- 2-way centre speaker
- Bass reflex enclosure
- 130mm woven kevlar cone bass driver
Wharfedale | Bookshelf Speakers – Diamond 220
Quite simply put, the Wharfedale Diamond is one of Wharfedale’s most successful speaker series, if not one of the most successful hi-fi speaker series ever. The Diamond Series has broken the mould for combining award winning sound quality unforeseen at this price.
From 1982 Wharfedale Diamond has meant one thing – impeccable performance at an affordable price. Today we are pleased to bring you the latest series of loudspeakers from Wharfedale that aspires to this tradition – Diamond 220.
Foremost in the design criteria for Diamond 220 is the ongoing research into loudspeaker driver sound quality. The speaker series uses Wharfedale’s famous woven Kevlar cone form, drawing influence from the flagship Jade Series.
While honing the internal crossover and using stronger magnets on the rear of the Diamond 220, aesthetics and construction have been improved too. The Diamond 220 benefits from an all new lacquered front baffle and cosmetically enhanced veneers.
Only when the acousting tests are deemed truly satisfying are the loudspeakers’ designs signed-off for production, ensuring that each speaker model fulfills its eventual owner’s dreams of musically enjoyable reproduction from Britain’s Most Famous Loudspeakers.
The Diamond 220 boasts the latest in hi-fi technology to produce a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. Semi-elliptical ‘break-up’ areas on the woven-kevlar woofer smooth the response through the audible range and the cone edges are treated with a unique diamond pattern moulding.
The treble unit uses a sheer fabric dome and advanced ferrite magnet system, surrounded by a carefully crafted wave guide that encourages outstanding midrange performance too.
Cabinet walls and internal bracing; developed using Wharfedale’s latest ‘Virtual Speaker’ software, with the help of Delayed Cumulative Spectral Analysis that ruthlessly reveal panel colouration in all its forms. Using this technique engineers updated the cabinet, combining layers of particle board and MDF, bonded in a unique structure to damp annoying High-Q resonances and block internal sound leakage. The effect is that the ‘noise’ from cabinet walls is buried more than 35dB below the driver output. The same computer modelling is also used to fine tune the crossover to guarantee an enjoyable experience, both on and off-axis.
Exiting the base of the speaker cabinet is a slot loaded distributed port created by the plinth. This equalises the air pressure to mimic that inside the cabinet allowing a smooth transition between the pressure variation in the cabinet and the low frequency sound developed in the room.
Aside from computer assisted modelling, and true to Gilbert Briggs’ ethos behind his original Wharfedale loudspeaker designs, hours of listening tests by Wharfedale engineers are carried out to fine tune each speaker in the series.
2-way bookshelf speakers
Bass reflex enclosure
130mm woven kevlar cone bass driver
25mm soft dome tweeter
The diamond 220 is available in Black Wood veneer with a high-gloss black baffle.
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- 2.5-way floorstanding speakers
- Bass reflex enclosure
- 165mm woven kevlar cone bass driver
- 1 x 8″ (200mm) cone long-throw driver
- Low level inputs, dedicated LFE input