Here goes an average joe's review.
Today I opened up the Wharfedale EVO 4.1's and I love them. I got the white speakers. They came with white gloves for handling. I thought that was funny and made for a classy opening experience
. The speakers look beautiful without the grills but had a lower WAF.
For anyone reading please note I am coming from a pair of Polk RTi A3's that I got for free. I never loved them but found them to obviously be a HUGE step above TV audio. I've been listening to these for roughly 4 years. After setting up the EVO's and figuring out how to properly wire a 4 post speaker (noob here) I sat in the sweet spot and started playing a playlist I have been putting together to audition all 3 sets of speakers. These are songs that I know really well from all genres.
Look & Feel:
The speakers are really beautiful. The cab is solid and I'm a huge fan of the overall design especially enjoying the black and white color contrast. I'm a huge fan of the AMT tweeter look. The black base is really nice as well. To me it brings a nice balance and finished look to the speaker overall.
Coming form the Polk's the EVO's have this amazing mid range clarity. I've really notices that male vocals sound rich, full, smooth and present. I'm finding strength in the mid range that I previously did not have. The guitars in Fleetwood Mac - Never Going Back Again
shine on these speakers. I'm not well versed enough to really critically listen to highs/tweeters. All I can say is that to me they are perfect. I have a preference for a laid back high end that can still provide detail. For instance I am not a fan of Klipsch or Focal sound signatures. The EVO's were easy on the ears during a 2 hours straight listening session. Smooth is what comes to mind when listening to these AMT's. The low end of these is fuller, tighter, and deeper than the Polk RTi A3's even though the polks have a larger woofer, bigger cabinet and a front port. Overall these are just fun, balanced, and bring life and energy to music. I have not listened to the SVS Primes or the JBL's but if I was stuck with these I would not be mad AT ALL. I like them a lot.
Here are some tracks I really enjoyed on these:
- Fleetwood Mac - Never Going Back Again
- The Weeknd - In Your Eyes (that lead synth packs a punch and his vocals are silky)
- Tame Impala - Let It Happen
- Sun Rai - San Francisco Street (tasty bass line, drums, and vocals)
- Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
- Cashmere Cat - Quit
- Daft Punk - Fragments Of Time
- Neil Young - Out On The Weekend
My plan is to listen to these for the 7 to 10 days before switching over the SVS Primes. Right now I'm extremely excited and know that being stuck with any one of these options will be a win for me. Very curious to hear how the $300 JBL's stack up against the rest.
Feel free to offer your tips or advice when auditioning new speakers. I only know that you should be using material you know well, so that is all I've done so far. Thanks for reading and any advice.