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Airedale Heritage
&Airedale Neo
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The Airedale by Wharfedale

Our Head of Engineering, Steve Hewlett


has been charged with creating an enduring
statement piece – a loudspeaker which sets
an absolute standard in music reproduction.
They follow the finest traditions of artistic
craftsmanship and represent both the
contemporary and the traditional.

Uncompromising in design, and completely


hand-built, Airedale speakers are
engineered using the finest materials
available. Each and every drive unit and
component are bespoke designed, then
measured and calibrated within 0.5dB of a
reference standard.

Whichever model you choose, the Airedale


Heritage or the Airedale Neo, you are
assured of a loudspeaker that will never fail
to achieve the highest standard of
performance – a joy to behold now and for
generations to come.

‘Grand Prix’ 2002 Best Component


Stereo Sound Speakers
Swing Journal 2002

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Recreating the Airedale

Wharfedale was founded in 1932, by


Gilbert Briggs. During the brand’s early
years, it became known for producing some
of the finest loudspeakers in the world.

During this time, the finest of these was the


‘Airedale’ – a large, chambered hexagonal
enclosure with Alnico magnets and the
famous upward firing ‘ambience tweeter’.

Now, Head of Engineering, Steve Hewlett


has created a masterpiece – a large format
loudspeaker, once again worthy of the
Airedale name. Retaining much of the
original design philosophy, the Airedale
Heritage faithfully follows the hexagonal
form of the original and the upward firing
tweeter.

The Airedale Neo extends the concept into


a modern aesthetic with cleaner lines and a
more conventional enclosure.

The Airedale -
constructed in a fine hand oiled
and waxed Walnut veneer, using
Steve Hewlett - Head of Engineering
furniture making skills built up
over generations.

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Attention to detail Realism

As a statement loudspeaker, we ensure the Airedale has been engineered to offer Furthermore, it must have exceptional
very highest standards of manufacture and something above the ordinary. To be bandwidth - capable of plumbing the depths
performance are maintained for all Airedale considered a superlative music reproduction of timpany with not a breath of overhang.
models. instrument, it must meet a number of
exacting criteria. Finally, it must gel completely in a package
To this end, each individual drive unit is that is ambivalent to room surroundings -
tested and certified by an engineer. Each Firstly, it must offer breathtaking detail and exhibits a broad, even dispersion without
completed loudspeaker is subjected to a resolution. This requires a tweeter with a phase interference or colouration. It must at
rigorous testing procedure, the results of response well into the inaudible frequency all times sound relaxed and effortless as it
which have to be approved by Head of spectrum. traverses octaves.
Engineering, Steve Hewlett.
Then, it must have a neutral, realistic mid- It must present an almost holographic
Each pair of speakers is supplied with full range - uncoloured by cabinet boxiness and representation of the recording which leaves
certification and individual frequency revealing of the true recording. you in no doubt that you are in the presence
response graphs for each drive unit - so that of a truly great loudspeaker system.
perfect replicas can be created should
anything happen in the future.

Performance

The performance expected from a speaker


such as Airedale is of the very highest
standard. Such a result can only be achieved
through complete design synergy.

Uniquely to Wharfedale, every single part of


every drive unit and component is
manufactured entirely in-house. From casting
the drive unit chassis and winding the voice
coils to producing the crossover PCBs and the
craftsman-built, furniture grade cabinet.

This allows us to control each and every


aspect of quality - ensuring that no
compromise is taken and that the finished
loudspeakers can provide a lifetime of
pleasure.

Airedale Heritage Airedale Neo

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Acoustic Theory

The design philosophy of the Airedale The bass driver is a revolutionary ‘Tri-
models follows traditional audiophile Laminate’ cone, using a layer of woven
principles. Each drive unit is meticulously Carbon fibre between two layers of glass
engineered for rigorous use, but under fibre. Fast, light and strong, this diaphragm
normal conditions operates with around ten is completely pistonic even under duress.
percent of capacity.
Each driver is time-aligned, using the
Each driver is only asked to reproduce a angled front baffle, for an exceptionally
fraction of the frequency response it is integrated sound, crystal clear mid-range
capable of. In particular, the dome mid- and complete absence of bass overhang.
range covers the entire vocal spectrum with
an unbroken response - critical for a Integration of dispersion is equally
realistic, natural sound. important. Ensuring that all drivers are
effective, even at obtuse listening angles,
The tweeter operates only at frequency dramatically enhances room integration -
extremes, whilst the ‘ambient’ tweeter of the both Airedale models demonstrate
Airedale Heritage enhances room remarkable off-axis responses - attributable
integration, adding to the remarkable to superb driver dispersion integration
soundstage.

Airedale Heritage

Each drive unit is used with ample headroom, and in


perfect synergy with the complete speaker

Ambient Tweeter

A superb combination of traditional


Main Tweeter
craftsmanship and engineering, the
Airedale gives a sonic performance that
satisfies the most demanding audiophile.
The angled baffle creates perfect coincidence on the
listening position

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Driver Technology. Driver Technology.

The Bass driver has been engineered around The performance of the driver is enhanced The Midrange driver and tweeter have been The highest frequencies are handled by the
a new design of cone. By sandwiching glass through mechanical damping using a dual mounted in die-cast aluminium fascia soft dome tweeter(s), designed in synergy
and carbon fibres together the cone has spider configuration, aswell as a high plate. This allows the units to be placed as with the midrange drivers. This adds to the
been made incredibly rigid. With the rim of performance, Alnico magnet system; which close together as possible for the very best minimal distortion and a much wider
the cone also being stiffened, energy losses is fully vented. integration. dispersion.
in the cone transfer mechanism are
extremely low. Motional noise has been eliminated by The close configuration of the midrange The upward firing tweeter has its own
placing vents not only in the spider, but gives the Airedale great coverage and very switch, and can be used to enhance the
The Chassis on the drive units is of an open also in the cone and coil, the magnet system low distortion over its entire working range, ambient natural of the sound - widening
design; where narrow legs and the largest and in the chassis. typically less than 1% for 100dB at 1 metre. the soundstage and adding depth.
openings are cleverly used to minimise back
reflections.

Main Tweeter - D390

Mid-High - D389

Mid-Bass - D401 Woofer - D386

Ambient Tweeter - D424

This graph shows the Airedale Heritage frequency


response on-axis and at 30deg and 45deg respectively.
The overall system impedance is a nominal six ohm.
Both are incredibly close to mean.
This graph shows how it varies with frequency.

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Airedale Heritage
System Specifications

Transducer Complement 4 way 5 drivers


Bass driver 15" 380mm alnico
Bass/Mid 8" 200mm alnico
Mid-range 3" 75mm soft dome
Tweeter 1" 25mm soft dome alnico
Super tweeter 1" 25mm soft dome
Nominal impedance 6 ohm
Impedance variation 4.0 – 17.0 ohms
Frequency response +/- 3dB 25Hz – 45kHz
Useable low frequency limit -3dB 25Hz – 45kHz
Low frequency limit -10dB 25Hz
Upper frequency limit -10dB 45kHz
SPL 1W@1m 90dB
Distortion 20 – 600Hz >3% 100dB@1M
600 – 50kHz >1% 100dB@1M

Power Handling
Continuous weighted white noise 100 Watts
Peak 400 Watts
Max peak spl 114dB
Nominal coverage horizontal 90 degrees to 12 kHz
Nominal coverage vertical 30 degrees to 12 kHz
Enclosure type bass/mid ported/sealed
Volumes bass/mid 178L/14L
System Fb 30Hz & 80Hz
Crossover frequencies 180Hz/700Hz/3.5Khz/9kHz
Construction material entirely 25mm MDF

Finish Hard Oiled & Waxed Walnut Veneer


Shape 5º angled trapezoidal

Component part numbers


Bass driver 380mm 15" D.386
Bass/mid driver 200mm 8" D.401
Midrange speaker 75mm 3" D.389
Tweeter 25mm 1" D.390
Super tweeter 25mm 1" D.424

Product dimensions H x W x D 1215 x 688x 514


Net weight 80kg
Crate dimensions H x W x D 1482 x 818 x 630
Gross weight 110kg

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The Airedale Neo, whilst the smaller


of the two models, retains all of the
Airedale Neo System
hallmarks of craftsmanship of its Specifications
bigger brother.
Transducer Complement 3 way
Bass driver 12" 300mm alnico
Mid-range 3" 75mm soft dome
Tweeter 1" 25mm soft dome alnico
Nominal impedance 8 ohm
Impedance variation 6.0 – 35.0 ohms
Frequency response +/- 3dB 25Hz – 45kHz
Useable low frequency limit -3dB 25Hz – 45kHz
Low frequency limit -10dB 25Hz
Upper frequency limit -10dB 45kHz
SPL 1W@1m 88dB
Distortion 20 – 600Hz >3% 100dB@1M
600 – 50kHz >1% 100dB@1M

Power Handling
Continuous weighted white noise 100 Watts
Peak 400 Watts
Max peak spl 112dB
Nominal coverage horizontal 90 degrees to 12 kHz
Nominal coverage vertical 30 degrees to 12 kHz
Enclosure type bass/mid ported
Volumes bass/mid 125L
System Fb 30Hz
Crossover frequencies 600Hz/2.5kHz
Construction material entirely 25mm MDF

Finish Hand Oiled & Waxed Walnut Veneer


Shape 5º angled trapezoidal

Component part numbers


Bass driver 300mm 12" D.387
Midrange speaker 75mm 3" D.389
Tweeter 25mm 1" D.390

Product dimensions H x W x D 1152 x 517x 450


Net weight 57kg
Crate dimensions H x W x D 1355 x 697 x 614
Gross weight 90kg

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The information in this brochure is subject to


IAG House, Sovereign Court, change without notice. All rights to the
Ermine Business Park, mentioned trademarks reside with their
Huntingdon, PE29 6XU, respective companies. All rights reserved.
England. ©2004 Wharfedale International Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0) 1480 447700 Wharfedale is a member of the
Fax: +44 (0) 1480 431767 International Audio Group
www.wharfedale.co.uk CODE: WD.ADH.9.4.2005