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We are extremely proud to stock Wilson Benesch products.

Designed and manufactured in Sheffield, Wilson Benesch use ground-breaking design, cutting edge technology and some extremely innovative ideas to product some truly remarkable products.

Wilson Benesch are first and foremost an analogue company and produce some of the Worlds finest record playback systems and loudspeakers.

History

Wilson Benesch was founded in 1989 and is owned and Directed by Craig Milnes and Christina Milnes. The bank account was opened with £10,000 and a £15,000 overdraft. This would be consumed in the first year in a Research and development project part funded by the Department of Trade and Industry who contributed £25,000. The outcome? The world’s first carbon fibre sub chassis turntable. This design incorporated numerous innovative design features and although it went out of production in 1995 due to the Papst motor being made obsolete it is still a sought after design holding its price on the second hand market.

The world’s first curved carbon fibre loudspeaker design.

 

The Wilson Benesch Chimera uses carbon fibre and other high tech materials to produce remarkable levels of musical accuracy and detail.
The Wilson Benesch Chimera uses carbon fibre and other high tech materials to produce remarkable levels of musical accuracy and detail.

For a small company Wilson Benesch break a lot of ground, yet for almost five years the domestic market was completely unaware of the small company in Yorkshire that was selling 99% of its product to some of the most respected distributors in the world. However in 1996 the analogue designs collected numerous awards including Best turntable from Gramophone and HiFi News. Germany’s journal Stereoplay made the system reference, and in the influential Japanese journal Stereosound it won the accolade of ‘Best Buy’.

It is now recognized throughout the world for being the first in a number of important design facets and continues to invest heavily in cutting edge design.

The Arc compact loudspeakers is one of our best selling audiophile designs.
The Arc compact loudspeakers is one of our best selling audiophile designs.

This investment in manufacturing is also quite different to the majority of other audio company’s. It expands the design envelope and makes real innovation possible. It was a key facet of our first successful application to DTI for considerable funding under SMART. A successful application to a two year R&D project that would exceed £250,000.

Wilson Benesch started as an export company and today enjoys a strong presence in all key markets of the world. The British market is also a key market today and Wilson Benesch can arguably claim to be the leading High End loudspeaker brand in the U.K. The A.C.T. One Loudspeaker was replaced at What HiFi in 2003 by six Discovery loudspeakers used for both two channel and multi channel as the Reference. The A.C.T. One and A.C.T. Two loudspeaker was replaced in 2002 with the all metal / carbon fibre composite A.C.T. Loudspeaker. Japan awarded the design the Grand Prix 2002.

The Square series is more affordable and traditional and also more affordable.
The Square series is more affordable and traditional and also more affordable.

2006 saw the introduction of the Square series a fresh approach once again to a the conventional wood based cabinet design. Seeing the cabinet as a soft material at the outset enabled unusual answers to be found to the problems of unwanted energy. The success of the design can be seen in the lowering of the noise floor attributable to cabinet colouration. By taking advantage of wall placement the design also provides the additional bass that enables a completely different set of design solutions for system building both in themselves or as part of more exotic options from the Odyssey Series. All three designs benefit from the High End drive units and crossover elements from the Odyssey Series.

By purchasing a Wilson Benesch design rather than one of the many other products, these people have invested in Wilson Benesch and enabled the company to do more research and development.

As we approach the end of the first decade of the 21st century Wilson Benesch continues to look ahead to bring something totally new to the market. To date we have collaborated with some of the finest scientists engineers and artists in the world to advance the art of loudspeaker and analogue design.

If you share a passion for music, you will be inspired by the lengths that Wilson Benesch go to, in order their products.

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