September 23, 2010

High-End Lineup of Home Theater and Music Speakers Feature Newly-Developed Materials and Technologies to Deliver Exceptional Performance

By Gary Reber

At CEDIA Expo 2010, Sound Import, LLC, the exclusive U.S. distributor for the Wharfedale brand of dynamic loudspeakers, is exhibiting its Wharfedale Opus2 loudspeakers, a complete range of home-theater and stereo models that incorporate the company’s most advanced, newly-developed engineering innovations to deliver extraordinary sound.

The Wharfedale Opus2 lineup includes two bookshelf speakers, three floorstanding towers, two center-channel speakers (one wall-mountable) and two wall-mountable surround loudspeakers. Prices range from approximately $900 to $7,000 per pair.

Opus2 loudspeakers are available in four striking, piano-grade real-wood finishes, including Satin Cherry, Satin Rosewood, Satin Bird’s Eye Maple and high-gloss Piano Black, to complement the most elegant home décors, custom installation audio/video systems and living environments. The finishes feature 10 coats of hand-polished clear varnish and take 11 days to complete. The wide range of Opus2 models and configurations make them suitable

for use anywhere from smaller spaces to larger installations.

Opus2 loudspeakers are designed entirely without compromise to reproduce music and movies with exceptional realism and low distortion even at high volume levels. The woofers employ either a woven carbon fiber or glass/fiber/glass cone (depending on the model), while the midrange drivers utilize tri-laminated cone material. The Opus2 midrange driver is capable of reproducing the complete range of the human voice, yielding remarkable coherence and purity to male and female vocals. This driver is mounted in a die-cast aluminum housing that provides partial horn loading, and a dispersion characteristic that mimics the way real voices are heard in real life. The soft-dome Opus2 tweeter features a copper-coated aluminum voice coil, and a rear housing that acoustically isolates the tweeter, for smooth yet fast and detailed high-frequency response to beyond 50kHz.

All Opus2 drivers are produced in matched pairs within a less than 1dB tolerance across their entire range. All the drivers are closely matched to their

enclosures; as a result, crossovers with a minimum of parts can be used, resulting in better phase linearity and smoother frequency response over a wider listening area. The loudspeakers’ measured frequency response is extremely flat, yielding outstanding tonal accuracy, and the speakers are equally adept at reproducing movies and music with an effortless musical presentation.

Opus2 loudspeakers are built to the highest standard, utilizing variable-density multilayer cabinets made from Australian eucalyptus and pine, blended with synthetic fibers to create rigid, highly damped enclosures. Additional refinements include high-purity oxygen-free copper internal wiring, vibration-free crossover mountings, premium-grade capacitors and more.

Unlike many loudspeakers, Wharfedale Opus2 models are designed and built completely in-house, from their drivers and internal components to their striking, painstakingly finished cabinets. This vertical integration enables Wharfedale to have complete design and quality control over every aspect of every loudspeaker. In addition, the

company can employ materials and techniques that are unavailable to other companies.

Wharfedale Opus2 loudspeakers are now available in the U.S.

For more information in the U.S. on the complete range of Wharfedale loudspeakers, contact:

Walter Schofield, Sound Import, LLC, at 508 422 9788 or 781 775 5650

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