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Wilson Audio Thor's Hammer
Wilson Audio Thor's Hammer

Wilson Audio

Thor's Hammer

Thor is popularly known as the Norse god of thunder. He is often depicted carrying a short-handled hammer named Mjollnir, a symbol of his awesome power. Thunder is fitting to associate with Wilson ...

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Thor is popularly known as the Norse god of thunder. He is often depicted carrying a short-handled hammer named Mjollnir, a symbol of his awesome power. Thunder is fitting to associate with Wilson Audio's new state-of-the-art subwoofer. Truth be told, our product might give Thor an inferiority complex. Thunder, you see, primarily occupies the frequency spectrum from 20-120 hertz. Thor's Hammer (the subwoofer) is capable of reproducing at full volume the lowest pipe organ note at 16 Hz.

Woofer: Two - 15 inch Dual Spider (38.1 cm) Dual-Ported
Sensitivity: 89 dB @ 1 watt @ 1m @ 100 Hz
Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms/minimum 3.8 ohms @ 60 Hz
Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 300 Hz Room Average Response
Overall Dimensions: Height w/o spikes – 59 inches (149.86 cm)
Width – 20 inches (50.80 cm)
Depth – 25 1/8 inches (66.4 cm)
Weight: 411 lbs. (186.43 kg)
Total System Shipping Weight (approx.): 545 lbs. (247.2 kg)

Subwoofers are nowadays de rigueur in home theater systems, but their history at Wilson Audio long predates 5.1 audio. Dave Wilson's first commercial product, the multi-cabinet WAMM®, represented his effort to build 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. The coffee table-sized WHOW, built to complement the early WATT/Puppys, and the seven-foot tall XS, designed for the X-1 Grand SLAMM, carried this uncompromising approach forward. Now, ultilizing the technologies developed for the WATCH System WATCH Dog Passive Subwoofer, it's possible to achieve the subterranean bass and impact of the gargantuan Wilson Subwoofers of yore in a cabinet a mere five feet tall!

As part of a home theater system, Thor's Hammer will bring low frequency sound effects to life in a way most moviegoers can only dream about. The fact is, it will achieve a level of dynamic speed and lack of distortion that far surpasses the best movie-house sound systems. The Wilson ideals of dynamic speed, clarity, and lack of distortion have long made our loudspeakers essential tools of the trade in Hollywood, where they've been used to record and mix the soundtracks of many of the industry's iconic movies.

Dual-spider drivers might sound like something from a creature movie, but it describes the long-throw driver technology developed for the WATCH Dog and now employed in its larger sibling.

Long-throw woofers allow Thor's Hammer to achieve its 10hz response in a relatively compact enclosure. But the longer the cone excursion, the greater its tendency to generate vectors of movement beyond the piston-like single plane, which is the theoretical ideal. These extraneous cone vectors produce distortion.

Thor's Hammer The dual-spider driver, which was first developed in a 12.5" design for the WATCH Dog, solves the issue by restricting woofer excursions to a single plane of motion.

Thor's Hammer uses two custom-designed 15" dual-spider drivers in a dual-ported cabinet. The resulting distortion measurements are of the order that one associates more with the finest quality amplifiers rather than with loudspeakers!

The cabinet itself is constructed primarily from Wilson Audio's proprietary X material, an extremely dense and hard composite that achieves the seemingly contradictory attributes of high rigidity and high damping. Reducing cabinet resonance to irrelevancy is the sine qua non of accurate and grain-free music reproduction.

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, not much is compromised by reducing output in the bottom octave.

In reality, though, the ideal subwoofer can reproduce more than the lowest pipe organ note. There is a wealth of ambient 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.

Thor's Hammer

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.

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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.