Wharfedale Diamond 220 (Black) is rated out of 5 by 361.
Wharfedale Diamond 220 (Black)
Speakers Per Pair
£99 Was £149 from 10/06/21 to 05/11/21
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 Daz jkirk from wharfedale 220 excellent sound good bass for small room,clear sound but not bright,partnered with cambridge audio axr85 also bought in richer sounds,sound great together would like to thank cardiff staff very patient with me.
Date published: 2021-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by CaptainCabinets from Great sound After years old research and a great chat with staff at richer sounds, I landed on these speakers. I'm so glad I made this decision, the sound is crisp and clear. Fantastic choice
Date published: 2021-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alex89 from Diamonds Indeed, product and service ! I have been a customer of Richer Sounds since first shopping at their London Bridge store in the late 70s,early 80s. I have bought many products over the years and I have to say these speakers are one of the very best of them. I have them in a medium size room hooked up to a Naim Nait 5, Marantz CD 6005, JVC cassette deck (bought from Richer LB circa 1980 !) and Naim 03 tuner. I bought the speakers for £ 129 as an interim solution to get this secondary system up and running. They sound brilliant, speakers are close to wall ( currently on shelves), bass is full and precise, treble sparkles with detail, and tracks have a great ebb and flow at any volume, they sound great when I am listening quietly at night and they can also boogie when the volume is pumped up. They look fab with a lovely gloss black baffle and nicely finished black cabinet. I am stunned at just how good these look and sound, so much so that I expect (after I have purchased some stands or brackets) they will infact stay in situ in the longer term. If you get the chance grab a pair while you can, they could be the best £ 129 you will spend at Richer Sounds. If you are after a budget to mid range speaker ( yes that good) at a frankly silly price for what you are getting I enthusiastically recommend you pay Richer Sounds a visit and buy these Diamonds. Oh and by the way, since 1979 I have never had less than Diamond service from the Richer Sounds sales team.
Date published: 2021-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by PdeS from Detailed mid range and excellent bass For the price these speakers are stunning. They sounded great out of the box but leaving them playing loud for 24 hours and they sounds even better. Detail and mid range superb and for their size incredible base. Easy to place as well due to the downward during port
Date published: 2021-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by Davey T from Great speakers for the price I had my eye on a different set of speakers, but they were out of stock. The guy on the phone was really helpful and recommended these. They're great speakers for the price.
Date published: 2021-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by Hendrik from A great upgrade I bought these as an upgrade to my old Gales. What a difference! Recommended. Bought online and quick and efficient delivery.
Date published: 2021-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by Baz25 from Wharedale 220 This is a well finished speaker and for it’s size gives a great range of sound. The bass is great.
Date published: 2021-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Great Speaker Amazing speakers, excellent range. Superb value. Staff at Sheffield are amazing, really knowledgable and extremely patient. Thanks again!
Date published: 2021-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steph S from Brilliant speakers great customer service. The speakers sound amazing. Very helpful, knowledgable staff, quick delivery, best price.
Date published: 2021-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by Julesmc from 'The best things come in small packages' I have been looking to replace my damaged Technics speakers for some time but never been sure of what to buy. I remembered having Wharfedale speakers years ago so did a bit of research and went for the Diamond 220 in black. Wow, what a difference, a much nicer sound and a more compact speaker.
Date published: 2020-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mark brook from Wharfdale diamond 220 Amazing product for those without amazing bank balances..... proof yet again you don’t need to spend mega bucks to get high end sound I love em
Date published: 2020-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wadey from Sounds great Linked these up to the Cambridge amplifier and CD player and a turntable and the sound is excellent
Date published: 2020-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mada from Excellent speakers for the money. These speakers are perfect for my living room, really excellent clarity. I did my research and I very much doubt you'd get better for this kind of money.
Date published: 2020-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by RoxiBee from I've waited for speakers like this for a long time Great value for such big sounding speakers. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2020-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by LucF from Great sound Bought just over a year ago but found them attached first to be too bassy when connected to my new Denon RCD M41 (richer sounds too) when connected optically to my tv however after moving speakers 6 inches from the wall and turning off the bass enhancement default setting on the Denon (meant for denon compact speakers then adding new oxy free copper speaker wire both the speakers and stereo perform really well as a music player and tv system in fact excellent is the word I'd use displaying subtlety depth and power.
Date published: 2020-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by JohnWeb from Great product, great service. Bought some Wharfedale speakers at a really competitive price. Sound great. Slick service too. Quick & efficient online order that arrived quickly.
Date published: 2020-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by Charleybornr from Fantastic sound with good build quality. Bought this set a couple of weeks back. Fantastic sound with good build quality. Reason I bought from richer sounds was there were reduced and I also got a 6yr warranty. No brainer really
Date published: 2020-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kenny351 from Great punchy speakers Bought these to replace my 25 year old speakers. Simple hi fi set up of a Cambridge Audio One and an Audio Technics turntable. The sound is incredible. Punchy bass, crystal clear vocals - whatever I play sounds great. If you're on a budget I'd thoroughly recommend these speakers
Date published: 2020-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by H Thomas from Great solid quality for a beginner After plenty of research surrounding my first pair of speakers - I came to the conclusion that it would be more cost effective (for me - starting out on my vinyl journey - including amp, pre amp, player and vinyls to purchase) to buy this older model - than the new Dali 200s. I am not disappointed. They sound great - look good, easy to figure out and get connected. They are all I need for my first pair of speakers and I don’t think I would notice any difference with a slightly pricier pair. Definitely would recommend. Plus they came much quicker than I was expecting so kudos to Richer Sounds
Date published: 2020-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by steonkyo from Great sound ,good bass for bookshelf excellent had them a couple of weeks now , i am impressed , sounds well coupled to a marantz pm5005 amp and denon dcd600ne cd player also qed cables .
Date published: 2020-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by RobNew from exceptional quality Sound superb I bought these 3 weeks ago and they have excided all my expectations absolute quality definitely a best seller highly recommended
Date published: 2020-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hammond78 from Great sound I can see why these speakers got a five out five from what hifi there fantastic there a steal for the price should be twice the price with the quality of sound
Date published: 2020-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by jazzyg73 from Wharfedale Diamond 220 - a budget treat As ever, smooth effortless order and delivery from Richer Sounds online. My go-to company, if they have the product line. Previously had the Wharfedale Diamond 121s and wish I had not moved them on, now that working from home. The 220s have come to the rescue, with same downward firing bass system but with an improved build and gloss fascia. Brilliant sound for the price and very much suited to my attic office, where room is at a premium and the 220s work particularly well close to a wall. A budget “treat.”
Date published: 2020-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Fills the cave nicely. I bought a pair of Warfdale 220s recently and was pleasantly suprised on the front aesthetics of the speakers. (Look even better with the mesh covers removed). I was impressed how good for its price range it sounds and can deal with bass well. Fills the cave nicely. Reccomend.
Date published: 2020-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by Black dog from Bought a projector Got a great projector, personal could do with a bit more training with them.
Date published: 2020-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gpdevon from Brilliant speakers Excellent speakers and customer service... very pleased.
Date published: 2020-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by LDolton104 from Can't beat them at this price. I bought these a few weeks ago to take up to university alongside my Rega P1 turntable, and I am very impressed thus far. The highs are very sharp and I cannot fault them in any way at this price. Bargain!
Date published: 2020-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sandhils from Good quality speakers at a reasonable. Bought these to replace old large pair of speakers. These are neat, fit well into the room and give a better sound from my Denon amp. Very pleased.
Date published: 2020-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by Susan C from Blown Away!!!! Eeeek. I accidentally blew the speakers on the downstairs hifi. Richer Sounds came to my rescue with the new Wharfedale Diamond 220. Early days of running them in, but I am very impressed so far. The sound is clear but not too bright. The sound stage is well defined and they engage and draw you in to the music. Very happy with them.
Date published: 2020-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by Northernsoul1972 from Bargain & Great Sounds & Superbly Built Bargain & Great Sounds & Superbly Built. Fantastic price & so easy to order
Date published: 2020-08-29