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
e: info@audioingang.nl
w: www.audioingang.nl

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

Wilson Benesch Geometry Series Easter Show Report, Hilversum, Holland

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

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

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

Bristol Sound & Vision 2016 Show Report

Geometry Series, A.C.T. One Evolution Review, HIFI+, Issue 130

Alan Sircom - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - HIFI- HIFI PlusIt’s Friday and this week, everyone at Wilson Benesch has a little spring in their step as we prepare for the forthcoming ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show 2016. As we reported last week in our show preview, Wilson Benesch will this year be launching the new A.C.T. One Evolution depicted in all its glory, with its characteristic sculptured top, in the image above. Read all about our show plans this year via the link above.

This week we have been setting up and testing all components for the show at the Wilson Benesch HQ, you can view some previews of the system via our Instagram and Twitter feed. As you might imagine, generally we have a lot of fun playing our favourite music on a selection of the world’s finest audio products. This year we will be joined by Audio Alchemy, CH Precision, Clearer Audio and DS Audio in the “Wilson Benesch Glass House” (1st Floor Conservatory).

So since its Friday and we are feeling especially generous, we thought we would finally share Alan Sircom’s full unedited A.C.T. One Evolution review, taken from HiFi+ Issue 130.

Happy Friday everyone!

Geometry Series, A.C.T. One Evolution Review, HIFI+, Issue 130

Preview: Bristol ‘Sound & Vision’ 2016

Wilson Benesch - Geometry Series - Sound & Vision The Bristol Show 2016 - A.C.T. One Evolution Loudspeaker - Discovery II Loudspeaker - HIFI - High End Audio

Wilson Benesch return to ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show with two new stunning loudspeaker designs in its Reference Line, Geometry Series.
And as usual we have brought together some of the finest designs from across the world of high end audio to join in on the launch of these two loudspeakers. Read on to find out a little more about the components that will be used in the ‘Wilson Benesch Glass House’ this year.

Discovery II Stand Mount Loudspeaker
Wilson Benesch - Discovery II - Standmount - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre Composite - Bristol - Sound & Vision - 2016

A 2.5-way design constructed from carbon fibre composite and precision CNC-machined alloy. The new Discovery II features the company’s very latest Geometry Series drive unit technology, deployed in a unique, compact topology. The innovative clamshell Isobaric Drive System sits underside of the enclosure with a tweeter and dedicated midrange unit sitting directly above. The combination of Isobaric Drive and the proximity of all drive units, allows the Discovery II to deliver a sound like no other loudspeaker. The soundstage is fundamentally right; integrated with ease, punchy and dynamic in the delivery of the bass register and rich and detailed across the midrange to the high frequencies which float effortlessly from the crown jewel of the Geometry Series, the Semisphere Silk-Carbon Hybrid Dome Technology Tweeter.

The new Discovery II will perhaps be familiar to owners and long-term admirers of the brand, replacing as it does the award-winning Odyssey Series design that precedes it. The original design won ‘Reference Loudspeaker’ in What HiFi? Magazine over two consecutive years in 2004 and 2005, along with a clutch of other awards including the ‘Stereo Sound Japan – Component of the Year’.

A.C.T. One Evolution Floor Standing Loudspeaker
Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Floorstanding - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre Composite - Bristol - Sound & Vision - 2016 The name A.C.T. is an acronym for ‘Advanced Composite Technology’ – it is a reference to the carbon composite technologies upon which the Wilson Benesch brand was founded and subsequently became synonymous with. The A.C.T. acronym was used when naming the company’s first loudspeaker, the A.C.T. One, in 1991. The name was subsequently used for successive designs in the loudspeaker line; A.C.T. Two, A.C.T. and A.C.T. C60; along with the company’s range of tonearms which employ carbon fibre composite technologies.

Thus the A.C.T. One Evolution is a design born from impeccable heritage and the latest loudspeaker that has evolved from an iterative design process. The A.C.T. One Evolution features cutting edge Geometry Series drive technology, with the Troika System, first developed for the Cardinal flagship, reappearing in the latest floorstander in the series. The Troika sees an upper midrange and a lower midrange/bass drive unit delpyed either side of the Semisphere Tweeter. The drive units served have a stripped back crossover, reducing all components in the signal path to a minimum, with their output dictated by the optimised specification to which Wilson Benesch have built that drive unit. The combination of topology, highly refined build and proximity of all drive units results in something quite spectacular, with the A.C.T. One Evolution delivering a wide open, expansive and natural soundstage. The dynamic kick in the bass register is generated by the dedicated bass drive unit which has a capacious internal air volume to energise the driver.

the carbon fibre monocoque design found in the original A.C.T. One is still a vital part of the new loudspeaker’s development. It means that the loudspeaker can be completely unbraced internally, and yet retain the level of stiffness required of a loudspeaker at this level. And that means the internal air volume of the cabinet is far larger than most loudspeakers of the A.C.T. One Evolution’s footprint, which spells deceptive amounts of bass for the size of the speaker.

Alan Sircom, HiFi+, A.C.T. One Evolution Review, December 2015

CH Precision P1 Phono Stage
Wilson Benesch - CH Precision - P1 Phono Stage - Bristol - Sound & Vision - 2016
Swiss high-end manufacturer CH Precision return again this year. As the exclusive UK importer, Wilson Benesch will showcase CH Precision electronics through the A.C.T. One Evolution loudspeakers. The incredible A1 Power Amplifier will be joined this year by a C1 D/A Controller providing digital streamed content, along with the very latest product in the Swiss marque, the P1 Phono Stage.

The P1 shares the high-tech design, fully balanced circuitry and multi-level menu-driven setup and control options of the CH Precision ‘Series-1’. In the rarefied environment that is high-end audio, the P1 sets itself apart from other designs with a number of innovative features. It has three dedicated inputs, which are all independently configurable and adjustable for gain. Two are current-driven MC inputs optimised for low-output cartridges, while the third is voltage-driven and switchable between MM and MC. The MC inputs use DSP circuitry and a supplied test disc to examine the profile of the incoming signal and then modify a fixed resistor to set the impedance for the flattest response, which can in turn be tweaked manually. Another stand out design feature is the ability to add an optional module, allowing you to switch between standard RIAA/extended RIAA EQ curves and those for EMI, Columbia, Decca and Teldec.

Audio Alchemy
Wilson Benesch - Audio Alchemy - DDP-1 Preamp DAC - Bristol - Sound & Vision - 2016
Audio Alchemy is a company reborn. The original Audio Alchemy pioneered affordable standalone digital-to-analog converters in the late 1980s. It sold more than 100,000 audio products, and the technologies it developed for jitter control, resolution enhancement and high-resolution analog filtering are still the solutions of choice in the audio industry.

The new Audio Alchemy, launched in 2014, is headed by original co-founder Peter Madnick and taps the talents of many of the original engineers responsible for the Audio Alchemy products of the 1980s and ’90s. The products are manufactured in the same Southern California facility with the same ethos: superior technology at reasonable prices.

Making its ‘Sound & Vision’ debut courtesy of UK importer Symmetry. Audio Alchemy will arrive with a magical system consisting of 4 x DPA-1M Monoblock hybrid digital power amplifiers running the Discovery II loudspeakers with a dedicated amplifier for each Isobaric Drive System and each midrange – tweeter pair. Up front will be the DDP-1 digital decoding preamp/DAC with a PS-5 power supply upgrade, along with the DMP-1 digital music streamer/DAC.

If Audio Alchemy’s design team was seeking that elusive ‘analogue feel’ for the sound of its DAC/preamp then it’s certainly hit the mark … tremendous value for listeners seeking fine audio on a sensible budget.

John Bamford, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, January 2016

DS Audio DS-W1 “Nightrider” Optical Cartridge
Wilson Benesch - DS Audio - DS-W1 - Nightrider - Optical Cartridge - Bristol - Sound & Vision - 2016
DS Audio’s DS-W1 “Nightrider” Optical Cartridge probably requires little in the way of an introduction. It has captured the imagination of the analogue fraternity for some time now and is one of those products which redefines a sector of the market and a whole new category in the process. And rightly so, the DS-Audio is the world’s first Optical Cartridge.

The design is based around a pure analogue contact system employing a conventional stylus and cantilever, but replacing the traditional electromagnetic coil and magnet system with an LED to detect the vibration in the stylus caused by the grooves in the record. It is a revolutionary system that completely eliminates the electromagnetic frictional force that is unavoidable in all MM and MC cartridge designs.

The DS-W1 “Nightrider” cartridge uses state-of-the-art technology developed by Japanese photo-optics specialist Digital Stream Corporation, the co-creators, along with Microsoft, of the optical mouse.

Wilson Benesch will partner the DS-W1 with our A.C.T. 25 Tonearm mounted on the Circle 25 Turntable. Given the absence of heavy magnets and coils behind the stylus/cantilever, the “Nightrider is a spectacularly lightweight system at 6.5g. Placed on the end of the carbon fibre composite A.C.T. 25 Tonearm, it is an elegant, high-technology system.

This is unquestionably on of the shows, “Not to be missed” demonstrations!!

Clearer Audio Cables
Wilson Benesch - Clearer Audio - Bristol - Sound & Vision - 2016For almost a decade now, Clearer Audio and Wilson Benesch have partnered to great effect – two British companies coming together for a celebration of high end audio at the country’s premier HiFi Show. Clearer Audio will wire two independent systems, with the A.C.T. One Evolution – CH Precision system benefitting from Clearer Audio’s Silver-Line Optimus Reference cables.

Clearer Audio will present for the first time, the new updated versions of our multi award-winning Copper-line and Silver-line Power Cables which feature new Furutech connectors. This new upgrade provides existing customers with an optional upgrade path.

Clearer Audio will also unveil the new high-end Silver-line Optimus Reference 75 Digital Interconnect. Featuring larger 6N OCC silver conductors, our hybrid multi-layer copper/silver shielding system and pure silver digital RCA/BNC plugs, the new digital interconnect offers unrivalled world class performance, from a meticulously hand-built, in-house designed British cable. Company Director, Darren Smith will be on hand during the show and would be delighted to answer any cable questions or queries that visitors might have and offer advice in areas of cable selection, upgrades and system optimisation to name a few.

The Wilson Benesch ‘Glass House’
Widely regarded as the premier British High End Audio show and a firm favourite for all at the company, Wilson Benesch always look to do something with a difference in Bristol – to celebrate High End. This year we really have brought together some of the finest components from around the globe, deploying them in systems that will really bring the best of each product in the chain.

As normal we will be taking residence in the 1st Floor Conservatory, now affectionately known as the ‘Wilson Benesch Glass House’. More information about ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show can be found via the official show website.

We very much look forward to sharing the weekend with each of you.

See you in Bristol,

Wilson Benesch

Wilson Benesch: The Future is Carbon

Preview: Bristol ‘Sound & Vision’ 2016

Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage 2016, Hamburg

Wilson Benesch - Square Three - Square Series II - Loudspeaker - Hamburg - Norddeutsche HiFi Tage - Carbon Fibre - British - High - End - Audio
Exclusive German import partner IBEX Audio return in 2016 with a demonstration of the Square Three loudspeaker at the Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage 2016. Taking place in the beautiful North Germany city of Hamburg, the event will also provide an opportunity to listen to the Wilson Benesch Circle 25 Anniversary Turntable.

The full system setup will be as follows:
Loudspeakers: Wilson Benesch Square Three
Turntable: Wilson Benesch Circle 25 Anniversary Turntable
Tonearm: Wilson Benesch A.C.T. 25 Tonearm
Cartridge: Transfiguration Phoenix-S
Phono-Pre: IKEDA SUT and Remton LCR Mk2
DAC: Exogal Comet Plus
Cables: WAY Cables
Rack: Solid Tech
Integrated-Amp: Audio Analogue Maestro Anniversary (Worldpremier)

For full details of the event and ticketing, please use the links below.

Event: Nordeutsche HiFi-Tage 2016
Date: Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th February 2016
Location: Holiday Inn, Billwerder Neuer Deich 14, 20539, Hamburg

For further information about the ‘Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage 2016’ please see the website www.hifi-studio-bramfeld.de.

To organise a private demonstration of any Wilson Benesch product, you can contact our exclusive importer IBEX Audio.

IBEX Audio GmbH
Ibex Audio GmbH
Alfredshöhe 29
D-89522 Heidenheim
Tel: +49 7321 25490
Fax: +49 7321 25487
e: info@ibex-audio.de
w: www.ibex-audio.de

Wilson Benesch: The Future is Carbon

Norddeutsche HiFi-Tage 2016, Hamburg

Intek: Vertex & Vector Workshop, Ljubljana

Wilson Benesch - Vertex - Vector - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - High-End - Audio - INTEK Ltd. - Slovenia - Croatia - British - Geometry SeriesThis coming Friday and Saturday, new Wilson Benesch distribution partner Intek hi-fi, high-end & music will conduct a workshop with the Geometry Series Vertex and Vector loudspeakers.

The event is a public session, with all welcome. Intek also stock Square Series II and Analogue Collection products from the Wilson Benesch range, however this event will be focussed on the carbon fibre loudspeaker from the Geometry Series.

The system setup will be as follows:
Wilson Benesch : Vertex and Vector Loudspeakers in conjunction with,
ELECTROCOMPANIET phono preamp and amplifier
DR. FEICKERT analog turntable
ATC power amplifier
AUDIOQUEST connecting cables
SHUNYATA RESEARCH and connecting electric cables and electric filtration
ISOTEK electrical filtration
STILLPOINTS & SSC antivibration accessories
MUSIC TOOLS audio cabinets

Friday 8th January 14.00 – 19.00
Saturday 9th January 10.00 – 18.00

Intek HiFi Salon, Njegoševi ulici 23, Ljubljana.

For further information about the show or to arrange a private demonstration of with ‘INTEK Ltd.’ please use the following links.

INTEK Croatia j.d.o.o.
Hi-Fi, Hi-End & Music Distribution
Tel: +385 48 644 101
e: intek.croatia@gmail.com
w: www.intek-croatia.hr

Wilson Benesch: The Future is Carbon

Intek: Vertex & Vector Workshop, Ljubljana