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I happened to read through this magazine at the bookstore today and they had an article about the $1,000,000 Wisdon Audio system. Evidently it has been updated since it debuted at CES (to very bad reviews) and the reviewers claimed it was so good it was unbelievable. One reviewer wrote that he was brought to tears.

My post isn't a commentary. I haven't heard the system. Just thought it was interesting that it was now getting rave reviews.
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That's nothing Q, I was at the bookstore yesterday and read about a $2,000,000 system. It debuted at Burning Man and was so good people lit themselves on fire.
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The Az Audiophile Society has a Wisdom demo at a gorgeous private home last year - and I heard the ONE MILLION DOLLAR SYSTEM at THE SHOW (companion show to CES) 2002. There's a good saying, if you don't have something good to say, don't. So I won't. And the Az Audiophile Newsletter the following month didn't even have a writeup of the Wisdom demo, I assume following the same saying I've noted above.

Wisdom Audio speakers are largely sold through a home demo program held by well off homeowners who demo them. Sort of like Tupperware.

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Steve:

Like I said, I'm aware of those reviews (which were to my knowledge universally bad). That was the main reason I found the article in the Audiophile Voice interesting. In fact the article even commented on how bad the CES demo had been and how completely different the system they reviewed was.
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Let me say something good about Wisdom Audio.

I bought a pair of M-50s from them a few years ago
at CES a few years ago and got a great deal.
They sound great and in fact I installed line drivers
in the back wall of my HT. The pretty well match
the freq. response of the fonts and make 5.1
movies sound great.

I've measured them and they are flat where it
counts, but they (interesting) fall off in the high
end. The bottom end is tight and well controlled
I suspect I'll one day pick up a sub to deal
with the everything below 100Hz. :-)

That's the good news. The bad news is that my HT
is just a tad too small for the speakers.
I suspect that is the reason why Wisdom speakers
when demonstrated sound stuffy or flat. The room
is usually too small.

The Inifite series of speakers are just HUGE.
I suspect you would need an awfully big room
for them to sound good
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The bad news is that my HT
is just a tad too small for the speakers.
I suspect that is the reason why Wisdom speakers
when demonstrated sound stuffy or flat. The room
is usually too small.
The Az Audiophile Demo was at a private home in an extremely large room, and it was I think a $75,000 per pair of Wisdom speakers. And of the course the 2002 The Show at the local library in Las Vegas was a huge room.

I also heard Wisdom speakers at 2002 CES in a small hotel room and nothing special there, either.

I'm glad you mostly like your Wisdoms - it may well be that they are very sensitive to tender, luving care and setup by a committed audiophile to sonically live to their potential. But on the other hand, the owner/designer of the speakers gave us a super lengthy spoken presentation at our club meeting, telling us how the speakers don't need acoustic treatment, will sound great in every position, and how much time he spends personally setting them up for his homeowner customers - and then club members heard nothing to write home about. Frankly, we were all looking forward to being really impressed, it was so disappointing.

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I'm a firm believer in objective testing.

My speakers when first installed gave me
a headace. I was pissed. What did I do?

I then went off and treated my room and verified
what I was doingwith ETF from acoustisoft.com
Learned a lot about my room and was surprised
a few times in the process.

(The author lives about 40min away and I
actually convinced him to come visit, but that's
another story..)

I then ran test signals through the speakers and
carefully listened. Tweak either position or xovers.
Measure again.

Go back, rinse lather and repeat. :-)

I'd love to get a tool like TACT to verify what
I'm doing. In my mind, you can never have enough
technology in setting up a HT.

Getting a good sounding HT environment
is hard work. Every component in the chain
has to be examined, understood, and tested
where possible. Unfortunately, it isn't as simple
as running DILARD or Colorfacts to tweak the
projector.
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t.golinos, I totally believe you. Yes, room treatment as well as proper speaker placement makes such a big difference. Its just that the Wisdom Audio head honco spent so much time telling our club that acoustic treatments were unnecessary with his speakers - but it sure didn't sound like that!!

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