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New Wharfedale - Linton Heritage 85

Discussion in 'audio' started by barryb, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. barryb

    barryb pfm Member

    Interesting looking speaker, seems to be in the classic 2 Cubic foot box of Harbeth, Spendor et al. Did anyone get to hear these at shows recently?

    Loving the optional stands that double as LP storage - nice touch, if not very pernickety audiophile.


    BTW, have seen prices quoted around £1K or thereabouts.

  2. ampedup

    ampedup Well-Known Member

    Quite, and there's little doubt that the presence of all those albums will lead to Speaker Cable Sound Proximity Absorption. (No one wants SCSPA).
    ian r likes this.
  3. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    Mass loading
  4. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    They look nice
  5. JemHayward

    JemHayward pfm Member

    I really hope the only thing in common with the original Linton is the name - my dad had a pair on the end of a Leak Stereo 30, and they were really quite awful. The Linton name has been dug up and re-used since then, but not with any glory. These do look like they mean business in a sort of traditional 'BBC' way.
    Rockmeister and ian r like this.
  6. ian r

    ian r 401's Nakman

    Not as bad my Dovedales ...but Im glad someone said it. When Wharfdale were owned by Rank by name and Rank by nature
  7. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    My first "proper hi fi" speakers were kit built Denton's when I was about 14-15 and pretty good they were... Some years later I had Dovedale SP's which were also pretty good. I would have been interested to hear the Dovedale SP2 as it had an isodynamic tweeter rather than the 1" dome used on the SP. I did replace the awful purple Wharfedale/Leak original tweeter with some better ones!
  8. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    A friend used to have a pair of Wharfdale SPs and I thought they sounded great at the time.

    They were part of my “imaginary” system bought from Comet - I never had the brass to actually buy it. From memory the rest of the system was a Garrard 401 with an SME Series II arm in an SME plinth and a Goldring G900 cartridge with a Pioneer 9900 amp. I’d probably be a happy bunny with that now. Amazing to think Comet sold kit like that then.
  9. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    Ah yes I used to have imaginary systems from Comet too!! I remember that Wharfedale Glendale 3XP's were my imaginary speaker of choice.. not that I'd heard them... I guess I wouldn't allow even my imagination to go as far as the biggest most expensive speakers they had... even the Glendales were unimaginably out of my league when 13! Just checked and unimaginable was £88 at the time! Spendor BC1's were £210...
  10. Minio

    Minio pfm Member

    I have some late 80s Rank period 505.2s which I rather like or, at least, can't find anything awful about them.

    For what I paid for them, next to zilch, they are pretty impressive!
  11. Beobloke

    Beobloke pfm Member

    Heard the new ones at Bristol - was impressed.
  12. Minio

    Minio pfm Member

    I like the trad look.
    MusicMiles likes this.
  13. Tarzan

    Tarzan pfm Member

    They do look lovely indeed.

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