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Offline merelyok

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http://www.wharfedale.co.uk/linton/



This has certainly piqued my interest.

Anyone knows who carries Wharfedale in Singapore?

( A quick search suggests Par Audion @ SLS ? )

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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2019, 21:55 »
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 19:06 »
Looks interesting. Arriving in Australia next month.
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2019, 00:01 »
Looks interesting. Arriving in Australia next month.

How much retail? Is it made in the UK?

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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2019, 10:55 »
No idea. Will find out when it gets here
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2019, 08:53 »
It's listed at 999 pounds (without stands).

Should be coming to SG within a month or two.

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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2019, 15:00 »
Got an update:

A$2500 including stands. Made in China.

WOW

For comparison, the tontrager stands for the Harbeth SHL5+ retails for A$1700!!! :D
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2019, 16:30 »
Got an update:

A$2500 including stands. Made in China.

WOW

For comparison, the tontrager stands for the Harbeth SHL5+ retails for A$1700!!! :D


Got BBC sound or not.  :D


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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2019, 17:25 »
Got an update:

A$2500 including stands. Made in China.

WOW

For comparison, the tontrager stands for the Harbeth SHL5+ retails for A$1700!!! :D


That's not too bad i reckon! ( esp. with the stands included ).


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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2019, 19:13 »
Don’t know the sound. Gotta wait till next month.
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2019, 12:08 »
The Chinese company IAG bought over Wharfedale in 1997 and produces the Wharfedale Denton Anniversary few years ago. The old Denton were good speakers in the 70s'. With the success of the Denton Anniversary, they now want to revive the Linton series also from the 70s' and early 80s'.

Honestly, if you can find the vintage Denton, Linton or the original W series such as the W25, W35, W45, W60 and W90, they are great buys. They have the warm vintage sound which in my mind sounded better and more natural especially driven with low output transistor amplifier or tube amp. The old series Wharfedale are hard to come by because they are very well built and are collectors' items. 

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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2019, 12:19 »
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2019, 21:07 »
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2019, 17:09 »
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2019, 18:02 »
shut up and take my money!! ;D

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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2019, 18:40 »
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2019, 17:31 »
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2019, 13:25 »
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2019, 13:42 »
Getting the shops' demo units next week :D
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2019, 22:30 »
Can get it for around $1900 from China , Local selling how much?

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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2019, 12:40 »
Can get it for around $1900 from China , Local selling how much?

Check Carousell - there are some listings for this for around $2k. You can do a check with City Electronics (Sim Lim Square) too.

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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2019, 21:34 »
curious. how is compare to SHL5plus?

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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #22 on: June 19, 2019, 21:22 »
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #23 on: June 19, 2019, 23:55 »
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #24 on: June 20, 2019, 12:38 »
It’s finally here



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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #25 on: June 20, 2019, 12:48 »
Very nice wood finish...!
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #26 on: June 20, 2019, 12:50 »
Don’t expect bass with good body from these speakers.

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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #27 on: June 20, 2019, 14:32 »
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #28 on: June 20, 2019, 15:59 »
First of all.. LOVE how well designed these speakers are. Even the stands have matching wood finishes.

Don’t expect bass with good body from these speakers.

It would be a mistake to listen to these speakers and try to be analytical.

Even from the first note, the speakers are engaging and enveloping and full. Partnered with the Audio Research VSI75SE and the Lumin D2... the music never feels harsh. I put in a recent Tina Arena song that I knew was going to be harsh. It wasn't. I thought I was mistaken so I played the same track on a pair of 705S2s and no, i wasn't mistaken. The Linton feels like an engaging sound that often catches me by surprise. I use it in the foyer - which resembles a normal living room with hard floors, windows and a rug and it just comes alive. I have tried many speakers in the same space, and they invariably disappoint. Most speakers need to be in a reasonably well treated room to sound good.

But whether I have the volume up or down, it's a stunning speaker. And while I am working, a song comes on and I am swept away by the music. Goosebumps moments.

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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2019, 11:40 »
Doggie, do you have a Harbeth SHL+ to compare with the Linton?

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« Reply #30 on: June 27, 2019, 12:32 »
Doggie, do you have a Harbeth SHL+ to compare with the Linton?

I used to.

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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #31 on: June 27, 2019, 15:58 »
How does the performance compared with Harbeth?

I used to.



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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #32 on: June 27, 2019, 16:05 »
I can’t say I really warmed to the sound of the SHL5+ or the C7.

It feels like they are trying to get an LS3/5 to extend beyond what they are comfortable doing.

The Radial woofer is asked to stretch to a lower register that it shouldn’t. So the bass is a little bloated and uncontrolled. That’s what I feel about both the SHL5+ and C7. The SHL5 then adds a super tweeter that I feel doesnt complement the sound.

The Linton sounds IMHO like Harbeth’s Monitor range - which I prefer over the C7/SHL5+.

The M30.2 uses the same drivers as the C7 but doesn’t try to extend the bottom end. It sounds more natural as a result. That’s what the Linton and Denton sound like.

If anything, the Linton sounds like a smaller (much smaller) M40.2. The bass still doesn’t go low. But it has a dedicated 8” woofer just to handle the low frequencies. And the midrange driver focuses on the mids.
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2019, 21:10 »
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #34 on: August 11, 2019, 16:20 »
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Re: Wharfdale Linton ( Cheaper Harbeth / Spendor alternative? )
« Reply #35 on: August 14, 2019, 21:06 »
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