Wharfedale Opus 1 Floorstanding Speakers

4.88/5 (8 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Sensitivity: 89dB
  • Power: 150W
  • Tweeter: 25mm tex
  • Bass: 8" 200mm
  • Frequency: 37-44kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 6ohm


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephen C a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Just bought a pair of Wharfedale Opus2-1. The unique quality of these speaker is the vocal sound, which is very realistic. The bass is very natural, and the treble is very clear and delicate. The overall sound is spacious and clean. However, it does take a decent set of wires to bring out the deep bass. "Springy" is the word I would describe the bass: there is always plenty of it, sounds lively but never boomy. It is very comfortable to hear for a long period of time.

The rosewood piano finish is stunning. These speakers are definitely the best looking ones in this price range (perhaps 3 -2 times the price).

If you like listening to vocal music, you must check out the Wharfedale Opus2-1.

Equipment used: Amp: Onkyo TX-NR808, CD Player: Cambridge Audio Azur 650C, Speaker Wire: Transparent In Wall Reference Speaker Cable.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jeff3948 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I've been searching for a speaker that I can listen to my classical music for extended periods without my ears getting fatigued. I first bought the Wharfedale Diamond 9.6. I was struck by the natural sound of these speakers and especially liked the extended deep bass below 50Hz which really shows off during romantic organ music and orchestral music with bass drum. However, after listening to these speakers for more than ½ hour my ears seemed to become fatigued. Also, I noticed that I had to turn the speakers way up to hear all the details in the orchestra. After about a year of research, I decided to try the best that Wharfedale offers, the Opus 3's for fronts and Opus 1's for rears and center. So I saved my money for about 6 months and then purchased them from "At Your Service Electronics" on-line. Unfortunately, one of my Opus 1 speakers turned defective only after a couple of days of listening, the 3" dome midrange started to distort badly. I called the person at "At Your Service Electronics" and left a message. I never heard back from him. After several more calls over the next 2 weeks I still never heard back from him. So I had to call the distributor, Sound Imports, whose address was on the shipping label. I told them my problem with the guy from "At Your Service Electronics" not getting back to me. They apologized for my bad experience with them and they were able to help me, thank God. They shipped me a new Opus 1 speaker and had UPS pick up the defective speaker at the same time. Sound Imports are really nice to deal with.

Now for the review of the Opus 1 and Opus 3 speakers. I used the Opus 3s as my fronts and then changed them around and listened to the Opus 1s as my fronts just to compare them. Both speakers were very similar in sound quality. When I talk about these speakers I'm talking about both the Opus 1 and Opus 3 speakers unless I specify one or the other. On first hearing I immediately heard more detail and breathe in the high frequencies, midrange, upper bass and mid bass regions of the audio spectrum compared to my Diamond 9.6 speakers. More of the ambiance of the recording venue came through with the Opus speakers and the instruments sounded even more life like than the Diamond 9.6 speakers. The only thing I was a little disappointed with was the deep bass below 50Hz. The bass frequencies did not come in quit as strong as the Diamond 9.6. Perhaps it's because of the Diamond 9.6's dedicated sub-woofer (the lower 8" woofer) specifically designed to reproduce frequencies below 150Hz. However, the Opus 1 and 3 far outshined the Diamonds in reproducing everything above 50Hz. The SACD of Janos Starker playing Bach's cello suites is absolutely more life like. It gave me "the cello is right there in the room with you" feeling. It was an emotional as well is visceral experience with the cello vibrating my whole body just as it would if Janos Starker was really in the room with me. I listened to Bach's cello suites first with the Opus 3's as the fronts and an Opus 1 as the center. I then listened to the cellos suites with just the Opus 1's as the fronts with no center and got an almost identical musical experience as I had with the Opus 3 except the bass was not quite a visceral. Listening to orchestral music gave the same life like experience as if I'm really in the concert hall sitting right behind the conductor with both the Opus 3's and the Opus 1's. The timbre of the instruments is exquisite and truly life like. Voices as well come through with amazing life like qualities. Also, with the Opus 1's and Opus 3s I'm able to listen to music for extended periods of time (several hours) without my ears getting fatigued. I've had the Opus speakers now for 6 months and I'm very happy with them. I'd rate them 4 out of 5 stars. Oh, one more thing, these speakers are absolutely gorgeous with their curved sides, golden spiked feet and flawless high gloss finish.

STRENGTHS:
Extremely Accurate and life like reproduction of classical music
Can listen to them for extended periods without my ears getting fatigued
Voices also came through with excellent life like qualities
Excellent resolution without being metalic
Beautiful looking with their curved sides
Superb build and finish quality

WEAKNESSES:
Bass reproduction below 50Hz could be a little better
Speaker grill pegs broke off easily

Similar Products Used:
Wharfedale Diamond 9.6

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006



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

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I bought Wharfedale Opus 1 from my friend . I connect with my system AMP Marantz PM-15 and CD Marantz SA-17S1 / Acuuphase DP-65 So Before i used Wharfedale EVO 20 However The sound from Opus 1 better more than i think It Good Sound open and Twister clear and Bass Deep warm

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2007



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

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Actually, what I bought is OPUS2-1speakers.
I connect them with my QUAD909 AMP, QUAD CDP2 CD player.
The sound is very nature, acurate and a little bit warm.
The speaker body is beautiful, you can not find any others as good as this pair under $5000.
This speaker have one 8 " bass unit, so it's not booming. I try to connect a Jamo dual 8" subwoofer to improve the bass. The result is not very good. I found the subwoofer can not produce high quality and accurate bass which can match with OPUS.
I am happy to own this nice speakers. I would highly recommend it.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   royal sound



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

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I decided to treat myself when my bonus came through this year as saving the whole lot seemed miles too boring. I had owned my Monitor Audio Bronze B3 floorstanders for a few years and although I loved the tight bass, I began to feel they lacked a little refinement in the mid-range and highs.

I first tested a pair of MA silver-series RS6 floorstanders (big-brothers to my bronzes) and decided they were a step-up worth paying for. However, I was determined to try out a pair of Wharfedale EVO30s and when I did I felt the silk domes produced a character I liked slightly better than the metal domed MAs but I remember thinking the RS6s placed the instruments and voices a little more precisely (although that might have been more to do with the relative quality of the different sources and amplification).

Then a local store advertised the Opus 1s at half price (note the price that appears above is in $NZ dollars) - equalling the price I was ready to pay for the EVOs and the RS6s - so I eagerly went in to try them out. I was not overly impressed in the store as there was no listening room and the source and amplification were strictly budget. But I took them home for a seven-day free trial and tested them against my MA bronzes.

Unpacking and setting them up made me feel like I was a concert pianist setting up on stage. Wharfedale provide you the QA test charts for your pair of loudspeakers, a manual, brass floor spikes and plates (for wooden floors), bi-wire links, and 2 pairs of white cotton gloves! Moving these large speakers with cotton gloves felt a little unsafe but the piano gloss finish is fantastic and better kept fingerprint-free. The build quality is very good but the cheap and flimsy covers are a real let-down. I guarantee you will break at least one of the plastic pegs if you decide to remove and replace the covers a few times. I have also seen shop-floor models with the 'Wharfedale' logo missing.

I paired them using a single run of QED silver anniversary speaker wire to my trusty old Plinius 3100 power amp, fed from the pre-outs of my Onkyo TX-SR702 receiver and my Marantz DV6500 DVD/SACD player (not the best source, I know). Then I settled down to listen to some or my old favourites.

I listened to much of Damien Rice's 'O' CD, some tracks from the Magic Numbers self-titled debut album, Sufjan Stevens' "Come on feel the Illinoise" album and a whole bunch of other stuff. In a nut-shell, I was very impressed. These speakers were superior to my MAs in nearly every respect right out of the box!

The only area they fell short was in the tightness of the bass. My MAs were sand-filled and weighed 25kg each and though they were about a note short of the bass the Opus 1s can accomplish, the bass from the Wharfedales was a good deal more flabby. I also would have expected the Wharfedales to reach a little lower given their size.

The flabbiness I put down to their position as I'm told by other owners they are entirely happy with the bass from their Opus 1s. I don't have a lot of leeway from the rear and side walls so I will just have to put up with this flaw until I move. Over time I think the bass has become less flabby (or I've just become accustomed to it).

My recollection of some the differences I heard that day in reference to my MAs is of a lessening of sibilence, an increase in the preciseness of voices and instruments around the soundstage (more across than deep), a more natural weight to the notes on the piano, and more detail evident in the brushwork on the snare drum.

I love the sound quality of my Opus 1s and have decided to keep them even though I think they look too big and bulky (I loved the compact look of the old MAs) for my room. I've even noticed over the last month or so that I don't close my eyes so much when I'm listening to music. I've grown too fond of their sound for them to offend my eyes.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $1890.00

Purchased At:   LV Martin, Wellingto




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