Wharfedale Diamond 220 (Black) is rated out of 5 by 412.
Wharfedale Diamond 220 (Black)
Speakers Per Pair
The legend continues
It was back in 1981 when the Wharfedale Diamond first redefined expectations of small speakers. The original model proved that a small speaker didn't necessarily need to sound 'small', that a budget speaker could sound full-bodied without being intrusive. The latest Diamond 220 follows on from the highly successful 121 model and has already received an excited response.
New cabinet for improved sound
New to the Wharfedale Diamond 220 is a sandwich cabinet design. Rather than the simple chipboard and MDF used by the previous Diamond 121, the new 220 uses particle board sandwiched by MDF on either side. This gives superb rigidity and damping properties, helping to further reduce the already low levels of distortion. A further benefit is the smooth MDF construction provides a cleaner surface for the veneer; meaning a smoother finish all round.
Also new is the gloss finished baffle, making the speakers far more pleasing to the eye. As before, the 220 ports the bass via an integral plinth, rather than the more usual front or rear holes. This not only provides a more efficient and even bass output but also makes the speaker easier to place: you don't have to take wall positioning into account.
New drive units, class-leading sound
The bass driver is formed from woven Kevlar with ribs for added rigidity, but has a revised magnet system for tighter control of the sound. Vocals still sound incredibly realistic, and the bass is upbeat and never lags. At the other end of the scale the treble unit is surrounded by a deeply dished waveguide. This helps to improve the imaging and 'width' of sound, making it easier to pick out individual instruments, as well as providing loads of detail. Put together, the overall sound quality is still fantastically well-balanced.
With its latest upgrades the Wharfedale Diamond 220 has truly come of age. If ever there was an argument for evolution over revolution in speaker design, a listen to the Diamond 220 proves the case for the former - and then some!
Speaker Enclosure Type
Speaker Type Enclosure - Filter
Bass reflex - downward port
Frequency Response (Hz)
56 - 20,000
Power Rating (Watts)
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
174 x 315 x 255
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jeep from Very good detail in the sound I needed a new pair of speakers to replace my 40 year old RAM 100s in my garage after the tweeter started leaking ferrofluid and died along with the crossover in one of them. I was using some 1980's JPW Sonata speakers in my study coupled to a new Denon RCD-M41DAB receiver and the result was relaxed and musical, the speakers were highly rated at the time. Decided to buy some reasonably priced speakers to replace either the RAM or JPW. Tried them out with the Denon and was pleased with the sound and detail from good sources like CD, DAB and my Thorens SME turntable with Rega preamp. So the Diamonds ended up in my study and the JPWs now live in the garage. £99 well spent! Delivered quickly and efficiently by DPD at no extra cost.
Date published: 2022-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stuart NT from Delivery in 20 hours! My 20 year old speaker died one afternoon. I ordered new speakers at 5 p.m. They arrived at lunch-time the next day. The price was great - two thirds of the price locally.
Date published: 2022-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by Den the swim from Sounds as good as they look Best Buy ever great price plus staff in the stockport shop very helpfull
Date published: 2022-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by Torrential247 from Solid performance at a budget price. These are really great performing speakers - the frequency response is good across the board - the bass is nice and punchy and the treble sounds even and smooth. You'd need a sub if wanted to hear the lowest frequencies but for a smallish pair of bookshelf speakers these don't do much wrong. Oh - & they sound better without the grills!
Date published: 2022-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by BAZ1962 from WOW! These speakers are brilliant and at this price £99 an absolute bargain. Sound great straight out of the box. I am going to try bi-amping them to see if it makes a difference????
Date published: 2022-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jackie19 from Great value Richer Sounds special offer on these makes them a great bargain, good sound.
Date published: 2022-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Excellent service and review Perfect review for this product which is exactly what I was looking for! Brilliant service. 5 ⭐️
Date published: 2022-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by yrf1 from Great sturdy speakers Wharfedale Diamond 220 are a great quality speakers, nice bass and treble.
Date published: 2022-05-03