I was looking for speakers for a condo and tried the 12.0's and 12.1's by Warfedale. I listed more info on my 12.0 review with specific songs etc. so if interested go see that review. I really liked the 12.0's but given the outstanding Crutchfield return policy I just figured I would try the next model up because I wasn't quite sold. Both the 12.0's and the 12.1's can produce deep enough base to satisfy most people looking for a well rounded speaker. Surprisingly despite the stats I found the 12.0's to go about as deep as the 12.1's in my room. Both speakers have a balanced neutral sound. The advantage of the 12.1's is they just have a more open airy sound with a little more transparency. I think they are well worth the extra 100 bucks. If money is an issue or if you just really like the novelty of a really small speaker producing shockingly good sound the 12.0's will do the job. Either speaker could fill my 15 x 18 foot room at a volume level that most people buying a small bookshelf speaker would be satisfied with. I auditioned them using a fairly high end separate amp/pre-amp combo. I am going to buy a less expensive integrated amp to use with these in the near future. I did try the 12.0's with an older 50 watt Onkyo receiver and that powered them just fine. Lastly build quality is great, you don't feel like your getting relatively inexpensive speakers.
Pros: Great balanced speakers that produce a nice natural sound. Highly recommended. Both the 12.0's and the 12.1's are impressive given size and price.
Cons: None at this price.
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I purchased these to replace a set of SX50s. The white oak is ok, Elac DBR6.2 white oak is more pleasing to my eye. Wharfedales quality here is on point with there recent Speakers. The 12.1s are heavy and stout. Run by a 803N set at 4 ohms. They are tight and powerful both in the treble and bass. The detail exceeds the SX50s by a mile. The bass is more than enough for music. I did add a 8 inch sub that added wonderful extension. Queens Another 1 BTD, and Fat Bottom Girls, were simply rocking but detailed. These sound a lot like the Denton 85th, which I tried a few months back. The 85ths are strong strong strong. I loved them. They were to dynamic for my space and I did return them. The 12.1s have the detail and dynamics, just a little less. The treble on the 12.1s is turned up for a Diamond series. I used my treble and variable loudness controls and the treble is still to strong for me. But these 12.1s are a very good speaker, the bass hits hard and tight, the treble is detailed and clean. With the right set of controls and listening preferences these will please a lot of people. The also remind me of the DBR6.2s the way they hit hard and strong. I am staying with my SX50s, Diamond 225s, and Denton 80ths. Just because I have definitely landed on the warmer side of music. I turned the treble way down on the 12.1s and still too much for me and my old ears. I am sure these will please anyone eyeing the Denton 85ths for music.
Pros: Rock solid build Tight hard hitting bass Clean detailed highs and mids Magnetic grills
Cons: Very Bright for me Black grills do not give this model the looks it deserve
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