Wharfedale Evo 4.2 3-way bookshelf speaker
Wharfedale EVO 4.2 has grown out of the extensive research and development that produced the ELYSIAN flagship loudspeakers and borrows much of the technology involved in ELYSIAN.
The new Wharfedale Evo4.2 represents the dawn of a new standard in hi-ﬁ, from Wharfedale – the most famous name in British loudspeakers.
Following the concept of the best-selling EVO series that came before it, EVO4 represents the evolution of aﬀordable high-ﬁdelity audio. More than just a new edition, EVO4 also fuses the EVO concept with trickle-down technology from the new ﬂagship Wharfedale ELYSIAN series – and just like ELYSIAN, EVO4 pushes the boundaries of technology and performance of speakers within this price class. From the cabinet design to the materials employed in its distinct design, EVO4 stands head and shoulders above the competition.
Notably, the Wharfedale EVO4 series employs a specially engineered AMT (Air Motion Transformer) transducer for its proprietary, silky smooth high-frequency reproduction. By design, the AMT allows for a higher volume of air to be moved during a performance than with a convention soft dome tweeter. This higher-pressure action, encouraged by the principles of AMT design, oﬀers an improved point-source HF reproduction with lower distortion properties than conventional tweeters. This is evident in the stunning and sheer clarity of the musical performance of all of the EVO4 series loudspeakers.
The primary focus is on the AMT development resulting in a radically different way of reproducing high-frequency detail efficiently and accurately. Similar cabinet technology to ELYSIAN provides a stable and solid foundation for the drive units with radiused edges to help integrate the driver output with the room acoustics. In addition the unique SLPP bass reflex system, as developed for ELYSIAN, is now incorporated in EVO 4.
Wharfedale Evo4.2 – Evolution by design
Taking strong elements from the Flagship ELYSIAN series, EVO 4.2 has groundbreaking research and design embedded in its DNA. A long history of class-leading speaker concepts coupled with new technological breakthroughs means this is genuinely an evolution of affordable Hi-Fi.
Wharfedale Evo4.2 – Beauty with a purpose
The Wharfedale EVO 4.2 cabinet is purpose-designed from the ground-up. Not just the sleek curves, which stand out from the competition, but the materials, composites, internal bracing and damping too, for instance. All of this ensures the sonic character is not compromised by aesthetic. Quite the opposite, in fact.
The AMT (Air Motion Transformer) high-frequency transducer excels above any rival model within this class. The point-source replicating, high volume air movement results in lower distortion and higher accuracy in HF reproduction.
Articulate and accurate bass is perfected by the bi-directional weaved Kevlar cones – a material that is naturally self-damping to reduce and distribute resonances to virtually negligible levels. In addition, a fixed, profiled phase plug ensures smooth acoustic roll off, further aiding integration with the AMT HF unit and mid-range drivers found in the EVO4.2 upwards.
As per the uncompromising workflow and standard of Wharfedale loudspeaker development, hundreds of hours of listening plus custom-designed WHARFEDALE Computer-Aided Optimisation technology allows for the fine-tuning of the crossover, perfecting the combination of the driver selection for ultimate performance.
Versatile in application
The EVO4 series is refined to appeal to the audiophile and the home-theatre enthusiast alike. Offering supreme performance in tight spaces.
Specifications of the Wharfedale EVO4.2:
- General Description 3-way bookshelf speaker
- Enclosure Type bass reflex
- Transducer Complement 3-way
- Bass Driver 6.5″(165mm) black woven Kevlar® cone
- Midrange Driver 2″(50mm) soft dome
- Treble Driver 30*60mm AMT
- AV Shield No
- Sensitivity (2.83V @ 1M) 87dB
- Recommended Amplifier Power 25-120W
- Peak SPL 105dB
- Nominal Impedance 8Ω Compatible
- Minimum Impedance 4Ω
- Frequency Response (+/-3dB) 54Hz ~ 22kHz
- Bass Extension (-6dB) 48Hz
- Crossover Frequency 1.4kHz,3.9kHz
- Dimensions (HxWxD) 455 x 250 x (340+10)mm
- Net Weight 13.4kg/pcs
- Finish: Walnut
Reviews of the Wharfedale Evo 4.2 Speaker
- Hi-Fi World Review of the Wharfedale Evo 4.2 Speaker
- Hi-Fi Choice review of the Wharfedale Evo 4.2 Speaker