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Wilson Benesch / CES Award Honoree

CES Innovation Awards 2017 Honoree: A.C.T. One Evolution P1

CES Innovation Awards 2017 Honoree: A.C.T. One Evolution P1

The following is a press release issued by Wilson Benesch.

NEW YORK and SHEFFIELD, England | Nov. 10, 2016 – Wilson Benesch (http://www.wilson-benesch.com) today announces that it has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the High Performance Home Audio / Video category for its newly launched A.C.T. One Evolution P1 floorstanding loudspeaker. The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 embodies excellence in craftsmanship and innovative design. Its patent protected colored carbon fiber finish is a bold design statement that reaffirms the company’s position at the forefront of manufacturing and research in advanced materials science within the high-end audio industry. Complete with bespoke Wilson Benesch drive technology, the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 delivers a unique, state-of-the-art sound experience. 

Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

Wilson Benesch’s new A.C.T. One Evolution P1 floorstanding loudspeaker introduces a revolutionary, patent protected, colored carbon fiber material to the high-end audio industry for the first time courtesy of Hypetex. The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 is the fifth iteration of Wilson Benesch’s iconic A.C.T. design, dating back almost 30-years to the first A.C.T. loudspeaker. The new A.C.T. One Evolution P1 has been re-engineered from the ground up. Impeccable design and flawless craftsmanship can be observed throughout the A.C.T. One Evolution P1, from the choice of materials, to the use of geometric forms within componentry and in the intelligent design of the critical drive technologies. The result is a highly evolved, consumer loudspeaker, with optimal acoustic performance.

"The first A.C.T. loudspeaker the company produced back in 1992, was in fact the first high-end audio loudspeaker design in the world to deploy a curved carbon fiber composite panel. Since then the A.C.T. design has become a signature loudspeaker of our brand that evolves iteratively with each new product line. To this end the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 is a beautifully executed addition to this heritage, it denotes not only an evolution of the design in terms of its drive unit array, but also its patent protected colored carbon fiber finish is a bold design statement that underlines the company’s position at the forefront of the application of this materials technology", says Design Director for Wilson Benesch Craig Milnes. 

"Wilson Benesch has collected product awards from all corners of the globe, but the company won the CES Innovation Award in 1997 and again in 1998 for the very first A.C.T. One loudspeaker. 20-years on, the A.C.T. One Evolution P1 represents the current state-of-the-art in Wilson Benesch design, so receiving the CES Innovation Award 2017 is an acknowledgement of our continued leadership in sound innovation”, says Managing Director for Wilson Benesch Christina Milnes.

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the CES 2017, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

CES 2017, Las Vegas, NV, USA
January 5-8, 2017
Venetian Tower Suite 30-112, Courtesy of USA Importer
Aaudio Imports

Wilson Benesch’s A.C.T. One Evolution P1 loudspeaker will be on live demonstration at CES 2017 in the Venetian Tower Suite 30-112, which runs from January 5-8, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Honourees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Media Event of the International CES on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at Mandalay Bay.

The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
  • Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
  • The product's intended use/function and user value
  • Why the product deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
  • How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place

Products chosen as an Innovations honoree reflect the innovative design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.

Innovations 2017 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovations, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.

Wilson Benesch was founded in Sheffield, England, in 1989 by Craig Milnes and Christina Milnes. Today the company employs a diverse team of, designers, highly trained engineers and exceptional craftsmen, all devoted to realizing innovative, high quality audio products that push the current state-of-the-art in high-end audio reproduction. Since its foundation, the brand has become an icon of performance and design excellence through its long-standing craftsmanship tradition and the strongest possible commitment to high-tech research and development particularly in the fields of advanced carbon fiber composite engineering.

Existing at the forefront of domestic user technology, Wilson Benesch designs and manufactures all products in-house, with an array of loudspeakers, turntables and high end audio furniture solutions that have been hand built to a bespoke specification of the very highest standard. Consequently, its current product range is recongnized as one of the leading British high-end audio exports across the globe. 

For more information on Wilson Benesch, please visit http://www.wilson-benesch.com

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