Wharfedale AURA 1 is a 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Bookshelf speaker by Wharfedale. It features a 1.0625 x 3.5" AMT (Ribbon) Tweeter and 1 x 5" Glass Fiber Matrix Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 48-22k Hz and a sensitivity of 86 dB. Wharfedale AURA 1 has an MSRP of 1999$ per pair.
What size of room is the Wharfedale AURA 1 speaker good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use the Wharfedale AURA 1 is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various sizes of environments considering its size and max power parameters:
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(* Approximate Room sizes: Small < 100sq. ft / 9 m2, Mid-size: 100-220 sq. ft / 9-20 m2, Large 220-400 sq. ft / 20-36 m2, Very Large: > 400 sq. ft / 36 m2.
Average Floor Height: 9" / 2.7m. Typical room sizes differ from country to country, and the actual listening experience changes depending on floor height, room shape, surface materials, listening position, speaker locations, etc.)
What are the speakers in Wharfedale's AURA Series?
AURA 1 is a member of Wharfedale's AURA series of Passive speakers. Borrowing heavily from the advanced technology of the elite ELYSIAN research project, AURA features the Wharfedale AMT high frequency transducer, glass fibre matrix midrange and bass cones, the SLPP ports system and multi-layer cabinets Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
Wharfedale AURA Series Speakers
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What is the Frequency Response of the Wharfedale AURA 1 speaker?
Wharfedale AURA 1 has a Frequency response range of 48-22k Hz at ±3dB (44Hz at -6dB) and Power Range of 25-100 watts. At a minimum frequency of 48 Hz, AURA 1 will provide an average bass depth so depending on your use case, you may consider supplementing your system with a subwoofer.
To focus on the subwoofers that are in a similar price range with Wharfedale AURA 1, check out the Powered Subwoofers under $2000. Alternatively, find the Full list of Powered Subwoofers regardless of the price.
Here we have a comparison of how AURA 1's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
What is the Crossover frequency of Wharfedale AURA 1?
The Crossover frequency of the AURA 1 is set to 2.9kHz. This is the threshold frequency where the higher frequency signals over this level are sent to the tweeter and the lower-frequency signals are sent to the woofer by the crossover component.
What are the Impedance and Sensitivity of the Wharfedale AURA 1? Is it an easy-to-drive speaker?
Wharfedale AURA 1's nominal impedance level is 6 ohms
but can go down to as low as 4.1 ohms
, and has a sensitivity of 86 dB
Nominal Impedance of 6 Ohms makes the Wharfedale AURA 1 a relatively difficult to drive speaker compared to more frequently found 8 ohms speakers from nominal Impedance perspective.
With a sensitivity level of only 86 dB, Wharfedale AURA 1 is a difficult to drive speaker from Sensitivity perspective, make sure to choose an amplifier with a high output if you like listening to your music at high volume levels. You may especially have a hard time using Tube amplifiers which are traditionally very low power compared to Class A/B or Class D speakers.
Minimum Impedance of Wharfedale AURA 1
Even though the nominal impedance of the AURA 1 is 6 ohms, the minimum impedance level of this speaker according to Wharfedale is 4.1 ohms Wharfedale AURA 1 so while choosing an amplifier, you should ideally check if the unit you are considering can provide this impedance level.
Check the amplifiers that are in a similar price range to the Wharfedale AURA 1:
AURA 1 has Binding post type connectors and lets bi-amping/bi-wiring. Bi-wiring can provide improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers by running separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier. Bi-amping allows the use of separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency drivers of your loudspeaker which may result in greater dynamic range & lower distortion.
Wharfedale AURA 1 External Dimensions and Weight
Wharfedale AURA 1 has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 14-7/16inch x 9-3/4inch x 13-3/4inch (367.0 x 248.0 x 350.0mm ).
Base Surface Area
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base area of Wharfedale AURA 1 is approximately 868.0cm2 / 134.5inch2.
The Wharfedale AURA 1 weighs 12.50kg / 27.5lbs per piece. Here is a comparison of how AURA 1's weight compares with the average, max and min weights in its class.
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How does the Wharfedale AURA 1 compare to the Wharfedale AURA 2?
One of the natural alternative to the Wharfedale AURA 1 is the AURA 2 which is located one step higher in Wharfedale's Passive Bookshelf selection.
Check the Detailed Comparison of Wharfedale AURA 1 vs AURA 2 for more details.
Cabinet type and Materials
Wharfedale AURA 1 has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet and a Multi-layer wood finish. Bass Reflex type loudspeakers (aka Ported, Vented or Reflex Port) have enclosures that uses a port, hole or vent cut into the cabinet. Ported designs are generally more efficient than the Sealed designs.
Wharfedale AURA 1 is a bottom-firing port speaker
Wharfedale AURA 1 is available in Piano Black, Piano Walnut and White Gloss.
AURA 1 doesn't sport any built-in mounting bracket, so you need an external structure to mount it on walls.
Wharfedale sells a dedicated speaker stand for the AURA 1 with a model name Wharfedale AURA 1
. You can check the latest price and availability of these stands at B&H PHOTO
Does the Wharfedale AURA 1 come with a Grille?
AURA 1 comes with magnetic grilles in Black color choices. The purpose of the grille is to protect the delicate driver elements from external impacts while still allowing the sound to pass as clearly as possible. Since the included grille of the AURA 1 is magnetic type, it is very easy to put it on and off.
What's in the Box of Wharfedale AURA 1?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of AURA 1:
2 Bookshelf loudspeakers2 Grilles4 Jumper wires8 Rubber feetPair of white glovesUser Manual
Here is a list of accessories that we think you may need for the Wharfedale AURA 1.
- Speaker Cable and Connectors
- Vibration Isolators: IsoAcoustics isolatorsmore affordable options too.
- Acoustic Panels and Treatments: Your room is as important as your stereo equipment so acoustic treatments goes a long way in improving the overall performance.
- Speaker Stands: Stands bring your bookshelf speakers to ideal height (rule of thumb is to have the tweeter level with your ear in your listening position), helps stability and acoustical isolation.
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the Wharfedale AURA 1, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for Wharfedale AURA 1
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the Wharfedale AURA 1 speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for Wharfedale AURA 1
5 Years of parts warranty and 5 Years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.