I think the review and rating is not fair as the poor cosmetic built was highlighted most, while ignoring the need to tell about sound quality. This review with 3 star rating does not help me to decide. I hope whathifi team will revise this review because we need to know it's actual potential.
We do spend a decent chunk of the review talking about sound quality. It's just when the product is so poor in a specific area we have to spend time highlighting that too. We've looked at a number of different samples of the 155 since we first reviewed the product and have decided to put it up to 4 stars. The finish on the later samples was certainly better, but still not perfect.
ive just bought a pair of these from my local seven oaks and im very impresed with the finish and i have the model number 00001 they have a gorgous sound but i feel like it lacks a little transparancy as im using an old yamaha dsp ax620 av amp i was wondering if i could get some advice on which amp i should go for to really bring the best out of these i listen to a very broad range of musici listen in cd format and also use jriver for flac and wav files so a suitable dac and cd player wouldnt be a miss many thanks a very excited audiophile noob
Aren't they scared to loose customers? It takes a long time to build reputation but not to loose it.
Hopefully they are planning to release some v2 of this line in the near future.
Wharfedale used to be a proud British brand. It is now a cheap Chinese brand and has been for quite a while (owned by the Chinese group IAG), so it should come as no surprise that quality is sadly lacking (and remember, the units they send to reviewers are better than most!).
While Wharfdale may be employing a handful of people in the UK let us not be fooled. All the manufacturing, and probably a good portion of the design (if not all), is done in China, so perhaps not surprising that buying a Wharfedale product of today is not the same as buying one 15 years ago.
The thing is, bob_robson, several of us have visited the IAG factory in China and usually their build quality is very good (and Wharfedale is far from the only 'UK' brand to make speakers in China). The idea that just because something is made in China it will be poor quality just doesn't hold true in this day and age. Which is why we were so surprised by the poor finish on the 155s.
Bought the 155s and the finish on my pair is good..
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