Wharfedale Linton 85th Anniversary Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)
There's No Expiration Date on Vintage Style and Sound: Three-Way Wharfedale Linton Loudspeakers Feature Eight-Inch Woofer and Play with Elevated Openness and Taut Bass
When you look at the Wharfedale Linton loudspeaker, it's impossible not to sense the legacy of natural-sounding tradition, marvel at the classy styling, and smell the hand-veneered cabinets.
One of the most iconic models in the British manufacturer's history, and one that dates back to 1965, the updated Linton retains its predecessor's warm, rich disposition while also offering an elevated degree of open, detailed playback that make it a modern classic. Featuring an eight-inch Kevlar woofer, five-inch Kevlar midrange, and one-inch soft-dome tweeter, the Stereophile Class B Recommended Linton exudes timeless audiophile sound, looks, and character.
Gorgeously proportioned, the three-way Linton boasts an inset front baffle and traditional cloth grille that speak to its English roots. The woofer arrives mounted on a rigid, die-cast chassis that allows the unit to provide taut, controlled bass marked by engaging dynamics and remarkable extension.
The midrange comes housed in its own enclosure for ample separation while the tweeter – complete with a high-flux ferrite magnet for smooth high-frequency reproduction – helps account for stellar timing and imaging.
You can place Linton on stands of your choice or you can opt for the custom-made stands that also provide LP storage, available here. And, if you really want to go wild, you can get two pairs of Lintons and stack them. The result: Presence and imaging that will blow you away.
Looking at Linton, it becomes immediately clear that there's no expiration date on vintage style. The same can be said about superior sound, which you'll also find Linton offers with abundance.
"The Wharfedale Lintons merge a refined, elegantly detailed, full-range sound with a magnetic personality that made me want to play records—made me want to listen longer, and to understand more of what I was listening to.
These conspicuous talents, plus the fact that the Linton look Jaguar-like expensive, and cost less than they should, make the newest Wharfedales highly recommendable."
—Herb Reichert, Stereophile, Class B Recommended Product
"With effortless weight, spot-on stereo imaging and layer upon layer of marvelous detail, you could listen to these speakers for days and still not get tired. Just remember to change the record once in a while."
—What Hi-Fi?, five-star review
Enclosure Type: Bass reflex
Transducer Complement: 3-way
Bass Driver: 8"(200mm) black woven Kevlar cone
Midrange Driver: 5"(135mm) black woven Kevlar cone
Treble Driver: 1" (25mm) soft dome
AV Shield: No
Sensitivity (2.0V @ 1m): 90dB
Recommended Amplifier Power: 25-200W
Peak SPL: 110dB
Nominal Impedance: 6Ω
Minimum Impedance: 3.5Ω
Frequency Response(+/-3dB): 40Hz ~ 20kHz
Bass Extension(-6dB): 35Hz
Crossover Frequency: 630Hz & 2.4kHz
Dimensions (HWD): 22.2" x 11.8" x 13.0"
Weight: 40.6 lbs.