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Wharfedale EVO4.4

Floor-standing speaker (Black)

Item # 336EVO44BK

They bring out dynamic, nuanced sound from movies, TV, and music, plus they look great in your room.

They bring out dynamic, nuanced sound from movies, TV, and music, plus they look great in your room.

Item # 336EVO44BK

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About the Wharfedale EVO4.4

Elegant, dynamic tower speakers

A Wharfedale EVO4.4 tower speaker has everything I want when building a sound system: it can bring out dynamic, nuanced sound from movies, TV, and music, and look great in your room. Grab a pair to create a music lover's two-channel setup, or to use as the front speakers in an immersive home theater surround sound system.

Elegant, dynamic tower speakers

A Wharfedale EVO4.4 tower speaker has everything I want when building a sound system: it can bring out dynamic, nuanced sound from movies, TV, and music, and look great in your room. Grab a pair to create a music lover's two-channel setup, or to use as the front speakers in an immersive home theater surround sound system.

High-performance design

Wharfedale's EVO4 lineup uses technology and design elements developed for the company's flagship Elysian line. The 4.4 features an advanced folded ribbon tweeter that produces silky-smooth high frequencies, plus a dedicated 2" soft-dome midrange driver. Two 6-1/2" woven Kevlar woofers offer thrilling bass response down to 48 Hz. The drivers are housed in a curved bass-reflex cabinet that's carefully designed with internal bracing to damp sound-muddying vibrations.

Part of a complete home theater system

Combine the EVO4.4 with other models from Wharfedale's EVO4 Series for voice-matched sound:

Center channel: Wharfedale EVO4.C

Bookshelf speakers: Wharfedale EVO4.1

Surround speakers: Wharfedale EVO4.S

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Product highlights:

  • 3-way design
  • Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter
  • 2" soft-dome midrange
  • two 6-1/2" woven Kevlar woofers
  • frequency response: 40-22,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 30-200 watts
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • nominal impedance: 8 ohms compatible
  • bass reflex design with port on the underside of the enclosure
  • two sets of binding post speaker terminals allow bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • removable magnetic grille
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What's in the box:

  • Floorstanding loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • 4 Outrigger feet (pre-installed)
  • 4 Spikes (pre-installed)
  • 4 Isolation pucks
  • 2 Jumper-bars (pre-installed)
  • Pair of white cloth gloves
  • User Manual

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Features & specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood-veneer
Color Black
Tweeter AMT (Ribbon)
Tweeter Size (inches) 1.1875 x 2.375
Midrange Size (inches) 2
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Kevlar
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Dolby Atmos Drivers No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type Binding post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Specifications
Power Range 30-200
Frequency Response 40-22k Hz
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Subwoofer Amp Power ---
Height (inches) 41-3/4
Width (inches) 10-1/4
Depth (inches) 15-1/8
Weight 56.4 lbs

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Features

AMT (Air Motion Transformer) Transducer: The Wharfedale EVO 4.4 floorstanding loudspeaker employs a specially engineered 1.1875" x 2.375" AMT (Air Motion Transformer) transducer for its proprietary, silky smooth high frequency reproduction. By design, the AMT allows for a higher volume of air to be moved during performance than with a convention soft dome tweeter. This higher-pressure action, encouraged by the principles of AMT design, offers an improved point-source HF reproduction with lower distortion properties than conventional tweeters. This is evident in the stunning and sheer clarity of the musical performance of all of the EVO 4.4 floorstanding loudspeaker.

Soft-Dome Midrange: The Wharfedale EVO 4.4 features a 3-way driver design and incorporates a 2" soft-dome midrange to go along with its AMT high-frequency transducer and Kevlar cone woofer. The 2" soft-dome midrange driver delivers precise and detailed midrange reproduction with a wide dispersion and open soundstage.

Dual Kevlar Woofers: Articulate and accurate bass is perfected by the EVO 4.4's two bi-directional weaved Kevlar cone 6.5" woofers. Kevlar is a material that is naturally self-damping to reduce and distribute resonances to virtually negligible levels. In addition, a fixed, profiled phase plug ensures smooth acoustic roll off, further aiding integration with the loudspeaker's AMT high-frequency transducer and soft-dome midrange driver.

Optimized Crossover Network: The output of the tweeter, midrange and and woofers is carefully combined by a thoroughly researched crossover developed using Wharfedale's Computer Aided Optimization technology. Each crossover is carefully evaluated using a wide range of music, with the emphasis being on the lifelike reproduction of voices and instruments in addition to the dynamics of the musical performance.

Purpose-Built Cabinet Design: The Wharfedale EVO 4.4's cabinet is purpose-designed from the ground-up to ensure sonic character and great looking aesthetics. The cabinet is constructed of high quality materials and composites with internal damping and bracing. The curved design of the cabinet accurately disperses sound from the drivers into your listening room and prevents standing waves inside the enclosure which can color and muddy the sound. The cabinet is available in a black, white, and walnut wood-grain finish. It comes with an acoustically transparent cloth grille that magnetically attaches to the front of the speaker cabinet.

Slot-Loaded Distributed Port Design: The EVO 4.4 utilizes a slot-loaded distributed port design, where the internal port tube opens into a slot formed between the speaker cabinet and the plinth. This reduces the turbulence and audible "chuffing" suffered by conventional ported systems, which is caused by the sudden out-rush of high-pressure air into the low pressure in the room. A further benefit is the increased efficiency of energy transfer from the bass reflex tuning to the room. Both ends of the port feature a semi-parabolic entry and exit curve that control airflow through the port tube and allow increased air volume in the slot-loaded system for further improvement in the loudspeaker's low-frequency output performance.

Dual Binding Posts: The EVO 4.4 floorstanding speaker has two sets of binding posts connected by jumper-plates. The binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, spade connectors, & banana plugs (single only). Using these dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers. Bi-wiring or bi-amping the speaker provides improved bass & treble performance.

  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
  • Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.

Note: If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp, you must remove the jumpers between the terminal posts (failure to do this could result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).

Applications: The Wharfedale EVO 4.4 floorstanding loudspeaker is a great choice for 2ch stereo music listening, as well as home theater enjoyment.

  • 2Ch Stereo Placement: The EVO 4.4 can be utilized in a 2ch stereo music application. Try to position the loudspeakers equidistant (6.5' to 13') from one another and the main listening position. The speakers should be "toed" or angled (15° to 40°) into the main listening position.
  • Home Theater Placement: The EVO 4.4 can be used as front and/or surround speakers in a home theater application. When used as front speakers, they should be placed equal distant on either side of the television screen (6.5' to 13' apart). The front speakers should be angled (22° to 30°) slightly so they are aimed towards the main listening position. When used as surround speakers, they should be placed behind the main listening position at an angle (135° to 150°) or to the side of the main listening position at an angle (90° to 110°).

Spike Feet & Isolation Pucks: The Wharfedale EVO 4.4 floorstanding loudspeaker features pre-installed outrigger feet and spikes for carpet installations. Isolation pucks with foam padding are included to protect your hardwood, tile, laminate, and vinyl flooring. The spike feet can be placed directly on carpet or set in the isolation pucks to protect hardwood, tile, and laminate, and vinyl flooring. The isolation pucks add approximately 0.25" to the overall height of the speaker.

  • The loudspeakers should be positioned 6.5' to 13' apart and create an equilateral triangle with the main listening position. The speakers should also be "toed" or angled (15° to 40°) into the main listening position.
  • Position the speakers at least 7.875" from the rear walls and 2.25' from the side walls. Bass extension will increase with the speakers positioned closer to the wall, but this may also cause the bass to sound too boomy or indistinct.
  • If the loudspeakers are placed away from the walls, the inward angle may be increased by up to 40%, although this may restrict the width of the optimum listening position.

Note: The Wharfedale EVO 4.4 floorstanding loudspeaker should always be used with the outrigger feet and spikes installed (do not remove) for optimum sound performance and maximum stability. Make sure to use the isolation pucks to protect your hardwood, tile, and laminate, and vinyl floors.

EVO4 Series: Following the concept of the best-selling EVO series from Wharfedale that came before it, the EVO4 fuses the EVO concept of great sound and beautiful aesthetics with trickle down technology from the new flagship Wharfedale ELYSIAN series. From the cabinet design to the materials employed in its distinct driver design, the EVO4 sounds and looks amazing. The EVO4 Series consists of two floorstanding loudspeakers (EVO 4.4 / EVO 4.3), two bookshelf loudspeakers (EVO 4.2 / EVO 4.1), one center-channel loudspeaker (EVO 4.C), and one surround loudspeaker (EVO 4.S).

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11 questions already asked

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Which is better between these Wharfedale Evo 4.4 and Kef R5?
[ Jack996  Apr 02, 2021 ]
1 answer
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Krissy  Apr 27, 2021 ]  Staff
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Compared to Kef R5, which is better? No matter the price difference
[ Jack996  Mar 30, 2021 ]
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These are superior speakers,, but in comparison to the Ref R5, I wouldn't know. So sorry. Good luck.
[ GEORGINA  Apr 29, 2021 ]
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I don't think you will find a direct comparison because I don't think people would buy one and then the other at least not many people. The Evo however will be smoother and more relaxed sounding. But do not get confused It is not dull or rolled off. The Tweeter on the Evo is a masterpiece in my opinion. The mids are perfect for me in the base is extremely respectable not boomy But has a sense of authority without getting anywhere near the mid range . You would be hard for us to do better under $3,000 I've heard many of those speakers including high end kef the kef are a little more neutral slightly more sparkle on the highs but honestly not much It just feels that way. It may have more bass as well.
[ JOSH  Apr 29, 2021 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Krissy  Apr 29, 2021 ]  Staff
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How do these compare with Def Tech BP8060ST?
[ LYLE  Feb 23, 2021 ]
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I've never owned or listened to Def Techs extensively so I can't really compare them. From what I know about Def Techs I would imagine they're more efficient than the EVO4.4. Personally I like my EVOs. They're balanced, neutral and have a generally sweet sound. They're not particularly prominent in the bottom octaves but the bass is tight. I have subwoofers working with mine but I sometimes like listening to them without the boost.
[ AZIKIWE  Feb 24, 2021 ]
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I don't recall the models i listened to but that price range is right. I was surprised at how good they were; wide, dynamic soundstage, the sweet spot was also wide and much more forgiving of placement and seating position. Probably better for a great AV setup, but 2 channel would still be very good. The Warefedales just seemed to convey more detail, the bass is shockingly good, the high end was collected, not harsh or sibilant, as I feared. But they need good room placement and size and are better for more critical listening, more revealing of lower quality recordings.
[ JOSHUA A  Feb 24, 2021 ]
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How stable are these speakers? For example, if a large dog were to bump into or lean on one would it tip over? Can anyone speak to how easy (or difficult) they are to topple?
[ Jonas  Jan 13, 2021 ]
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Should not be a problem; stable, heavy, low-ish center of gravity and wide enough footprint that knocking one over would be a challenge (but not impossible). It's certainly more stable than I would have guessed from pictures and video reviews.
[ JOSHUA A  Jan 13, 2021 ]
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Hello Jonas, These speakers are very large! I have a 75lb dog and if he had hit a speaker directly I'm confident it would topple. This is one of the many reasons I returned these Wharfedale's. Additionally, please look at Monitor Audio Silver 300's. They are significantly smaller, better enclosure structure, more stable, and most importantly sound better. Hope this helps!
[ Tim  Jan 13, 2021 ]
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These speakers are very stable. My grandchildren have not been able to topple them. The ultimate test!
[ FRANK J  Jan 13, 2021 ]
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The speakers are very stable. I have mine on carpet using the small spikes. It would be quite difficult to knock them over.
[ JORDAN  Jan 13, 2021 ]
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Comparison between EVO4.4 vs B&W 603 Anniv Ed? Any opinion?
[ James  Dec 30, 2020 ]
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I listened to the 603's (not the anniversary version) and was not stoked with the midrange. Now, this could have been the room, source components, or quality of the music file but the midrange dominated the speaker and came off a little harsh. By comparison, equivalently priced Definitive Tech and Martin Logans sounded better. I have the Evo 4.4's and am in love. Midrange is buttery smooth and accurate (only honest gripe would be higher register female vocals with low quality recordings can appear sibilant). The AMT tweeter is not harsh, one of my biggest concerns.
[ JOSHUA A  Jan 13, 2021 ]
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What wattage do these speakers come on? I mean to sound realistic and reproduce detailed sounds, do the speakers have to be turned up in volume>
[ Charles  Nov 17, 2020 ]
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They have average efficiency at 89db. As to what wattage they come on? Not sure what that means. A 50w-200w amp would be fine. The sound is amazing even at lower levels. Detail is pronounced and not fatiguin.I think it's the unique character of a done mid and ribbon "AMT" tweeter. If you need a low volume and detailed speaker that's efficient try a look at the Klipsch line such as Heresy.
[ JOSHUA A  Dec 01, 2020 ]
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Do you think Cambridge Azur 851A is comfortably able to drive these speakers?
[ Chang-Jen  Nov 08, 2020 ]
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Yes it will. As a matter of fact it might be a very good match.
[ BRYANT  Nov 08, 2020 ]
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Well mine sound good on a Sony 90 watt per channel receiver. I would imagine they would be fine on a Cambridge 120 watt per.
[ AZIKIWE  Nov 08, 2020 ]
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Without question. The recommended amplifier is between 30-200w.
[ Marion  Nov 08, 2020 ]
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My 80 watt per channel NAD has no problem driving these speakers. The Azur 851 would be able to bring out low end even better. I find these speakers to be very well balanced, outstanding in the mid-range, and in my room the separation is incredible with a slight toe-in, I hear the music, not the speakers. I do not regret buying them.
[ Handyman  Nov 08, 2020 ]
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Your Cambridge amplifier will be more than enough to drive these speakers.
[ FRANK J  Nov 08, 2020 ]
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Are open box speakers used? If not, are they in perfect condition with full warranty. Thanks
[ LARRY  Oct 27, 2020 ]
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If they were used, they were so very gently. they have been tested, are in new condition, and come with full return policy and full warranties. Sometimes they were opened by accident or for in house research purposes.
[ Calvin  Nov 25, 2020 ]  Staff
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For the Wharfedale Evo 4.4 the manual says nominal impedance is 6Ohms but the Crutchfield spec says 8 Ohms and then somewhere else I saw "8 Ohm compatible. What is the real impedance? Can I use it safely with an 8 ohm rated amp? At the moment I may use a Denon AVR C1600H amp. Thinking of upgrading since it is only 80W. Would it be adequate for the Evo 4.4? Can I use the Evo 4.4 as the main front channel speakers and other 8 ohm speakers for the surround rear channels. I am really considering buying the Evos but hesitant because of the above concerns
[ Alex  Sep 28, 2020 ]
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Alex - The Evo 4.4's as far as I remember are rated 8 Ohms. Here is my setup which sounds wonderful to me: Marantz SR7013 two Evo 4.4's up front and center. I use some older but still great Polk Monitor's I believe 30's at surround, and a 12" Klipsch Sub. You'll want to keep considering upgrading your amp but to me you'll be fine for a good while. Remember - only you have to be please with your decisions.
[ New User  Oct 02, 2020 ]
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Can I pair these with an Onkyo TX-8511 receiver?
[ Diana Mc  Sep 04, 2020 ]
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Your receiver is 100w per channel ("100 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD") and is more than enough to thoroughly enjoy these speakers, even at high volumes. 89db is an average efficiency, certainly not inefficient. I would also counter that these have plenty of bass, surprisingly so. Check some of the reviews on youtube from "KVR."
[ JOSHUA A  Jan 13, 2021 ]
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I would say yes if you're not looking for room shaking volume. 30 watts RMS per channel is the lowest recommendation for these speakers. The Onkyo TX-8511 is 50 watts RMS per channel. The Evos aren't the most efficient speakers and they don't put out the deepest bass but they're clean, accurate and neutral.
[ AZIKIWE  Sep 14, 2020 ]
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