WILSON BENESCH Circle 25 Anniversary turntable added to our line up

Despite the music industry’s struggles to maintain sales, the small but trendy world of turntables continue to surge in popularity. Audio Reference, a high-end audio New Zealand based importer / distributor have added the British turntable analog product and speaker manufacturer Wilson Benesch to its product line.

Serving the high-performance audio category for decades, the U.K. company recently announced that it is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the release of its Circle 25 Turntable and A.C.T. 25 Tonearm.

According to the company, like past Wilson Benesch products, the turntable and tonearm utilize carbon fiber for the rigidity and lightweight properties the material offers, as well as other materials to support its goals of state-of-the-art performance. Starting with the turntable’s plinth, Wilson Benesch says the Circle 25 features a plinth made in-house from the material homopolymer that is said to provide the table with a stiff and dense plinth with high levels of damping across the audio band.

Wilson Benesch also points out that it has made improvements to its turntable designs in the area of its bearings. The company says its latest bearing has been redesigned with a multi-element construction that it says reduces friction and noise levels.

Looking at the A.C.T. 25 Tonearm, Wilson Benesch claims its carbon fiber-based solution is the world’s lightest and stiffest tonearm, offering 10 times the stiffness of titanium and half the mass of aluminum. The company adds the tonearm’s kinematic bearing features three 1mm carbon-chrome ball bearings that are held in place by a brass ball cap that is located at the end of the arm stem. A fourth ball is retained by a brass mount located in the egg-shaped housing at the end of the tonearm.

Summing up the Circle 25 Turntable and A.C.T. 25 Tonearm, Wilson Benesch notes that more than 90 percent of the products are manufactured in-house from raw materials.