Floorstanding Speaker, Wharfedale Opus 2-2

Katie Meluas “Shy Boy”, recorded with right dominant Sibilants, sounded on the Wharfedale Opus 2-2 (3,000 euros, pair price) sensationally right in the middle and contoured rhythmically.

  1. Floorstanding speaker, Wharfedale Opus 2-2
  2. Data sheet

Many years back

Also Wharfedale is a large English company. After 1932, a dynamic chassis (sic!) left the small workshop in Yorkshire, the brand can take to produce even more speakers than about B & W, KEF, Tannoy. Also means sound dome belong firmly in the company’s history, and so it was no wonder you tinkering around after the takeover by the English Chinese IAG Group on appropriate concepts such as the venerable, Tannoy-style retro-style giant monitor Airdale.

Wharfedale is one of the pioneers in the area of large funds sound dome. The Opus 2 series is particularly consistent, all speakers with the guard measure midrange (3 inch) are equipped by the small shelf box up to the top of the range. Which allows crossover frequencies below 500 Hz, the second largest stand box Opus 2-2 match two Eight-inch Kevlar cones for the complete bass and tone in the bass reflex enclosure. This makes significantly more produced with his stylish glazed wood veneers, elegant curvature in the belly of a ship and last but not least a technically superb running piano varnish than the price tag suggests. The attention to detail processing against the base plate did not stop: it has gold-plated spikes, which are suitable for the narrow box angle tuning.

Fun and Ernst

In comparison with the ATC the Wharfedale of less was but all the more when establishing picky at the amplifier. Onwall positions or places where she could stimulate room resonances, which quit Opus with a too fat and sometimes slow to bass as if Olafur Arnalds “Tunglio” (“… and they have escaped”, erased tapes). Only when she got to the room walls freely and easily, the testers noticed that the Sunlight Foundation, just at the “tribute to Cole Porter” (bassface swing trio, salt COD), can be also bouncy easy the voice of lead singer Barbara Bürkle came rare teen, free and breathing. The performance won at lower levels of fascination, because then the Opus played her rich foundation in comparison to the more neutral, but slightly tired KEF XQ 40. On the other hand, the KEF in Lully’s “Phaeton” sounded-Ouverture under Marc Minkowski focused and closed. Katie Meluas “Shy Boy”, recorded with right dominant Sibilants, Opus sounded over the 2-2 sensational clear in the middle and contoured-rhythmic, a slightly more accurate Angulation called however by the testers again, so that was the brilliance of the voice not in the sharp.

Wharfedale Opus2 – 2

Manufacturer Wharfedale
Price €3000.00
Rating 92.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General data
Dimensions (W x H x D) 26.0 x 114.0 x 41.0 cm
Weight 34.5
Surfaces Veneer, varnish
Color Gloss black, cherry, maple, rosewood
Technical characteristics
Bass principle Two-way bass reflex
Number of ways 3
Working principle of full Active
Connections Tri-wiring
XLR connectors
Space adaptation
Surround complementary.
Laboratory characteristics
Maximum volume upper value 104 dB
lower cut-off frequency (-3dB) 47 Hz
Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB) 40 Hz
Nominal impedance (audio) 4 ohm
very fine drawing and dynamically with lush Foundation as rhythm
Bass tends to the Aufdunsen; could play softer, something site-critical
Bass quality 85
Bass depth (bass Foundation) 95
Attention to detail (precision) 100
Dynamic 90
Maximum level (vitality) 80
Neutrality 90
Imaging 90
Spatial (airiness) 100
Processing outstanding
Sound judgment outstanding 92
tested in issue: 6 / 10