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Wharfedale Vista 100 review




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Wharfedale Vista 100
  • Wharfedale Vista 100
  • Wharfedale Vista 100
  • Wharfedale Vista 100
  • Wharfedale Vista 100
  • Wharfedale Vista 100
  • Wharfedale Vista 100
  • Wharfedale Vista 100


Our Score:


User Score:


  • Touch-sensitive controls and front panel display
  • Weighty, detailed and composed sound
  • Attractive, compact design


  • Bass could be bigger and punchier
  • No HDMI inputs

Key Features

  • 60W power output
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Sonic Emotion Absolute 3D technology
  • Six neodymium speaker drivers
  • Optical and coaxial digital inputs
  • Manufacturer: Wharfedale
  • Review Price: £149.95

What is the Wharfedale Vista 100?

This affordable soundbar from iconic British brand Wharfedale is on a mission to save you from the frankly pathetic sound quality offered by today’s slim TVs. Equipped with a 60W amplifier, Sonic Emotion processing and Bluetooth, Wharfedale’s debut soundbar brings loud, spacious sound into your living room without cluttering it up with multiple speakers and cables. If your space and budget are limited, then it could be the sonic solution you seek.

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Wharfedale Vista 100

Wharfedale Vista 100 – Design and Connections

Simply lifting the Vista from its box tells you it’s a quality product. There’s a reassuring heft to the unit and the front mesh is fashioned from metal. The cabinet’s rounded back-end and curved sides provide a level of elegance missing from many soundbars at this price, while its black finish and minimal buttonry keep things fairly low-key. The finish is plasticky to the touch, but that’s the only thing that betrays its budget price tag.

This compact speaker measures 810mm wide, making it best-suited to 32-inch TVs. It can be placed on a tabletop or wall mounted, and for the latter there’s a template in the box – it’s just a case of planting a couple of screws in the wall and hanging it on them.

Wharfedale Vista 100

Wharfedale Vista 100

On top is a panel of touch-sensitive controls – the sort of classy touch that’s not always guaranteed at this price. But even more pleasing is the presence of an LED display, which shines through the front speaker mesh. The big, bright digits are easy to read, but because they disappear after a few seconds it’s not distracting at all. You can even dim the display using a dedicated button on the remote.

All of the sockets are housed in a recess on the back. The lack of HDMI inputs isn’t surprising at this price, but it's not a huge issue given you can simply hook it up to your TV and not worry about anything else.

What’s more, the rest of the line-up is fairly generous – you get optical and coaxial digital inputs, analogue stereo RCA input and a 3.5mm minijack input.

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Wharfedale Vista 100

Wharfedale Vista 100 – Features

The highlight is Absolute 3D technology from Sonic Emotion, which we last heard inside the Toshiba SBM1W mini soundbar. This comes in Music, Movie and Game flavours and aims to provide a wide sweet spot so that you get the best sound no matter where you’re sitting in the room. It works using ‘wave field synthesis’ to physically control sound wave dispersion.

It’s also equipped with a 60W amplifier that drives six neodymium speaker drivers – two 75mm, two 70mm and two 50mm. Two of the drivers are located on the side panels, firing sound sideways into the room and helping to create the spacious ‘3D’ effect. There's no subwoofer though.

Last but certainly not least, Vista 100 boasts built-in Bluetooth, making it a cinch to stream music from mobile devices. Add this to the four physical inputs and you can connect up to five components in one go, which is not to be sniffed at.

Hamish Campbell

March 7, 2014, 3:04 pm

I would have thought it cost almost nothing to use HDMI, is it just left off this level of sound bar to try to force people to buy the next price bracket up?


March 7, 2014, 6:54 pm

Why do you suggest touch-sensitive controls are a good thing? What benefit do they offer? They may well be a personal preference, but there is there anything inherently good about them to warrant headlining them as a notable benefit? I can think of much that is bad about them; they offer no tactile feedback and are easy to operate by mistake.


March 9, 2014, 1:18 am

My cat is removing the disc from my PS4 while I'm playing...without a problem...I prefer the buttons same as on ps3 slim


March 9, 2014, 3:17 am

Why would you let your cat go near your ps4?


March 12, 2014, 7:14 pm

It's warm and he loves to sleep on it :))


November 30, 2014, 8:03 am

I have one that was purchased a few days ago and it does have HDMI and bass seems fine...

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