Wilson RAPTOR 5 speakers test – AUDIO

Wilson RAPTOR 5

Looking at the entire group I was somewhat taken aback (not necessarily worried) by the fact than high tones are not exposed anywhere. Tests confirm this, and that seems contrary to the conviction that low budget speakers play very “commercial” (perhaps “low-commercial” would be better) sounds, and cater for less refined tastes by satisfying them mostly by bass and top. However, nowhere where they over the top, despite bass being as powerful as possible taking into account the technical conditions; even the stick like Speaker Boxes 10 tried to enchant us with their warm, dense sound, a substitute of “real” bass. We have a good spread in Raptor 5s, and the bass level and character was skilfully selected. There is plenty of it, more than Melodika, but it is not all about the bass, but more so about the entire profile and composition; Wilsons play lower; whereas BL30s lightened it up a bit, Raptor 5s “add weight”, and in their interpretation, less brilliant vocals, do not even approach impertinence but become “meatier”. And they are superbly separated, shaped, are not dull and sunk in the sound of lower registers, the transition of bass to medium range is clear and not coloured. Thus when it comes to tones, Raptor 5s are darker than BL30, but no less dynamic 0 they even have a more powerful bang and do not err on the side of warmth and softness.

High tones, even though balanced, are clear, crisp, refined in the expression of detail and the most delicate of sounds. A comparison with BL30s is adequate, as both are of a similar size, proportions and driver potential (even though the aesthetics differ significantly). Their sounds diverge in different directions, BL30s are more “positive”, lighter, and freer in constructing the stage, Raptor 5s stay closer to neutral, cohesion, dynamics and precision, achieving a high level of culture. I expected more excesses, or even extreme “commercialisation”, as I heard whispers about a “bass priority ” which was established in this project, but that was implemented with restraint, and the strong, plastic diameter is an excelled “side effect”. Perhaps the designer’s bass ambitions where curbed by the limited opportunities to hit the bass by the two 15s. If so, then it’s a win-win situation, as Raptor 7s have more bass, and they will cater for a specific customer, with Raptor 5s less – and they will certainly find their audience. And price will not be the only decisive factor here. Raptor 5s have a fierce name, but their sound only presents a threat to the competition.
Andrzej Kisiel

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