Boenicke Audio at O'Brien Hi-Fi...
We are extremely excited to welcome Boenicke Audio to our showroom portfolio. We often get approached by Hi-Fi companies to add their products to our demo range however, when Whole Note distribution contacted us to try out Boenicke speakers, we were very keen to try them as they looked stunning. What we did not expect, is what came next.. The moment we connected the speakers and heard them, we were left speechless. How is it possible such a tiny speaker (W5 is less than 30cm in height) can produce such an incredible sound that fills the room and makes the hairs on your neck stand up.... After listening to several albums, the decision was made...!
Based in Basel, Switzerland, owner & designer Sven Boenicke has specialised in producing hand finished speakers since 1998. The current range designated ‘W’ model (s) are easily recognisable due to the use of solid wood enclosures, and striking form factor.
Each model uses components specially selected for their qualities to recreate a musical performance as accurately as possible.
At the heart of Boenicke products is the ability to convey musicality, tone and emotion.
Critical to the reproduction qualities of Boenicke speakers is the care and attention shown by Sven in the design and evaluation phase.
How many manufacturers take the time to check the correct sonic orientation of drivers; utilise LessLoss internal cabling, or install a range of tuning options as the model range progresses, without the negative influence of cost constraints?
W5Standing just 293 mm tall and 104 mm wide, the W5 doesn’t impose itself on any listening space. Once you listen, you’ll be hooked on just how big the little W5 sounds.
Boasting just 2.8 L of cabinet volume, the W5 really shouldn’t fill your listening space with such grace and ease!
Punchy bass comes from a driver capable of 18.5 mm of excursion. A liquid and lucid midrange with an accurate top end emanates from the 3’’ wide-bander made to spec just for Boenicke Audio.
The ambient rear tweeter complements the main drive units and augmented by premium silk-wrapped Litz hookup wiring and WBT NextGen binding posts, this is a very grown-up little speaker.
Expect the usual Boenicke sound staging as breathtaking as any vast landscape, a liquid midrange, accurate tone and harmonics which combine to connect you to your music in a way that defies what you thought possible.
Click here for an interesting review from Hi-Fi Pig
Click here for W5 price list
The W8 is the first floorstander in the Boenicke Audio range.
You’ll note how the design aspects flow from the little W5 into the side-firing woofer and widebander to which the W8 adds a dedicated midrange and larger ambient tweeter.
The midrange driver is a custom design and sports an apple tree phase plug and maple cone on the back of the magnet.
Expect deeper and more plentiful bass with the ability to fill most domestic listening spaces.
Listening to the W8 for the first time is finally hearing your favourite musicians as living entities within your listening space and no longer as two-dimensional cut-outs. The magic of individuals playing together to create a performance is laid bare by the W8 as an experience you will enjoy each time you listen.
Click here for the review in the current issue of Hi-Fi Plus
Click here for the Hi-Fi News "Editors Choice" review of the W8
Click here for the 6 moons review of the W8
Click here for W8 price list
The W11 cabinet size gives it real sonic advantages and allows the solid wood's beauty to truly shine.
Crafted for those with larger listening spaces, W11 takes the emotive performance of the W5 / W8 to a new level.
The carbon-fibre honeycomb woofer adds a new bass dimension. Fine adjustments to it can be made to ensure room-tailored performance courtesy of a super high-quality autoformer providing 2.5 dB increments of cut / boost. The custom wood-cone mid / woofer renders textures in instruments so real that you will reach out to touch what isn't physically present.
Click here for the 6 moons review of the W11
Click here for the HiFi.fr review of the W11
Click here for W11 price list
The W13 is the current flagship of the W range. Still far smaller than the photos suggest at just over 1m tall (short?) and containing built in amplification too..
While appearing similar to the W11, like with all Boenicke models there's more than meets the eye. Based on the same cabinet as the W11 but including, an active bass array with balanced-force woofers and programable DSP settings, this changes your perceptions of bass performance for a home audio speaker.
Each aspect of the W13 improves over the other models and Sven uses all his available tuning tricks to take performance to unprecedented levels.
The result is a speaker that pulls on your heartstrings, excites and wows and ultimately lets you hear deep into the soul of the musicians you have chosen to share your space with.
Click here for W13 price list
As we slowly return to normal, the offices and showroom will continue to operate by appointment (as we have over the last few years) however we will be specifically reserving Thursdays as a day the showroom is regularly staffed for any last minute visits / deliveries / collections etc.
Please just call to book a slot.
We are all very much looking forward to seeing you again, face to face, for chat about Audio, Music, Movies, or just about anything in particular!
Alex, Simon, Mark & Ksenia
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