Geometry Series, Vector Review, StereoNET, 2015

Alan Sircom 'highly recommends' Wilson Benesch's new Square Five, 2014

Hot off the press, Wilson Benesch can today share with you the latest Vector Loudspeaker review as Mark Gusew of StereoNET weighs in with an impressive review of the floorstanding loudspeaker. Whilst having a relatively compact form factor, the Vector loudspeaker is building a firm following of discerning audiophiles that seek a big sound and stunning performance without an imposing footprint. None of these qualities escaped Mark, as he comments:

“Days of Wine And Roses” by the Oscar Peterson Trio was so engaging, you are almost commanded to stop and listen. The soundstage that the Vectors portray is huge, yet the spatial information retrieval is incredible, with pin point accuracy for each of the instruments.

Mark really gets to grips with the Vector and appreciates the virtues of the design and the philosophy from which it has been born. Wilson Benesch has consistently favoured small drive unit design and reinvested significant sums in the development of the Tactic II drive unit and the Semisphere Tweeter to create seamless integration across the audio band. The timbre of the instruments and voice, and spatial relationship and timing within the music are crucially important and in this respect all Wilson Benesch loudspeakers excel.

Strictly speaking the Vectors are reasonably small speakers and do not have large cone area. But what they get absolutely right is all the detail… and all of the natural harmonics and reverb tails. They are able to separate each and every instrument, especially those that sound similar or that tend to bleed into each other. When a speaker gets this wrong, it masks the instrument’s true sound and personality. Better than I have heard before on this track, the Vectors separate everything and just do their thing without coloration or compression. The lack of box coloration is obvious and everything sounds clearer and more musical as a result.

We could go on, but if you have read this far, really we should let Mark do the talking. The Vector has been shortlisted for the StereoNET Loudspeaker of the Year 2015, head over to StereoNET via the link below to read the rest of the review.

Vector Loudspeaker Review, Mark Gusew, Stereonet Australia

Wilson Benesch would like to thank StereoNET and Mark for the excellent review. And finally a special word of thanks to our distribution partner Absolute High End.

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Forthwise China & Stella Inc. Japan Visit WB

Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield

Late last month, following the Munich High End, Wilson Benesch’s partners in China, Forthwise Ltd. and Stella Inc. of Japan, joined forces and took the short flight to England via the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking before arriving in Sheffield. In a 3-day tour, the group, which included Robert Wan of Forthwise and CEO of Stella Inc. Nishikawa San, took in some of the most impressive design, engineering and manufacturing centres in Britain, combining F1 racing technologies at McLaren, with Boeing aerospace technologies at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and finally advanced carbon fibre composite audio technologies at Wilson Benesch.

Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield

Wilson Benesch is a small volume high value, manufacturer. The significant intellectual property and design and expertise within the company has been fostered over 26 years of collaboration. Today the company is at the very forefront of applications in advanced materials science in audio design and manufacture. The company has never failed to acknowledge the significant contribution that countless partners have made to the advance of innovative, high risk research and development projects that have been used to develop pioneering audio designs. This collaboration has been made possible not only by grant funding secured from Her Majesty’s government, but also through partnerships with local centres of excellence such as the Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield University.

Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield

Bringing partners to Sheffield to visit the Wilson Benesch Headquarters is an essential exercise. Partners not only have the chance to hear new products which are still in development, but also see and in some cases handle parts that are in development for these new products. To this end, Wilson Benesch showed some of the additive manufacturing that has been in development for several years. Pushing the envelope of performance and innovation is a long process, but sharing the vision of the future with partners is always an exciting experience for everyone involved.

Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield
Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield

Wilson Benesch would like to thank Nishikawa San and the team from Stella Inc. and Robert Wan of Forthwise for taking the time to join us in Sheffield.

The slideshow, which can be viewed in an expanding lightbox by selecting the image below, includes a series of images from each of the venues that formed a part of the tour, with some accompanying text.

Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield
Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield
Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield
Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield
Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield
Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield
Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield
Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield
Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield
Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield
Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield
Wilson Benesch - Forthwise - China - Stella - Inc. - Japan - Sheffield

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A Mark of Respect for Joachim Bose

Joachim Bose at Wilson Benesch with the A.C.T. One Loudspeakers in 1996Wilson Benesch Directors Craig and Christina Milnes and the entire Wilson Benesch family would like to pay our respects on this day to Joachim Bose. Joachim Bose – who can be seen at Wilson Benesch in the mid 1990s with the A.C.T. One Loudspeakers, Wilson Benesch Turntable and Tryptich above – was one of Wilson Benesch’s first distribution partners, bringing Wilson Benesch very first products to the German HIFI market and helping Wilson Benesch win countless awards in the process. His commitment to the brand and the products helped the company grow substantially from the outset, allowing Wilson Benesch to become an established and highly respected brand in Germany.

We would like to wish Joachim’s close friends and family our condolences.

Wilson Benesch.

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Report: Munich High End 2015

The Endeavour & Torus at the Munich High End 2015This years Munich High End firmly put the debate to rest, with huge numbers of enthusiastic customers arriving at the MOC Convention Centre from all over the world, it is clear that this is now the finest High End Audio exhibition the world over.

Wilson Benesch gave the finest account of the company’s position and the quality of its products with a stunning demonstration that put the Endeavour loudspeaker, two Torus Infrasonic Generators and the all new R1 HIFI Rack at the heart of a system that included market leading products from TechDAS, CH Precision and Trinnov. Jeff Fritz of SoundStage Ultra commented in his article following the Munich High End entitled ‘Sampling High End 2015′s Best Loudspeakers’:

The Endeavours, for their parts, sounded dimensional and lithe, providing just the right amount of weight when that was part of the music. Their imaging was precise, and the entire system had an eminently listenable quality that many systems at High End didn’t — not relaxed, just not fatiguing… My takeaway: WB’s Geometry Endeavour is a speaker I want to hear more from. It was the most ambitious stand-mount at High End 2015.

Jeff Fritz, SoundStage Ultra, Sampling High End 2015′s Best Loudspeakers

The Wilson Benesch R1 HIFI Rack at the Munich High End 2015

Jeff’s inclusion of the Endeavour – Torus combination in the Top 7 Loudspeaker at the Munich High End, means we perhaps need not say more. However that would only be half the story as Wilson Benesch also launched the new R1 HIFI Rack at the show. The R1 with its stunning carbon fibre Isobars and Polyoxymethylene stands provided optimal conditions, in which the ultra high end audio components residing upon them could operate. Draining the system of structural born resonance from each component, but also isolating the components from the energy produced by the loudspeakers and the infrasonic generator. It’s the finishing touch to an awe inspiring system.

The Wilson Benesch R1 HIFI Rack with CH Precision P1 Phono Stage at the Munich High End 2015

Wilson Benesch would like to thank each of our partners at the Munich High End. CH Precision provided the amplification, power conditioning, CD/ SACD Player Transport and the stunning new P1 Phono Stage. Partnered directly with the new P1 was the TechDAS Airforce Two Turntable – unquestionably the market leader at the present time, the TechDAS is one of those products which are a pure joy to work with over the course of an exhibition. The tactile nature of the product and the immense sound that it reproduces is truly a special thing. And finally we must extend our gratitude and to Trinnov Audio who provided the Amethyst media renderer and room optimisation. Placing ultra high performance audio components into a room with no acoustic design considerations and then trying to present the product faithfully and professionally to an audience is the biggest challenge of any exhibition. It is akin to putting a McLaren P1 on a road test in standing traffic. This year Trinnov Audio measured the room with a microphone and used the highly advanced 3D room optimisation software built into the Amethyst to extract maximum performance from the system and the room to great effect.

Thank you 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 Endeavour, Torus and R1 HIFI Rack with TechDAS Airforce Two, CH Precision P1 and Trinnov Amethyst








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R1 European Launch.

Wilson Benesch revisits High Performance Furniture.

The Triptych (1993) the world’s first carbon fibre turntable support and the Asside (1998) the worlds first carbon fibre equipment support, furniture that enabled the benefits of carbon fibre to be extended to audio furniture. (See the Timeline) Two decades later and after many years of careful consideration a new interpretation will be launched at this years Munich Show. The R1 is the result of decades of on going scientific research including recent work undertaken at Sheffield Hallams Metrology Department where laser analysis enabled a number of assumptions to be validated.

Key Features:
A precision machined, advanced carbon fibre composite audio equipment rack providing optimal operational conditions for digital and analogue audio components.
Intrinsically self damping Polyoxymethylene vertical columns. Precision machined finish delivers exacting tolerances.
The Carbon Fibre Isobar – an anisotropic super structure that incorporates a high tension internal compression bolt that exerts 14 tons per square inch of axial pressure on the carbon.
The shelf to carbon interface is machined to provide optimal loading of the carbon fibre via off axis pinch point loading at 120 degrees.
The management and control of structural borne vibration is critical in any audio structure. The R1 provides an elegant solution to a number of key concerns through clever engineering that is deceptively simple. The success of this design enables the R1 to be delivered fully assembled in tiers. Once the base tier is accurately referenced to the floor assembly takes a matter of minutes. Each tier is kinematically coupled by four precision ball bearings that are energy transfer nodes. Each of the four ball and sockets incorporate a low profile circumferential ring of visco elastic material that ensures the exact same mass loading at each Node.
The Base Tier provides four, fully adjustable precision machined floor cups that were developed for the Cardinal. Each ball in each of these junctions sees 100 of tons of pressure at the interface ensuring optimal energy transfer to ground.
The R1 is shipped fully assembled as single base and standard levels. the R1 is a modular design allowing any number of additional levels to be added according to the requirements of the system.

The R1 HIFI Rack will launch at the Munich High End 2015 in Atrium 4.2, Room F.203.

For any questions please contact PR and Media Manager Luke Milnes.
For press enquiries during the Munich High End please email, media@wilson-benesch.com.

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