Munich HIGH END 2017 Report

Wilson Benesch - Resolution - Munich High End - Coloured Carbon Fibre - 2017

The launch of a new reference class loudspeaker, in two exhibition rooms, with R1 HIFI Racks supporting some of the world’s finest high end electronics ever manufactured – this years Munich HIGH END was always going to be something quite special. And it did not fail to disappoint. From the moment the Resolutions finally roared to life on Tuesday evening, through to the final demonstration on Sunday afternoon, the Wilson Benesch team, along with its partners IBEX Audio, CH Precision, Ypsilon and Way Cables, have enjoyed a true vintage year in Bavaria.

Wilson Benesch - Resolution -
 Coloured Carbon Fibre - P1 - Silverstone Silver

Wilson Benesch - Carbon Fibre - Loudspeaker - Plinths

In our main exhibition room, we partnered with German importers IBEX Audio and a series of ‘house brands’ in the shape of CH Precision, Way Cables and Transfiguration. The Resolution lined up in a stunning P1 ‘Silverstone’ Coloured Carbon Fibre finish with high gloss black cheeks. In addition, the new Wilson Benesch carbon fibre loudspeaker plinths, that are due to become available worldwide later this summer, finished the loudspeaker setup with perfection, allowing millimetre perfect adjustments of the kinematic cups into which the Resolution terminated.

Wilson Benesch - R1 HIFI Rack - Carbon Fibre Shelf

In a setup that is now familiar to many, but absolutely exceptional in every regard, Wilson Benesch partnered the Resolution with the CH Precision electronics. The Resolutions were driven by two A1 Power Amplifiers, with both digital and analogue sources available, via the C1 DAC and the P1 Phono Pre Amplifier that was partnered to the Wilson Benesch Circle 25. All system cabling was provided again this year by Way Cables, which included the Serbian companies new interconnects. Finishing off the system was Wilson Benesch’s R1 HIFI Rack, with the addition of the new R1 Carbon Shelf. The new shelf is a multipart construction, finished with a carbon fibre surface. The new R1 Carbon shelf structure advances the R1 HIFI Rack even further and provides the ultimate solution for installation and operation of reference quality electronics.

Wilson Benesch - Resolution - Munich High End - Ypsilon - Hyperion - Monoblock - Amplifier - VPS-100 Phono Stage - 2017

In room 2, Wilson Benesch appeared courtesy of electronics design and manufacturers, Ypsilon. The Greek company has been making some very highly regarded hybrid design push pull amplifiers and what Michael Fremmer regards as the best phono preamplifier (VPS-100) in the world for many years. Ypsilon did not pull any punches at this years Munich HIGH END, partnering their top of the line reference Hyperion Monoblock amplifiers with the Resolution in a stunning setup.

Ypsilon - Hyperion - Monoblock - Power Amplifier - Wilson Benesch - Resolution - Loudspeaker

Ypsilon - CDT-100 - CD Player - Wilson Benesch - R1 - HIFI Rack - Carbon Fibre

Once again, the Wilson Benesch R1 HIFI Rack was used as reference HIFI rack system. The R1 HIFI Rack was installed with Ypsilons, VPS-100 Phono Pre Amplifier, PST-100 Pre Amplifier, DAC-100 Digital to Analogue Converter and the CDT-100 CD Player. In addition, Ypsilon used a Doherman Turntable for the analogue source.

A fantastic year in Munich. We would like to thank all our partners at this years event and of course a special thanks to all those who attended and visited us at this years exhibition.

To organise a private demonstration of any Wilson Benesch product in the Germany, you can contact our exclusive importer IBEX Audio.

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Munich HIGH END 2017 Report

Los Angeles Audio Show, CA, USA

Geometry Series Resolution loudspeaker debuting at the Los Angeles Audio Show 2017, poster showing the Tactic II Isobaric Drive System in a Burr Walnut finished loudspeaker

Just 12-days following this weekends Resolution loudspeaker Global Premiere at the Munich HIGH END, Wilson Benesch are delighted to share confirm that the USA Premiere for the the new floorstanding loudspeaker will take place at the inaugural Los Angeles Audio Show.

The new Los Angeles show promises to be an exciting new event in the high end audio calendar, located on the West coast of the USA in the sunshine state of California. And after the relaunch of Wilson Benesch in the USA with Aaudio Imports in September 2016, Wilson Benesch has been firmly thrust back into the spotlight in the USA. In October, Aaudio Imports debuted the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in a new ‘Ettore’ Blue coloured carbon fibre that was unveiled especially for the show in Denver. In November 2016, Wilson Benesch collected a CES Innovation Award for the design, which was in turn presented at the CES International Exhibition in January 2017. Last month, April 2017, the standmount Discovery II took centre stage at the AXPONA Show in Chicago, featuring as a highlight in Jonathan Valin’s post show report.

This was a great system with a superb disappearing act and a huge soundstage—very clean, zero box coloration…

Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound – AXPONA Show Report, USA

the Ypsilon Phaethon integrated amp and the Wilson Benesch A.C.T. One Evolution loudspeakers plus Torus Infrasonic Generator were all operating in that same exclusive, ultra-fidelity realm. It was intoxicating. The music was present, not because of its tangible weight or body, but because of its extreme, detailed vividness

Herb Reichert, Stereophile Magazine – Rocky Mountain Show Report, USA

Sharing common drive technologies with the A.C.T. One Evolution and Discovery II, along with the Troika System found in the A.C.T. and the Isobaric Drive System found in the Discovery II, the Resolution will have that familiar Wilson Benesch sound enjoyed by so many at the exhibitions in the past few months.


Full System Information:

Wilson Benesch Resolution Loudspeakers
Wilson Benesch Torus Infrasonic Generator + Torus Amplifier
Wilson Benesch R1 Carbon HIFI Rack
Ypsilon PST-100 MKII Valve Preamp
Ypsilon AELIUS II Push Pull Mono Amplifiers
Ypsilon VPS-100 Valve Phono Stage
Ypsilon MC26L Step Up Transformer
Thales TTT Compact-II Turntable
Stage III Reference Cabling, speaker, power and interconnects throughout

Wilson Benesch, along with Aaudio Imports would like to make a very warm welcome to visit us in Suite 424 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

Here you can read more about the exhibition: www.laaudioshow.com

As normal, you can stay up to date with the all Wilson Benesch shows and new dates as they are added via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Los Angeles Audio Show 2017
Date: Friday 2nd June – Sunday 4th June 2017
Location: Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Wilson Benesch: The Future is Carbon

Geometry Series poster showing the Carbon Fibre Resolution floorstanding loudspeaker finished in Burr Walnut Gloss

Los Angeles Audio Show, CA, USA

Munich HIGH END, Germany, 2017

Geometry Series Resolution Loudspeaker Launch Munich HIGH END 2017 Burr Walnut GlossWith just over a week to the start of the world’s premier high end audio exhibition, the Munich HIGH END, we are delighted to announce full details of the Global Premiere of the new Resolution floorstanding loudspeaker in partnership with German importer IBEX AUDIO.

Wilson Benesch have traditionally chosen to launch its new products in Munich and with global premiers for Endeavour and Cardinal previously being held in Bavaria. Resolution will thus follow in the wake of some impressive debuts, but anyone who has cast their eyes over last weeks press release will see that the Resolution is an exciting and impressive addition to the companies reference loudspeaker line, Geometry Series.

R1 Carbon HIFI Rack
Geometry Series R1 HIFI Rack A.C.T. Carbon Fibre Shelf to Launch Munich HIGH END 2017Providing the ultimate high end reference for all CH Precision electronics, is Wilson Benesch’s R1 HIFI Rack. The R1 will be furnished with the new ‘Advanced Composite Technology ‘A.C.T’ Shelf’. This slick carbon fibre shelving is a new finish option for the R1 HIFI Rack and features a stunning aluminium surround.

CH Precision Front End
CH Precision partnered with Wilson Benesch at Munich HIGH END for the launch of the new Wilson Benesch Resolution Loudspeaker
The Resolution will be joined by world class electronics from long-term Swiss partners CH Precision in a full system that will provide a digital streaming source via the C1 DAC and an analogue source using the P1 Phono Preamplifier. Joining these two world class sources will be the L1 – a dedicated line level preamplifier, along with two A1 Power Amplifiers to drive the Resolutions. X1 external power supplies will be used on the C1 & P1 to provide, ultra-low noise, discrete, regulated DC power to these critical elements.

Way Cables
Way Cables partnered with Wilson Benesch at Munich HIGH END for the launch of the new Wilson Benesch Resolution Loudspeaker
System cabling this year will be provided by Way Cables. Founded in Belgrade, Serbia, Way Cables will introduce their new ‘Penelope’, ‘Harmony’ and ‘Poetry’ interconnects. You can learn more about this company by way of the excellent HiFi Pig review here.

Main Room Full System Information, E223, A4.2:
Wilson Benesch Resolution ‘P1’ Silverstone Loudspeaker
Wilson Benesch Torus Infrasonic Generator + Torus Amplifier
Wilson Benesch R1 Carbon HIFI Rack
Wilson Benesch Circle 25 Turntable
Wilson Benesch Nanotube One Tonearm
Transfiguration Cartridge
CH Precision A1 Power Amplifier x2
CH Precision C1 DAC
CH Precision L1 Line Level Preamplifier
CH Precision P1 Phono Stage
Way Cables All System Cabling

Wilson Benesch Resolution Loudspeakers will also be used in a second room (A4.1 E109) courtesy of Ypsilon Electronics:
Wilson Benesch Resolution Loudspeaker
Wilson Benesch R1 Carbon HIFI Rack
Ypsilon Hyperion Monoblock Power Amplifier x2
Ypsilon PST-100 MKII Valve Preamp
Ypsilon VPS-100 Valve Phono Stage
Ypsilon MC26L Step Up Transformer
Ypsilon CDT-100 CD Player
Ypsilon DAC-100 DAC

Wilson Benesch, along with German importers IBEX Audio would like to make a very warm welcome to visit us in room E223, Atrium 4.2, at the MOC Messe, Munich, Germany.

Here you can read more about the exhibition: www.highendsociety.de

As normal, you can stay up to date with the all Wilson Benesch shows and new dates as they are added via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Munich HIGH END 2017, Munich, Germany
Date: Thursday 18th May – Sunday 21st May 2017
Location: MOC Messe Exhibition Hall, Munich, Germany

Wilson Benesch: The Future is Carbon

Geometry Series Resolution Loudspeaker Launch Munich HIGH END 2017 Burr Walnut Gloss
Geometry Series Resolution Loudspeaker Launch Munich HIGH END 2017 Burr Walnut Gloss

Munich HIGH END, Germany, 2017

Press Release: Resolution Loudspeaker

Geometry Series Resolution Loudspeaker finished in Burr Walnut Gloss

Sheffield, England, Thursday 27th April, 2017
Official Launch: Munich HIGH END, 18-21 May 2017, Room E223, Atrium 4.2
USA Launch: Los Angeles Audio Show, 2-4 June 2017, Room 424

Introducing Resolution Floorstanding Loudspeakers: Designed for the Ultimate Listening Experience
Resolution is the latest loudspeaker from the Wilson Benesch loudspeaker line ‘Geometry Series’. Designed and engineered at the Wilson Benesch manufacturing facility in England. Resolution incorporates the company’s state-of-the-art drive technology in a unique high-tech enclosure, formed from a carbon fibre composite monocoque and precision machined metal-alloy components. Market leader in execution, time and phase coherence, signal-noise ratio and ultimate high fidelity audio performance.

Aesthetic Execution
The Geometry Series has been developed using advanced Dassault 3D CAD/CAM systems, used exclusively within the development of formula one and aerospace technologies. In these industries, uncompromising design and ultimate performance are axiomatic and appreciated by the untrained eye. The Resolution is no different, its form follows function, giving rise to the curved, sculptured forms seen in the carbon fibre top or the curved composite enclosure. These forms increase the enclosure stiffness and reduce the incidence of standing waves in the listening environment, giving rise to the most inert and inaudible loudspeaker cabinet in the industry. As a result the Resolution disappears, stealth like, within the listening room leaving only you and the music.

“The Resolution is a striking, elegant addition to our reference line, taking its place between the reference floorstanding and standmount loudspeakers that continue to achieve exceptional commercial success. This success, puts Wilson Benesch in the enviable position of launching the Resolution at this years Munich HIGH END alongside leading electronics designers in the shape of CH Precision and Ypsilon.” – Christina Milnes, Managing Director

Geometry Series Resolution Loudspeaker finished in Burr Walnut Gloss

Advanced Composite Technology
Recognised as the pioneer and leader in the use of carbon fibre composites in loudspeaker and turntable design, Wilson Benesch have three-decades of expertise in the field. Combining complex geometry and component design with carbon composite – metal alloy materials, provides the Wilson Benesch team with a number of advantages. Principally, the enclosure is one of the stiffest, most highly damped loudspeaker enclosures ever created. Additionally, carbon fibre enabled Wilson Benesch to design an enclosure with complete absence of internal bracing, affording the drive technology in its chassis, unrivalled control. The Resolution is powerful and dynamic, yet composed, uncluttered and aesthetically beautiful.

Geometry Series Resolution Loudspeaker top moulded from Carbon Fibre

Advanced Acoustic Design
Resolution, is equipped with the latest Wilson Benesch drive technologies, that have been designed, developed and manufactured by the company’s design team. Both the Tactic-II dynamic drive unit and the Semisphere Tweeter are built using powerful NdFeb magnets. The magnets are assembled within highly engineered, low-profile alloy structures designed to extract maximum power from the exotic magnets.

Wilson Benesch utilise Isotactic Polypropylene in the Tactic-II and a Silk-Carbon hybrid dome in the Semisphere. The choice of materials within the membrane of the drive technology is critical to the character of the Resolution, providing an intelligently considered balance of stiffness and damping characteristics. The Resolution is capable of producing a wide bandwidth frequency response from 30Hz to 30kHz, whilst remaining transparent and integrated across the band, suspending belief and allowing the listener to disappear within a wide-open soundscape.

“Resolution exists within the rarefied environment at the upper echelons of high-end audio, where in order to push the boundaries of performance to a new level every single element in the design and execution of a product must be optimised. The Resolution is another bold statement that underlines the design philosophy at Wilson Benesch. Achieving the ultimate in high-fidelity sound reproduction, whilst creating a product design that is entirely unique in the marketplace.” – Craig Milnes, Design Director

You and the Music
With a complement of 12 Tactic-II dynamic drive units and 2 Semisphere Tweeters per pair, the Resolution is a complex loudspeaker design. Within this complexity exists order and harmony in the drive unit topology. In the midrange and high frequency, Wilson Benesch place an upper and lower midrange drive unit either side of the Semisphere Tweeter in an arrangement known as the Troika System, delivering perfect time and phase coherence.

Bass is delivered by 4 Tactic-II dynamic drive units forming 2 clamshell Isobaric Drive Systems. The execution of the Isobaric Drive System in the Resolution is striking. It is indicative of the function of this powerful system in the creation of low frequency sound, providing the listener with all the excitement and physical impact expected of a low frequency signal.

Geometry Series Resolution Loudspeaker Isobaric Drive System

Engineered For You
Every Geometry Series loudspeaker is handmade to order. The sculptured carbon fibre top and carbon fibre enclosure combines with an aerospace Silk Black baffle and foot. The Resolution can be engineered, with a range of bespoke high gloss polymers, stunning natural wood veneers and P1 coloured carbon fibre finishes to give the loudspeaker an identity unique to its owner.

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#FutureIsCarbon
#EngineeredForYou

Geometry Series Resolution Loudspeaker launches at Munich HIGH END in May and Los Angeles Audio Show in June

Specifications

Sensitivity: 90dB
Impedance: 6 Ohms Nom. / 3 Ohms. Min
Frequency Response: 30Hz – 30kHz
Dimensions: 159cm (60”) H x 52cm (20.5”) W x 54.7cm (21.5”) D
Weight: 90kg / 198.4 lbs

Press Release: Resolution Loudspeaker

AXPONA, Chicago, USA

Geometry Series poster showing the Carbon Fibre Discovery II Loudspeaker with Metaxas Solitaire for the AXPONA Chicago USA lifstyle

We’re thrilled to confirm details and setup for our AXPONA debut next month in Chicago. USA importer, Aaudio Imports have put together a unique and exciting product lineup in the shape of the Wilson Benesch Discovery II P1 finished in ‘Silverstone’ Silver P1 coloured carbon fibre. Joining the Discovery II loudspeakers will be the eye catching Metaxas Solitaire Integrated amplifier from Germany.

AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is the largest high-end consumer audio show in the USA, taking place over 3-days. Following exhibitions at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and CES 2017, where Wilson Benesch picked up the CES Innovation Award for its A.C.T. One Evolution P1 loudspeakers, AXPONA will be the third in a series of dates across the USA. Aaudio Imports will follow this with the new LA Audio Show in June, plus other dates yet to be announced through 2017, providing access to Wilson Benesch products in the USA like never before.

Full System Information:
Wilson Benesch Discovery II Loudspeakers, P1 ‘Silverstone’ Coloured Carbon fibre finish
Wilson Benesch Torus Infrasonic Generator + Torus Amplifier
Metaxas Solitaire Integrated Amplifier
Ypsilon VPS 100 Valve Phono Stage
Thales TTT Compact-II Turntable
Stage III Reference Cabling, speaker, power and interconnects throughout

Wilson Benesch, along with Aaudio Imports would like to make a very warm welcome to visit us in room 638 at the Westin O’Hare Hotel, Rosemont, IL

Here you can read more about the exhibition: http://www.axpona.com/

As normal, you can stay up to date with the all Wilson Benesch shows and new dates as they are added via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

AXPONA 2017, Rosemont, IL, USA
Date: Friday 21st April – Sunday 23rd April 2017
Location: Westin O’Hare, Rosemont, IL, USA

Wilson Benesch: The Future is Carbon

Geometry Series poster showing the Carbon Fibre Discovery II loudspeaker finished in Silverstone Silver Coloured Carbon fibre for the AXPONA lifestyle

AXPONA, Chicago, USA

McLaren join Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Powerhouse

McLaren Automotive join Wilson Benesch's long term collaborators at Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research CentreThis week Wilson Benesch and the Sheffield City region has welcomed the news that McLaren Automotive have agreed to locate their new purpose-built Composites Technology Centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) on the outskirts of the City. In partnership with the University of Sheffield’s AMRC, a new McLaren facility will be developed at the cost of nearly £50-million. The high-tech facility will be responsible for the development and manufacturing of advanced carbon fibre chassis for McLaren Automotive’s supercars from 2020 onwards.

McLaren currently produce all its carbon fibre chassis offshore, bringing the manufacturing back to the UK, the new centre hopes to deliver cost savings of around £10million is expected to bring a £100-million GVA (gross value added) benefit to the local economy by 2028. Opportunities for expansion thereafter could create an ambition of doubling that to £200 million. The in-sourcing of the manufacture of the carbon fibre chassis also increases the average percentage (by value) of a McLaren car sourced in the UK by around eight per cent from its average of around 50 per cent, depending on model.

Mike Flewitt, the chief executive of McLaren Automotive, said:
“In 1981, McLaren was the first company to recognise the exceptional properties of carbon fibre, and we have designed the highly-technical material to be at the heart of every McLaren road and racing car ever since.

The McLaren F1 was the first road car to be built with one when it was unveiled in 1992. But the company’s carbon fibre chassis are currently manufactured abroad by a supplier. Creating a facility where we can manufacture our own carbon fibre chassis structures is therefore a logical next step. We evaluated several options to achieve this objective, but [this] opportunity was compelling.

At the AMRC, we will have access to some of the world’s finest composites and materials research capabilities, and I look forward to building a world-class facility and talented team at the new McLaren composites technology centre.”

Wilson Benesch have been long term collaborators with the AMRC and the Sheffield University. The sculptural forms found in the Endeavour and Cardinal loudspeaker tops were made possible by laser scans of clay modelled components that were then rapid prototyped all at the AMRC before going into full production. Other Wilson Benesch technologies developed through collaborative research with the AMRC include the Endeavour’s ‘Carbon-Nanotech Enclosure’. In June 2014, Roy Gregory visited Wilson Benesch and toured the very same AMRC facility, our report of that visit and Roy’s subsequent review of Wilson Benesch can be read in full here Sheffield Steel: Wilson Benesch within the fabric of the regions High Tech Regeneration.

As the pioneers and leaders in advanced carbon fibre composite loudspeaker and turnable construction in the high end audio industry, news that Britain and perhaps the world’s leading luxury automotive manufacturer will be joining the fabric of Sheffield’s advanced manufacturing community is clearly a very positive thing. In February 2014 we wrote a short blog about the history of advanced carbon fibre composite design and manufacturing at Wilson Benesch. Neatly, we made reference to the groundbreaking McLaren MP4/1 in that report. You can read it in full here, Design & Manufacturing: A Story of High Risk and Innovation

We would like to take this moment to welcome McLaren Automotive to Sheffield and congratulate all our partners at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre on this excellent news.

Further reading:

McLaren Automotive: http://cars.mclaren.com/
McLaren Tweet: https://twitter.com/McLarenAuto/status/829691952648052736

The Guardian: McLaren to create 200 jobs in Sheffield with new £50m plant

Roy Gregory: Sheffield Steel; Wilson Benesch within the fabric of the regions High Tech Regeneration

Financial Times Report: Design & Manufacturing; A Story of High Risk & Innovation

McLaren join Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Powerhouse

High-End Mässan Exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden

Geometry Series poster showing the Carbon Fibre A.C.T. One Evolution Loudspeaker with CH Precision for the High End Mässan Stockholm Sweden lifstyle

Wilson Benesch are thrilled to confirm that the A.C.T. One Evolution loudspeaker will appear at the High End Mässan in Stockholm next weekend, 18-19th February.

Swedish import partner Perfect Sense, will partner the A.C.T. One Evoltuon with CH Precision and the Aurender media server.

Marcus Fordal, CEO at Perfect Sense said,

This year, we combine two innovative manufacturers at the cutting edge of high-tech interaction. From Switzerland, we have invited CH Precision, and from the British Isles we are visited by Wilson Benesch. Both manufacturers will have representatives on site in Loris Stehl and Luke Milnes

Wilson Benesch, along with Perfect Sense would like to make a very warm welcome to visit us in the Fogelström room at Lundqvist & Lindqvist.

Here you can read more about the exhibition: http://highendmassan.se/

As normal, you can stay up to date with the all Wilson Benesch shows and new dates as they are added via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

High-End Mässan, Stockholm, Sweden
Date: Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th February 2017
Location: Lundqvist & Lindqvist

Wilson Benesch: The Future is Carbon

Geometry Series poster showing the Carbon Fibre A.C.T. One Evolution Loudspeaker finished in Red Tulip for the High End Mässan Stockholm Sweden lifstyle

High-End Mässan Exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden