Originally Posted by barid
Stumbled on this thread with a similar issue. Just tried out a pair of the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1's (returned) and then 10.0's, but I'm not really liking them. They were bought as a replacement for a 10+ year old set of Cambridge Soundworks computer speakers I've finally decided to scrap. Most of the reviews I saw online had them as solid performers but they sound very muddy to me. Tempted to go with those active adam a3x's next.
From my experience Wharfedales are picky with amps - what you save on them, especially with SEA prices, easily goes into the amps. I did alright because at the time I got my Diamond 8.1's for $99 (followed later by 8.4, then finally the Pacific Pi10's, in the interim got to try out the others) I stumbled on a factory sale for sealed box NAD304's for around $85, and it ran all of them (pretty much anything I hooked up to them, including Dyns) beautifully. They need some break-in* to loosen up the mechanical parts but nothing like what people here do with K701s.
Other than NAD** I've liked some high-ouput T-Amps on them. Low power models have great detail and soundstage, and do alright at 1m, but at regular speaker set-up distance they tend to lack the oomph needed for grander presentations. Did well with, for example, audiophile CD tracks with one vocalist and an acoustic band; came up waaay short with symphonic and prog metal as the percussion seemed to lack energy and the multiple instruments playing gets muddled up in the details (you can't follow fast guitar riffs and violin strokes, etc, but I can easily do that on the NAD).
I'd hazard a guess those Adam active monitors would be a good choice. BTW, what source are you using? And what amp did you use with the Wharfedales?
*I'm not kidding, at some point the 8.1 totally went from boring flat with muddy bass to warm with solid bass after a few hours of listening, then I went back to the previous tracks, and it sounds different. Ran it overnight, left for work, powered up the system and listened again, still flat but muddy; then while I was getting a bottle of beer, it switched to the next track and it sounds different. Went back to the previous tracks and it really was different.
**save for the 315, they're thin yet muddy with that