British loudspeakers have always enjoyed an excellent reputation around the world, and Wharfedale is perhaps the most famous brand of all. Stretching back to 1932, when Gilbert Briggs, Wharfedale’s founder, built his first speaker in the cellar of his Yorkshire home, Wharfedale has been responsible for some of the most important loudspeakers ever produced, introducing many techniques and technologies that became commonplace, such as the two-way loudspeaker (invented in 1945) and the use of ceramic magnets (pioneered in 1962).

In 2016, 84 years after the company was founded, Wharfedale continues its quest to deliver excellent sound at affordable prices. Its current range includes desktop, standmount and floorstanding speakers delivering superb ‘sound-per-pound’ performance, including the latest iteration of the famous Diamond line – still the classic entry point to high-fidelity sound.

Web Link: www.wharfedale.co.uk

Where to find Wharfedale at the show

See Wharfedale in the The Old Vic Suite on the Lower Ground floor

Audiolab’s flexible and affordable 6000A integrated amp is earning rave reviews and you can hear it alongside the matching 6000CDT CD transport and soon-to-launch 6000N. This new network player combines DTS Play-Fi with Audiolab’s sonic know-how to deliver the perfect interface between online music and your home audio system, with Wi-Fi streaming and multi-room connectivity. Wharfedale, Audiolab’s sister-company, provides speakers for the demo – watch out for some exciting new models, set to be previewed exclusively at the show.

New Product Launches:Audiolab 6000N; Audiolab 8300CDQ; Wharfedale models (TBC)