Cardinal

FLOOR STANDING LOUDSPEAKER

"Of all the great and grand speakers, on this earth, the Wilson Benesch is possibly the most beautiful. The awe-inspiring price here comes with awe-inspiring performance and a sensational dynamics, and not just an awe-inspiring look."

 

- Cai Brockman, Fidelity AV, 2014

Cardinal
Prestige Award 2013 SUPER AV MAGAZINE

Equipped with a total of 18 Wilson Benesch drive units per pair, the Cardinal is capable of delivering wide bandwidth sound from 25Hz to 30kHz.

 

During the development of the Cardinal extensive research and development was undertaken in drive unit topology. The result was the Troika System; a new topology - previously unused by Wilson Benesch that placed the new Semisphere Tweeter at the heart of the upper and lower Tactic II midrange drive units.

 

In the Cardinal the Troika System should be recognised as a highly innovative and significant advance in the loudspeaker design.  The Troika not only places three highly integrated Wilson Benesch drive units in close proximity, but it also directly interrelates with the cabinet and drive unit architecture to create mechanical filtering. The result is a highly optimised crossover, with all electrical components reduced or removed entirely to preserve the perfect signal from the amplifier.

 

The design of the Cardinal’s bass drive topology is no less innovative. Two Isobaric Drive Systems deliver powerful, highly dynamic bass through a total of 4 Tactic II Drive Units. The Isobaric Drive System is not a new Wilson Benesch design, having being used in the original Bishop loudspeaker. However in the Cardinal, Wilson Benesch have deployed the Tactic  II drive units lined astern. Such is the power of the system, Wilson Benesch use a 35kg machined alloy sub baffle to house the Isobaric Drive System - an unyielding platform from which the Cardinal delivers its lightning-fast, highly-dynamic and powerful low frequency.

 

The Cardinal is a masterpiece of engineering; total harmony in all the parts, fitted together with such proportion and connection, that nothing could be added, diminished or altered but for the worse.

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Equipped with a total of 18 Wilson Benesch drive units per pair, the Cardinal is capable of delivering wide bandwidth sound from 25Hz to 30kHz.

During the development of the Cardinal extensive research and development was undertaken in drive unit topology. The result was the Troika System; a new topology - previously unused by Wilson Benesch that placed the new Semisphere Tweeter at the heart of the upper and lower Tactic II midrange drive units.

 

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Drivers

CONSTRUCTION

PERFORMANCE

DIMENSIONS

FINISHES

1 x 25mm ( 1") Wilson Benesch Semisphere tweeter

2 x 170mm ( 7") Wilson Benesch Tactic II mid-range drive units

4 x 170mm ( 7") Wilson Benesch Tactic II Isobaric bass drive units

2 x 170mm ( 7") Wilson Benesch Tactic II ABR drive units

Poly-alloy hybrid construction

High performance carbon composite A.C.T. monocoque

Lower mid range infinite baffle sealed enclosure

Upper mid range Tactic II ABR sealed enclosure

Isobaric drive chamber Tactic II ABR sealed enclosure.

4kg precision machined Isobaric drive sub baffle

Aerospace silk black baffle, spine and foot

High gloss satin weave carbon fibre cabinet

High gloss carbon fibre top

Bespoke side cheek options - see FINISHES above

Height: 1735mm ( 68.3")

Width: 620mm ( 24.4")

Depth: 640mm ( 25.2")

Volume: 92L

Weight per channel: 140kg (308 lbs)

2-way electric, 4-way acoustic, floor standing loudspeaker

Impedance: 6Ω nominal / 3Ω minimal

Sensitivity: 90dB at 1 metre on-axis, 2.83V input

Frequency response: 25Hz - 30kHz +/- 2dB on-axis

Minimum amplification power recommendation: 100 W / channel

Crossover frequency: 500Hz / 5kHz

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Wilson Benesch Ltd | Falcon House  |  Limestone Cottage Lane | Sheffield  | United Kingdom  | T +44 (0)114 285 2656

 

Designed and Built by Wilson Benesch 2016  |  All rights reserved

Cardinal
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"Of all the great and grand speakers, on this earth, the Wilson Benesch is possibly the most beautiful. The awe-inspiring price here comes with awe-inspiring performance and a sensational dynamics, and not just an awe-inspiring look."

 

Cai Brockman, Fidelity AV, 2014

Cardinal Floorstanding Loudspeaker finished in Burr Walnut Gloss

FLOOR STANDING LOUDSPEAKER

Equipped with a total of 18 Wilson Benesch drive units per pair, the Cardinal is capable of delivering wide bandwidth sound from 25Hz to 30kHz.

During the development of the Cardinal extensive research and development was undertaken in drive unit topology. The result was the Troika System; a new topology - previously unused by Wilson Benesch that placed the new Semisphere Tweeter at the heart of the upper and lower Tactic II midrange drive units.

 

In the Cardinal the Troika System should be recognised as a highly innovative and significant advance in the loudspeaker design.  The Troika not only places three highly integrated Wilson Benesch drive units in close proximity, but it also directly interrelates with the cabinet and drive unit architecture to create mechanical filtering. The result is a highly optimised crossover, with all electrical components reduced or removed entirely to preserve the perfect signal from the amplifier.

 

The design of the Cardinal’s bass drive topology is no less innovative. Two Isobaric Drive Systems deliver powerful, highly dynamic bass through a total of 4 Tactic II Drive Units. The Isobaric Drive System is not a new Wilson Benesch design, having being used in the original Bishop loudspeaker. However in the Cardinal, Wilson Benesch have deployed the Tactic  II drive units lined astern. Such is the power of the system, Wilson Benesch use a 35kg machined alloy sub baffle to house the Isobaric Drive System - an unyielding platform from which the Cardinal delivers its lightning-fast, highly-dynamic and powerful low frequency.

 

The Cardinal is a masterpiece of engineering; total harmony in all the parts, fitted together with such proportion and connection, that nothing could be added, diminished or altered but for the worse.

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DRIVERS

CONSTRUCTION

MEASUREMENTS

DIMENSIONS

FINISHES

1 x 25mm (1”) Wilson Benesch Semisphere Tweeter

2 x 170mm (7”) Wilson Benesch Mid-Range Tactic II Drive Unit

4 x 170mm (7”) Wilson Benesch Isobaric Tactic II Drive Unit

2 x 170mm (7”) Wilson Benesch ABR Tactic II Drive Unit

Poly-alloy hybrid construction, High Performance Carbon

Composite A.C.T. Monocoque

Lower mid range infinite baffle sealed enclosure

Upper mid range Tactic ABR sealed enclosure

Isobaric Drive chamber Tactic ABR sealed enclosure

4-kg Precision Machined Isobaric Drive Bass board

2-way electric, 4-way acoustic, floor standing loudspeaker

Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms Nominal / 4 Ohms Minimal

Sensitivity: 89dB @ 1-Meter on axis, 2.83V Input

Frequency Response: 25Hz - 30KHz +/- 2dB

Minimum Amplification Power Recommended: 100 Watts/ channel

Height: 1735mm (68.3")

Width: 620mm (24.4")

Depth: 640mm (25.2")

Volume: 92L

Weight per Channel: 180-kg (397 lbs)

Silk Black Baffle, Spine and Foot, Carbon Fibre Cabinet.

Bespoke Side Cheek options as follows.

Standard: Silk Black

Wood Satin: Natural Cherry, Maple, Oak

Wood Gloss: Birds Eye Maple, Red Birds Eye,

Burr Walnut, Ebonised Walnut, Walnut, Red Tulip, Zebrano

High Gloss Metal: White Gloss

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Wilson Benesch Ltd | Falcon House  |  Limestone Cottage Lane | Sheffield  | United Kingdom  | T +44 (0)114 285 2656

 

Designed and built by Wilson Benesch 2016  |  All rights reserved