Wharfedale Crystal 4.2
Bookshelf speakers (Walnut)
Our take on the Wharfedale Crystal 4.2 by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
Rich sound with a modest price tag
Wharfedale has a knack for offering excellent sonic performance at a solid value (a pretty sweet combination if you ask me). Their new Crystal 4.2 bookshelf speakers deliver warm, clear sound that's perfect for a budget-friendly — but high-quality — stereo system. Or use them as part of a Crystal Series home theater system.
Each Crystal 4.2 houses a high-quality 5" woven Kevlar® woofer and a 1" soft dome tweeter. Together they offer revealing sound in a relatively compact form factor. A rear-firing port helps reinforce low-frequency output.
Attention bass lovers
The Crystal 4.2s offer solid bass for their size. But if you really crave deep low-end punch, I recommend pairing these speakers with a powered subwoofer for increased bass extension.
- pair of compact bookshelf speakers for music or home theater
- 1" soft dome tweeter
- 5" woven Kevlar® woofer
- frequency response: 60-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
- recommended amplifier power: 20-100 watts
- sensitivity: 88 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms
- bass reflex design with rear-panel port
- binding posts accept pins, banana connectors, or bare wire
- woodgrain vinyl finish
- removable grilles
- 7-1/8"W x 10-7/16"H x 8-3/4"D
- weight: 9.25 lbs. each
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
- 2 Grilles (pre-installed)
- User's Manual
- Installation Guide
I bought these to use as surround speakers, and I'm very happy with my purchase. They have a nice, warm sound, look great, and fit nicely where I needed them, even if the cabinets are a bit larger than I thought.
Brian, Midlothian, VA
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Features and Specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5|
|Woofer Composition||Woven Kevlar|
|Frequency Response||60-20k Hz|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||24-28|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
2-Way Driver Design: The Wharfedale CR4.2 is a two-way bookshelf loudspeaker which incorporates a 1" fabric soft-dome tweeter and 5" woven kevlar weave 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" Fabric Soft-Dome Tweeter: The 1" fabric soft-dome tweeter ensures a wide dispersion, allowing multiple listeners to experience the same, rich soundfield.
- 5" Woven Kevlar Woofer: The 5" woofer uses a Woven Kevlar weave and rubber surround, combined with Wharfedale's advanced motor systems to guarantee the highest quality, clarity, and sonic performance.
Bass Reflex Cabinet: Exiting the rear of the CR4.2's cabinet is a round port which increases the speaker's efficiency and improves overall bass performance.
Binding Post Terminals: The CR4.2 bookshelf speaker is outfitted with a set of binding-post speaker terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana-plugs (single or dual).
Mounting Options: The CR4.2 bookshelf loudspeaker can simply be mounted on a stand, shelf, or other piece of AV furniture with a flat surface. There is no included bracket, keyhole slot, or threaded insert to allow you to wall-mount the speaker.
Placement: Try to position the loudspeakers equidistant (6.5' to 13') 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 should be "toed" or angled (15° to 40°) into the main listening position. The speakers can be positioned as close as 2.25' to 3.3125' from a side facing wall. There should be a distance of at least 0.625' to 3.3125' between the back of the speaker cabinets and the wall (the speakers' bass extension will improve if they are positioned closer to a wall or corner).
Crystal-4 Series: Wharfedale's Crystal-4 series has been engineered to sound great for movies and music with crystal clear high frequencies and powerful bass. The Crystal-4 series consists of a floorstanding speaker (CR4.3), two bookshelf speakers (CR4.1/CR4.2), and center speaker (CR4.C) - all sold separately.
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