New Speakers

NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
They've been out for years, so nothing new to see here. Wharfedale Denton 80th Anniversary bookies. These guys are just as beautiful in person as they are in the pictures I was drooling over. The grey grill fabric really gives them that 1970s look. The way the binding posts are made it awkward to get the MIT jumpers on there, brass plates stayed in the box. Breaking them in, no thoughts yet.

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afterburnt wrote: »
They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

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  • verbverb Posts: 8,009
    Very nice!
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,966
    They are nice looking speakers B)
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
    Definitely rolled off highs compared to the Dynaudio's. There's still plenty of high end, just without the very upper "sparkle" I guess I would say. Hard to describe. Don't want to make it sound like they're muffled or anything.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,887
    The larger Lintons really peek my interest.
  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 13,102
    Those are beautiful looking speakers! I much prefer old school looking speakers with gorgeous real wood veneer finish over modern high gloss/plasticky baffled ones. I almost pulled the trigger a few times on a Red Mahogany pair myself, especially when they dropped to $399 during the holiday season a couple of years ago.

    I'm anxious to hear your impressions after you get more time with them.
    "Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music." ~ Ronald Reagan

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  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 13,102
    The larger Lintons really peek my interest.

    Mine too!! B)

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    "Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music." ~ Ronald Reagan

    “I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God.” ~ Johnny Cash




  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,715
    welcome back Rick.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
    Rick88 wrote: »
    The larger Lintons really peek my interest.

    Mine too!! B)

    So who's going to be the first to get them here?
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
    I was happy with the Dynaudios as well. You know how it is, though. I want to hear everything out there, in my own environment, equipment, and cables.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,603
    Very cool! I will be very interested to hear some thoughts after a month or so of break in - especially after Friday!!

    I too have been drooling over their bigger brothers
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
    Couple more quick thoughts.

    1) These are not speakers for blasting Pantera at 100db like SDA's are. They'll play loud but they lose their composure.

    2) If I played a couple of Puscifer songs for you in my room (10x10) you would never guess this bass is coming from a single 5" woofer. Legitimate deep bass. I'm sure in a large room it would be underwhelming.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 13,102
    edited August 27
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Couple more quick thoughts.

    1) These are not speakers for blasting Pantera at 100db like SDA's are. They'll play loud but they lose their composure.


    I briefly tried the Reva 2's a few years back, and returned them for that very reason.

    They were fine up to about 85 db or so, but once I cranked them up the woofers bottomed out. Granted it was in a room that realistically was too large for them, and with a 5" woofer running them full range, physics kicks in at some point. They were sweet sounding speakers though.
    "Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music." ~ Ronald Reagan

    “I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God.” ~ Johnny Cash




  • verbverb Posts: 8,009
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
    Are you thinking about it or just sharing?
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • verbverb Posts: 8,009
    Nightfall wrote: »
    Are you thinking about it or just sharing?

    More sharing! But thinking too! :)
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  • Speakers are looking great.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 23,454
    odd first post -- I don't see a spam link, though...

    :*
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,603
    Good review of the 85th Anniv. Lintons in thie months Stereophile
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  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 13,102
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    odd first post -- I don't see a spam link, though...

    :*

    Love your new avatar!! B)
    "Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music." ~ Ronald Reagan

    “I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God.” ~ Johnny Cash




  • WagnerRCWagnerRC Posts: 1,965
    Welcome back Rick88
  • Rick88Rick88 Posts: 13,102
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Good review of the 85th Anniv. Lintons in thie months Stereophile

    That is a good review, thanks for posting! It makes me want to hear them even more. They are really gorgeous too. Though I'm almost always a grill off guy, I think those look better with the grill on. To my eyes, there's always been something odd about speakers with an inset baffle.
    "Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music." ~ Ronald Reagan

    “I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God.” ~ Johnny Cash




  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,966
    So Josh, what's the verdict?
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
    They're good speakers. They're not the best rock 'n roll speakers though.

    They lack something in the imaging/sound stage department. I don't know how else to explain but on the new Tool song Fear Inoculum Adam's guitar at points in the song on the Dynaudio Emit M20's sounded like they started at the speakers and then wrapped around the sides of the
    entire room coming all the way towards your head. On the Wharfedale's they start at the speakers and then only come about a foot towards you. Did a lot of experimenting with toe in and couldn't get them to do what the Dyn's do as far as that's concerned.

    The bass is impressive for a 5" woofer. Highs are there but are subdued a bit, lack some upper detail and sparkle if you will. Extremely non fatiguing to listen to.

    There's people that absolutely love these things though, so what do I know. Maybe they listen to a lot of classical and jazz instead of rock and metal.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
    edited September 19
    Here's someone from Steve Hoffman Forum. Maybe I'm doing something wrong. Vs. the Dyn's it was same room, same equipment, same positioning, same everything. Maybe our definitions of surround like sound stage are different.
    With careful positioning and just a little toe-in I get great, almost surround like soundstage and good instrument separation.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 42,966
    Thanks.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
    If anyone in the Denver area would like to borrow these for a while to give them a listen, let me know. @Toolfan66 @stainless0steel2
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,392
    I've been eyeing them in the MD catalogs, like the look of them.
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  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 8,505
    edited September 20
    They do sound good though, don't get me wrong. Warm. Not bright. Easy to listen to for hours. Prettiest looking speakers I have. I like them better than the very expensive Focal tower speakers I heard at a local HiFi shop. They just lack something I can't find the words for and at least in my setup they're good at imaging but the sound stage is smaller than I'd like.
    afterburnt wrote: »
    They didn't speak a word of English, they were from South Carolina.

    Village Idiot of Club Polk
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 7,241
    What kind of speaker cables were you using with them, just simply out of curiosity.
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