Wharfedale DX-1SE is a £400 speaker package

The package comprises four satellite speakers, a centre channel and a compact active subwoofer, and aims to build on the success of the DX-1 HCP speaker package that it replaces.

The design of the satellites and centre speakers has been influenced by the company’s Diamond series, although the DX-1SE satellites stand just 19cm tall. Each of the four satellites features a 19mm silk dome tweeter and a 75mm mid/bass driver with a woven polypropylene cone, which has been used for its lightness, strength and rigid qualities.

Wharfedale says the speakers can be placed close to a wall thanks to their closed-box design.

The centre speaker meanwhile also uses the same 19mm silk dome tweeter but has been fitted with two 75mm mid/bass drivers. Wharfedale claims to have designed the centre so that it’s better able to control airflow, which it says results in a “rich and detailed centre channel performance, a critical part of the surround sound experience".

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Finally, the WH-D8 subwoofer has a 200mm long-throw bass cone coupled with a 120-watt amplifier, and aims to produce bass that’s “fast, deep and well-defined”.

Peter Comeau, director of acoustic design at IAG, said: “In the DX-1SE we have incorporated elements from Wharfedale’s award-winning Diamond speakers to deliver a high-value package that is not only a delight in the home, but also extremely enjoyable to listen to. Modern movie soundtracks are exceptionally demanding, but we've made sure that this package is tailor-made for the job.”

The DX-1SE package will be available in high-gloss black or white, and is due on sale later this month for £400.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.