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post #271 of 1297 Old 08-29-2008, 06:02 AM
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Has anyone been able to track down replacement parts for wharfedales in the states?

I contacted their uk customer service who directed me to a state-side rep who told me that they didn't know where to find a replacement driver for my sapphire-blue drivered sp-87s.

I loved the speakers for the small amount of money they cost until a party goer decided to lean on the amp's volume knob and blew one of the speakers midrange driver

Be very careful when dealing with IAG America, I have found them unreliable. In fact they still have my money after almost a year and still can not or will not ship my product. Now they refuse to answer my e-mails.
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Just a small update with Microsoft Photosynth..
(still missing the center speaker shelf)

http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=...0-b6b42e88f7b5
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I have a chance to buy the Diamonds 9.1 online for $229 or the Diamond 8.4 for $269 from tsto.com. It will be in a small 10 feet by 9.5 feet bedroom. I will possibly be able to add a sub, but later within a year for a 2.1 setup. Please give your expertise and opinion on which is is the best, pro's and cons.
Thanks!
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I'm debating on purchasing a set of Maple evo30s for my surrounds ($400). This is a new place I moved into and this is the temporary setup.

I ordered two 8" drivers, and two midrange drivers from IAG just for peace of mind last month. It wasn't a problem for me and the speakers were inexpensive.



Well, I decided it was worth the $400 for a perfect set of EVO 30s.

Here are the pictures from the auction;







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very nice EVO's!

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very nice EVO's!

Thank you md, as soon as they arrive with a sanus rack I'll update my pictures.

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Question. Do you think my Diamond 9.5's will benefit from a power amp? at 88Db sensitivity, I don't think my Yamaha RXV-559 is doing them justice...
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Question. Do you think my Diamond 9.5's will benefit from a power amp? at 88Db sensitivity, I don't think my Yamaha RXV-559 is doing them justice...

I just bought a pair of EVO 30s. These were demo units that an installer in California had. They are great. I currently have them bi-amped into an Onkyo 705. Before I got the receiver a friend let me borrow an old B&K amp. Wow, what a combo. These speakers were definitly more open on the amp than my reciever. I don't know if it is just a power think or if the class AB FET amplification had some merit, but it sounded good.

I suspect most speakers would benifit to some degree with an amp. I have to cool it for awhile (wife), but I am definitly looking at amps.
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Question. Do you think my Diamond 9.5's will benefit from a power amp? at 88Db sensitivity, I don't think my Yamaha RXV-559 is doing them justice...

I have two Panasonic SA-HE200's running my 9's (9.5s, 9.sr, 9.cm) and I tried some Carver TFM-15's (two for biamping) on the 9.5's and they sound a lot better (better imaging, soundstage, more controlled low-end, less distortion, can turn up louder, ect.).

So chances are they will sound better with a decent separate amp.
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I'm using a pair of Evo2-10's as surrounds myself. Very nice speaker. Works great with SACD and movies.

Yes, adding an amp to most Wharfedale speakers will make an improvement if you like to turn up the volume.
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I am looking at getting a pair of bookshelf speakers for a secondary set up, so can't spend too much. The Diamond 9.1 and 9.2's sound good for a reasonable price. Do you recommend wildwest electronics or STO sound and vision? Don't want any problems with shady dealers and don't know anything about those two. Any dealers you all have used and are happy with them? Also I have an old receiver, Yamaha with 35 watts per channel. Will that work OK for 2 channel music listening?
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Read through the thread, I don't think any of the dealers mentioned were found to be shady.
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Last update:
All speakers in place, and replaced the sorround 9.1 speakers for the 9.5... it's much better now.

Front speakers: Wharfedale Diamond 9.5
central speaker: Wharfedale Diamond 9.CS
sorround speakers: Wharfedale Diamond 9.5
Subwoofer: Yamaha YST-SW150 (waiting for change)
Reciever: Onkyo TX-SR606
TV: Samsung LE40N87BD



Full size Panorama: http://sergiolopes.com.pt/images/sal..._50mm_full.jpg


Edit: just noticed that the center speaker isnt's in the photo... lol.
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What the heck is up with Wharfedale? I can't seem to find their products anywhere in or around NYC?

This also seems to be the case with it's sister company Mission, both being owned by IAG.
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If anyone is still checking this thread... Looking at Diamond 9.5 or 9.6. Is there a significant upgrade or difference between the two that might push me to spend the extra $70? My room is 21x14x8.5 and kind of open on one end (into the kitchen). looking at 50-50 mix HT and music, but musicality is very important. I play rock ranging from AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Stones to the likes of Van Morrison, Dylan (i.e mellower sounds), also blues, some classic country (think George Jones, Johnny Cash).

Thoughts? Suggestions? Any help greatly appreciated.
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guys,

any Diamond 9 DFS users here ? I've got the D9 9.6/9CM/9.1 5.1 setup that i was using with a Yamaha 5.1 receiver but have just ordered the 7.1 Pioneer SC05. So would need a another set of surround speakers and thought the 9DFS would do the job.

I'll be using them as the side surround speakers directly to the side of the listening couch ( distance form couch around 1.5m )
The 9.1 would stay as the rear back surround, angled towards the listening area from a 3m distance .
The room itself is a rectangular one and the DFS has proper wall support for good reflection as im aware this is important for dipole/bipole design.

The thing is , i have another 9.1 that i'm using for dedicated stereo purposes . And i do have a plan of upgrading this to better loudspeakers soon.

1)Shall i just use this 9.1 as the side speakers ? will it be too directional when i place them directly by the side of the listening couch compared to the 9DFS ?

2) Or would the 9DFS make a better choice in this situation ?

Suggestions and advices would be much appreciated fellas.
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snakster: The 9.6 is far and away better than the 9.5. The 9.6 has dual 8" woofers versus the single 6.5" for the 9.5. Furthermore, the 9.6 has the dome midrange unit, which sounds pretty sweet compared to the 9.5 6.5" mid. The other importance of the dome mid is to match te 9CM center (Note: the CC and CS centers are MTM designs that really aren't good from a lobing/horizontal dispersion standpoint. You want the CM, which is a W(T/M)W arrangement).

eyesofra: The DFS is a nice unit if you want a dipole surround. I demoed then and liked them a lot. The choice you have to make is whether you like the dipole sound more than you hate localizing monopoles. The distance is really borderline. I would suggest trying out you current 9.1s and seeing if they're really localizable or not.
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I have (but do not use) Sapphire SP87 fronts and Sapphire Center. The SP87s were OK, although not very detailed in the high end. Not bad though for the few hundred bucks they cost me from uBid. The Center is not so good. It only has 4" drivers and does not match particularly well with those mains despite being from the same model line. I was driving them with Denon 2801.

I have Sapphire 89's as fronts, Sapphire center, 87's mids, 83's as rear surrounds all amped with tfm series amps and I love em. If you are looking to get rid of your center I'd like to run two centers right now I only have the one and I agree to small to match up with the fronts, but let me know

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I just happened to check this, glad I did.
Definitely go with the Diamond 9.6's over the 9.5's. For the money its twice the speaker and the 9.6's will really rock. Not sure what your paying but I do see Wildwestelectronics have them marked down too.

I have a pair of Evo DFS surrounds and I would recommend them as well, the Diamond DFS are very similar.
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for those of you looking for a killer deal i just stumbled across this on ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tab%3DWatching

$700 for a set of evo 40's evo center and evo dfs surrounds that is amazing with free shipping and from an authorized dealer wild west electronics. I just picked up a set in rosewood. that is the price i paid for my 30's alone a couple of years ago.

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^^^^^

That looks like a sweet deal.

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for those of you looking for a killer deal i just stumbled across this on ebay

edit by HOKMike: I removed url to ebay, since my post count is too low to include url's!

$700 for a set of evo 40's evo center and evo dfs surrounds that is amazing with free shipping and from an authorized dealer wild west electronics. I just picked up a set in rosewood. that is the price i paid for my 30's alone a couple of years ago.

I just bought the last set in Rosewood. Been mulling over a speaker upgrade for the last month, and this deal was too good to pass up. As you mentioned, buying from an authorized dealer was icing on the cake! Can't wait 'til they arrive...
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They just listed a few more if anyone is still looking

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I am seriously tempeted. WAF or not, those are sweet speakers.

But I have a question. I have a set of 7.1 speakers now (2x Rubiance RB21, 1 Rubiance RBC and 4x Diamond 8.1). How does the DFS unit work in a 7.1 or 5.1 setup?

Would it be worth off loading the DFS units in order to get/keep 7.1?

It would appear that there is the rosewood version available at about 75 more. Actually, looks like they've all gone up to the 775 price now.

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That is a pretty good deal. I don't think you would find a better sounding package under $1000. Anyone not familiar with the DFS speakers, their a 14" square bipole speaker (with drivers on both sides) that mounts directly on the wall but only stick out 6.5".
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does anybody know of any stands that will support the evo dfs speakers. Thanks

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Anyone know if the DFS replaces both rears in a 7.1 system, or if I would still need to retain some of my current setup in order to achieve 7.1?

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I'll be using them as the side surround speakers directly to the side of the listening couch ( distance form couch around 1.5m )
The 9.1 would stay as the rear back surround, angled towards the listening area from a 3m distance .
The room itself is a rectangular one and the DFS has proper wall support for good reflection as im aware this is important for dipole/bipole design.

The DFS are bipoles and are really meant to be mounted on the back wall. Dipoles would work better in the setup you're describing. I think you could wire the two drivers in each speaker out of phase and make them dipoles, since some speakers have that dipole/bipole switch, and it seems to just be a phase switch. Or put the 9.1s on the side and the DFS at the back, but your side distance is kind of small.
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Wow, a Wharfedale thread. I have a pair of Mach 5's that I bought in '86 for $1000. (cdn) same dollar at the time as the US. I keep thinking I will part with them and get a smaller bookshelf type of speaker, but, I cannot find the incredibly rich sound in any others I have listened to. Besides, selling them would make me cry.
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You know, as much as AVS saves me money, it also costs me money!

I made contact with WWE and asked them about a 7.0 package (no subs are around right now). They came through and now I just bought:

2x Evo 40
1x Evo Centre
4x Evo 10

Old speaker's days are numbered.....

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