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Deep Blue Meters? McIntosh and Sonus faber Enter The Luxury Marine Space With Wally Yachts

McIntosh and Sonus faber bring high-end audio to the sea with a new partnership with Wally Yachts.

WallyWhy200 Yacht

McIntosh and Sonus faber have not only earned their global reputation for excellence in the luxury home audio space, but also in the luxury car audio market with its Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Grand Cherokee systems and its partnership with Maserati on audio systems for the Grecale and the latest version of the Gran Turismo. Now, McIntosh and Sonus faber are joining forces with Wally Yachts to offer something very special for the deep blue sea

Sonus faber for Wally

From Fiore Cappelletto, Vice President and General Manager of Automotive and Marine at McIntosh Group: “Entering the marine industry has been top of mind for us for quite some time…After gaining experience in the automotive industry, paired with our company’s consistent development of quality performance custom installation audio (as we lovingly call “Ci-Fi”), the time felt right to enter the exhilarating market, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have found a perfect ally in Wally. We are extremely excited for the future of this collaboration, celebrating the common pillars and shared passion from Wally, McIntosh, and Sonus faber, all in the pursuit of High-End experience and the highest performance available in the market.

McIntosh rack in Wallywhy200 Master Cabin

From Stefano de Vivo, Managing Director at Wally Yachts: “We are very excited to unveil our latest collaboration with Sonus faber and McIntosh. Our goal is to provide our owners with the best innovative solutions on board, to ensure maximum comfort and pleasure. I am sure that the incomparable quality standards offered by Wally together with the ultimate experience provided by McIntosh and Sonus faber can fully achieve our ambitious goal. At Wally, we are always very selective about the companies with whom we choose to work, but with these two brands, it was a total no-brainer, thanks to our shared obsession with achieving perfection and the highest possible technical standards. As a result, there is a real, tangible synergy between our companies, and I can’t wait to show the results onboard the Wallywhy200.

Audio System Overview 

The systems are powered by High-End audio technology trademarked by Sonus faber’s D.A.D. Tweeter Damped Apex Dome™ and Paracross Topology™, along with McIntosh’s Power Guard and TripleView™ Power Output Meters

mcintosh trip vu meters

The McIntosh and Sonus faber executed extensive stress tests, product validation processes, custom tuning, and tailored calibrations on each and every system to confirm its delivery of McIntosh’s extreme power and Sonus faber’s most natural sound within the yacht’s environment for unparalleled sonic perfection at sea. 

Main Deck Salon

The main deck salon of the Wallywhy200 has been enhanced with an impressive audio system featuring:

Sonus faber: 2 Sonus faber Custom Speakers with Black Leather Box, Stainless steel frames. With aluminum dust caps and black paper cones, this custom 3.5-way system incorporates the new Phase Coherent Philosophy to ensure a realistic soundstage and builds upon the acoustic research conducted for the new Homage and Arena collections, meeting home theater standards. 

Sonus faber Custom Speaker

This system creates a 3D soundstage without a physical center channel speaker and with a wide distance between the left and right channels. This allows the Sonus faber system to integrate well into the Wally environment.  

Additional speakers include 4 Sonus faber Custom Active Sub-woofers (2 12-inch and 2 10-inch), and 4 Sonus faber Palladio PC683 3-way in-ceiling speakers, all seamlessly integrated into the yacht’s design.

Sonus faber In-Ceiling Speaker

McIntosh: The Sonus faber speakers are powered by the MC255 5 Channel and MC312 2 Channel Solid State Amplifiers.  For system control and immersive audio processing, the system also includes the McIntosh MX170 A/V Processor.

McIntosh MC255 5-channel Power Amp

Master Cabin

 In the Master cabin, there are 5 Sonus faber Palladio PC662 in-ceiling speakers, 1 Sonus faber 12-inch Custom Active Sub-woofer, powered by the McIntosh 7-channel MI347 digital amplifier with control and processing provided by the MX123 A/V Processor.

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McIntosh MX123 AV Preamp/Processor

Upper Deck Salon

The Upper Deck Salon is equipped with 5 Sonus faber Palladio 2-way in-ceiling PC662s, 1 12-inch Sonus faber Custom active sub-woofer, 1 McIntosh MX123 A/V Processor, and 1 McIntosh MI347 7-channel digital amplifier.

McIntosh MI347 7-channel Power Amplifier

WallyWhy200 Yacht Overview

Wallywhy200 Yacht

For Marine Afficianados, the Wallywhy200 combines the comfort and space of a larger displacement yacht with the speed and performance of a semi-displacement yacht. 

The Wallywhy200 incorporates a 4.7-meter-high glazed bow housing a 37 square meter master suite overlooking the sea, with an uninterrupted 270-degree view of the horizon. This cabin stands out also for its exceptional noise levels thanks to the positioning of the engine room which is located at the opposite end of the boat.

The upper deck has a futuristic glass and carbon dome. The extended, structural top has no supporting pillars and is a masterpiece of design and engineering for its exceptional stability and strength.

A standout interior feature is the one-piece laminated carbon staircase which, as well as having a load-bearing function, is an extremely light element connecting the three decks and making the bulkheads superfluous in the huge 50 square meters of open space living area, enhanced by a practical show-cooking kitchen.

To facilitate direct water activities, the Wallywhy200  includes folding beach club bulwarks, which provide access to the sea on three sides and also expand the living area to 32 square meters. This transforms the living area into a terrace over the water. In addition, Wallywhy200 boasts two garages with a storage capacity not seen before on yachts of this size.

The Wally design team was led by Luca Bassani, jointly with the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, working with Laurent Giles NA Ltd for naval architecture and Studio A. Vallicelli & C for interior design.

Wallywhy 200 top View Overhead

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