NEW YORK and SHEFFIELD, England, Nov. 10, 2016 – Wilson Benesch today announces that it has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honouree in the High Performance Home Audio / Video category for its newly launched A.C.T. One Evolution P1 floorstanding loudspeaker. The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 embodies excellence in craftsmanship and innovative design. It’s patent protected coloured carbon fibre finish is a bold design statement that reaffirms the company’s position at the forefront of manufacturing and research in advanced materials science within the high-end audio industry. Complete with bespoke Wilson Benesch drive technology, the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 delivers a unique, state-of-the-art sound experience. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honour outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.
Wilson Benesch’s new A.C.T. One Evolution P1 floorstanding loudspeaker introduces a revolutionary, patent protected, coloured carbon fibre material to the high-end audio industry for the first time courtesy of Hypetex. The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 is the fifth iteration of Wilson Benesch’s iconic A.C.T. design, dating back almost 30-years to the first A.C.T. loudspeaker. The new A.C.T. One Evolution P1 has been re-engineered from the ground up. Impeccable design and flawless craftsmanship can be observed throughout the A.C.T. One Evolution P1, from the choice of materials, to the use of geometric forms within componentry and in the intelligent design of the critical drive technologies. The result is a highly evolved, consumer loudspeaker, with optimal acoustic performance.
Craig Milnes, Design Director for Wilson Benesch says,
“The first A.C.T. loudspeaker the company produced back in 1992, was in fact the first high-end audio loudspeaker design in the world to deploy a curved carbon fibre composite panel. Since then the A.C.T. design has become a signature loudspeaker of our brand that evolves iteratively with each new product line. To this end the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 is a beautifully executed addition to this heritage, it denotes not only an evolution of the design in terms of its drive unit array, but also its patent protected coloured carbon fibre finish is a bold design statement that underlines the company’s position at the forefront of the application of this materials technology”
Christina Milnes, Managing Director for Wilson Benesch says,
“Wilson Benesch has collected product awards from all corners of the globe, but the company won the CES Innovation Award in 1997 and again in 1998 for the very first A.C.T. One loudspeaker. 20-years on, the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 represents the current state-of-the-art in Wilson Benesch design, so receiving the CES Innovation Award 2017 is an acknowledgement of our continued leadership in sound innovation”
The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the CES 2017, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognising achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA,
5-8 January, 2017
Venetian Tower Suite 30-112
Wilson Benesch’s A.C.T. One Evolution P1 loudspeaker will be on live demonstration at CES 2017 in the Venetian Tower Suite 30-112 courtesy of USA Official Importer Aaudio Imports.
Honourees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Media Event of the International CES on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Mandalay Bay.
The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:
• Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
• Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
• The product’s intended use/function and user value
• Why the product deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
• How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place
Products chosen as an Innovations honouree reflect innovative the design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.
Innovations 2017 Design and Engineering honouree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovations, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.