Wharfedale Linton Heritage 85th Anniversary Speakers

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  1. dolsey01

    dolsey01 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    As new information about these has been coming out, I thought it was time to pull the information into a new dedicated thread and out of the Denton thead.

    LINTON Heritage – WHARFEDALE

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    Based on this image, it looks like they will be £999 or about $1300 USD. (Stands Extra)
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    At the bottom of this article is a teaser:

    The Bristol Hifi Show Report With Ian Ringstead | Hifi Pig

    While I would love a pair of Harbeth Speakers, these are more along the lines of what my wallet will support.
     
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  2. dolsey01

    dolsey01 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  3. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    These could be a very welcome budget-friendly alternative to the Made in UK Spendors and Harbeths, much like the Denton 80s are.

    I wonder why they decided to not make these bi-wirable.

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  4. martinb4

    martinb4 Forum Resident

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    Not a bad price at all. Wonder what those stands add to the cost...
     
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  5. ThorensSme

    ThorensSme Forum Resident

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    I emailed Wharfedale re: comparing these to the Denton 80th, they replied:

    "Thank you for your E-mail

    The Linton 85 offers a similar sound character to the Denton 80 in the classic Wharfedale tradition, while being more sensitive and offering a bigger dynamic scale and soundstage.

    Regards,”
     
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  6. dolsey01

    dolsey01 Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I'm hoping $299-399.
     
  7. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    That sounds about right... The Dentons are 86db efficient and the Lintons are 90dB.
     
  8. james

    james Forum Resident

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    nice looking stands
     
  9. ChrisR2060

    ChrisR2060 Well-Known Member

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    To make them even more budget-friendly!
    I will be in the market for something along the line of Linton (probably around $1.5K w/stands), harbeth 7esr ($4.4K w/ stands), or Spendor classic 2/3 ($6K w/stands)...

    It will be interesting to see if the Linton are even comparable..
     
  10. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    For "budget" speakers made in China, look at the stunning mirrored-grain walnut finish on my Dentons...

    They were more of a cocoa brown color when I got them a couple of years ago, but they've aged and developed a more reddish tint.

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  11. ChrisR2060

    ChrisR2060 Well-Known Member

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    You're not selling them are you?
    Wharfedale is on a roll with these classic models...
     
  12. JackG

    JackG Forum Resident

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    I've never had particularly strong feelings about stands but I'd have to get those with these speakers.
     
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  13. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    I had considered it off and on since buying my Spendors, but I know I would regret it later on... These really are superb speakers, and I was very lucky to receive a pair with such an exceptional finish.

    I gasped when I first opened the carton and saw that burl!

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  14. Helom

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    I think you lucked out on that finish - haven't seen any other examples nearly that nice.
     
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  15. Helom

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    The Spatial Audio M4 Turbo S' are comparable to that level of speaker, and better in some regards.
     
  16. ranch 22b

    ranch 22b Well-Known Member

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    I've seen those pics of your speakers more than once and they never fail to impress me. AP, you really have some beautiful speakers there.

    Every time I see these Dentons @$399, I am sorely tempted to purchase a pair. Then, I consider the size of my room and think that I'm better off staying with my Dynaco A-25 speakers (which sound pretty darn good to me). I also have some Paradigm 5seMkII, when I want a little more detail.
     
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  17. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    I believe you are correct.

    Better still, they sound really really nice.
     
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  18. wim1983

    wim1983 Active Member

    I think the wrap pattern shown here a bit too much for me, that's why I mentioned they need strict craftsmanship on the wood veneer. Early limited batch looking consistent and better a lot.
    The Denton 80th pairs I owned still truly represent limited walnut finish, time past yet still looking vintage and elegant, I can say it's my best furniture anytime haha. Very suspicious when they mention the Linton has similar sound, anyway to look at the tweeters more carefully?
     
  19. ChrisR2060

    ChrisR2060 Well-Known Member

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    The Linton looks to me like a denton 85th with an added 8" bass driver.
     
  20. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    Lovely finish as these as well.
     
  21. allied333

    allied333 TUBE AMPLIFIER REBUILDER - inquire

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    I suspect cost is perhaps as low as $699. May take a few months on the market to get a pair for $699.
     
  22. Andy Saunders

    Andy Saunders Forum Resident

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    Looks a lot of speaker for the money..... those stands maybe expensive.....
     
  23. Manimal

    Manimal Forum Resident

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    Handsome speaker and stands. Would look great with my old Pioneers.
     
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  24. Slippers-on

    Slippers-on Forum Resident

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    Naw...dont sell them. You will regret it. Besides......your reviews made the deciding point of getting them for my wifes office. If not using them, put them in the audio closet. You'd pull them out at some point down the years. Trust me.
     
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  25. action pact

    action pact Forum Resident

    Eggs-ackley. It's not like I'm gonna make a bundle selling them...
     

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