IBEX AUDIO: German Distribution

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Wilson Benesch, Official Press Release, 1st March, 2015 – Sheffield, UK
With effective date of the 1st March 2015, Wilson Benesch, high-tech audio specialist products, will be distributed in Germany and Austria through IBEX Audio GmbH.

IBEX AUDIO GmbH will stock across the company’s three main ranges, Geometry Series, Square Series II and the Analogue Collection.

Craig Milnes, Design Director of Wilson Benesch added: “IBEX AUDIO GmbH is a well established, highly regarded, professional high-end audio importer. The company’s values are in perfect harmony with that of Wilson Benesch, aiming to bring natural, high quality audio reproduction into the home of discerning customers. Wilson Benesch has enjoyed a long and phenomenally successful history in the German High-End Audio market. Our many customers, friends and loyal supporters remain close to the company and the wonderful heritage that has developed over our 25-years in business. Indeed that heritage and history has been largely governed by the success and desire for products from Germany, which goes right back to the phenomenal success of our first products the Wilson Benesch Turntable and the A.C.T. One Loudspeaker, which became Reference in Stereoplay Magazine for consecutive years in the 1990’s”.

Christina Milnes, Managing Director, added: “Having recently announced a new distribution partnership with CH Precision, the commitment of IBEX AUDIO to its aim is clear. This partnership is now being forged in major markets across the globe; Singapore, Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Netherlands and now we are delighted to see this partnership in Europe’s leading High-End Audio market, Germany”.

Further information about the new partnership will follow, along with information about the forthcoming Munich High End 2015.

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Geometry Series, Endeavour Review, Audiobeat, 2015

Wilson Benesch - Endeavour Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre Loudspeaker - Audiobeat - ReviewThe Endeavour loudspeaker is the company’s latest loudspeaker design. Dovetailing directly from the company’s flagship loudspeaker, the Endeavour offers the discerning customer all the luxurious refinement and performance of the Cardinal, in a State-of-the-Art standmount monitor design.

The Endeavour is unquestionably a unique and innovative approach to loudspeaker cabinet design. It breaks new ground, not only in terms of material content, but in terms of its execution and therefore categorisation.

As 6moons.com writer Srajan Ebaen points out, in his industry feature entitled, ‘Super Monitors’, penned following his visit to the Munich High End last year,

if you want to play at the edge of the art, there is one speaker type which does make sense: the super monitor. This describes a hi-tech compact stand-mounted design which combines ultra-performance drivers, exceptional attention to resonance control, advanced cabinet design and proper crossover execution with quality parts to deliver usable bandwidth of 40Hz-30kHz with peak SPL that make sense in a domestic living room.

Today we are thrilled to share the World Exclusive Review of the Endeavour, brought to you by the Audiobeat.

The Endeavour is a speaker that challenges assumptions and challenges the status quo. It’s different in its approach, its materials and the way it presents the musical performance. It turns accepted notions of the established audio swings and roundabouts on their head, surprising and delighting in equal measure. But most of all it succeeds in achieving that quality shared by all really great loudspeakers – the ability to put the music first.

Roy Gregory, The Audiobeat, February 2015

You can read the full unedited review of the Endeavour Loudspeaker here on the Audiobeat website. We highly recommend viewing the review via the Audiobeat website to make use of the video illustrations prepared for the review.

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You can also download the full PDF of the review, minus illustrations here.

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Bristol Sound & Vision 2015 Show Report

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Wilson Benesch present to a packed Bristol Sound & Vision 2015
If there was a defining feature of the Bristol Sound & Vision 2015 it would be people. Hundreds upon hundreds of audio enthusiasts packed into the conservatory to see and hear this years presentation, which consisted of two distinctly different systems. One system was based around a floor standing loudspeaker design partnered with German electronics from Audionet and another based around a stand mounted loudspeaker design partnered with Swiss electronics from CH Precision. The feedback from this years show has been better than ever, with one email that arrived reading as follows:

“I’ve been a closet audiophile probably since about the age of five and I’m forty now! I’m also a hobbyist musician. I came across your speakers at the Bristol show recently and thought the demo was incredible… I have to say that’s the closest I’ve ever been (or perceived to be) next to Hendrix. His guitar and amp sounded LIVE, and that’s no exaggeration! Drums sounded amazing too.”

We would like to thank all those who attended and especially those of you who wrote to us online via the forums and email.

Family Sound
Despite the stark difference between the aesthetic appearance and materials employed in the Endeavour and the Square Five loudspeakers, there is of course an unmistakable family sound that is common to all the products in Wilson Benesch’s two main loudspeaker lines. This relates directly to the two iterations of Tactic Drive Technology at the heart of the two product lines.

Of course the quality of the cables and the electronic components at the source is crucial to the end result and this is why Wilson Benesch imports and distributes Audionet and CH Precision in the UK. This combination of products has been carefully selected and fine tuned by Wilson Benesch over decades. We would like to thank Darren Smith, CEO of Clearer Audio Cables, who provided all high-end cabling for this years presentation. We would also like to extend our gratitude to our in Germany at Audionet GmbH and also CH Precision Sarl for designing and building some of the finest source components. A special mention also to Raphael Pasche who attended the Bristol Sound & Vision in support of CH Precision.

Wilson Benesch introduces New Products
Those of you with a keen eye for product development at Wilson Benesch will have noted the introduction of two new products at the Bristol Sound and Vision.

Circle 25 Black Edition
As part of our Analogue Collection display, Wilson Benesch presented a black and a white version of the Circle 25 Turntable. Following the successful introduction of the Circle 25 Turntable at last years event, Wilson Benesch have now extended the range and orders are now being taken on the Circle 25 Black Edition, which features an all black A.C.T. 25 Anniversary Tonearm.

Wilson Benesch - Square Five - Endeavour - Loudspeaker - Circle 25 Turntable - CH Precision - Audionet

The Wilson Benesch HIFI Rack
The second new product introduced at the Bristol show, is the stunning new Wilson Benesch rack. Precision machined steel, alloy, polymer and advanced carbon fibre composites combine to create a highly engineered solution for high-end component installation. The solution is near optimal and exploits the advantages of carbon composites and other materials to damp structural borne resonances to industry leading standards. Further details on the the new Wilson Benesch rack will emerge prior to Munich High End in May.

Wilson Benesch - Square Five - Endeavour - Loudspeaker - Circle 25 Turntable - CH Precision - Audionet

Final Thanks to all our partners
Thanks to the organisers of the Bristol Sound & Vision, Tony Revelle, Jerry Lewin, Phil Patterson and all the team at Audio T who make the Bristol Sound & Vision possible. And finally to all of you who participated in the event and came to see us.

See you next time,

All the Team at Wilson Benesch!

Please view the slideshow of images below which includes additional images of the new products, just click to open the window.
Wilson Benesch Circle 25 Turntable and Square Five Loudspeaker at the Bristol Sound & Vision 2014





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An Interview with Design Director Craig Milnes

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With the Bristol Show next month, Wilson Benesch are busy preparing for a major exhibition which will feature the Square Series flagship loudspeaker, Square Five and the new ‘super-monitor’ Endeavour loudspeaker.

During the exhibition Wilson Benesch Design Director Craig Milnes will be making a short presentation of the Endeavour loudspeaker from 2pm daily. The Endeavour is truly State-of-the-Art. It embodies the Wilson Benesch brand, bringing together decades of research in audio design and manufacturing to bring you, the listener, closer to the music.

In this short interview filmed last year, when Wilson Benesch Directors, Christina and Craig Milnes visited South Korean partners Design Audio, Craig Milnes discusses the origins of Wilson Benesch, what the core technologies of the brand are today and the main achievements of the brands flagship loudspeaker, Cardinal.

During the Bristol Show, Wilson Benesch will also exhibit the Square Five loudspeaker. The Square Five was developed in unison with the Cardinal and uses the Troika and Isobaric loudspeaker topology described by Craig in this interview.

Don’t miss Craig Milnes presenting the Endeavour loudspeaker daily from 2pm in the 1st Floor Conservatory, 20 – 22nd February 2015, Bristol Sound & Vision 2015.

For show updates see our show previews and our Twitter feed.
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The Annual Wilson Benesch Newsletter 14/15

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It seemed somewhat inappropriate to start the Christmas Newsletter and closing statement for Wilson Benesch with anything other than an Endeavour related pun. Such has been the success of the Endeavour, which in one weekend in Munich over the summer of 2014 sailed away with the hearts and minds of all those who crossed its path.

As the sun perches above the horizon and finally sets on 2014, Wilson Benesch and its Endeavour look back and then forward into 2015 and beyond.

Wilson Benesch - Forthwise Ltd - China - Endeavour Elite AwardThe Endeavour pioneers new territory for Wilson Benesch

As if by way of reward, in November, the Endeavour captured the first of what promises to be many awards by collecting the Super AV Magazine ‘Elite Award’ in China, essentially being recognised as the top stand mount speaker available currently in China. Wilson Benesch would like to make a special thanks to Forthwise Ltd. and Robert Wan for this landmark achievement.

As 2015 roars to life, the Endeavour will have landed on the shores of the USA with newly announced USA distribution partner ‘The Sound Organisation’.

Consistent Reinvestment in Manufacturing

Since inception, Wilson Benesch has continually reinvested heavily in manufacturing. The brand is now recognised across the global HIFI market as a leading high end British Design and Manufacturing company.

In 2014 Wilson Benesch has reinvested a quarter of a million pounds in new CNC, compressed air and carbon fibre tooling. This has significantly increased the company’s production capacity. But furthermore the company has added key new employees to our team, which has almost doubled Wilson Benesch’s total staff over the past 18 months.

People are at the heart of what we do. This Team will ensure that in 2015, Wilson Benesch continue to offer excellent customer service, whilst designing and building innovative, high performance audio products.
Wilson Benesch - Hurco VM30i - Manufacturing Reinvestment

Analogue is King

Wilson Benesch was born from a feasibility study submitted to the British government that secured funding for Wilson Benesch’s first research and development project. At the heart of that feasibility study was the assertion that vinyl would remain, long after the arrival of the compact disc and other digital formats and would in fact remerge as the superior format for high end enthusiasts. As we look to 2015, these predictions have come to pass. At the close of 2014, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) announced that vinyl sales are likely to reach the 1.2m mark by the close of 2014 – a level of vinyl consumption not seen since 1996.

Wilson Benesch continue to underline our commitment to analogue with world class products in this category. In 2014, Wilson Benesch launched the Anniversary Circle 25 Turntable and A.C.T. 25 Tonearm. The new products have been a huge success and will continue to evolve with a collection of upgrades becoming available in 2015.

25 Years of British High End Audio

Closing a very special silver anniversary year for Wilson Benesch, we would like to wish each of you a happy holiday season and a productive and successful 2015.

From all the Team at Wilson Benesch,

See you in 2015.

Wilson Benesch - Seasons Greetings - Directors

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