At $299 Delivered I thought these are a genuine up-market alternative to the Edifier’s. $499 everywhere else.
The power output may seem low (what some would call honest) but the overall signal-to-noise ratio is similar to the Edifier R1700BT’s (80dBA vs 85dBA), enough for moderate volume listening or on desk use.
When I saw these I thought these must be Wharfedale’s answer to the popularity of Edifier’s small powered bookshelf speakers.
And this whathifi review mentions them:
”These DS-1s have a mature presentation that gives them the upper hand against budget rivals such as the Sond Audio Actives and Edifier R1700BTs.”
Note: These are slightly flawed in their design. Missing remote control, speaker grills and tone controls compared to the Edifier. Bluetooth & analog 3.5mm AUX are the only inputs and volume control is on the back, so I guess they expected people to use Bluetooth only (and control the volume with your phone) or plug in Google Home or Amazon Echo into the 3.5mm (and control volume + content with your voice).
Photo: Rear of Unit.
|Woofer||4 inch composite fibre with Rubber Surround|
|Tweeter||0.75 inch (20mm) Soft Dome|
|Rated System Power||2 x 7 Watts|
|Maximum System Power||2 x 14 Watts|
|Frequency Response (+/- 3dB)||55Hz – 20kHz|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||>80dB ( A weighted)|
|Line Input Sensitivity||350mV|
|Bluetooth||V4.0 BC8 with aptX|
|Bluetooth Range||Approx 10m (line of sight)|
|NFC Support||YES (Android & Windows Phone only)|
|Power Consumption||35W max|
|Standby Power Consumption||< 0.5W|
|Dimensions in mm (H x W x D)||152 x 190 x 110|
|Gross Weight||4.65 Kg|