Comparing Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II and Wharfedale Diamond 12.3

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Consumer Score
In comparison:
Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II ranks #29 out of 89. It is in the top 10%.
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9.6
Amazing
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Experts recommend Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II more than Wharfedale Diamond 12.3

As of 6 Aug 2022, experts prefer Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II over Wharfedale Diamond 12.3, but both Speakers have solid expert endorsements.

As per this month's meta ranking, Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II received 4 recommendations: from Love and Lavender (19 Apr 2022), The Sound Junky (27 Jan 2022) Music Oomph (19 Jun 2021) and 1 other. By contrast, Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 received only 2 recommendations from What Hi-Fi (10 Jan 2022) and The Master Switch (19 Jan 2022).

Rank Change Price Speakers
What Hi-Fi
The Master Switch
Old Time Music
Love and Lavender
Bob Vila
The Sound Junky
Music Oomph
KBonet
Music Critic
Lifewire
2
- $299
Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II
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1
-
4
5
-
10
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10
- Check price
Wharfedale Diamond 12.3
1
15
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-
-
-
-
-
-
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About our ranking methodology

Endorsement summary:

  • On 19 Apr 2022 Love and Lavender ranked Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II as #1
    Rank Speakers Comment
    #1 out of 9 Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II
    Best Overall
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  • On 27 Jan 2022 The Sound Junky ranked Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II as #4
    Rank Speakers Comment
    ... ... ...
    #4 out of 9 Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II
    Best Tower Speakers for The Money
    ... ... ...
  • On 19 Jun 2021 Music Oomph ranked Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II as #5
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    #5 out of 16 Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II
    ... ...
  • On 25 May 2022 Music Critic ranked Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II as #10
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    #10 out of 10 Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II
  • On 10 Jan 2022 What Hi-Fi ranked Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 as #1
    Rank Speakers Comment
    #1 out of 7 Wharfedale Diamond 12.3
    Refined,entertaining and affordable floorstanders.
    ... ... ...
  • On 19 Jan 2022 The Master Switch ranked Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 as #15
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    #15 out of 19 Wharfedale Diamond 12.3
    ... ...

Verdict

After counting and adding up the 103 expert endorsements of the May rankings, Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II outranks Wharfedale Diamond 12.3. This is not to say that Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 is a bad option. Like Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II, it is recommended by experts, but less.

Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II outranks Wharfedale Diamond 12.3 by 8 positions. This indicates that, as of 6 Aug 2022, Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II is more critically acclaimed than Wharfedale Diamond 12.3.
Rank Change Price Speakers
What Hi-Fi
The Master Switch
Old Time Music
Love and Lavender
Bob Vila
The Sound Junky
Music Oomph
KBonet
Music Critic
Lifewire
1
- $439
Klipsch RP-8000F
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-
1
4
-
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-
1
-
-
2
- $299
Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II
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-
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1
-
4
5
-
10
-
3
- Check price
Q Acoustics 3050i
7
4
7
-
6
-
-
9
-
-
4
- $1798
SVS Prime Pinnacle
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1
2
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.

Expert reviews [2]

No critic scores
Total expert reviews: 2
  • with a score: 0
  • without a score: 2

Expert reviews [4]

92
Total expert reviews: 4
  • with a score: 2
  • without a score: 2
Highest score by What Hi-Fi
100
Average score based on 4 reviews
92
Lowest score by neofiliac.com
84

Score distribution:

80-100
60-80
40-60
20-40
0-20
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From Seller:
  • TOP OF THE LINE FLOORSTANDING SPEAKER– Includes one Tower Speaker equipped with (4) 6.5" Dynamic Balance woofers and a 1" tweeter, plus 50 feet of speaker wire (included). ENJOY BETTER SOUND QUALITY WITH IMMENSE POWER
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General Info
Number of Speakers How many speakers come in the package?
1 Speaker(s)
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Sound Quality
Speaker Design Speaker design is a term used to describe the number drivers in the speaker. Drivers are the cones that actually create sound. These cones come in three types: tweeters, midranges (sometimes called mi ... Show more
Three-Way
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Sensitivity Measured in decibels, or dB, sensitivity measures a speaker’s ability to convert power to volume. Lower sensitivity speakers require more power from the amplifier to achieve higher volumes. Higher sen ... Show more
90 dB
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Frequency Response Range Given as a range in Hertz (Hz), frequency response is a measurement of the range of sound a speaker can reproduce. For reference, the human ear can hear a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz (shorte ... Show more
30 - 25000 Hz
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Impedance Impedance is a key electrical measurement, provided in ohms. This number describes the electrical resistance provided by the speaker to the power signal sent by your amplifier. A common analogy used f ... Show more
8 Ohms
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Maximum Power Handling Power handling, or peak power, is the highest wattage a speaker can accept from an amplifier before it burns out or becomes damaged. This number is given in watts. It’s recorded by measuring how loud ... Show more
20 Watts
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Physical Features
Enclosure Type The type of enclosure, or cabinet, plays a key role in determining the focus of your sound. Do you prefer accurate bass or loud, “boomy” bass? There are three types of enclosures to consider when purc ... Show more
Bass Reflex
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Enclosure Material The material used to make the speaker enclosure, also called baffle, plays a big part in the sound quality of the speaker. The best materials are stiff and resistant to extra vibrations (which would c ... Show more
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)
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Dimensions
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Weight

47 lbs
 
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Tweeters
Number of Tweeters
1 Tweeter(s)
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Tweeter Size Tweeters produce the highest frequencies in sound, typically anything above 2,000 Hz. Usually located at the top of the speaker, tweeters come in different shapes and sizes. Generally speaking, the si ... Show more
1 inches
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Tweeter Type For the true audiophile, choosing the right tweeter shape is key to getting the best out of your speaker. Different tweeter styles distribute sound more effectively throughout the room, and because hi ... Show more
Dome
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Tweeter Composition In addition to the shape of the tweeter, the material has a big impact on the type of sound emitted. The two most popular materials are metals (aluminum, titanium, beryllium etc.) and soft textiles (s ... Show more
Fabric/polymer composite Dynamic Balance dome tweeter
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Woofers
Number of Woofers
1 Woofer(s)
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Woofer Size A critical element of a floor standing speaker is its woofer. This is the driver responsible for low frequency sounds and bass. It is the biggest driver in size and is usually shaped like a cone. When ... Show more
6.5 inches
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Powered Subwoofer Some floor standing speakers contain a built-in powered subwoofer as part of the overall speaker design. Typically when you’re building a home theater system, the subwoofer is purchased as a separate ... Show more
No
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Connections and Controls
Banana Plug Compatible Banana plugs are a type of connector for speaker wire. They are often regarded as more beneficial than bare wire, which can fray and degrade over time. Banana plugs allow you to insert the bare wire i ... Show more
No
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Bi Amp/Bi Wire Capable For the more sophisticated listener, you may want to bi-wire or bi-amp your speakers. For bi-wiring: If the speaker has dual binding posts or terminals, you may be able to use two wires to connect to ... Show more
Yes
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Remote Control Does the speaker come with a remote?
No
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Wireless Connections
Bluetooth Enabled Speakers with built-in Bluetooth allow you to stream audio content directly from a device (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop) on the speakers. This feature behaves just like any other Bluetooth-enabled ... Show more
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Wireless Connectivity Some floor standing speakers may come with the option to connect to your TV wirelessly or via your Wi-Fi network. The benefit to this set up is the absence of wires, which makes setup simple and clean ... Show more
No
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Additional Details
Additional Features Any other features included.
  • Bi-wiring
  • Non-resonant all-MDF enclosure construction
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Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II are a very popular option on the lower end of the price range. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Mission LX-4 MKII or Jamo S 807 .

Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II are $195 cheaper than the average speakers ($494).

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