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

2016 Year In Review

Stanage Edge Millstones in the snow of the Peak District near Sheffield2016 marked the company’s 27th year in business. It became a year that would see the brand and image of the company’s carbon fibre reference loudspeaker line redefined forever with the introduction of Hypetex’s patented coloured carbon fibre to the range of bespoke finishes within the Geometry Series. Join us as we look back at some of the highlights of 2016 and into the future for what is on the horizon in 2017.

Geometry Series // P1 Collection //
A.C.T. One Evolution P1 'Enzo' Coloured Carbon Fibre Loudspeaker at Warsaw High End 2016 with ElectrocompanietIn the weeks prior to the Munich HIGH END Wilson Benesch teased information into the public domain with a series of subtle references to a colourful addition to our product lines. Then in May, an A.C.T. One Evolution arrived in Germany with flashes of red detailing and a beguiling red weave in the carbon fibre. A ‘P1’ arrived after the A.C.T. One Evolution name and the press release stated that the new red finish would be part of a new ‘P1 Collection’, giving rise to a selection of coloured carbon fibre finishes each ascribed with names that evoked the spirit and heritage of motor racing. The first of these was the ‘Enzo’ Red A.C.T. One Evolution P1, but soon a ‘Champagne’ Gold Discovery II P1 would debut in Taiwan, followed by a ‘Silverstone’ Silver A.C.T. One Evolution P1 in Tokyo, before the ‘Ettore’ Blue A.C.T. One Evolution P1 arrived to much fanfare at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, Colorado.

Brought to life by way of an exclusive licence with British supplier, Hypetex. The P1 Collection is an awe-inspiring addition to Wilson Benesch’s range of bespoke finishes. The motor sport inspired names and P1 (position one) moniker recognise the heritage and history behind the development of this cutting edge patented technology at the Silverstone Race Circuit by a team of Formula 1 engineers at Hypetex. A bold statement, the P1 Collection reaffirms Wilson Benesch’s position at the leading edge of materials science and product design within the high-end audio industry.

In February 2017, Wilson Benesch will bring Round 9 of the P1 Collection Tour to ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show featuring all the P1 Collection coloured carbon fibre finishes.

CES Innovation Award
A.C.T. One Evolution P1 - Coloured Carbon Fibre - Floorstanding Loudspeaker - Ettore Blue Finish - CES 2017 - Innovation Award HonoureeOn November 10th Wilson Benesch announced that it had been made a CES Innovation Award Honouree in the High Performance Home Audio / Video category for it’s A.C.T. One Evolution P1 floorstanding loudspeaker. Judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honour outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories, the CES Innovation Award is the most prestigious consumer electronics award a product can receive.

In fact the CES Innovation Award is the third such award that the company has won, with the other two coming in succession in 1997 and 1998 for the original A.C.T. One loudspeaker. Thus the award is a fantastic recognition of the quality of the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 design and in addition it is an acknowledgement of the iterative design process and philosophy through which our products have been developed since the company’s foundation. The A.C.T. One Evolution is the fifth iteration of the A.C.T. loudspeaker line and the CES Innovation Award of 2017, arriving 20-years after the first award in 1997 is the strongest testament to the quality of this iconic design that any product designer could hope for.

On January 5th – 8th 2017, the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 will appear for Round 8 of the P1 Collection Tour at the CES International 2017 courtesy of USA official importer Aaudio Imports.

Exceptional Third Party Endorsements
Square One - Square Series II - Stereophile - Recommended Component - 2016 - HiFi - Audio - British - Loudspeaker - Standmount - bookshelfSeldom does a year go by without independent reviews of our products. However 2016 has been marked by some exceptional press for the company across its product lines. In April 2016, the Square One standmount loudspeaker was announced in Stereophile Magazine USA – ‘Recommended Components List of 2016’. Highly respected HIFI journalist John Marks wrote in his review of the Square One,

The Square One’s are a premium-priced product, to be sure. However, they have much the same technology and the same build quality as Wilson Benesch’s more expensive models, and provide a smaller-scaled version of WB’s house sound: Extremely low distortion, seamless coherence, unfussy easefulness, rounded liquidity of tone, articulate dynamics, and seductively natural imaging and soundstaging… the Square One is a standout performer that I think absolutely deserves a very high class B (restricted LF) rating in our “Recommended Components”. It very well may be over the line into Class A (Restricted Extreme LF)…

John Marks, Stereophile Magazine, The Fifth Element 92, Read the full review here.

Following this glowing recommendation, Werner Ero submitted a two-part system review in consecutive editions of Dutch audio journal ‘Music Emotion’ of the A.C.T. One Evolution floorstanding loudspeaker with an all CH Precision front end. Werner was blown away by the powerful combination that Wilson Benesch and CH Precision form, commenting,

Technological quality is never coincidence and both CH Precision and Wilson Benesch are capable of gaining my utmost respect with these beautiful next generation products.

Werner Ero, Music Emotion, Read the Full Review Part 1 (English) // Dutch Original Here.

Adding of the A.C.T. One Evolution,

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 within HIFI

Werner Ero, Music Emotion, Read the Full Review Part 2 // Dutch Original Here.

And closing out our year, in November 2016, Trond Torgnesskar contributed a stunning appraisal of the Circle 25 Anniversary Turntable and it’s A.C.T. 25 Tonearm. Writing in leading Norwegian HIFI journal ‘Fidelity’ Trond said,

The Circle 25 is a significant upgrade on what is one of Fidelity’s all time favourite turntables (Circle). The Circle 25 really is quite a lot better, and succeeds in showing even much more expensive competitors how it is done. What a way to honour the Wilson Benesch turntable legacy… Hats off to the good people of Falcon House, Sheffield. You really have done me proud.

Trond Torgnesskar, Fidelity Magazine, Read the Full Review (English) // Norwegian Original Here.

Wilson Benesch will demonstrate the A.C.T. One Evolution loudspeaker, along with the Circle 25 Turntable and CH Precision electronics at ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show in February 2017.

Wilson Benesch Online In 2017
In October, Wilson Benesch completed the design and build of its own website. Much like our products, the website was crafted entirely in house bringing the company’s online profile into the modern era and offering access to detailed product information and rich media content in a way that was previously not possible. The Torus Infrasonic Generator desktop product page is a particular highlight within the new online ecosystem, but through 2017 users can expect to see our online content grow.

2017
Wilson Benesch will hit the ground running in 2017 with the CES International, swiftly followed by the High End Mässan in Sweden and ‘Sound & Vision’ The Bristol Show in February. Looking beyond that, Wilson Benesch will debut at the inaugural LA Audio Show in June and ‘The Show: Anaheim’ in September, as part of at least five exhibitions across the United States in 2017. This in addition to our annual appearance at the Munich HIGH END and many dates across Europe and Asia throughout 2017.

We very much look forward to meeting each of you at these events and sharing our products and passion for high fidelity sound and music. In closing we would like to thank all of you for your support through 2016.

Wilson Benesch will close from Wednesday 21st December 2016 – Tuesday 3rd December 2017.

From all of the Team here at Falcon House, Wilson Benesch HQ – we wish you a happy holiday and a prosperous new year.

Directors,

Craig and Christina Milnes
Wilson Benesch Ltd.

2016 Year In Review

Report: Rome High End 2016: Italy

Square Series 2 Square Five Loudspeaker Rome High End Audio ShowItalian distribution partner MAD FOR MUSIC SAS rode into Rome earlier this month with a Square Five demonstration to stop the crowds in its tracks. The flagship of the Square Series II, offers the incredible Troika System taken directly from the same shelf as the Cardinal. Partnered with the Isobaric Drive System in the large aluminium foot, the Square Five delivers incredible performance pushing the upper limits of the Square Series II to a new level.

Square Series 2 Square Five Loudspeaker Rome High End Audio Show

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

Square Series 2 Square Five Loudspeaker Rome High End Audio Show

Square Series 2 Square Five Loudspeaker Rome High End Audio Show

The Square Five is only possible thanks to the decades of high risk research and development conducted at Wilson Benesch and the technologies that have been pioneered as a result. These technologies could not have been developed specifically for a product at this position in the market and have been born directly as a result of the Cardinal R&D project. Today, this research has built an enviable foundation of expert knowledge and experience within the company, that places it at the forefront of the High End Audio industry.

Learn more about the Square Five and its technologies via our newSquare Five product page.

We are always thrilled to share our products and passion with you, our audience. So our thanks must be extended to all those who attended the exhibition, the exhibition organisers and of course our long term partners in Italy, MAD FOR MUSIC SAS.

To organise a private demonstration of any Wilson Benesch product in Italy, you can contact our exclusive importer MAD FOR MUSIC SAS.

MAD FOR MUSIC SAS
Via Marco Ulpio Traiano 53
20149 Milano
ITALIA
Tel: +39 (0) 2327 2080
Fax: +39 (0) 348 188 3216
e: info@madformusic.it
w: www.madformusic.it

Report: Rome High End 2016: Italy

P1 Collection Tour // Vietnam Hi-End Show 2016, Hanoi

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

Next weekend, Vietnamese Import partners Norman Audio will form an impressive display of P1 Collection products at the Vietnam Hi-End Show in Hanoi, as Round 8 of the P1 Collection Tour rolls back into Asia. Norman Audio will demonstrate and display the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 in both ‘Ettore’ Blue and ‘Enzo’ Red respectively.

The Vietnam Hi-End Show will take place in the prestigious surrounds of the Daewoo Hotel, Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. With an urban population of 2.6-million, Hanoi is the second largest city in Vietnam.

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

A.C.T. One Evolution P1 'Enzo' Coloured Carbon Fibre Loudspeaker at Warsaw High End 2016 with Electrocompaniet

Full System Setup Details:
Wilson Benesch A.C.T. One Evolution P1 ‘Ettore’ Loudspeakers
Dan D’Agostino Momentum Pre Amplifier
Dan D’Agostino Momentum Power Amplifier
Lumin S1 Source
Crystal Cable Absolute Dream Cables

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 8: Vietnam Hi-End Show 2016, Hanoi
Date: Friday 9th – Sunday 11th December 2016
Location: Hanoi Daewoo Hotel, 360 Kim Ma Street, Ba Dinh District, Vietnam

A map showing the floor layout and where to find Wilson Benesch at the Vietnam Hi-End Show 2016

To arrange a private demonstration of Wilson Benesch products please contact:

Norman Audio Vietnam Co. Ltd.
213 Bis Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, 7, 3,
Hồ Chí Minh
VIETNAM
Tel: +84 (0) 908130696
Fax: +65 (0) 633 80759
e: info.vn@normanaudio.com
w: www.normanaudio.com

The P1 Collection: A Revolution in Carbon Fibre
The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 'Ettore' Blue Loudspeaker with the CES Innovation Award 2016

P1 Collection Tour // Vietnam Hi-End Show 2016, Hanoi

Report: Guangzhuo AV Fair 2016: China

Cardinal Loudspeaker finished in Burr Walnut at the Guangzhuo AV Fair with NagraWilson Benesch made an awe inspiring return to the Guangzhuo AV Fair this year with an impressive display that included the Cardinal flagship loudspeakers, the Endeavour ‘Super-Monitor’ loudspeakers and their smaller sibling, the Discovery II.

The main system was comprised of the Cardinal loudspeakers, finished in Burr Walnut, that were partnered with Nagra Electronics, the TechDAS AirForce One and the incredible new DS Audio Master1 optical cartridge.
Cardinal Loudspeaker partnered with the TechDAS Air Force One and DS Audio Master1 Cartridge

The second system was built around the Discovery II. An altogether more compact system, but one that included incredible components in the shape of a limited edition golden CH Precision D1 and the DarTZeel LHC-208 Integrated Amplifier.

The Discovery II Loudspeaker from the Geometry Series Award Winning Design

The Endeavour Award Winning Loudspeaker in Burr Walnut from the Geometry Series

Wilson Benesch would like to thank each of our partners from the Guangzhuo AV Fair 2016, with a special thanks to our import partners Forthwise Ltd.

To organise a private demonstration of any Wilson Benesch product in Mainland China or Hong Kong, you can contact our exclusive importer Forthwise Ltd.

Forthwise Ltd
6 / F, 1 Duddell Street
Central
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2868 9993
Fax: +852 2525 2380
e: forthwise@netvigator.com
w: www.forthwise.com

Wilson Benesch: The Future is Carbon

Report: Guangzhuo AV Fair 2016: China

Report: Hi-Files Show: Belgrade, Serbia

Square Five Loudspeaker at the Hi-Files Show Belgrade 2016A year on since the launch of our new partnership with Intek Ltd., company director Darko Stankovic and his team have done an exceptional job of building the profile of Wilson Benesch in these new territories. This month, Intek demonstrated the Square Five loudspeaker, the flagship in the Square Series II range. The reception at the event from show attendees and press alike was so good, that the show organisers awarded Intek and the Square Five, the best system of the show.

Square Five Loudspeaker at the Hi-Files Show Belgrade 2016Wilson Benesch would like to thank Intek Ltd. for the exceptional presentation and we would like to make our thanks to the show organisers for awarding our system the best in show.

To learn more about the Square Five loudspeaker see our product page.

To organise a private demonstration of any Wilson Benesch product in Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, BiH, Montenegro, and Macedonia, you can contact our exclusive importer Intek Ltd.

Intek Ltd. Hi-Fi, Hi-End & Music Distribution
Njegoseva cesta 23
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 23 22 000
e: intek@siol.net
w: www.intek.si
www.facebook.com/INTEK

Report: Hi-Files Show: Belgrade, Serbia

P1 Collection Tour // CES International 2017, Las Vegas, USA

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

Drum roll….

The CES International 2017 preview has arrived. Following a long absence from the USA High End Audio Exhibition circuit, Wilson Benesch made a fine return to the fray with its dazzling launch of the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 coloured carbon fibre loudspeaker at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in October. Wilson Benesch collaborated with new US partner Aaudio Imports to create a special ‘Ettore’ Blue P1 finish that reflected the blue branding of Aaudio Imports and also marked an important return to the USA. The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 ‘Ettore’ not only caught the eye of its audience, but it received praise from critics across the industry.

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

… 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, USA

Within weeks of the RMAF, Wilson Benesch announced that the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 loudspeaker had been made a CES Innovation Award Honouree. As the largest consumer electronics show in the world, the CES Innovation Award is amongst the most prestigious awards available and a major achievement for the company. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honour outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

The award winning A.C.T. One Evolution P1 will thus, form the front end in an impressive system that has been put together by US importer, Aaudio Imports. This live demonstration will take place in the Venetian Tower Suite 30-112. And simultaneously the A.C.T. One Evolution P1, as a CES Honouree, will be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Media Event of the International CES on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Mandalay Bay and throughout the show at the CES Innovation Awards Showcase.

Wilson Benesch Directors Craig and Christina Milnes, in partnership with Aaudio Imports look forward to welcoming everyone to our room at CES in the new year.

Full System Setup Details will follow.

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 8: CES International 2017, Las Vegas, NV, USA
Date: Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th January 2017
Location: Venetian Tower Suite 30-112, Las Vegas, NV, USA

For more information please see the CES International 2017 website.

To arrange a private demonstration of Wilson Benesch products please contact Aaudio Imports.

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 // CES International 2017, Las Vegas, USA