Wilson Benesch Full Circle TurnTables

4.67/5 (6 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Oxpecker a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Bought a Circle and Act 0.5 arm, without cartridge. Product was manufactured in Aug 2000, so I bought a new-old-stock (NOS). Cartridge mounted is a 2 year old Ortofon MC15SuperMK2.

Arm was quite fiddly to set up initially and I had problem with the arm lift as it couldn't lift the cartridge out of a playing record. Had to unlock many tiny allen-screws to fine tune the arm. Could be "scary" & "daunting" for first-timers like myself. Took me a few days to realise how to set up the tonearm correctly. A 5 year old kid could write better instructions than the provided manual.

Turntable quality was a bit "cheapskate" to me cos most of the parts are from Rega - on/off switch, rubber belt and arm-lift. However I tend to think of it as a "Designer-Rega" that slots between the P25 and P9. Other than that, it's a nice simple design.

Sound-wise... beautiful, holographic 3D imaging, extended highs and powerful bass. Very clean sounding and clear.

However I noticed that surface-noise tends to be high (due to cartridge?) and it doesn't have toe-tapping PRAT of Rega. Sound was a bit "sterile" with not much emotion to me. But I could always tune it with a slightly warmer and PRAT cartridge. So not much of a problem for me.

Conclusion: I am happy with the purchase and could live with it for a long time to come. I made a dustcover from corrugated plastic sheets that cost me less than $5. And the turntable sits on 3 unicones which opens up the sound.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   Singapore



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by danev a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This table allowes the listener to forget about the system and get into the music.
It's clean clear and open like it's looks.
It has a transparency about it that allows me to follow the individual instruments and passages within the music.
This table is very impressive with well recorded acoustic jazz and small ensembles.I'm using a Dynavector 20dv and am very happy with the results especially for the money. I'm glad I waited for this
table and did'nt settle for something less. The hardwired interconnects are another reason why this package is such a bargin. I highly recommend the circle

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by GregMac a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I just purchased a Wilson Benesch Full Circle.
This product was well packed. The player is
well thought out and quality built. I love the style and appearance of the product.

Changing speeds is an uncomplicated procedure. Listening is first-rate – great bass extension, controlled, great rhythm. It doesn't
matter what you put on it for vinyl, everything
sounds good. I love guitar music and playing it
on the Full Circle is unbelievable. Impressive
realism. Voices are clear and clean.

The Wilson Benesch 0.5 carbon fibre tone arm did not take long to set up. The arm is equal in appearance and quality to the table.

I am impressed every time I listen to this table. It's a beautiful product.

I'm using the table with:
Sonic Frontier Power 2 Tube Power Amp
Sonic Frontier Line 3 Tube Pre Amp
Sonic Frontier SF CD1 Tube CD Player
Siltech Speaker Cable
Siltech Interconnects
Kimber KCAG Interconnects
Nordost SPM Reference Speaker Cable
Gutwire Power Cords
Audiomat Power Cord
Reference R645 Speaker

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Costanzo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Minimum hastle in setup, maximum performance. Out performs some much higher priced table/arm combos. Best with its own, Act 0.5 arm. The arm/table combination is, in my opinion, Analog's best kept secret. Detailed, with a sense of space between all instruments represented in the music, best describes where the Circle excels. Kudos to WB for their contribution to the audio industry, specifically working with Carbon Fibre. PS...The Act 0.5 arm also excels on other fine tables, taking them to higher levels of performance. Highly recommended.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Globe Audio



Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Heiko Bosman a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 10, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Today i had the opportunity to hear the Circle with ACT 0.5 tonearm and a Sumiko Blue Point cartridge with a friend of mine. We both took a lot of our LPs to check out how the player would react to surface noise, scratches and mostly how it would sound with different recordings. Surface noise and scratches were about how any player would reveal them which was a bit of a downer (maybe the cartridge is at fault here) but the sound of the player was excellent, great highs without distortion and impressive and focussed lows while midband was just right. Soundwise i would buy this player immediately, however i probably won't because a) manual belt lift, one has to remove the platter (!) and lift the belt to select 33/45 and i have a lot of 12 inches that i frequently play... b) the arm seemed a bit wobbly and it was extremely difficult to place it at the start of a track, a bit inconvenient. Great on sound, pretty bad on convenience (no dustcover either). It is pretty compact though so it doesn't take up the space a normal player would. Auditioned with the new Proac tablettes on Solidsteel stands, some sort of supercables, Primare A30.1 integrated and AH! phonostage.

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Duration Product Used:   an Audio Enthusiast




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