Wharfedale is one of the most historic, respected and important audio equipment brands in the history of Hi-Fi.
The company was founded in 1932 by Gilbert Briggs in the cellar of his house in Ilkley, Yorkshire, UK and initially named Wharfedale Wireless Works. Gilbert was an amateur electronics engineer, music enthusiast and audio experimenter who, back then, was experimenting with cutting edge technology! Initially his wife, Doris Edna Briggs was the production department, and she spent many late nights soldering wires and winding coils!
It was in this same year that Gilbert entered the Bradford Radio Society’s annual competition and won both first and second places, and the company’s first big order!
Despite a great start, it was a whole decade before Wharfedale invented the first two-way loudspeaker and in 1945 the company’s much-celebrated Diamond series was born.
During the 1950s and 60s, Wharfedale eliminated cabinet resonances with its new double cabinet, with space between the inner and outer shells filled with sand. An innovation that made the company famous.
In 1958, Gilbert sold the company to the Rank Organisation, which saw rapid development and expansion. Since then, Wharfedale has been through several owners including the Verity Group and is now part of the International Audio Group.
With years of perfecting loudspeaker performance and a portfolio of amplifiers, mixing desks, effects modules, equalizers and lighting (although best known for its loudspeakers), Wharfedale is one of Britain’s leading manufacturers of audiophile equipment. Its original philosophy continues – value, integrity and performance.
Wharfedale invented the domestic speaker as we know it, and today, always at the forefront of developing this reputation, Wharfedale is a leading force in the competitive audio equipment market.