Wharfedale Diamond 220 (Black) is rated out of 5 by 352.
Wharfedale Diamond 220 (Black)
Speakers Per Pair
£149 RRP £179
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!
Rated 5 out of 5 by gord2 from Great update. I bought these to replace some ancient ones originally from a Kenwood midi system used with a YAMAHA streamer.The improved sound in my cramped study is incredible
Date published: 2021-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jasongsavory from Top speakers Just bought these speakers. Great looking and great sound. Totally delighted!
Date published: 2021-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by John Capp from Nice surround speakers I wanted some new rear speakers for my surround system, as I ha some wharfedale 12.1 which are excellent I bought the 220's they're superb sounding speakers I almost swapped them for the 12.1. They are great speakers for the money.
Date published: 2021-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gareth cole from Excellent service Very happy with item I will definitely buy from richer sounds again
Date published: 2021-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mister W from Diamond 220 speakers. I bought these a few weeks ago during a major home redecorating project. Unfortunately, the project is as yet not finished and the hi fi equipment is still stored upstairs. I can’t wait for the decorating to be completed so that I can try the new speakers. What I can comment on is the excellent service provided by Richer Sounds. I’ve bought from them several times in the past and have always received first class service and this occasion was no different. Richer Sounds are the electrical goods equivalent of Carlsberg. Very pleased with the service and without doubt I’ll be equally delighted with the speakers. Can’t comment any more, there’s decorating to do !
Date published: 2021-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by Moyle53 from Very pleased My initial reaction was disappointment but after a day I bi-wired them and the improvement was impressive. I had read different views on bi-wiring but my experience is that these speakers definitely benefit from it. I chose these speakers on the recommendation of the Chelsea branch after discussing the constraints of where I could position them and the fact that these have base ports. I’m grateful for that advice.
Date published: 2021-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fitz128 from Impressed with the sound I got these to replace my old Diamond 8.1s. I'd always been very happy with them so I was surprised at how much of an improvement these are. The sound is nicely full even at low volumes and the separation and clarity are great. Really happy.
Date published: 2021-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by Briarddog from Great speakers Needed to replace my vintage KEF's which I loved, but they took up too much space. I was a little doubtful that bookshelf speakers would cut it, but I am amazed how good these are.
Date published: 2021-08-17