Mid-week post Munich HIGH END and finally ones feet feel like they have returned to the ground. Back at Falcon House now in Sheffield, England – the Wilson Benesch HQ – it is time to reflect on what has been another remarkable Munich HIGH END.
With the return of a classic in the Discovery II, (partnered as it was in a perfectly tuned system courtesy of German importers IBEX Audio) that predictably stole the hearts of many, to the launch of a totally new venture into colour that is de-marked by the launch of our the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 loudspeaker, it is hard to know exactly where to start!!
Perhaps with this…
A.C.T. One Evolution P1
The launch of a new product as bold as the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 requires a strongly defined concept, along with a depth of character, that any great product should have. In these respects the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 is not short on either count.
Its slick Hypetex ‘Enzo’ Red Advanced Composite Technology ‘A.C.T.’ P1 Monocoque, is set off by ‘Enzo’ Red detailing across the honeycomb grill and the loudspeakers mid and top plates, creating a high concept product that evokes all the notions of speed associated with the motorsport heritage of Hypetex and the bespoke, high quality finishing of the Wilson Benesch brand.
The Munich HIGH END was the first outing for the A.C.T. One Evolution P1, defining a new collection of ‘P1’ Coloured Carbon Fibre finishes that will become available on selected products in Wilson Benesch’s reference line Geometry Series. The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 delivered in every respect, capturing the imagination of the Munich HIGH END press and public as one whole.
Learn more about the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 via our Official Press Release sent to all our newsletter subscribers prior to the show.
The A.C.T. One Evolution ‘P1’: A Revolution in Carbon Fibre
The Live System: Discovery II Monitor Loudspeakers
This years live presentation consisted of the new Discovery II monitor, running in tandem with the Wilson Benesch Torus Infrasonic Generator. The Torus was tuned to 36Hz, providing a subtle addition to the characteristically punchy and tightly integrated bass delivered by the Isobaric Drive System in the Discovery II.
Partnered with the impressive Viva Audio Aurora Monoblocks and a system that was wired entirely by Way Cables, the Discovery II presentation was full and natural, with a perfect balance of resolution and detail integrated with the tight, punchy bass registers. In what is an incredibly expansive exhibition, we were very pleased to receive the many positive comments on the sound of the room and would like to make a special thanks to our German import partners IBEX Audio who drew all these products together for the presentation from the brands that they represent.
I love Wilson Benesch! They’re from the same neck of the woods as from which I hail and they are continuing the long held traditions of that region by being innovative and using the latest material technologies available…. I can happily say that I reckon the Viva amps and Way Cables in use in this system, along with the Wilson Benesch gear, really did deliver the sonic goods…and in spades. Add to that the system looks about as cool as you could wish for and you’ve got a winning combination.
The new Discovery II shares that same basic topology, but being part of the Geometry series (along with the flagship Cardinal and the Endeavour), it gets the latest Tactic II version of the company’s bass and midrange drivers, as well as the Semisphere tweeter. The thin-wall cabinet is now constructed entirely from extruded aluminum and composite sandwich sections, employing typically clever engineering and materials solutions to improve consistency and serviceability, while the stand is a dramatically more substantial element, featuring a constrained-layer, mixed-material base plate and the large adjustable spikes with hand wheels that grace the rest of the Geometry series. The overall result might look familiar, but once you dig beneath the surface you quickly realize that rather than a Discovery Plus, this is very much an Endeavour Lite – which at around half the price (and half the visual impact) makes it a very interesting speaker indeed.
Wilson Benesch would like to thank each of our partners at the Munich HIGH END. And also a huge thanks to each of you who attended the Munich HIGH END – we look forward to seeing you all again next time around!
We hope that you enjoy the slideshow of images from the exhibition below: