Wilson Audio has launched one of their most advanced speakers to date
Yvette is much smaller than their other models, yet packs some punch
A smart combination of power and clarity
Wilson Audio can be a little imposing. It’s all too easy to shy away from the monolithic giants like the Alexx and the more recent WAMM project.
They’re big, impressive and anything but subtle, the kinds of systems you need to be a dedicated audiophile to appreciate and even more dedicated to find room for. They are however also some of the finest audio experiences money can buy.
We’re not ones to say bigger is better but in Wilson’s case an argument can certainly be made. The technology and heritage funnelled into these titans is extraordinary as is the listening experience itself. After a few songs you’ll find yourself converted and dreading finding a place for them in your home.
Then there’s Yvette. The latest of Wilson’s creations isn’t exactly small compared to the majority of speakers out there but next to Alexx she’s positively pocket-sized. A successor to the Sophia and Sacha speakers, Yvette is actually manageable. She can fit into any room of the house and be shifted without a full construction team behind her.
Remember though, Yvette is only small by Wilson standards and compromise is something Wilson isn’t all that well acquainted with. Indeed, what she lacks in sheer stature Yvette more than makes up for in her other qualities.
For one, she’s one of the most advanced speakers Wilson Audio has ever produced, which is saying something. All of the innovations of Wilson’s recent past – the Alexx, Alexia and WAMM included – have all had their say on the development of Yvette and it shows. Many of the more advanced parts have been lifted wholesale while the elements that couldn’t be incorporated have been used to create novel audio solutions.
Take time-domain for example. In short, it’s the technical theory behind making sure all frequencies reach the ear at the same time. In previous speakers Wilson has taken a modular approach, allowing a level of customisation that all but defined them.
Unfortunately that’s just not possible in a single enclosure speaker like Yvette.
Instead Wilson spent most of the development cycle of Yvette testing time-domain to the extreme. It’s not perfect by any means as the necessary differences will change according to space, but the result is the closest thing a speaker of this type can get to perfection in that field, limiting propagation-delay distortion to the bare minimum.
To limit distortion further Yvette is yet another in a long line of beneficiaries of Wilson’s unending materials research. If you think aerospace engineers are obsessed when it comes to finding the perfect materials, talk to an audio engineer. When your holy grail is eliminating unwanted vibrations in their entirety, you have to be more than a little bit fanatical about it. Good for their sanity that it shows.
The drivers themselves are something you need to experience to understand. The sheer power coming out of Yvette is breath-taking for any speaker, let alone a single-enclosure of her size. Here’s where you can really see how Wilson’s previous work has influenced the new speaker. She contains the Alexx’s MK III Convergent Synergy Tweeter, the Alexandria XLF’s proprietary midrange driver and the upcoming WAMM’s 10-inch subwoofer (or at least a cousin of it).
The result is a combination of power and clarity that any audiophile will swoon over in a manageable, thoughtfully-designed package. Yvette has taken the best parts of Wilson’s most groundbreaking systems – each a world leader in its own way – and combined them into something more accessible. However, while calling Yvette smaller than previous models is factually true, it doesn’t begin to encapsulate just what she is. She may be more manageable, but she’s anything but diminutive.
Words by: Sam Kessler