Wilson Watt Puppy 7…Would it work for me?

Hello all!

I have the opportunity to buy a pair of Wilson Watt Puppy 7’s in very good condition.  While I will be able to audition them as part of the pick-up process, I won’t be able to trial them in my system.  The front-end of my system is all vintage Audio Research:  (2) D240MKII solid-state amps running in bridged mode, 480 watts/channel paired with LS7 and PH3 tubed pre-amps.  Current speakers are Thiel 3.5 CS with their Electronic Bass Module.  I listen to an eclectic mix of mostly classic rock, classic alternative, jazz standards, blues and pop from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s.  Sources are Tidal streaming, CD rips from a BlueSound Vault, SACD and vinyl.  Cabling is MIT Terminator series all the way around.

While I have no real issues with the way my system sounds, I’m really driven by the good old “up grade bug” and the fact that my Thiels are really old at this point and there are no new OEM spares for them.

So, I guess what I’m asking is will the Wilson Watt Puppy 7’s be a good match with my ARC components?  Any fears of the Wilson’s being too revealing or demanding in terms of recording quality?

Thanks for any insights…Hope you’re all doing well!




I would say go for it. Your components and cabling should be just fine; though you could upgrade later.  I have MIT cabling with mt W/Ps and the match is absolutely perfecto.

The Watt/Puppy is a great speaker and will knock you out with their resolution and soundstage, and bring you many years of enjoyment.


Nobody can answer this question. By them and listen to them for a while and if you don’t like them you’re gonna have to sell them. Just make sure that you buy them at the right price so you’re not gonna lose

The diffraction pads on Wilson's deteriorate over time. You should plan on replacing them. There is a video on how to do it and a new thread about replacing the pads. 

I have W/P 7's.  Be aware that in the bass the impedance drops to the 2 ohm range.  Make sure your amps are suited to that kind of load.


The Wilson's are super dynamic, but need some space to sound best.  The tweeter favors slightly warm electronics.


At current used prices, the 7 is good value.  It is not as good as a current top line speaker (say a Magical A5 or Joseph Audio Pearl Graphene), but hey costs 20% of those.


Good luck!

Hello, all!

Thanks for the feedback and recommendations. I ended up going in an entirely different direction:  bought a new pair of Kef Blade 2’s. My local Kef dealer made me an offer I couldn’t pass up (due to the release of the Blade Meta models); after a lengthy audition, the Blades just ticked every box for what I was looking for in a speaker. Plus, for me, it’s visually stunning.  Looks great in my listening area and the sound is phenomenal…truly a reference performer. 

Thanks again…Hope you’re all doing well!