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Geometry Series, A.C.T. One Evolution Review, HIFI+, 2015

Alan Sircom - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - HIFI- HIFI PlusWilson Benesch are thrilled to share the global premier review of the new A.C.T. One Evolution loudspeaker. The new floor stander follows a long line of A.C.T. loudspeaker designs which have each evolved iteratively into the modern A.C.T. One Evolution. The A.C.T. is now central to the Wilson Benesch brand in much the same way as the 5-series is to BMW. The new A.C.T. One Evolution retaining some of the characteristic forms of the previous designs with the sloping, sculptural top and familiar physical proportion. But the A.C.T. One Evolution features all new Wilson Benesch drive technology, mounted in the carbon fibre – alloy composite loudspeaker architecture that Wilson Benesch has pioneered.

HIFI+ editor in chief, Alan Sircom, is no stranger to the Wilson Benesch marque, having previously reviewed the Square Five, along with the Vertex and Vector from the Geometry Series. Alan clearly got to grips with the A.C.T. One Evolution quickly and his review underlines some of the core design principles of the A.C.T. One Evolution and indeed the Geometry Series as a whole,

the carbon fibre monocoque design found in the original A.C.T. One is still a vital part of the new loudspeaker’s development. It means that the loudspeaker can be completely unbraced internally, and yet retain the level of stiffness required of a loudspeaker at this level. And that means the internal air volume of the cabinet is far larger than most loudspeakers of the A.C.T. One Evolution’s footprint, which spells deceptive amounts of bass for the size of the speaker.

Alan goes on to introduce the concept of the Troika System drive unit topology seen in the A.C.T. One Evolution. The Troika System was first seen in the Cardinal and subsequently the Square Five loudspeaker. Central to the success of the Troika System is the Tactic II ‘multirole’ drive unit, designed and built entirely in house at Wilson Benesch. As Alan states,

Clever officially starts here: the Tactic II is a multi-purpose drive unit. So the Tactic II driver in its own 26 litre chamber is built precisely for its function as a bass driver, while the one below the tweeter is devoid of any crossover and built as a pure midrange.

Alan Sircom - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - British - Engineering - Innovation - HIFI- HIFI PlusThis really is a sterling review from one of the industries pre-eminent journalists. Alan really nails the concept and the qualities of the A.C.T. We would like to extend our gratitude to Alan and all the team at HIFI+.

The A.C.T. One Evolution will be presented in the UK for the first time at the forthcoming Bristol Sound & Vision on the weekend of the 26th – 28th February 2016. Wilson Benesch will be found in the largest room, as per usual, in the Conservatory. Not to be missed!

The full unedited PDF of Alan Sircom’s A.C.T. One Evolution Review is here.

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Impressions from the Guangzhou AV Fair 2015, China

Wilson Benesch - Cardinal - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - Guangzhou - AV - Fair - 2015The dust has settled and everyone of the Wilson Benesch team have now returned to the headquarters following another wonderful Guangzhou AV Fair. As the images attest, there are few if any exhibitions that are as well attended anywhere in the world, each there to pay homage to some of the finest high end audio products available today.

This year our partners Forthwise, had two rooms dedicated to the presentation of their impressive collection of audio components. The Wilson Benesch Cardinal loudspeaker formed one of the two main systems, partnered with DarTZeel electronics and the Tech DAS Air Force One Turntable. In room two, the A.C.T. One Evolution took centre stage, partnered with Nagra electronics.
Wilson Benesch - Cardinal - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - Guangzhou - AV - Fair - 2015

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - HIFI - 2015The presentations were exceptional – a fine example of what can be achieved with a public demonstration of high end audio. Wilson Benesch Design Director Craig Mines took to the floor with Eric from Forthwise to do a technological presentation of the Wilson Benesch range. He can be seen balancing on the Torus Infrasonic Generator carbon fibre cone in the collection of images at the foot of the page. The technical presentation was a fascinating spectacle for the attentive audience. Technology and British innovation is held in very high regard by the Chinese and we would like to thank the many attending guests who personally thanked Craig and Christina during the show.
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Wilson Benesch - Cardinal - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - Guangzhou - AV - Fair - 2015
International exhibitions always provide an excellent opportunity to not only meet with customers, but also with business partners in the organisation you work with directly and also with key dealers who have the knowledge and passion that brings your product to the market. We would like to make our personal thanks to all the team at Forthwise, some of whom are pictured below. A further thanks to all those who attended. See you again next time!!

Click on the image of the Tech DAS Air Force III to see more images of the Guangzhou AV Fair.

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Impressions from the A.C.T. One Evolution Launch, Germany

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - HIFI - 2015Last Friday and Saturday Wilson Benesch directors flew into Germany to meet with German importers IBEX Audio for a high profile launch of the new A.C.T. One Evolution. The launch took place in at the highly regarded dealer Die Steiner Box, with the A.C.T. One Evolution and Torus Infrasonic Generator taking centre stage supported by Naim Audio’s Statement amplifier and surrounded by a clutch of product from some of the most respected audio brands from around the globe.
Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - HIFI - 2015
Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - HIFI - 2015The event was very well attended with a full house not only for the main A.C.T. One Evolution presentation, but in room 2, where the Square Three loudspeaker was being presented with the Circle 25 Turntable and the ModWright integrated amp KWI 200.

In the main room Wilson Benesch Design Director Craig Milnes introduced the A.C.T. One Evolution. This included a technical presentation to outline the core technological assets within the A.C.T. One Evolution loudspeaker. Craig can be seen below holding the basket from a Tactic II drive unit – just one single component, which was developed extensively using gas flow analysis to reduce the profile and surface area ofWilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - HIFI - 2015
Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - HIFI - 2015the basket face directly behind the drive unit cone. Craig also brought along a favourite prop, which has often been used down the years to illustrate the phenomenal strength-to-weight ratio of the multi-axial carbon fibre cone. The 18″ diaphragm weighs just 200g and yet it is capable of retaining its shape and stiffness whilst under phenomenal pressure, this is critical to the success of the Torus, which is required to move a large volume of air instantly to create low frequency sound. Seen below, the 18″ Torus cone comfortably taking the full weight of Stefan from the Die Steiner Box with no deformation.
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Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - HIFI - 2015
The two-day launch event was a real pleasure. Wilson Benesch would like to thank all those who attended, furthermore a special thanks to Die Steiner Box and finally to our excellent German distributors and partners IBEX Audio for another great event.

A private demonstration of Wilson Benesch products can be organised via ‘IBEX Audio GmbH’.

IBEX Audio GmbH
Ibex Audio GmbH
Alfredshöhe 29
D-89522 Heidenheim
Germany
Tel: +49 7321 25490
e: info@ibex-audio.de
w: www.ibex-audio.de

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Guangzhou AV Fair 2015, China

Wilson Benesch - Cardinal - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - China - Guangzhou - AV - Fair - Carbon Fibre - British - High - End - Audio - Geometry Series - Reference LineWilson Benesch will return to Asia for the Guangzhou AV Fair late this month. Wilson Benesch’s partner in the region, Forthwise Ltd., will present the Wilson Benesch ‘Geometry Series’, with the A.C.T. One Evolution taking centre stage alongside the flagship loudspeaker in the line, the Cardinal.

Located on the Pearl River, just north-west of Hong Kong, Guangzhou has developed into one of China’s major trading ports and leading commercial and manufacturing regions. Now in its 20th consecutive year, the Guangzhou AV Fair has developed along with the host city and has today established itself as one of the main events in the Asian HIFI Exhibition calendar, attracting visitors and major brands from across the globe. Following a series of high profile promotional events with the A.C.T. One Evolution, Wilson Benesch directors will be supporting the event.

Date: Friday 27th – Sunday 29th November 2015
Location: Guangzhou AV Fair 2015, China

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Impressions from the New Music High End Innovation Show, Brussels

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - HIFI - 2015Dutch import partners Audio Ingang visited Brussels over the weekend to make a high-end demonstration of their products in the city for the first time. The New Music High-End Innovation Show, is not an old show with a prestigious history, but it is certainly an impressive exhibition none the less as these stunning images from Audio Ingang will attest.

Audio Ingang made a presentation of the A.C.T. One Evolution with the CH Precision, A1 Power Amplifier x 2 and the C1 Controller.

Wilson Benesch would like to thank Audio Ingang personally for the excellent demonstration of the A.C.T. One Evolution and of course our thanks to the show organisers and all those who attended.

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - Brussels - 2015

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - Brussels - 2015

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - Brussels - 2015

To arrange a private demonstration of the A.C.T. One Evolution with ‘Audio Ingang’ please use the following links.

Audio Ingang
Looierij 11
4762 AM Zevenbergen
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 168 33 51 80
Fax: +31 35 63 19 785
e: info@audioingang.nl
w: www.audioingang.nl

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Impressions from the Sintonie HIFI Show, Lanciano, Italy

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - HIFI - 2015Italian Audio partner MadForMusic SAS made a fantastic presentation of the A.C.T. One Evolution at the 18th annual Sintonie HIFI Show in Lancian Italy last month.

MadForMusic SAS are one of Wilson Benesch’s longest standing partners and always make an excellent presentation. This year, MadForMusic SAS partnered the A.C.T. One Evolution with the Metronome Calypso Transport, the C6 Tube DAC, the Thoeress F2A11 Integrated amplifier and Vovox Textura Fortis cables.

Wilson Benesch would like to thank Dimitri Toniolo of MadForMusic SAS, the organisers of the Sintonie HIFI Show and all those who attended.

To arrange a private demonstration of the A.C.T. One Evolution with ‘MadForMusic SAS’ please use the following links.

Mad For Music SAS
Via Marco Ulpio Traiano, 53
20149 Milano (MI)
Italy
Tel: +39 02 327 2080
Fax: +39 348 1883216
e: info@madformusic.it
w: www.madformusic.it

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Impressions from Warsaw AV 2015, Poland

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The Warsaw AV Show roared to life last weekend at its new home (for this year at least) in the National Stadium. Now in its 19th year, the Warsaw AV has grown to become one of the most important exhibitions in Europe after the Munich High End.

Polish distribution partner HiFi Club unveiled the new A.C.T. One Evolution loudspeaker, which were partnered with the Electrocompaniet power amplifier, pre-amp and source.

Here are a selection of very nice images from the exhibition showing the setup courtesy of HiFi Club.

Wilson Benesch would like to thank HiFi Club for the excellent demonstration.

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - Warsaw - Audio - Video - Show - HIFI - 2015

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - Warsaw - Audio - Video - Show - HIFI - 2015

For further information about the show or to arrange a private demonstration of the A.C.T. One Evolution with ‘HiFi Club Poland’ please use the following links.

Hifi Club
Kopernika 34
Warszawa 00336
Poland
Tel: +48 22 826 4767
Fax: +48 22 826 2458
e: salon@hificlub.pl
w: www.hificlub.pl

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A.C.T. One Evolution Official Launch, Germany

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Official - Launch - Germany - Die Steiner Box - Carbon Fibre - British - High - End - Audio - Geometry Series - Reference LineWilson Benesch are delighted to announce the Official European Launch of the A.C.T. One Evolution which will take place at the highly regarded German dealership Die Steiner Box in Erlangen on Friday and Saturday 13th / 14th November 2015.

The event which has been organised by German import partner IBEX Audio, will include an introduction to the A.C.T. One Evolution from Wilson Benesch directors Craig and Christina Milnes, followed by a visual presentation of the core technologies at play in the design. Following this the A.C.T. One Evolution will roar to life on the end of the flagship Naim amplifier, Statement.

In a second room the Wilson Benesch Square Three loudspeaker will be presented with the ModWright integrated amp KWI 200.

This promises to be a stunning partnership of two leading British brands and not an occasion to be missed.

Join IBEX Audio, Wilson Benesch and Karl Heinz and Stefan of Die Steiner Box in Erlangen for an evening of British High End Audio at its finest.

For more information about the event directly from Die Steiner Box please see their website here.

Date: Friday 13th – Sunday 14th November 2015
Location: Die Steiner Box, Erlangen, Germany

For further information about the show or to arrange a private demonstration of the A.C.T. One Evolution with ‘IBEX Audio GmbH’ please use the following links.

IBEX Audio GmbH
Ibex Audio GmbH
Alfredshöhe 29
D-89522 Heidenheim
Germany
Tel: +49 7321 25490
Fax: +49 7321 25487
e: info@ibex-audio.de
w: www.ibex-audio.de

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Audio Ingang at New Music High-End Innovation 2015

Wilson Benesch - A.C.T. One Evolution - Loudspeaker - Official - Launch - Germany - Die Steiner Box - Carbon Fibre - British - High - End - Audio - Geometry Series - Reference LineAudio Ingang will give ‘acte de présence’ for the first time at the prestigious Brussels ‘New Music High-End Innovation 2015′ show.

In room 208, Wilson Benesch and CH Precision will be partnered. The A.C.T. One Evolution will be powered by two of the exceptional CH Precision A1 amplifiers, with the C1 controller performing the role of pre-amp and controller with a UPnP streaming board to create a truly exceptional system.

For more information about the event please see the official website www.nmhighendinnovation.com

Date: Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th November 2015
Location: Courtyard – Marriott, 6 Avenue des Olympiades, 1140, Brussels, Belgium

To arrange a private demonstration of the A.C.T. One Evolution with ‘Audio Ingang’ please use the following links.

Audio Ingang
Looierij 11
4762 AM Zevenbergen
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 168 33 51 80
Fax: +31 35 63 19 785
e: info@audioingang.nl
w: www.audioingang.nl

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Impressions from Sound@Home, Reutlingen, Germany

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A small selection of images from the Sound@Home event in Reutlingen Germany, courtesy of German import partners IBEX Audio and Sound@Home.

Wilson Benesch Directors Craig and Christina Milnes visited Germany for the event which consisted of two separate rooms with Wilson Benesch being presented in each. In room one, the Geometry Series was at the heart of the presentation as the Endeavour ‘Super-Monitor’ loudspeaker took the floor with CH Precision electronics – seen in the image, a D1 CD/SACD Player/Transport, the C1 Controller and an A1 Power Amplifier.

In a second room the Square Series II took the floor, with a presentation of both the Square Three loudspeaker and the Square Five loudspeaker. In support were other select components from both IBEX Audio’s and Sound@Home’s shortlist of brands, including the Audiomat Integrated Tube Amplifier, along with the Viva Numerico CD Player.

As ever, the event was well attended – tribute to the quality of the dealership Sound@Home who brought audiophiles to the shop to share a special event. Wilson Benesch would like to thank Sound@Home and IBEX Audio for organising the event.

Wilson Benesch - Endeavour - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - IBEX - Audio - HIFI - 2015

Wilson Benesch - Endeavour - Loudspeaker - Carbon Fibre - Geometry Series - IBEX - Audio - HIFI - 2015

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