Outside-the-Box Performance, Architecture, and Drivers: Curve-Accentuated Wharfedale Diamond 11.0 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Play with Size-Defying Detail, Openness, and Naturalism
Curves you can trace and sound you will feel: The Wharfedale Diamond 11.0 decisively removes the "box" mentality traditionally associated with affordable high-end bookshelf loudspeakers. Offering above-its-class performance and striking build quality, Diamond 11.0 takes an outside-the-box approach to sonics, architecture, components, and positioning. Building on a legacy first established nearly four decades ago, Diamond 11.0 bows as the most advanced compact model in the series' evolution. Brand-new drive units with high-tech foam surrounds, an exclusive Wide Frequency Response tweeter with its own cabinet, and a cutting-edge slot-loaded port help account for its tremendous ability. Yet the most important of Diamond 11.0's strengths relates to its penchant to deliver recordings teeming with levels of detail, texture, openness, and naturalism you'd never expect from a speaker of its stature or cost.
Diamond 11.0's curvaceous appearance isn't just for looks. The elegant lines contribute to its "box-free" sound and actively eliminate resonance. Ditto the internal bracing and fiber-lined walls. Able to play without unwanted colorations and ruinous vibrations, Diamond 11.0 reigns as a champion of subtleties, tones, and transients. And that says nothing of the four-inch Kevlar bass/midrange driver or one-inch textile-dome tweeter, the latter made with an oversized ceramic magnet instead of neodymium for smooth, rich, and liquid responsiveness. What's more, Wharfedale's design ensures Diamond 11.0 can be placed very close to walls without any aural sacrifice – a massive upshot that reduces obstructiveness and expands your options.
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Cutting-Edge Bass and Midrange Drivers Constructed for Optimal Performance
Woven Kevlar cones bond to a super-lightweight surround made from hi-tech foam that delivers remarkable clarity and expression. The foam surround is manufactured in-house with a U.S.A.-made "water-resistant polyester foam" that has proven longevity, higher elongation, and better tensile, tear strength, and ozone resistance. The cones are driven by copper-clad aluminum coils, which surround a custom-shaped one-piece pole plate fitted with a copper cap to reduce inductance and linearize the magnetic flux. A specially designed basket, with a large open area behind the cone, holds together the driver assembly. The basket's rigidity improves transient impact and the big open area reduces early reflections while allowing the internal cabinet absorbent to do its work.
Exclusive to Diamond 11 Series: WFR Tweeters
Developed specifically for Diamond 11 Series, Wharfedale's Wide Frequency Response tweeter incorporates its own cabinet in the form of a rear chamber damped with fiber filling. The design provides a low resonant frequency below 800Hz, ensuring the usual distortion heard from such resonance gets buried deep below the musical output. An over-sized ceramic magnet, chosen to give a smoother sound than common neodymium types, attaches to a vented pole piece with copper cap. Taken together, the features contribute to a wonderfully lucid midrange and smooth, pure, richly defined high-frequency detail.
What's Behind Those Curves
The main enclosure of each Diamond 11 Series speaker utilizes a multi-layer sandwich of woods of differing density to subdue the identifiable characteristics of the cabinet sound and let the advanced drivers speak for themselves. Critical bracing of the cabinet panels contributes to the eradication of audible resonance, as does the curving of the cabinet walls to provide a non-boxy shape. In addition, the cabinet walls are lined with a specially developed internal fiber chosen for its outstanding absorbent qualities across a wide bandwidth. The result: You hear the drive unit output unsullied by unwanted colorations caused by panel vibration or internal resonances, meaning you get more musical detail and texture.
Slot-Loaded Distribution Port for Natural Instrumental Reproduction
Instead of employing a standard circular reflex port, an updated version of Wharfedale's sophisticated Slot-Loaded Distributed Port augments bass performance. An internal port tube, with precisely curved openings to smooth airflow, opens into a slot formed between the cabinet and plinth – reducing the turbulence and chuffing suffered by conventional ported systems (and caused by the sudden outrush of high-pressure air into the low pressure in the room). You experience a natural recreation of the fundamental notes of bass instruments, matching the realistic sound of the midrange and treble characteristics. The design also allows you to position Diamond 11 speakers closer to a rear wall than is possible with conventional rear-ported speakers.