HI-FI CHOICE chose the top hi-fi of all time.
Wharfedale Diamonds are the only budget speakers picked.
Since 1932 Wharfedale has made quality, high value speakers. Wharfedale is one of the world's oldest & most respected speaker maufacturers. They're exceptional values, outperforming others many times their low cost. They have Kevlar fiber cones, die cast frames, phase plugs, silk dome tweeters & curved cabinets. Wharfedale makes every part themselves, including every woofer, midrange, tweeter, cabinet part & even crossover parts. Almost no other companies do this.
The STEREOPHILE 2012 BUYER'S GUIDE & the 4/11 issue both have the Wharfedale 10.1 on the cover. Wharfedale's new Diamond 10 series have won several awards from European magazines. After seeing & hearing these new speakers, customers reguarly think that they must sell for much more than their actual price.
People love our Wharfedale speakers. We just received the following from a customer from the University of Pittsburgh:
We want to thank you so much. We are VERY pleased with the speakers & the quality of sound. We've experimented & tried a variety of different types of music. We couldn't be happier!
The cabinets have four layers of varying density to lessen standing waves. Every Diamond woofer has a diamond pattern butyl rubber surround to reduce internal resonances & gold banana jacks. All but the Diamond 10.0 have two pairs of speaker jacks for biwiring & attractive curved sides. Just as the best musical instruments, whether a piano, guitar, or violin, have curved sides, so do the world's best speakers. The curves reduce standing waves & unwanted resonances.
All Diamond bookshelf speakers are shielded two-ways with 1" linen dome neodynium magnet tweeter. Diamond 10.0 is only $299/pair; 9" high & has a 4" woofer. Power handling is 75W. 10.1 is $349/pair; under 12" high, has a 5" woofer & handles 100W. The 10.2, $449/pair, is the best Diamond bookshelf speaker. It is 14" high, has a 6.5" woofer & handles 100W.
All Diamond towers have a 1" linen dome neodynium magnet tweeter. ABSOLUTE SOUND, "Wharfedale's new 8-model Diamond 10 series looks & sounds like value with a capital V, particularly the Diamond 10.7, a 38" tall, 90db sensitivity floorstander that features a pair of 6.5" Kevlar woofers, a 2" linen dome midrange & 1" silk dome." Cost is $1299/pair.
10.5, 33" high & 8.8" wide, is the most affordable Diamond three-way system & handles 120W. Reviewers praise its sound. The 2" silk dome midrange helps vocal & instrumental clarity. Cost is $949/pair.
HOME THEATER loved the mini system & named it "TOP PICK" above more expensive models. "They make an excellent first impression. They're made of MDF [multidensity fiberboard], not molded plastic as in similar products. High gloss curved side panels enhance the leather-like black vinyl finish. Sweetness from the fabric-domed tweeters; voice was warm, supple, human & believable. These speakers are beautifully designed & can navigate the subtleties of recordings & movie soundtracks. Wharfedale [is] really doing it right."
This system is reduced to $649 for all six pieces: four satellites, a center & a sub. The 6 speakers' toatl list price is almost $1000. The satellites & center easily hang on the wall. Though only , they use 3" aluminum drivers with butyl rubber surrounds, plus fabric dome tweeters.
Wharfedale has received PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARDS, for bookshelfs, subs & floor-standing speakers. PERFECT VISION calls Wharfedale "Best of Show" & "costs half of what you'd expect". Reviewers exclaim, "HI-FI BARGAIN of the YEAR, absolute steal; sensational; superb". STEREOPHILE loved the $349/pr Diamond 10.1.
"Wharfedale is made in one of the largest - if not the largest - vertically integrated speaker manufacturing in the world, meaning the plant produces every single part of the speaker, right down to the wood pulp from which the MDF speaker enclosure is made." ABSOLUTE SOUND 4/11
"Wharfedale is one of the most storied names in high-end audio, beginning in 1932 in England. In their factory, the designer is virtually omnipotent. He doesn't use any off-the-shelf parts, or wait 6 months to have a part custom-made. The on-site tool & die shop makes parts for him & he can redesign them as often as he wants, giving him power over every Wharfedale part. It lets him put in high quality parts at a fraction of its costs elsewhere. You get better sound, because their designers have long pedigrees & good ears. It means you get unbeatable value." HOME THEATER
WHARFEDALE on display includes:
ACHROMATIC WAS1, now $649/6 speakers
AV system, 5 speakers & powered sub
Bookshelf: 10.0, 10.1, 10.2
Towers: 10.5 & 10.7
Achromatic WAS1, $649, for 4 satellites, center & subwoofer, TOP-PICK over more expensive JBL [$1746 & $2124], Klipsch [$2396], NHT [$1294], Mordaunt-Short [$1470 & $2134] & more. "Beautifully designed & can navigate the subtleties of recordings & movie soundtracks; really doing it right." HOME THEATER BUYING GUIDE 2011
Diamond 10.1, $349/pair
PRODUCT of the YEAR, "Truly excellent, TOP-RATED over B&W, Bose, KEF, Tannoy & more. WHAT HI-FI AWARDS 2010
IN SAME CLASS as $700 speakers "Its gorgeous cabinet is gracefully curved; It had a relaxed, coherent, overall sound with a wide, deep soundstage, airy highs, a liquid midrange & excellent low-level resolution. Impressed by its extended highs, detailed midrange & clean bass. Extraordinary value for money; superb measured performance." STEREOPHILE, 4/13
"Wharfedale has a winner in the 10.1. Extraordinary value for the money, with many strengths that suggest a considerably higher price & no meaningful weaknesses. Superb measured performance." STEREOPHILE, 10/12
"Rich, uncolored midrange, reproduced all vocals with a sense of holographic verisimilitude. Balance of each overtone pure, pristine & silky. Rich & vibrant prescence & weight that I'm used to only from much larger speakers. With every recording, high frequencies sounded clean, extended, detailed & pristine. I'm surprised to have so many good things to say about how much bass so small a speaker could reproduce in a large room." STEREOPHILE, 7/11
"Gorgeous cabinet, relaxed, coherent sound, wide, deep soundstage, airy highs, liquid midrange & excellent low-level resolution. Greater overall clarity & resolution than PSB. Guitars sounded more expressive with more tonal color & subtle harmonics. Bass guitar was more fully expressed. I could make better sense of the words. The Wharfedales presented a better behaved, more relaxed sound; there was more nuance, detail & resolution."
"Percussion & brass sounded so sweet & compelling I couldn't help but think that the 10.1 is a great jazz speaker. When the violin & clarinet came waltzing in, sorrowfully & methodically with pure emotional intensity so rich & sumptuous that I could cry, I realized the Wharfedales weren't performing only as great jazz speakers, providing nuance & resolution, but also as great emotional conductors." STEREOPHILE, 4/11, cover article.
"The [Klipsch speaker] is not nearly as physically impressive as the Wharfedale 10.1. The Wharfedale dramatically exceeded my expectations for fit & finish." STEREOPHILE, 6/11
"For overall sound quality, as well as style, grace & all round ability, THE WHARFEDALE DIAMOND 10.1 COMES OUT ON TOP". AV REVIEW, Group Test Winner, February 2010
Diamond 10.2, $449/pair, "The Diamond 10.2 has the ability to make just about any price-comparable speaker & most from the class above, sound vague in the reproduction of fine detail." WHAT HI-FI 2010
Diamond 10.5, $949/pair, "My highest recommendation in this price class. The Wharfedale were the clear winners. They're equally adept with movies & music."
HOME THEATER REVIEW, May 30, 2011
"This loudspeaker gem really sparkles," HI-FI CHOICE / BEST BUY AWARD
Diamond 10.7, $1299/pair, "Sounds as if it costs $2000 / pair [or more]. Those seeking balanced performance from a speaker that offers both sonic refinement & near full-range frequency response will discover that the 10.7s are tough to beat." ABSOLUTE SOUND 4/11
"EARN MY HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION. Exceptional entry-level compact floorstanding speakers. Huge soundstage, the bass is tight & clean, & best of all, they have a near peerless midrange response, which never ceased to amaze me. They represent an incredible value at only $1299 / pair & earn my highest recommendation." ENJOYTHEMUSIC.COM 6/30/11
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