Wharfedale Reva 4
Floor-standing speaker (Walnut)
Our take on the Wharfedale Reva 4 by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
Incredible floor-standing performance
We're excited to introduce the Reva 4 — the flagship tower in Wharfedale's upscale line of Reva speakers. Its expertly crafted design combines floor-to-ceiling sound with an attractive visual presence. This stout floor-standing speaker provides exceptionally natural and revealing sound without tonal coloration — all while looking spectacular.
The gorgeous Wharfedale Reva 4 floor-standing speaker receives seven layers of hand-applied lacquer (shown in Piano Deep Rosewood).
High-quality drivers for music and movies
The Reva 4 sports two 6" woven glass fiber woofers, a 4-1/2" woven glass midrange, and a 1" textile dome tweeter. This array of high-tech drivers creates a wide, full soundstage with pinpoint imaging and and deep, satisfying bass.
This speaker is an excellent choice for an audiophile-level stereo system. It's also ideal for the front left or right channel of a Wharfedale home theater system, pairing beautifully with the Reva center channel and bookshelf speakers.
Wharfedale paid special attention to the design of the Reva 4's attractive curved cabinet. They used advanced computer modeling to craft a non-resonant enclosure with stiff walls and robust internal bracing. A slot-loaded port on the underside reinforces bass performance.
7 layers of hand-applied lacquer
The Reva 4 doesn't just sound good — it has a refined, upscale appearance that adds visual interest to your room. Its cabinet receives seven layers of hand-applied lacquer, adding an attractive finish that really stands out.
Bi-amp or bi-wire for even better sound
On the back of the speaker you'll find two sets of speaker input terminals. These let you bi-amp or bi-wire your Reva 4 to get the best sound out of it.
- 3-way design
- 1" woven textile dome tweeter
- 4-1/2" woven glass fiber midrange
- two 6" woven glass fiber woofers
- frequency response: 38-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
- recommended amplifier power: 25-150 watts
- sensitivity: 88 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms
- enclosure is comprised of specially chosen inert wood composites for natural sound without tonal coloration
- drivers are mounted in a special alloy-cast chassis to ensure dynamic rigidity
- bass reflex design with slot-loaded port on the underside of the enclosure
- binding posts accept pins, banana connectors, or bare wire
- two sets of input terminals allow bi-amping or bi-wiring
- removable magnetic grille
- hand-applied lacquer finish
- 10-3/16"W x 39-13/16"H x 14-3/8"D
- weight: 55.2 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Floorstanding loudspeakers
- Grille (pre-installed)
- 4 Spike feet (pre-installed)
- 4 Isolation pucks
- 2 Jumper bars (pre-installed)
- Pair of white gloves
- User's Manual
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Features and Specs
|Finish||Wood composite laminate|
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||4.5|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6|
|Woofer Composition||Woven Glass Fiber|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||38-20k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
Reva Series: Designed from the ground up to offer state-of-the-art tonal accuracy and musical detail, Wharfedale Reva has been born out of a combination of extensive research into unique driver and cabinet technology, combined with a passion for music. Every part of the Reva speakers has been developed to work in harmony together - including how the drivers work with the cabinet. From their proprietary glass fiber weave midrange/bass drivers to the 7-layer piano gloss lacquer finish, Reva Series is stunning inside and out and will bring excitement to your music collection and home cinema experience.
Three-Way Driver Design: The Wharfedale Reva-4 is a three-way floorstanding loudspeaker which incorporates a 1" textile-dome tweeter, a 4.5" glass fiber weave cone midrange driver, and two 6" glass fiber weave cone bass woofers. Finely tuned crossovers guarantee a smooth transition between the tweeter and woofer with an enjoyable audible experience, both on and off-axis.
- Textile Dome Tweeter: A new, fine weave textile dome, with critically damped coating, has been chosen for the 1" tweeter, powered by a Neodymium magnet fitted with a finned heatsink to reduce dynamic compression. This unit offers excellent bandwidth, with a smooth response from 2kHz to above 20kHz, and is mounted on a subtly dished waveguide that enhances dispersion.
- Glass Fiber Woofers: Musical accuracy and articulation is carried through to the midrange by a midrange/bass driver cones (one 4.5" midrange & two 6" woofers) that incorporates a proprietary glass fiber weave that is naturally self-damping to reduce and distribute resonances to virtually negligible levels. The cone is mounted in a special alloy, cast chassis to ensure dynamic rigidity and a fixed, profiled phase plug ensures a smooth acoustic roll-off to enhance integration with the tweeter.
Non-Resonant Cabinet: Extensive research showed that coherent materials, like raw MDF, have peak resonances (particularly in the midrange) that let sound out of a cabinet at volume levels that interfere with the sound from the drive units. Not surprisingly, this causes a distinct coloration and character to the sound of such cabinets. To eliminate this, panel material comprises of a special lamination of wood composites, reducing the sonic character of the cabinets to a level where it cannot be heard.
Slot-Loaded Port Technology: The Reva Series also features Wharfedale's signature slot-loaded port technology. The slot-loaded port, which uses a gap between the plinth and the port exit in the base of the cabinet, aids the pressure differential between the port and the air in the room, increasing g the energy transfer and making the system more efficient. Research showed this removes the unwanted low frequency and high output distortion that is often found in conventional rear ported speakers. The slot-loading technology also means the speaker can be positioned near the wall, fitting seamlessly into even smaller living environments.
Dual Heavy-Duty Binding Posts: The floorstanding loudspeaker has two sets of heavy-duty 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.
Spike Feet & Isolation Pucks: The Wharfedale Reva-4 floorstanding loudspeaker comes with four spike feet for carpet installation. Four isolation pucks with foam padding are also included to protect your hardwood, tile, laminate, and vinyl flooring. The spike feet are pre-installed into the bottom of the speaker cabinet's plinth and are adjustable so you can level up the speaker. The spike feet can be placed directly on carpet or set in the isolation pucks to protect hardwood, tile, and laminate, and vinyl flooring. The isolation pucks add approximately 0.25" to the overall height of 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 2.3125' to 3.3' from a side facing wall. There should be a distance of at least 0.6875' to 3.3' 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).
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Why did you buy this?
Reviews - however, not on your site, there weren't any. [ Benjamin Nov 08, 2017 ]
After many hours of research I felt these were the best addition to my system. [ Stephen Dec 03, 2017 ]
1 question already asked
3 answers About the Reva 4's, what kind of music do you listen to and a what volumes? Does the speaker hold up at higher volumes and with all different kinds of music? What have you compared these to? Does the laid back nature of the tweeter rob the speaker of any high frequency? How is the bass response? Thanks for your help! [ Robert Feb 17, 2018 ]
Hi, I listen to all kinds of music, including your standard "non-audiophile" stuff. Yes, the speaker does hold up at high volumes i.e. the drivers do not bottom out. I am driving them with a Parasound Halo A21 amplifier. The bass response is tight. Obviously, they aren't going to go down to the very bottom octaves of sub-woofer level frequencies; but the 35 hz spec seems legitimate. I have a pair of Paradigm Studio 100 v3. speakers. The Reva 4's go lower; even through they have few bass drivers than the Studio 100s. This is a warmer sounding speaker that one can listen to for hours. That longevity does come at the expense of losing the "sizzle" of bright sounding speakers. The Studio 100s sounded great for 15 mins; but I simply could not listen to them for long periods of time. With regard to the Reva 4s; I wouldn't call the tweeter laid back; I think it pretty detailed. if you're used to listening to bright sound, you could characterize the lack of brightness from the Revas as muddy. I personally don't feel they are and I think the midrange is really nice. Sound is a somewhat subjective thing! I did audition the Reva 2s and returned them. I was used to the sound of towers and the low-end simply wasn't there for me. The mid-bass driver actually bottomed out at high volumes and I had to run over to the pre-amp and lower the volume as I didn't want to hurt the speakers. The Reva 4s are a marked improvement over the Reva 2s. The 4s can genuinely play loud and much deeper without distortion. I have never bottomed out the drivers on the 4s. I do think my Halo amp may have been too much for the Reva 2s. There is merit to the downward facing port in the Revas in terms of ease of placement. My Studio 100s were finicky in terms of placement i.e. the bass response would change quite dramatically. This is not the case with the Reva 4s; they seems a lot more consistent; regardless of placement. I find this a big positive. Try them out. [ Zubin Feb 18, 2018 ]
Robert, I listen to mostly hip hop and r&b. I rarely listen to extreme volumes, but I do like a kick in both my movies and my music. I'm not a serious audiophile, but I hope this stuff helps. I bought the Revas for a few reasons, in no particular order - first, they're gorgeous, which was important to me, the finish is excellent and they match well with my other furnishings; second, I live in an apartment - I wanted something that could get loud and thump without being egregious (like a stand-alone woofer), so I was a good neighbor; third, I was looking for a system whereby I could get amazing sound from just two speakers, a center, and my denon AVR, as I didn't want to spend money for a full surround sound set up, but I wanted great sound. I compared these speakers directly to SVS Prime Towers. They sounded similar, although the Revas were much less boomy, and had a very well defined mid range in contrast. I definitely believe they are more mellow as a manufacturer, especially compared to SVS which was bass heavy, but they are very very good, and they still kick plenty for movies. The special port design means in my apartment they can be closer to a wall with no impact, which was important to me. I don't listen to a lot of high frequency and acoustic guitar, jazz, etc kind of stuff, so unfortunately I'm not much help with reviewing high frequency performance, and I'm sorry for that. I would say though, it's generally more mellow and well blended (warm, if you will), as a speaker. For my uses, and my ears, I like it. The center channel performs great for movie dialogue too. Bass is excellent! Plenty of volume as a tower. If you really really need bass, a woofer would be a good call, but in my opinion if you're looking to just run a 2.0 or 3.0 setup like I have, then these will offer plenty. Bottom line - BEAUTIFUL, warm, solid performing, well crafted series, at great value. Joel [ Joel Feb 18, 2018 ]
I listen to a broad range of music, not just one type, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Classic Country and Today's Country. Yes they hold up to high volumes. Led Zepplin - Presence, cranked up sounds like you're right in the studio. The REVA 4 speakers keep the music more natural and not pumped up. Bass is good but I always use a subwoofer in my systems. I've had the original Jamo speakers - still use my Jamo Subwoofer , Vintage Sansui's - still have, Bose - No More, Boston Acoustics - still have, and Klipsch R-28F's - sitting next to the REVA 4's and still not reconnected. Not sure if any of this info helps you as it always really comes down to the listener and what they like. One speaker doesn't fit all whether it's cost or sound. Warfedale delivers a high quality product in both sound and construction. Warfedale walks what they talk. That's my opinion. [ Stephen Feb 18, 2018 ]