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Wharfedale EVO 4.1 Review (Speaker)

Rate this speaker:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 64 27.1%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 132 55.9%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 30 12.7%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 10 4.2%

  • Total voters
    236

Head_Unit

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diamond 11.3
Those are probably quite good. In addition to my 11.4, I spent some time listening to the bookshelf 11.2 which is 2-way like the 11.3 model. Those also had a pleasant sound from any spot or angle. Power...I doubt they need an unusual amount of power. Sensitivity is above average:
https://www.stereophile.com/content/wharfedale-diamond-112-loudspeaker-measurements
There are not many amps with significantly more power in stereo than my AVR-2312Ci (it's only running two channel right now). You'd need an amp with like 300+ watts at FOUR ohms due to the logarithmic nature of hearing and the complex nature of loudspeaker impedance. We swapped out that -2312 for currently a ATI 525NC (300W @ 4 ohms) but it seems the -2312 had enough power even though the Focal 936/CC900/SR900 setup represent difficult loads.
 

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About that...do they need toe in?
At Audio Element the 11.2 were not toed in. For me that depends more perhaps on your listening space-we have Focal 936 toed in a lot not because they "need it" but because the right hand speaker is against a wall, so they are toed in extremely to reduce reflection.
 

XDM

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With such a narrow directivity I would normally say "stay at tweeter axis" but in this case, I probed to see if any other response is better with respect to resonance and there is:
[minus 10 degrees]

Can anyone help me understand what is meant with the minus 10 degrees? Does that mean the listener sitting below tweeter height?
 

regan

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With an EQ optimizing the LW, the score goes up to 6.2 (w/sub 8.1).
Wow these are some great numbers.
Surprised this speaker gets so much hate given that EQ improves the measurements by A LOT
 
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