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Wharfedale EVO4.2 Bookshelf Loudspeaker

MSRP 599 GBPNEX score 75%

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Product Overview

Whatfedale EVO4.2 is a large 3-way bookshelf loudspeaker in the EVO4-series, which was developed alongside the company's flagship Elysian project.
The EVO4 series sits above the Diamond 12 series unveiled in 2020. Notably, all EVO4 speakers feature an AMT treble unit instead of the conventional dome tweeter. It consists of a large, pleated lightweight diaphragm driven across its surface by rows of magnets, which makes it more efficient and accurate. The single woofer in the EVO4.2 is made of woven Kevlar, just like that of the Elysian 2. Compared to the smaller, 2-way EVO4.1, the EVO4.2 adds a 2" soft dome midrange driver.
Other loudspeakers in the EVO4 series include two floorstanders, EVO4.3 and EVO4.4, two center channel speakers, EVO4.C and EVO4.CS, and a surround speaker, EVO4.S.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Impressive low end and high-frequency performance
  • Excellent build and finish
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 75% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Impressive build quality
  • Impressive midrange and AMT performance
Cons
  • Not the fastest-sounding speaker at £600
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Drivers | Midrange
1x 2" (50mm) soft dome
Drivers | Tweeter
1x 30x60mm AMT
Drivers | Woofer
1x 6.5" (165mm) black woven Kevlar cone
Loudspeaker Type
3-way, bass reflex

Dimensions

Size | Depth
340 + 10 mm
Size | Height
455 mm
Size | Width
250 mm
Weight
13.4kg

Function

Crossover
1.4kHz, 3.9kHz

Performance

Frequency Response
54Hz - 24kHz
Impedance
8 ohms (min 4 ohms)
Max Sound Level
105 dB
Power Input
25-120 W
Sensitivity
87 dB

Production

Debut
2019-10
Made In
China

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External Reviews

hifichoice[1]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from hifichoice have found the following***:
The 165mm driver looks a little too small for the size of the cabinet. Overall result is rather fussy, although it is very well made. The dome midrange and AMT in particular form an impressively cohesive partnership with one another. Without ever sounding forensic or wearing, it manages to extract levels of information that are genuinely outstanding for a speaker under £1,000.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive midrange and AMT performance
  • Impressive build quality
Cons
  • Not the fastest-sounding speaker at £600

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Wharfedale Evo4.2. [hifichoice]. https://www.hifichoice.com/content/wharfedale-evo42. 2021-03-19. Retrieved 2021-04-21.

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