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Wharfedale E50 HiFi Loudspeakers
Floorstanding full range speakers in Walnut veneer reflex cabinets.
3-way bass, mid range and treble drive units set behind quality machined aluminium face plates with variable cross-over for bass and treble contour adjustment set by solid machined aluminium controls.
The E Series Wharfedales were produced during the late 1970s / early 1980s and the range consists of 6 models - the E20, E30, E50, E70, E90 and E90PRO, the numbers relating to the volume of the cabinets in litres. The speakers were largely overlooked by the press when launched due to the new realisation that the source was the first key to high fidelity, not the loudspeaker as was the prior mantra. Almost overnight, media attention moved to the new philosophy of high precision turntables and pickups, high power solid state amplifiers and low efficiency speakers which were often difficult to drive with power sucking heavy duty crossover arrangements and highly reactive loads.
In stark contrast, the E Series were designed as a mid - high level speaker for use with the low output transistor and valve amps which had hitherto been the norm. The E stands for high efficiency which means that the speakers work well with low - medium power amps and are noted for their excellent performance with valve amplifiers. High efficiency speakers allow an amplifier to work less hard to produce a given level of sound output. This means that the amplifier operates with greater reserve power or headroom for transients and loud passages, and with a lower level of distortion, resulting in a more pleasant listening experience with less chance of damaging the speakers from clipping due to amplifier overload.
The Wharfedale E Series loudspeakers have been experiencing a renaissance in recent years as many audiophiles re-evaluate older loudspeakers in the light of the re-emergence of valve amplification, and a generation of new listeners comes to appreciate their build quality and open, exciting sound. The E50 and E70 models are considered the best balanced of the range and most sought after.
Specification (per speaker)
This pair of speakers have been owned by me from new and used regularly on and off for the last 25 years, alternating with Quad ESL63s, Linn Saras, Linn Kans and others, and usually teamed up with Quad amplifiers. Like many owners, I became very attached to them which says something for their quality. I don't claim they are in the same league as some of my other speakers but they were certainly good enough to provide enjoyable, open, fast and quite detailed music for a modest outlay. When not in use, they have been dry stored in the house, and they have not been abused in any way.
For sale with original boxes, packaging and instructions.
The loudspeaker stands shown in the pictures were not supplied with the speakers but are available as optional extras.
Product Code: WHAP16
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