in my view the lintons are a nice sounding speaker without a high degree of resolution nor drive
i would pair them with a lively, detailed solid state amp, like a yamaha or musical fidelity (lower tier) integrated or perhaps a mini gan5 power amp
Brit speakers = Brit electronics upstream….. for example , here is a highlight from a recent UK review of the LINTONs:
” ,… It’s soon clear that these speakers have a relaxed way about them, so we pair them with the energetic Rega Elex-R integrated amplifier (£949). Other amps that offer a good degree of get up and go will also work well.…”
REGA OSIRIS is a sensational beefy yet refined amp if you have the budget for it . I run my HARBETH M30.2XD’s and ATC C1 Mk2 subwoofer with it.
highly recommended :
The philosophy is clear.
(1) An affordable speaker driven with a refined, robust, quality amplification (and source) makes more sense than an expensive speaker paired up with a budget or cheap amp (and source.).
(2) In my view, good value doesn’t come down to how cheap something is; for me, it’s about how much you get for the money. In those terms, these Wharfedales represent excellent value. When it comes to build, engineering content, and performance, paired up with the “right” upstream components, they have what it takes .
“Price is what you pay, value is what you get.” - Warren Buffett
If you are talking Linton 85ths, I have a ps audio s300 and the BHK pre….they sound superb with the Lintons…. I absolutely love the s300…it replaced a musical reference RM9 Mkii tube amp in my system and I haven’t looked back (if that is a useful reference).
In my 40+ years of this insanity, I can truly say that the Lintons are probably the best audio bang I ever got. Great choice.
Bottom Line: Even small speakers need lots of good clean power to shine…I’d recommend something at least 100/channel
By the way….these are NOT a lower-tier speaker to be matched with “lower-tier” amplifiers as suggested above…they just happen to be obscenely underpriced. Your mileage may indeed vary… but my 85ths have kicked much more expensive speakers to my curb. Appropriately price? Maybe they're just appropriately price?Appropriately priced?