In my excitement I cued up Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland (Experience Hendrix) Disc Two and from the start of "Rainy Day, Dream Away," Jimi's subtle breath and snort at the start of the song was absolutely lifelike in its rendering. The horn had a great timbre to it and the delicate guitar notes were perfectly placed with copious air surrounding them. The drum lines were clear and tight with excellent extension and the overall coherence of the Sasha W/P was wonderful. "1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)" had equally impressive space and air, especially the cymbals. The bass drum was so taut and forceful that it didn't take long for me to realize that with this track, in my room, the Sasha W/P's bass performance was the best I've ever heard. Jimi's voice was clear and planted firmly in place amidst the center of the soundstage. The Sasha W/P's soundstage, once again, seemed larger than my room. "House Burning Down" is a much more rockin' song and showed that the Sasha W/Ps can rock too. Stereo effects transitioned well, while the guitar and vocals retained their clarity and position dead center of the soundstage. Again the drum lines were powerful and went to great depths with amazing speed and detail.
A demo disc I have been using a lot to lately is Puscifer's V is for Vagina (Puscifer Entertainment), as the album uses amazingly deep and tight bass with lively strings, piano and vocals. On the track "Mamma Sed" the bass was incredibly tight and palpable and at times felt as if it was striking me directly in the chest. The strings were sharp without an associated edge and had startling attack and decay. Vocals hung in the center of the room and were nothing short of perfect in my opinion. "Rev 22.20 (Dry Martini Mix)" is my favorite song and starts off with deep piano notes and brushes on cymbals. The space and depth of the bottom end was amazing and crystal clear, as was each fiber of the brush hitting the cymbal. Vocals were center stage, though it was the piano that impressed me most, for it was one of the most lifelike piano performances I've heard in my room. The Sasha W/Ps were incredible at revealing even the tiniest detail in this track.
I cued up Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Walt Disney Pictures). I was absolutely floored by the level of detail and dynamics the Wilson combo (Sasha W/P and Center 3) gave me. The creaking of the ships across the front of my theater was incredible. The transitions were perfect and even the subtlest detail was clearly portrayed, even in the face of other, louder, effects. The voices were always completely clear, even to very high volumes, but more surprisingly the balance was maintained even at very low levels. These speakers could handle delicate detail quietly or to sick listening levels and never, no matter how hard I pushed them, did I feel they came close the their limit, even in my fairly large room. Speaking of room, it was the Sasha W/P's soundstage that, once again, made it seem as if mine had zero boundaries.
Sonically I don't think I can fault the Sasha W/Ps - I know it's my job but I seriously have nothing bad to say about their performance. They are difficult to properly set up and take a lot of time and tweaking to maximize their performance, though many will most likely rely on their dealer to ensure the Sasha W/Ps sound their best.
The low impedance and especially how low they can drop will require a well-built amplifier to power them effectively. That and the Sasha W/P's revealing nature will highlight any shortcoming in your upstream components, so you will want to have a system up to par to get the best performance from them - which ultimately means more money all around.
Competition and Comparisons
The high-end loudspeaker market is pretty diverse and some models that obviously come to mind to compete with the Sasha W/Ps are the Revel's Salon2 and Bowers & Wilkins' 800 Series Diamond as well as the Aerial 20Ts.
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The Wilson Audio Sasha W/P is one of the finest floorstanding loudspeakers ever made. They offer exceptional dynamics with fast and deep bass extension that defies belief - not to mention their relatively compact size. They can handle subtleties in the face of powerful dynamics and throw a huge soundstage and image amazingly well. They are not cheap and as such are a speaker few will have the pleasure of owning. Those who can afford them will need to pair them with gear of equal quality to maximize their performance, but those who do will be rewarded with a sound that is sublime and spacious and able to reproduce anything from music to film at any level.
I've owned a lot of high-end speakers in my day and can honestly say the Wilson Audio Sasha W/P is the best loudspeaker I have had to date. I recommend every audiophile and home theater enthusiast go listen to a pair of Sasha W/Ps for themselves, even if they can't afford them. If you're one of the few that can afford Sasha W/Ps I strongly suggest you buy a pair. Just so you know I'm serious, I bought mine.
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