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Researching Wharfedale, not easy here in the States

Discussion in 'British Audio' started by transmaster, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. transmaster

    transmaster AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Been going through the archived copies of Audio, Stereo Review, and High-fidelity magazines looking for information on My Wharfedale speakers so far all I have found is a lab tests for the W25, and the W60E. In Stereo Review, Plus ad’s for the W45 and W70E. It is a real blast from the past for me because I subscribed to all of these magazines at the time.
    For many years I have said the W25 blew the doors off of the AR-7. Now I know why. The W25 is far more efficient than the AR-7. The audio receiver I had at that time was rated for 12 Watts. With modern measurements that might have been half of that. The W25’s minimum drive was 5 watts, with a Max of 35 Watts. The AR-7 requires 15 watts and can handle more than 50 Watts. Now I really want those AR-7’s back from my Brother so I can restore them.

    Here is the link to the site https://www.americanradiohistory.com/index.htm
    It is a great deal of fun looking at these old magazines. All of the turntables. The Pickering VX-15 cartridge my absolute favorite. I even ran across an 8 track carousel player, oh the horror.

    Here is the Ad’ for the W45 notice the orientation of the speaker. Apparently Wharfedale only advertised in High Fidelity magazine I have found nothing in Stereo Review, and Audio magazine circa 1970. There I have seen in addition to the W45, the W60E, and the W70E. The “E” designation is the Achromatic (acoustic suspended) version of these models.

    High Fidelity; Vol 20, #12, Page 57
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  2. Bosphrous

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    Just curious, what was the impedence of the W25's?
     
  3. transmaster

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    All of the Achromatic (acoustic suspended) Wharfedales were 8 Ohms. That would be the W25, W35, W45, W60E, W70E, and the W80E Variflex.

    The W80E is a very rare speaker I have never seen one for sale. I would love to hear one. It was a 4 way with a strange steerable baffle to direct the sound of the upward firing woofer into the room.

    W80E Variflex (1969 -?)
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