The Wharfedale Airedale Heritage Loudspeaker is a statement loudspeaker that sets the standard in music reproduction, with every drive unit and component manufactured in-house to ensure the highest quality. The Airedale offers exceptional performance, realism, and attention to detail, with a design philosophy that follows traditional audiophile principles and driver technology for enhanced performance.
Wharfedale Airedale Heritage Loudspeaker sets an absolute standard in music reproduction. Its manufacture follows the finest traditions of artistic craftsmanship and; represents both the contemporary and the traditional. Uncompromising and completely hand-built, each and every drive unit and component employed in the Airedale loudspeakers are of the finest materials available.
Only the utmost standards of manufacture and performance are fundamental to Wharfedale's statement loudspeaker, the Airedale Classic Heritage. With every single part of every drive unit and component manufactured in our own factory, we have complete control over each and every aspect of quality in manufacturing our loudspeakers to ensure they can provide its owners a lifetime of indulgence.
Attention to detail
As a statement loudspeaker, we ensure the very highest standards of manufacture and performance are maintained for all Airedale models.
To this end, each individual drive unit is tested and certified by an engineer. Each completed loudspeaker is subjected to a rigorous testing procedure, the results of which have to be approved by Head of Engineering, Steve Hewlett.
Each pair of speakers is supplied with full-certification and individual frequency response graphs for each drive unit - so that perfect replicas can be created should anything happen in the future.
The performance expected from a speaker such as Airedale is of the very highest standard. Such a result can only be achieved through complete design synergy.
Uniquely to Wharfedale, every single part of every drive unit and component is manufactured entirely in-house. From casting the drive unit chassis and winding the voice coils to producing the crossover PCBs and the craftsman-built, furniture grade cabinet.
This allows us to control each and every aspect of quality - ensuring that no compromise is taken and that the finished loudspeakers can provide a lifetime of pleasure.
Airedale has been engineered to offer something above the ordinary. To be considered a superlative music reproduction instrument, it must meet a number of exacting criteria.
Firstly, it must offer breathtaking detail and resolution. This requires a tweeter with a response well into the inaudible frequency spectrum.
Then, it must have a neutral, realistic midrange - uncoloured by cabinet boxiness and revealing of the true recording.
Furthermore, it must have exceptional bandwidth - capable of plumbing the depths of timpani with not a breath of overhang.
Finally, it must gel completely in a package that is ambivalent to room surroundings - exhibits a broad, even dispersion without phase interference or colouration. It must at all times sound relaxed and effortless as it traverses octaves.
It must present an almost holographic representation of the recording which leaves you in no doubt that you are in the presence of a truly great loudspeaker system.
The design philosophy of the Airedale models follows traditional audiophile principles. Each drive unit is meticulously engineered for rigorous use, but under normal conditions operates with around ten per cent of capacity.
Each driver is only asked to reproduce a fraction of the frequency response it is capable of. In particular, the dome midrange covers the entire vocal spectrum with an unbroken response - critical for a realistic, natural sound.
The tweeter operates only at frequency extremes, whilst the "ambient" tweeter of the Airedale Heritage enhances room integration, adding to the remarkable soundstage.
The bass driver is a revolutionary "Tri- Laminate" cone, using a layer of woven Carbon fibre between two layers of glass fibre. Fast, light and strong, this diaphragm is completely pistonic even under duress.
Each driver is time-aligned, using the angled front baffle, for an exceptionally integrated sound, crystal clear mid-range and complete absence of bass overhang.
Integration of dispersion is equally important. Ensuring that all drivers are effective, even at obtuse listening angles, dramatically enhances room integration - both Airedale models demonstrate remarkable off-axis responses - attributable to superb driver dispersion integration.
The Bass driver has been engineered around a new design of the cone. By sandwiching glass and carbon fibres together the cone has been made incredibly rigid. With the rim of the cone also being stiffened, energy losses in the cone transfer mechanism are extremely low.
The Chassis on the drive units is of an open design; where narrow legs and the largest openings are cleverly used to minimise back reflections.
The performance of the driver is enhanced through mechanical damping using a dual spider configuration, as well as a high performance, Alnico magnet system; which is fully vented.
Motional noise has been eliminated by placing vents not only in the spider but also in the cone and coil, the magnet system and in the chassis.
The Midrange driver and tweeter have been mounted in die-cast aluminium fascia plate. This allows the units to be placed as close together as possible for the very best integration.
The close configuration of the midrange gives the Airedale great coverage and very low distortion over its entire working range, typically less than 1% for 100dB at 1 metre.
The highest frequencies are handled by the soft dome tweeter(s), designed in synergy with the midrange drivers. This adds to the minimal distortion and much wider dispersion.
The upward-firing tweeter has its own switch and can be used to enhance the ambient nature of the sound - widening the soundstage and adding depth.
- 380 mm Alnico Bass Driver
- Attention to details ensuring the highest standards of manufacture and performance
- Manufactured entirely in-house
- Breathtaking detail and resolution
- Driver Technology for performance
- Midrange driver and tweeter with die-cast Aluminium fascia plate
Sealed and Bass Reflex Cabinet
15 inch Tri-Laminate Glass & Kevlar cone with die-cast
8 inch Tri-Laminate Glass & Kevlar cone with die-cast
3 inch soft dome
1 inch silk dome with die-cast aluminium chassis and
1 inch soft dome
180Hz, 700Hz, 3.5kHz, 9kHz
Frequency Response (+/-3dB)
25Hz - 45kHz
Recommended Amplifier Power
100 - 400W
Dimensions (H x W x D) in mm
1215 . 688 . 514
Hand Oiled & Waxed Walnut Veneer
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