About the Wharfedale D320
A fantastic speaker value
A fantastic speaker value
I've been a fan of Wharfedale ever since we started carrying the British hi-fi company's esteemed lineup of home speakers. Their natural, revealing, ultra-smooth sound is kind to the ears — and in the case of the D320s, kind to the wallet. I did a double-take when I saw their price tag, and had to make sure they were priced as a pair instead of individually.
These relatively compact bookshelf speakers deliver great bass for their size. I highly recommend them for a music system in an office, dorm, or living room, or as the front or rear channels of a Wharfedale home theater system.
I dig the rounded corners and clean, modern look of the D320, especially with the magnetic grilles removed (shown in walnut).
High-performance drivers for music and movies
Each D320 packs a powerful sonic punch. A 5" woven Kevlar® woofer complements a 1" soft dome tweeter, creating rich, full sound — especially when paired with a quality power amp or integrated amplifier.
Careful positioning makes a huge difference
Proper speaker placement is crucial to getting the best sound out of the D320s. Placing them on a pair of speaker stands helps eliminate unwanted vibrations and reflections. Read my article on stereo speaker placement for positioning and setup tips.
- pair of bookshelf speakers for music or home theater
- 1" soft dome tweeter
- 5" woven Kevlar woofer
- frequency response: 56-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
- recommended amplifier power: 25-100 watts
- sensitivity: 87 dB
- nominal impedance: 4 ohms
- bass reflex design with downward-firing port
- binding posts accept pins, banana connectors, or bare wire
- removable magnetic grilles
- 7-1/8"W x 12-9/16"H x 11"D
- weight: 13.25 lbs. each
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # WHD320WLN
What's in the box:
- 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
- 2 Tweeter grilles (pre-installed)
- 2 Woofer grilles (pre-installed)
- User's Manual
- Installation Guide
More details on the Wharfedale D320
Features & specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5|
|Woofer Composition||Woven Kevlar|
|Woofer Surround||Foamed Polyether|
|Frequency Response||56-20k Hz|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||22-24|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
1" WFR Tweeter: Wharfedale's WFR (Wide Frequency Response) tweeter incorporates its own "cabinet - a precisely shaped rear chamber damped with a fiber filling. An over-sized ceramic magnet, selected to give a smoother transition from midrange to high frequencies, is attached to a pole piece with copper cap for flux control. The pole piece is vented through to the rear chamber to achieve a low resonant frequency, ensuring excellent linearity and allowing the textile dome, sited within a dished waveguide, to contribute to a wonderfully lucid midrange as well as smooth, pure and richly defined high-frequency detail.
5" Woven Kevlar Cone Woofer: For the bass/midrange driver, the latest generation of Wharfedale's long-established woven Kevlar cone is bonded to a super-lightweight surround made of high-tech foamed polyether, delivering remarkable clarity, texture and musical expression. The woofer cone is driven by a super-long-throw voice coil motor system, enabling low-frequency linearity and accuracy. The use of a specially shaped one-piece pole plate fitted with a copper cap reduces inductance and controls the magnetic flux, ensuring low distortion through the critical midrange area. Oversized ceramic magnets (a technology pioneered by Wharfedale in the 1960s) ensure high sensitivity, smooth response, and absolute control of cone movement over lower bass frequencies. The driver assembly is mounted in a specially designed basket with a network of ribs to increase rigidity, thus improving transient impact.
Fine-Tuned Crossover Components: The output of the tweeter and woofer is carefully combined by a thoroughly researched crossover developed using Wharfedale's Advanced Software and Listening Iteration system. Each crossover is carefully evaluated using a wide range of music, with the emphasis being on the lifelike reproduction of voices and instruments in addition to the dynamics of the musical performance. Crossover components feature low-loss polypropylene capacitors and laminated core inductors for optimum transfer of the music signal.
Acoustically Profiled Cabinet: The acoustically profiled speaker cabinet features a 28mm-thick front baffle profiled at the edges to reduce diffraction edge reflections at mid to high frequencies. Critical bracing of the cabinet panels contributes to the eradication of audible resonance and, combined with the rounded cabinet edges, yields a rigid base on which to mount the tweeter and woofer. In addition, the cabinet walls are lined with a specially developed internal fiber, chosen for its outstanding absorbent qualities across a wide bandwidth. The result is that the listener hears the speaker's output unsullied by unwanted colorations caused by panel vibration or internal resonances, revealing more of the detail of the musical performance.
P-EQ Bass Reflex Port: The D300 Series' P-EQ (Pressure Equalization) port system is critical to the speakers' deep and controlled bass performance. Low bass frequencies emitted from the rear surface of the bass driver travel through a downward-firing port in the base of the speaker, with precisely curved openings to smooth airflow. These frequencies exit into the room omni-directionally through a gap between the cabinet and the surface on which it rests that is formed by the feeta atached to the speaker's base. This reduces the pressure differential between the high pressure in the port and the low pressure in the room, thus eradicating the turbulence and audible "chuffing" suffered by conventional ported systems. The result is a natural recreation of the fundamental notes of bass instruments, matching the realistic sound of the midrange and treble characteristics. It also allows you to position D300 Series speakers closer to a rear wall than would be possible with conventional rear-ported speakers, helping to make them less obtrusive in a room setting.
Dual Grilles: The bookshelf loudspeaker features a separate cloth grille for the tweeter and woofer. The speaker can be used with or without the grilles installed.
Binding Post Terminals: The Wharfedale D300 Series bookshelf loudspeaker is outfitted with a set of binding-post speaker terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana-plugs (single only).
Mounting Options: The D300 Series bookshelf loudspeaker can simply be mounted on stands (sold separately - see Accessories Tab), shelves, or other piece of AV furniture with a rigid flat surface. The speaker features integrated rubber feet that provide proper stability and optimum performance (the integrated rubber feet should not be removed).
- The loudspeakers should be positioned 6.5' to 13' apart and create an equilateral triangle with the main listening position. The speakers should also be "toed" or angled (15° to 40°) into the main listening position. The tweeter should be positioned at ear level in regards to the main listening position when seated.
- Position the speakers at least 7" from the rear walls and 2.75" from the side walls. Bass extension will increase with the speakers positioned closer to the wall, but this may also cause the bass to sound too boomy or indistinct.
- If the loudspeakers are placed away from the walls, the inward angle may be increased by up to 40%, although this may restrict the width of the optimum listening position.
- Because of the footprint of the integrated rubber feet, speaker stand selection for these bookshelf loudspeakers is limited.
- The Wharfedale bookshelf loudspeaker does not include any type of bracket, keyhole slot, or threaded insert to wall mount the speaker.
Applications: The Wharfedale D300 Series bookshelf loudspeaker is an excellent choice for 2ch stereo music and multichannel home theater applications.
- 2Ch Stereo Placement: The D300 Series can be utilized in a 2ch stereo music application. Try to position the loudspeakers equidistant (6.5' to 13') from one another and the main listening position. The speakers should ideally be positioned so that the tweeters are roughly at ear level to a seated listener. The speakers should be "toed" or angled (15° to 40°) into the main listening position.
- Home Theater Placement: The D300 Series can be used as front and/or surround speakers in a home theater application. When used as front speakers, they should be placed equal distant on either side of the television screen (6.5' to 13' apart) and positioned at ear level. The front speakers should be angled (15° to 40°) slightly so they are aimed towards the main listening position. When used as surround speakers, they should be placed in a higher position, behind the main listening position. If the rear or side walls are a long way from the main listening position, consider stand mounting the loudspeakers.
D300 Series: Despite the speakers' compact size, the Wharfedale D300 Series produce a substantial and engaging soundstage with expressive midrange definition, high-frequency detail, and controlled bass. The D300 Series line-up consists of one floorstanding loudspeaker (D330), two bookshelf loudspeakers (D310 / D320), and a center-channel loudspeaker (D300C).