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Question Wharfedale Linton or rather something else?

BCY_jnbp

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So I just bought a Bluesound Powernode 2i and I am now looking for a pair of speakers and was originally thinking about the dali Oberon 3 but my budget was Recently topped up a bit so I am now considering the Wharfedale Linton Heritage 85th Anniversary Speakers. Is that even possible as I read something about a different type of wiring on the Wharfedales and would you say it is a good speaker for that budget? Is the Bluesound even powerful enough to power those? (might be a bit of a stupid question:))
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So I just bought a Bluesound Powernode 2i and I am now looking for a pair of speakers and was originally thinking about the dali Oberon 3 but my budget was Recently topped up a bit so I am now considering the Wharfedale Linton Heritage 85th Anniversary Speakers. Is that even possible as I read something about a different type of wiring on the Wharfedales and would you say it is a good speaker for that budget? Is the Bluesound even powerful enough to power those? (might be a bit of a stupid question:))
Thanks in advance
Whatever else you wouldn't need to worry about the wiring on the Linton.
 

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The speakers are going to have to suit your room rather than whatever is driving them, and I know nothing about the Node 2I, however that is irrelevant if you cannot audition those speakers.
 

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The speakers are going to have to suit your room rather than whatever is driving them, and I know nothing about the Node 2I, however that is irrelevant if you cannot audition those speakers.
How big of a room would you say that I need then?
 

Al ears

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How big of a room would you say that I need then?
It's not entirely about size, it's also shape, positioning, and a whole lot of other parameters also you have to like the resultant sound. Really you are never going to find this out unless you can audition a pair at home.
Auditioning in at a dealers will tell you some things about the speaker itself but not whether v it is going to work ideally in your listening room.
 

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I like the Lintons very much, but they sound different to most modern speakers in that rather than throwing the sound at you, they lay it out in front of you placing the details naturally rather than shouting about them. This isn't what every listener will be seeking, so I would strongly suggest auditioning to see how they suit you.

The Lintons are very sensitive so the PowerNode should drive them without breaking into a sweat, but they do benefit from the additional control a more powerful and better quality amplifier can provide. Again, auditioning is the best way forward.
 
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So I just bought a Bluesound Powernode 2i and I am now looking for a pair of speakers and was originally thinking about the dali Oberon 3 but my budget was Recently topped up a bit so I am now considering the Wharfedale Linton Heritage 85th Anniversary Speakers. Is that even possible as I read something about a different type of wiring on the Wharfedales and would you say it is a good speaker for that budget? Is the Bluesound even powerful enough to power those? (might be a bit of a stupid question:))
Thanks in advance
I'm not going to beat around the bush here.

With all due respect, I personally think the Lintons are going to be too much for the blue sound, its a lovely device but it has its limits. Make no mistake the Lintons are going to reveal its shortcomings. The Linton's wouldn't be out of place with 2-3k of amplification on the end of them. I wouldn't be looking to spend any more than around £$3-400 on speakers with the blue sound and I think that's pushing it, my happy place would be 2-300.

That little amp inside that all in one isn't going to be half the overall cost of that unit, probably more like a quarter and I think that's being generous. If you were to rip that amp out and shove it in its own case and sell it, it would be very much on the budget end maybe 150-200 quid. So treat it as such and you'll much happier with the overall experience and won't be looking to upgrade in 6 months.

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I'd be looking at the budget end, with easy to drive brands ( 8ohm 87db+) such as Q Acoustics, Klipsch RP 500/600, monitor audio, kef q series and the like. As mentioned above find something that matches/energizes the room in the right way and that takes a home demo so you can try them out and dealer willing / a place with good returns policy. Don't underestimate budget speakers they are perfectly capable when driven right. Also don't make the mistake in thinking spending more will buy you more, been there done that and I can tell you, it doesn't, especially if the equipment can't support the speakers. Its why people are always chasing their tails.

As I mentioned this week in another thread everything is a balance in hifi don't spend too much on any one thing keep the scales balanced.

Dont take that the wrong way im just trying to save you money.

BUT, if you have a plan and the blue sound is just a stop-gap to something bigger, better and bolder then buy the best speakers you can afford. But! only if you plan to buy somthing in the future eg 6 months to a year from now.
 
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I'm not going to beat around the bush here.

With all due respect, I personally think the Lintons are going to be too much for the blue sound, its a lovely device but it has its limits. Make no mistake the Lintons are going to reveal its shortcomings. The Linton's wouldn't be out of place with 2-3k of amplification on the end of them. I wouldn't be looking to spend any more than around £$3-400 on speakers with the blue sound and I think that's pushing it, my happy place would be 2-300.

That little amp inside that all in one isn't going to be half the overall cost of that unit, probably more like a quarter and I think that's being generous. If you were to rip that amp out and shove it in its own case and sell it, it would be very much on the budget end maybe 150-200 quid. So treat it as such and you'll much happier with the overall experience and won't be looking to upgrade in 6 months.

SAVE THE MONEY

I'd be looking at the budget end, with easy to drive brands ( 8ohm 87db+) such as Q Acoustics, Klipsch RP 500/600, monitor audio, kef q series and the like. As mentioned above find something that matches/energizes the room in the right way and that takes a home demo so you can try them out and dealer willing / a place with good returns policy. Don't underestimate budget speakers they are perfectly capable when driven right. Also don't make the mistake in thinking spending more will buy you more, been there done that and I can tell you, it doesn't, especially if the equipment can't support the speakers. Its why people are always chasing their tails.

As I mentioned this week in another thread everything is a balance in hifi don't spend too much on any one thing keep the scales balanced.

Dont take that the wrong way im just trying to save you money.

BUT, if you have a plan and the blue sound is just a stop-gap to something bigger, better and bolder then buy the best speakers you can afford. But! only if you plan to buy somthing in the future eg 6 months to a year from now.
Thanks I auditioned the dali Oberon 3 with the bluesound and it sounded really good to me so I'll probably rather go with that as I can not afford going for an overall way better system until at least 2 years from now
 

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Thanks I auditioned the dali Oberon 3 with the bluesound and it sounded really good to me so I'll probably rather go with that as I can not afford going for an overall way better system until at least 2 years from now
I think that's a sound decision, especially since you heard and liked the Oberons. FWIW, Dali are one of my very favourite speaker brands, especially in this price range, and the Oberon 3 are a very good speaker that's even a safe bet for future upgrades in the electronics department.
 

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I think that's a sound decision, especially since you heard and liked the Oberons. FWIW, Dali are one of my very favourite speaker brands, especially in this price range, and the Oberon 3 are a very good speaker that's even a safe bet for future upgrades in the electronics department.
Would u say that I should still audition something like the kef ls50 or else or rather just go with the Oberon since they sounded great to me already
 

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Would u say that I should still audition something like the kef ls50 or else or rather just go with the Oberon since they sounded great to me already
By all means audition anything you're considering - but the LS50 have the same issue, they're made to be powered by serious amplification to sound their best. On the other hand, I recall someone using LS50 with Nad D3020, so if he was pleased, who am I to argue?

Ideally, you should home demo, since your room is the most important part of your Hi-Fi.

Both the Lintons and the Kef will have music coming out of them, whether the Powernode can drive them properly is another matter. But again, if you like what you hear, noone can tell you otherwise.
 
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BCY_jnbp

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By all means audition anything you're considering - but the LS50 have the same issue, they're made to be powered by serious amplification to sound their best. On the other hand, I recall someone using LS50 with Nad D3020, so if he was pleased, who am I to argue?

Ideally, you should home demo, since your room is the most important part of your Hi-Fi.

Both the Lintons and the Kef will have music coming out of them, whether the Powernode can drive them properly is another matter. But again, if you like what you hear, noone can tell you otherwise.
Thanks very much that was actually very helpful I'll need to pay my local hifi shop a visit ASAP then ;)
 
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rainsoothe

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Thanks very much that was actually very helpful I'll need to pay my local hifi shop a visit ASAP then ;)
Have fun! For what it's worth, I'd much rather have the better amplifier with a decent pair of speakers than the other way around (for instance, a Naim Unitiqute 2 + Dali/Triangle/Elac or whatever than Powernode + LS50/Focal Aria/B&W and so on). This is not meant as a deterrent, just personal preference.

Let us know how it went :)
 

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