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Wharfedale Diamond 220 Bookshelf Speakers
One of the Greatest Values in Audio: Award-Winning Wharfedale
Diamond 220 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Delivers Sublime Transparency,
Incredible Balance, and Pinpoint Accuracy
Wharfedale Diamond 220 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Sounds Airy, Open,
Musical, Natural, and Clear: Enjoy Audiophile Performance for a Budget
Price from the "Best Speaker Under $400"
Like the world's most beautiful diamonds, the Wharfedale Diamond 220 bookshelf loudspeaker
offers a rare combination of balanced dispersion, brilliant
proportionality, and sublime transparency. A two-way speaker that sounds
much bigger than its compact size, the award-winning Diamond 220 exhibits
crackerjack musicality, pinpoint accuracy, and refined tonality. You'll
hear sheer instrumental naturalism, lifelike vocal reproduction, and
tautly focused soundstages. A 5.1-inch bass driver ensures rich,
controlled bottom-end performance while the soft-dome treble spoils you
with smooth, supple highs. Elevated sensations of airiness,
spaciousness, and openness make every type of music come alive with
covetable vibrancy, intimacy, and energy on par with speakers far above
Diamond 220's price class.
Built to exacting standards and available in four luxurious finishes,
Diamond 220 puts an end to treating music as background entertainment.
Never again will you long for close connections to your favorite artists
or be tempted to leave the room while a song is playing. The emotional
involvement rendered by Diamond 220 is that significant. Upgraded
construction materials, fine-tuned crossovers, Wharfedale's signature
woven-Kevlar drivers, updated bass and treble units, and a slot-loaded
port turn this speaker into an overachieving dynamo. Compatible with
mid- and higher-powered amplifiers, Diamond 220 obliterates precepts
associated with budget products and stakes its claim as one of the best
values in audio. Hear it for yourself with the security of Music Direct's 100% Money-Back Guarantee.
"Wonderfully balanced and informative sound."
– What Hi-Fi?, Best Stereo Speaker Under $400 Award and five-star review
New Cabinet Materials and Trickle-Down Technology for Optimal Involvement
Ongoing research into new cabinet materials and loudspeaker drivers
yields the foundation for Diamond 220, which improves upon its
predecessors in terms of design, construction, execution, and
aesthetics. Diamond 220 boasts the latest acoustic technology to produce
an involving listening experience that cannot be beat at this price
point. Fieldwork and testing that resulted in the implementation of
Crystalam (a substance that reduces the audibility of panel resonance
and the ‘cabinet hear-through' that causes distinct coloration) in
Wharfedale's flagship Jade Series has now been applied to the far
less-expensive Diamond 220. In Diamond 220, a simpler combination of
particleboard and MDF supplies similar reductions in coloration, damps
annoying high-frequency resonances, and blocks internal sound leakage.
"By any standards, the Diamond 220s are musically-worthwhile speakers – and by budget standards, they're crackers."
– Hi-Fi World, five-globe review
Performs at Peak Potential Even When Placed Close to a Wall, Great On- and Off-Axis Sound
Derived from Jade Series' Aperiodic bass-loading system, a slot-loaded
distributed port created by the plinth exits the base of the speaker
cabinet. It allows for greater freedom of speaker positioning, meaning
Diamond 220 can be placed as close as two feet from a wall and still
operate at peak potential. Most speakers cannot achieve this feat. The
port also equalizes the air pressure to mimic the pressure inside the
cabinet, permitting a smooth transition between the pressure variation
in the cabinet and low-frequency sound developed in the room.
Consequently, the energy transfer is increased, and overall system
efficiency strengthened. Computer-assisted modeling and hundreds of
hours of tests ensure each speaker is fine-tuned. The same process is
employed to fine-tune the crossover, which betters the integration
between the drive units and intensifies the musical realism. Music
lovers will relish audiophile sound whether listening either on and
"The sound is open and clear. Diamond 220 doesn't call attention to itself. ..Nothing about the sound distracted me."
– Steve Guttenberg, CNET
Smartly Designed From the Inside-Out
Bass unit motor systems are also significantly refined. Increases in
magnet sizes, where applicable, beget higher-sensitivity systems that
both make the speakers easier to drive and boost transient acoustic
power. Semi-elliptical break-up areas on the speakers' signature
woven-Kevlar woofer smooth the response, while the cone edges are
treated with a unique diamond-pattern molding. To further facilitate
outstanding midrange response, Diamond 220's treble unit uses a sheer
fabric dome and advanced ferrite magnet system surrounded by a carefully
crafted waveguide. The latter smooths the transition between the
midrange and tweeter in the crossover region, producing extremely
coherent sound between the drivers.
Highly Polished Finishes – What Every Diamond Needs
Destined to elegantly blend into any room, Diamond 220 stylistically
benefits from a new lacquered front baffle and cosmetically enhanced
veneers. The simple, one-piece baffle that tops the hybrid cabinet
material is lacquered to a highly polished finish that cosmetically
matches the diamond-cut drive unit surrounds. In addition, the inner and
outer layers of MDF allow for a superior finish to the cabinet veneers,
enhancing the prior look available on Diamond 100 Series.
Wharfedale Diamond 200 Series: Part of an Illustrious Tradition
Wharfedale Diamond Series reigns as one of the most successful hi-fi
loudspeaker lines in history, earning worldwide accommodates for
delivering award-winning sound at prices everyone can afford. Since its
debut in 1982, Diamond models have subscribed to the principle that
stellar performance could – and should – be available at a cost that
brings more listeners closer to the music they love. Adhering to that
brilliant heritage, Diamond 200 Series reveals entirely new levels of
musical detail and transient attack, drawing listeners into musical
performances in emotionally compelling ways traditionally only expected
from speakers that command much higher prices.