Cardinal Floorstanding Loudspeaker

Cardinal Floorstanding Loudspeaker

The Cardinal is a masterpiece of engineering; total harmony in all the parts, fitted together with such proportion and connection, that nothing could be added, diminished or altered but for the worse.

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Equipped with a total of 18 Wilson Benesch drive units per pair, the Cardinal is capable of delivering wide bandwidth sound from 25Hz to 30kHz. The Cardinal was the first Wilson Benesch loudspeaker to utilise the Troika System; a drive unit topology previously unused by Wilson Benesch that placed the new Semisphere Tweeter at the heart of the upper and lower Tactic II midrange drive units.

The Troika not only places three highly integrated Wilson Benesch drive units in close proximity, but it also directly interrelates with the cabinet and drive unit architecture to create mechanical filtering. The result is a highly optimised crossover, with all electrical components reduced or removed entirely to preserve the perfect signal from the amplifier.

“Of all the great and grand speakers, on this earth, the Wilson Benesch is possibly the most beautiful. The awe-inspiring price here comes with awe-inspiring performance and a sensational dynamics, and not just an awe-inspiring look.” – Cai Brockman, Fidelity AV, 2014

The design of the Cardinal’s bass drive topology is no less innovative. Two Isobaric Drive Systems deliver powerful, highly dynamic bass through a total of 4x Tactic II Drive Units. The Isobaric Drive System is not a new Wilson Benesch design, having being used in the original Bishop loudspeaker. However in the Cardinal, Wilson Benesch have deployed the Tactic II drive units lined astern. Such is the power of the system, Wilson Benesch use a 35kg machined alloy sub baffle to house the Isobaric Drive System – an unyielding platform from which the Cardinal delivers its lightning-fast, highly-dynamic and powerful low frequency sound.


  • Premium Black baffle or Graphite
  • Premium Black or Graphite foot, spine, mid & top plate
  • High Gloss 2×2 Twill Carbon Fibre A.C.T. Monocoque
  • A.C.T. Carbon Composite Carbon Fibre Top
  • Bespoke side cheek options
    • Premium Black – Standard, no upcharge
    • Graphite – Standard, no upcharge
    • Birds Eye Maple Gloss
    • Burr Walnut Gloss
    • Walnut Gloss
    • Red Tulip Gloss
    • White Gloss
    • Piano Black Gloss
  • Bespoke P1 Version – A.C.T. Monocoque Coloured Carbon Fibre
    • Enzo Red
    • Ettore Blue
    • Silverstone Silver
  • Bespoke Grill P1 Version
    • Enzo Red Grill Mesh & Mid Plate
    • Ettore Blue Grill Mesh & Mid Plate
    • Silverstone Silver Grill Mesh & Mid Plate



  • 1 x 25mm ( 1″) Wilson Benesch Semisphere tweeter

  • 2 x 170mm ( 7″) Wilson Benesch Tactic II mid-range drive units

  • 4 x 170mm ( 7″) Wilson Benesch Tactic II Isobaric bass drive units

  • 2 x 170mm ( 7″) Wilson Benesch Tactic II ABR drive units



  • Poly-alloy hybrid construction

  • High performance carbon composite A.C.T. Monocoque

  • Lower mid range infinite baffle sealed enclosure

  • Upper mid range Tactic II ABR sealed enclosure

  • Isobaric drive chamber Tactic II ABR sealed enclosure

  • 4kg precision machined Isobaric drive sub baffle



  • 2-way electric, 4-way acoustic, floor standing loudspeaker

  • Impedance: 6Ω nominal / 3Ω minimal

  • Sensitivity: 90dB at 1 metre on-axis, 2.83V input

  • Frequency response: 25Hz – 30kHz +/- 2dB on-axis

  • Minimum amplification power recommendation: 100 W / channel

  • Crossover frequency: 500Hz / 5kHz



  • Height: 1735mm

  • Width: 620mm

  • Depth: 640mm

  • Volume: 92L

  • Weight per channel: 140kg

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