Wharfedale Modus One.Six Floorstanding Speakers

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by brett bartimote a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2013

Bottom Line:   
all right lets get right to the point about these speakers,people say they look great and loved swivel tweeter -------------how do they sound,well allright you need a amp thats going to do the job for you,no point hooking these up to a amp that is some cheap arse so called big name,mid 90,s marantz etc,what you need is something like a harman kardon amp of any sort to realy bring these speakers to there full peak,the harman kardon amps have at least 40 amps of current which is at least double that of yamaha,denon,and marantz,and once doing so these speakers will realy shine,very strong bass,and the mids to hi you just can,t fault,but i must say you might want to take the front grills off tho,they are cheap and nasty and tend to raddle,but a bit of blu tak can fix that,sometimes it makes you wonder why a company which has such a good name as wharfedale would over look these simple things.in closing if you can pick a set up for under 500 bucks go for it,you realy need the right amp to make them shine

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by whatthedileo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I always loved the look of the Modus 1.6, with the rotating top-mounted tweeter. I used the Modus 1.6 with my Onkyo TX-DS777, supplying 105wpc. I was never really impressed with them, but they performed just fine for movies, which is the overwhelming majority of their material.

However, I took them to my friend's house and hooked them up to his Yamaha 2500, supplying 130wpc. Night and day difference. I can't concluysively say it was the fault of the Onkyo, since it was 2 different amps in two different rooms. The room could have had a significant effect, but I think the Yammy just opened the speakers up in a way my Onkyo never could. I've been a Onkyo fanboy since the 80's, so that was hard to take.

Wharfedale stands behind their products! One of the swivel mount tweeters (a design which I really like) died and I got a whole new replacement assembly for $16, seven years after I bought the speakers.

These speakers cost less than my Polk RTi6's, but the Polks were not as good - even with their built-in amplified woofers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nevermind a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Excellent loudspeakers with good sensitivity (93db). I love to listen them and see how they 'picture' the music both with t-amp and heavily-tuned Harman/Kardon HK680.
The highs are really sweet: the silk dome tweeter do an excellent job, it's warm and never sound harsh. Mids are clear, very responsive with a good soundstage and middlebass are tight. HK drives my Wharfedale very easily with a lot of control: this provides a good slapping mid-bass. Well, the bass is limited, obviously. 6" drives cannot fire the REAL bass. However, thanks to the 2 bass reflex ports and 2 sealed chamber the reproduction is quiet accurate and surely playful.
A good product among laudspeaker costing 3 or 4 times the price, ABSOLUTELY gorgeous for the value!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rusty a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2003

Bottom Line:   
These are a real bargain. I've had a pair for three years now and haven't looked back.

My set up is:

Amp (surround/60wpc): Sherwood RVD-6095
Power Amps (120w x2 ea): two NAD C270's
CD Player (Optical): Kenwood DP-4090
DVD (Optical): Pioneer SCSI on Geforce4
Sub (10" 175w): Eltax Atomic a10.2
Rear Spkrs (100w/Eltax stands): Wharfedale Sapphire SP-83's
Center Spkr (50w): Kenwood [???]

Tweeter is best turned down - its tempting to turn it up to show off, but the truth is they don't need boosting very much at all. They are quite subtle but this is what draws you in.

Mid range can produce port noise but you'd have to be very picky to spot it, as it is very rare. A larger port would ruin the punch of the mid range and since this is a floorstanding speaker I think it does an excellent job. These speakers are best powered with a power amplifier with gain control, like the nad c270. This way you can find the optimum bass setting to get the most out of the speaker. Use one power amp to power the bass and one to power the tweeters.

Contary to popular beleif these aren't as 'budget' as people think, and they do need a fairly good set-up to run them to their full potential. They will sound terrible plugged into your aiwa. dont do it! These speakers are rated at 175w, which means you need to give them a fair bit of power to hear them properly (the nad c270s are rated at 120 but actaully give out more like 170, so it is the perfect choice).

Connect these speakers up to the power amps and then connect the power amps to the pre outs of a surround amp, connect a sub, and you have some amazing movie speakers. Connect them straight up to a surround amp and they will perform well, but you will notice room for improvement (but only if you already know how good they can sound! I was happy enough for three years).

Speaker grilles are a waste of time, and they look ugly. Don't bother with them unless you like the look of a huge bar of dark chocolate stuck to the front of your speakers. They also rattle.

Overall I would recommend these speakers to people who are prepared to keep them for a while, although they are cheap to buy on Ebay, they are not as cheap as you think to get their full potential. Having said that, their full potential is breathtaking for their price, wheras you will not be dissapointed if you have a fairly decent amp like the sherwood, and a good CD player like the Kenwood. Anything much less than that and these speakers start to lose their consistency.

I will definately be looking at wharfedale again for my next set of speakers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Wharfedale.co.uk



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Gregg a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I recently purchased the one.sixes privately for USD100.00 and am very impressed with the sound, projection and presence. These replaced infinities as the front speakers in my home theatre. I immediately noticed more separation and better bass that the infinities.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Private




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