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

UPDATE: P1 Collection Tour // ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show 2017, UK

Geometry Series P1 Collection Tour Poster showing A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Loudspeaker finished in Enzo Red Hypetex Coloured Carbon Fibre

February has arrived, bringing the UK’s leading HiFi Show closer still. With just 16-days now to the ‘Sound & Vision’ Bristol Show, we are here to provide a short refresh and in addition an update on additional gems that have been added to our demonstration.

Melco – Audiophile Engineering

We are thrilled to announce yet another World class component has joined our demonstration system, the Melco N1Z flagship SSD Music Library. The Melco N1Z gives digital music lovers the benefits of the first storage system optimised for high resolution audio. Designed from the outset as an Audiophile component it is bristling with Audiophile credentials – even the basic design architecture is unique to the application of High Resolution Digital Music playback. Incorporating the unique Melco Direct Streaming Music format, all systems using network players benefit from improved sound quality and a better user experience, free from IT-industry peripherals.

Feeding one of the very finest DACs in the World – the CH Precision C1 – through the proprietary Melco Cat 7 ethernet cable, the Melco N1Z will provide High Resolution Digital music. The Melco N1Z legislates for low noise, power stabilisation and functionality.

Geometry Series // P1 Collection

Wilson Benesch have now built the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 and the Discovery II P1 for the exhibition. Sitting in our demonstration room as we speak, is a stunning set of ‘Enzo’ Red A.C.T. One Evolution P1s and a set of ‘Enzo’ Red Discovery II P1s. So following appearances across the globe in, Munich, Hong Kong, Taipei, Eindhoven, Tokyo, Bonn, Denver, Lyon, Warsaw and Hanoi through 2016, the CES International in January, the P1 Collection will arrive in Bristol for the ‘Sound & Vision’ in Wilson Benesch’s ‘Glass House’ Conservatory.

…as with a real stage diva, you like it, because it can do things, of which others only dream.

A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Loudspeaker Review, Andreas Wenderoth, Image Hifi, January 2017

Geometry Series P1 Collection Tour Poster showing A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Loudspeaker finished in Enzo Red Hypetex Coloured Carbon Fibre
The Melco N1Z live demonstration with Wilson Benesch CH Precision DS Audio at Bristol Sound and Vision 2017

Full System Setup Details
System ONE,
A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Enzo Floor Standing Loudspeaker
CH Precision A1 Power Amplifier
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference Speaker Cables
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference Interconnects
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference Power Cables

System TWO,
Discovery II P1 Enzo Stand Mounted Loudspeaker
CH Precision A1 Power Amplifier
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference Speaker Cables
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference Interconnects
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference Power Cables

Shared Components
Wilson Benesch Circle 25 Turntable
Wilson Benesch Nanotube One Tonearm
DS Audio Master 1 Optical Cartridge
DS Audio Master 1 Optimizer
CH Precision C1 DA Controller
CH Precision L1 Preamplifier
Melco N1Z Audiophile SSD Digital Music Library

As normal, you can stay up to date with the P1 Collection Tour and any new dates as they are added via our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Or for more images of the P1 Collection and other Wilson Benesch products in production, see our Instagram feed.

Round 10: ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show 2017, Bristol, UK
Date: Friday 24th – Sunday 26th February 2017
Location: Marriott City Centre Hotel, Lower Castle Street, Bristol, BS1 3AD, UK

For more information please see the ‘Sound & Vision’ Bristol Show website.

The P1 Collection: A Revolution in Carbon Fibre

UPDATE: P1 Collection Tour // ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show 2017, UK

Report: CES International 2017: USA

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution P1 - Ettore Blue - Hypetex - Coloured Carbon Fibre - Innovation Award

Much has been made of the apparent decline in the CES International as a major High End Audio force to be reckoned with following this years exhibition. There was no question that attendance numbers were certainly down, along with a sense that some of our peers across the industry had stayed away this year. But the value and success of CES 2017 for Wilson Benesch was unquestionable.

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution P1 - Ettore Blue - Hypetex - Coloured Carbon Fibre - Innovation Award

Starting on Day 1, Wilson Benesch collection our the much coveted CES Innovation Award for the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 coloured carbon fibre loudspeaker, which was displayed in front of the loudspeakers throughout the exhibition.

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution P1 - Ettore Blue - Hypetex - Coloured Carbon Fibre - Innovation Award

In addition, the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 took pride of place in the Sands Expo ‘CES Innovation Award Showcase’. CES 2017 felt like home turf from the outset.

In partnership with Aaudio Imports, Design Director Craig Milnes and Marketing Manager Luke Milnes demonstrated the award winning loudspeakers in ‘Ettore’ blue, with the world class Ypsilon electronics. The combination of Ypsilon, VPS-100 phono stage and the Phaethon integrated amplifier with Wilson Benesch and Stage III cables, creates something very special, a vast soundstage with a flowing, easy and natural timbre. It was a pleasure to present our product to all those who attended and we’d like to make our thanks to attending journalists from SoundStage, Stereophile and Absolute Sounds. The feedback on the system and our renewed vigour and presence in the USA were very welcome. Here are some of the comments that appeared following CES over the past week,

…perhaps, the most neutral presentation I heard at the show, with very natural timbre, imaging, and staging thanks to a superior disappearing act… this speaker came close to sonic greatness.

Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound

This is one of many speakers I wish I could have auditioned for an extended period of time. But without knowing how many more speakers, cables, and accessories were left to cover, I stuffed my regrets and moved on.

Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile

Wilson Benesch - CES 2017 - SoundStage Global - USA - A.C.T. One Evolution P1SoundStage Global CES Snapshots 2017.

Full System Setup
Wilson Benesch A.C.T. One Evolution P1 ‘Ettore’ blue loudspeaker
Wilson Benesch Torus Infrasonic Generator + Amplifier
Ypsilon Phaethon Integrated Amplifier
Ypsilon VPS-100 Phono Stage
Ypsilon MC Step Up Transformer
Thales TTT Compact II Turntable
Thales Simplicity II Tonearm
Ikeda KAI MC Cartridge
Stage III Cables, Analord Master Phono Cable, Gorgon Interconnects, Kraken AC, Leviathan AC, Medusa Speaker Cables

Learn more about the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 and its technologies via our new product page.

To organise a private demonstration of any Wilson Benesch product in the USA, you can contact our exclusive importer Aaudio Imports.

AAUDIO IMPORTS
4871 Raintree Drive
Parker
Colorado – 80134
USA
Tel: +1 303-264-8831
e: brian@aaudioimports.com
w: www.aaudioimports.com

Report: CES International 2017: USA

P1 Collection Tour // ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show 2017, UK

Geometry Series P1 Collection Tour Poster showing A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Loudspeaker finished in Ettore Blue Hypetex Coloured Carbon Fibre

It is that time of year again, we’ve shaken off the sedentary pace set for the holidays, collected a CES Innovation Award via Las Vegas and now safely back in our headquarters in Sheffield, England, we are thrilled to announce our plans for the main UK audio show of the year, the ‘Sound & Vision’ Bristol Show.

The 2017 ‘Sound & Vision’ will mark the 30th Edition of the show, an incredible legacy and one that, as a exhibiting partner, Wilson Benesch have been a part of since the early 1990s. In 2003, Wilson Benesch took over from TAG McLaren Audio in the Conservatory. Since then a tradition has emerged for partnering some of the most exotic and impressive audio imports we have found from across the globe, with Wilson Benesch products designed and built just a short journey North of the exhibition space, in Sheffield. So what do we have in store for the 30th Edition of ‘Sound & Vision’?

Geometry Series // P1 Collection
Geometry Series P1 Collection Tour Poster showing A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Loudspeaker finished in Ettore Blue Hypetex Coloured Carbon Fibre

Since the launch of the P1 Collection at the Munich HIGH END in May 2016, the patented coloured carbon fibre loudspeaker range has transformed the company’s ‘Geometry Series’ reference loudspeaker line. Developed by Formula 1 Engineers at British company Hypetex, the coloured carbon fibre material is the first of its kind in the world. What was once, in the words of Henry Ford available in “any colour as long as it’s black” is now available in four stunning coloured carbon fibre finishes. Taking inspiration from the racing heritage of Hypetex, who’s operation is based out of Silverstone Technology Park by the home of Formula 1, the names ascribed to the finishes evoke the sense of speed and the heritage of racing; ‘Enzo’ Red after Enzo Ferrari, ‘Ettore’ Blue after Ettore Bugatti, ‘Silverstone’ Silver after the home of British Grand Prix and ‘Champagne’ Gold after the luxurious drink traditionally used to celebrate victory across motorsport.

So following appearances across the globe in, Munich, Hong Kong, Taipei, Eindhoven, Tokyo, Bonn, Denver, Lyon, Warsaw and Hanoi through 2016, the CES International last weekend and next month it will arrive in Bristol for the ‘Sound & Vision’ in Wilson Benesch’s ‘Glass House’ Conservatory. This will be the final leg of what has been a hugely successful product launch for Wilson Benesch, our thanks to all those partners who have shared our vision and shared the P1 Collection around the globe.

A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Floor Standing Loudspeaker

A design born from impeccable heritage, evolved through a process of iterative design. This year the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 will arrive with a CES Innovation Award as an acknowledgment of this impressive heritage and design. But its P1 coloured carbon fibre chassis and matching honeycomb grill will be what draws the eyes of the crowd this year.

Trying to describe the sound of this speaker with typical audiophile parameters is of no real use because of the almost 1:1 sense of scale and rich live experience. Everything is there and everything is in perfect balance. Just like it needs to be, but is seldom experienced with hifi.

Werner Ero, Music Emotion, 2016

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 deployed 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.

Discovery II P1 Stand Mount Loudspeaker
Wilson Benesch - Discovery II - Standmount - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre Composite - Bristol - Sound & Vision - 2016

Standing alongside its Geometry Series stable mate, the Discovery II P1 will create an impressive display.

Constructed from the latest A.C.T. P1 Monocoque and precision CNC-machined alloy. The Discovery II features 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.

CH Precision A1 Power Amp, C1 DAC/Controller, L1 Preamplifier
Wilson Benesch - CH Precision - P1 Phono Stage - Bristol - Sound & Vision - 2016

As the exclusive UK importer, Wilson Benesch return to Bristol with the industry leading ultra high-end products from Swiss designers CH Precision. Joining the incredible A1 Power Amplifier which picked up an ‘Excellence Rating’ from Martin Colloms in the Oct-Dec 2016 (Vol.4, No. 10) issue of HIFI Critic, will be the equally incredible C1 DA Controller and making its UK exhibition debut will be the L1 Preamplifier.

The L1 Preamplifier will take over where the C1 left off last year, bringing into this years system a dedicated pre-amplification stage, with the C1 taking care purely of the Digital-Analogue conversion during digital replay. As with its stable mates, the character of the L1 is smooth, but delivers incredible lifelike timbre, dynamics and speed. Taking ‘Product of the Year’ in Absolute Sound, the fully balanced line-level preamplifier is in the words of Absolute Sound “contender for the Best in Solid-State”.

DS Audio Master 1 Optical Cartridge
Wilson Benesch - DS Audio - Master 1 - Optical Cartridge - Bristol - Sound & Vision - 2017

Last year, Wilson Benesch used DS Audio’s revolutionary DS-W1 optical Cartridge for the first time, a design that 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. Last February, the high end audio world was alight with enthusiasm for this incredible new technology and one year on this enthusiasm continues unabated as DS Audio unveiled the Master 1 Optical Cartridge at Axpona in April. In 2017, Wilson Benesch will partner the all new DS Audio Master 1 with the Nanotube One Tonearm to create an incredible presentation of analogue might that will whet the appetite of ‘Sound & Vision’ guests. The new Master 1 uses a sapphire as opposed to boron cantilever and a Microridge rather than Shibata tip, with a more more conventional suspension, complete with tie-back which drops the compliance dramatically. As Michael Fremer reported from Axpona 2016:

The sound produced by this new cartridge is in an altogether different league than what I heard in the produce I reviewed… This is a very exciting development in this product!

Clearer Audio Cables
Wilson Benesch - Clearer Audio - Bristol - Sound & Vision - 2016

For more than 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. This year, Clearer Audio will provide the vital link between each world class component in the chain, using its industry leading Silver-Line Optimus Reference interconnects, speaker cables, power cables and power distribution HUBs.

The Silver-line Optimus Reference Interconnect recently received an exceptional review from world renowned Hi-Fi+ magazine with Alan Sircom (Editor), one of the UK’s most respected hi-fi reviewers, stating,

it is good enough that it makes you think you upgraded source, amp, and speakers” and that it “is one of the best audio cables out there, regardless of cost

Alan Sircom, HIFI+

Clearer Audio cables offer unrivalled world class performance, which are meticulously hand-built in-house. 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.

Full System Setup Details
System ONE,
A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Floor Standing Loudspeaker
CH Precision A1 Power Amplifier
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference Speaker Cables
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference Interconnects
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference Power Cables

System TWO,
Discovery II P1 Stand Mounted Loudspeaker
CH Precision A1 Power Amplifier
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference Speaker Cables
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference Interconnects
Clearer Audio Silver Line Optimus Reference Power Cables

Shared Components
Wilson Benesch Circle 25 Turntable
Wilson Benesch Nanotube One Tonearm
DS Audio Master 1 Optical Cartridge
DS Audio Master 1 Optimizer
CH Precision C1 DA Controller
Ch Precision L1 Preamplifier

As normal, you can stay up to date with the P1 Collection Tour and any new dates as they are added via our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Or for more images of the P1 Collection and other Wilson Benesch products in production, see our Instagram feed.

Round 10: ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show 2017, Bristol, UK
Date: Friday 24th – Sunday 26th February 2017
Location: Marriott City Centre Hotel, Lower Castle Street, Bristol, BS1 3AD, UK

For more information please see the ‘Sound & Vision’ Bristol Show website.

The P1 Collection: A Revolution in Carbon Fibre
A.C.T. One Evolution P1 - Coloured Carbon Fibre - Floorstanding Loudspeaker - Ettore Blue Finish - CES 2017 - Innovation Award Honouree

P1 Collection Tour // ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show 2017, UK

Review: A.C.T. One Evolution P1, Image HiFi

Andreas Wenderoth - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Coloured - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - Image Hifi

It is the opening day of the largest electronics show in the world, CES 2017 breezes into a cool Las Vegas today for the first of four days. So with the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 proudly on live demonstration in the Venetian Hotel Tower Suites (30-112) and amongst the finest consumer electronics in the world as part of the award winning, CES Innovation Showcase in the Venetian Hotel Ballroom, Wilson Benesch are delighted to share the latest review of the A.C.T. One Evolution loudspeaker courtesy of German magazine Image HiFi and our import partners IBEX Audio.

Andreas Wenderoth spent the later part of 2016 getting to grips with the A.C.T. One Evolution, finished in an ‘Enzo’ Red P1 Collection coloured carbon fibre finish. Wilson Benesch collaborated with British company Hypetex to bring coloured carbon fibre to high end audio for the first time, exclusively via four motorsport inspired coloured carbon fibre finishes.

carbon fibre has always been black, in the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 version, colour is introduced to the fibre for the first time: thanks to a collaboration with Hypetex, a team of Formula 1 engineers who have developed the process, in this sample, it is not simply any colour, but a very strong one: “Enzo Red” – in line with the famous red of the Enzo Ferrari. So the speed and dynamics with which the box performs acoustically is also expressed visually. And in fact she is real eye-candy.

Andreas Wenderoth, Image Hifi, January 2017

Andreas draws nicely in the review on the concept of the iterative design process that has been at the heart of the A.C.T. loudspeakers development. Andreas quotes Design Director, Craig Milnes, “It’s like a Porsche 911 whose development no one would even think of changing the basic form or the essential ingredients – but the technical details and the current interpretation.”.

..as with a real stage diva, you like it, because it can do things, of which others only dream.

Andreas Wenderoth, Image Hifi, January 2017

Andreas continues,

The A.C.T. One Evolution is the best sound I have achieved in my listening room.

Andreas Wenderoth, Image Hifi, January 2017

We would like to extend our gratitude to Andreas Wenderoth for his excellent and comprehensive report on the A.C.T. One Evolution loudspeaker and all the team at Image HiFi. We would also like to make a personal thank you to our German import partners IBEX Audio for arranging the review.

The full unedited PDF of Andreas Wenderoth’s A.C.T. One Evolution Review is here in German.

The P1 Collection: A Revolution in Carbon Fibre

Review: A.C.T. One Evolution P1, Image HiFi