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Audiophile grade speakers for monitors?

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by schizojames, Feb 26, 2005.

  1. schizojames

    schizojames Active Member

    I recently took a listen to Wharfedale's Diamond 9 line of speakers for (somewhat) budget-minded audiophiles. They seem to perform just as well (despite having to be powered) as many of the more expensive studio monitors I have seen. I know that one cannot simply listen to a song in a new environment and "see" the frequency response curve in their head, but I can't seem to get any real specs from the company, and the local shop won't let me go bury them face-up in the dirt (You know how they get). Is there anyone with any real-world experience using these or links to some real specs...They sound REALLY good, even without a small price tag.

  2. kingfrog

    kingfrog Active Member

    As with any monitor.. reference is most important. If you put in a professionally produced CD close to your type of recording and try to match the sound of your own creation using what ever tools you have you will be fine....with RS Minimus 7's .

    Many pros are still using the Yamaha NS s becasue they have a reference to how they sound. If you like them use them......

    I used Paradiam Audiophile speakers as monitors for awhile and now use the powered stuff to save space.
  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    I haven't had the pleasure of the 9's yet, but I've been using Diamond series 8.2's for several years now as a "B" set - Easily worth two or three times the price. On the rare occasion that I track or mix (not often anymore) they come with me to whatever studio I'll be in.

    Come to think of it, with all the monitors I've gone through in this room over the past several years, the 8.2's are the *only* set that I've ever considered "permanent" (besides the 802's, of course).

    And with all the 5-star ratings they've racked up on the 8's, I'm fairly sure they wouldn't just go up a number without having *some sort* of improvment in the box... However, you never know, right?
  4. schizojames

    schizojames Active Member

    Well guys, I went ahead and got the diamond 9.2's, and I gotta tell ya, at $450 a pair they are worth every penny. I don't have any foam on the walls of my room, but a sinewave-sweep from 20,000 to 20 Hz revealed only one or two very minor variations in volume. Strange though, that their documented range is 45-24000Hz, with a HF limit of 44KHz. The Yamaha MSP5's down at the local studio have a documented range of 40-44,000Hz. I wonder if this is just to catch harmonics or something. Regardless, these diamonds sound simply incredible compared to my last setup. Thanks for the feedback, all.
    :D James
    InnerSpace Studio
  5. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Good to know - I'm going to have to give those things a spin some time.
  6. sanatik

    sanatik Guest

    which amp ?

    With which amp ???

    200 $ box with a 2000 $ amp sounds nice yeah - or :D

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