KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965
KJ West One - Connoisseurs of Sound - Est. 1965

We are very pleased to have received the latest loudspeaker from world renowned US manufacturer Wilson Audio. The Sasha DAW is the latest incarnation of Wilson's most popular model. 

Dedicated to Wilson's legendary late founder David Andrew Wilson, this was the last speaker he designed (with the assistance of his son Daryl). The DAW sees some significant improvements to the Sasha II, in fact it is the largest upgrade in the history of the WATT/Puppy and Sasha platforms. 

Firstly the woofer has been completely redesigned. Based on the 8-inch driver found in the Alexia Series-2, but tailored to the specific needs of the Sasha. The bass enclosure has also had a complete makeover with thicker X-material panels to further reduce panel resonances. Enclosure volume was increased by 13.3%, which allows for greater bottom-octave authority and reduced distortion. The blades on the top of the module, where its companion midrange/tweeter rests, have been strategically redesigned with openings, which reduces cavity pressure in the space between the upper and lower modules. Finally, a new, ultra-low-turbulence port reduces already low unwanted wind-born noise.

The midrange and tweeters are the same units used in the WAMM Master Chronosonic, and an all-new crossover blends the entire recipe together.

The new binding post is easier to tighten by hand, and also features a banana plug option. Debuting on the Sasha DAW, the new Wilson Audio connector resets the bar for reliability and sonic integrity.

The Resistor Plate Cover is now removable without the aid of tools. It provides easy access to the resistors, which act as an extremely high-quality protection system for the drivers. The resistors also enable the fine tuning of the driver blend in those rare installations that benefit from this adjustment. A tempered-glass cover is elegantly integrated into the plate.

Our initial thoughts on the sound are extremely positive. This speaker is incredibly natural and smooth. Everything seems a lot more effortless than on previous incarnations. They seem to have a certain magic which we first heard on the Wilson Tunetots last year, and if you heard our thoughts on those you would know we love those speakers. The Sasha DAW managed to do what was so great with the Tunetot but on a much grander scale. Absolute spellbinding. 

Demonstrations are now available. Please get in touch to book an appointment. 

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Legendary American manufacturer McIntosh have released two special products to celebrate their 70th anniversary. The new products are a combination of a classic looking all-analogue valve preamplifier, the C70, and a new modern designed valve power amplifier, the MC2512

Both models are now available to buy and audition from our Central London showroom. 

The MC2152 valve amplifier is a 150 Watt per channel stereo amp which features a unique new design to celebrate seven decades of handcrafting some of the best home audio equipment the world has ever heard. While its design is new, the MC2152 incorporates the lessons learned and the techniques invented over 70 years of audio engineering.

The stunning new design of the MC2152 is highlighted by a bead blasted black anodised aluminum chassis accentuated with matte finish carbon fibre side panels. The front panel showcases a backlit laser cut McIntosh logo flanked by classic McIntosh knobs. The valves are covered by a 12-gauge stainless steel wire cage with a black powder coated finish.

The MC2152 uses eight KT88 output valves plus eight small signal tubes comprised of four 12AX7A and four 12AT7 valves; half of thevalve complement is assigned to each audio channel. The 12AX7A vacuum tubes are for the Balanced and Input amps, while the 12AT7 tubes are for the Voltage and Driver amps. The LEDs under the eight small signal tubes can be set to three illumination settings: Off (which allows the tubes natural amber glow to be visible), Green or Blue – a new color option unique to the MC2152. Our Sentry Monitor™ technology monitors the output current and shuts the amplifier off if it ever exceeds safe limits.

The C70 Preamplifier is a real blast from the past. Its all-analogue deisgn and retro aesthetic makes it perfect for people looking to keep their signal as clean as possible. 

The C70 features one 12AT7 and five 12AX7A vacuum tubes that are visible through a glass panel on the top cover. All control operations are done via knobs and rocker switches. Modern LED indicators will denote input selection and volume level. The C70 has seven inputs consisting of two balanced inputs, three unbalanced inputs, and one each of Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono inputs. For outputs, there are two pairs each of balanced and unbalanced connections.

On the front panel, bass and treble tone controls are included and can be adjusted in 2dB increments via rotary knobs. Rotary knobs are also used to adjust the impedance and capacitance for the phono inputs. 

A ¼” headphone jack powered by our High Drive headphone amplifier is included and features our Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®) technology. 

Demonstrations are now avialable. Get in contact to arrange an appointment. 

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