Wharfedale Diamond 230 (Black)

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Wharfedale Diamond 230 (Black)

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A step-up from the award-winning 220, the Wharfedale Diamond 230 brings added bass into the mix.

Strong bass with style

Ideal for medium-sized rooms, the Wharfedale Diamond 230 offers the deep, powerful sound you'd expect from floorstanding speakers whilst keeping the overall dimensions relatively compact. Using a second, dedicated bass woofer, the Diamond 230 punches hard. Not only does this second woofer unit increase the depth and volume of bass, it also helps to 'fill out' the sound at lower volumes, making this an ideal speaker for use at all volume levels.

Class-leading sound
As with other Diamond 200-series speakers, the woofers are formed from woven Kevlar and feature textured ribbing for added rigidity. A revised magnet system gives even tighter control of the sound. When combined, it gives the Diamond 230 a precise, accurate sound with a crisp mid-range and true sense of realism. At the other end of the scale the treble unit is surrounded by a deeply dished waveguide. This helps to improve the imaging and 'width' of sound, making it easier to pick out individual instruments. The treble also provides loads of detail without ever sounding unrefined. Put together, the overall sound quality is fantastically well-balanced and natural with a solid bass to underpin the music.

New cabinet for improved sound and finish
New to the Wharfedale Diamond 230 is a sandwich cabinet design. Rather than the simple chipboard and MDF used by the previous Diamond 155, the new 230 uses particle board sandwiched by MDF on either side. This new type of construction gives superb rigidity and damping properties, helping to further reduce the already low levels of distortion. A further benefit is the smooth, MDF construction that offers up a cleaner surface for the veneer to be applied to; meaning a smoother finish all round. Also new is the gloss finished baffle, making the speakers far more pleasing to the eye. As before, the Diamond 230 ports the bass via an integral plinth, rather than the more usual front or rear holes. This not only provides a more efficient and even bass output but also makes the speaker easier to place as you don't have to take wall positioning into account as much.

With its effortless all-round ability, the Wharfedale Diamond 230 is hard to beat.

Read about the Wharfedale Diamond 230 on the Richer Sounds Blog

Speaker Enclosure Type
Bass reflex - downward port
Speaker Type Enclosure - Filter
Bass reflex - downward port
Frequency Response (Hz)
40 - 20,000
Impedance (ohms)
Power Rating (Watts)
Sensitivity (dB)
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
196 x 963 x 334
Weight (KG)
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving my new system, sounds great! A friend of mine who is a sound engineer worked with me and Richer Sounds to come up with a great system that meets my needs. Wharfedale Diamonds - sweet!
Date published: 2022-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks great sounds great Purchased these 2 weeks ago and these have brought my old separates back to life. They look and sound amazing, can’t wait to be able to turn these up loud.
Date published: 2022-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound and clarity. Wharfedale Diamond 230 are excellent speakers. Sound is superb. Would recommend them and glad I took advice from Richer Sounds.
Date published: 2022-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Sound much better than i thought Best Speakers i have ever bought and the delivery was brilliant and they well out shine my old Memorex 204 speakers that I have had for 30 years i just wished i had bought them years ago and some one on ebay is trying to sell the same speakers for £380.00.
Date published: 2022-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should have bought these sooner I have a few sets of speakers around this price range of all different sizes conned to the same system in different rooms. All speakers are the highly recommend types so would think give similar sounds. These 230 are by far the best giving a rich deep base sound that I had always been missing it seems. Size does make a difference and wish I had found that out sooner
Date published: 2022-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic sound I did all my research on line. I wasn't in a position to go instore and have a demonstration. The 230's replaced diamond 220's, which are good and I wasn't expecting the the 230's to be alot better. Obviously I was hoping for some improvement. Wow, the difference was amazing. They sound fantastic play both sacd and 4k uhd discs. The 230's have now become my front speakers and the 220's my rears in a 5.2.4 system. If you have space these floorstanders are definitely worth it. Oh yes they also look great either side of my 106" sapphire screen also purchased from Richersounds.
Date published: 2022-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound Absolutely surprised with a sound and quality of the speakers. They connected to the 30 years old amplifier and LP player and they sounds amazing. I can recommend that to anyone who lookin for budged speakers.
Date published: 2022-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a great pair of speakers very basey Outstanding very good quality well put together I’ve also purchased the smaller wharfdale speakers amazing 2nd pair
Date published: 2022-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound Nice addition to my other Whafedale Diamonds in my cinema set up
Date published: 2022-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent xalue for money speakers, great sound Just bought these as starting out again in Hifi and don’t wish to spend a fortune. The speakers sound amazing when linked to my rotel amp and marantz CD player - need to get quality cables now
Date published: 2022-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing sound. The power is unbelievable. Never heard my music sound so good. So clear.
Date published: 2021-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb quality floorstanders I bought these speakers to replace my ageing Jamo Studio 170 floorstanders which had given me 24 years service but had started to rattle somewhat. I have to say for entry level speakers the Wharfedale 230s are really high quality both in sound and build quality. The sound range is much superior to my old Jamos which were very heavy on bass but a bit muddy on the mid-range/treble. Running off an old Technics SU-A900 MK II 90w amp with an Audio-Technica AT-LP120 USB turntable, the Wharfedales sound incredible although it took my ears a few days to adjust to the wider sound range rather than the top heavy bass of my old Jamo's. I'd highly recommend the Wharfedale 230's if you want a high quality set of speakers at a relatively low price. 3rd product bought in over a year from Richer Sounds as well (2 Audio-Technica AT-LP120 turntables before the Wharfedales) and i've been impressed with the assistance they've given me when purchasing.
Date published: 2021-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wharfdale 230 Excellent service and experience with richer sounds as always. Try to recommend but people apparently aren't bothered about quality items with six years guarantee.
Date published: 2021-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome pieces of Kit! I'd been hankering over whether to treat myself to a new amp and set of floor standers, but didn't want to make the wallet "wince" and one Saturday decided to christen my newly acquired bus pass {pensioner power!} I'd been studying the Richer Sounds website and the Wharefdales and the Sony amp were getting glowing reviews from purchasers up and down the land. I'd checked that they were available and strolled into the Nottingham branch of Richer sounds {i'd bought an Audio Technica AT LP 120UXB USB T/Table a year ago from them and were well impressed by their swift delivery} My old set up was a Technics SU-V500MkII amp of some aeons of age, still works fine, but i wanted some "muscle" The Sony STR DH190 amp was perfect, easy to install and connect up and 100w per ch against the 35 w per ch of the Technics. So, moolah handed over and delivery arranged, The speakers arrived in v large sturdy boxes, {big thanks to the delivery guys who were great btw} Once all connected and set up, i used the Dire Straits track " You and your friend" which sounded great on the old set up but on this.....prenominal! The next few days were spent re discovering my music collection and discovering sounds and presence i'd never thought existed... The new box set of "All things must pass" is stunning, The bass is firm, clean and definitely "there" The amp whilst not showing a lot of visible features does it's job admirably, but does give off a wee bit of warmth during extended use - I got the whole caboodle for just over £400 incl Delivery...One well happy bunny...Thank you Richer Sounds, excellent service yet again.
Date published: 2021-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bagain HiFi A few days use and I'm very pleased with the purchase. Worth their original price, let alone the budget price. Easy to live with - treble is not too hot and the bass is not too boomy. Mids are fine. Pairs nicely with a range of separates - ARES II, RME ADI-2 and Pro-Ject S2 Digital are dacs that seem happy with these speakers. That's a reasonable range of dacs, so most equipment?! Amp needs to be neutral, I think. Currently in a converted garage being powered by an SMSL DA-9, class D amp, and the speakers sound fine. Guess not too many of these left - if you're thinking of buying a pair, don't hesitate.
Date published: 2021-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant sound and great looking speakers We bought these speakers a week ago and they are brilliant in sound and appearance. Being tall and in black they are quite eye catching.
Date published: 2021-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Diamond 230 speakers Well built speaker with excellent sound quality. Even the spiked feet are high quality, come well packaged,super fast delivery from richer sounds and good service
Date published: 2021-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great the whartedales are great. they are good. i lkie them.
Date published: 2021-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wharfedale diamond 230 Pleased with my new speakers and excellent service from purchase to delivery
Date published: 2021-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound, excellent service Collected these from store 3 weeks ago, very smooth process and staff at Hull store really helpful as usual. The speakers sounded very good but a little "woolly" when first set up, but they are getting better with each play, all I can say right now is I'm impressed with the improving sound, build quality and finish are also very good. Overall a great value for money pair of speakers, highly recommended.
Date published: 2021-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speaker upgrade My old wharfedale e series speakers had done me well but had stated to sound off, vibration, rattles and when you hear it. You can’t not hear it again! So upgrade time, find some new wharfedales. Easy to do online, easy to order online, perfect delivery. In place and sounding great. Honestly can’t fault the product or the process.
Date published: 2021-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Apb I bought the speakers about 2 weeks ago I can not be more pleased with. Them .They are excellent and so are richer sounds for all the help they have given me over the last month or so a big Thankyou
Date published: 2021-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great upgrade from stand speakers Really happy with these tower speakers, replacing Dali Zensor 3's which I liked but felt I needed more oomph and paired with a Denon PMA600-NE amp these Wharfedales really give the low volume power that I was looking for. Great value from Richer Sounds and great service from Chester store as per usual.
Date published: 2021-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Product from Wharfedale Very nicely put together, with an excellent quality finish. Was delivered just two days after purchase. Not yet broken-in, so too early to comment on sound quality, but initial testing is promising.
Date published: 2021-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from whardale speakers still brilliant sound bought this month excellent quality as usual great service from richer sounds
Date published: 2021-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sound. Bought this 3 weeks ago and it has been really good than expected. Fantastic output. The staff at Richer Sound Romford have been very helpful. Thanks.
Date published: 2021-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent speakers Fantastic sounding speakers for a bargain price as well.
Date published: 2021-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Diamond 230 I recently bought some Diamond stand mounts speakers (220s) for a small room and they were spectacularly good. For a bigger room I decided floor standers would be the best sound and with a successful Wharfedale purchase under my belt ,I stuck to the brand and based on budget went for the 230s which were on special offer. At their £ 500 full price they won glowing reviews in the Hi Fi Press and I would say were worth every penny. I paid £ 279 at Richer Sounds and they are an absolute steal at this price. Fit and finish is very good indeed, they look great and sound amazing out of the box. I found they went up a gear after about 20 hours on the clock and then again by a leap and a bound at about 100 hours usage and this was a substantial and noticeable improvement. Detail, deep base and a broad soundstage and crystal clear.....these have blown away my preconceptions and make me re-consider why anyone would want to pay more for a mid price system set up if budget is limited. I run them with a Nait XS and even with amps further up in the Naim range they do not let the sound down. At £500 they are awesome, at Richer's £ 279 price they are give away's for what they do. If you have a mid price system, buy them I doubt you can find better up to about £750. Stupendous value.... you are bonkers if you don't grab some today.
Date published: 2021-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great look and sound These are good looking speakers with a great sound you would expect form Wharfedale. I have to admit I have not put the pins below but works well as a stand on its own right. They are long and thin but the base works well. So if you want a good looking well rounded sound these are a good option.
Date published: 2021-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding sound and build quality I bought these back in May to replace a pair of Diamond 220s which I really liked, but in my setup I felt lacked some bass. My first question for the telesales guy was to ask if they could be driven by my humble Marantz 5005 amp. After assuring me that they could, I placed the order and they arrived 2 days later. Out of the box, these sound massive. The music has real presence and clarity and the extra bass I was after could be felt through the floor. I did feel to begin with, that the bass sounded a bit mushy in my room, but after moving them away from the walls a little more and giving them a run in period, I’m very happy with sound now. I haven’t bi-wired these and like the 220s I listen with the grilles off and both cds and vinyl sound fantastic. Richer Sounds deliver again - an absolute bargain at the price I paid of £250.
Date published: 2021-08-06
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