SMART Funding & The Advanced Manufacturing Park

Wilson Benesch win substantial Technology Strategy Board SMART Funding

The ‘step change’ in performance witnessed in the Cardinal was due entirely to decades of consistent re-investment in ambitious Research & Development programs that have always focused on the fundamentals. This commitment to innovation has been further supported by consistent ground level investment in our manufacturing suite and intellectual property.

With these unique strengths we have put in place the building blocks that enable a step change. The cabinet architecture, the Tactic Drive Unit technology, Isobaric systems, the Torus, the Semisphere each and every building block provides the grammar and syntax of a unique language that delivers distinctively different beautifully designed and quintessentially British designs.

As 2013 drew to a close, many will recall it as yet another year of instability and uncertainty in markets across the globe and yet the seeds of economic recovery appear to be rooting and from it there are signs of growth across the UK, Europe and USA. With the UK Manufacturing sector tipped to outgrow Europe and exceed the overall growth of the UK economy in 2014, Wilson Benesch are delighted to announce that the company has applied for and won further government ‘SMART’ funding to enable its high risk R&D program to continue.

Driving Innovation, a Technology Strategy Board Initiative

In winning SMART Funding in 2014, Wilson Benesch add a fourth such SMART project to the rich history of highly innovative projects led by the company, such as the Bishop project. A remarkable feat in itself, but one that proves without reservation, the unique position attained by the Wilson Benesch and it’s ability to satisfy the strict criteria for grant funding to be awarded.

With Four patents already in place and a further eight in progress, the TSB SMART funding is valued at approximately a quarter of a million pounds that is in part supported by the Technology Strategy Board and in part by Wilson Benesch.

Expansion: The Advanced Manufacturing Park
The new Research & Development Facility will allow Wilson Benesch to accelerate its product development and SMART Funded Research program

The huge success of Wilson Benesch’s many pioneering R&D programs has always been built upon collaboration with the greatest minds and organisation’s across the globe. In October 2013 Wilson Benesch opened a new R&D / Demonstration Facility on the UKs largest advanced manufacturing park, the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).

From the Wilson Benesch window the logos of Rolls Royce and Boeing Aerospace The Nuclear Research facility and the Technology Transfer Centre and many more reside next to a broad range of the most pioneering high tech company’s in the world. A purpose built AMRC Training Centre opened on the 23rd January 2014. The new intake of 150 Engineering apprentices starts this January and will ensure a rich vein of quality trained people for the region and the UK as a whole. This will further bolster the already massive investments made by Sheffield’s two leading education institutions, the Sheffield University and the Sheffield Hallam University.

Having completed large parts of the Cardinal loudspeaker and Geometry Series developments with the Universities, the new Wilson Benesch Research Facility will provide a vital base from which these key partners can work collaboratively on the new technologies born from the SMART Project.

In 2014 Wilson Benesch celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary and begins what promises to be a rich period in the companies history. We look forward to sharing it with you. The Future is Carbon.

The new Research & Development Facility will allow Wilson Benesch to accelerate its loudspeaker and analogue replay system product development and SMART Funded Research program

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Square Series II, Square Five Review 2014

Wilson Benesch Square Five receives strong UK review in 2014

With 2014 just 10-days old, Wilson Benesch are delighted to be able to share with you the first product review of the year, in the shape of the new Square Series II flagship, the Square Five. The review is a tour de force and firmly stamps the authority of Wilson Benesch’s new design path, which has been led by the extensive research and development completed in the Cardinal project.

if the Square Five were developed from scratch, I hate to think how much it would have cost. But because it can piggyback on the development costs already invested in the Cardinal, the result is, in technological and material terms, really quite incredible. A true example of trickle-down technology, it’s way beyond a bargain; by any normal measure this is an absolute steal

Roy Gregory, The Audiobeat, January 2014

The Troika System seen in the Series II, Square Five loudspeaker

The Square Five is a four-way system acoustically, but presents itself electrically at the amplifier as a two-way system; a trick made possible by the complete autonomy and control the Wilson Benesch design team has over every element in loudspeaker design. Precisely it is the highly optimised and totally bespoke multi roll Tactic Drive Unit that allows Wilson Benesch to carefully tailor the Square Five so that subtractive crossover filters on three of the driver interfaces are entirely absent. Instead Wilson Benesch rolls off each driver mechanically with absolute precision.

the ability to shape each driver’s response with such precision, to fit it so precisely to purpose, that makes the Square Five possible. The result is not just tonally even and dynamically coherent; absent the discontinuities in harmonic color and musical energy that mar so many loudspeakers, the Square Fives achieve a level of musical expression and communication that belies their price… it brings a sophistication, nuance and substance to the musical event that make for both instant engagement and long-term satisfaction

Roy Gregory, The Audiobeat, January 2014

The Square Five was launched in August 2013 at the luxurious London Smart APP-artment, Cornflake. It will make its UK Exhibition debut at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show on 21st February 2014.

You can read the full unedited review of the Square Five here.

For more information about our Bristol Sound & Vision Exhibition please see here.

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The Vinyl Revival

Wilson Benesch celebrate Record Day UK 2013, Vinyl on the Full Circle Turntable
The figures are In
At the turn of the year the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) releases details of music sales performance for the previous year. The 2013 figures are in and they show a number of interesting changes in the the way that the public are consuming music.

Overall, music sales in all its various incarnations were in excess of £1bn – good news for the music industry as a whole. Physical sales of CDs remains the largest slice in this pie, representing a total of 64% of this figure in 2013. However this is not the whole story. The future of the CD medium might well be on shaky ground, as this market share is down 12.8% on the 2012 figure.

So what’s steadily replacing it you might ask. Well leading the way in terms of overall increases in market share is digital streaming. Until now streaming data had not been included in the BPI report for UK market figures, however the BPI has calculated that the value of subscription services such as Spotify and Deezer has now exceeded the £100 million mark for the first time and now accounts for 10% of the total market share. A 34% rise on the 2012 figure, when its share stood at 7%.

The way that music is discovered and enjoyed by fans continues to be shaped by the rapid evolution of digital technology, and 2013 arguably witnessed an even bigger shift in this dynamic as growing numbers took advantage of increased ownership of tablets and smartphones to either download or stream their favorite songs and albums ~ The British Phonographic Society, January 2014

Digital downloads show a 6.8% increase from the 2012 figures. 32.6 million albums were downloaded in 2013, but the really important figure here is that this represents a 100% growth on the level 5-years ago. Digital downloads therefore represent the most significant positive growth in any medium as far as actual consumer ownership is concerned.

The Vinyl Revival
Another striking figure from 2013 is the unbridled success of vinyl – dare we say it ‘the vinyl revival’. In 2013, 780,000 LPs were sold in the UK an astounding 101% increase on 2012′s figure and over 270% on five years ago. The total sales figures for vinyl have not been seen since 1997.

The vinyl format increasingly appeals to an engaged audience of younger artists and consumers alike, who appreciate its iconic heritage as part of Rock and Pop culture. The format’s profile and sales have also been driven by the success of annual events such as Record Store Day.

The first product that Wilson Benesch realised was the Wilson Benesch Turntable in 1989. For the High End Audio enthusiast, vinyl still represents to many the finest medium in which to replay your most cherished music. Wilson Benesch still believe the best way to enjoy music in high fidelity is on vinyl. It is why analogue still forms the backbone of all our High End Audio demonstrations globally. In 2014 Wilson Benesch continue to manufacture some of the finest analogue playback systems available. This year Wilson Benesch celebrate our heritage with the release of a special Anniversary Edition of the Full Circle, the Full Circle 25 to mark our 25th Anniversary and our continued commitment to the medium that is vinyl.
Wilson Benesch Celebrate Record Day 2013 with Vinyl on the Full Circle, A.C.T. 0.5 Tonearm, vinyl revival

Retail investment in the future of music reached an all-time high in 2013 as streaming services scaled up their offering. It means UK music fans now have an unprecedented choice of ways to enjoy the music they love – from traditional indie record shops to specialist High Street chains, supermarkets and a dizzying array of internet and digital services. As long as labels keep producing hits, our members will be there to deliver them to music fans ~ Kim Bayley, Director General of the Entertainment Retailers’ Association (ERA), 2014

The good news is, regardless of your choice, be it vinyl, CD, streaming online or via digital downloads we are all consuming and enjoying music more. Ultimately this is our shared passion – long may it live.

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Wilson Benesch Cardinal Prestige Award 2013 Super AV Magazine China

Wilson Benesch - Cardinal - Loudspeaker - Prestige - Award - Super AV Magazine - China - Forthwise - Hong Kong - Macau - Carbon Fiber Loudspeaker - High End SpeakerIn the ascendency in Asia
The groundbreaking Cardinal takes “Prestige Award for Best Floor Standing Loudspeaker” in Super AV Magazine China, 2013.

Marking what has been a vintage year in China and Asia, Wilson Benesch are thrilled to have been presented with this Award from Audio Visual Magazine. The ‘Prestige’ Award highlights the incredible amount of hard work and dedication in the persuit of the perfect sound that Wilson Benesch has embarked upon for its entire 25-year tenure in the High End Audio market. But further it underlines the excellent work and dedication to our brand and its products by our distribution partners, Forthwise. We would like to make a personal thanks to Robert Wan, Kim Siu and our good friends and colleagues in Hong Kong, China and Macau who have worked tirelessly to bring premium quality, British made products such as the Cardinal to the High End fraternity in these markets.

“In what is without doubt one of the most and if not the most important market in the world such an award comes as a wonderful end to an eventful and exciting year” – Christina Milnes, Managing Director.

The Cardinal is a remarkable and very worthy flagship that is setting the agenda in Asia in much the same way that it has in Europe. The first new product to see Cardinal technology is the Square Five which will make its UK debut at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show in the large prestigious venue of the Conservatory. We look forward to celebrating this award and the company’s 25th Anniversary Year with you.

A slideshow of the final show of 2013, the Guangzhou High End 2013 – featuring the Square Five and the Cardinal Loudspeakers.

Wilson Benesch - Guangzhou High End 2013 - Dartzeel - Cardinal - CH Precision-= Square Five - Geometry Series - Square Series II

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WB Launch in Vietnam with Norman Audio

Wilson Benesch, A.C.T. C60, Vertex Loudspeaker, Geometry Series, Square Series II, Wide Bandwidth Collection, Vietnam, Hanoi Audio Visual Show 2013, Norman Audio DistributionThe impressive rise of the Wilson Benesch stock in Asia continued last weekend with the announcement that Premier Vietnamese Distributors Norman Audio, would now be making Wilson Benesch one of its leading brands.

During the Hanoi Audio Visual Show, Norman Audio unveiled products from across the Wilson Benesch portfolio, including the Geometry Series, Square Series II and the Wide Bandwidth Collection. The main presentation was made using the A.C.T. C60 and the Vertex in partnership with Dan D’Agostino Amplification.

Wilson Benesch Managing Director, Christina Milnes added:

“It is an honour to be working with the Premier Audio Distributor in Vietnam, Norman Audio. The Vietnamese market is developing quickly and there are many discerning clients who, like our clients in Japan and China, recognise the unrivaled quality, craftmanship and prestige that comes with a British Audio Design like Wilson Benesch.”

Wilson Benesch, A.C.T. C60, Vertex Loudspeaker, Geometry Series, Square Series II, Wide Bandwidth Collection, Vietnam, Hanoi Audio Visual Show 2013, Norman Audio Distribution

To arrange a demonstration please contact Norman Audio.

Norman Audio Vietnam Co. Ltd.
213 Bis Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street
Ward 7 District 3
Ho Chi Minh City
Tel. +84 – 90 8130686

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Bristol Sound & Vision Show Preview

The Wilson Benesch Square Five, Series II flagship Loudspeaker finished in White Gloss

Wilson Benesch Celebrate 25th ‘Silver’ Anniversary at the Bristol Sound and Vision

25-years ago Wilson Benesch emerged as a fledgling British HIFI company with our first product, the original Wilson Benesch Turntable. Today, Wilson Benesch represent the State-of-the-Art in British High End Audio Design.

25-Years of Innovation in acoustics, materials sciences and manufacturing from the preeminent British High End Audio company. The company has been bestowed countless Awards from a global audience, endorsing Wilson Benesch’s place in the annals of audio history, recognised today as the “British Ambassadors of High tech”, after Sircom.

Silver Anniversary

A special year demands a special event, so Wilson Benesch will be executing its most ambitious demonstration yet showcasing a new 25th Anniversary ‘Circle 25’ Turntable, the new Square Series II flagship, the Square Five, plus a ‘Wilson Benesch Legacy Walk’ through the annals of Wilson Benesch’s legacy products in the flesh to include the original Wilson Benesch Turntable and the A.C.T. One Loudspeaker.

Collaborating with the Best

Continuing our collaboration with the finest front-end designers from across the globe, this year Wilson Benesch will showcase the highly innovative digital electronics from Swiss Audio designers CH Precision. There is no preamplifier in this digital solution, the build quality and clarity of purpose is evident in each and every element. It is for this reason that Wilson Benesch has installed a full CH Precision system as a research tool within its purpose built Research and Development facility located in the Technology Centre on Europe’s largest Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sheffield.

Driving the Square Five Loudspeakers and the Circle 25 will be long standing German partners Audionet. In the AMP1 V2, Pre G3 and the PAM Phono Stage, the Audionet collection represents serious high value for money. The PAM is regarded as one of the finest examples of any such product.

All cables will be supplied by leading British Cable Designers Clearer Audio with ‘Silver-Line Optimus Reference’ cables throughout.

So join us in the Conservatory for a special Silver Anniversary celebration.

Date: Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February 2014
Location: Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel, Lower Castle Street, Bristol

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Discovery takes all in Audiodrom all time loudspeaker Ranks

The Wilson Benesch Discovery Loudspeaker - Isobaric - Isotactic Drive Unit

Leading Czech publication Audiodrom have updated their all time loudspeaker and component rankings for the close of 2013.

In the standmount category the Wilson Benesch Discovery ranked 1st, with an overall score of 85%.

The Discovery was designed and manufactured in 2001. Named after the HMS Discovery, the design incorporated the newly developed Tactic Drive Unit. First seen in the Bishop in 1999, the original Tactic Drive Unit was the fruit of a £125,000 company matched DTi SMART Grant.

The new standmount was then, and by the estimation of Audiodrom, remains today a class leading design. Featuring the Isobaric clamshell arrangement, again pioneered by the Bishop loudspeaker, the Discovery is characterised by incredibly tight and dynamic bass reproduction. And of course the Carbon Fibre monocoque now synonymous with Wilson Benesch makes the Discovery a very attractive, classic design, brimming with highly innovative technologies.

Excerpt from the Audiodrom website, in full here:
Absolute updated ranking of components that have passed through our ears and who have earned (or not earned) review.

Audiožebřík is an overview of the absolute ratings of components, regardless of price. This is a view of us, that means management perspective preferences reviewers Audiodrom, published at the request of you, our readers.

Always what counts as ears, a different perspective. Comparing our Ladder with similar reports, published by reputable magazines (Stereo, Audio, Stereoplay, Stereophile, and more), but you can find the necessary consensus and identify the most interesting components.

Wilson Benesch Discovery - 1st place - standmount rankings

Read more about the Wilson Benesch Discovery on the product page.

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Guangzhou High End 2013, China

Forthwise continue the rapid growth of the Wilson Benesch brand in Mainland China and Hong Kong with the third successive show since the announcement of the new partnership in the summer. The Cardinal will appear at the Guangzhou International audio recordings show, Ling Zhi hall of the Oriental Hotel, 8th Floor, Building 2, East Hall, 6th – 8th December 2013.

The lineup is as follows:

1: Swiss darTZeel up to heaven NHB-458 Mono stage (priced 1.5 million domestic first open sound).
2: Japan TechTAS Air Force One flotation turntables (pricing 800000, China starting out loud)
3: British wilson benesch Kim Chi The Cardinal (Cardinal) flagship speaker (pricing 1,000,000, the domestic first open sound)
4: The world’s best hot Swiss CH precision D1 level turntable, C1 decoding plus one-third body system X1 power

The Cardinal high end carbon fiber loudspeaker has been hugely popular with the discerning high tech audiophiles of Hong Kong. In this short film by Chinese Luxury Men’s Magazine GAfencu the Cardinal can be seen presented in the luxurious demonstration rooms of Forthwise in Hong Kong, along with DarTZeel Electronics.

Date: Friday 6th – Sunday 8th December 2013
Location: Guangzhou High End Audio Show 2013, China

Read Roy Gregory’s impressive Cardinal review for HIFI+ here.

To arrange a demonstration please contact Forthwise Ltd.

Forthwise Ltd
6 / F, 1 Duddell Street
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2868 9993
Fax: +852 2525 2380

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Square Series II in Gran Gala di Padova, Italy

Wilson Benesch Square One, Series II in Gran Gala di Padova 2013 ShowWilson Benesch continues to gather pace in Italy with the third successive HIFI Show in as many months. Once again the Wilson Benesch loudspeakers will be paired with the Devialet electronics, following the Vertex and the C60 presentations in Lanciano and Milan respectively. Guests of this years Grand Gala di Padova will be treated to the Wilson Benesch Square One from the updated Square Series II, along with the Devialet 170.

The Gran Gala dell’ Alta Fedelta has been a mainstay of the Italian High End Audio scene for many years now and the Padova Show this year will be the 5th successive show. Taking place Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November. The show is free to all.

The Wilson Benesch Square One is a beautiful speaker, with a perfect finish and
very rewarding. Ideal for urban dwellers, where these beautiful English speakers
will provide many years of intense musical pleasure to their happy owner

Patrice Philippe, Haute Fidelite, France, 2012

Saturday 23rd November, 9.30 – 19.00
Sunday 24th November, 9.30 – 18.00
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Padova, Italy

For further information about the show or to arrange a demonstration of the Square One with ‘Mad For Music SAS’ please use the following links.

Mad For Music SAS
Via Marco Ulpio Traiano 53
20149 Milano (MI)
Tel: +39 02 327 2080
Fax: +39 3481883216

Gran Gala di Padova Show website

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Tokyo International Audio Show Report 2013

Wilson Benesch - Cardinal - Carbon Fiber Loudspeaker - High End Speaker - Tokyo International Audio Show 2013 - Stella Inc.

Writing this show report from 36,000ft somewhere over Siberia makes for an exciting end to what has been a phenomenally successful journey to Asia. Set in the impressive Tokyo International Forum, designed by Raphael Vinoly, the Tokyo International Audio Show was more than a match for the stunning architecture as hundreds upon hundreds of high end audio enthusiasts flocked to the exhibition center.

Wilson Benesch recently announced the return to the Japanese market with Stella Inc. and in Tokyo the Cardinal high end loudspeaker was in the company of a multitude of State-of-the-Art high end audio components. Fronted by the reference grade components of TechDAS, Constellation Audio, CH Precision and Devialet, the Wilson Benesch Cardinal received praise across the board.

Wilson Benesch High End audio, Audiophile, Loudspeaker, Geometry Series, Vertex, Lanciano HIFI Show, Italy
Leading British and US reviewer Ken Kessler introduced the Cardinal for the main presentation, which included his fascinating lecture “Reviewing High End Audio Equipment”. This presentation was in combination with the Constellation Audio Hercules II 1000 watt per channel Monoblock power amplifiers and the Altair II Line Stage, with the TechDAS Air Force One Turntable and CH Precision D1 CD/SACD source.

The sound was superlative, the presentation by new distribution partner, Stella Inc. flawless and as a result the room was almost always completely full with more than 50 guests.

Further to the lightbox images below, which can be viewed by clicking on the image, there will be a number of short films appear on Wilson Benesch TV, to include Design Director Craig Milnes’ introduction of the Cardinal to Japan – now embed below these images.

Wilson Benesch - Tokyo International Audio Show 2013 - Devialet - Constellation Audio - TechDAS - CH Precision

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