Wharfedale

About Wharfedale

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.

Throughout the years, Wharfedale has gained a reputation for innovation. In fact, they invented the world’s first 2 way speaker in 1945. The device would look strange by modern standards with a 10” tweeter and a crossover that took two grown men to lift, but it set the standard for the entire industry.

In 1958 Wharfedale Wireless Works was sold to Rank Organisation with Gilbert Briggs continuing to manage the company until his retirement in 1965. The first four years of the Rank era saw two major breakthroughs. Wharfedale pioneered the use of the now famous ‘roll surround’ on cones and launched its first ever loudspeakers using ceramic magnets.

Production growth continued unabated into the 1970s with classic loudspeaker models such as the Lintons and the smaller Dentons proving immensely popular.  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.

Fun Fact: Audio Trends founder, Stephen Lee, started by building Wharfedale speaker kits in the early 1960's with his father until later in that decade fully assembled models became available.

Now, with more than 75 years of setting the standards in perfecting loudspeaker performance, the most advanced research and development program, and the most integrated and thorough manufacturing and quality control process in the industry, Wharfedale, in order to remain at the forefront of audio, has dedicated a 1.5 million square foot of manufacturing operation in which every single product and process takes place in-house. This makes the design of any new loudspeaker an acoustic engineer’s dream. Instead of having to use off-the-shelf components from a catalogue as most other purported ‘hi-fi’ companies choose to, Wharfedale are able to build a complete vision – to engineer every single component from scratch to achieve a harmony in performance and balance.

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  1. Wharfedale Diamond 12.4 Speakers

    Experience Big Time Sound On Movies And Music

    Clean-Sheet High-Tech Design With Extra Solid Construction And High Level of Detail And Finish Delivers Exceptional Depth & Clarity

    Walnut - One Pair Only - Floor Stock

    Priced from $1,750.00
  2. Wharfedale Diamond 11.3 Speakers (Black)

    Stylish Compact Floor Standing Design With Big Room Filling Sound. Impressive Power And Musicality For The Money!

    Special Price $1,350.00 (Normally Regular Price $1,545.00 )
  3. Wharfedale D330 Speakers

    Features Two 130mm Midrange/Bass Drivers Plus A 25mm Soft Dome Tweeter

    Down Firing Bass Port, Kevlar Mid/Bass Cone

    Simple Rounded Style Designed In-House In The UK

    Priced from $1,299.99
  4. Wharfedale Diamond 230 Speakers

    Compact Floor Standing Design, What Hi-Fi? & Hi-Fi Choice Award Winner

    Designed In-House In The UK,  Kevlar Midrange & Bass Drivers, Soft Dome Tweeter, Impressive Power & Musicality

    Priced from $1,390.00
  5. Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 Speakers

    Clean-Sheet Design Brings Impressive Depth And Transparency From This Slimline Model

    With Solid Construction, This Is A Cracking Good Speaker At An Exceptional Price

    Black & Walnut - One Pair Of Each - Floor Stock

    Priced from $1,295.00
  6. Wharfedale Diamond 240 Speakers

    Medium Sized Floor Standing Speakers, Designed In-House In The UK

    Kevlar Midrange & Bass Drivers, Soft Dome Tweeter, Impressive Power & Musicality

    Walnut - One Pair Only - Floor Stock

    Priced from $1,650.00
  7. Wharfedale EVO4.3 Speakers

    Dual Woven Kevlar Bass Drivers, Air Motion Transformer Tweeter

    Slot Loaded Profiled Port Bass Loading For Impressive Power & Musicality In A Compact Design

    Priced from $2,295.00
  8. Wharfedale Diamond 250 Speakers

    The Wharfedale Diamond 250 Speakers Are The Flagship Model In The 200 Series

    Excellent Choice For Large Rooms And Contemporary Musical Tastes

    Slot-Loading Bass Ports Permit Near-Wall Positioning

    Priced from $2,785.00
  9. Wharfedale EVO4.4 Speakers

    Packed Full Of So Much Technology For The Money Inc Kevlar Cones, AMT Tweeters And Slot-Loaded Bass Port!

    Internal Bracing Is Exceptional For This Price-Point. Powerful Bass

    Priced from $3,295.00
  10. Wharfedale Elysian 4 Speakers

    Superbly Crafted Luxury Floorstanding Speaker

    Able To Fill Large Rooms with Thrilling Sound

    Air Motion Transformer Tweeter

    Woven Glass Fibre Midrange & Bass Drivers

    Priced from $15,999.99
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