Ltd. Edition Vertex Auction

Wilson Benesch - Limited - Edition - Vertex - Loudspeaker - Tour - de - France - 2013 - Centenary - Maillot - Jaune - William Wates Memorial TrustThis Sunday 21st July the auction for the Wilson Benesch, Ltd. Edition ‘Maillot Jaune’ Vertex Loudspeaker will close on eBay. At 15.06 GMT the hammer will fall and one lucky individual will complete the purchase of the one and only pair of ‘Maillot Jaune’ Vertex Loudspeakers in the World. The timing of the auction end has been selected to coincide with the, 21st and final stage of the 2013 – 100 Edition of the World’s Most Famous Bike Race, The Tour de France.

Marketing Director Luke Milnes completed his own journey across France and into Paris last Sunday and said:

The opportunity to realise a dream and cycle the route of the 100 Edition of the World’s Greatest bike race has been one of the most rewarding and inspiring experiences of my life. The people I have met, the places I have been and most importantly the charity that I have worked tirelessly to raise money for have combined to create a remarkable moment in time.

The William Wates Memorial Trust (WWMT) is a grants giving charity, working with charities across the UK who work with disadvantaged and underprivileged young people, supporting and empowering them through education and the arts.

The Ltd. Edition Vertex features low profile black stands, a beautifully curved carbon fiber monocoque cabinet and is finished in ‘Maillot Jaune’ Yellow cheeks and a lazer etched Ltd. Edition Serial badge to include the serial ‘TDF-100-2013′. This is a true collectors piece.

To place your bid on the Ltd. Edition Vertex please follow the link to our eBay auction.

Wilson Benesch Commemorate the Centenary Tour de France 2013

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Wilson Benesch take on Le Tour de France

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On June 22nd 2013, Wilson Benesch Marketing Director Luke Milnes, will begin Stage 1 of the Centenary Edition of Le Tour de France. His journey across France, will see him complete all 21-stages and 2,100-miles, 1-week ahead of the pro-tour, finishing on the Champs Elysees on July 14th! Bastille Day!!

Luke will be fundraising for the William Wates Memorial Trust (WWMT), with the aim of raising £2,000 or more to assist the work of charities across the UK who are supported by the WWMT. These charities work with disadvantaged and underprivileged young people, supporting and empowering them through education and the arts.

Wilson Benesch – Supporting The William Wates Memorial Trust & Le Tour DeFiance
As a celebration of all things ‘Le Tour 100′ and in support of the efforts of Luke and the William Wates Memorial Trust, Wilson Benesch will be auctioning a single pair of Limited Edition Vertex Loudspeakers finished in High Gloss ‘Maillot Jaune’ Yellow. The Yellow has been chosen to match the Jersey color traditionally worn by the leader of the Tour de France each day and ultimately by the winning rider a top of the podium on the Champs Elysees.

The Vertex will feature low profile black stands, a beautifully curved carbon fiber monocoque cabinet and will be finished with a lazer etched Limited Edition Serial badge to include the serial ‘TDF-100-2013′. This is a true collectors piece not to be missed.

The auction will commence July 14th and close July 21st 2013, coinciding with the arrival of the pro-tour riders on the Champs Elysees at the close of the Centenary Tour de France 2013. More details of how to bid the auction closing time will be announced on our twitter feed at a later date.

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Performance gains through Carbon Fiber
As an employee of Wilson Benesch, Luke is acutely aware of the benefits that advanced materials technology can bring to high performance applications. An average day on the tour, involves over 100-miles, up to 5,500-meters of vertical ascent over France’s highest mountain passes and the output of over 5,000-calories. To succeed in his challenge Luke will employ the unique properties of carbon fiber to maximize the efficiency of his energy output.

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Local bike builders Planet X have supplied their top of the range Planet X ‘Mondo’ Carbon composite frame. Weighing under 900g, the Planet X Mondo has an incredibly low mass, significantly reducing the energy input required by the cyclist to overcome gravity on route to the top of the 2,000m+ peaks in the French Alps.

But the advantages attained from carbon composites do not stop there. Further to the weight advantages that carbon composites impart, these materials are also incredibly stiff. With the exception of carbon nanotubes, carbon fiber composites have the highest stiffness : weight ratio of all the materials known to man. The carbon fiber composite most used by bicycle manufacturers is less than one-quarter the weight of steel, but it is about as stiff (which makes it almost four times as stiff on a weight-to-weight basis), and it is roughly four times as strong in tension.

Because the Planet X Mondo frame is so stiff, the energy transfer from Luke’s muscles, through the cranks, across the frame into the wheels and then into the road to create forward motion, is incredibly efficient with little loss, relatively, of this energy to flex within the bike frame. The result is a quick, responsive, agile and fast bike. Much the same as an F1 car.

One other useful characteristic of carbon fiber that is common to loudspeaker design and road bike design is damping. Despite the incredible stiffness of carbon fiber, the material is able to absorb a huge amount of energy, allowing it to damp unwanted resonances and vibrations. To an audiophile, the benefits are a lower signal to noise ratio, to a cyclist the benefits are more comfort and reduced fatigue. Composite’s vibration damping is far superior to any metal. The smooth ride quality is one of the first things people notice about carbon fiber bicycle frames.

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Supporting the William Wates Memorial Trust & Luke
You can follow Luke on his journey through France via his blog and Strava feed which will remain regularly updated throughout the tour. The pursuit of a dream is one thing, but Luke is also working very hard to raise money for the fantastic work of the William Wates Memorial Trust. Further to his exertions at the Tour de France, Luke will also be completing a 24-hour bike ride in Sheffield City Centre on his return from France.

Please help us support Luke and the WWMT by donating generously via the fundraising page.

You can follow Luke on his Tour de France Journey via his blog: www.tourdefiance.com

Learn more about the William Wates Memorial Trust: www.wwmt.org

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Munich High End Show Report 2013

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The Kempinski in Frankfurt will always hold a special place in the history and development of High End Audio in Germany. At its peak the Frankfurt High End Audio Show was the World’s leading Audio Exhibit. Step forward almost two-decades to 2013 and across Germany to Munich and Wilson Benesch and CH Precision have been reawakening some of those fond Kempinski memories from the 1990s.

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Set against the backdrop of one of Europe’s finest Hotels, along one of Europe’s most affluent boulevard’s the Wilson Benesch Cardinal and CH Precision Electronics created a presentation that can lay claim to being one of the finest sounds of the Munich High End 2013. Following the excellent response from the British public in February’s Sound & Vision Show, the verdict has been unanimous once again.

Here is a collection of comments we received from the Show,

“The new Cardinal flagship loudspeakers demonstrated a level I didn’t imagine was even possible. Much enjoyed!” ~ Eric Finsas, Pilar Audio, Norway

“The Cardinal moved me deeply and was able to impress us all on an intellectual / technical level as well, what a fantastic product!” Garmt van der Zel, Netherlands

“Cardinals are really something else. Excellent speakers to say the least!!” Boris Granovsky, Absolute HiEnd, Australia

“The best speaker I have ever heard!” Reiner, taurus high end, Germany

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Kempinski presentation. We would also like to make a special thanks to our partner at the show CH Precision, who’s dedication and hard work throughout the presentation made for a very special show with great success.

See you again next year.

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Munich High End 2013 – Cardinal Exhibition

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Cardinal Flagship Loudspeaker set for Prestigious European Launch
Munich High End 2013

The location for a high end audio exhibition is every bit as important as the product. For this reason Wilson Benesch have carefully selected one of Europe’s finest Hotels for the European Launch of the new flagship loudspeaker, The Cardinal. The luxurious Kempinski Hotel is positioned right at the heart of Munich on Maximilianstrasse. Flanked by Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Cartier, the district is a center for art and fashion.

Wilson Benesch will collaborate with leading Swiss Electronic Engineers CH Precision, who kindly invited Wilson Benesch to partner the Cardinal with their reference quality electronics. The CH Precision portfolio includes designs that deliver Silver Disc Replay, Digital to Analogue Conversion as well as equally superb Amplification. In the true spirit of Engineering, Wilson Benesch and CH Precision have designed the amplification and the Cardinal wiring to optimise the system architecture in terms of local feedback, meeting the requirements of different drive units. This unique design feature will take full advantage of the Cardinal’s equally unique elemental design that lays claim to being virtually absent of filter distortions. The synergy and immediacy of these systems is a landmark development that represents a paradigm shift in our understanding of audio reproduction.

Experience the State of The Art within the Art house of the Kempinski Four Seasons, Munich.

This is a public event, free entry.

For all Press and VIP meeting requests please contact Luke Milnes – media@wilson-benesch.com.

Date: Thursday 9th May ~ Saturday 11th May 2013
Time: 10.00 – 18.00
Location: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski
Salon Europa
Maximilianstrasse 17
80539 Munich, Germany

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Wilson Benesch Open Day with Moorgate Acoustics

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Wilson Benesch would like to welcome you to a special open day with one of the North England’s premier dealers, Moorgate Acoustics.

The open day will provide clients with a unique opportunity to experience Wilson Benesch’s new flagship loudspeaker, The Cardinal. Following the UK Premier at the Bristol SAV and a superb double issue review in the UKs premier Audio Journal, HIFI+, this really is an opportunity not to be missed.

The sound produced by the Cardinal is uncannily coherent and well-integrated, musically, spatially and temporally contiguous – to a degree that is frankly astonishing for a speaker system in which each cabinet consists of two enclosures and nine drivers… The Cardinal is, by some considerable margin and on any terms, the best speaker that Wilson Benesch has ever made ~ Roy Gregory, HIFI+

The demonstration will be in collaboration with Chord Electronics, who will be demonstrating the DSX1000 streamer, Hi-Fi World’s Best CD player of 2012, the Red Reference MkIII, the CPA5000 pre and SPM6000 power.

This is a unique opportunity to experience true British High-End Audio at its finest. We look forward to meeting each of you there.

More information about the Cardinal, including the premier UK review can be found on the Cardinal product page.

Room 1:
Wilson Benesch Cardinal Loudspeakers
Wilson Benesch Torus Infrasonic Generators x 2
Wilson Benesch Torus Amplifiers x 2
Chord SPM 6000 MK-II Mono Power Amplifiers x 2
Chord CPA 5000 Pre-Amplifier
Chord DSX 1000 High End Network Player
Chord Red Reference MK-III CD Player
Wilson Benesch Full Circle Turntable, Nanotube Tonearm, Carbon Cartridge
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference XLR Interconnects Throughout

Room 2:
Wilson Benesch Vector Loudspeakers
Chord SPM 1200 MK-II Power Amplifier
Chord CPA 3000 Pre-Amplifier
Chord DSX 1000 High End Network Player

Room 3:
Wilson Benesch Square Two Loudspeakers
Chord CPM 3350 Stereo Integrated Amplifier

Date: Saturday 23rd March 2013, 12.00 – 17.00
Location: Moorgate Acoustics, 184 Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JR, Sheffield

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