I haven't heard them but purchased a mini version pair of Yvettes. Absolutely ecstatic with the speakers. Imminently musical. Love the new 'low tech' tweeter much has been made of. The highs are detailed and very sweet... Just all around awesome. The Alexia 2's can't miss. Good luck.
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Just got them in a few weeks ago, and did a launch event with MSB 204 monoblocks powering them.
We have them hooked up now to the Audio Research GS150, and it's exquisite as well. Eventually, we'll put the D'Agostino Momentums on them, but we're in no hurry, as it's sounding awesome right now.
Unfortunately, we haven't had the first Alexia to do a comparison.
I moved fron the Wilson DAWs to the Alexia 2 and was glad I did. However I do have a pretty good size room and high ceilings with open floor plan. I have a friend that had both the 1& the 2 and he said there was no comparison. The 1 is a more difficult load so the amp selection is more critical. I loved the Alexia 2 more organic in my opinion.
I upgraded from a pair of original Alexia's to Alexia 2's last year. No regrets and No complaints. I haven't heard a speaker I prefer to the Wilson Alexia 2.
This post is more about powering the Alexia 2. I've tried about a dozen top-notch amps with these speakers.
Bronze medal. D'Agostino S-250. These solid state amps don't sound like solid state. They are very natural. I preferred the D'Agostino amp with a slightly warmer, richer preamp, like an Audio Research Ref 6 SE, or my VTL 7.5 III with RCA blackplates. And the bass is stunning! So Good!
Silver Medal. Lamm M 1.2 Reference. With Amperex Holland 6922's. Wholeness. Top to Bottom. Not the very highest in resolution. But So Musical. So good, that I kept a pair despite I found a superior amp. Will always hook them up with a party over. Rock the House. Still hooked up for hangover remedy after the party? No problem. Just play some Jazz.
Gold Medal. VTL S-400 II. I would have never kept them with stock tubes. The Lamms are better. But, find some NOS Mullards for voltage gain, some NOS RCA 12BH7 Blackplate drivers, and some new production Tung-Sol 6550s, and Magic. True Magic. So Life Like. So harmonically rich, but no exaggeration. After 40 years in high-end audio, I am truly satisfied.
I too have recently bought the Alexia 2, and it is truly an amazing sounding speaker. Unfortunately, I have never had the Alexia 1 to compare the two. However, you can check out Jay's Audio Lab on You Tube. He has several videos, where he is testing WA Alexia 1 and 2, with various amp, preamp, cabling etc. The most interesting find for one of his best sound was with class D amps (Merrill Audio Element 118). Now I am very curious, and tempting purchase the pair.