P1 Collection Tour // TAA International Hi-End Show, Taipei

Geometry Series P1 Collection Tour Poster showing Endeavour P1 finished in Champagne Gold Coloured Carbon Fibre

Following the success of the first leg of the Asian P1 Collection Tour in Hong Kong last weekend, Wilson Benesch Directors Craig and Christina Milnes will arrive in Taipei for the TAA International Hi-End Show which kicks off tomorrow, Thursday 11th August and runs into Sunday 14th August 2016.

The Wilson Benesch P1 Collection presentation is being organised in partnership with long term official importer, Currants Audio. Currants Audio will present in two rooms, C210 and C212, with the exhibition centred around the new Discovery II P1 Loudspeaker finished in Champagne Gold.

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. The trio of colours in the P1 Collection finishes 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 2: TAA International Hi-End Show, Taipei, Taiwan
Date: Thursday 11th August – Sunday 14th August 2016
Location: TAA International Hi-End Show, Taipei Grand Hotel, Taiwan

For more information and tickets please see the TAA International Show website.

To arrange a private demonstration of the new Discovery II P1 please contact Currants Audio Taiwan.

The P1 Collection: A Revolution in Carbon Fibre

P1 Collection Tour // TAA International Hi-End Show, Taipei

P1 Collection Tour Opens in Hong Kong

Geometry Series P1 Collection Tour Poster showing Discovery II P1 finished in Silverstone Silver Coloured Carbon Fibre

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

P1 Collection Tour Opens in Hong Kong

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







Report: Munich HIGH END 2016

A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Loudspeaker

Wilson Benesch A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Loudspeaker Wilson Benesch Geometry SeriesThe A.C.T. One Evolution P1 is the world’s first loudspeaker constructed using coloured carbon fibre composites.

Designed and manufactured at the Wilson Benesch headquarters in Sheffield, England, the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 features the next generation of the British company’s Advanced Composite Technology – ‘A.C.T.’ Monocoque.

In partnership with Hypetex, the new A.C.T. P1 Monocoque has been constructed for the first time using the company’s coloured carbon material. Developed by Formula 1 Engineers, Hypetex’s coloured carbon fibre material is the first of its kind in the world creating a loudspeaker cabinet like no other.

The name A.C.T. is an acronym for ‘Advanced Composite Technology’ – it is a reference to the carbon fibre composite technologies upon which the Wilson Benesch brand was founded and subsequently has become synonymous with. The A.C.T. acronym was used when naming the companies first loudspeaker the A.C.T. One in 1991 and appeared subsequently in the A.C.T. Two, A.C.T. and A.C.T. C60 loudspeakers.

The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 follows a long line of speakers, embodying the heritage of the Wilson Benesch brand and a now classic A.C.T. design. The characteristic sloping, curved A.C.T. top that was revolutionary in the original design remains, but like the C60 before it, the top is now manufactured from carbon fibre. Similar physical proportions have been retained, however the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 has departed entirely from the traditional drive unit topology used in the previous iterations of the design. The new A.C.T. One Evolution P1 incorporates the Troika System which has been taken directly from the flagship Cardinal loudspeaker.

This revolutionary new drive unit topology, combined with the latest State-of-the-Art Wilson Benesch drive technology sets the design apart from the A.C.T. designs which precede it.

When distilled, the constituent parts of the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 creates the boldest statement yet of the expert engineering, manufacturing and craftsmanship that exists at Wilson Benesch. Taken as a whole, the A.C.T. One Evolution P1, with its characteristic foot design, drive technology, alloy baffle and vibrant ‘Enzo Red’ finishing is a pure Geometry Series thoroughbred.

Wilson Benesch: The Future is Carbon

A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Loudspeaker

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 – media@wilson-benesch.com // +44(0)114 2852656

For more information on our collaborating partners please use the following links:
IBEX Audio: www.ibex-audio.de
Viva Audio: www.vivaaudio.com
Way Cables: www.waycables.com

Munich High End Preview 2016

Award: Square One, Stereophile USA Recommended Component 2016

Square One - Square Series II - Stereophile - Recommended Component - 2016 - HiFi - Audio - British - Loudspeaker - Standmount - bookshelfHot off the press, we are delighted to report that our entry level bookshelf / standmounted loudspeaker, the Square One, has been featured in ‘Stereophile Magazine USA – Recommended Components List of 2016’. Third party endorsement such as this is always well received by all the team here at at the Wilson Benesch HQ. Each member of our team is an integral part of our success and every member works tirelessly to bring our owners and followers of the brand the finest, bespoke, hand built, British audio products. So we extend our thanks to Stereophile and also to each of you for supporting the brand.

The Square One Stereophile Recommended Component Award 2016 has been granted on the back of one of John Marks last reviews for the US based magazine in 2015. A highly respected writer and figure within the HiFi industry, John’s ‘Fifth Element’ column ran in the publication for more than a decade and included serveral Wilson Benesch reviews, including perhaps his most notable review of Wilson Benesch product in the form of the A.C.T. Loudspeaker in 2004.

A privilege indeed then, that the final review in John’s ‘Fifth Element’ column was to be the Square One, a speaker that John clearly enjoyed reviewing and one he found to share traits common to the A.C.T. that he had reviewed previously.

The Square Ones are a premium-priced product, to be sure. However, they have much of the same technology and the same build quality as Wilson Benesch’s more expensive models, and provide a smaller-scaled version of WB’s house sound: “extremely low distortion, seamless coherence, unfussy easefulness, rounded liquidity of tone, articulate dynamics, and seductively natural imaging and soundstaging.” The price tier of ca $5000/pair (including stands) is crowded and competitive, but the Square One is a standout performer that I think absolutely deserves a very high Class B (Restricted LF) rating in our “Recommended Components.” It very well may be over the line into Class A (Restricted Extreme LF) . . .

We would like to personally thank John for his hard work and commitment. A true great of the industry and a good friend. We hope you enjoy the review.

Full unedited ‘Square One Review, John Marks, Fifth Element 92, 2015’.

For all our reviews please see our reviews page.

Square One - Square Series II - Stereophile - Recommended Component - 2016 - HiFi - Audio - British - Loudspeaker - Standmount - bookshelf

Square One - Square Series II - Stereophile - Recommended Component - 2016 - HiFi - Audio - British - Loudspeaker - Standmount - bookshelf

Square One - Square Series II - Stereophile - Recommended Component - 2016 - HiFi - Audio - British - Loudspeaker - Standmount - bookshelf

Square One - Square Series II - Stereophile - Recommended Component - 2016 - HiFi - Audio - British - Loudspeaker - Standmount - bookshelf

Award: Square One, Stereophile USA Recommended Component 2016