Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 is a 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Floor-standing speaker by Wharfedale. It features a 1" Soft-Dome Tweeter and 2 x 5" Mica-infused polypropylene Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 45-20k Hz and a sensitivity of 88 dB. Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 has an MSRP of 998$ per pair.
What size of room is the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 speaker good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various sizes of environments considering its size and max power parameters:
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(* Approximate Room sizes: Small < 100sq. ft / 9 m2, Mid-size: 100-220 sq. ft / 9-20 m2, Large 220-400 sq. ft / 20-36 m2, Very Large: > 400 sq. ft / 36 m2.
Average Floor Height: 9" / 2.7m. Typical room sizes differ from country to country, and the actual listening experience changes depending on floor height, room shape, surface materials, listening position, speaker locations, etc.)
What are the speakers in Wharfedale's Diamond 12 Series?
Diamond 12.3 is a member of Wharfedale's Diamond 12 series of Passive speakers. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
Wharfedale Diamond 12 Series Speakers
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What is the Frequency Response of the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 speaker?
Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 has a Frequency response range of 45-20k Hz at ±3dB ((-6dB) 40Hz) and Power Range of 30-150 watts. At a minimum frequency of 45 Hz, Diamond 12.3 will provide an average bass depth so depending on your use case, you may consider supplementing your system with a subwoofer.
To focus on the subwoofers that are in a similar price range with Wharfedale Diamond 12.3, check out the Powered Subwoofers under $1000. Alternatively, find the Full list of Powered Subwoofers regardless of the price.
Here we have a comparison of how Diamond 12.3's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
Among the speakers in our database with a max MSRP price of 1000$ (Pair), these are the 5 Passive Floor-standing speakers that have the deeper bass levels than the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3's 45Hz:
What is the Crossover frequency of Wharfedale Diamond 12.3?
The Crossover frequency of the Diamond 12.3 is set to 2200Hz. This is the threshold frequency where the higher frequency signals over this level are sent to the tweeter and the lower-frequency signals are sent to the woofer by the crossover component.
What are the Impedance and Sensitivity of the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3? Is it an easy-to-drive speaker?
Wharfedale Diamond 12.3's nominal impedance level is 8 ohms
but can go down to as low as 5 ohms
, and has a sensitivity of 88 dB
8 Ohms is pretty much the standard nominal impedance amongst stereo speakers and amplifiers so Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 is not considered a difficult to drive speaker from nominal Impedance perspective.
88dB of Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 is an average sensitivity for stereo speaker so it is neither easy nor difficult to drive Sensitivity wise.
Minimum Impedance of Wharfedale Diamond 12.3
Even though the nominal impedance of the Diamond 12.3 is 8 ohms, the minimum impedance level of this speaker according to Wharfedale is 5 ohms Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 so while choosing an amplifier, you should ideally check if the unit you are considering can provide this impedance level.
Check the amplifiers that are in a similar price range to the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3:
Diamond 12.3 has Binding post type connectors and lets bi-amping/bi-wiring. Bi-wiring can provide improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers by running separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier. Bi-amping allows the use of separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency drivers of your loudspeaker which may result in greater dynamic range & lower distortion.
Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 External Dimensions and Weight
Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 38-3/4 x 7-1/8 x 14-1/4inch (985.0 x 180.0 x 362.0mm ).
Base Surface Area
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base area of Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 is approximately 651.6cm2 / 101.0inch2.
To get a better perspective on the real life size of Wharfedale Diamond 12.3, let's compare it with a standard size Compact Disc which has a diameter of 4.7inch (120mm).
Here we place the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 virtually next to a standard width amplifier and turntable on a media center to get a better idea about the size.
The Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 weighs 19.50kg / 42.9lbs per piece. Here is a comparison of how Diamond 12.3's weight compares with the average, max and min weights in its class.
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How does the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 compare to the Wharfedale Diamond 12.4?
One of the natural alternative to the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 is the Diamond 12.4 which is located one step higher in Wharfedale's Passive Floor-standing selection.
Here is a scaled size comparison of these two speakers to give you an idea how their external dimensions compare:
Check the Detailed Comparison of Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 vs Diamond 12.4 for more details.
Cabinet type and Materials
Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet and a MDF/Wood-grain vinyl finish. Bass Reflex type loudspeakers (aka Ported, Vented or Reflex Port) have enclosures that uses a port, hole or vent cut into the cabinet. Ported designs are generally more efficient than the Sealed designs.
Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 comes with 4 Spike feet (w/ locking collars)
which you can use to secure your loudspeaker on the surface that you are putting on. It is always recommended to use some kind of feet under all types of speakers. Besides limiting the movement of the speakers, it also compensates for non-flat surfaces and limits the contact surface area of the speaker. Rubber based feet also help isolating the vibrations within certain frequency ranges.
Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 is a rear-firing port speaker so you have to make sure you leave enough space between the back of the speaker and wall or bookshelf so that it has room to breathe.
Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 is available in Black, Oak and Walnut.
Does the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 come with a Grille?
Diamond 12.3 comes with magnetic grilles in Black color choices. The purpose of the grille is to protect the delicate driver elements from external impacts while still allowing the sound to pass as clearly as possible. Since the included grille of the Diamond 12.3 is magnetic type, it is very easy to put it on and off.
What's in the Box of Wharfedale Diamond 12.3?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of Diamond 12.3:
Floorstanding loudspeakerGrille4 Spike feet (w/ locking collars)2 Jumper-bars (pre-installed)4 Isolation pucksUsers Manual
Here is a list of accessories that we think you may need for the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3.
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for Wharfedale Diamond 12.3
Here is a link to download the official brochure for the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 speaker:
Official Brochure for Wharfedale Diamond 12.3
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for Wharfedale Diamond 12.3
5 Years of parts warranty and 5 Years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.