Wharfedale DS-2 Active Bluetooth Desktop Loudspeakers.
These beautiful speakers are the long-awaited replacement for the award-winning DS-1’s. This small, versatile loudspeaker utilises aptX Bluetooth technology offering simple, seamless connectivity without the hassle of wires.
Small and lightweight the DS-2’s 15W internal amplifiers (with DSP), punch out staggering quality of sound regardless of the genres you are listening to.
Bluetooth speakers are wonderfully convenient, but all too often their sound disappoints. This is especially true of many models below £200, their lack of proper stereo, poor sonic definition and small-scale soundstage leaving music sounding distinctly flat.
The new DS-2 stereo Bluetooth speaker system from the renowned Wharfedale stable is an entirely different proposition. It’s based on the now-discontinued DS-1, a similarly diminutive pair of Bluetooth speakers widely acknowledged as the best available under £200 ‘petite little desktop speakers that sound fantastic for the money’,said What Hi-Fi? whilst presenting them with an Award in 2015. The DS-2 reconstructs the original DS-1 concept with an all-new design, delivering even better sound-per-pound performance. In contrast to most Bluetooth speakers, the DS-2 is a pair of proper two-way hi-fi speakers shrunk to desktop size, standing just 190mm high, 120mm wide and 140mm deep.
Wharfedale is Britain’s most famous loudspeaker brand, with an audio engineering heritage stretching back to 1932. The company invented the concept of the two-way speaker – utilising separate drive units for high- and low-frequencies – so it’s no surprise that each DS-2 contains two high-performance drivers: a 19mm silk dome tweeter and a 75mm mid/bass driver.
The mid/bass driver’s cone is fashioned from woven polypropylene, chosen for its ideal combination of lightness, strength and low coloration. Both drive units are protected by specially designed metal grilles, while a rear-firing port augments low-frequency performance to provide bass that’s surprisingly deep and punchy for the speakers’ size.
Inside the master speaker nestles new-generation, high-performance digital amplification outputting 2x15W continuous and 2x30W peak. This drives the treble and mid/bass units via a high-quality crossover network containing select audio-grade components – superior to the cheap, single-component crossovers used by many compact speakers.
Bluetooth provides simple wireless pairing with smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs, complete with support for the sonically superior aptX codec.
Flexibility is further enhanced by a 3.5mm analogue stereo input and supplied cable – this is positioned on the side of the master speaker, along with the volume and pairing controls.
The DS-2 makes full use of Wharfedale’s award-winning acoustic engineering expertise, exhibiting their sibling’s hi-fi pedigree. Their sound is impressively agile and articulate for their size and price, delivering engaging musicality and a spacious stereo soundstage that their Bluetooth price-rivals cannot muster. Add the speakers’ smart, rigidly constructed cabinets, complete with curved corners and a high-gloss finish offset with tactile leatherette, and these diminutive sonic stars should top the list for anyone seeking a compact, affordable, high-quality stereo Bluetooth speaker system to place on a desk, table or shelf.
Whether used to enhance sound from a computer, hook up a turntable to create an elegant vinyl system, or simply stream music from a phone or tablet, they are a flexible, convenient and affordable way to enjoy great sound from a wide range of devices.
- 2 Way Bluetooth aptX speaker system
- 2 x 30w Peak Music Power
- 5mm Aux-In to connect turntables, PC or Mac etc
- Aesthetically stunning combination of gloss front and leatherette casing
- Dimensions 190mm high x 120mm wide x 140mm deep (7.5” x 4.75” x 5.5” approx.)
- 2 year manufacturer warranty