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eminence flagship loudspeaker in a living room environment

FLOOR STANDING LOUDSPEAKER

The Pinnacle of Audio Design & Engineering

Cardinal

Since 1989 Wilson Benesch has been the pioneer in the development of advanced carbon composite loudspeaker enclosures. The A.C.T. Monocoque enclosure offers the lowest signal-to-noise ratio in the industry, setting the benchmark in performance for others to aspire to. Never the less, the launch of the Cardinal loudspeaker in 2013 represented a bold design statement, defining an ambitious line of products that would become our award-winning reference line Geometry Series. Since then, we have continued to develop the technology in the Geometry Series to achieve new levels of performance. The new Eminence loudspeaker builds upon the legacy of the Cardinal and takes key technologies a step further. Eminence introduces the Tactic 3.0 midrange and bass driver, the incredible Fibonacci Silk-Carbon Hybrid Tweeter with a new decoupled motor design and the new A.C.T. 3ZERO Monocoque, realising the pinnacle of Wilson Benesch loudspeaker design and engineering.

 

As Wilson Benesch approaches its 30th-Anniversary year, the company is now recognised for the considerable intellectual property developed through three-decades and successive research and development programmes. This R&D has often been funded publicly through grant funding awarded on the merit of the engineering excellence that exists within the company. Publicly documented, these ambitious R&D projects and the body of work they have produced recently secured Wilson Benesch an invitation to form an alliance as part of a multi-million-pound pan-European R&D project to develop tomorrow’s cutting-edge composites for applications beyond 2020 in aerospace and other advanced engineering applications. The alliance of Wilson Benesch with 13 top-tier Universities, a handful of similar SME’s as well as blue-chip companies such as Akzo Nobel underlines Wilson Benesch’s position at the forefront of advanced materials science. Eminence is born directly of the IP developed from this huge body of work, it is wound directly into the DNA of the loudspeaker.

 

For more information on this R&D Project, please see our news post 'R&D: The SSUCHY Project'.

Eminence; the Pinnacle of Loudspeaker Design & Engineering

 

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CONSTRUCTION

PERFORMANCE

DIMENSIONS

FINISHES

1x 25mm (1”) WB Fibonacci Hybrid Silk-Carbon Tweeter

2x 170mm (7”) WB Tactic 3.0 Bass High

1x 170 (7”) WB Tactic 3.0 Midrange

2x 170 (7”) WB Tactic 3.0 Bass Low

4x 170 (7”) WB Isobaric Drive System Bass Low

Poly-Alloy Hybrid Construction

High Bass: High Performance Carbon Composite A.C.T. 3ZERO Monocoque (Sealed Enclosure)

Midrange: High Performance Carbon Composite A.C.T. 3ZERO Monocoque (Sealed Enclosure)

Low Bass: High Performance Carbon Composite A.C.T. 3ZERO Monocoque (Sealed Enclosure)

Isobaric Drive System: High Performance Carbon Composite A.C.T. 3ZERO Monocoque (Ported Enclosure)

Graphite Baffle, Spine & Foot

High Gloss 2x2 Twill Carbon Fibre A.C.T. 3ZERO Enclosure

High Gloss Angled Carbon Fibre Top

Bespoke Side Cheek Options - see FINISHES above

Bespoke P1 Carbon Fibre Options - see FINISHES above

Height: 199cm (78“)

Width: 28cm (11”)

Depth: 68cm (27”)

Weight per Channel: 145kg (320 lbs)

2.5-way, floor standing loudspeaker

Impedance: 4.5Ω nominal

Sensitivity: 89dB at 1 metre on-axis, 2.83V input

Frequency response: 24Hz - 30kHz +/- 2dB on-axis

Minimum amplification power recommendation: 100 W / channel

Wilson Benesch Ltd | Falcon House  |  Limestone Cottage Lane | Sheffield  | United Kingdom  | T +44 (0)114 285 2656

 

Designed and Built by Wilson Benesch 2018  |  All rights reserved

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Eminence; The New Wilson Benesch flagship loudspeaker.

The New flagship loudspeaker from Wilson Benesch.

FLOOR STANDING LOUDSPEAKER

Since 1989 Wilson Benesch has been the pioneer in the development of advanced carbon composite loudspeaker enclosures. The A.C.T. Monocoque enclosure offers the lowest signal-to-noise ratio in the industry, setting the benchmark in performance for others to aspire to. Never the less, the launch of the Cardinal loudspeaker in 2013 represented a bold design statement, defining an ambitious line of products that would become our award-winning reference line Geometry Series. Since then, we have continued to develop the technology in the Geometry Series to achieve new levels of performance. The new Eminence loudspeaker builds upon the legacy of the Cardinal and takes key technologies a step further. Eminence introduces the Tactic 3.0 midrange and bass driver, the incredible Fibonacci Silk-Carbon Hybrid Tweeter with a new decoupled motor design and the new A.C.T. 3ZERO Monocoque, realising the pinnacle of Wilson Benesch loudspeaker design and engineering.

 

As Wilson Benesch approaches its 30th-Anniversary year, the company is now recognised for the considerable intellectual property developed through three-decades and successive research and development programmes. This R&D has often been funded publicly through grant funding awarded on the merit of the engineering excellence that exists within the company. Publicly documented, these ambitious R&D projects and the body of work they have produced recently secured Wilson Benesch an invitation to form an alliance as part of a multi-million-pound pan-European R&D project to develop tomorrow’s cutting-edge composites for applications beyond 2020 in aerospace and other advanced engineering applications. The alliance of Wilson Benesch with 13 top-tier Universities, a handful of similar SME’s as well as blue-chip companies such as Akzo Nobel underlines Wilson Benesch’s position at the forefront of advanced materials science. Eminence is born directly of the IP developed from this huge body of work, it is wound directly into the DNA of the loudspeaker.

 

For more information on this R&D Project, please see our news post 'R&D: The SSUCHY Project'.

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DRIVERS

CONSTRUCTION

MEASUREMENTS

DIMENSIONS

FINISHES

1x 25mm (1”) WB Fibonacci Hybrid Silk-Carbon Tweeter

2x 170mm (7”) WB Tactic 3.0 Bass High

1x 170 (7”) WB Tactic 3.0 Midrange

2x 170 (7”) WB Tactic 3.0 Bass Low

4x 170 (7”) WB Isobaric Drive System Bass Low

Poly-Alloy Hybrid Construction

High Bass: High Performance Carbon Composite A.C.T. 3ZERO Monocoque (Sealed Enclosure)

Midrange: High Performance Carbon Composite A.C.T. 3ZERO Monocoque (Sealed Enclosure)

Low Bass: High Performance Carbon Composite A.C.T. 3ZERO Monocoque (Sealed Enclosure)

Isobaric Drive System: High Performance Carbon Composite A.C.T. 3ZERO Monocoque (Ported Enclosure)

2.5-way, floor standing loudspeaker

Impedance: 4.5Ω nominal

Sensitivity: 89dB at 1 metre on-axis, 2.83V input

Frequency response: 24Hz - 30kHz +/- 2dB on-axis

Minimum amplification power recommendation: 100 W / channel

Height: 199cm (78“)

Width: 28cm (11”)

Depth: 68cm (27”)

Weight per Channel: 145kg (320 lbs)

Graphite Baffle, Spine and Foot

High Gloss 2x2 Twill Carbon Fibre A.C.T. 3ZERO Enclosure

High Gloss Angled Carbon Fibre Top

Wood Satin: Natural Cherry, Oak

Wood Gloss: Birds Eye Maple, Red Birds Eye,

Burr Walnut, Ebonised Walnut, Walnut, Red Tulip, Zebrano

High Gloss Metal: White Gloss

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Wilson Benesch Ltd | Falcon House  |  Limestone Cottage Lane | Sheffield  | United Kingdom  | T +44 (0)114 285 2656

 

Designed and built by Wilson Benesch 2018  |  All rights reserved

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