Like Wilson’s various MAXX and Alexandria models, the Alexia’s two woofers are of different sizes. An 8″ woofer is mounted above a 10″, both loaded with a large, 3″-diameter, aluminum-lined port on the cabinet rear. The idea behind using two woofers of different sizes is that the radiation pattern of the smaller one at the top of its passband better matches that of the midrange unit at the bottom of its passband. Whereas the XLF’s woofer cones are made of Focal’s proprietary W sandwich material and the Sasha’s twin 8″ cones are of polymer, the Alexia’s bass drivers have paper cones.
The Alexia’s 7″ midrange driver, mounted in its own enclosure, is the same as that used in the XLF; it features a composite pulp/carbon-fiber cone, with a substantial half-roll rubber surround to confer greater dynamic range at the bottom of its passband. The midrange unit is resistively loaded by two foam-lined vertical slots on the rear panel, and the enclosure can be moved back and forth and have its tilt adjusted with spikes of various size that couple its rear to a stepped metal plate on the top of the woofer module. The Alexia’s tweeter is a variation of the sophisticated silk-dome model Wilson used in the Alexandria XLF. This, too, is mounted in its own enclosure, which engages with both the top of the midrange enclosure and the underside of the silver-anodized aluminum “bridge” that covers the module via spikes that sit in grooves machined into metal plates. The tweeter module can also be moved forward and back, and tilted, with respect to the midrange enclosure on which it sits. Wilson calls this ability to fine-tune the upper-frequency drivers Aspherical Group Delay.
The Alexia still an expensive loudspeaker. But its clarity, its uncolored, full-range balance, its flexibility in setup and optimization, and most of all its sheer musicality, are, if not unrivaled, rare. Three-way, four-driver, reflex-loaded, floorstanding loudspeaker. Drive-units: 1″ (25mm) silk-dome tweeter, 7″ (178mm) cellulose-fiber/carbon composite-cone midrange unit, 8″ (203mm) paper-cone woofer, 10″ (254mm) paper-cone woofer. Crossover frequencies: not given. Frequency response: 20Hz–32kHz, ±3dB. Sensitivity: 90dB/W/m. Impedance: 4 ohms nominal, 2 ohms minimal at 80Hz. Minimum amplifier power: 20Wpc.
53.25″ (1353mm) H by 15.25″ (387.4mm) W by 21.125″ (537mm) D. Weight: 256 lbs (116.1kg).
Mint condition with accessories. No box.