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Report: Munich HIGH END 2016

The Endeavour & Torus at the Munich High End 2015Mid-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.

Hifi Pig Magazine, HIGH END HIGHLIGHTS PART 2, 2016

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.

The Audiobeat, Munich HIGH END HOT PRODUCT, 2016

Discovery II - Monitor - Loudspeakers - Carbon Fibre Composite - Audio - Munich HIGH END

Discovery II - Monitor - Loudspeakers - Carbon Fibre Composite - Audio - Munich HIGH END

Discovery II - Monitor - Loudspeakers - Carbon Fibre Composite - Audio - Munich HIGH END

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:

A.C.T. One Evolution P1 - Floorstanding - Loudspeakers - Carbon Fibre Composite - Audio - Munich HIGH END

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Munich High End Preview 2016

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. P1 - Geometry Series - Carbon Fibre Loudspeaker - Munich High End 2016 - Luxury - High End Audio - British Innovation

Wilson Benesch are delighted to announce our return to the Munich, for the 2016 edition of the finest show high end audio exhibition on the planet, the Munich High End. Staged in the MOC Messe Exhibition Centre, 20-minutes from the vibrant heart of Munich, the Munich High End is widely recognised as the finest exhibition of audio the world over attracting a global audience and roster of top audio designers and manufacturers. Wilson Benesch traditionally reserve something exceptional for Munich, in previous years the company has launched its luxury flagship loudspeaker, Cardinal, its ‘Super-Monitor’ Endeavour loudspeaker and this year we have a very special addition to our reference marque, Geometry Series. Our full press release for this years show will leave our HQ the week prior to the exhibition, this will include full details of the new ‘P1′ project. You can stay up to date on this via our social media feeds and of course via our newsletter.

A.C.T. One Evolution ‘P1′: A Revolution in Carbon Fibre
Wilson Benesch pioneered the use of carbon fibre composites in high end audio in 1989. Since then, the company has consistently engineered and manufactured a range of bespoke, hand crafted products using carbon fibre composites.

Science has always been at the foundation of every product realised using carbon fibre composites. The tapered geometric form seen in the original A.C.T. One Tonearm was used to extract maximum stiffness and damping from the form whilst reducing its weight as much as possible. The curved u-section seen in the A.C.T. Monocoque in the companies reference line of loudspeakers, the Geometry Series, is another example of how the form of the component has been engineered to maximise the performance of the product, reducing the number of flat surfaces on the loudspeakers chassis and giving the loudspeaker the stiffest and most highly damped cabinet of any loudspeaker in the world. At no point has the company used carbon composites purely on the basis of its aesthetics or to gain a marketing advantage by way of its association with high performance.

Munich High End 2016 will mark the arrival of something revolutionary. An advance in carbon fibre technology, pioneered by the industries leading proponents of carbon fibre composites in high end audio. See it for the first time in Munich.

The A.C.T. One Evolution ‘P1′: A Revolution in Carbon Fibre

Discovery II: Reinventing A Classic
Wilson Benesch - Discovery II - Standmount - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre Composite - Bristol - Sound & Vision - 2016
Following the launch of the A.C.T. One Evolution in 2015, Wilson Benesch will this year bring another timeless, thoroughbred classic into its current reference line, with the Munich premier of the Discovery II Loudspeaker.

Originally launched as the first product in Wilson Benesch’s award winning Odyssey Range in 2001, the Discovery went to world wide critical acclaim. Winning ‘Component of the Year’ in Stereo Sound Japan in 2001, ‘Product of the Year’ in HiFi Review Hong Kong in 2001 and following a 5-star review in What HiFi? UK, it formed the magazines ‘Reference System’ in 2004 and again in 2005.

The principle drive unit topology of the Discovery II remains a unique approach to stand mount speaker design, placing the innovative clamshell Isobaric Drive System in the underside of the enclosure with the Wilson Benesch Semisphere Tweeter and dedicated Tactic II midrange drive unit sitting in close proximity directly above.

This compact and highly optimised drive unit topology delivers a captivating soundstage, rich with dynamic bass that is perfectly integrated with the frequencies across the range up to 30kHz. The unusual character of the sound from the original Discovery won the hearts and minds of music lovers across the globe, garnering an almost cult following of audiophiles. Now in 2016, the design returns with even more power, control and bandwidth.

System Architecture
This year Wilson Benesch are delighted to announce that we will be partnering with our German importer IBEX Audio. The company has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality audio products from across the world of high end audio. Courtesy of IBEX Audio, Wilson Benesch loudspeakers will be partnered with amplification from Viva Audio and cables from Way Cables.

Viva Audio was founded by Amedeo Schembri in 1996. Together with his brother, Giampietro, Amedeo has set out to develop audio systems that can reproduce sound with life-like authenticity.
Viva Audio - Aurora Tube Amplifier - Munich High End 2016 - Wilson Benesch - Discovery II Loudspeaker - IBEX Audio
Viva Audio will partner their highly rated reference single-ended tube amplifier, Aurora, with the Discovery II in Munich. The amplifier has been designed to deliver maximum musical articulation and harmonics. Aurora delivers very stiff, yet fast power supply that responds effortlessly to the most demanding music and overcomes some of the challenges that single-ended amplifier designs often encounter.

Way Cables will supply their ‘Silver 4′ reference cables throughout the system. Founded in Belgrade, Serbia, the company is a relative newcomer to the HiFi industry. But it is already forming an excellent reputation for itself. The company will provide all interconnect, power cables and loudspeaker cables for the demonstration. You can learn more about this company by way of the excellent HiFi Pig review here.

Way Cables - Silver 4 Interconnect - Munich High End 2016 - Wilson Benesch - Discovery II Loudspeaker - IBEX Audio

Wilson Benesch will be exhibiting in Room E223, Atrium 4, floor 2, of the MOC Messe Exhibition Centre, 5th – 8th May 2016.

For all press enquiries please contact:
Wilson Benesch – Luke Milnes – // +44(0)114 2852656

For more information on our collaborating partners please use the following links:
IBEX Audio:
Viva Audio:
Way Cables:

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Wilson Benesch Geometry Series Easter Show Report, Hilversum, Holland

A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - HIFI- Holland - Beter Beeld & GeluidThe Wilson Benesch Easter Show from March 26 to Better Sound & Vision in Hilversum was an auditory feast! All three sets played the stars from the sky. It is very special to experience real musical magic, track after track …

Feedback from one customer to our Dutch import partners Audio Ingang was as follows,

Again, thanks and my compliments to the show you put on this afternoon! I am still completely baffled, especially with the second setup. These floorstanding speakers [WB A.C.T. One Evolution] were playing incredibly beautiful together with the Devialet [400] and Crystal Cable loudspeaker cables. Whatever you played, it all sounded so fantastic, so harmonically correct and organic… This also counted for the vocals – extremely beautiful and natural! In the past, there was a time I was listening to English polyphonic choir music almost exclusively, so I have developed an acute sensibility to this genre. Most of the time you are hearing a reproduction, but this time it completely came across like reality…. Great class!

Wilson Benesch would like to thank Audio Ingang for arranging and running this exceptional Easter feast.

To arrange a personal demonstration please contact:

Audio Ingang
Looierij 11
4762 AM Zevenbergen
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 168 33 51 80
Fax: +31 35 63 19 785

Discovery II - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - HIFI- Holland - Beter Beeld & Geluid

Endeavour - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - HIFI- Holland - Beter Beeld & Geluid

Discovery II - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - HIFI- Holland - Beter Beeld & Geluid

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Wilson Benesch Geometry Series ‘Easter Show’, Hilversum, Holland

Endeavour - A.C.T. One Evolution - Discovery II - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - HIFI
Wilson Benesch Geometry series ‘Easter show’
Saturday 26th of March – Beter Beeld & Geluid Hilversum

Just before Easter, Beter Beeld & Geluid will be presenting the newest Wilson Benesch models from the Geometry Series: the Endeavour, A.C.T. One Evolution and Discovery II.

With these models, Wilson Benesch is producing an impressive line of loudspeakers, using most modern production techniques. About 95% of the loudspeakers is made ‘in house’: from the loudspeaker drivers used to the binding posts. Because of this, the manufacturer is able to make design without any compromise and make sure all parts are maximally tuned for their purpose: essentially to guarantee a ‘state-of-the-art’ result.
Endeavour - A.C.T. One Evolution - Discovery II - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - HIFI

The sound of the Geometry Series is one of musicality, natural tone and an open soundstage: rich, flowing tonal colours combine with silky, but very open highs and mids. The speed in the low frequency range and the total absence of colouration from the extremely stiff carbon cabinets gives unmatched resolution: not a simple detail eludes these speakers! The sound stage is enormous, but also precise. Simply not using any filtering in the midrange enables Wilson Benesch to preserve energy in the music signal, for maximum dynamics.

The three models will be driven by electronics from CH Precision and Linn. Experience the Wilson Benesch sound in our Hilversum shop on Saturday afternoon 26th of March from 1 PM. Entrance is free of course and drinks and food will be served afterwards.

Wilson Benesch: The Future is Carbon

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Bristol Sound & Vision 2016 Show Report

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Discovery II - Loudspeaker - Circle 25 Turntable - CH Precision - Audio Alchemy - DS Audio - Nightrider - Optical Cartridge
Wilson Benesch present to a packed Bristol Sound & Vision 2016
Last years show report opened with a comment on the sheer volume of people attending the Bristol Sound & Vision. Whilst we do not have any official figures from the organisers yet as to the number of customers attending this year, we cannot recall another year as busy as 2016. In addition, we were very pleased to meet with so many people with genuine enthusiasm for the presentation and products on demonstration this year.

As with last year we stuck to a demonstration based around two distinctly different systems, one built around the new floor standing A.C.T. One Evolution loudspeaker and the other around the new Discovery II stand mount loudspeaker. Right through the chain there was somewhat stark contrasts, the A.C.T. One Evolution being partnered with the Swiss ultra high-end CH Precision electronics and the Discovery II being partnered with the very affordable Audio Alchemy products of Californian origin. Yet despite this, both systems on any grounds sounded utterly astonishing.

A.C.T. One Evolution & CH Precision
Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - CH Precision - P1 - A1 - C1 - Phono Stage - R1 - Carbon Fibre - HiFi Rack

Following Hans Zimmers ‘The Battle’ taken from the Gladiator OST and replayed through the A.C.T. One Evolution’s, one customer quietly commented that he was a musician that had been part of an orchestra that had performed this exact piece hundreds upon hundreds of times and he had himself listened to the recording in his own system many times and yet he said there were things in that demonstration that I had never heard before. He had the look of almost giddy euphoria, like an epiphany had arrived. It was a special moment.

In many ways, this kind of performance has come to be expected from the CH Precision – Wilson Benesch combination. Having partnered with CH Precision, importing the product into the UK, it is something that we have become accustomed to. High-end audio of this kind is very special. The A.C.T. One Evolution was always going to be a speaker that excelled with the A1 Amplifiers, the synergy of these systems is well documented and this kind of system is replicated across the globe for this reason. Something very special, but also the preserve of the very few who can afford it.

Discovery II & Audio Alchemy
Wilson Benesch - Discovery II - Audio Alchemy - DDP-1 - DPA-1M - PS-5 - Carbon Fibre - Circle 25 Turntable - DS Audio - Optical Cartridge - Nightrider
So perhaps the defining elements of this years exhibition that many including ourselves had perhaps not expected was the success of the partnership of the new Discovery II and the Audio Alchemy. Prior to the exhibition, we had listened to the Audio Alchemy in our demonstration spaces and like many others we had read the exceptional reviews and show reports which all identified that this was a remarkable product at a remarkable price. But setting up a system in the Conservatory each year teaches you new things about your own products and those partnered with them. This year Audio Alchemy was a lesson in affordable high end audio!

Peter Madnick, the affable designer and director of Audio Alchemy was on hand throughout the exhibition. His selection of digital content consistently impressed customers listening to the system. Something very special, and the preserve of many many more.

Analogue Heaven
Wilson Benesch - Discovery II - Audio Alchemy - DDP-1 - DPA-1M - PS-5 - Carbon Fibre - Circle 25 Turntable - DS Audio - Optical Cartridge - Nightrider
Wilson Benesch presented the Circle 25 Turntable in both the Black Edition and the White Edition this year. Running the Nanotube One and Carbon Cartridge with the CH Precision P1 Phono Stage and the A.C.T. 25 Tonearm with the DS Audio DS-W1 ‘Nightrider’ Optical Cartridge on the Discovery II.

Again it was an extremely interesting contrast of technology and design. One system running a more traditional MC cartridge, with the other running the world’s first optical cartridge which defies any tradition. Unquestionably a phenomenal demonstration of analogue on both counts, but each with a quite distinct and different presentation.

Naturally the DS Audio DS-W1 caught the attention of many, such is the unique nature of the design. Many people left the room with a wide smile having heard the world’s first optical cartridge on the end of a carbon fibre composite tonearm.

In closing
An exceptional show on any grounds and under any criteria a major success. Our first thanks must therefore be to the show organisers Audio T, who have put together the country’s finest audio exhibition. An exhibition would not be complete without people and we would like to extend our thanks to all those who visited us this year in the Wilson Benesch ‘Glass House’. Finally we must make a special thanks to each of those partners that joined us this year in what was a collaborative exhibition space. Peter Madnick of Audio Alchemy and Nigel Crump of Symmetry Systems who import this product. Raphael Pasche of CH Precision who joined us for a second consecutive year. A note also to DS Audio and UK importer Sound Fowndations. And finally to Darren Smith the Director and Designer at Clearer Audio Cables, without whom this exhibition would not have been possible.

See you next time,

All the Team at Wilson Benesch!

For all our images from this years exhibition please see the lightbox gallery below by clicking on the image.
Wilson Benesch Circle 25 Turntable and Square Five Loudspeaker at the Bristol Sound & Vision 2014

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