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Old 02-26-2011, 05:41 PM
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Wharfedale W60?

I picked up a pair of Wharfedale W60's at the local GW and after closer inspection they are similar on the outside with a non-removable front grill, single L-pad and screw type connectors.




Now once I popped the backs off the similarity stops, for the most part. The first has the red-banded Alnico (dated '62) LF driver and the other has a black magnet (dated '64) driver. Both are ported 2-way, but the XO's are different then anything I've seen while researching them here and the web. Anyone have a clue as to which models these are?

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Wharfedale W60 #2:

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Old 02-26-2011, 06:01 PM
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Good speakers. Both are Wharfedale woofers, one just looks like a later woofer (red magnet alnico woofer is the earlier version)
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:06 PM
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Strange - are you missing the mids? Or was there a version(s) of the W60 that was 2-way.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:37 PM
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Strange - are you missing the mids? Or was there a version(s) of the W60 that was 2-way.
Nope, AFAIK there are both 2-way ported and a 3-way acoustic suspension version.

Also is there a trick to getting the box off from around the tweeter? I unscrewed it, but something is impending the removal and I don't want to just rip it off and damage something.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:54 PM
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Both W60's. Different yerars. Wharfedale changed materials(AFAIK) during production with all of their speaekrs. I have seen this with many different wharfes. Unless the two were bought at the same time and had very close serial numers they could be different. THey driver configuration will be the same from one w60c to another w60c, but what drivers and what cossover components that are inside might be different.

Still great speakers. Put them back togetehr and give them a listen. Seee if they sound the same to you. They may not. I have two sets of wharfes that the right vs left speaker do sound slightly different.

I know this doesn't help alot.
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:36 AM
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I was hoping you would chime in Jcricket, so you're saying these are the W60C version? I'll slap them back together and give them another listen, but I don't think I have the right amplification for these though.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:29 AM
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I THINK they are the w60c. W60 something for sure. I'll see if I can find anything in my brochures that match exactly.

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Old 02-27-2011, 05:47 AM
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I just bought a few more pieces of literature. I'll know in a week. THose are more likely the straight w60's, but I need to double check something else too. I'll let you wonder about that until I know.

I'll post back more when I get that info - next week likely.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:53 AM
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I bought a couple more sales brochures from the bay. They should be here this week.

Wharfedale sold some speakers called expandables. This was part of the w series. I do not know a lot about them. Your speakers might be part of that series. I believe they would have been refered to as the E60's then. I'll let you know when the literature arrives.
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:25 AM
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Look like early W60's to me. The W60 (e) and (d) versions are 3 ways.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:27 PM
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Wharfedale sold some speakers called expandables. This was part of the w series. I do not know a lot about them. Your speakers might be part of that series. I believe they would have been refered to as the E60's then. I'll let you know when the literature arrives.
Interesting and I look forward to your findings, although the one has a badge that reads:

Model W60
Serial Number ??? (Have to check when I get home)
Made in England by
Wharfedale
Wireless Works, LTD.
Idle, Bradford
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Acquired a set of the Wharfedale W60's (early version) a couple of months ago.
One of them sounds pretty good (not a great presence on the mid\high) with good bass. Tho the bass may be somewhat muddy, but haven't tested them at all really.
The second speaker either has the single cap out or the tweeter may be blown.

Cabinets look OK, maybe a 5\10 due to some marks. I didn't help with a light sanding and oil... got some buildup off and exposed more marks.

At any rate, I will replace the caps and maybe the inductors. I also plan on bypassing the rheostat. Will use with an older receiver in a spare room.

I really like the cloth... very retro.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:50 AM
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Whoops, forgot the other pics

Whoops, forgot the other pics
Oh, and serials are 59956 & 59993
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:52 AM
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Acquired a set of the Wharfedale W60's (early version) a couple of months ago.
One of them sounds pretty good (not a great presence on the mid\high) with good bass. Tho the bass may be somewhat muddy, but haven't tested them at all really.
The second speaker either has the single cap out or the tweeter may be blown.

Cabinets look OK, maybe a 5\10 due to some marks. I didn't help with a light sanding and oil... got some buildup off and exposed more marks.

At any rate, I will replace the caps and maybe the inductors. I also plan on bypassing the rheostat. Will use with an older receiver in a spare room.

I really like the cloth... very retro.
I own W70's. Love them. Note that these speakers dont like alot of power. They work best with a low power receiver no more that 30WPC. i have also found that they work very well as part of an HT set up. Absolutely fabulous for movies.
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:37 PM
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My Dad has a pair of the W60C sitting in his living room that are mine for the cost of shipping. I don't remember much about them aside from the fact that they are in pristine condition, sounded nice to me 20 years ago and they were quite heavy. Is this model the one that has some sand fill? Is it possible to lighten these guys up for shipping by removing sand? This might seem like a silly question but I live in Calgary Alberta and he is back in Philadelphia so I can't easily have a look for myself.
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