Wharfedale DX-2 Home Cinema Speaker Package Review & comments

SonOfSJ

Well-known Member
And, I understand that further pairs of the DX-2 satellites can be bought for £100 per pair, to enable expansion to 7.1 or 9.1! :)
 

barry7767

Active Member
Good review Ed. Are these sufficiently better than the Monitor Audio Mass 5.1 (you reviewed a few years back) to upgrade? I originally had the Mass in my dedicated room, now replaced with XTZ M6 LCR and Arendal Sub 2 (superb combo). I am using the Mass as 2.1 in lounge for TV and Sonos connect simply because they were spare, but still really impressed with them for their size. I know they can be bettered, obviously, but always difficult to judge diminishing returns at similar price points.
 

Gasp3621

Distinguished Member
Sorry if this is a stupid question but will the sub woofer connect ok with the sony STR-DN1080 amp?
Yes it will! Subwoofer cable from subwoofers "mono (LFE)" input to your Sony`s subwoofer Out.

Comparison to Mass 5.1 setup would be nice as they are priced quite same. MA has slightly larger mid-bass drivers and ported cabinets, but DX2 has dual driver center channel which might have edge. Always wise to listen all competitors available within your budget before making decision. Trust your ears. Example RS should allow you to demo both with Sony 1080 receiver if you book time. Monitor Audio 5.1 Speaker Package
 

Morve

Active Member
Richer sounds had these for £350 on the weekend :)
 

Gasp3621

Distinguished Member
Hi all,

I have a basic amp by Yamaha (http 3067)
HTR-3067 - Specs - Yamaha - Canada - English

Does anyone know if this would sufficently drive the Wharfedale DX2 speakers?
This was just talked here (cheap receiver + DX2s); Question - Impedence ratings.....

3067 = RX-V367, budget receiver and you would be best to look something else which would be easier to drive with your Yammy! You didn`t mention anything about your room / possible speaker placement. Here is couple great options if you don`t have any big limitations there (like tv in corner etc.), higher sensitivity = less power hungry and nominal impedance of 8ohm (Tannoy) / 6ohm (QA) will be easier load to your receiver.

Tannoy Mercury 7.2 (X2) & 7C
Tannoy Mercury 7.2 (X2) & 7C

Partnered with BK Gemini II to stay within your budget, step up from DX2 sub too!
BK Gemini II Subwoofer in Black 5060403220004 | eBay

Or Q Acoustics 3000 serie, you can get 3020 mains for extra 20£ if size isn´t problem!
Q Acoustics Q3010: x2, Q3070s and Q3090c (Walnut)
Q Acoustics 3010 x2, 3090C and 3070S Subwoofer (Graphite)
 

tomed

Novice Member
This was just talked here (cheap receiver + DX2s); Question - Impedence ratings.....

3067 = RX-V367, budget receiver and you would be best to look something else which would be easier to drive with your Yammy! You didn`t mention anything about your room / possible speaker placement. Here is couple great options if you don`t have any big limitations there (like tv in corner etc.), higher sensitivity = less power hungry and nominal impedance of 8ohm (Tannoy) / 6ohm (QA) will be easier load to your receiver.

Tannoy Mercury 7.2 (X2) & 7C
Tannoy Mercury 7.2 (X2) & 7C

Partnered with BK Gemini II to stay within your budget, step up from DX2 sub too!
BK Gemini II Subwoofer in Black 5060403220004 | eBay

Or Q Acoustics 3000 serie, you can get 3020 mains for extra 20£ if size isn´t problem!
Q Acoustics Q3010: x2, Q3070s and Q3090c (Walnut)
Q Acoustics 3010 x2, 3090C and 3070S Subwoofer (Graphite)
Thank you for your recommendations.

My amp says it takes 6 ohm (min). And also the following:

Rated Output Power (1kHz, 1ch driven) - 100 W (6ohms, 0.9% THD)
Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven) 70 W (6ohms, 0.09% THD)
Maximum Effective Output Power (1kHz, 1ch driven) (JEITA) 135 W (6ohms, 10% THD)

I have a poor understanding of how these specs relate to driving speakers. I trust that it means that I can't get speakers below 6 olms, but is there anything else I should be aware of when considering options?

By the way, my set up is a medium sized room. speakers wall mounted.

Many thanks for your help.
 

Gasp3621

Distinguished Member
Thank you for your recommendations.

My amp says it takes 6 ohm (min). And also the following:

Rated Output Power (1kHz, 1ch driven) - 100 W (6ohms, 0.9% THD)
Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven) 70 W (6ohms, 0.09% THD)
Maximum Effective Output Power (1kHz, 1ch driven) (JEITA) 135 W (6ohms, 10% THD)

I have a poor understanding of how these specs relate to driving speakers. I trust that it means that I can't get speakers below 6 olms, but is there anything else I should be aware of when considering options?

By the way, my set up is a medium sized room. speakers wall mounted.

Many thanks for your help.
I would just make sure the nominal impedance is 6-8ohms, just to be on the safe side. I wouldn`t get too hung up on the figures as you probably will listen moderate volume levels and subwoofer takes some weight off from the receiver anyway (you need to check couple settings). What matters is how the speakers will sound, concentrate on that. If you have some hifi shops near you, go listen couple different models within your budget and you will be wiser. Some speakers will work better near walls (wall mounted), so mention this also when shopping. Most dealers will let you listen/compare the models you want, depending what they have on stock!

I could throw one option more as you mentioned wall mounting and looking something compact sized. MA Mass is going now for very low price and is quite popular here with forum members. Can be easily wall mounted. You could then choose subwoofer more freely, example the one i linked or larger (www.bkelec.com). This is ex-demo model, but new can be had for 350£, from AVO;
Monitor Audio MASS AV 5.0 Speaker Package - Speaker Packages - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists
https://www.audiovisualonline.co.uk...acket-masm-for-bx1-vector-mass-radius-single/
 

tomed

Novice Member
I would just make sure the nominal impedance is 6-8ohms, just to be on the safe side. I wouldn`t get too hung up on the figures as you probably will listen moderate volume levels and subwoofer takes some weight off from the receiver anyway (you need to check couple settings). What matters is how the speakers will sound, concentrate on that. If you have some hifi shops near you, go listen couple different models within your budget and you will be wiser. Some speakers will work better near walls (wall mounted), so mention this also when shopping. Most dealers will let you listen/compare the models you want, depending what they have on stock!

I could throw one option more as you mentioned wall mounting and looking something compact sized. MA Mass is going now for very low price and is quite popular here with forum members. Can be easily wall mounted. You could then choose subwoofer more freely, example the one i linked or larger (www.bkelec.com). This is ex-demo model, but new can be had for 350£, from AVO;
Monitor Audio MASS AV 5.0 Speaker Package - Speaker Packages - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists
Monitor Audio Black Speaker Wall Bracket (MASM) For BX1 / Vector / Mass / Radius (Single) - Speaker Brackets - AudioVisual Online - UK Home Cinema and Hifi Specialists
That's great. I really like the look of those MA Mass speakers. I think I'll investigate further. Thanks for your help!
 

Modelman1

Standard Member
Good review Ed. Are these sufficiently better than the Monitor Audio Mass 5.1 (you reviewed a few years back) to upgrade? I originally had the Mass in my dedicated room, now replaced with XTZ M6 LCR and Arendal Sub 2 (superb combo). I am using the Mass as 2.1 in lounge for TV and Sonos connect simply because they were spare, but still really impressed with them for their size. I know they can be bettered, obviously, but always difficult to judge diminishing returns at similar price points.
An interesting question however the Mass sub is significantly more powerful so a fair contest would only apply (I would have thought) on lower listening levels.
 

Garjen

Novice Member
Hi I have a Canton Movie 75 set, would the wharfdale set be an improvement?

The room is small and I am running an Yamaha Rxv 685
 

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