|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 (HWD): 963 x 196 x 334mm
Wharfedale Diamond 230 is the entry level floorstander in the Diamond 200 series; a 2.5-way floorstanding speaker with a 165mm mid, 165mm bass and 25mm tweeter and 88dB sensitivity.
Bass & Midrange
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.
- '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 & refined beyond its price point, 230 is true Budget Esoterica… Open & detailed yet powerful & confident, it delivers excellent results. Factor in attractive styling & fine build... what’s not to like about this little gem?' (Hi-Fi News Magazine May 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)
'Fresh out of the box, you won’t get anything remotely representative of their potential. Give them at least a day...The first thing you’ll notice is their massive sense of scale easily capable of filling a big living room...Soundstage is tall and wide with a spacious, airy presentation... Nothing distracts or demands undue attention. We’re particularly impressed with the level of integration.' (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... The 230s remain excellent, good-value speakers whose versatile nature will suit many a room and set-up.' (What Hi-Fi Magazine April 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 ...