By Mark Fleischmann • June, 2010
At A Glance: Beautifully styled satellite/subwoofer set • Keyhole mount for on-wall placement • Well-rounded sound
From England to China
Wharfedale is an Anglo-Chinese speaker brand and one of the most storied names in the high-end audio industry. The brand began in 1932 in Yorkshire, in the north of England, and it went through a few changes of ownership before it became part of the International Audio Group (IAG) in 1996. IAG is owned by two Taiwanese brothers, Bernard and Michael Chang, who made their fortune with karaoke equipment. For a decade and a half, they restored the luster to Wharfedale and its sister brand Quad.
The two brands now live in industrial luxury in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, in one of China’s Special Economic Zones. In the factory where they are produced, the designer is virtually omnipotent. He doesn’t use any off-the-shelf parts, nor does he have to wait six months to have a part custom-made. Instead, the on-site tool and die shop makes parts for him, and he can redesign them as many times as he wants. This gives him power over everything that goes into a Wharfedale or Quad loudspeaker. It also lets him stuff products with high-quality parts at a fraction of what it would cost somewhere else.
See complete review: http://hometheatermag.com/compactspe...peaker_system/
I would LOVE to see more posts that review smaller satellite type speaker systems like this.
Denon AVR-988 * Harmony ONE
Klipsch RF-82 II front * RC3 center * RP3 surrounds * KEF HTS1001 rear
Rythmik Audio DS1501 CI sub
Samsung LN46B550 LCD
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