Hong Kong High End Show 2014

Wilson Benesch - Endeavour Loudspeaker - Launch - Hong Kong High End 2014 - Forthwise Ltd - China - Macau - Hong KongFollowing the European launch of the Endeavour at the Munich High End in May, Wilson Benesch can confirm that the very first South East Asian live demonstration of the Endeavour loudspeakers will take place the Hong Kong High End Show in August.

The Hong Kong High End marks a year since Forthwise Ltd. were announced as the official distribution partners for Wilson Benesch in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Macau. In the 12-months since, the Wilson Benesch brand has been set alight in the territory, with huge success across the range. The Cardinal flagship has been especially well received and took the ‘Prestige Award’ in Super AV Magazine at the turn of the year.

Details of the exact system setup have not yet emerged but we will keep this blog updated to share more details as they emerge.

Learn more about the Endeavour on our product page.

Date: Friday 8th August – Sunday 10th August 2014
Location: Hong Kong High End Audio Visual Show
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Ling Zhi Hall
Room S222

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For further information 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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Engines of Ingeniuty No 6. Captain Cook

Wilson Benesch: Engines of Ingenuity, Captain James Cook and The HMS Endeavour

250-Years ago a Yorkshireman called James Cook, came together with a timepiece based upon another Yorkshireman’s life’s work, that of John Harrison (See previous Engines of Ingenuity no.3) Harrison had solved the problem of the age, the Longitude Problem. It was from a small village on the East coast of Yorkshire that Endeavour was launched, coincidentally 250-Years ago this June.

Driven by The Transit of Venus
It was known that if the planet Venus could be observed at the same time from different places as it passed across the face of the sun, it should be possible to calculate inter-planetary distances. Some 250-years ago it was well understood that a ‘transit’ would take place in 1769.

The Admiralty decided to dispatch a ship with members of the Royal Society to observe the transit from Tahiti. It was also believed that there was a ‘Great Southern Continent’ to balance the great land masses of the North. After observing the transit, the ship was to sail South and search for the Southern Continent.

Cook was chosen to lead the expedition. He was offered the command of the Endeavour and promoted lieutenant. He was very familiar with the type of vessel chosen by the Admiralty. The Endeavour, a Whitby-built collier, solidly constructed, flat-bottomed and therefore easy to beach and repair, capacious and able to carry many provisions. The ship could also be managed by a small crew if necessary. Cook is quoted as saying of Endeavour, “a better ship for such service I never could wish for.”

Today numerous locations and features on the world map can be seen to bear the names that were assigned during these epic voyages. His seamanship, superior surveying and cartographic skills as well as dogged determination and physical courage were matched by his ability to lead men in the most daunting situations and adverse conditions. None of Cook’s seamen were recorded to have suffered from scurvy, a remarkable feat for the time.

The First Voyage
Round the world, East to West. Observation of the transit of Venus from Tahiti. Circumnavigation and charting of New Zealand. Charting of the East coast of Australia.

The Second Voyage
Round the world, West to East. Probes far South towards Antarctica. First crossing of the Antarctic Circle. Cook became the first man to sail round the world in both directions. He effectively disposed of the notion of a Great Southern Continent in the temperate zone of the Southern Hemisphere.

The Third Voyage
Further exploration of the Pacific Ocean, and search for the North West passage from its Eastern end through the Bering Strait.

Cook’s voyages led to the founding of two modern nations, Australia and New Zealand.

Cook was killed in Hawaii in a fight with Hawaiians during his third exploratory voyage in the Pacific in 1779. He left a legacy of scientific and geographical knowledge which was to influence his successors well into the 20th-century and numerous memoria worldwide have been dedicated to him.

For further information about Cook Country click here

For the Captain Cook Museum click here

The routes of Captain James Cook’s voyages. The first voyage is shown in red, second voyage in green, and third voyage in blue. The route of Cook’s crew following his death is shown as a dashed blue line.
Wilson Benesch Engines of Ingenuity Captain James Cook HMS Endeavour global passing

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Endeavour sails into the distance with stunning debut

The Endeavour loudspeaker & Circle 25 Turntable on demonstration in global premier at Munich High End 2014It’s difficult to start a report about the launch of Wilson Benesch’s new loudspeaker without some nautical reference or pun, so we went right ahead and did it in the title (warning more puns ‘ahead’).

With the Endeavour now safely back in the UK and reinstalled in our Advanced Manufacturing Research facility, partnered by the CH Precision electronics and the Circle 25 Anniversary Turntable we’ve finally had a moment to sit down and share with you a little part of our Munich High End Show 2014.

Following the success of last years Cardinal exhibit, this year Wilson Benesch returned to the luxurious surrounds of the Kempinski Vier Jahrezseiten for the launch of the Endeavour loudspeaker. Despite the 20-minute journey to the heart of Munich, clients and journalists arrived in number. Much like the Cardinal, the sound of the Endeavour is incredibly natural and open. The soundstage is deep and the sense of scale which the speakers produce belie its size. There is a wonderful sense of integration which you get with monitors owing to the proximity of the drive units and the tight bass produced by the Isobaric Drive. The response to the Endeavour, the system setup and the environment was without exception very positive. The Kempinski exhibit offered clients the opportunity to take five and really indulge in a high end audio system away from what is a rather overwhelming MOC Exhibit.

Wilson Benesch - Endeavour - Loudspeaker - Munich - High - End - 2014 - British Innovation - EngineeringThe Endeavour has been a huge hit with our partners around the globe, indeed the demonstration pair barely made it beyond the Kempinski room before Robert Wan (pictured left) of Forthwise Hong Kong and Raphael Pasche of CH Precision Switzerland sabotaged the shipping crates by scrawling “Hong Kong”, followed by a neat line from Raph who redirected to “Switzerland”. The Square Five meanwhile remain in Germany with a new owner, who snapped up the stunning white gloss demonstration pair from the show.

The image to the left sets the tone for the exhibition. With acclaim and demand for Wilson Benesch product from all quarters of the globe. The Munich High End 2014 has been on all fronts and by any measure a huge success for Wilson Benesch.

As Wilson Benesch celebrates its 25th Anniversary, 2014 has been a prolific year thus far for new product. And so this year Wilson Benesch exhibited at both the Kempinski and the MOC Messe, where in collaboration with fledgling company MiZiK, Wilson Benesch presented the Square Five, Circle 25 and A.C.T. 25 Tonearm.

Square Five - Circle 25 - A.C.T. 25 Tonearm - MiZiK - dPlay - dVin - dStream - Munich High End 2014

The Square Five already has a proven track record following some excellent press in 2014, but the results when partnered an Audionet AMP 1 V2 and the highly innovative and very affordable MiZiK dPlay, dVin and dStream were quite astonishing. Many customers commented that the room was in fact the finest sound at the exhibition. We’ll let you share your own thoughts and comments on the system via our facebook and twitter account.

Running two exhibitions was always going to be a huge logistical challenge, but we couldn’t be happier with the results of what has been a highly rewarding and exhilarating Munich High End 2014.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners who joined us in making this exhibit possible, CH Precision and MiZiK. Furthermore we’d like to make a special thanks to all those who attended and of course to the show organisers who have now established what we would consider the finest high end audio exhibit worldwide.

We hope you enjoyed it – See you next year!

Here’s our slideshow of images taken over the weekend, just click to open the window.
Wilson Benesch Circle 25 Turntable and Square Five Loudspeaker at the Bristol Sound & Vision 2014

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Square Five; In residence at Maison Devialet

Wilson Benesch Square Five Loudspeaker partners with Devialet 170 for a month in residence in the Parisienne flagship store, Maison Devialet

Following Dominique Mafrand’s excellent review of the Square Five Loudspeaker, Wilson Benesch French distribution partners, JFF Diffusion have teamed up with Devialet to bring you ‘A Month in Residence; The Square Five and Devialet 170′.

The Square Five is being widely recognised by reviewers in all quarts for its sonic performance, offering a level of performance normally reserved for designs with a price tag twice that of the Square Five.

Under its elegant wood exterior… is a genuine festival of technology… On this day, in this product category, the performance of the Square Five sits with speakers that are twice the price…

Dominique Mafrand, Haute Fidelite, April 2014

In what promises to be a stunning presentation, the Square Five will take centre stage with the highly regarded Devialet 170 in one of the leading European centres for High End; the Maison Devialet.

The presentation is an open public exhibition for the month of May. For further information please see below.

Date: May 2014
Location: Maison Devialet, 126 rue Réaumur, 75002, Paris, France

Visit La Maison Monday to Saturday, from 11:00 to 19:00 and by appointment.

For further information or to make an appointment, call 01 44 88 27 26

Wilson Benesch Square Five Loudspeaker partners with Devialet 170 for a month in residence in the Parisienne flagship store, Maison Devialet

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Munich High End 2014: Square Five & Circle 25

Wilson Benesch celebrate 25th Silver Anniversary at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show with the Circle 25 Turntable & Square Five Loudspeaker

At the turn of 2014, Wilson Benesch entered into it’s 25th year as a high end audio design and manufacturing company. We promised 2014 would be a ‘special’ year for the company with celebratory product releases and events to mark what is a wonderful achievement in the companies long history.

This May the celebrations continue with two live exhibitions as well as a large static presentation at the world’s premier audio exhibition, the Munich High End. Wilson Benesch will have live demonstrations of three new products which have made waves in 2014 for the company; the Square Five, the Endeavour and the Circle 25 Anniversary Turntable and associated A.C.T. 25 Tonearm.

Following the announcement that Wilson Benesch will conduct the European launch of its new Endeavour loudspeaker in the luxurious Hotel Vier Kempinski Jahreszeiten. We are now delighted to share the news of a second exhibition at the MOC Messe. This exhibition will feature live demonstrations of the Square Five and the Circle 25 Anniversary Turntable and the new A.C.T.25 Tonearm.

Wilson Benesch - Turntable - A.C.T.One Tonearm - Strong Carbon Fibre - British Innovation - Engineering - Legacy - 2013 - Analogue CollectionIn a collaborative exhibit, Wilson Benesch will partner with newly formed company MiZiK. Based in Madrid, the company have just announced the highly innovative MiZiK All-Source Analogue and Digital Control Solution. The product is the work of electronics engineer Javier Guadalajara. In today’s issue of HIFI+, Alan Sircom states “MiZiK is a game-changing digital concept. It is a true paradigm shift in audio”.

Wilson Benesch and MiZiK will be demonstrating the Square Five, Circle 25, A.C.T.25 Tonearm and the MiZiK dVin, dPlay and DStream in Room E117, Atrium 4.1. See the image and (expand by clicking) below to find exactly where you can find us.

Date: Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th May 2014
Location: Munich High End 2014, MOC Messe, Munich, Germany

System Setup
Wilson Benesch Square Five Loudspeakers
Wilson Benesch Circle 25 Turntable
Wilson Benesch A.C.T. 25 Toneram
Wilson Benesch Ply Cartridge

dVin – Phono-stage, A to D
dPlay – DAPre, D to A
dStream – Network Streamer/Server

Audionet AMP I V2 Power Amp
47 Labs Flatfish CD Transport

Nordost Frey 2 Interconnects
Nordost Frey 2 Speaker Cables
Nordost Frey 2 Power Cords
Nordost Blue Heaven HDMI
Nordost Power Distribution: QRT, QB8 and QX4

Wilson Benesch celebrate 25th Silver Anniversary at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show with the Circle 25 Turntable & Square Five Loudspeaker

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Square Series II, Square Five Review, Haute Fidelite

Dominique Mafrand awards Wilson Benesch Square Five loudspeaker 'Reference'

Square Five hits a Hat-Trick in 2014 with Haute Fidelite
Following in the trail blazed by Roy Gregory and Alan Sircom, Dominique Mafrand of French audio journal Haute Fidelite has just penned another stunning review of the Square Five, awarding the loudspeaker ‘Reference’ in the process.

The Wilson Benesch Square Five speakers fall into a group of the best speakers we’ve tested to date.

Dominique Mafrand, Haute Fidelite, April 2014

In what amounts to the third stunning review in the first half of 2014, and now with a ‘Reference’ award to boot, there is no doubt that the Square Five has been received very well by press around the globe. Mafrand goes on reaffirm the sentiment of Gregory and Sircom by stating,

Under its elegant wood exterior… is a genuine festival of technology… On this day, in this product category, the performance of the Square Five sits with speakers that are twice the price…

Dominique Mafrand, Haute Fidelite, April 2014

The Square Five will be on live demonstration at the Munich High End 2014 in a collaborative exhibition with MiZiK and their newly released and highly regarded MiZiK All-Source Analogue and Digital Control Solution.

The exhibition will take place at the MOC Messe in Room E117 Atrium 4 – details of the event will be announced in full tomorrow – May 1st.

You can read the full unedited French review of the Square Five here.
Or the English translation here.

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Munich High End 2014: Endeavour Loudspeaker Kempinski Hotel

wilson-benesch-munich-high-end-2014-kempinski-hotel-maximilianstasse-endeavour-loudspeaker-germanyThe Endeavour Loudspeaker will make its Global Premier at the Munich High End 2014

The location for a high end audio exhibition is every bit as important as the product. For this reason, for the second year running Wilson Benesch have chose one of Europe’s finest Hotels for the European launch of its latest cutting edge loudspeaker technology; The Endeavour.

Wilson Benesch officially announced the Endeavour last month via a full press release and the new Endeavour product page which you can view here.

In the 2-weeks since its announcement, the Endeavour Loudspeaker has generated a detectable buzz across the press and followers of the Wilson Benesch brand in all corners of the globe. In particular the promotional film announced on Wilson Benesch TV has caused quite a stir.

Positioned right at the heart of Munich on Maximilianstrasse and flanked by Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Cartier, the district is a centre for art and high fashion, making the Kempinski an auspicious setting for the launch of a luxury high end loudspeaker.

Wilson Benesch will again collaborate with leading Swiss Electronic Engineers CH Precision, in what has now become an officially recognised Anglo-Swiss partnership. Building upon the foundations laid last year with the Cardinal – A1 / D1 / C1 partnership, CH Precision have now been announced as Wilson Benesch’s distribution partner in Switzerland. Anyone with a keen eye for detail will have also noted that Wilson Benesch have installed CH Precision Electronics in our R&D Facility and have now become the official UK Distributor for CH Precision.

The CH Precision portfolio includes designs that deliver Silver Disc Replay, Digital to Analogue Conversion as well as equally superb Amplification. In the true spirit of Engineering, Wilson Benesch and CH Precision will design the Endeavour – A1 system architecture to fully optimise the system in terms of local feedback, meeting the requirements of different drive units. This unique design feature of the A1 Amplifiers, allows the user to take full advantage of the Endeavour and indeed the Cardinal’s elemental design. The synergy and immediacy of these systems is a landmark development that represents a paradigm shift in our understanding of audio reproduction.

You can read an excellent review of the CH Precision A1-D1-C1 Electronics and a company report by selecting the links below.
CH Precision A1-D1-C1
CH Precision Company Report

Join Wilson Benesch and CH Precision on our voyage into State of the Art Audio at the the Kempinski Vier Jahreszeiten, Munich.

This is a public event, free entry.

For all Press and VIP meeting requests please contact Luke Milnes –

Date: Thursday 15th May ~ Saturday 17th May 2014
Time: Thursday – Friday 10.00 – 18.00
Saturday 10.00 – 17.00
Location: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski
Salon Europa
Maximilianstrasse 17
80539 Munich, Germany


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