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Wharfedale Denton

Anyone tempted?

If they're anything like the XP2 version of the 70s they should be cracking. I loved the XP2 with Pioneer amplification so could be a case of seventies revisited.

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Excellent speakers by all accounts but not for me.

Anyone looking for a standmount in this price bracket would be well advised to audition them though.

I'm not sure if Wharfdale have shot themselves in the foot or not with the styling. Time will tell.

People are going to love them or hate them .......... lets hope it is the former.

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When people also buy Harbeth, why wouldn't they buy those Wharfedales Smile

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My first set up was like yours had a Pioneer SA 506 and Wharfedale Sheltons,I must say I wouldn't fancy going back to it SQ wise but love the solid feel of the dials and levers on the amps. Still love the look of the big Pioneer recievers from that time, have occasionally been tempted but they go for good money on ebay,love the way they light up and all the needles flapping about.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PIONEER-SX-1280-MONSTER-RECEIVER-MEGA-RARE-MINT-CONDITION-220V-/150927968711?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Stereo_Receivers&hash=item23240209c7

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kevinJ wrote:

When people also buy Harbeth, why wouldn't they buy those Wharfedales Smile

My point exactly. There are actually people out there that buy stuff purely based on sound quality.... allegedly. :grin:

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RE: Wharfedale Denton

I had them in the 70's, partnered with Pioneer SA 500A amp, and Akai turntable AP-something, could be 003. My first hifi.

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[quote=Shanka]

My first set up was like yours had a Pioneer SA 506 and Wharfedale Sheltons,I must say I wouldn't fancy going back to it SQ wise but love the solid feel of the dials and levers on the amps. Still love the look of the big Pioneer recievers from that time, have occasionally been tempted but they go for good money on ebay,love the way they light up and all the needles flapping about.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PIONEER-SX-1280-MONSTER-RECEIVER-MEGA-RARE-MINT-CONDITION-220V-/150927968711?pt=UK_Sound_Vision_Stereo_Receivers&hash=item23240209c7[/quote]

My first Wharfedale experience was with Pioneer SA-706 and Linton. My friend had the Dentons, and mightily good they were given the price.

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Are you trying to say my beloved Harbeth 7's aren't beautiful?

Ok, guilty as charged, particularly on their Something Solid stands that look like something the BBC props department cobbled together in a hurry for an obscure episode of Dr Who.

Do sound good though.  :grin:

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philipjohnwright wrote:

Are you trying to say my beloved Harbeth 7's aren't beautiful?

Ok, guilty as charged, particularly on their Something Solid stands that look like something the BBC props department cobbled together in a hurry for an obscure episode of Dr Who.

Do sound good though.  :grin:

Not me, guv. Never made any reference to Harbeths.

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I think that was probably directed at me, although I didn't make any direct reference to them either.

However, agree that with the right ancilliary equipment, they can sound rather excellent. Smile

.............. notice how I qualified that?

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No reason speakers can't both sound wonderful and look wonderful.   Harbeths are styled for old men IMO.  

Those Dentons make me wonder about the sound quality with the baffle surrounded by a 1" ridge.   Most speakers are designed to minimize defraction and interaction from the baffle. 

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jaxwired wrote:

No reason speakers can't both sound wonderful and look wonderful.   Harbeths are styled for old men IMO.  

Those Dentons make me wonder about the sound quality with the baffle surrounded by a 1" ridge.   Most speakers are designed to minimize defraction and interaction from the baffle. 

I'll try not to take that personally Jax!

Harbeth in the right vineer can look superb and certainly my SHL5's sound beautiful.

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I'll try not to take that personally Jax!

Harbeth in the right vineer can look superb and certainly my SHL5's sound beautiful.

Mac

I don't disagree, I'm just saying they look old school with more traditional box dimensions and wood finishes.  I do like the eucalyptus veneer...

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jaxwired wrote:

Macspur wrote:

I'll try not to take that personally Jax!

Harbeth in the right vineer can look superb and certainly my SHL5's sound beautiful.

Mac

I don't disagree, I'm just saying they look old school with more traditional box dimensions and wood finishes.  I do like the eucalyptus veneer...

Got out of that one nicely... well put.

:grin:

 

BTW, really enjoying The Audreys, "When the flood comes in"

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PP, in case you're still lusting after the Totem Arrows, there's a pair going for a song on HiFi Wigwam.

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RE: Wharfedale Denton

Really love the Dentons personally. I reckon that there is a trend starting where manufacturers are designing products to look classic. It is my opinion that people who are new to hi-fi tend to prefer futuristic looking kit and as they get older they start prefering more classic looking kit. I love the look of Avantgardes, the Cayin range with the wooden trim and Leben amps, I certainly would not have 10 years ago. I don't think this speaker or any classic looking kit is going to be on the lust list for a new audiophile....

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