Wharfedale Diamond 11.2 loudspeaker Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Two-way, reflex (slot-loaded), stand-mounted loudspeaker. Drive-units: 1" (25mm) textile-dome tweeter, 6.5" (150mm) woofer with woven-Kevlar cone. Crossover frequency: 2.3kHz. Frequency response: 48Hz–20kHz, ±3dB. Bass extension: 40Hz, –6dB. Impedance: "8 ohms compatible." Sensitivity: 88dB/2.83V/m. Peak SPL: 96dB. Recommended amplifier power: 25–125W.
Dimensions: 14" (355mm) H by 8.7" (221mm) W by 12.7" (322mm) D with terminals. Enclosure volume: 0.47 cubic feet (13.3 liters). Weight: 19.8 lb (9kg).
Finishes: White, Blackwood, Walnut Pearl, Rosewood Quilted.
Serial numbers of units reviewed: WH098416BFH0002 (both). "Designed and engineered in the United Kingdom, Made in PRC."
Price: $599/pair. Approximate number of dealers: 25.
Manufacturer: Wharfedale, IAG UK, IAG House, 13/14 Glebe Road, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE29 7DL, England, UK. Web: www.wharfedale.co.uk. Tel: (44) 01480-452561. US distributor: MoFi Distribution, 1811 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60660. Tel: (312) 738-5025. Fax: (312) 433-0011. Web: www.mofidistribution.com.

Wharfedale, IAG UK
US distributor: MoFi Distribution
1811 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660
(312) 738-5025

hollowman's picture

Thx, JA, for a fair and comprehensive review.
Since you mentioned the Rogers LS3-5A, any plans to review the new Falcon model?
Speaker: Jerry Bloomfield, Falcon Acoustics – Oxford, England (below) presented at RMAF this October:

supamark's picture

this one?


because Herb reviewed it about 3.5 years ago.

DougM's picture

Thanks JA for reviewing a truly affordable product, which is something I've often picked on you for not doing often enough. You're so expert, and so objective, and have so much experience listening to state of the art gear, that I sometimes feel that in pointing out the colorations that budget products exhibit, you sometimes inadvertently give a more negative impression of the piece being reviewed than you actually intend to. I think most listeners who are going to buy such budget gear won't notice these imperfections to the degree that you do. That being said, over the last decade or two, I've tried quite a few budget speakers, looking to find one that would satisfy me. And that search ended with the Diamond 9.1, which RJR (RIP) reviewed in Stereophile when it was a current model. Since I got them I've felt no need to look for any new speakers, as I feel that none would please me more than they do.

Ortofan's picture

... the $500/pr. ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 and/or the $600/pr. ELAC Debut 2.0 F5.2 foorstanding speakers?

bsher's picture

I, for one, would LOVE to see a fairly comprehensive comparison article of sub-$1000 bookshelf speakers like these Wharfedales, Elac UniFi B5, Dali Oberon 3, Totem Rainmakers, KEF Q350 (a more appropriate competitor), here or in S & V, including how they perform near the rear wall, on an actual bookshelf (where many of them will, out of necessity, end up). Anyone else?

Bogolu Haranath's picture

If the limit is $1,000, the new KEF LSX possibly will outperform them all .......... They are self powered and wi-fi enabled .......... Check KEF website for details :-) .............

Archguy's picture

Comparisons might irritate advertisers.
You'll find many on enthusiast forums though, FWIW.

Mauro's picture

Hey John and stereophile guys, you made me start this hobby with wharfedale diamond’s and I was pleased, you made me move on to KEF LS50’s and I am still really thankful..but it seems to me that we still have to wait for the next affordable standmount to beat KEF’s..or am I wrong?

Indydan's picture

But, I can say that the Ryan R610 will walk all over the Kef LS50. I have heard both, and there is no comparison. The Ryan is more expensive at US $2K, but still affordable.

Mauro's picture

There are not so many Ryan dealers in Europe but good to know that other companies are addressing the 2k market with good value for money products.

Other suggestions for the 1-2k$ range to challenge the LS50?

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Yes, the Elac Adante AS-61 bookshelf speakers are priced now at $2,000 ........ I saw some places where they are selling below $2,000 .......... See the review at Sound & Vision magazine, available on line ....... The LS-50s are now on sale for $1,000 :-) ...........

Bogolu Haranath's picture

You can also check Elac Navis self-powered bookshelf speakers, $2,000/pair ......... They don't need a power-amp :-) ............

Mauro's picture

In Europe Adante is over 3k, but Navis instead is around 2k!
I would really like to listen a pair of Navis and read a review with a nice comparison with the similar configuration of the passive Unifi UB5. The same applies to the KEF LS50 and LS50 wireless.
That’s not clear to me which are the advantages of going active. I think that editors should dig into this topic..

Who knows if stereophile is going to cover these active speakers. There seems to be a growing trend going on...

Bogolu Haranath's picture

You can drive active speakers with your phone ........ What do you think? :-) ........

Your phone can access to million and millions of songs available from streaming services :-) .........

Mauro's picture

I was more focused on time alignment of drivers, lower output impendance for lows and top quality amplifier for highs. But I guess you are making a point with music streaming for two channel guys..that sounds convenient indeed! :)

Bogolu Haranath's picture

You can evaluate the sound, as a total package, amp + speakers, with active speakers ........... You can use a pre-amp if you have other sources such as a turntable, DAC etc .......... If you like tube sound, you can use tube pre-amp :-) ..........

Mauro's picture

Interesting... Actually in these days after reading some stuff on ps audio bhk amp, I was also considering a hybrid amp (not from ps audio..out of my budget, but from Lector here in Europe). But what you suggest is interesting and in someway simpler: a tube preamp and an active speaker. Never thought of it!

Bogolu Haranath's picture

You can consider using Rogue Audio RH-5 tube pre-amp/headphone amp, $2,500 ......... It is rated Class-A by Stereophile and was reviewed by HR ......... It is also a great headphone amp, which can drive almost any headphone .......... RH-5 + Navis bookshelf, $4,500 .......... RH-5 + Navis floor-stander, $6,500 :-) ...........

Indydan's picture

Did not know you were in Europe. You might not get many speakers in the 1-2K range that will beat the LS50 in every manner. You could audition the Harbeth P3esr or the Neat Motive SX2. They excel at different things, and might be a better match for your amplification.

Mauro's picture

Really appreciated!

Zorba922's picture

...especially if you are willing to look at INTERNET-DIRECT brands.

For example, I would take the Ascend Sierra 2 with its RAAL tweeter over the LS50 in a heartbeat. Or the Philharmonic Audio BMR which costs only $300 more than the LS50 but is a 3 way design and is a full-range speaker with output down to 34Hz.

However, if you are a dyed-in-the-wool "audiophile" who believes that anything not featured in Stereophile or sold in snooty boutique shops are beneath consideration, then I suppose you are stuck with the LS50...they are nice for what they do, but far from the only game in town though.

Mauro's picture

Thanks Zorba for your suggestions. Ribbon tweeters seem to be highly regarded by many. I just wonder if in my setup, a living room, the sub optimal vertical dispersion would be less appealing than that of a coincident driver, which is also very good while standing or walking around, but I guess both worlds have pros and cons. It seems that in the next holydays I will have to get up and enter a hifi shop to find it out in person :-)

Zorba922's picture

I think their benefits are hugely exaggerated...I've heard both concentric and non-concentric designs, and found nothing revolutionary or game changing about the former. Sure, I suppose if you/re in the habit of constantly moving around the room while watching or listening then the superior off-axis response of the concentrics would come in handy, otherwise it's academic IMO. Plus the concentrics tend to be a bit more forward (KEF Q100 and Hsu CCB-8) and treble-intense than I personally enjoy...ymmv, but beware of theoretical dogmatism in this hobby, some people will happily convince themselves that the moon is made of blue cheese if there is some allegedly scientific theory for it.

brams's picture

IMO a proprly setup Technics sb-c700 actually outperforms the kef ls50. For whatever reason the kef gets all the love though.

It would have been nice to see a direct comparison of the Diamond 11.2 to the 225. They measure very differently in the treble. I suspect that the 225 might actually sound more balanced in most rooms although the measurements suggest that the 11.2 (with the exception of the cabinet resonance) is the better speaker.

hifisurfer's picture

It appears that Wharfedale has changed this speakers makeup. They have replaced the Foam woofer surround for a low-grade rubber while also seemingly changing the tweeter. Does anyone have any experience with this new speaker now that it is not the same as the 11.2 being reviewed in this article? I'm curious about the new sound.