delay geometry that distinguish Wilson's state-of-the-art loudspeakers had to work in a radically new form factor—a reference quality center channel and low-profile loudspeaker.
If you're going to stand among giants, it's to your advantage to share as much of their DNA as possible. For Polaris, this meant starting with the tweeter and midrange from Alexandria.
The odyssey of inspiration and engineering which led to the creation of the Alexandria midrange driver is detailed here and here.
The tweeter also comes directly from the Alexandria Series 2. All tweeter diaphragms are acoustically semi-transparent. This means the tweeter back wave, reflecting off the enclosure baffle, will partially propagate through the diaphragm, adding an overlay of "grain" and distortion to the front waveform.
The use of proprietary materials, along with Wilson-developed mechanical confiurations have proved extremely effective in reducing this form of noise, which, though minute, is nonetheless both measurable and audible, robbing the high frequencies of the last degree of transparency and clarity.
Polaris Tweeter The Polaris Tweeter is a one-Inch Inverted Dome design modified to Wilson specifications at the factory. The tweeter enclosure uses Wilson's latest proprietary "S" material for the interior baffle. Rear wave reflections are essentially eliminated, resulting in high frequencies that are extended, sweet, highly resolved, and grain free.
Polaris Tweeter The Alexandria/Polaris midrange was developed to Wilson's specifications in partnership with a new driver manufacturer. Because of its extraordinary acceleration and freedom from intertransient noise, the midrange is able to resolve the earliest reflections (20 to 80 milliseconds) generated by acoustic instruments in a particular performing environment which are crtical to imparting to those instruments their distinct sonic "signature" in that environment. This is, in large measure, why Alexandria, and now Polaris, are unparalleled in creating convincingly realistc portrayalsl of live music.
Polaris Tweeter The Polaris ten-inch woofer, developed specifically for this loudspeaker, was tasked with bringing the equivalent grand scale weight and authority of Alexandria and MAXX Series 3 to a compact, low-profile design. When it comes to deep bass, weight and authority are often achieved at the expense of transient speed and alacrity. but it is the marriage of these opposites that has long been the hallmark of Wilson Audio loudspeakers.
Alongside Alexandria and Maxx Series 3, Polaris is now the third Wilson Audio loudspeaker to feature Aspherical Propagation Delay which allows an unprecedented control of both time domain and dispersion characteristics to achieve increased soundstage width, height, and depth, as well as better tonal coherence and accuracy.
If money is no object and you’re looking for some of the most desirable, expensive and high end speakers in the world then Wilson Audio is the brand for you. Founded by David Wilson and Sheryl Lee Wilson in 1972, Wilson Audio produces speakers that will take your listening to the top level. The legendary build quality combined with their unbelievable sound quality has firmly established Wilson Audio as the most successful manufacturer of high end speakers in the world.
A set of Wilson speakers will bring out the very best in high end audio equipment helping to deliver a musical experience that’s as good as you can get. And with their range of speakers running into 6 figures for the critically acclaimed Alexandria XLF, a set of Wilson speakers represents a considerable investment. Beautifully designed and engineered, Wilson Audio speakers really have to be seen to be understood.
From their entry level speakers right up to the monolithic proportioned Alexia and Alexandria XLF speakers, once you’ve listened to a set of Wilson Audio speakers you’ll be hooked. To find out more about Wilson Audio get in touch with us on 01865 790 879.