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bh69
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Whaferdale Linton Heritage

Hello,

I like concept of this speakers, but have some questions.

1/ I'm afraid they can add some their "character" to sound ? Are they transparent and neutral enough to for acoustic and classic music ?

2/ Would be new amp & streamer Marantz PM7000N good partner for Lintons ?

3/ I prefer listening on low volume levels, so I need some speakers that are able to play quiet more than loud. How good are Lintons in this area ?

4/ Are Lintons suitable for small rooms (15-20m2) and less than 2m stereo base ?

5/ I heard some common speakers (Focal, Dali, Dynaudio ..) but it was not able to play at lower levels - sound lacked texture and timbre, was too shouty and I was tired very quickly and missed emotions of music ... I'm looking for more full, natural, easy flowing and clean sound, with texture and timbre of instruments and voice. Bass should be deep enough, but not bloated, humming, undiferentiated - it should be able to play sound of acoustic bass, violoncello, viola gamba with their body and wood.

6/ Are there some better speakers (up to $1500-2000) for low level listening of acoustic, vocal and opera, baroque and classical music, for jazz and rock, world music ?

Can somebody answer my questions please ? :)
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Headphones?

Since you like listening to music at low volumes, have you considered headphones instead of loudspeakers?

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I recently got a pair of

I recently got a pair of Wharfedal Linton Heritage speakers with stands to replace Focal Aria 926 speakers. They are powered with PS Audio components; Stellar Gain Cell Pre-amp/DAC + S300 power amp.

I cannot answer all your questions but I will comment where I have a valid experience of my own.

1. Character:
IMO the Lintons don't color the music and I find them to be excellent with Classical and Jazz. Vocals and acoustical instruments are also very well presented.

3. Low volume:
I also do a lot of low volume listening. They are great for this. You get the feeling for the music and are drawn in, even at low volumes.

4. Small room
My room is around 28m2 and it works very well. I can turn them up quite high before it gets to be too much.

5. Other speakers: Focal
I experienced eaxactly what you describe with my Focals. When I read about the "BBC Sound", it sounded like that would be more to my taste. So I went to look for speakers in that style... The Lintons bring what is missing with the Focals. (I am not saying Focal is bad, IMO the Aria 926 are just a different style: More analytical - Less musical).

6. Other speakers in $ 1500-2000)
I auditioned Harbeth Compact 7-es3 / Spendor Classic 2/3 / Graham Audio Chartwell LS6f and the Wharfedales. They all sounded great (more of less similar to the Wharfedales) but they cost 2-4 times as much.

Conclusion: I recommend the Wharfedale Lintons without hesitation. I think you will be hard pressed to find a better performing speaker in that price range.

Best of luck.

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Thank you very much

Thank you very much

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Old Audiophile wrote:
Old Audiophile wrote:

Since you like listening to music at low volumes, have you considered headphones instead of loudspeakers?

I'm listening at low volumes because I want to relax and preserve my hearing too. So headphones would be worse than loud playing loudspeakers ...

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