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Topic # 85081 13-Jun-2011 14:54
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Hi I was hoping someone could help me.
I am looking at getting the Wharfedale diamond 9 5.1 speaker pack and was wondering how this would go with my current reciever Sony STR-K 750P.
I see the reciever settings can be changed from satellite to large speakers which should be fine.

Wharfedale Diamond 9 5.1 Package Deal

Consists Of:
1x Pair Of Diamond 9.5 Tower Speakers
1x Pair of Diamond 9.1 Bookshelf Speakers
1x Diamond 9 Cs Center Channel
1x Wharfedale Sw-150 10" Subwoofer

Diamond 9.1 Specs:
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Bookshelf Speakers

Format Stand Drivers 5"B/M Tweeter 25mm TEX
Power 100w Nominal Impedence 6 ohm
Sensitivity 1W@1m 86dB
Frequency Range at-6dB 50Hz-24kHz
Cabinet size mm H296 W194 D278

Diamond 9.5 Specs:
Format Floor 6.5"BASS
Mid 6.5"B/M
Tweeter 25mm TEX
Power 150W Nominal Impedance 6 ohm
Sensitivity 86dB
Frequency Range at -6dB 30Hz-24kHz
Cabinet size mm H=900mm W=223mm D=301mm

Diamond Cs Centre Specs:
Twin 5" Bass Drivers
25mm Tex Tweeter
Power Rating 20-120Watts
Dimensions 400x189x233 (WxHxD)

SW-150 Subwoofer Specs:
150 WATTS RMS SUB
Cabinet Size (mm):
Height 330 +30 on feet Width 330 Depth 36
Crossover Frequency: 35Hz - 85Hz
Boundary Position: 35Hz - 110 Hz
Amplifier Power: 150W
Drivers: Bass 10" 250mm


Does anyone have any opinions on this?
I will get a newer reciever later on this year hopefully but the speakers are a great deal so i'll get them first.

Thanks for your time.

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  Reply # 481177 14-Jun-2011 20:23
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Well it does depend on how much you're paying as to whether it's a good deal or not! At $100 - what are you writing to us for? At $500 it's probably a steal (or stolen). At $1000 it's not bad, not bad at all (for just the speakers). At $2000 well, you start getting a whole lot more options!

The Diamond 9.1's themselves are very well reviewed.

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  Reply # 481216 14-Jun-2011 22:04
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I think the question isn't so much re: 'are these good speakers'.
More, how will my amp cope?

And to answer that, your amp, if it's in good nic, should work just fine as long as you're not cranking it. As you're looking to upgrade your amp some time soon, things should be fine.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 481262 14-Jun-2011 23:44
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Yeah - good point! It's been a long day! :)



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  Reply # 481276 15-Jun-2011 06:22
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Hi guys,

Thanks for your replies.
I can get them for $1725 with free shipping which is great as i live in the South island and the dealer is in Auckland.All i have to do now is convince the wife i need them!
HA!

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  Reply # 481338 15-Jun-2011 10:06
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Um wasn't that speaker pack like $1000 on a really good special and around $1400 normally?

I see it's around $1725 at north shore auto soundz but maybe that's because the 10 series is now out. Point being maybe you'd get this cheaper at a harvery normans or something on a sale.



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  Reply # 481349 15-Jun-2011 10:21
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Yeah the 10s are out now at Harvey Norman but they are around $2300.
They also have the Vardus pack for $1225 but i've heard the Diamonds are a better product.
Paul Money has the Diamond 9s but for the same system it would cost $2983 on special or $4990 full price.
Should be a good step up from what i have speakers i have now anyway and the free shipping also saves a bit of money.

Cheers

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  Reply # 481357 15-Jun-2011 10:39
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I too would go the Diamonds over the Vardus.

As above they should be fine with your current and future amplifier.



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  Reply # 481360 15-Jun-2011 10:47
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Thanks Jaxson!

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  Reply # 481685 16-Jun-2011 06:29
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+ for not getting the Vardus set, they are most definitely a cheap set of speakers in the worst way.







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  Reply # 481809 16-Jun-2011 12:24
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Yeah cheers.Thought it best to get something decent that should last a while and also look pretty nice.
Just need to get a new reciever now maybe Pioneer vsx 920 or 520?
Also Pioneer scratch and dent  Aus have the VSX LX 50 for $ 649.
Should be a bit of a beast but probably no new reciever till next year.
Good speakers should be a good start.



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  Reply # 481956 16-Jun-2011 17:21
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The Diamond 9s have a sensitivity of 86dB, so doesn't that mean that they need a reasonable amount of grunt to power them? They are also 6 ohms, so will need a receiver capable of driving 6 ohm speakers. Just something to keep in mind.

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  Reply # 481976 16-Jun-2011 18:57
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grolschie: The Diamond 9s have a sensitivity of 86dB, so doesn't that mean that they need a reasonable amount of grunt to power them? They are also 6 ohms, so will need a receiver capable of driving 6 ohm speakers. Just something to keep in mind.


Shouldn't matter too much to be honest, although 86 is getting a bit low, do you have a JBHifi near you?(For Gambit)  

Listen to the KEF C series, they are a much better and cleaner sounding speaker,  they have them on special for $564 at the moment, you could get those, match up some bookshelf speakers and a centre speaker/sub for a similar price...possibly just a more than the Wharfedale system, but you'll definitely notice the difference!

Most people recommend the C series over the new Wharfedale 10 series

Also, what size is the room?  For a small-medium room the SW150 is fine, but in a larger room it sounds a bit bad/can't give enough bass  




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  Reply # 482086 17-Jun-2011 07:35
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HI vinnieg,

I don't have a JB's near me (I'm in Nelson).I've also read a couple of reviews on the C5's and they didn't seem too flash - Whathifi? gave them a 2 out of 5 stars plus they looka a bit weird.Have read a few reviews on the Wharfedales and they all seemed pretty positive
My rooms square with wooden floors and high ceilings around 100 years old not too sure of the size but maybe 25 x 25 ft?
The sub should be ok in there i think better than the current one at least.

Thanks for your post.Smile

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  Reply # 482116 17-Jun-2011 09:15
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Gambit: HI vinnieg,

I don't have a JB's near me (I'm in Nelson).I've also read a couple of reviews on the C5's and they didn't seem too flash - Whathifi? gave them a 2 out of 5 stars plus they looka a bit weird.Have read a few reviews on the Wharfedales and they all seemed pretty positive
My rooms square with wooden floors and high ceilings around 100 years old not too sure of the size but maybe 25 x 25 ft?
The sub should be ok in there i think better than the current one at least.

Thanks for your post.Smile


Yeah the SW150 should be adequate :)

I don't actually have the C5s... so sorry about that didn't see that WhatHifi gave them such a low score, whoops :S

I have the IQ series and the KHT1005 for my bedroom and just compared to my older diamond 9s they are a lot clearer, I find the wharfedales have sort of a boomy sound which drowns out a lot of treble.   

Oh if you wanted to do check out any other speakers too, instead of WhatHifi, I now use Testfreaks
http://www.testfreaks.com/hifi-speakers/

If you click on a set, it'll give the expert reviews and I just read up on those, although of the testing methods of some of the "experts" on the net is really marginal, I guess in the end it's all up to how it sounds to the consumer :) 




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  Reply # 482129 17-Jun-2011 09:55
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Thanks vinnieg i will check out that site.

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