Price as Tested: $999.00
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Wharfedale is one of the oldest speaker manufacturer from the UK and have been producing high quality speakers for more 80+years for HiFi audio enthusiasts around the globe, I should also mention that I did a review of Diamond 225 monitors and I almost got rid of my beloved KEF LS50s because I loved such a smooth musical sound of Diamond 225 speakers.
These Diamond 240 towers comes in fully loaded with two more 6.5” bass drivers over 225 for true full-range sound.
Wharfedale Diamond series speakers could be the most popular speakers of all time for budget conscious music lovers, simply base on higher price to performance ratio and quality is rather impressive for the price point because current selling price on Amazon is $999 for a pair these towers, in a HiFi world that is pretty much entry level for floor standers even at suggested retail price $1,150 of these tower speakers.
High gloss black lacquered front baffle with shinny silver accent aluminum rings around the drivers are nothing short of Hi-End look yet attractive styling, I got to say dedicated grill for each driver is my favorite grill design of all speakers at any price level, Wharfedale 200 series speakers are the only speakers I wouldn’t mind using with the grills on and still looks great to my eyes.
Diamond 240 towers uses same 1” soft dome tweeter as rest of the Diamond 200 series for high frequencies duty, the 5.1" midrange and 6.5" bass divers are made of woven kevlar cones, overall rated at 89db sensitivity is easier to drive for most available amplifiers. Wharfedale Diamond series has unique down firing slot loaded design is derived from the higher end Jade series and it allows for better freedom of placing them as you wish but in my room they sounded the best when I place them three feet away from the wall behind the speakers and about 20° toed-in towards my listening position.
My serious listening section is started after about a week of using them in my system, as always I like to start with 80’s music and gradually moves toward other genre of music, which is sounded very good with 80’s music as well as other music genre including Heavy Metal, Jazz, Dance, Country, Trance, Pop & Acoustic music, when playing Miles Davis “Kind Of Blue” LP makes me forget to take notes for my review because it sound is beautifully composed with very engaging musical texture and detail, by the way “Flamenco Sketches” is my favorite track from the album and I went on keep listening a few more times over and over for my musical pleasure.
Highs are natural, lush and smooth as it can be without loosing any detail, very well extended for musical enjoyment, it may be a bit more detail sounding than Dimond 225 monitors but I could be wrong because it's been a while since I tested Diamond 225 in my system, I can’t find anything to dislike in this region and remarkably smooth transition between tweeter and the midrange driver is very well executed.
Midrange is rather special because naturally coherent with accurate tone quality, male and female vocals are as good as other speakers in higher price range, tonal accuracy of drum notes are convincingly good and dynamic as it can be for the speaker in this price, what could I ask for more in this price range, musically very well into hi-end territory in this regards.
Bass performance is good, as it appeared to be base on the drivers and the cabinet size. However, with some music it rather not as define or as fast as I would like to hear, it may lack some details but it can goes very low. Still musical but time to time it may lacks refinement of some other speakers are producing tighter and more musical bass notes. To be specific, bass performance is very good with normal to slower music but it may loose out details when playing faster music with congested bass lines, it will not derail you from overall musical enjoyment but noticeable with some tracks but by saying that these are still highly recommendable to who is looking for $1k floor standers, I’m just checking facts and nitpicking.
Overall sound is smooth, warm, detail and musical, it can draw me into musical soundscape that I can enjoy listening to it for many hours of 75-80db loudness without getting my ears buzzed, usually that can only be expected from much higher priced speakers in my case. I pushed these Diamond 240 towers to 100-104db of loudness without any chuffing port noise, they didn't even break composure and musicality at that level loudness, remarkable for the price.
My suggestion is Diamond 240 speakers are very good if you have space to give them breathing room for best performance, at least 14' x 24' like my music room but if you have smaller room Diamond 225 is better choice and it can also create better 3D like stereo image and sound scape to enjoy your favorite music for very long time.
So, Diamond 240 speakers are truly worth recommending to anyone who is looking to get $1,000-1,500/pair of floor standers to use them as true two channel set up or as main speakers in home theatre application. In my opinion Diamond 240 could be one of the better choice for $1,000/pr audiophile grade floor standing speakers base on remarkably good midrange and beautiful highs. Also, very well suited for my taste of my music, highly recommended to anyone who loves listening to music instead of the equipments. Enjoy The Music!
Wharfedale Diamond 240 Speakers YouTube Sound Demo.
Pros: Price to Performance, Musical Sound Quality.
Cons: A Little More Bass Refinement.
Highs:⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ½
Mid-Range: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Bass: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ½
Sound Stage:⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ½
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Speakers: KEF LS50 Titanium, Martin Logan Abyss Subwoofer.
Analog: Denon DP47F w/DL-301mk2.
Digital: Marantz UD-7007 SACD/HiRes Player.
Pre & Power Amp: Parasound Halo P5 & Halo A21.
Cables: AudioQuest Gibraltar 72 DBS, King Cobra, Big Sur & Diamondback XLR & RCA Cables.
Power: PS Audio Detect Power Center, PerfectWave AC-12 & Oyaide BlackMamba-∑ AC Cables, 20Amp AC line.