MAXX Series 3
A STRIKING NEW VISION, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
The original MAXX arrived with a clear design objective: create a loudspeaker endowed with similar authority and dynamic range as Wilson's flagship speaker, but in a less complex and demanding package.
In the intervening years, Dave Wilson and his design team discovered ways to improve the MAXX, hence the Series 2. But they also came to realize that, as good as it is, by one important benchmark-Propagation Delay-the existing platform was incapable of further improvement.
Propagation Delay refers to the alignment of all of a loudspeaker's drivers in the time domain. Imagine a transient pulse generated by those multiple drivers: one can manipulate the signal via both crossover and the physical alignment of the drivers to overlay the pulse from each driver as precisely as possible.
Most speaker designers simply ignore this measurement. But, in fact, driver misalignment as little as one-quarter inch proves clearly audible to the listener. Time-domain distortion is heard as grain, ringing, and compressed dynamics. It even alters the perceived tonality of the speaker.
Achieving near perfect alignment at the listening position requires controlling both the rotational angle of the head (for proper dispersion) and the time alignment of the driver (its relative distance to the listener). With Alexandria X-2, Wilson introduced Aspherical Group Delay-heretofore the only speaker in the world with driver modules capable of both rotational and forward-to-back adjustment.
While Alexandria, with its three independent upper modules, provides the sine qua non of Group Delay precision, even WATT/Puppy, with its two-driver head, can achieve impressive scores in time-domain alignment. Although it is far more accurate than competing designs, the single, three-driver head of both MAXX Series 1 and 2 runs into the laws of geometry and physics. It is simply impossible to align three drivers in one module for ideal Propagation Delay.
The solution? Divide MAXX's dual midrange drivers and tweeter into two upper modules and introduce Aspherical Group Delay.
But we couldn't stop there. We also added a slightly simplified version of the astonishing new midrange driver developed for Alexandria Series. The midrange crossover is relocated to the bass cabinet (a là Alexandria), and the entire enclosure is now constructed from our proprietary X material, making the enclosure even more sonically inert. Then we housed it all in a strikingly evolved new cabinet design.
Is it still a MAXX? Well, yes, and...
Perhaps instead of calling it MAXX Series 3, we should have named it MAXX Cubed. It's still as simple to set up and place in a room as its predecessor, but the similarities end there. Forget your expectations of what an "update" should sound like; with MAXX Series 3, your ears are about to enter a brave new world of musical clarity and beauty.
Woofer: Front Ported
Upper Mid: Rear Ported
Tweeter/Lower Mid: Rear Ported (Sealed Tweeter Drive Unit)
Woofer: One - 13 inch (33.02 cm), One - 11 inch (27.94 cm)
Midrange: Two - 7 inch (17.78 cm)
Tweeter: One - 1 inch inverted dome (2.54 cm)
Sensitivity: 91 @ 2.83V at 1 meter
Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms, 3 ohms minimal
Minimum Amplifier Power: 15 Watts per channel
Frequency Response: +0, -3 20Hz-21kHz (average in-room response)
Height - 67 13/16 inches (172.24 cm)
Width - 16 1/8 inches (40.96 cm)
Depth - 24 1/4 inches (61.60 cm)
Approx. System Weight Per Channel: 425 lbs. (193 kg)
Approx. Total Shipping Weight: 1190 lbs. (540 kg)