|Warranty length||2 Years|
|Product Award||HiFi Choice Recommended, What HiFi Award 5 Stars, HiFi News Highly Commended|
Configuration: 2.5-way floorstander
Enclosure Type: Bass Reflex
Port Type: Slot-Loaded Distributed Port
Bass Drivers: 165mm woven Kevlar
Mid Range Driver: 165mm woven Kevlar
Tweeter: 25mm soft dome
Reccom'd Amp Power: 25 - 150w
Nominal Impedence: 8 Ohms Compatible
Freq Response: 40hz - 20khz
Cabinet Volume: 35l
Dimensions (HxWxD): 963x196x334mm
Bass and midrange cones are fashioned from woven Kevlar and incorporate semi- elliptical ‘break-up’ areas – visible as raised ‘V’ shapes on the cone’s surface – that smooth the response throughout the audible range.
The dust cap is blended and treated to provide a smooth transition with the treble unit, which incorporates an advanced ferrite magnet system and a carefully constructed waveguide around the fabric dome for optimal dispersion. Bass performance is enhanced by a newly refined version of the Slot-Loaded Distributed Port, first introduced in the outgoing Diamond 100 Series. Instead of the usual circular reflex port, all Diamond 200 Series models incorporate a port that exits at the base of the speaker cabinet, loaded by a slot that is created by the plinth. This equalises the air pressure to mimic that inside the cabinet, allowing smooth transition between the pressure variation in the cabinet and the low frequency sound developed in the room. The result is deep, articulate and well-integrated bass, without the ‘chuffing’ that is often associated with regular front- or rear-mounted ports. No other speaker range at such affordable price points implements an advanced bass loading system of this kind.
All Wharfedale Diamond 200 Series speakers come in a choice of four finishes – black, white, walnut and rosewood - adding to their smart aesthetics and excellent value for money.
- 'Replacing the 100 series, Wharfedale has announced details of the Diamond 200 Series, consisting of two standmount speakers, three floorstanders and a centre for home cinema use. Kicking off the range is the range is the Diamond 210, which is an ultra compact two-way standmount with a 100mm mid/bass driver. Next up is the Diamond 220, which has a 130mm mid/bass driver and - like the 210 - claimed sensitivity of 86dB. The Diamond 230 is a 2.5-way floorstander with a 165mm mid, 165mm bass and 25mm tweeter, and 88dB sensitivity. The step-up Diamond 240 is a three-way floorstander with two 165mm bass drivers, a 130mm mid, 25mm tweeter and 89dB sensitivity, while the Diamond 250 ups the size of the bass drivers to 200mm.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine Feb 2014)
- 'Because the three drive units integrate so well, it sounds very sophisticated considering the price; there's no sense of anything untoward going on anywhere up or down the frequency scale.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine 2015)
- 'It is this combination of couthness, insight and musicality that makes Wharfedale's new Diamond 230 such a strong all-round performer... Easy to drive, unfussy about the amplifier or source it's used with, well put together and finished - it's an extremely capable package.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine 2015)
- 'Smooth and refined beyond its price point, the Wharfedale Diamond 230 is true Budget Esoterica… Open and detailed yet powerful and confident, it delivers excellent results. Factor in attractive styling and fine build, and what’s not to like about this little gem?' (Hi-Fi News magazine May 2015)
'First things first, you want to give them a good run-in. Fresh out of the box, you won’t get anything remotely representative of their potential. Give them at least a day – we took a full weekend...The first thing you’ll notice about the Diamond 230s is their massive sense of scale. It’s a big sound, easily capable of filling a big living room...The soundstage is tall and wide, with a spacious, airy presentation. Close your eyes and these speakers could easily give the impression that they’re even bigger than they are...The frequencies are well balanced. Nothing distracts, or demands undue attention. We’re particularly impressed with the level of integration. The drivers perform as a cohesive whole, never giving the impression that a rogue element has other ideas' (What Hi-Fi magazine April 2015)
'On the physical side, we’re pleased to see that Wharfedale has addressed all the finish-related quibbles we levelled at the outgoing Diamond 100 series. A new lacquered baffle adds a touch of class, which is a good start. And where before there were unsightly bumps beneath vinyl wrap, the surface is now smooth.' (What Hi-Fi magazine April 2015)
'We really like the Wharfedale Diamond 230s. They’re talented performers, and for the money you’re getting a great deal...Wharfedale has made a great pair of budget floorstanders' (What Hi-Fi magazine April 2015)
- 'The 230s remain excellent, good-value speakers whose versatile nature will suit many a room and set-up.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine June 2015)
17 Jun 2016I have the pre-incarnation, 155 diamond, and they're what the man needs in his home for front pair. They are ubergood as standaloners, as part of 5+1 (accompanied by 200 series bookshelves and centre) and I just love them. I don't have real comparison base, but my hearing attention is more consciousness-full than any of my friends and relatives, so pure-hearty would say grab em, place em right, turn on the amplifier, then the music ... that's all. Sometimes heaven is so simple to reach ...