The word that for me best describes the sound of the Wharfedale Jade 7 is balanced. Not just its tonal balance—which was almost ideally neutral—but a balance of the various sonic attributes most valued by audiophiles. Transparency, detail, soundstaging, and dynamics were all excellent—perhaps only a rung below what’s available from more costly offerings. At $4199/pair, the Jade 7 is competitive with such speakers as the Focal Chorus 826W (reviewed in the November 2010 issue, Vol.33 No.11) and the GoldenEar Triton II (February 2012, Vol.35 No. 2), two of the best audiophile values available. The Jade 7 is a speaker in the classic tradition of Wharfedale. Gilbert Briggs would be proud.


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