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best floorstanders £300 budget?


Standard Member
hi im in the process of buying some floorstNders for my large room because my wharfedale diamond 121's just dont cut it in a big room. so id thought id have some opinions. the wharfedale diamond 155 looks interesting its £299 from hughes direct the only problem is whathifi goes the bass can be overpowerin even way out in the room. i am looking for a balanced sound not one frequency higher than anothrr i like too listen to music as it was intended. my am is marantz pm 6005. thanks very much


Distinguished Member
You could also look at the Monitor Audio BX range or Focal 700 series. Or why not use the £300 to buy a sub and use this with your 121's. A sub will give you more bass and authority than any floorstander in your price bracket. I feel it will be a far better investment of money.

Timmy C

Distinguished Member
First impressions (and I mean very first as only listened to a pair for an hour or so) was nice bass for such compact floorstanders but in no way over powering and a smooth treble...far from the in your face sound I get from my MA's. Not sure how they would cope with rock or dance music at some of the high levels I sometimes listen at but at reasonable levels they sounded very nice indeed to me.

The finish and feel of the speakers was up there with the best I've ever owned...very nice indeed!


Prominent Member
sang87 - if this thread is linked to your other thread on the 'speakers' forum then I'd advise you not to spend another penny until you've worked out the cause of your dissatisfaction with the current sound. When cause has been identified, you'll be able to devise a solution.


Distinguished Member
I'm inclined to agree, there is no reason why your current system should not sound good, so until you understand how and why it does not, you are just throwing good money after bad.

On one hand you say the Diamond 121/122 don't have enough bass punch, but then you (sort of) criticize a similar speaker (155) that have stronger bass. Pick one or the other.

As to adding a Sub, as I mentioned before, adding a Sub to a stereo is not the same as adding a Sub to an AV Receiver. With an AV Receiver you have the advantage of electronic Bass Management for BOTH the Front and the Sub. In a stereo system, with one or two expensive exceptions, you only have the controls on the Subwoofer, which have no control over the Front speakers.

In essence, the Front and Sub are going to run in parallel, and it is your job, by tweaking the Sub controls, to best blend the Sub with the Front speakers. That can certainly be done, and people certainly do it, but you will not get the same smooth perfect integration results that you would with Electronic Front/Sub Bass Management.

Likely in blending the Front and Sub in a stereo, there will be a bit of overlap between the two, and perhaps your taste is not for perfectly blended. Maybe you want stronger bass. That does not seem to be the case, rather your indications are that you want a very balanced sound. The best you can do is hear the Diamond 155 for yourself, and see if it fits your needs.

In my opinion, you will get a better more balanced blend with floorstanding than you will with Front/Sub.

But, as has been said, until you know how and why your current system is not serving your needs, it is unwise to spend more money until you know what the real solution to your problem is.


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