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Wharfedale Diamond 225 loudspeaker Ken Micallef June 2017

Wed, 05/24/2017

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mrhyfy's picture

I recently bought a pair of Diamond 225's hoping to enjoy some trickle down performance from the Wharfedale Jade 3's....
http://www.stereophile.com/content/wharfedale-jade-3-loudspeaker#iFijTRL...

I was thoroughly impressed with every aspect of their performance and the perceived bass extension was unbelievable!
The knuckle wrap test seemed to indicate a very solid cabinet.
They seem like a great deal to me!

tonykaz's picture

Well said Mr.JA

Tony in Michigan

bierfeldt's picture

Wonderful review and tells me exactly what to expect from this speaker. Off topic from the speaker, I really liked this paragraph

"A mechanic can sharpen a file by soaking it in dilute acid. This procedure works well—up to a point. Eventually, the file's teeth get too sharp, and become all weak and pointy and bent over, like witches' teeth. That's what bad high-end audio (and a lot of re-mastered high-resolution digital) sounds like to me."

Having listened to some very expensive speakers that I despised and some hi res recordings that sound worse that redbook, this was reassuring that I am sane.

DaleC's picture

"To my ears, all speakers sound like their cone, magnet, and cabinet materials."

So, all kevlar cones sound like they are made of kevlar? If so, you should be able to easily identify them by ear. I will bet a lot of money that is not true.

I give you Exhibit A in the case of "Confirmation Bias".

Herb Reichert's picture

DaleC will you pay me more if I can do it from the next room?

How come audiophiles who can't hear obvious differences want to always bet other people can't hear them either?

(I am certain we can all hear these differences if we sit quietly and pay attention.) Why not try?

bdaddy60's picture

Although I very much enjoyed your review Herb, you are a remarkable wordsmith, so much so, one can palpably imagine hearing the Diamonds as you did, however, like Dale, I too smirked at the thought you know Kevlar when you hear it......I'll take that bet and double it from " the next room ". With the Velveeta Raccoon damning the media for fake news whilst wearing a fake head with hair, I just can't let your assertion go unchallenged.

PapaMax's picture

IMHO Herb is bang on with his assertion you can hear the audible fingerprint of the material a speaker cone Is made from. I've enjoyed having paper cones (AR3a), bextrene (Spendor BC1 and Chartwell Ls3/5a), metal (KEF LS50), polypropelene (various Spendors, ProAc), Kevlar (B&W, Wharfedale) with mixes of metal and silk dome tweeters in many combos of speakers. While I couldn't say I could detect the differences in another room, they cannot avoid resonating according to the physical properties of the material. It is no different to a luthier being able to identify with absolute certainty the resonant characteristic of different woods used in musical instruments. It would defy the laws of physics for any material to be wholly free from any native resonance. Why does this matter? Some materials resonate more musically and with less colouration. The snag is once you detect the recurring resonances, that's what you hear and it is hard to tune out. Personally, I found bextrene slows and thickens the sound with extra harmonics and lost detail, particularly when heavily doped. Metal dome tweeters, try as I might, tire my ears, while I quite happily put up with coarsened sibilances with silk domed tweeters because they sound more musically pleasing to my ears. Maybe Stereophile could conduct a definitive analysis, qualitative and technical?

bdaddy60's picture

Whoa daddy ...another remarkable wordsmith,easily on Herb's level in sensory suggestion by word organization. So Papa Max I'm guessing you're in on the wager and a double or nothing " next room "identifying of woofer material.

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Gramophone Dreams #16: Sony & AudioQuest headphones Page 2

Tue, 05/23/2017

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dalethorn's picture

I had the NightHawk - loved it, but had to boost the lower treble a few db. I bought nearly every high-tech portable (personal) Sony product from the Walkmans in the early 80's up through the little Vaio computer circa 2002-2003. I lived and worked in Irvine Calif. - the center of high-tech in Southern Cal., yet when the Vaio quit working, the *only* service center was in Florida. So I sent it, they fixed it (added the wrong O/S), and after two weeks it quit again. I destroyed it and vowed to never get another Sony until they could guarantee me fast, quality service and a reliable product. And lest I forget to mention, my previous six Sony purchases prior to the Vaio also failed. Over the past six years, I've purchased several hundred electronic audio devices, and the failure rate has been about one percent.

low2midhifi's picture

Someone asked in a Stereophile comment recently why an Inner Fidelity reviewer was not reviewing a new headphone product.

This statement led me to think. Are headphones becoming more and more the go-to piece of equipment? And are headphones becoming more the go-to piece of gear for people who might have gone to their main hi-fi rig for some weekday listening?

Upon thought, I have found that headphone listening has begun to comprise the majority of my listening. Computer audio--for me the free sort--offers more tracks on live or on-demand than one could possibly listen to in a 24-hour day. Headphones have become the perfect companion for long hours at work.

More painfully--for those in the audio biz--headphones (even a good pair) offer a pennies-on-the-dollar experience of high fidelity without spending thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, on an upgraded hi-fi system. My hi-fi systems sit covered with old shirts, and turned off, from Sunday night through Friday after work. Headphones, a computer, my favorite site (http://www.rtve.es/radio/radio3/), take up Monday morning through Friday afternoon.

Computers, work schedules, portable DACs: they all have put headphones at the top of the list of what I reach for on a daily basis. I am hardly a millennial. However, I find that the nature of life, and the ubiquity of computing power and bandwidth, are putting the headphone at the top of my list. I don't use a smart phone; I don't have one. However, I am accessing the same platforms at work and, more frequently, at home on my PC.

Perhaps we will soon see more headphone reviews in Stereophile. If we see these more frequent reviews, with no slowdown in "Inner Fidelity," then perhaps we can confirm a gravitation towards the headphone as the most apt component that meets the time constraints, money constraints, and ever-present technology which surrounds the audio enthusiast.

commsysman's picture

I refuse to be tethered to a cable.

I have Sennheiser RS 180 headphones and they are quite good, but I would be willing to pay more for some really excellent ones; BUT they must be wireless.

Does anyone know of excellent wireless headphones?

P.S.- I am NOT talking about Bluetooth....

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Gramophone Dreams #16: Sony & AudioQuest headphones

As much as I delight in pagan dreams of sweetly perfumed garden nymphs, I'm embarrassed to admit that my mind also drifts in pleasant reveries whenever I hear the words research and development in the same sentence. I am by nature a greasy gearhead. The idea of taking well-considered steps of engineering to analyze and possibly improve the operation of any electrical or mechanical system never fails to get my imaginative juices flowing. This is why I've spent decades fascinated by perfectionist audio: I like watching and participating in its edgy, eccentric evolution.
Tue, 05/23/2017

PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier Measurements

Tue, 05/23/2017

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Joao1's picture

Quite an esoteric review.

volvic's picture

Nice writing, read it three times. Well done Mr. Austin...keep em coming. BTW, did you ever get A/C or the apt?

dmineard HT's picture

Well done. Great style. Wish more writers hit the spots you did. Thanks.

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PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier Associated Equipment

Tue, 05/23/2017

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Joao1's picture

Quite an esoteric review.

volvic's picture

Nice writing, read it three times. Well done Mr. Austin...keep em coming. BTW, did you ever get A/C or the apt?

dmineard HT's picture

Well done. Great style. Wish more writers hit the spots you did. Thanks.

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PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier Specifications

Tue, 05/23/2017

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Joao1's picture

Quite an esoteric review.

volvic's picture

Nice writing, read it three times. Well done Mr. Austin...keep em coming. BTW, did you ever get A/C or the apt?

dmineard HT's picture

Well done. Great style. Wish more writers hit the spots you did. Thanks.

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