About the Wharfedale Diamond 230
Sparkling musical performance
Sparkling musical performance
Looking for outstanding value in a floor-standing speaker? You'll be hard-pressed to find better performance for the money than the Wharfedale Diamond 230. This is the smallest tower in the Diamond 200 Series, yet it offers robust full-range sound with tight bass and crisp highs — perfect for small- to medium-sized rooms.
High-quality drivers for music and movies
The Diamond 230 packs a powerful sonic punch. It features two 6-1/2" woven Kevlar® woofers — one for bass and another for midrange. The woofers are teamed with a 1" soft dome tweeter. Together these drivers create rich, full sound for music and movie soundtracks.
Wharfedale paid special attention to the design of the 230's enclosure. They used advanced computer modeling to craft a non-resonant cabinet with stiff walls and internal bracing. A slot-loaded port on the underside of the tower reinforces bass performance.
Bi-amp or bi-wire for even better sound
On the back of the 230 you'll find two sets of speaker input terminals. These let you bi-amp or bi-wire your speaker to get the best sound out of it.
Build a full system
Grab a pair of the 230s for a sweet-sounding stereo music system, or mix and match them with other models from the Diamond 200 Series for voice-matched surround sound:
Center channel: Diamond 220C or Diamond 240C
Bookshelf speakers: Diamond 210, Diamond 220, or Diamond 225
Floor-standing speakers: Diamond 240 or Diamond 250
- 2-1/2 way design
- 1" soft dome tweeter
- 6-1/2" woven Kevlar midrange driver
- 6-1/2" woven Kevlar bass driver
- frequency response: 40-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
- recommended amplifier power: 25-150 watts
- sensitivity: 88 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms
- bass reflex design with slot-loaded port
- binding posts accept pins, banana connectors, or bare wire
- two sets of input terminals allow bi-amping or bi-wiring
- removable grilles
- 7-3/4"W x 38"H x 13-3/16"D
- weight: 39.25 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # Diamond 230-bk ash
What's in the box:
- Floorstanding loudspeakers
- Tweeter grille (installed)
- 2 Woofer grilles (installed)
- 4 Spike feet
- 4 Isolation pucks
- 2 Jumper bars (pre-installed)
- User's Manual
- Installation Guide
Wharfedale Diamond 230 reviews
This is my very first time to own a Wharfedale speakers, much less a Diamond 230 model. First of all, they are a handsome looking pair of speakers (my pair is in white). Just like what most reviews have said, Wharfedale speakers produce balance, realistic and warm rich sound. I like that the high sounds coming from the tweeters-- the sound is not shrieking, causing listening fatigue. Instead, what you get is a warm and controlled high sounds. The bass is not as punchy, which is to be expected for a 6 1/2 woofer size. Since I live in a loft with a 12 ft. ceiling, I paired my Diamond 230 with a wireless subwoofer speaker (Klipsch R-10SWi model, which I also purchased from Crutchfield). With a separate source of bass, it gives the bass sound separation and spatial dimension. I've decided to upgrade to a Diamond 240, which I'm still waiting for it's availability. I highly recommend Wharferdale speakers. They're well made, produces remarkable warm sound and because of its quality, I feel I got my money's worth. Hands down, I highly recommend Wharfedale speakers.
Pros: Handsome looking speakers. Built in high quality material and very well built. The sound is warm, natural and very balanced. You can hear the breathing of the singer; any nuance in the singer's voice, and the sound of instruments all come alive. If your integrated receiver or amp can accommodate a subwoofer, I would highly recommend to get one.
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These speakers at a tremendous value! I've had them for two months and couldn't be happier. First a little background: in my last home I had a large movie/music room and had Vanderstein 2C's. I sold them before I moved to a much smaller place and bought some Wharfedale Diamond 10.2 and the associated stands. The 10.2s are great speakers but didn't satisfy my particular taste. 90% of my serious listening is classical orchestral music and demands plenty of presence in the 150-400hz range to sound realistic. The 10.2s didn't do it for me, but they are wonderful jazz, chamber music and even classic rock. The 230s do well for me without overloading the room as the Vandersteins would have, visually and most importantly, sonically. The 230's are clear, full, detailed and realistic sounding. With some time spent positioning they have great imaging and good depth. If they're so wonderful why did I wait two months to write a review? Speakers are essentially mechanical and need break-in time. I ran pink noise through them every night from an app on an old iPhone for a week and listened to music some each day at only a moderate volume. They then sounded impressive but a bit muddy. Then I bi-wired them and ever since I've been happy. For organ music and movie soundtracks I use a subwoofer. Everything else including classic rock, the bass is great w/o the sub. So: Buy them Break them in AND bi-wire them You could spend more, but unless you have a LAR
Pros: Full, natural, well articulated sound.
Cons: A little hard to position on hard wood floor-spikes sit in separate cups.
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Remarkable speaker you can hear every detail!!!
Pros: Worth every penny!!!!
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These speakers are Fantastic !! I have paired these speakers with a pair of KEF 100 book shelf speakers, and I think this combination works perfectly !! ??????
Pros: Just like your pro comments on line.
Cons: Can't think of anything
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Very happy with my speakers all that I expected, price was rite shipping very fast and free. Thanks Crutchfield.
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The Diamond 230 produces some truly amazing sound without requiring a higher volume. I think Residence Life will appreciate that since our music won't have to be as loud at our dorm parties next year.
Pros: Deep Intricate Bass lines
Cons: Has to be protected from party goers
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More details on the Wharfedale Diamond 230
Features & specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6.5|
|Woofer Composition||Woven Kevlar|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
|Frequency Response||40-20k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
2.5-Way Driver Design: The Wharfedale Diamond 230 is a 2.5-way floorstanding loudspeaker which incorporates a 1" fabric soft-dome tweeter and two 6.5" woven kevlar cone woofers. A finely tuned crossover guarantees a smooth transition between the tweeter and woofers with an enjoyable audible experience, both on and off-axis.
- 1" Tweeter: The 1" tweeter uses a sheer fabric dome and advanced ferrite magnet system, surrounded by a carefully crafted wave guide that encourages outstanding midrange performance too.
- Dual 6.5" Woofers: Semi-elliptical "break-up" areas on the 6.5" woven-kevlar woofer cones smooth the response through the audible range. The cone edges are treated with a unique diamond pattern rubber surround.
Non-Resonant Cabinet: The speaker cabinet combines layers of particle board and MDF, bonded in a unique structure to damp annoying resonances and block internal sound leakage. The result is that the "noise" and distortion from cabinet walls are buried more than a 35dB below the driver output. Cabinet walls and internal bracing were developed using Wharfedale's latest "Virtual Speaker" software, with the help of Delayed Cumulative Spectral Analysis. The top, bottom, and side walls of the cabinets are finished with a wood veneer (black, rosewood, or walnut), while the baffle is finished with a gloss black lacquer.
Bass Port: Exiting the base of the speaker cabinet is a slot loaded distributed port created by the plinth. This equalizes the air pressure to mimic that inside the cabinet allowing a smooth transition between the pressure variation in the cabinet and the low frequency sound developed in the room.
Dual Binding Posts: The floorstanding loudspeaker has two sets of binding posts connected by jumper-plates. The binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, spade connectors, & banana plugs (single only). Using these dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers. Bi-wiring or bi-amping the speaker provides improved bass & treble performance. If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp, you must remove the jumpers between the terminal posts (failure to do this could result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).
- Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
- Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.
Spike Feet & Isolation Pucks: The Wharfedale Diamond 230 floorstanding loudspeaker comes with four spike feet for carpet installation. Four isolation pucks with foam padding are also included to protect your hardwood, tile, laminate, and vinyl flooring. The spike feet screw into the bottom of the speaker cabinet's plinth and are adjustable so you can level up the speaker. The spike feet can be placed directly on carpet or set in the isolation pucks to protect hardwood, tile, and laminate, and vinyl flooring. The isolation pucks add approximately 0.25" to the overall height of the speaker.
Placement: Try to position the loudspeakers equidistant (6.5' to 13') from one another and the main listening position. The speakers should be "toed" or angled (15° to 40°) into the main listening position. The speakers can be positioned as close as 2.3125' to 3.3' from a side facing wall. There should be a distance of at least 0.6875' to 3.3' between the back of the speaker cabinets and the wall (the speakers' bass extension will improve if they are positioned closer to a wall or corner).
Diamond Series: The Wharfedale Diamond series consists of three floor-standing loudspeakers (Diamond 230 / Diamond 240 / Diamond 250), three bookshelf loudspeakers (Diamond 210 / Diamond 220 / Diamond 225), and two center-channel speakers (Diamond 220C / Diamond 240C) - all sold separately.
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