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
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.
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 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.
Wilson Benesch will be exhibiting in Room E223, Atrium 4, floor 2, of the MOC Messe Exhibition Centre, 5th – 8th May 2016.
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Hot 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’.
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The 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  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.
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As 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.
“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.
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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.
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.
Wilson Benesch: The Future is Carbon
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
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
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.
CH Precision P1 Phono Stage
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 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
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
For 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: The Future is Carbon