Wilson Audio – Duette 2

Product Description

Wilson Audio – Duette Series 2  (pair)

Duette is a truly unique product in the audio world: a compact loudspeaker designed specifically for installations where space

or aesthetics require placing the loudspeaker near a boundary, such as a wall or in a bookshelf.

With traditional loudspeaker designs, near-boundary placements wreak havoc on the performance characteristics audiophiles most prize.

The soundstage collapses, dynamics are compromised, and a smooth, linear frequency response becomes a distant memory.

The original Duette was designed to overcome these limitations, while still offering a freestanding performance option.

With the Series 2 Duette, we decided to forgo the inevitable compromises inherent in that approach,

and concentrate on creating a loudspeaker designed solely for near boundary situations, which nevertheless boast the same dynamics,

soundstage width and depth, and harmonic beauty of our larger, floorstanding loudspeakers.

The “Bookshelf” Duette

The new Duette is available in two configurations: a “bookshelf” mode, and a stand-mounted model.

In either configuration, the crossover is external to the speaker itself. This has two important advantages.

First, it mechanically isolates the crossover components from the drivers, providing greater freedom

from vibration induced grain and noise. Secondly, it allows Duette’s 8-inch woofer greater room to breathe and

achieve powerful bass response and dynamic alacrity in a cabinet that can still realistically be called “compact”.

The “bookshelf” Duette’s crossover is called the Novel Crossover, because it’s the size of a large book.

It can nevertheless sit next to the loudspeaker, or be hidden elsewhere in cabinetry.

The provided umbilical cable is part of the Duette’s sophisticated time-alignment system

and is color-coded for simple and error-free connection.

The Stand Mount Duette

If you desire to use Duette as a floorstanding speaker, it now comes with a newly designed dedicated stand,

with the crossover integrated into the base of the stand. This arrangement provides the same kind of mechanical isolation

for the crossover found in Wilson’s larger floorstanding loudspeakers. The Duette cabinet is now bolted securely to the stand.

Laser vibrometry tests confirmed that this arrangement provides an impedance pathway,

guiding unwanted energy away from the enclosure.

Duette Series 2’s tweeter has been modified to included a rear isolation chamber sourced

from the Alexia version of the Convergent Synergy tweeter.

Another distinctive feature of the new Duette is the slanted front baffle.

While the original Duette offered some time-alignment capability,

the Series 2 takes time-alignment precision to a whole new level.

We believe these improvements make Duette not just the best compact loudspeaker

for near-boundary applications, but the best compact loudspeaker. Period.



Tweeter:  1 inch, Dome (2.54 cm)

Tweeter Material:  Doped Silk Fabric

Enclosure Type:  Sealed

Enclosure Material:  X-Material with S-Material Baffle

Woofer:  8 inches (19.63 cm)

Woofer Material:  Hard Paper Pulp

Enclosure Type:  Rear Ported

Enclosure Material:  X-Material with S-Material Baffle


Nominal Impedance:  4 ohms / minimum 4.35 ohms @160Hz

Sensitivity:  92dB @1W@1m@1k

Frequency Response:  33Hz–21kHz +/-3dB,

Minimum Amplification Power Recommended:  20 watts/channel


Height:  18 1/2 inches (46.99 cm) w/o spikes

Width:  10 1/2 inches (26.66 cm)

Depth:  16 1/16 inches (40.82 cm)

Novel Crossover

Height:  11 1/2 inches (29.21 cm)

Width:  4 15/16 inches (12.54 cm)

Depth:  9 3/16 inches (23.28 cm)

Dedicated Stand with Built-in Crossover

Height:  21 7/8 inches (55.56 cm)

Width:  11 7/8 inches (30.16 cm)

Depth:  18 3/4 inches (47.63

Weight Per Channel Uncrated

Duette:  45 lbs (20.41 kg)

Novel Crossover:  24 lbs (10.89 kg)

Stand:  65 lbs (29.48 kg)

Shipping Weight System Crated

Duette & Novel:  130 lbs (58.97 kg)

Duette:  106 lbs (48.08 kg)

Stand:  122 lbs (55.34 kg)


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