The world’s first-ever audio product made with Hypetex coloured carbon fibre is set to be launched at the High End Show in Munich, Germany on 5-8 May.
The A.C.T. One Evolution P1, designed and manufactured by British high end audio specialist Wilson Benesch, features a Hypetex construction that delivers the next generation of the British company’s Advanced Composite Technology ‘A.C.T.’ Monocoque.
The floor-standing loudspeaker will be available in ‘Enzo’ red, with a number of other motor sport-inspired colours in the pipeline, reflecting the F1 racing origin of the Hypetex material. But it is not just about aesthetics – Wilson Benesch pioneered the use of carbon fibre composites in audio engineering in 1990. The British company uses geometric forms to extract the maximum stiffness and damping from the material. The advent of Hypetex’s patented process has now enabled the addition of coloured carbon fibre composite whilst retaining maximum performance.
Craig Milnes, Design Director of Wilson Benesch, said: “The control and management of resonant energy is an engineering problem, which requires the best engineering materials if you want to achieve better results. The A.C.T. Monocoque is a complex hybrid structure and an industry benchmark in acoustic performance. The aesthetic language of this high performance component has to date been limited to black. Hypetex has not only changed that paradigm it has provided new opportunities to enhance the acoustic performance of this component.”
Hypetex’s partnership with Wilson Benesch will be first seen in the A.C.T. One Evolution P1, with the promise of additions to the British manufacturer’s reference line Geometry Series in future that will benefit from Hypetex’s high-tech composite material.
Marc Cohen, CEO of Hypetex, said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside such an innovative company as Wilson Benesch, who reflect our own determination to push the boundaries of design and technology. The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 symbolises that approach and we look forward to working together on further products.”
The A.C.T. One Evolution P1 will be officially launched at The HIGH END show at the MOC convention centre in Munich, Germany, on 5-8 May 2016. The show is the world’s largest trade fair for the audio industry, with over 500 exhibitors and more than 25,000 visitors enjoying the 2015 edition.
A.C.T. One Evolution P1 Specifications
Four driver, 2.5-way, ported floorstanding loudspeaker
A.C.T. P1 Monocoque in ‘Enzo’ Red Carbon Fibre Carbon Fibre Top
Alloy Foot with adjustable hand-wheel design
Alloy Grill with ‘Enzo’ Red fascia
1 x 25mm Semisphere Hybrid Silk-Carbon Dome Tweeter
1 x 170mm Tactic II Upper Midrange Driver
1 x 170mm Tactic II Low Mid / Upper Bass Driver
1 x 170mm Tactic II Bass Driver Frequency Response: 34Hz – 30kHz (+/- 2dB on Axis)
6 ohms nominal, 4 ohms minimum
119.5 / 22.5 / 40cm
£21,500 Inc. VAT