With the Wilson Benesch Discovery Loudspeaker, the stand is part of the cabinet and the two are one inseparable unit.
That's the most obvious part of this truly unique design - but there are others! Only half of the Isobaric bass unit, attached to the bottom of the cabinet, is visible.
The complete bass unit consists of two opposing drivers bolted together face-to-face clam shell style with the magnet of the opposing driver inside the cabinet.
The unit operates in isobaric mode in one to two separate chambers inside the Wilson Benesch Discovery cabinet. The other chamber houses the
third Tactic bass/midrange driver that is mounted towards the top of the cabinet. The forth driver is mounted underneath the midrange driver in the lower internal chamber.
Each chamber has its own differently tuned port that emerges underneath the cabinet behind the Isobaric bass drivers.
With its four drivers, two chambers, two ports, integrated stand, slanted top, and curved sides, the Wilson Benesch Discovery Loudspeaker is a technical marvel.
Sonically the Wilson Benesch Discovery Loudspeaker is one of my "desert island" speakers. Vocals sound very natural - a perfect chest, throat
and nasal combination with no smear, hangover, or raspiness. Bass is very fast and tight. Treble is clear and nicely resolved without drawing attention to itself.
With 4 drivers in a compact cabinet they require an amplifier with good current capacity. Some will prefer the bass characteristics of the Curve loudspeaker, but a
Wilson Benesch Discovery & Torus combination is very impressive indeed.
The Wilson Benesch Discovery Loudspeaker is a true linear phase design and this is another reason for its remarkable clarity and vitality.
Wilson Benesch was one of the first manufactures to abandon complex cross-overs that introduce voltage/current
phase anomalies with resulting distortion of the original audio signal.
The cross-over characteristics are similar to the top of the range Chimera.
The tweeter cross-over is at 5KHz, above the most critical mid-band frequencies, and is a minimal component second order type.
The quality of the materials and components that make up the Wilson Benesch Discovery Loudspeaker, are individually and in combination
optimized for elimination of resonance giving low noise, high signal to ratio cabinets. Lab measurements are excellent for the cabinet size -
smooth frequency envelope (45Hz to 24kHz +- 2dB on axis, 42Hz -3dB), with high power handling and sound levels
(200 watts peak unclipped programme, 110dB at 1 metre maximum spl). The sound is out of the box, natural and well articulated with plenty of grip.
With no less than 2 standard (regal silver and black satin) and 10 optional upgrade finish options (see below) there should be no difficulty in selecting a
quality finish to compliment all environments. Wilson Benesch Discovery Loudspeakers are hand-made to order with a delivery time of approximately 8 weeks.
U.S Retail Price: $15,195 (special order standard finishes)
Wilson Benesch is located in Sheffield England - the traditional home of steel engineering in the UK - and is the only U.K. audio company to have won substantial
government funding for its innovative development work.