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Wilson Benesch Nanotube One tonearm - carbon fibre composite nanotechnology nanotube enhanced advanced tonearm

The Nanotube One tonearm is a highly evolved design. Constructed from carbon fibre - nanotube composites, the Nanotube One is the world’s stiffest and most highly damped tonearm. In combination with the Circle 25 turntable, the Nanotube One forms a highly optimised, reference level analogue replay system.

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Using identical geometry to the A.C.T. 25 Tonearm, superficially the Nanotube One appears almost indistinguishable. However, the Nanotube One derives its name from carbon nanotubes, which are infused with the carbon fibre during the manufacturing process at Wilson Benesch. As a result the Nanotube One is a staggering 30% stiffer than the A.C.T. 25, with enhanced damping performance.

 

Inspired by nature, the tapered tubular form of the Nanotube is a highly optimised geometry. To understand the benefit of this, it is necessary to consider carbon fibre at an almost microscopic level. Each carbon filament is barely visible to the human eye. Approximately 25x smaller than a human hair, each fibre imparts maximum stiffness along its length. Thus by arranging the carbon fibres in a regular fashion, lengthways, around a helix, we impart maximum torsional stiffness and enhanced damping performance across the millions of carbon fibre filaments.

 

However, the real artistry of the Nanotube One takes place at a microscopic level, well beyond the resolution of the human eye and all but the most advanced microscopes. Structurally, carbon nanotubes are tubular cylinders of carbon atoms, with a diameter 1/10,000th of a human hair. Yet, at an individual tube level, these structures exhibit: 200x the strength and 5x the elasticity of steel – making them among the strongest and most highly damped structures yet discovered. Wilson Benesch infuses a carbon nanotube rich epoxy resin with carbon fibre, creating cross-linking at a molecular level and forming a carbon fibre – nanotube composite structure.

 

Additional refinements have been made in the Nanotube One counter balance design. Wilson Benesch again looked to materials science to gain a performance advantage, deploying Tungsten counter weights behind the kinematic bearing. With a density comparable to other rare earth metals such as gold and platinum, and twice that of aluminium, Tungsten has a very high mass. This allows Wilson Benesch to reduce the length of the counterbalance poles and retain the mass of the structure around the central axis of the bearing and increasing the stability of the whole tonearm structure.

 

The Nanotube One is a highly evolved design, developed over decades of iterative design improvements. Using the latest materials science and advanced manufacturing technologies, Wilson Benesch have created what is unquestionably the stiffest, most highly damped tonearm currently available today. A marvel of engineering.

Wilson Benesch Nanotube One tonearm - carbon fibre composite nanotechnology nanotube enhanced advanced tonearm
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DESIGN

Helix of 0 / 90 woven carbon fibre moulded into head-shell in one piece. Enhanced by uni-directional carbon fibre with nano-tube infused epoxy resin and internal high compression foam bulkheads. Carbon fibre bias plate.

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Internal: Silk covered litz wire

External: Star quad 4*96*0.05 Resseun shield. Core to core 70pf. Resistance 0.108 Ohms. Termination gold plated RCA phono plugs

DIMENSIONS

Effective mass: 8g

Overhang: 18mm

Effective length: 235mm

Mounting distance: 217mm (spindle to pillar)

Weight: 340g

Cartridge range: Up to 10g (assuming a required tracking force of 2g total 12g)

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Wilson Benesch Ltd | Falcon House  |  Limestone Cottage Lane | Sheffield  | United Kingdom  | T +44 (0)114 285 2656

 

Designed and Built by Wilson Benesch 2016  |  All rights reserved

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Nanotube One Tonearm from Wilson Benesch's Analogue Collection

The Nanotube One tonearm is a highly evolved design. Constructed from carbon fibre - nanotube composites, the Nanotube One is the world’s stiffest and most highly damped tonearm. In combination with the Circle 25 turntable, the Nanotube One forms a highly optimised, reference level analogue replay system.

Nanotube One Tonearm from Wilson Benesch's Analogue Collection

Using identical geometry to the A.C.T. 25 Tonearm, superficially the Nanotube One appears almost indistinguishable. However, the Nanotube One derives its name from carbon nanotubes, which are infused with the carbon fibre during the manufacturing process at Wilson Benesch. As a result the Nanotube One is a staggering 30% stiffer than the A.C.T. 25, with enhanced damping performance.

 

Inspired by nature, the tapered tubular form of the Nanotube is a highly optimised geometry. To understand the benefit of this, it is necessary to consider carbon fibre at an almost microscopic level. Each carbon filament is barely visible to the human eye. Approximately 25x smaller than a human hair, each fibre imparts maximum stiffness along its length. Thus by arranging the carbon fibres in a regular fashion, lengthways, around a helix, we impart maximum torsional stiffness and enhanced damping performance across the millions of carbon fibre filaments.

 

However, the real artistry of the Nanotube One takes place at a microscopic level, well beyond the resolution of the human eye and all but the most advanced microscopes. Structurally, carbon nanotubes are tubular cylinders of carbon atoms, with a diameter 1/10,000th of a human hair. Yet, at an individual tube level, these structures exhibit: 200x the strength and 5x the elasticity of steel – making them among the strongest and most highly damped structures yet discovered. Wilson Benesch infuses a carbon nanotube rich epoxy resin with carbon fibre, creating cross-linking at a molecular level and forming a carbon fibre – nanotube composite structure.

 

Additional refinements have been made in the Nanotube One counter balance design. Wilson Benesch again looked to materials science to gain a performance advantage, deploying Tungsten counter weights behind the kinematic bearing. With a density comparable to other rare earth metals such as gold and platinum, and twice that of aluminium, Tungsten has a very high mass. This allows Wilson Benesch to reduce the length of the counterbalance poles and retain the mass of the structure around the central axis of the bearing and increasing the stability of the whole tonearm structure.

 

The Nanotube One is a highly evolved design, developed over decades of iterative design improvements. Using the latest materials science and advanced manufacturing technologies, Wilson Benesch have created what is unquestionably the stiffest, most highly damped tonearm currently available today. A marvel of engineering.

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DESIGN

WIRING

DIMENSIONS

Helix of 0 / 90 woven carbon fibre moulded into head-shell in one piece. Enhanced by uni-directional carbon fibre with nano-tube infused epoxy resin and internal high compression foam bulkheads. Carbon fibre bias plate.

Internal: Silk covered litz wire

External: Star quad 4*96*0.05 Resseun shield. Core to core 70pf. Resistance 0.108 Ohms. Termination gold plated RCA phono plugs

Effective mass: 8g

Overhang: 18mm

Effective length: 235mm

Mounting distance: 217mm (spindle to pillar)

Weight: 340g

Cartridge range: Up to 10g (assuming a required tracking force of 2g total 12g)

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Wilson Benesch Ltd | Falcon House  |  Limestone Cottage Lane | Sheffield  | United Kingdom  | T +44 (0)114 285 2656

 

Designed and built by Wilson Benesch 2016  |  All rights reserved