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Wharfedale Denton 85

Bookshelf speakers (Walnut)

Item # 336D85WN

The Denton 85 is a celebration of Wharfedale's storied history and combines an iconic design with modern engineering.

The Denton 85 is a celebration of Wharfedale's storied history and combines an iconic design with modern engineering.

Item # 336D85WN

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About the Wharfedale Denton 85

Classic look, modern sound

For a remarkable 85 years, Wharfedale has delighted music lovers with their diverse lineup of high-quality loudspeakers. The Denton 85 is a celebration of the British hi-fi company's storied history, combining an iconic, timeless design with modern engineering and superb craftsmanship.

Classic look, modern sound

For a remarkable 85 years, Wharfedale has delighted music lovers with their diverse lineup of high-quality loudspeakers. The Denton 85 is a celebration of the British hi-fi company's storied history, combining an iconic, timeless design with modern engineering and superb craftsmanship.

Wharfedale Denton 85 bookshelf speakers

Each Denton 85 features an inset front baffle and hand-applied wood veneer finish.

Sparkling performance

Wharfedale is known worldwide for their natural, revealing, ultra-smooth sound. The Denton 85 is no exception — it uses the same 6-1/2" Kevlar® woofer and 1" woven textile dome tweeter that are found in the company's popular Diamond Series.

For the best performance, I recommend pairing the Denton 85s with a quality home theater receiverpower amp or integrated amplifier.

Upscale fit and finish

Each Denton 85 is hand-finished in walnut or mahogany by Wharfedale cabinet makers. An inset front baffle and traditional black cloth grille add to its classic good looks.

Get the most out of your new speakers

Proper speaker placement is crucial to getting the best sound out of the Denton 85s. Placing them on a pair of speaker stands helps eliminate unwanted vibrations and reflections. Read my article on stereo speaker placement for positioning and setup tips.

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Product highlights:

  • pair of bookshelf speakers for music or home theater
  • 1" woven textile soft dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" woven Kevlar woofer
  • frequency response: 45-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-120 watts
  • sensitivity: 88 dB
  • nominal impedance: 4 ohms
  • each enclosure is hand-veneered by Wharfedale cabinet makers
  • woofers are mounted in a special die-cast chassis to ensure dynamic performance
  • bass-reflex design with dual rear-firing ports
  • binding posts accept pins, banana connectors, or bare wire
    • two sets of input terminals allow bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • removable cloth grille
  • 9-7/16"W x 13-7/16"H x 11-15/16"D
  • weight: 19.8 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # WHDEN85THWLNT

High-performance amplifier recommended. See receivers & amps for this speaker

What's in the box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles (pre-installed)
  • 4 Jumper-plates (pre-installed)
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber pads
  • Pair of white gloves
  • User's Manual

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Features & specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood Veneer
Color Walnut
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Soft-Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Woven Kevlar
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 20-120
Sensitivity 88 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Frequency Response 45-20k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Height (inches) 13-7/16
Width (inches) 9-7/16
Depth (inches) 11-15/16
Weight (pounds) 19.8
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-28
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Features

Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The Wharfedale Denton 85 is a two-way bookshelf loudspeaker which incorporates a 1" textile soft-dome tweeter and 6.5" woven Kevlar cone woofer. A finely tuned crossover guarantees a smooth transition between the tweeter and woofer with an enjoyable audible experience, both on and off-axis.

  • 1" Tweeter: High frequencies are handled by a 1" woven textile soft-dome tweeter with high flux ferrite magnet, engineered for smooth, detailed high frequency extension.
  • 6.5" Woofer: The 6.5" woofer features Wharfedale's innovative woven Kevlar cone mounted on a rigid die-cast chassis for rich, detailed bass/midrange output with superb dynamic performance.

"Classic"-Style Bass Reflex Cabinet: The Wharfedale Denton 85 features a "classic"-style bookshelf enclosure that is beautifully hand veneered in a Mahogany or Walnut finish. It features an inset front baffle and traditional black cloth grille. There are two rear-firing ports that aid in increasing efficiency and delivering bigger bass response.

Dual Binding Posts: Each bookshelf loudspeaker has two sets of binding posts connected by jumper-plates. The binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, spade connectors, & banana plugs (single only). Using these dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers. Bi-wiring or bi-amping the speakers provide improved bass & treble performance. If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp, you must remove the jumpers between the terminal posts (failure to do this could result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).

  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
  • Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.

Mounting & Placement Options: The bookshelf loudspeaker can simply be mounted on a speaker stand (sold separately - see Accessories Tab), tabletop, shelf, or other piece of furniture with a solid flat surface. Self-adhesive rubber pads are included to place on the bottom of the speaker to protect your mounting surface and provide greater stability. The rubber pads add approximately 0.125" to the overall height of the speaker.

  • Try to position the loudspeakers equidistant from one another and the main listening position.
  • The speakers should ideally be positioned so that the tweeters are roughly at ear level to a seated listener.
  • The speakers can be "toed" or angled (up to 30°) into the main listening position to control the soundstage or "sweet-spot".

Note: The Denton 85 does not include a bracket, keyhole slot, or threaded insert to wall-mount the speaker.

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Do the ST-1 stands work with these speakers?
[ Steven  Mar 27, 2021 ]
1 answer
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Yes. They seem to be designed for them (even if they aren't). They are of very good quality. There are openings for cable routing, which is a little tedious, but work well once wires are run.
[ MIKE  Mar 28, 2021 ]
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How far from rear wall should these speakers be placed?
[ Kevin  Dec 10, 2020 ]
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I have mine between 2-3 feet. It's subjective to your rooms acoustics though. Move them close and far as well as play with the toe in or out and you will find what is best for your listening room.
[ Doug  Dec 22, 2020 ]
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I had good results in my room and set up around 20"
[ Scott  Dec 22, 2020 ]
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I have them approx. 12 inches with a slight toe-in. They are truly wonderful. Sound better as you break them in. Using them with a 6w tube; 45w hybrid & (soon) the new Outlaw Audio receiver @ 110w. Rated on line as one of the best speakers below $1000...enjoy!
[ GREG  Dec 22, 2020 ]
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16"-20" seems to give the best bass response
[ Joshua  Dec 21, 2020 ]
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I have a Yamaha A-S701. Will it be able to power these speakers without any issues?
[ Dustin  Oct 29, 2020 ]
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Your Yamaha integrated amp will be able to power these speakers because it is able to power 4 ohm speakers and has plenty of power for them.
[ Paul  Nov 26, 2020 ]  Staff
A
Simple answer to your question is yes, however this speaker really shines with vocals. There are better options at this price point for rock and rap such as the Dynaudio Emit 20. I have personal experience with both speakers as I own both.
[ Scott  Nov 23, 2020 ]

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