Wilson Benesch Vector
Geometry Series 2.5-Way Floor Standing Speaker
The mathematical names afforded the Vector and it floor standing sibling the Vertex pay homage to the fundamental importance of organic, geometrically optimised forms that have been exploited in pursuit of ultimate performance within the company’s reference loudspeaker line, the Geometry Series.
Wilson Benesch invested heavily in new manufacturing technology and the latest 3D CAD/CAM software and tooling to realise a highly optimised product line which surpasses in every respect, the previous reference line, the Odyssey Range. The Geometry Series celebrates the importance of music and its importance within our life.
A 2.5-way design, the Vector features the revolutionary Semisphere Silk-Carbon Hybrid Dome Tweeter and two Tactic II drive units. Sharing it’s drive technology with the flagship Eminence loudspeaker, the Vector exists at the cutting edge of loudspeaker design.
Despite having a relatively compact form, the Wilson Benesch Vector creates a formidable presentation of high-end audio and has developed a reputation around the world of being great value. Prior to the development of the Vector, it was virtually impossible to experience a floor standing speaker that featured this level of technology at this price point, making the Vector a great choice for systems that aspire to true high-end sound quality at more accessible budgets.
The sound is rich, layered with all the nuances and timbre of the musical performance. Finished with the A.C.T. Carbon Monocoque, an anodised alloy baffle and a range of bespoke high-gloss polymer and natural wood veneers, the Vector has an appearance befitting its reference line status.
1. A.C.T. MONOCOQUE
If the sophisticated A.C.T. monocoque structure was judged by purely engineering function, it would lay claim to being one of the worlds lightest, stiffest and most highly damped structures ever manufactured. In terms of energy damping and therefore signal to noise ratio, it would exceed with consummate ease the traditional conventional materials typically seen in loudspeaker design to date.
2. TACTIC II DRIVER
S.M.A.R.T. Research funding of £130,000 kick started the Bishop Project in 1999. This Public funding from the UK Government established the company as a manufacturer of high-performance technologies. Over the last 16 years, on-going research and development has enabled Tactic II to be realised. The ultimate loudspeaker demands that every drive unit has completely unique parameters. This exacting science sees 35 precisely defined versions of the Tactic II. Nothing is ordinary about a Wilson Benesch loudspeaker.
3. SEMISPHERE TWEETER
The science of carbon fibre is just one small element of the materials science that has been developed in Sheffield but it is one that has taught the Wilson Benesch design team a great deal, especially where vibrational energy is concerned. One of the most important lessons has been that strength is nothing without the control of damping. Even the stiffest materials can be excited by sound that is audible or perceptible. From this knowledge came the world’s first hybrid tweeter dome featuring carbon fibre and a soft dome. This is just one element of the radically different and superb sounding Semisphere tweeter. Unlike most high-tech tweeters today, the Semisphere has developed a universal reputation as one that can be appreciated for hours of listening without any fatigue.
4. PORT TUBES
Like a fine watch the components from which it is manufactured are celebrated rather than hidden in a Wilson Benesch loudspeaker. Precision machined details like the alloy external port tubes bear witness to the engineer’s attention to detail that the brand is recognised for. It is another novel facet that underlines our perspective of what high-end audio is all about the benefits of small improvements in every detail in this case the small benefit enables that little extra air that would normally be robbed from the precious internal air volume of the cabinet. It might appear to be a huge amount of additional work to achieve such a small incremental gain but for Wilson Benesch this is how the difference is realised.
The Wilson Benesch Vector is an outstanding loudspeaker. You need to take some care in what it works with, but when suitably fettled, the Vector tells you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If you want to know how your music sounds, it sounds like this.
|Type||2.5-way Floor Standing Loudspeaker|
|Drivers||1 x 25mm (1″) Wilson Benesch Semisphere tweeter
1 x 170mm (7″) Wilson Benesch Tactic II mid-range drive unit
1 x 170mm (7″) Wilson Benesch Tactic II bass drive unit
|Construction||Poly-alloy hybrid construction
High performance carbon composite A.C.T. monocoque
Mid-range ported enclosure
Bass dual ported enclosure
|Measurements||Impedance: 6Ω nominal / 4Ω minimal
Sensitivity: 89dB at 1 metre on-axis, 2.83V input
Frequency response: 36Hz – 30KHz +/- 2dB on-axis
Minimum amplification power recommendation: 100 W / channel
Crossover frequency: 500Hz / 5kHz
|Dimensions||Height: 890mm (35″)
Width: 230mm (9.1″)
Depth: 370mm (14.6″)
|Weight||31kg (68.3 lbs) per speaker|
|Finishes||Anodised black baffle
Silk black spine and foot
High gloss satin weave carbon fibre cabinet
High gloss black acrylic top
Bespoke cheek options – Burr Walnut, Walnut, Ebonised Walnut.