Wharfedale Linton Heritage Speakers-Black Oak
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Limited Edition Wharfedale Linton Heritage Speaker
Classic Style, Modern Design & Components, Refined British Sound
Stands Included, Gorgeous Real Wood Veneered Cabinets, Old School Charm
About Wharfedale Linton Heritage Speakers
The Wharfedale Linton Heritage Speakers celebrate the 85th Anniversary of Wharfedale's founding, an incredible milestone for this British brand. This traditional looking speaker successfully incorporates all the elements of a 21st Century loudspeaker into a design that brims with heritage and class. If that isn't enough, their big, rich and sweet-sounding character, combined with room filling sound, is guaranteed to win you over.
The Wharfedale Linton represents one of the most iconic models in the long history of Wharfedale loudspeakers. A model that embodied the Wharfedale pioneering research through the 60s, 70s and 80s, with a bloodline dating back to 1965, Linton has always been manufactured according to the Wharfedale principles of quality and value for money. And yes, our founder Stephen Lee sold quite a few of the original Linton's in his first place of work in the late 1960s! The latest incarnation Wharfedale Linton further exemplifies these two edicts, balancing fine craftsmanship, natural sound quality and affordability inside a beautifully proportioned loudspeaker that has been bought in its millions right across the globe through it's variations.
The original Linton was well known for its warm, rich and natural sounding character which made it a popular choice with both locals and ex-pats. The latest Wharfedale Linton retains that standing but imbues it with an open, detailed performance that will entice you to explore your whole music collection, once more. Capitalising on the modern-day trends of traditional styling with value in pedigree, the Wharfedale Linton is set to be a veritable modern classic. As featured here. it includes the matching stands. Read on for more details and don't miss the reviews particularly the one from What Hi-Fi? magazine. The Lintons were the clear winner in the Readers' Choice category and that is super impressive considering the number of entries.
Classically Modern Three Way Design
A three-way speaker in the classic Wharfedale tradition - beautifully hand veneered with an inset front baffle and traditional cloth grille. Bang up to date - utilising a mixture of traditional and advanced technology, for optimum performance whilst staying true to the legacy
Three-Way Design: Wharfedale's woven Kevlar cone - mounted on a rigid die cast chassis, this combination delivers a rich, controlled bass output with superb dynamic performance. Midrange frequencies are handled by a second, smaller Kevlar coned unit - housed in its own internal enclosure. Woven textile soft dome treble unit – true to form, with a high flux ferrite magnet, engineered for smooth, detailed HF extension. The highly researched crossover – 1000s of hours of listening tests perfect the coherent, seamless musical output that is both thrilling and natural in its rendition of any source material
A Genuine Classic: Fashions come and go but style defines oneself. Class lasts a lifetime! The Wharfedale Linton portrays the timeless design of a stunning loudspeaker cabinet with an authentic legacy. Traditional, simple, yet beautiful.
Matching Stands: The custom engineered Linton Stand offers optimum positioning and mounting for the Linton speaker. Perfectly crafted with matching wood veneer finish, to match the Linton cabinet, the Linton Stand supports the size and weight of the cabinet, while presenting the listening axis perfectly to the seated user.
Precise: Perfected to fraction of a millimetre measurements, the Linton stand is precision manufactured.
Solid: The Linton Stand base plate and structure is perfectly stable and offers critical damping from unwanted vibrations, ensuring you hear the Linton perform as it was intended!
Perfectly matched: The wood paneling features hand matched veneers to perfectly complement the Linton speaker finish.
A view of your music: With additional consideration to the musical purpose and experience, the Linton Stand is also designed to act as a host for your 12” vinyl record collection with perfectly shaped spacing for placement of vinyl records underneath your speakers.
Amplifier: For the best performance, we recommend connecting these speakers up to a quality stereo integrated amplifier or pre-power combination. We're not necessarily mean high power but rather high-current. Absolutely give us a call and we'll be happy to explain this further.
As you're setting things up, we suggest positioning the tweeter to the inside of each cabinet for the best stereo imaging and use some good quality speaker cable. Audio Trends stock a wide range including pre-terminated speaker cables so you can get your music up and playing super quickly
In The News
The Wharfedale Linton Heritage Speakers have just been voted by the Readers of What Hi-fi? as the best speaker for 2020. Here's part of the review: "Whether you appreciate the Linton aesthetic or not (we're very keen, for what that's worth), there are clear sonic benefits to this approach. A bigger box should make for more generous bass production, and the greater width of the Linton's baffle helps to add a bit more substance to the midrange by supporting the speaker’s output to a lower frequency. This effect, known as the ‘baffle step’ occurs at a higher frequency in slimmer speakers, and so they tend to sound less substantial, and that’s even with electrical compensation applied in their crossover networks.
A bigger cabinet can also accommodate bigger drivers. Bass frequencies are handled by a 20cm unit that's the same size as the bass driver inside the old Linton XP2s but this time utilises woven Kevlar instead of paper in the construction of its cone. A 12.5cm Kevlar midrange driver sits just above in its own enclosure, and slightly off-set to the inside edge is a 25mm fabric dome tweeter.
The cabinets themselves are made from high-density chipboard sandwiched between MDF skins to create a combination that Wharfedale says can scatter panel resonance better than MDF alone. Internally, the dampening material of choice is long-hair synthetic wool." - What Hi-Fi? 2020 Readers Choice Winner
"It’s undoubtedly unalloyed fun offering up a largescale, bold and gutsy presentation, but still with a decent amount of subtlety and smoothness. This standmount has excellent table manners, so to speak, yet is never a boring listening companion.
The new Wharfedale Linton reimagines the past, rather than recreating it. It delivers so much of what was great about old-school wide-baffle loudspeakers – the ease, effortless musicality and room filling physicality – yet consigns the age-old problems of vagueness, dynamic compression and poor transient response to the dustbin of history. It’s a special speaker in its way, but what I most like about it is that it offers all this for such an attractive price." Hi-Fi Choice 5 Star Review
Wharfedale Wireless Works was founded by Gilbert Briggs in 1932, soon after he built his very first loudspeaker in the cellar of his home in Ilkley, Yorkshire. This sleepy little market town was located in the valley of the river “Wharfe” – an area known to this day as ‘Wharfedale’. This unlikely location would see the birth of a brand that has become recognized all over the world, synonymous with quality in high-fidelity reproduction.
In 1981 the first Wharfedale Diamond speaker was born. The rather unassuming small box took the industry by storm. Small cabinets and the stiff, yet light polypropylene driver meant a very fast, tight sound and compact, accurate two-way drivers produced a fantastic stereo image. It quickly became a best seller and the Diamond range has continued to this day as a staple in the Wharfedale catalogue.
Now, with more than 75 years of setting the standards in perfecting loudspeaker performance, Wharfedale, in order to remain at the forefront of audio, has dedicated 1.5 million square feet to design & manufacturing in which every single product and process takes place in-house. With this ability to control every single part of the process, Wharfedale’s speakers achieve a harmony in performance and design rarely seen elsewhere.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: 3-driver; 3-way stereo speakers with matching stands
- Enclosure Type: Bass reflex
- Transducer Complement: 3-way
- Bass Driver: 200mm (8") black woven Kevlar cone
- Bass Driver: 135mm (5") black woven Kevlar cone
- Treble Driver: 25mm(1") soft dome
- Sensitivity (2.0V @ 1m): 90dB
- Recommended Amplifier Power: 22-200 Watts "clean, undistorted power"
- Peak SPL: 110dB
- Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
- Minimum Impedance: 3.5 Ohms
- Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 40Hz ~ 20kHz
- Bass Extension (-6dB): 35Hz
- Crossover Frequencies: 630Hz and 2.4kHz
- Speaker Wire Connections: Will accept bare wire, spades or banana plugs
- Available Finishes: Mahogany, Walnut & Black Oak
- Dimensions - Speaker (WxHxD): 300 x 565 x 330mm (Terminals add 12mm)
- Dimensions - Stands (WxHxD): 300mm x 437mm x 330mm
- Net Weight: 18.4kg each
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 Years - not including abuse or misuse.
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE: Records Shown Sold Separately