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

Geometry Series, A.C.T. One Evolution Review, Audio Art Taiwan, Issue 330

A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - HIFI- Audio - Art - Review - TaiwanAs we now approach 6-months since the launch of the new A.C.T. One Evolution, we can reflect on a wonderfully successful introduction of the new loudspeaker. First being seen in September at the Tokyo International Audio Show and the X-Fi Audioshow in Holland the same weekend, followed by appearances in Italy, France, Poland, Belgium, before the official launch with full technological introduction in Germany at Die Steiner Box in November.

Since then, the A.C.T. One Evolution received glowing praise from one of the UKs leading and highly respected reviewers, Alan Sircom, who commented:

“I don’t want to get carried away by the bass. There is a lot more to this loudspeaker than bottom end. It’s just that the loudspeaker does bass so well, and so deep; that unbraced cabinet makes it TARDIS like and far bigger on the inside than you’d expect and that means more cabinet volume and that means more bass – but the level of control the A.C.T. One Evolution has over that bass is insane.”

A.C.T. One Evolution review, taken from HiFi+ Issue 130.

And just last month, Wilson Benesch unveiled the A.C.T. One Evolution to the British public for its very first British HiFi Show at ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show. Here the feedback has been phenomenal and once again we would like to thank all those who attended.

Now in March, we receive some news from our long term import partner in Taiwan of another exceptional review of the A.C.T. One Evolution with leading audio journal, Audio Art. Whilst we cannot reproduce a full translation of the review, we have had the closing conclusion of the review loosely translated (no mean feat given the technical nature of the product and the industry) which we have shared below. At this point a disclaimer is worthwhile, this is by no means an exact translation. For those who can read the original review, you will find the full unedited PDF linked below and on our reviews page.

Conclusion translation:

“Are there other loudspeakers with similar technology to the A.C.T. cabinet? No.
Other loudspeakers using similar drive technology to the Tactic II? No.
Other loudspeakers using drive unit topology and crossover design similar to the Troika System? Certainly not.
Founded more than 25-years ago, Wilson Benesch are at the forefront of loudspeaker technology. Even if Wilson Benesch were to full disclose the technology used in their products, other manufacturers would find it difficult to imitate. The key point, Wilson Benesch are using a variety of advanced science and technology, to create perfectly integrated bass and eliminate distortion.
What is left is a presentation to our ears that is so natural, real, warm, organic, rather than rational, cold and inorganic.
The A.C.T. One Evolution demonstrates that integration is the foundation of everything. After listening to the A.C.T. One Evolution, I have found a sound that is closer to the truth.”

For the full unedited PDF of the Audio Art Review please follow this link:
Audio Art – A.C.T. One Evolution Review – Issue 330.

For all our reviews please see our reviews page.

Geometry Series, A.C.T. One Evolution Review, Audio Art Taiwan, Issue 330

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.

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

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

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
MUSICAL FIDELITY preamplifier
RESOLUTION AUDIO cd player
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

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

Location:
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

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Intek: Vertex & Vector Workshop, Ljubljana

Geometry Series, A.C.T. One Evolution Review, HIFI+, 2015

Alan Sircom - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - HIFI- HIFI PlusWilson Benesch are thrilled to share the global premier review of the new A.C.T. One Evolution loudspeaker. The new floor stander follows a long line of A.C.T. loudspeaker designs which have each evolved iteratively into the modern A.C.T. One Evolution. The A.C.T. is now central to the Wilson Benesch brand in much the same way as the 5-series is to BMW. The new A.C.T. One Evolution retaining some of the characteristic forms of the previous designs with the sloping, sculptural top and familiar physical proportion. But the A.C.T. One Evolution features all new Wilson Benesch drive technology, mounted in the carbon fibre – alloy composite loudspeaker architecture that Wilson Benesch has pioneered.

HIFI+ editor in chief, Alan Sircom, is no stranger to the Wilson Benesch marque, having previously reviewed the Square Five, along with the Vertex and Vector from the Geometry Series. Alan clearly got to grips with the A.C.T. One Evolution quickly and his review underlines some of the core design principles of the A.C.T. One Evolution and indeed the Geometry Series as a whole,

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 goes on to introduce the concept of the Troika System drive unit topology seen in the A.C.T. One Evolution. The Troika System was first seen in the Cardinal and subsequently the Square Five loudspeaker. Central to the success of the Troika System is the Tactic II ‘multirole’ drive unit, designed and built entirely in house at Wilson Benesch. As Alan states,

Clever officially starts here: the Tactic II is a multi-purpose drive unit. So the Tactic II driver in its own 26 litre chamber is built precisely for its function as a bass driver, while the one below the tweeter is devoid of any crossover and built as a pure midrange.

Alan Sircom - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - HIFI- HIFI PlusThis really is a sterling review from one of the industries pre-eminent journalists. Alan really nails the concept and the qualities of the A.C.T. We would like to extend our gratitude to Alan and all the team at HIFI+.

The A.C.T. One Evolution will be presented in the UK for the first time at the forthcoming Bristol Sound & Vision on the weekend of the 26th – 28th February 2016. Wilson Benesch will be found in the largest room, as per usual, in the Conservatory. Not to be missed!

The full unedited PDF of Alan Sircom’s A.C.T. One Evolution Review is here.

Geometry Series, A.C.T. One Evolution Review, HIFI+, 2015

Impressions from Winchester HiFi, England

Wilson Benesch - Endeavour - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Torus - Infrasonic - Generator - Geometry Series - R1 - HIFI - Rack - Winchester - HIFI - 2015
Last week Wilson Benesch Directors Craig and Christina Milnes visited Winchester HiFi in England to present the Endeavour loudspeaker, R1 HiFi Rack, Torus Infrasonic Generator and the Circle 25 Turntable at an open house event at the dealership.

The event itself was very well attended on the evening and provided guests with the opportunity to learn about each design by way of a presentation from Wilson Benesch design director Craig Milnes.

The system was powered by two Linn Klimax Solo monoblock amplifiers and the Linn Klimax DSM Streamer, plus a Torus and its dedicated Torus Amplifier and a Circle 25 Anniversary Turntable which was partnered with an Audionet PAM G3 Phono Stage.

Christina and Craig played from a selection of Wilson Benesch vinyl on the evening, including some direct cut vinyl recordings. The event was highly successful, the Endeavour and Torus combination was really very impressive. Guests included, a number of current Wilson Benesch customers, along with some customers who were new to the brand and the sound. Both Christina and Craig were very grateful to all the kind comments received on the evening and want to thank those who attended. Finally we would also like to thank Andy of Winchester HiFi and Andrew Mackay who photographed the event and provided us with the selection of images included in the lightbox below.

The Endeavour will remain setup at Winchester HiFi for the next week or so. Private demonstrations of the system can be arranged through Andy at Winchester HiFi.

Winchester HiFi – The Old Georgian, 29 Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8RY GB
www.winchesterhifi.co.uk

Wilson Benesch Endeavour, Torus and R1 HIFI Rack
















Wilson Benesch: The Future is Carbon

Impressions from Winchester HiFi, England