Britain’s Most Famous Loudspeaker … Since 1932



Sound Import, LLC to expand Wharfedale’s presence in the U.S. market while capitalizing on Wharfedale’s 75 year history as a leading manufacturer of dynamic loudspeakers

CEDIA Expo, Atlanta, GA, September 23, 2010 — IAG (International Audio Group) announces the appointment of Sound Import, LLC in Hopedale, Massachusetts, as their exclusive U.S. distributor for the Wharfedale brand of dynamic loudspeakers. The announcement was made by Walter Schofield (Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Sound Import) and further underscores IAG’s commitment to the U.S. market and the Wharfedale range of loudspeakers. As part of the new distribution agreement, industry veteran Walter Schofield, formerly with Mark Levinson, will head up sales and marketing, while Bob Springston, formerly VP of Finance with IAG America, will be responsible for operations.

“To be associated with yet another venerable brand is a true blessing for me,” stated Walter Schofield. “We feel Wharfedale manufactures superior-performance products, at very reasonable price points, that will attract the attention of dealers looking to differentiate themselves from the usual suspects. Outside of their excellent audio reproduction, one thing that sets Wharfedale apart from other speaker manufacturers is that every component in every speaker, right down to the screws and crossover components within the crossovers, is built in our factory so we have total control from design to final finish. This attention to detail provides a new level of consistency from speaker to speaker, ensuring that each model will perform exactly the way it was designed.”

Featuring multiple acoustic engineering advancements, Wharfedale offers a wide assortment within multiple series of loudspeakers to deliver a new class of sonic performance for home theater, music and architectural applications. Developed for multiple room environments and applications, the line includes over 60 new speaker models with subwoofers, floor standing towers, bookshelves, center channels, surrounds, high-style slim “decorator friendly” series and in-wall/ceiling solutions, providing resellers with a wide range of solutions for their clients’ home entertainment needs. The Wharfedale line of speakers provides the final solution to complete the ultimate home entertainment experience.

Commenting on their appointment as exclusive U.S. distributor, Bob Springston echoed Schofield’s remarks: “We are proud to be associated with such a pedigreed manufacturer that offers products at the pinnacle of the price/performance category. We will work diligently to position Wharfedale as the “go-to” brand of loudspeakers in the U.S. market.”

Sound Import will distribute the following Wharfedale series of speakers:

Vardus – Entry-level music/home theater series with beveled cabinets and polypropylene drivers.

Diamond – The most recognizable of all Wharfedale speaker series, with curved cabinets, Kevlar drivers, patented cone surrounds that break up standing waves, simple, high quality crossovers and rigid, acoustically-inert cabinets. From bookshelf speakers to sound Bars, this series has it all.

Achromatic – High gloss, piano finish in slim, architect- and designer-friendly cabinets that are wall-mountable or freestanding. Home Theater and Music enthusiasts will appreciate the versatility and simple, elegant appearance of this series, as well as the dynamic, open, crystal-clear sound via inverted aluminum dome drivers and soft dome tweeters.

Evo – Real wood veneers, excellent dynamics and cohesion across the frequency range are trademarks of the EvoII series. Resin-impregnated raw Kevlar, soft dome tweeters, inert, resonance-free enclosures and proprietary motor/driver assemblies result in audiophile sound quality without breaking the bank.

Opus – The ultimate loudspeakers designed for exceptional accuracy and a scale of presentation and dynamics beyond that possible from conventional high-fidelity loudspeakers, primarily due to the volume of air being displaced from the in-house-designed and -built drive units; their speed of response; and agility under pressure. Carbon-fiber bass drivers, unique, in-house-built soft dome midranges and lightweight/high-strength tweeter voice coils for extended and precise high-frequency response round out this complete music and home theater series.

For more information on additional products, please visit www.wharfedale.co.uk.

For more information in the U.S. on the complete range of Wharfedale loudspeakers, contact:

Walter Schofield, Sound Import, LLC,
Email: walter@soundimport.com

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Clyne Media, Inc.
Phone: 615-662-1616
Fax: 615-662-1636
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