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“The W13 SE+ has been a revelation to me.  I use my hifi system in a professional capacity and I have home demoed over ten speakers in the past year before finding the W13, which is far and away above anything else that has been in my room, so much better as to make comparisons redundant.  And what’s more it costs considerably less than some of the speakers I have demoed.

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They are incredible:  the way they articulate the music with such warmth, and with a feeling of real air and space around the sound, is nothing short of extraordinary.  Yet they do this with no loss of detail or speed.  This combination of warmth, airiness, detail and tautness is simply beguiling.  The lack of any harshness at all means listening fatigue is a thing of the past too.  The depth of the sound is so strong, with a real vivid concert-hall feeling not only with small-scale Jazz and Classical ensembles but with full-blown rock music too.

And the W13s active DSP-enabled  bass driver has cured my room’s insurmountable bass boom problem which no speaker has ever managed to do.  Using frequency response data from my room Sven was able to program the speakers to have a flat bass-frequency response when installed, and the results are mighty impressive with the bass boom completely eradicated.  Having a DSP-enabled active bass seems the best of all worlds: I didn’t want to go to a fully active speaker as I so love the sound of my Vitus amp, likewise I did not want to add a DSP pre-amp to my system as again I did not want to by-pass the Vitus pre-amp, so having active bass with full dsp available is the perfect solution.  With the amp no longer on bass-duty I am getting more out of the Vitus Class A amp too.  To have this DSP solution with one of the best speakers I have ever heard seems too good to be true.

The combination of the Vitus and the Boenicke W13SE+ with a digital source makes for a very analogue almost tube-like sound, yet with the speed and tightness of bass that no tube could produce.  After an endless search for the perfect speaker I have finally found it.”

Peter Duckworth,  Music Industry Consultant, London


“Even when I set them up , from the opening notes I was impressed and captivated…

But today, from a personal perspective, it was only the second time that I was emotionally moved, hearing nuances from familiar tracks, that just simply blew me away.
Some small attentions to detail… and the finish was out of this world.”

Geoff Fairlamb, Stereomusicality, Cape Town


“Just to be open – I’m a fan of Boenicke speakers! I have the W5, have had the W8SE+, and now the W13SE+. What I love about their speakers is that each model sounds ‘complete’ – nothing seems missing, one wonders what more one can get. Each model has huge soundstage, proper tonal colour, huge coherence (like a single driver but plus plus), dynamics but especially micro-dynamic expressiveness, and through these characteristics an ability to bring out the emotional connection with the music. They really are music-lovers’ speakers. Having heard/borrowed/owned various other fine speakers (at least, well reviewed speakers!) – none are as complete at each price level. The closest was the Raidho D1s – even deeper tonal colour (than the W5s, slightly better than the W8s… but we’ll come to the W13s), but they always felt that they were slightly ‘sat on’, compared with the Boenickes. So, what does one get going up the model range? More of everything, as Sven says! More transparency, more micro-details (but NEVER at the expense of musicality), more ‘there’ (palpability, specificity and ‘life’ of images), bigger dynamics, deeper tonal range, even more expressiveness and emotional connection.

Now, to the W13… first, it appears easier to drive than the W*SE+ – and came on song much more quickly (the W8s took months!). Like the W8s – sorry Sven – they benefited from Townsend bases. Nonetheless, these are the most coherent, tonally rich, expressive big(ger) speakers I’ve ever heard. They bring the big speaker stuff – huge soundstage, palpability, ‘air moving’ in the bass… but also electrostatic-levels of low ‘self noise’, a hear-through sense without losing body (another well-reviewed and equally expensive speaker sounded skeletal in comparison), and small-speaker expressiveness. The bass is deep, has meaning (one understands the ‘why’ as well as the ‘what’ of the instruments), and is extremely well integrated (more so than the W8s). I have heard big Magicos, YGs, Martin-Logans, Sonus Fabers and none of them were as musically moving (while still dishing out the hi fi drugs of detail, soundstage, transparency etc.). They just sound like real musicians playing in my room.”

Damien Anciano, South Africa

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Sensitivity: 89 dB / watt / m

Nom. impedance: 6 ohms

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Standard Version

  • Twin 13″ long throw bass drivers with ultra hard injection moulded diaphragm in sealed enclosure, driven by 2 x 350 W Class D amplifier module with programmable DSP and 4 user-selectable presets for optimal integration in any listening room.
  • 6″ custom-made woodcone bass-midrange driver, 1st order low pass filter, no high pass filter, ash tree phase plug, magnet structure force fit mounted to the whole wooden mass of enclosure.
  • 3″ custom-made widebander, 1st order high pass filter, unique electromechanical parallel resonator installed.
  • Internal wiring orientation-optimised silk-wrapped high-frequency stranded litz.
  • WBT NextGen binding posts.
  • Rear ambient tweeter.

SE Version

  • Added electromechanical parallel resonator to bass-midrange.
  • Added Bybee Quantum Purifiers.
  • Added proprietary phase linearization network.
  • Added Duelund Silver Foil 0.01 uF bypass capacitor
  • Swing Base included

SE+ Version

  • Added electromechanical series gold-plated stage II resonators to widebander and bass-midrange driver, all parallel resonators of STAGE III coil-wound type.
  • Added Steinmusic Speaker Match Signature.
  • Added Harmonix Tuning Bases to widebander.
  • Duelund main capacitor for widebander, added Duelund Silver Foil 0.01 uF bypass capacitors.
  • Added Mundorf MCap Supreme to rear tweeter
  • Swing Base included

Trees

Choose from walnut, ash tree and cherry. Oak upon request.

Dimensions

105 x 18 x 39 cm, weight approx. 40 kg per piece (depending on version and wood).

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Bass Amplifier Operating Manual here

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