Give these Wharfedales a sturdy pair of stands and use them relatively close to a rear wall, and you’ll get a terrific sound. There’s a sense of scale and authority that belies the speaker’s compact dimensions.
Much of the credit goes to the way they produce bass – low frequencies are solid, agile and tuneful, and have good reach. It seems that distributed-port idea works.
If the bass is good we’re even more impressed with the terrifically articulate and beautifully projected midrange. Treble is nicely judged too. There’s plenty of sparkle but enough refinement to ensure the 121s behave well enough with aggressive recordings and bright partnering equipment.
Put it all together and you have a pair of budget boxes that truly satisfy. They’re happy to charge along to The White Stripes, making the most of the music’s energy while refusing to make a meal of the low-fi nature of the recordings.
Equally, give them something wonderfully produced such as Johnny Cash’sSolitary Man and they’ll enthral with Cash’s rich, textured vocals and the track’s wonderfully sparse instrumentation.
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