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Wharfedale launches budget Vista 100 soundbar and DS-1 wireless speakers

Wharfedale will introduce its new £150 Vista 100 soundbar in the UK at the Bristol Sound and Vision Show later this month. It was first shown at CES in January, where it picked up an Innovations Award.

It's equipped with Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, and uses Sonic Emotion Absolute 3D technology to help deliver "crisp, dynamic and spatial sound". The built-in amplifier delivers a claimed 60W, powering six neodymium drivers.

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According to Wharfedale the performance is powerful enough not to require a separate subwoofer, and the use of Absolute 3D tech provides a wide sweet spot for optimum sound quality wherever you sit in the room.

Connections include one coaxial and one optical digital input, plus one pair of RCA phono sockets and a single 3.5mm jack. The Wharfedale Vista 100 weighs 3.3kg, and measures 81 x 11 x 9.8cm.

Also new from Wharfedale are the DS-1 active desktop Bluetooth speakers. Using aptX Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the two-way speakers sport one-touch NFC connection to help you get streaming music in an instant, draw 35 watts of power and stand 19cm tall.

Due out later this year, the Wharfedale DS-1 speakers will cost £149.

by Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.