Wharfedale D320 Speakers

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Priced from $549.99

Compact 2-Driver, 2-Way Bookshelf or Stand Mount Speaker

Modern Rounded Cabinet, Dynamic Sound From a Small Loudspeaker

Soft Dome Tweeter, Kevlar Mid/Bass Cone, Down Firing Bass Port

Designed In-House In The UK

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About The Wharfedale D320 Bookshelf/Desktop Speakers

The Wharfedale D320 ultra-compact speakers use trickle down technology from the multi award winning Diamond series in a modern cabinet that features fine build quality and a unique down firing bass port. Use them as main speakers in a small to medium sized room; as front or surround speakers in a home theatre system or as an unbelievably good desktop audio system.

The graceful curves of the Wharfedale 320 bookshelf speakers lend a timeless modern appearance to these great sounding speakers. The cabinets may be visually appealing but the real key to their success is the incredibly well balanced sound which favours no particular music but plays all genres equally. They have enough bass to be genuinely engaging on upbeat material and a smoothness through the midrange and treble that is charming and incredibly listenable for long periods with absolutely no listener fatigue. Quite the accomplishment at this price point.

Wharfedale D320 Bookshelf Speakers - Blackwood

Technically Speaking

WFR Tweeter: Wharfedale's 25mm (1") WFR (Wide Frequency Response) tweeter incorporates its own ‘cabinet’ - a precisely shaped rear chamber damped with a fibre filling. An over-sized ceramic magnet, selected to give a smoother transition from midrange to high frequencies, is attached to a pole piece with copper cap for flux control. The pole piece is vented through to the rear chamber to achieve a low resonant frequency, ensuring excellent linearity and allowing the textile dome, sited within a dished waveguide, to contribute to a wonderfully lucid midrange as well as smooth, pure and richly defined high-frequency detail.

Woven Kevlar Cone Woofer: For the 130mm (5") bass/midrange driver, the latest generation of Wharfedale's long-established woven Kevlar cone is bonded to a super-lightweight surround made of high-tech foamed polyether, delivering remarkable clarity, texture and musical expression. The woofer cone is driven by a super-long-throw voice coil motor system, enabling low-frequency linearity and accuracy. The use of a specially shaped one-piece pole plate fitted with a copper cap reduces inductance and controls the magnetic flux, ensuring low distortion through the critical midrange area. Oversized ceramic magnets (a technology pioneered by Wharfedale in the 1960s) ensure high sensitivity, smooth response, and absolute control of cone movement over lower bass frequencies. The driver assembly is mounted in a specially designed basket with a network of ribs to increase rigidity, thus improving transient impact.

Fine-Tuned Crossover Components: The output of the tweeter and mid/woofer is carefully combined by a thoroughly researched crossover developed using Wharfedale's Advanced Software and Listening Iteration system. The crossover is carefully evaluated using a wide range of music, with the emphasis being on the lifelike reproduction of voices and instruments in addition to the dynamics of the musical performance. Crossover components feature low-loss polypropylene capacitors and laminated core inductors for optimum transfer of the music signal.

Acoustically Profiled Cabinet: The acoustically profiled speaker cabinet features a 28mm-thick front baffle profiled at the edges to reduce diffraction edge reflections at mid to high frequencies. Critical bracing of the cabinet panels contributes to the eradication of audible resonance and, combined with the rounded cabinet edges, yields a rigid base on which to mount the tweeter and woofer. In addition, the cabinet walls are lined with a specially developed internal fibre, chosen for its outstanding absorbent qualities across a wide bandwidth. The result is that the listener hears the speaker's output unsullied by unwanted colorations caused by panel vibration or internal resonances, revealing more of the detail of the musical performance.

P-EQ Bass Reflex Port: The D320's P-EQ (Pressure Equalization) port system is critical to the speakers' deep and controlled bass performance. Low bass frequencies emitted from the rear surface of the bass driver travel through a downward-firing port in the base of the speaker, with precisely curved openings to smooth airflow. These frequencies exit into the room omni-directionally through a gap between the cabinet and the surface on which it rests that is formed by the feet attached to the speaker's base. This reduces the pressure differential between the high pressure in the port and the low pressure in the room, thus eradicating the turbulence and audible "chuffing" suffered by conventional ported systems. The result is a natural recreation of the fundamental notes of bass instruments, matching the realistic sound of the midrange and treble characteristics. It also allows you to position D320 speakers closer to a rear wall than would be possible with conventional rear-ported speakers, helping to make them less obtrusive in a room setting.

Dual Grilles: This bookshelf loudspeaker features a separate cloth grille for the tweeter and mid/woofer. The speaker can be used with or without the grilles installed.

Binding Post Terminals: The Wharfedale D320 bookshelf loudspeaker is outfitted with a set of binding-post speaker terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana-plugs.

Mounting Options: The D300 Series bookshelf loudspeaker can simply be mounted on stands, shelves, or other piece of AV furniture with a rigid flat surface. The speaker features integrated rubber feet that provide proper stability and optimum performance (the integrated rubber feet should not be removed).

The loudspeakers should be positioned 2m to 4m apart and create an equilateral triangle with the main listening position. The speakers should also be "toed" or angled (15° to 40°) into the main listening position. The tweeter should be positioned at ear level in regards to the main listening position when seated. Position the speakers at least 2m from the rear walls and 0.8m from the side walls. Bass extension will increase with the speakers positioned closer to the wall, but this may also cause the bass to sound too boomy or indistinct.

About Wharfedale

Wharfedale Wireless Works was founded by Gilbert Briggs in 1932, soon after he built his very first loudspeaker in the cellar of his home in Ilkley, Yorkshire. This sleepy little market town was located in the valley of the river “Wharfe” – an area known to this day as ‘Wharfedale’. This unlikely location would see the birth of a brand that has become recognized all over the world, synonymous with quality in high-fidelity reproduction.

In 1981 the first Wharfedale Diamond speaker was born. The rather unassuming small box took the industry by storm. Small cabinets and the stiff, yet light polypropylene driver meant a very fast, tight sound and compact, accurate two-way drivers produced a fantastic stereo image. It quickly became a best seller and the Diamond range has continued to this day as a staple in the Wharfedale catalogue.

Now, with more than 75 years of setting the standards in perfecting loudspeaker performance, Wharfedale, in order to remain at the forefront of audio, has dedicated 1.5 million square feet to design & manufacturing in which every single product and process takes place in-house. With this ability to control every single part of the process, Wharfedale’s speakers achieve a harmony in performance and design rarely seen elsewhere.

Our Take

Despite the speakers' ultra-compact size, a pair of Wharfedale D320’s produce a substantial and engaging soundstage with expressive midrange definition, high-frequency detail, and controlled bass. If you have a small to medium sized listening room and don’t need to play your music at live concert levels the D320 should be all the speaker you need. In the context of a stereo system under $2,000 the Wharfedale D320’s should definitely be on your short list. If you want to know more then please visit our spacious Ringwood showrooms and audition them for yourself. We think you’ll be very impressed. We usually have the Blackwood finish here in stock at Ringwood and the other colours ship direct to you from the Warehouse.

Main Features & Specifications

  • Design: 2 Way, 2 Driver Bookshelf or Stand Mount Speaker
  • Enclosure Type: Bass Reflex – down firing port
  • Bass Driver: 1 x 5" (130mm) woven Kevlar cone
  • Tweeter: 1 x 1" soft dome
  • Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 56Hz ~ 20kHz
  • Sensitivity ([email protected]): 87dB
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 25 Watts - 100 Watts (Must be 'clean, undistorted' power)
  • Nominal Impedance: 4Ω
  • Speaker Terminals: Will accept bare wire, spades or banana plugs
  • Available Finishes: Blackwood; Rosewood; Walnut or White Sandex
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 180 x 320 x 280mm
  • Weight: 6kg each
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 Years. This does not cover misuse or abuse

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE

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