The new AURA series continues the Wharfedale tradition of offering exceptional performance and value for money with a range of speakers that offer the home listener and dedicated audiophile a combination of monitor-class audio transparency together with class-leading levels of musical enjoyment.
Borrowing heavily from the advanced technology of the elite ELYSIAN research project, AURA features the Wharfedale AMT high frequency transducer, glass fibre matrix midrange and bass cones, the SLPP port system and multi-layer cabinets.
Something of an AURA
AURA is the latest innovation in the family of class-leading Wharfedale speakers. Taking inspiration from the flagship ELYSIAN series, by way of fit, finish and technological derivatives, AURA is another boundary breaking model that challenges the norms of value while delivering all the detail, energy and thrill of your music collection with a class-leading performance but with a class-defying price tag
Equipped with the now world-famous Wharfedale AMT transducer, each AURA model emits breathtaking high-frequency definition
Unlike conventional dome or other ribbon and planar diaphragms, the Wharfedale AMT high-frequency transducer does not move forwards and backwards like a piston. It is therefore not constrained by the mass of its diaphragm, with the attendant blurring of transient response. Instead, the diaphragm is folded and carries conductive elements immersed in an immensely strong magnetic field. Not only is this an efficient way of moving air, it is also highly accurate as the diaphragm is under close control of the motor system at all times. The result is a wide bandwidth transducer that achieves extremely low distortion and wonderful musical detail, with scintillating speed and dynamic ability
As Wharfedale engineers found when designing the flagship ELYSIAN series, the transient accuracy and efficiency of the AMT needs to be matched by the midrange and bass drivers for a seamless audio performance. Accordingly, AURA also uses a proprietary woven glass fibre matrix diaphragm for the midrange and bass cones terminated by high-flexibility rubber surrounds. The voice coils driving the cones are immersed in high flux magnetic fields, with eddy currents and inductance controlled by copper clad pole pieces
These low distortion motor systems are mounted on die-cast aluminium chassis, each fixed to the cabinet by six high tensile bolts to maintain the rigidity of structure and provide accurate transient response. The rubber trim rings surrounding each chassis are not just a cosmetic feature but also control any resonance occurring at the junction of the aluminium chassis and wood cabinet.
Wharfedale’s SLPP (Slot Loaded Profiled Port) bass reflex design was developed from the original idea of Gilbert Briggs, the entrepreneur who set up and ran Wharfedale from 1932 to 1964. In the AURA series, the high-pressure, high- velocity airflow from a downward-facing port is better matched to the low air pressure in the room by distributing the airflow through a series of slot ports in the plinth. This both reduces unwanted turbulence from the port and also improves the efficiency of the bass reflex system – another now design staple of the Wharfedale brand.
The crossover is the ‘heart’ of every loudspeaker, weaving the overall performance into a ‘sum-of-all-parts’. Wharfedale were one of the first domestic speaker manufacturers to utilise a crossover to divide the frequency band between drive units that were optimised for bass, midrange and treble.
With 90 years of learning, not to mention the benefit of having one of the world’s most respected crossover architects leading the development, in the form of Peter Comeau, IAG’s Director of Acoustic Design, the sophisticated crossover networks are fine-tuned over hundreds of hours of listening tests to ensure a seamless blend between the drive units.
As with all Wharfedale series, only the highest grade, acoustically transparent components are used throughout the crossover network, ensuring all the musical detail is heard
AURA cabinets are, in many ways, a work of art. Available in Black, White and a feature-grained Walnut real wood veneer, each cabinet is lacquered and polished to present a beautiful piece of furniture you will be proud to have in your home, akin to that of the significantly higher priced, ELYSIAN series. The smooth curves of the cabinet are more than just eye catching. They help to disperse the acoustic output of the drive units smoothly into the room without undesirable reflections from otherwise sharp edges.
Underneath the polished lacquers lie cabinet walls built from multiple layers of differing woods, designed to reduce panel resonance below audibility. This multi-layer construction, PROS (Panel Resonance Optimization System) has a further benefit - it inhibits the leakage of unwanted sound energy from inside the cabinet which would otherwise interfere with the forward output of the drive units.
AURA in Application
The Wharfedale AURA series comes in the form of AURA 1 and 2 standmount options. Each is offered with the optional, but suitably striking, custom engineered stands. Just like the speakers which they present, the AURA stands use the finest materials such as dark chrome trims matching and exemplifying the attention to detail and sheer quality of build on offer.
Based on the recent award-winning history of Wharfedale Diamond 12, EVO4 and the industry-revered ELYSIAN series, Wharfedale AURA confidentally ventures into a new territory and segment but with the same ultimate aim – to create a class-leading, true hi-fi experience for connoisseurs of music!
Design Philosophy and Core Technology
Enclosure type: Bass reflex
Transducer Complement: 2-way
Bass Driver: 5"(130mm) Black Glass Fibre Matrix Cone
Midrange Driver: N/A
Treble Driver: 27'90mm AMT
AV Shield: No
Sensitivity (2.83V @ 1m): 86dB
Recommended Amplifier Power: 25-100W
Peak Power Handling
Peak SPL: 103dB
Nominal Impedance: 6Ω (Compatible 8Ω)
Minimum Impedance: 4.1 Ω
Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 48Hz ~ 22kHz
Bass Extension (-6dB): 44Hz
Crossover Frequency: 2.9kHz
Cabinet Volume (in litres): 16.5L
Height (On Plinth): 386mm
Depth (With Terminals): (300+52)mm
Carton Size: 640 x 425 x 510mm
Net Weight: 12.5kg/pcs
Gross Weight: 26.5kg/ctn
Finish: Walnut / White / Black hi-gloss
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