Review: Circle 25, Fidelity Magazine, Norway, Trond Torgnesskar

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Today we are thrilled to share with you the latest independent review of the Circle 25 courtesy of Fidelity Magazine and reviewer Trond Torgnesskar.

Launched in celebration of the company’s 25th Anniversary in 2014, the Circle 25 Turntable was re-engineered from the original classic Circle that attracted an almost cult like following due to its unique design and its totally different approach to suspension design that sees carbon fibre materials technology used in a cantilever design.

And herein lies, at least in my humble opinion, the genius that is the WB Circle 25.
It carries the torch of former WB turntables and has all of the qualities of the earlier models, but it also has a more insisting way about it. A bit more torque, so to speak. It literally leans a bit more forward, not in the sense of sounding forward as such, but in sounding a bit more alert, a little bit bigger and an ounce more dynamic, with more generous amounts of information, especially in the depths that the music might plunge into. And it handles it all with guts.

Trond Torgnesskar, Fidelity Magazine, Norway, 2016

As Trond explores in his review, Wilson Benesch worked on all areas of the Circle 25 Turntable design to bring something new to the table that improved upon the benchmark left by its predecessors. 25-years since the launch of our first product, the Wilson Benesch Turntable, the Circle 25 is a fine testament to this heritage.

This player of jubilee pedigree has more momentum and drive, not only than its cousins in the Wilson Benesch stable, but more than most of its competition. That quality, along with an ability to plunge into the deepest of signal-bearing abysses without losing sight of the music and said signal, makes this one hell of a player to enjoy, to cherish and to keep playing records on.

Trond Torgnesskar, Fidelity Magazine, Norway, 2016

Trond Torgnesskar’s full unedited review can be read in both Norwegian and English via the links below.

Norwegian Review: here.
English Translation by Trond Torgnesskar: here.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Trond Torgnesskar and Fidelity Magazine for the report. We would also like to make a personal thank you to our Norwegian Import partner Endpoint Audio.

We wish all our followers around the world a pleasant weekend!

Review: Circle 25, Fidelity Magazine, Norway, Trond Torgnesskar

Award: A.C.T. One Evolution P1 takes CES Innovation Award 2017

A.C.T. One Evolution P1 - Coloured Carbon Fibre - Floorstanding Loudspeaker - Ettore Blue Finish - CES 2017 - Innovation Award HonoureeNEW YORK and SHEFFIELD, England, Nov. 10, 2016 – Wilson Benesch today announces that it has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honouree in the High Performance Home Audio / Video category for its newly launched A.C.T. One Evolution P1 floorstanding loudspeaker. The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 embodies excellence in craftsmanship and innovative design. It’s patent protected coloured carbon fibre finish is a bold design statement that reaffirms the company’s position at the forefront of manufacturing and research in advanced materials science within the high-end audio industry. Complete with bespoke Wilson Benesch drive technology, the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 delivers a unique, state-of-the-art sound experience. 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.

Wilson Benesch’s new A.C.T. One Evolution P1 floorstanding loudspeaker introduces a revolutionary, patent protected, coloured carbon fibre material to the high-end audio industry for the first time courtesy of Hypetex. The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 is the fifth iteration of Wilson Benesch’s iconic A.C.T. design, dating back almost 30-years to the first A.C.T. loudspeaker. The new A.C.T. One Evolution P1 has been re-engineered from the ground up. Impeccable design and flawless craftsmanship can be observed throughout the A.C.T. One Evolution P1, from the choice of materials, to the use of geometric forms within componentry and in the intelligent design of the critical drive technologies. The result is a highly evolved, consumer loudspeaker, with optimal acoustic performance.

Craig Milnes, Design Director for Wilson Benesch says,

“The first A.C.T. loudspeaker the company produced back in 1992, was in fact the first high-end audio loudspeaker design in the world to deploy a curved carbon fibre composite panel. Since then the A.C.T. design has become a signature loudspeaker of our brand that evolves iteratively with each new product line. To this end the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 is a beautifully executed addition to this heritage, it denotes not only an evolution of the design in terms of its drive unit array, but also its patent protected coloured carbon fibre finish is a bold design statement that underlines the company’s position at the forefront of the application of this materials technology”

Christina Milnes, Managing Director for Wilson Benesch says,

“Wilson Benesch has collected product awards from all corners of the globe, but the company won the CES Innovation Award in 1997 and again in 1998 for the very first A.C.T. One loudspeaker. 20-years on, the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 represents the current state-of-the-art in Wilson Benesch design, so receiving the CES Innovation Award 2017 is an acknowledgement of our continued leadership in sound innovation”

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the CES 2017, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognising achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

CES 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA,
5-8 January, 2017
Venetian Tower Suite 30-112

Wilson Benesch’s A.C.T. One Evolution P1 loudspeaker will be on live demonstration at CES 2017 in the Venetian Tower Suite 30-112 courtesy of USA Official Importer Aaudio Imports.

Honourees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Media Event of the International CES on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Mandalay Bay.

The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:

• Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
• Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
• The product’s intended use/function and user value
• Why the product deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
• How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place

Products chosen as an Innovations honouree reflect innovative the design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.

Innovations 2017 Design and Engineering honouree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovations, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.

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Award: A.C.T. One Evolution P1 takes CES Innovation Award 2017

A.C.T. One Evolution, Milano Hi-Fidelity 2016, Italy

Geometry Series Poster showing A.C.T. One Evolution Loudspeaker finished in Titanium and Carbon Fibre

MadForMusic return to the fore this coming weekend with a public demonstration of the A.C.T. One Evolution at the Milano Hi-Fidelity 2016.

The A.C.T. One Evolution will be partnered with amplification from Gato, DAC and transport from Metronome and cables from Vovox.

As normal, you can stay up to date with the 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.

Milano Hi-Fidelity 2016, Milan, Italy
Date: Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th October 2016
Location: Centro Congressi Melia Hotel, Via Masaccio 19, Milan

For more information please see the Milano Hi-Fidelity website.

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

A.C.T. One Evolution, Milano Hi-Fidelity 2016, Italy

P1 Collection Tour // Salon Art & HiFi, Lyon, France

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

After dates in Japan and the USA, the next European round of the P1 Collection Tour commences in Lyon France on Saturday 15th October. French importers JFF Diffusion bring the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 ‘Enzo’ to France as part of the ‘Salon Art & HiFi’ Exhibition.

Guests can expect to get up close and personal with the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 ‘Enzo’. With the patented material technology on full display in a live demonstration of the floor standing loudspeakers.

As normal, you can stay up to date with the 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 7: Salon Art & HiFi, Lyon, France
Date: Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th October 2016
Location: NH Hotel, Lyon, France

For more information please see the Salon Art & HiFi website.

To arrange a private demonstration of Wilson Benesch products please contact JFF Diffusion.

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

P1 Collection Tour // Salon Art & HiFi, Lyon, France

P1 Collection Tour // Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Denver, USA

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

After a long absence from the USA High End Audio Exhibition circuit, Wilson Benesch are thrilled to post Round 7 of the P1 Collection Tour, which sees the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 loudspeaker roar into the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest courtesy of new importer Aaudio Imports.

In celebration of this dazzling return to US shores and drawing a direct line to Aaudio Imports branding, Wilson Benesch collaborated with our new import partner and Hypetex to create a new ‘Ettore’ Blue finish for the A.C.T. One Evolution P1. The ‘Ettore’ name given to the stunning new finish is a historical reference to Ettore Bugatti, the Italian-born French automobile designer and manufacturer, who founded of Bugatti.

The french automotive company takes its blue branding from the national motor racing colours of France. The blue colour was selected by the French motorsport team in 1904, after the British GP was moved to Ireland. At the 1903 British GP, the British chose to change the colour of the standard black racing car that lined up in the field, to Green, in honour of their Irish hosts. Soon after the French team chose Blue, German’s White, Belgians Yellow and the Italians Red.

First held in 2004, this year will be the 12th Edition of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. RMAF is considered the largest consumer high end audio show in North America.

Aaudio Imports are recognised and widely respected in the US audio hierarchy for importing some of the finest audio products available. Only a cursory glance at the house brands will confirm this. Aaudio Imports will be demonstrating in room 4024, in a breath taking high end system built around the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Ettore, partnered with Greek high end electronics from Ypsilon.

Full System Setup Details:
Wilson Benesch A.C.T. One Evolution P1 ‘Ettore’ Floorstanding Loudspeaker

Ypsilon Phaethon Integrated Amplifier
Ypsilon VPS-100 Valve Phono Stage
Ypsilon MC26L Step Up Transformer

Thales TTT Compact II Turntable
Thales Simplicity II Tonearm

Ikeda KAI MC Cartridge

Finite Elemente Pagode APS HiFi Rack

Stage III Speaker / Power / Interconnect Cables

HB Cable Design PowerSlave Marble Power Distributor

As normal, you can stay up to date with the 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 7: Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Denver, USA
Date: Friday 7th – Sunday 9th October 2016
Location: Denver Marriott Tech Centre, Denver, Colorado, USA

The event is ticketed. For more information please see the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest website.

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

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

P1 Collection Tour // Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Denver, USA

P1 Collection Tour // Westdeutsche HiFi Tage, Bonn

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

Following the European debut of the P1 Collection at the X-Fi High End Audioshow Eindhoven last weekend, the P1 Collection Tour continues in Bonn, Germany this weekend with German import partners IBEX Audio.

The Westdeutsche HiFi Tage is a small, but prestigious two-day exhibition organised by Wilson Benesch dealer HiFi Linzbach. The relaxed exhibition forms one of the most impressive collections of cutting edge, high end audio product demonstrations in any one place in Europe outside of the Munich HIGH END.

IBEX Audio will demonstrate the new Wilson Benesch A.C.T. One Evolution P1 floor standing loudspeaker, finished in ‘Enzo’ coloured carbon fibre. Just as in X-Fi last weekend, the Wilson Benesch loudspeakers will be joined by electronics from CH Precision. It promises to be a very special occasion.

Guests can expect to get up close and personal with the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Enzo. With the patented material technology on full display in a live demonstration of the floor standing loudspeakers.

Full System Setup Details:
Wilson Benesch A.C.T. One Evolution P1 ‘Enzo’ Floorstanding Loudspeaker

Wilson Benesch A.C.T. 25 Tonearm
Transfiguration Proteus Cartridge
Oracle Delphi Delphi MK VI 2nd Gen. Turntable

CH Precision D1 SACD-Player
CH Precision P1 Phono Preamplifier
CH Precision L1 Line Preamplifier
CH Precision 2 x A1 Power Amplifier (mono)

As normal, you can stay up to date with the 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 5: Westdeutsche HiFi Tage, Bonn, Germany
Date: Sunday 2nd – Monday 3rd October 2016
Location: Maritim Hotel Bonn, Godesberger Allee, 53175, Bonn

The event is free for all, for more information please see the Westdeutsche HiFi Tage website.

To arrange a private demonstration of Wilson Benesch products please contact IBEX Audio Gmbh.

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

P1 Collection Tour // Westdeutsche HiFi Tage, Bonn

P1 Collection Tour // TIAS, Tokyo, Japan

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

Wilson Benesch return to the prestigious Tokyo International Audio Show again this year with the A.C.T. One Evolution P1, courtesy of our import partners Stella Inc. Attendees will have the chance to see publicly, for the first time, the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 in the stunning ‘Silverstone’ coloured carbon fibre finish. The trio of colours in the P1 Collection finishes both visually and by name evoke the sense of Formula 1 heritage in the P1 Collection. Those colours are ‘Enzo’ Red, ‘Silverstone’ Silver and ‘Champagne’ Gold.

The Tokyo International Audio Show started in 1983 and has since become one of the most prestigious and well attended high end audio exhibitions globally. Located at the impressive Tokyo International Forum that was designed by Rafael Viñoly, the show attracts all major high end brands.

Stella Inc. will demonstrate the new Wilson Benesch A.C.T. One Evolution P1 floor standing loudspeaker partnered with German electronics designed by Einstein.

Geometry Series P1 Collection A.C.T. One Evolution P1 in Silverstone Hypetex Coloured Carbon Fibre

Geometry Series P1 Collection A.C.T. One Evolution P1 in Silverstone Hypetex Coloured Carbon Fibre

As normal, you can stay up to date with the 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 4: Tokyo International Audio Show, Tokyo, Japan
Date: Friday 30th – Sunday 2nd October 2016
Location: Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo
Admission: Entrance is free of charge, register on site or download a registration from via the TIAS website.

To arrange a private demonstration of Wilson Benesch products please contact Stella Inc..

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

P1 Collection Tour // TIAS, Tokyo, Japan