July 06, 2012 — Article
Wharfdale is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a limited edition enhanced version of the Wharfdale Denton speaker.
Millions of pairs of the Wharfdale Denton, one of the company’s best-loved classic speakers, were sold worldwide from its 1967 debut up until the end of the 1970s.
Remade by designer Peter Comeau, the 80th anniversary edition incorporates 21st century technology in a two-way speaker with traditional rich mahogany-veneered bookend casing and a tungsten grey cloth grille. Comeau paid tribute to the original Dentons, claiming they were one of the reasons he chose to go into speaker design in the first place. He added, “In voicing the new Denton I had in mind the original, which sounded musical, but with a pleasing touch of warmth”.
Among the key features contributing to this warmth of sound performance in the new edition are ‘sandwich’ cabinet walls, an inset front baffle, a high-performance bass/mid unit comprising a 125mm woven Kevlar cone, a low-profile chassis, rear-firing twin reflex ports and a ferrite-powered treble motor system.
Blending new and old, the crossover is based on phase-perfect Linkwitz-Riley filters, modelled in the company’s advanced crossover simulation software, but fine-tuned by ear to achieve optimum sonic balance.
Connectivity benefits from gold-plated contact areas and bridging strips allow firm connections, while the offset pattern allows heavy-duty cables to be employed plus a wider range of cable connection options.
The limited edition 80th anniversary Wharfdale Denton retails at £500 per pair.