Britain has long been recognized throughout the world as being the home of loudspeaker technology in terms of innovation and quality. This reputation has built up over many years by some of the world’s most famous loudspeaker manufacturers. Wharfedale, established over seventy years ago has always been at the forefront of developing this reputation.
Gilbert Briggs is still much admired and respected throughout the world for his pioneering work in hi-fi reproduction and his endless pursuit of better sound quality – driven by his love of live music.
Demand for Wharfedale products continued to grow at an ever increasing speed and the existing factory in Bradford Road was limiting growth. In 1967, a decision was made to develop a new, more efficient factory on a green field site in Highfield Road, Bradford, just over a mile away. The factory took some seven year to complete. When finished, it comprised over 170,000 sq. ft. of production with additional office space and large scale research and development facilities.
Production growth continued unabated throughout the 1970s with classic loudspeaker models such as the Lintons and the smaller Dentons. Such was the popularity of hi fi and the efficiency of the new factory, production reached 800,000 drive units.
The development of the Diamond has continued unabated ever since. Each successive generation of Diamond speakers has introduced a new technology or material into this competitive sector. As an introduction to serious hi fi, the Diamond series has never been beaten.
The Verity Group also owned Quad and Leak. The famous three were back together again. Who would have thought that the relationship between the biggest hi fi companies of the day that began with the ‘live vs. recorded’ concerts in 1955 would end up under common ownership.
Today, Wharfedale Pro is a leading force in the highly competitive professional market. Amplifiers, mixing desks, effects modules, equalizers and lighting are all included within the portfolio as well as loudspeaker ranges to suit every application and installation, all with a common design philosophy - Value, Integrity and performance.