In this review, we will be comparing Model Three and LINTON Heritage, two Passive Bookshelf speakers from KLH and Wharfedale. Let's have a brief look at the main features of KLH Model Three and Wharfedale LINTON first before getting into our more detailed comparison.
In the following sections, we will get into details in order to better understand how KLH Model Three and Wharfedale LINTON compares and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one of these loudspeakers is the better choice for you.
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One of the fundamental differences between these two speakers is that Model Three is a 2-way design whereas LINTON Heritage is a 3-way speaker. 3-way designs utilize a midrange driver in addition to the tweeter and woofer on 2-way designs. Designing a crossover for a 3-way speaker is a complicated process and generally increases the overall cost of the speaker. Model Three features a 1" Aluminum Tweeter and 1 x 8" Pulp-Paper Cone Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 1600Hz. On the other hand, LINTON Heritage features a 1" woven textile Soft-dome Tweeter , a 5" Midrange and 1 x 8" Woven Kevlar Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 630Hz and 2400Hz.
Model Three has a frequency range of 46-20k Hz whereas LINTON Heritage has a frequency range of 40-20k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 40Hz, the LINTON Heritage can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the Model Three's min frequency of 46Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers under Bookshelf class in our database.
Impedance and Sensitivity
Model Three and LINTON Heritage has the same Impedance of 6 ohms but where they differ is the sensitivity levels. Model Three sensitivity is rated at 88 dB and LINTON Heritage's is at 90 dB. This 2 dB difference makes Wharfedale LINTON a more sensitive speaker compared to KLH Model Three, hence will play louder with the same amount of watts.
Model Three has a power range of 30-150 watts RMS whereas LINTON Heritage has a power range of 25-200 watts.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
Model Three features Post type posts and LINTON Heritage has a Post type posts. None of these speakers feature bi-amping/bi-wiring.
Size of a speaker can sometimes become an important decision factor due to space constraints or in some cases purely for esthetic reasons. In this section, We are going to compare KLH Model Three's and Wharfedale LINTON's external dimensions. KLH Model Three has external dimensions of 482.0 x 311.0 x 267.0mm ( 19.0 x 12.25 x 10.5inch) whereas Wharfedale LINTON has external dimensions of 565.0 x 300.0 x 330.0mm ( 22.2 x 11.8 x 12.9inch) .
KLH Model Three is 83mm shorter and 63mm less deeper than Wharfedale LINTON but it is also 11mm wider.