Wilson Audio Mezzo

  • Center Channel

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.

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Wilson has a long and storied history of developing products for specific applications. The first product to fit that definition was the Wilson Audio Tiny Tot, or WATT©. Long before it became the mid and upper range part of the venerable WATT/Puppy© combo (the best selling over $10k loudspeaker in audio history), it was originally designed as a portable location monitor. The WATT played a significant role in the series of audiophile-quality records Dave engineered in the mid-nineteen-eighties. The WATT’s original heritage was thereafter evident by the machined aluminum handle that traversed the rear blades, a safe and convenient way for Dave to carry the monitor to and from recording locales.

When used as a center channel, Mezzo seamlessly matches the acoustic signature of Wilson’s remarkable Sasha. Indeed, the Mezzo features a driver complement nearly identical to the Sasha, the exception being the midrange driver, which is borrowed from the legendary Alexandria X-2©. The Mezzo also provides an unprecedented level of musical accuracy in music systems and home theaters where its low-profile form solves 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. Whether it is used as a center channel in conjunction with Sasha, MAXX, or Alexandria, or as a main loudspeaker, Mezzo matches the tonal beauty, dynamic speed, tonal sophistication, resolution, and sense of “thereness” that are hallmarks of Sasha W/P.

Technology

The form of any Wilson Loudspeaker, its industrial design, is invariably the physical manifestation of a specific function. The angled front baffle evoke the Mezzo's low-profile architecture. The Mezzo's angled front baffle more correctly aligns the drivers for coherence in the time domain, presenting the listener with a detailed and transparent soundstage of proper width and depth.

The midrange baffle of the enclosure's baffle is made from S-material, Wilson Audio’s newest proprietary composite. First used in the midrange baffle in Sasha W/P, S-material provides a near perfect balance between resonance control and the preservation of midrange beauty.

The adjustable tweeter module ensures accurate group delay correction for a variety of installations, preserving delicate transient information and tonal beauty.

Adjustable tweeter module design allows for optimization of Mezzo's array geometry specifically addressing the challenges of a low-profile loudspeaker. Achieving near perfect driver-alignment at the listening position requires the adjustment of the tweeter by changing its relative position in relation to the midrange and woofer drivers, such that all of the drivers' acoustic centers are equidistant from the listener. 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.

The Mezzo crossover features technology adapted from the Sasha W/P, which in turn found it genesis in the Series 2 Alexandria and the MAXX Series 3. The goal was to reduce propagation-delay "jitter"– noise generated as a result interactions between the different crossovers. Mezzo's overall resolution, intertransient silence, dynamic speed, and nuance are nearly identical to the Sasha W/P.

S-material is a relatively new Wilson enclosure composite designed in conjunction with the Sasha W/P. The Mezzo's S-material front baffle reduces measurable and audible noise and coloration in the critical midrange. Wilson's proprietary X-material is used in the balance of the enclosure walls, continuing Wilson's practice of building ultra-low resonance cabinets.

The Mezzo is available with two stands. The Hourglass Stand features a solid front plinth, which allows for 2pi Steradian support of the midrange and woofer drivers, resulting in more linear and impactful performance in the upper bass and lower midrange. The second optional stand features a pedestal that can be customized for different heights.

 

Woofers: Two – 8 inches (20.32 cm)

Midrange: One – 7 inch {17.78 cm} Cellulose/Paper Pulp

Tweeter: One – 1 inch {2.54 cm} inverted titanium dome

Sensitivity: 96 dB @ 1 watt @ 1 m @ 1 kHz

Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms / 2.8 ohms minimum @ 98 Hz

Minimum Amplifier Power: 25 Watts per channel

Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 22.5 kHz +/- 3 dB Room Average Response [RAR]

Overall Dimensions:

  • Height: 17 3/8 inches (44.13 cm)
  • Width: 29 1⁄2 inches (74.93 cm)
  • Depth: 20 7/8 inches (53.06 cm)

System Weight: 159 lbs. (71.21 kg)

Total System Shipping Weight (approx.): 250 lbs. (113.40 kg)

 

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