In May 2016, Wilson Benesch unveiled for the first time its new coloured carbon fibre ‘A.C.T. P1 Monocoque’ with a high profile launch of its Geometry Series ‘A.C.T. One Evolution P1′ loudspeaker at the Munich HIGH END. The loudspeaker displayed the new luxurious ‘Enzo’ carbon fibre, set off by flashes of red detailing across the honeycomb grill and the loudspeakers mid and top plates. The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 bore a high concept collection of products that evoke the notions of speed associated with the motorsport heritage of Hypetex coloured carbon fibre material. And so the Geometry Series: P1 Collection was borne.
Today we are delighted to announce a series of P1 Collection Tour dates that will take place around the world through 2016 and into 2017. The list is not exhaustive and we expect to add a few more dates yet, but the tour will officially kick off in Hong Kong this weekend, followed swiftly by Taiwan the weekend following, before returning to Europe for a series of dates, including Holland, Germany, France, Poland and England throughout the HiFi Season ahead.
At each event, guests can expect to get up close and personal with the patented material technology that is at the heart of the new P1 Collection, with samples for each of the P1 finishes available to see and touch. Wilson Benesch has selected a trio of colours, that both visually and by name evoke the sense of F1 heritage in the P1 Collection. Those colours are ‘Enzo’ (red), ‘Silverstone’ (silver) and ‘Champagne’ (Gold).
As normal, you can stay up to date with the tour and any new dates as they are added via our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Or for more images of the P1 Collection and other Wilson Benesch products in production, see our Instagram feed.
Round 1: Hong Kong
The first round of the P1 Collection Tour will start in Hong Kong with the prestigious Hong Kong High End AV Show.
Date: Friday 5th August – Sunday 8th August 2016
Location: Hong Kong High End Audio Visual Show
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
The A.C.T. One Evolution ‘P1′: A Revolution in Carbon Fibre
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:
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
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.
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 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.
Wilson Benesch will be exhibiting in Room E223, Atrium 4, floor 2, of the MOC Messe Exhibition Centre, 5th – 8th May 2016.
The 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  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.
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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.
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.