Wharfedale Linton Heritage Speaker Review



Price: $1498.00 with Stands (Jun, 2019)
Overall Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️¼

Reasonably priced Package with quality build, overall sound is a joy to listen.

Pros: Musical Sound, Quality Midrange.
Cons: Little More Treble Refinement & Bass definition Please.,

Build Quality: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ ⭐️½
Highs:⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
Midrange: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️½
Bass: ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sound Stage:⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Price: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ½

Associated Equipments,
PSB Alpha P5 Speaker:
KEF LS50;
JBL Studio 590;
Music by Grace Mahya;
Denon PMA-2000IVR Integrated:
Marantz UD7007:
Canare 4S11 Speaker Cables:
AudioQuest Big Sur RCA Cables:
AudioQuest Type 4 Cables:
KnuKonceptz Banana Plugs:
AudioQuest Cables:

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39 thoughts on “Wharfedale Linton Heritage Speaker Review

  1. Great review and lovely looking speakers. That binding post problem will drive me nuts! You might want to contact Wharfedale and see if it's a widespread problem.

  2. The way you review these… they seem to have characteristics of 80’s 3 way speakers. Big, unsatisfying bass, bright and forward. And yet I want a pair.

  3. I have Wharfedale Diamond 220 which one or two of the binding posts have the same problem. When I turn the cap, the whole connector rotates. I wonder can I fix it myself by opening the box.

  4. I like the form factor. The prominent midrange suggests the speaker is designed to be quite close to the wall or on the floor. I guess Wharfedale want a modern speaker with a nostalgic sound. They link like a budget take on the Spendor and Harbeth three ways. I guess they sound great with expensive gear attached. Large stand mounts on good stands are a great proposition in my experience.

  5. Terrible binding posts. The lack of a biamp option is a dumb decision. There must be tons of diffraction around that "frame" in the front. Open them up and look inside at the materials and the build quality. The drives are removable from the front – it is trivial. What is the cabinet material? Is it pressed cardboard like the Diamond series?! Any bracing? What is the xover like? Electrolytic caps? Iron-core inductors? For $1200, you really want to know these things, and more. What about power handling? Can they play loud, and how well?

  6. Wasting my time talking about a defective binding post annoys me, quite a lot. It's meant to work, of course it is. God damn.

  7. It looks like the only thing in common with the original Linton speakers is the name. The originals were a 2 way unit and some what smaller. As for the binding posts, no excuse for that. Very poor design and zero quality control.
    I used to sell these in the 70s (original of course!) They were a popular budget loudspeaker. They had a popular sound but not very accurate, in HiFi terms. It was known for the tweeters to fail, after Christmas party's we would always sell a few replacements!!
    Talking of quality control, upon opening one speaker after a customer complained of a rattle, I found a screwdriver clinging to the magnet. I still have that driver today!!
    The stands should NOT have items filling that space, nothing but AIR only. If you fill the space it will sound different. Might as well stand it on a box.

  8. Bad binding post in both speakers? And look at that 5" mid driver…..no wonder the mid is forward compared to tweeter and woofer size. $1500? I'll pass.

  9. From what I've heard of these speakers, they have a very easy on the ear sound and open sound stage. While connected to the Audiolab 6000a, I must add.

  10. Great review 👍👍and nice looking speakers, for the binding post I agree is not acceptable you should call them and get another pair or some type of credit. Thank you for taking the time for this review. Bernie

  11. I listened to these in a small mom and pop hifi store while on vacation last week. They sounded great with no negatives that I could hear. Nice clean sound with great bass. The were on 18" metal stands slightly leaned back and about 12 inches from the back wall. Amp was a new Yamaha but not sure what model.

  12. Thank you for your informative review. I will be keeping my Wharfedale Diamond 225 speakers thanks to you. I do love the 225s. Great speakers.

  13. That's strange the Binding post shouldn't turn the nut is loose inside need to tighten it but loosen binding post nut first

  14. Denon PMA-2000IVR? I deduced it was $1000 when new, seems like good reviews online, good build quality, and can drive 4 ohm speakers easily. Too bad Denon discountinued, cannot seem to find an equally good amp in the same price range in their current lineup. But still, it bears mentioning your amp is not a Hegel or Accuphase or Pass etc. so it is hard for me to determine the REAL limits of the speakers you review. Also I wish sometimes you would review higher end speakers in the $2500 to $5000 category, just for comparison sake …

  15. I have been using a set of these myself for a little over a week now. I have not had any issues with the binding posts on mine. As for the highs, generally they are okay. I have found them a bit grainy on some recordings. I agree with your overall assessment here. As for the midrange, it can sound wonderful on some recordings and too forward on others. So I agree with you here as well. As for the bass, I generally disagree here. I found the bass to be very good, tight and controlled. This may come down to the amplifier. I am using a John Curl designed Parasound amp with a lot of power and control. I think these are generally good speakers and a lot of value for the money. I did however find them to be tiresome over extended higher volume sessions. Maybe they need more time to break in? Comparing them to my Vienna Acoustics, there is no comparison. Then again they were one fifth the price. They are beautiful to look at however. Wife acceptance is high with these.

  16. Some manufacturing flaws are serious and some are just disappointing. The binding post, to my mind, is just disappointing. A turn of a wrench or a drop of Gorilla glue with solve it. Wharfedale has obviously chosen their battles carefully here, and their aim appears to have been a beautiful-looking speaker with a warm, musical sound to provide, perhaps, a Harbeth-like experience for those of us who can't afford Harbeth speakers. How close did they get? That's my only question.

  17. It seem the high and mid as I expect which would be same as Denton 85th, the sound is more refine on Denton 80th and overall tonal balance should be better still, also it's not easy to integrate 3 way drivers, between a good honest review!

  18. The bad binding post is unacceptable in a speaker of this class and quality. Heck, it is unacceptable even in a $75 speaker. You should send it back and get a replacement, bro.

  19. Look great well put together .as for the binding post totaly unacceptable .this problem should be sorted out by the manufacturer pronto .

  20. Great job on the review I been curious about these speakers , What Pre-amp are you using to for them ? Cause the newer preamps I've notice focus a lot more on the top end ?

  21. The worst thing with the bad binding post. Is that you need to take of the woffers. To reach the nut to be able to tighten it. It is on both of the speakers so they were careless put together.
    And if you do not fix it you will twist the internal wire..

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