Have your say & ask the experts!

Wharfedale dentons vs monitor audio rx1

21 replies [Last post]
Bebeboy's picture
Offline
Joined: 9 Nov 2012
Posts: 58

I already have the dentons. They are exceptional speaker in terms of sound and build quality. I happen to see a MA RX1 in piano black gloss, lovely speakers too. How was it compared to dentons? Anybody heard both? Inputs please

plastic penguin's picture
Offline
Joined: 28 Apr 2008
Posts: 15601
Best advice is to audition

Best advice is to audition and compare. I'm a big fan of the 1970s Dentons - sure they will both give you a difference presentation. But it'll come down to your amp and source to which make will be better.

__________________

Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i

 

Formerly known as plastic penguin

chebby's picture
Online
Joined: 2 Jun 2008
Posts: 15397
RE: Best advice is to audition

plastic penguin wrote:
I'm a big fan of the 1970s Dentons...

Not sure if the OP is referring to the current model Dentons or the original 1960s Dentons or the 1970s 2XP versions.

 

__________________

Marantz M-CR603 • Rega R3 loudspeakers • AirPlay • Apple iPad Mini • Apple iPhone 5 • Apple iMac • Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11N • Humax HDR-Fox T2 • Panasonic TX-L32D25B • Sony BDP-S390

Al ears's picture
Offline
Joined: 23 Nov 2008
Posts: 2442
RE: Best advice is to audition

chebby wrote:

plastic penguin wrote:
I'm a big fan of the 1970s Dentons...

Not sure if the OP is referring to the current model Dentons or the original 1960s Dentons or the 1970s 2XP versions.

 

I was assuming he meant the latest model as I doubt there's many of us oldies that would have heard the original model and the RX1's and still remembered what they sounded like. excellent!

__________________

Origin Live Aurora Gold+Illustrious Mk2 arm+Zyx R100-02/Stello CDT200+Stello DA220 dac/Tom Evans Groove Anniversary phono amp/Tom Evans Vibe preamp/Linear A power amp/Acoustic Zen Adagios/Chord cables/Oppo 105EU.

plastic penguin's picture
Offline
Joined: 28 Apr 2008
Posts: 15601
RE: Best advice is to audition

Neither.

Based on the reviews of the new Dentons they seem to have a very similar signature to the 1970s Dentons i.e. smooth sound that majors on solidity rather than out and out detail.

As you know no-one else had responded to the OP's question I recommended he try and listen to the MAs before committing. 

__________________

Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i

 

Formerly known as plastic penguin

floyd droid's picture
Offline
Joined: 5 Sep 2008
Posts: 2698
RE: Best advice is to audition

plastic penguin wrote:

As you know no-one else had responded to the OP's question I recommended he try and listen to the MAs before committing. 

 

Committing what , suicide ?.  Wink

plastic penguin's picture
Offline
Joined: 28 Apr 2008
Posts: 15601
RE: Best advice is to audition

floyd droid wrote:

plastic penguin wrote:

As you know no-one else had responded to the OP's question I recommended he try and listen to the MAs before committing. 

 

Committing what , suicide ?.  Wink

Huh! Floydie, Floydie, Floydie....

Clue: "...happen to see a MA RX1 in piano black gloss, lovely speakers too. How was it compared to dentons?"

 

__________________

Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i

 

Formerly known as plastic penguin

floyd droid's picture
Offline
Joined: 5 Sep 2008
Posts: 2698
RE: Best advice is to audition

I know I know PP. It didnt read right but I couldnt be fagged to delete it ,lol.  Bored today ,does it show.

 

Mibbe I should have typed ... suicide after being subjected to..... excellent!

plastic penguin's picture
Offline
Joined: 28 Apr 2008
Posts: 15601
RE: Best advice is to audition

floyd droid wrote:

I know I know PP. It didnt read right but I couldnt be fagged to delete it ,lol.  Bored today ,does it show.

 

Mibbe I should have typed ... suicide after being subjected to..... excellent!

Quite possibly. How many grains of sugar do you get to one tea spoon? Smile

Always had a 'soft spot' for the old Dentons.... shock, horrorshocked  even considered them as possible replacement for the RS6s, but somehow I feel they'd be a sideway stride. 

__________________

Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i

 

Formerly known as plastic penguin

floyd droid's picture
Offline
Joined: 5 Sep 2008
Posts: 2698
RE: Best advice is to audition

Waaaay off topic ,sorry OP. Have they sorted your frisser spinner yet PP ?.

plastic penguin's picture
Offline
Joined: 28 Apr 2008
Posts: 15601
RE: Best advice is to audition

floyd droid wrote:

Have they sorted your frisser spinner yet PP ?.

Allegedly. Still no sign of its imminent return.

__________________

Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i

 

Formerly known as plastic penguin

manicm's picture
Offline
Joined: 1 May 2008
Posts: 2673
RE: Best advice is to audition

I have the RX1s, and they're an eminently musical speaker. They don't have the soundstage of say a 685 (still the class leader in this respect IMHO), but you won't notice it because it just lets you go ahead and enjoy the music. Plus it's pretty easy to drive, with high sensitivity and a very stable load.

__________________

Arcam Solo Mini/Monitor Audio RX1/Cambridge Audio 751BD/Samsung 37” LCD

danrv's picture
Offline
Joined: 17 Sep 2010
Posts: 194
RE: Best advice is to audition

Used to own them. Smooth, controlled sound with a slightly rounded off treble. Would liked to have kept them but bass was a little too much as I had them in corners.Went for front ported instead.

Very nice speakers in the right setup.

__________________

Roksan Kandy K2 amp / Roksan Kandy K2 Cd player / Dali Lektor 2 / Chord Chrimson Plus / Chord Carnival Silverscreen / Atacama Nexus 6 / Target Hifi stand / Advanced Acoustics 3ft bass traps.

Bebeboy's picture
Offline
Joined: 9 Nov 2012
Posts: 58
RE: Wharfedale dentons vs monitor audio rx1

I mean the new dentons, 80th anniversary edition. They are easy on the ears. Would the rx1 also pair nicely with a rotel rc1550 preamp and rb1080 power amp, cd player is a denon dcd 1650al and rotel rcd 06se. Chord ics and speaker cables.

or a nad amp say 325 would be better paired with the rx1?

thanks mates

manicm's picture
Offline
Joined: 1 May 2008
Posts: 2673
RE: Best advice is to audition

danrv wrote:

Used to own them. Smooth, controlled sound with a slightly rounded off treble. Would liked to have kept them but bass was a little too much as I had them in corners.Went for front ported instead.

Very nice speakers in the right setup.

Even a front-ported speaker is going to be compromised right in a corner. Mine are not right in corners but about 20cm from the rear wall. They're smooth but I don't find the treble rounded -off. In fact they're more extended than the BX2.

__________________

Arcam Solo Mini/Monitor Audio RX1/Cambridge Audio 751BD/Samsung 37” LCD

Bebeboy's picture
Offline
Joined: 9 Nov 2012
Posts: 58
RE: Best advice is to audition

manicm wrote:

danrv wrote:

Used to own them. Smooth, controlled sound with a slightly rounded off treble. Would liked to have kept them but bass was a little too much as I had them in corners.Went for front ported instead.

Very nice speakers in the right setup.

Even a front-ported speaker is going to be compromised right in a corner. Mine are not right in corners but about 20cm from the rear wall. They're smooth but I don't find the treble rounded -off. In fact they're more extended than the BX2.

 

your using the rx1 with the arcam solo?