The Mezzo was formulated and engineered with a specific function in mind: a loudspeaker endowed with a nearly identical sonic signature to Wilson‘s Sasha W/P, but in a low-profile package. When used as a center channel, Mezzo matches the acoustic signature of Wilson’s Sasha. The Mezzo features a driver complement identical to the Sasha, with the exception of the midrange driver, which is borrowed from the Alexandria X-2.
The Mezzo’s low-profile form provides a solution for architectural challenges, such as in those installations where a tall loudspeaker would block wall-to-wall cinema screens, the view afforded by large windows, or would obstruct wall-hanging artwork.
All tweeter diaphragms in the Mezzo are partially acoustically transparent, reports Wilson Audio. Any out-of-phase or time-delayed reflections that make their way out of the front of the diaphragm are heard and measured as noise and distortion. The Mezzo tweeter employs proprietary materials in combination with mechanical configurations that reportedly reduce these time-delayed reflections behind the inverted dome.
The Mezzo features an adjustable tweeter module design and array geometry designed to address the challenges of a low-profile loudspeaker. In the main module, Mezzo’s two woofers are mounted horizontally, flanking the midrange driver. The tweeter module is adjustable via a provided chart according to ear height and listening distance–and for a variety of Mezzo installation strategies. Whether the Mezzo is installed directly on the floor, on one- of-two custom designed stands, or in custom cabinets, the Mezzo’s drivers can be properly aligned to accommodate these scenarios.
An “S” Material midrange baffle is housed within the Mezzo. S-material is a relatively new enclosure composite designed in conjunction with the Sasha W/P project. The S-material baffle reportedly reduces measurable and audible noise and coloration in the critical midrange.
The Mezzo will be available in September 2011 with an retail price of $13,900.