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dbt1969's picture
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Polk versus Wharfedale

Could anyone list pro's and cons of the Wharfedale Diamond 10.2 versus the Polk RTi A3 speakers.
Both are at a similar price point for me. I would be using a NAD 326BEE amp and Marantz 5004 CD player with them. Is 89 dB (Polk) really that much more efficient than the (86 db( Wharfdale Diamond?

bierfeldt's picture
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Joined: Oct 26 2007 - 2:30pm
That's easy

The Polk's are bright and the clarity is lacking compared to the Wharfedales. I specifically have listened to them driven by and NAD integrated amps. I believe the Wharfedales are a touch warm, not neutral but sound great.

No question the Polks will be louder but not by much and louder isn't necessarily better if the sound is less than appealing. My wife and I ultimately found the Polk's to be unpleasant to listen too as we are both somewhat sensitive to brightness.

That is my bias. In all fairness, other's may feel radically different and you might be one of them.

If you can find a dealer to demo them at, it is a great way to hear different speaker performance. These two sound very different and if you hear them side by side, you will like one better than the other.

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