WILSON BENESCH THE CARDINAL SPEAKERS
The Cardinal is the most advanced loudspeaker ever developed by Wilson Benesch. Carbon fibre based, advanced composite structures are combined to create a compact and elegant cabinet. Incredibly stiff materials and an optimized geometry afford the Cardinal a huge internal air volume, whilst giving the design a relatively low surface area. Control over these elements of loudspeaker cabinet architecture remains a strong philosophy for all Wilson Benesch designs.
The Cardinal’s form and geometry is instantly recognisable as a Wilson Benesch design incorporating accents that have evolved from many predecessors including the A.C.T. One, The Bishop and The Chimera. The Cardinal’s footprint is more than twice that of the Chimera, standing 12-inches (1-ft) higher, affording the Cardinal a 65% larger air volume.
Like the rest of the Geometry Series, The Cardinal is fitted with proprietary Tactic-II Drive units and the Semisphere Tweeter. Eighteen drive units in total deliver wide bandwidth sound from 25Hz to 35KHz.
A key design principle of The Cardinal has been to deliver extended low frequencies as well as an additional impact in the upper bass register. Notably these objectives have been realised without any compromise to the speed, agility and tonality achieved by the flagship designs that precede it. Mid-range frequencies are handled by two highly optimized upper and lower mid-range Tactic-II Drive Units. Meanwhile, the Isobaric Tactic formation makes a return in the Cardinal with four Tactic-II Drive Units deployed to achieve a new benchmark in dynamics and transient response.
The D’Appolito configuration is well documented, but the Troika concept builds on this configuration and through completely bespoke design, combines Wilson Benesch drive unit technologies and cabinet architecture to create an electro-mechanical filter.
The mid-range and tweeter enclosure houses a set of three drive units designed to work in complete harmony, free from complex crossovers which introduce electrical phase shifts ensuring that all three units are seamlessly integrated. The newly developed Semisphere tweeter is filtered by a simple first order crossover and is located precisely between two vertically aligned Tactic-II mid drive units to create the perfect acoustic center. The Tactic-II mid drive units are mechanically filtered, no capacitors, no inductors just the cleanest possible signal path and connection to the amplifier.
Inspired by nature and natural sound, the new Wilson Benesch flagship, “The Cardinal” is the summation of decades of work in the fields of cabinet, drive unit, and material innovation. This development has been evolutionary, building upon each and every success. Out of a passionate commitment to manufacturing, innovation and an adherence to the highest standards of craftsmanship, comes a product that could only emerge from one company.
Wilson Benesch Cardinal Specifications
Type: 4-way dynamic loudspeaker
Driver Complement: 1x 25mm WB Semi-Sphere HF; 1x 170mm WB Tactic II Mid; 1x 170mm WB Tactic II Lower-Mid 4x 170mm WB Tactic II LF; 2x 170mm WB Tactic II ABR
Crossover: 2-way, 1st order electrical; 4-way acoustical
Bandwidth: 25Hz – 35kHz ± 3dB
Impedance: 6 Ohms nominal (3 Ohms minimum)
Dimensions (WxHxD): 620 x 1735 x 640mm
Weight: 180kg each channel