Wilson Audio Bookshelf / Standmount Speakers
TuneTot is the latest product from the Wilson Special Applications Engineering™ (WSAE) team. While its name pays homage to the first WSAE product, it is a modern technical tour de force designed to offer the timbral beauty, dynamic nuance, soundstage resolution, and transparency—all the hallmarks of Wilson loudspeakers design culture—but do so in environments which are hostile to all of those qualities.
The Smallest Wilson
Special Applications Engineering is a part of the founding DNA of Wilson Audio. The first product to fit that definition was the Wilson Audio Tiny Tot, or WATT®. Long before it became the upper module of the venerable WATT/ Puppy® combo (the best- selling over $10k loudspeaker in audio history), Dave Wilson utilized the WATT as a portable location monitor for the series of audiophile-quality records he engineered in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Recordings revered to this day, and currently available on the Wilson Audiophile label.
TuneTot is the latest product from the Wilson Special Applications Engineering® (WSAE) team. While its name pays homage to the first WSAE product, it is a modern technical tour de force designed to offer the timbral beauty, dynamic nuance, soundstage resolution, and transparency—all the hallmarks of Wilson loudspeakers design culture—but do so in environments which are hostile to all of those qualities.
TuneTot is the smallest and least expensive Wilson, but it would be a mistake to see it as an “entry-level” offering. TuneTots are lovingly fabricated and assembled by the same group of talented craftsmen who build the WAMM Master Chronosonic, using exactly the same processes and techniques. Its cabinet and driver technology are derived directly from Alexx and Sabrina. Finally, each TuneTot that emerges from Wilson is held to the same rigorous, industry-leading manufacturing tolerances as its larger siblings, ensuring each TuneTot is as technically and musically accurate as the reference prototype. You hear precisely what Daryl Wilson heard in the final design.
TuneTot and Time
From the inception of the first Wilson loudspeaker, it always has been understood that the time domain is a critical factor—if musical authenticity is the goal. With TuneTot, the challenge was twofold: Isolating the active loudspeaker from its environment and providing adjustable correction in the time domain. Wilson’s engineers cleverly combined both needs into a single solution. Wilson provides precise yet simple installation setup instructions that allow TuneTot to be corrected in the time domain for each installation.
An Enclosure Only Wilson Could Engineer
Composites have the advantage of being made up of several different constituencies, each of which can be uniquely optimized for a variety of design characteristics—such as acoustical damping and rigidity—performance factors that are mutually exclusive in single-element materials such as Aluminium or MDF. Just as is true for all Wilson’s, TuneTot’s enclosure was analyzed and re-analyzed using its state-of-the-art Laser Vibrometry system in order to optimize enclosure-wall thicknesses and the strategic implementation of the proprietary composites. With this precision instrument, WSAE engineers readily detect even the tiniest enclosure vibrations—at the level of billionths of a meter, which, in turn, reveals the ideal combination and geometry of the composites for the cabinet. TuneTot is constructed from two Wilson proprietary composites—the proven combination of Wilson’s X- and S-material.
Wilson’s engineers didn’t stop there. Perfectly rectangular enclosures are inexpensive and easy to build but suffer from music- destroying internal reflections generated by parallel walls. TuneTot’s enclosure is asymmetrical, ensuring no internal surface is parallel. Inspired by technology from the Alexia Series 2 and the WAMM, TuneTot’s cabinet additionally features a complex internal reflection management system.
Strategic by Design
Environmental music systems are increasingly part of contemporary lifestyles. Another ground-breaking Special Applications product, the Wilson Audio Duette, successfully addressed the challenges caused by near boundary placement.
Placing a loudspeaker on a desktop, bookshelf, counter top, or a credenza has meant accepting serious sonic compromises. Interactions and resonances from the furniture or shelf on which the loudspeaker rests are a source of audible distortion and colorations—deleterious factors most loudspeaker designers simply accept. The Wilson WayTM demanded a new look at the problem.
The Special Applications Engineering team spent months researching the interactions between TuneTot and the surface upon which it is installed. It quickly became clear that assumptions surrounding environmental resonance control needed to be re- examined. For these installations, the challenges presented are very different from what exists for a typical floor-standing loudspeaker spiked to the floor— problems that require a different strategy. A series of accessories were developed specifically to address furniture-born resonances endemic to these types of installations.
TuneTot is shipped with a set of levelling spikes. These devices allow the installer to obtain an optimal, time-domain-correct baffle angle in relation to the listener, but are also designed to provide some isolation between TuneTot and the surface below. One significant step further is the TuneTot ISOBase®, an interim isolation platform which is placed between the loudspeaker and the surface below. The ISOBase offers unprecedented levels of decoupling and isolation between TuneTot and the structure upon which it rests.
A New Ecosystem
More than just a loudspeaker, TuneTot is instead one element within an ecosystem populated with custom tools and accessories (purchased separately) designed to maximize its performance and cosmetic beauty in a wide variety of applications. The aforementioned ISOBase is the ideal solution for bookshelf, desktop, counter top, or credenza installations. Many Wilson owners prefer to listen without the grille attached. For these installations, Wilson designed an optional aluminium ring, which covers the mounting hardware securing the woofers. The ring is individually milled and is beautifully finished in a choice of four anodized colors. For those listeners who prefer a grille, one is available for TuneTot. Its low diffraction frame is individually milled from solid billets of ultra-low-resonance X-material. Acoustically transparent fabric (available in six colors) is meticulously hand stretched onto each composite frame.
- Galaxy Gray
- Diamond Black
- Crimson Satin
Wilson Gloss™ Colors
Wilson Audio’s commitment to quality begins with the sound of their loudspeakers, but hardly ends there. The physical beauty and craftsmanship of Wilson products have long set the benchmark for the industry. Now, Wilson Audio is excited to introduce an updated and expanded range of colors, which include new Premium Pearl options.
WilsonGloss is a multi-stage process, from a proprietary protective gel coat layer through base color to the final series of clear coats—all followed by meticulous hand polishing. The final finish is unrivaled—even by the world’s greatest automobile manufacturers. We have updated the selection of upgrade colors, which are available at a modest surcharge. Wilson Audio Premium WilsonGloss includes five new colors, each in a special pearl finish, which involve additional paint steps. WilsonGloss Premium is the ultimate expression of sophistication and beauty.
When combined with a choice of six grille-cloth colors, it’s easier than ever to individually design your Wilson loudspeaker so that it will complement your décor, or express your pride of ownership. Along with standard black grilles, you can alternatively specify Slate Grey, Parchment Grey, Mocha, Blanco White, or Le Mans Blue at no additional cost. With hundreds and hundreds of combinations available, you have the ability to design a Wilson speaker unique to your taste and décor.
For the ultimate in individual expression, Wilson Audio offers Custom Sample Match WilsonGloss finishes. Through your Wilson Dealer, provide them with your wall color, favourite automotive paint, or just about any color sample and we can, for an additional cost, create your loudspeakers in a one-of-a-kind WilsonGloss finish. This service includes on-site storage of custom paint for a period of five years. Contact your Dealer for program requirements and pricing.
Tune Tot Stand
Wilson’s Special Applications Engineering division introduces the latest member of the TuneTot Ecosystem—The TuneTot Stand. A custom-machined, solid billet of X-Material serves as the column riser. It is extremely inert and massive. X-Material, now in its third design iteration, is unique among composites for its remarkable combination of dampening characteristics and rigidity. The column is painted using their WilsonGloss process and is available in a range of colors to match or complement the TuneTot.
Optionally, the TuneTot Stand is configurable with the ISO - Base, which further enhances resonant control. The ISO - Base securely bolts to the TuneTot Stand. The combination of the Stand with the ISOBase provides a level of musical performance no other stand can match. Additionally, the ISOBase allows TuneTot’s rake angle to be adjusted in relation to the listening position, which facilitates more accurate alignment of the time domain for most installations.
The Special Applications EngineeringTM team spent months researching the interactions between TuneTot and the surface upon which it is installed. It quickly became clear that assumptions surrounding environmental resonance control needed to be examined. For these installations, the challenges presented are very different from what exists for a typical floor-standing loudspeaker. For those installations where TuneTot is mounted on resonant surfaces, such as on bookshelf or a desktop, Wilson engineered the optional TuneTot ISOBase. ISOBase is an interim isolation platform which is placed between the loudspeaker and the surface below. The ISOBase offers unprecedented levels of decoupling and isolation between TuneTot and the structure upon which it rests.
Tune Tot Driver Ring
Many Wilson owners prefer to listen without the grille attached. For these installations, Wilson designed an optional aluminum ring, which elegantly covers the mounting hardware securing the woofers. The ring is individually milled and is beautifully finished in a choice of four anodized colors (Black, Red, Clear and Grey).
For those listeners who prefer a grille, one is available for TuneTot. Its low diffraction frame is individually milled from solid billets of ultra-low- resonance X-material. Acoustically transparent fabric is meticulously hand stretched onto each composite frame. Available in six colors: Black, Parchment Gray, Slate Gray, Mocha, Le Mans Blue & Blanco.
Tune Tot Bookshelf / Standmount Speaker
|One - 14.61 cm
|One - 2.54 cm
|Enclosure Type Woofer
|Rear Vented, Doped Paper Pulp
|Enclosure Type Tweeter
|Sealed, Doped Silk Fabric
|86 dB @ 1W @ 1m @ 1k
|8 Ω / minimum 6.61 Ω @ 172 Hz
|Minimum Amplified Power
|25 Watts per channel
|65 Hz —23 kHz +/- 3 dB Room Average Response [RAR]
|37.67 cm w/o spikes
|System Weight Per Channel
Tune Tot Stand
|59.36 cm w/o spikes
|63.45 cm with spikes