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Wharfedale  Diamond 9.5
tower speakers - 2nd pair

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   SOLD February 2023 on  trademe  to North Shore
S/Ns: D95000922 R / 923 R
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     Wharfedale   Diamond 9.5  3-way  tower  speakers - rosewood :

Review CNET Steve Guttenberg July 8th, 2005 :
      Wharfedale's original Diamond bookshelf speaker was introduced in 1981 in England, and the little darling made a big splash on our shores a few years later
   The Brits dominated the worldwide market for pricey minimonitors, but the Diamond was heralded as a breakthrough design, mostly because it was the first truly affordable British minispeaker
   The current, ninth-generation, models are not only holding the line on relative affordability, they're built to higher standards than ever before
   The sound has evolved too, and as a result the Wharfedale Diamond 9.5 tower ($799 per pair) may be the best speaker we've heard for less than $1,000
   The Wharfedale Diamond 9.5's sexy curves were probably inspired by some of the better British and Italian speakers--this tower might be the most beautiful speaker we've ever seen for less than a grand

   The details in the build quality are exemplary. We noted that the speaker's terminal "cap" supporting the biwire binding posts is a cast-metal housing (even expensive speakers usually make do with plastic parts)
   The rounded cabinets are fairly inert and finished to a high standard. The only obvious cost-cutting move is the use of vinyl-wrapped finishes, but at least it's a sonically benign compromise
   That said, we were most impressed with our samples' distinctive brushed-silver finish, and the speakers are also available in black, cherry, beech, or rosewood (the last two are not imported into the United States)
   The Diamond 9.5 measures 15 inches wide, 40.5 inches high, and 11.5 inches deep. Considering its big-and-tall size, the tower weighs a manageable 40 pounds
   The same tweeter is used on all Diamond 9 models, so you can mix 'n' match within the line with no loss of sonic consistency
   The Wharfedale Diamond 9.5 features woven 6.5-inch Kevlar midrange and bass drivers that resemble the ones we see on B&W speakers, except that the Diamonds' are black, and the B&Ws' are a pale yellow
   The midrange's and woofer's cast-alloy metal frames are extremely strong and thin (the frame is the structural part of the speaker behind the cone)
   Many competitors rely on thick plastic or stamped-metal frames that can restrict airflow inside the speaker--a bad move because it tends to muddy the sound
   The 9.5's treble range is handled by a 1-inch soft-dome tweeter with a neodymium magnet and a machined aluminum faceplate
   The deeply curved sides of the 9.5's cabinet reduce internal standing waves that invariably add a resonant coloration to flat box speakers' sound
   A large port in the rear enhances the speaker's low bass extension. Wharfedale includes a set of leveling floor "spikes" to provide a stable foundation on carpeting or rugs
   The 9.5's binding posts deserve special mention. These all-metal, gold-plated connectors are pretty enough to be audio jewelry and versatile enough to easily accept the thickest bare wire ends, spades, or banana jacks
   Two sets of connectors are provided for those of you who would like to biwire your 9.5 for slightly better sound

   We'll cut right to the chase : the Wharfedale Diamond 9.5 sounds like the big speaker it is, and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring its potential
   For our home-theater listening tests, we used a system comprising a Diamond 9.CS center speaker ($350 list), a pair of Diamond 9.1 bookshelf speakers as surrounds ($350 per pair), and a Diamond SW150 subwoofer ($450)
   The White Noise DVD is an updated voices-from-the-dead flick that relies on "electronic voice phenomena" pseudoscience to advance its plot. The surround mix in particular was extremely effective, building tension whenever voices of dead people emerged from waves of dense static
   In our darkened home theater, the Diamond towers utterly disappeared as sound sources, and their imaging was sharply focused
   Elvis Costello's new Club Date: Live in Memphis DVD felt absolutely live; the sound of the band's keyboards, bass, and drums was exceptionally crisp and clear
   The vocals from Elvis's duets with Emmylou Harris cut through with a vengeance, and we could easily hear the timbre of EC's voice change as he bore down on the mic or backed off a bit
   We've played this DVD on a few HTIBs and small speaker packages and come away unimpressed, but we decided to give the disc one more chance on the Diamonds, and we're glad we did
   This music needs to be played loud, and it helped the 9.5s sound better and better as the dBs piled on without causing any signs of strain
   Speaking of volume,  the 9.5's punchy bass had us scrambling to check the spec sheet. Yup, it's just a 6.5-inch woofer, but it sounds like an 8-inch woofer
   Bass was deep and still nimble enough that we could discern every note slamming out of Davey Faragher's bass guitar. The 9.5's bass brawn is on a par with that of the big JBL and Infinity towers we've tested here at CNET, and might even be superior in terms of definition and low-end clarity
   The 9.5's balance creates a very exciting sound, so movies and rock music have an undeniable immediacy

Specifications :
  -:®:-    Vintage : 2005 model
  -:®:-    Design : tower format, rear vented 3-way vertical array
  -:®:-    Power rating : 30 to 150W
  -:®:-    Frequency range : 30Hz to 24kHz
  -:®:-    Crossover frequencies : 140Hz,  2.2kHz
  -:®:-    Drivers : Bass: 165mm,  mid/bass: 165mm, treble: 25mm dome
  -:®:-    Impedance : 6 ohms
  -:®:-    A/V Shielded : yes, for older type AV displays
  -:®:-    Sensitivity : 88dB / 1W / 1m
  -:®:-    Dimensions : H x W x D] : 900 x 223 x 301mm
  -:®:-    Weight : 15.9kg,  packed ~ 18kg each

   SOLD February 2023 on  trademe  to North Shore


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