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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 Duetteäó»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" Duetteäó»s crossover is called the Novel Crossover, because itäó»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 Duetteäó»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 Wilsonäó»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 2äó»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.

Technical Specs

8 inches (19.63 cm)
Woofer Material
Hard Paper Pulp
Enclosure Type
Rear Ported
Enclosure Material
X-Material with S-Material Baffle
1 inch, Dome (2.54 cm)
Tweeter Material
Doped Silk Fabric
Enclosure Type
Enclosure Material
X-Material with S-Material Baffle
Product Weight
Weight Per Channel Uncrated
45 lbs (20.41 kg)
Novel Crossover
24 lbs (10.89 kg)
65 lbs (29.48 kg)
Shipping Weight System Crated
Shipping Weight Duette & Novel
130 lbs (58.97 kg)
Shipping Weight of Duette
106 lbs (48.08 kg)
Shipping Weight of Stand
122 lbs (55.34 kg)
Nominal Impedance
4 ohms / minimum 4.35 ohms @160Hz
92dB @1W@1m@1k
Frequency Response
33Hzäóñ21kHz +/-3dB,Œæ
Room Average Response [RAR]
Minimum Amplification Power Recommended
20 watts/channel
Duette Enclosure
18 1/2 inches (46.99 cm) w/o spikes
10 1/2 inches (26.66 cm)
16 1/16 inches (40.82 cm)
Novel Crossover
11 1/2 inches (29.21 cm)
4 15/16 inches (12.54 cm)
9 3/16 inches (23.28 cm)
Dedicated Stand with Built-in Crossover
21 7/8 inches (55.56 cm)
11 7/8 inches (30.16 cm)
18 3/4 inches (47.63 cm)