Wilson Benesch Square One Series 2 loudspeaker Specifications

Fri, 08/21/2015

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spacehound's picture

That makes me VERY wary right from the start. A well-written and informative review, though of course the manufacturers say all the usual things about how wonderful they are and their design skills. Does anyone NOT do that?.

Would I buy them? Unlikely. A very small room I would give them a listen purely on the strength of your review and because you have drawn my attention to them. But all small speakers give so much away over big ones that unless you want them for multi channel video rear speakers they are not worth considering. And in that position expensive ones are hardly worth buying unless you want
particularly accurate surround explosions. And most systems equalize the rear speakers to the front ones anyway. Not that I have any great interest in such things.

Interesting that they are bolted to the stands though. That can make a BIG difference. In fact the bottom of my (short) stands are spiked to the floor with intervening large coins (low value ones!) and screwed to the floor though the carpet too, with one big screw on each side of each stand. That improves things slightly more. They cant move at all.

kensargent's picture

A passive radiator is generally regarded as a vent substitute. In other words, it acts much like a port, but in a more-controlled manner. I have never seen another design that uses a radiator AND a port. But the article indicates that they both, unusually, locate on the bottom of the speaker. Although this is not the first bottom-vented speaker I have seen, it is the first I've seen that "vents" the vent substitute. How does that work? Are there multiple venting circuits? The WB web page just mentions that the ABR remains, but does not show a mechanical schematic. I am fascinated!

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Wilson Benesch Square One Series 2 loudspeaker

For many years, I've been a fan of the loudspeakers made by the British audio company Wilson Benesch. Their speakers definitely have their own personality. I first reviewed a Wilson Benesch loudspeaker while a columnist and reviewer for The Abso!ute Sound, and how that came about was amusing. As WB's then US importer was packing up his exhibit at the 1999 Consumer Electronics Show, by mistake he put labels with my address on them on the boxes containing the show samples of WB's revolutionary A.C.T. One, the first loudspeaker to have a curved carbon-fiber enclosure, a sloping top, and a baffle of cut steel. And a very nice late Christmas present they were, too.
Fri, 08/21/2015

B&W DM-6 loudspeaker Specifications

Fri, 08/21/2015

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jmsent's picture

back in the 70's. Bought them to replace the IMF Studio III's that I had owned and could never warm up to. No contest. The B&W's were so much cleaner sounding and so much more refined. I moved on to 801's some years later, but I always had a soft spot for the "pregnant robots" as they were referred to back then. Heard a pair of DM6's recently, and was still impressed with their smooth, pleasant sound quality.

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B&W DM-6 loudspeaker

The B&W DM-6 is the second "phase-coherent" speaker system we have tested. (The first was the Dahlquist DQ-10 in January 1977.) From what we see in the latest ads from the US, England, and Japan, there will be more forthcoming. One speaker manufacturer who has been around for a long time and is currently pushing his own "phased" systems observed that many of his competitors' designs are being introduced merely because "phase response" sells these days. Yet the truth of the matter is that the experts still do not agree as to whether linear phase has any effect on reproduced sound.

The DM-6 is an expensively made product using three drivers specially designed for it. The woofer cone is of Bextrene plastic, common in England but rare in the US. The midrange unit is a 6" cone of DuPont aromatic polyamide, "Kevlar," which is claimed to have extremely high internal damping. (This is the first acoustical use of this material that we know of.) The tweeter is a ¾" dome. The cabinet is of complex construction, heavily braced and lined with bituminous felt, which can significantly reduce cabinet resonances.

Thu, 12/01/1977

The 2015 California Audio Show: Not Just Another Show

The California Audio Show may have been smaller than in years past, but its proportion of excellent sounding systems—6 out of 32 or so, if you count exhibit rooms that had more than one system in play—was quite high. For this reason alone, I believe the show offered great value for attendees. And it also offered some great views of San Francisco International Airport, as this shot, taken through my 7th-story hotel window, attests.

Here is the word on show attendance from show organizer, Constantine Soo: The final number is 2300 attendees.

Thu, 08/20/2015

The Nelson Pass Seminar at CAS6

It's a rare day when famed amplifier designer Nelson Pass leaves his bench to deliver a seminar. It's even rarer when that seminar is geared toward consumers rather than what he calls "specialists." In fact, at the start of his talk, Nelson confessed that after almost 50 years building amplifiers, his CAS seminar was his first ever tailored specifically toward consumers.
Thu, 08/20/2015

California Audio Show: Elite Gold

Yes, boys and girls, there was yet one more distinctly superior system at CAS6. In addition to Bricasti, Elac/Audio Alchemy, and the two systems from AudioVision SF that included a varying combination of Dynaudio/YG Acoustics/Bel Canto Black/Pear Audio/Nordost and more, Michael Woods' Elite Audio Systems of San Francisco Kharma/CH Precision/Viola/Spiral Groove/ Primare/IsoTek and more system blew me away. Adding to his triumph is the fact that, on Thursday evening, a frustrated Michael (pictured on the right next to Kevin Wolff of Vana Ltd. and, on the left, Allen Perkins of Spiral Groove) had told me that he was having a near-impossible time controlling the room.
Wed, 08/19/2015

California Audio Show 2015: Striking Gold on Day 3

How to explain this one? At other shows, the most problematic rooms for an exhibitor to control are usually the large rooms on the ground level, where a combination of air walls, air-conditioning ducts, wall composition, and secrets pacts between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (which, in this case, was literally across the street from the Westin SFO) can defeat any and all attempts at good sound. But at both the California Audio Show and the last T.H.E. Show Newport Beach, most of the big rooms on the ground floor produced excellent sound.
Wed, 08/19/2015

The 2015 California Audio Show: Sunday

Sunday, for Stereophile, began in the larger rooms on the 2nd floor of the Westin SFO. In the first I visited, Pass Labs mated its INT-60 integrated amplifier ($9000) and XP-15 phono preamp ($3800) with an SP10 Mk.II turntable fitted with a My Sonic Lab Hyper Eminent cartridge, Oppo BDP-105, YG Carmel 2 loudspeakers ($26,300/pair), and a mixture of ART, Sound Source, homemade, and stock power cables. Pass Labs' signature midrange was gorgeous, and the sense of air supreme.
Tue, 08/18/2015

California Audio Show 2015: Day 2 Continued

I wish I could tell you about the Linn system in this room, but both times I tried to enter, Steven Lester was in the middle of a long rap. Lester's video components always provide some of the most fun and unexpected treats at a show, and usually result in packed rooms. That was certainly the case the first time I came by.
Mon, 08/17/2015

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