Wharfdale Wharfedale Diamond 9 : small but powerfull

Great mid sized speakers for not a lot of money,fantastic improvement on the sony ones that came with my music system. Good sound right across the range and still perform well at higher volumes.

Marvellous speakers, great value.

They took very little time to run in, sounding pretty good almost straight out of the box. Had my brother, who’s a sound engineer working for a speaker hire company, pretty mad, as he had just spent £80 on a pair of second hand supposedly good speakers (mordaunt short) who were not half as good and crisp as these.

Excellent sound from a fairly small pair of speakers. I’m using these in a room about 15 ft square on a denon av reciever without a sub. The sound is excellent and has been commented on by everyone who has heard it. They are a bargain price and look stylish as well. I can’t fault them in any way.

  • Stop reading, buy.
  • Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 speakers
  • Little crackers !!!!

Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

I enjoy electronica, dance, rock and old blues music. My wife plays pop and is a classical music connoisseur. We have differing systems all over the house and i have my own studio. These are the best speakers we have (for all genres) and they are so good i have just ordered a second pair. Can’t fault them or the supplier. Oh, and they look really good.

Sound great but need locating properly and need reasonable volume to get the best from these. During the day with a dac amp on the tv these are brilliant but not ideal at night – just a bit too basey which tends to annoy the neighbours and wakes the wife up. Update: 8 months later i bought a second set for the hifi and they are superb.

Works very well with pyle karaoke amp very pleased with them.

Managed to get a couple pairs of these legends from the last ever shipment . Better than any diamond theyve made since 2003 when this model first hit shelves. The mid/bass driver was also used by “quad” in a pair of speakers costing many times more. That tells you of the quality on offer here. Biwired with decent amplification, the tonal balance, accuracy and imagery is staggering for the money.

A great buy, well worth a little extra.

From ordering to delivery was two days, i was sent an email on day of delivery giving me an hour delivery slot, a couple of minutes in to the time slot and the speakers were delivered. On opening the box i found what looked like a pair of black speakers but on unpacking turned out to be dark brown [pearl walnut] nothing like the colour in the picture but more of a match for the out going technics speakers. So i am happy with the colour. At first i was a bit disappointed with the speakers as compared to the technics they sounded “woolly”, after an hour or so they became much clearer and they bring some instruments from background to more up front which my b&w speakers do on a denon hifi that i have. Since delivery the speakers have had 24 to 30 hours playing time and now sound very good. My speakers are bi wired as i have a technics 6ohm bi amp 30 watt+30 watt. Which is the main reason for buying the 9. 1s as i needed 6ohm bi wired speakers as at this price are few and far betweeni found using a record track that i know inside out helps sound testing but not the same track on cd as the instrument playback can be different. Good tone and clear voices, i recommend , for the price far better than i expected.

Wondered how these could be 160+ rating on amazon and still have 5 stars – proof is now i can actually hear what i was missing from my 7. 2 surround system after replacing the front and rear corners with 4 of theseok, so made in china (who can tell apart from the label, the build quality is very high). Even the packing is extra special, foam padding top and bottom to look after these beauties during transit. A shame to ditch the boxes really. Comes standard with bi-wire terminals and links for single connection. These are weighty items so my little stands cannot hold them. Next, get some beefy stands. Only down side to these is that the massive connection block sits well proud at the rear, limiting standing mounting somewhat, depending on the mounting direction. I guess if you use them on bookshelves or other stands you won’t notice.

I still have my wharfedale denton speakers that are 40 years old and still going strong. So these speakers have a tough act to follow. So far very impressed although disappointed they are not manufactured in uk.

Having looked around for a decent, but non-expensive pair of speakers, and having done way too much research, i can honestly say that i am so happy with these. The sound is incredible with full range and clarity and certainly no need for a sub speaker. I’m amazed that sound can come out of such a size.

These are soooo good for the price, very good bass for the size too, using with a project turntable and a t-amp and they sound superb.

Excellent sound and fantastic value for money. Once set up, they sounded brilliant. Great purchase and highly recommended.

Excellent quality, look good but that’s relatively unimportant, what matters is that, in their class, they sound magnificent, just as a decent pair of wharfdales should.

Brilliant sound, fully exceeded my expectations, whartedale have a habit of producing goods that you expect to be mediocrity and really exceed.

I bought a pair based on the reviews and i’m not disappointed. For their size they punch well above their weight and for the price they are a bargain. I hooked them up to my harman kardon hk610 (bi-wired) and the sound is really balanced and clear in a big sitting room. Nothing is exaggerated, the bass sounds natural and vocals are clear and high notes are easy to listen to.

I have these wired up to a marantz pm5005, cd5005 and a pro-ject essentials 2 turntable. I was astonished at the price and blown away by the sound. I have the speakers mounted on floor stands. I was so impressed that i immediately purchased the sw150 to compliment them. I’m very lucky that i live in a detached bungalow and just as lucky are my neighbours. Even at a low volume it’s a bit bonkers. A pal came up for our usual intake and review of beer (tennents namely) and i put on the mountain will fall by dj shadow. Anyone who knows that tune will know there is a mental sub frequency near the intro.

Love the sound from these – and the build quality is superb.

Brilliant product and good for the price without question star purchase for 2016 excellent sound quality.

Have them on my surround sound as rear speakers. Very punchy bass very good mids and highs would recommend.

Summary
Review Date
Reviewed Item
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)
Rating
5.0 of 5 stars, based on 160 reviews

One thought on “Wharfdale Wharfedale Diamond 9 : small but powerfull

  1. These speakers are very bassy. I don’t know much about hifi audio yet, so the first amp i drove these with had absolutely no midrange, so i swapped it out for one that cost over twice the price and it sounded much better, but still with rather large amounts of bass. The audio is still clear with no distortion – you can pick out whatever frequency you want – but if you don’t want a big heavy bottom end, perhaps look elsewhere. These are nothing on my akg k702s for accurate reproduction. That doesn’t mean they’re bad. For about half of my music collection, i quite appreciate the extra thud, but like i said, they’re not accurate. One might be able to get closer to an accurate sound with an amplifier that splits the treble and bass, as these speakers have separate inputs for the tweeter and woofer, but like i said: i don’t know much about hifi audio yet. I’m just using the included plates to electrically tie the tweeter and woofer together. I have mine in brown – they look nice with the front covers on, if you like that sort of thing.
  2. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    These speakers are very bassy. I don’t know much about hifi audio yet, so the first amp i drove these with had absolutely no midrange, so i swapped it out for one that cost over twice the price and it sounded much better, but still with rather large amounts of bass. The audio is still clear with no distortion – you can pick out whatever frequency you want – but if you don’t want a big heavy bottom end, perhaps look elsewhere. These are nothing on my akg k702s for accurate reproduction. That doesn’t mean they’re bad. For about half of my music collection, i quite appreciate the extra thud, but like i said, they’re not accurate. One might be able to get closer to an accurate sound with an amplifier that splits the treble and bass, as these speakers have separate inputs for the tweeter and woofer, but like i said: i don’t know much about hifi audio yet. I’m just using the included plates to electrically tie the tweeter and woofer together. I have mine in brown – they look nice with the front covers on, if you like that sort of thing.
    • Speakers are better than expected. I have bi-amp wired these to a denon avrx 2400. You can hear every detail from the high and low notes. Would recommend these without a doubt. Oh and the box comes with excellent padding.
      • Speakers are better than expected. I have bi-amp wired these to a denon avrx 2400. You can hear every detail from the high and low notes. Would recommend these without a doubt. Oh and the box comes with excellent padding.
  3. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    I’m an orchestral musician and i’m delighted with this fab pair of budget speakers which easily fill the room with excellent sound.
    • I’m an orchestral musician and i’m delighted with this fab pair of budget speakers which easily fill the room with excellent sound.
  4. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Excellent little speakers and can hear why they have top reviews.
  5. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Excellent little speakers and can hear why they have top reviews.
  6. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Beautiful aesthetic and a beautiful, rich sound, with the bass particularly impressive for the size of speakers.
    • Beautiful aesthetic and a beautiful, rich sound, with the bass particularly impressive for the size of speakers.
      • Heard very good things about these speakers online and decided to get a pair. The top end is very detailed and sounds like a much higher end pair of speakers. The bass isn’t booming but what is there is very well defined (might have to invest in a sub for some bass heavy genres). I had a part slightly damaged on arrival but a quick email to the manufacturer and it was posted out the next day for free so you know the customer support is great. Would recommend and these are the best value for money you will get with speakers.
  7. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Heard very good things about these speakers online and decided to get a pair. The top end is very detailed and sounds like a much higher end pair of speakers. The bass isn’t booming but what is there is very well defined (might have to invest in a sub for some bass heavy genres). I had a part slightly damaged on arrival but a quick email to the manufacturer and it was posted out the next day for free so you know the customer support is great. Would recommend and these are the best value for money you will get with speakers.
  8. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    No cables to connect to hifi come with them so i had to buy them.
      • Perfect smooth sound even thought the speakers are not completely softened. Good looking and nice quality for their size.
  9. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Perfect smooth sound even thought the speakers are not completely softened. Good looking and nice quality for their size.
  10. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Well pleased with these speakers lived up to the reviews which i read before buying also took on board the one or two rather negative reviews , not sure where these reviewers were coming from perhaps they were unlucky receiving faulty goodsanyway these speakers are very well put together & they have a great sound without obviously not being run in yet can’t fault them at this silly price bracket you would have to be nitpicker of the year to find fault . My advice is get them while they are still available if you’re after a quality budget speaker not going into all the nuts & bolts as to how they perform , your ears will tell you.
  11. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Well pleased with these speakers lived up to the reviews which i read before buying also took on board the one or two rather negative reviews , not sure where these reviewers were coming from perhaps they were unlucky receiving faulty goodsanyway these speakers are very well put together & they have a great sound without obviously not being run in yet can’t fault them at this silly price bracket you would have to be nitpicker of the year to find fault . My advice is get them while they are still available if you’re after a quality budget speaker not going into all the nuts & bolts as to how they perform , your ears will tell you.
  12. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Excellent value for money, position is critical, build is beautiful.
  13. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Excellent value for money, position is critical, build is beautiful.
  14. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    I think i just bought the best pair of bookshelf speakers in the uk for this price. The build quality is fantastic, and quite heavy for its size, also the connectios are very robust (also bi-wireable). Flac, ape format, and different music styles, sounds very good in a small room. I am not tested these speakers in bigger room yet, but i will soon.
    • I think i just bought the best pair of bookshelf speakers in the uk for this price. The build quality is fantastic, and quite heavy for its size, also the connectios are very robust (also bi-wireable). Flac, ape format, and different music styles, sounds very good in a small room. I am not tested these speakers in bigger room yet, but i will soon.
      • 00 i am chuffed with these bookshelf speakers. Ok, you can find better speakers and at far more money of course but these do the job that i needed perfectly. They look good too without being cheaply made with plastic and speakers parts showing (they do come with front covers which are not shown on this product image). You get a decent spacial feel with the sound. I would have liked a tad more bass but i am not reducing marks for that.
  15. 00 i am chuffed with these bookshelf speakers. Ok, you can find better speakers and at far more money of course but these do the job that i needed perfectly. They look good too without being cheaply made with plastic and speakers parts showing (they do come with front covers which are not shown on this product image). You get a decent spacial feel with the sound. I would have liked a tad more bass but i am not reducing marks for that.
  16. I bought these out of curiosity, i had bought some significantly more expensive speakers (i won’t name them) approximately a year before, that were good but a little modern sounding (if that makes sense). 1 speakers are great, throughout the range, plenty of controlled bass (for the size), clear mids and crisp top end without being shrill.
  17. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    I bought these out of curiosity, i had bought some significantly more expensive speakers (i won’t name them) approximately a year before, that were good but a little modern sounding (if that makes sense). 1 speakers are great, throughout the range, plenty of controlled bass (for the size), clear mids and crisp top end without being shrill.
  18. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Love these speakers, not sure if neighbours think the same.
  19. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    These speakers are truly amazing. I paired them with my yamaha sub cut off at 50hz and they are the best set of speakers £500 can buy never mind £100.
    • These speakers are truly amazing. I paired them with my yamaha sub cut off at 50hz and they are the best set of speakers £500 can buy never mind £100.
      • Very pleased with the performance of the speakers, but nothing to secure them to a speaker stand?.
  20. Very pleased with the performance of the speakers, but nothing to secure them to a speaker stand?.
    • These speakers are awesome,sound quality is much better than i imagined and for the price absolute bargain.
  21. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    These speakers are awesome,sound quality is much better than i imagined and for the price absolute bargain.
  22. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Having to replace my old speakers after 35 years, and with so much choice; i went for a name i knew and took a chance. The sound is perfect, very rich and fills the room. I am no expert; but for the money these speakers are excellent. The split in the range of sounds makes me wonder for the last 35 years, if i was just making do.
  23. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Having to replace my old speakers after 35 years, and with so much choice; i went for a name i knew and took a chance. The sound is perfect, very rich and fills the room. I am no expert; but for the money these speakers are excellent. The split in the range of sounds makes me wonder for the last 35 years, if i was just making do.
    • I have to say that i am really happy i spent a little more money in buying these wharfedale diamond 9. 1 speakers than i originally planned. They are both a joy to listen to and to look at. Living in a small flat i wanted speakers that would do the job but also not stick out like a sore thumb and these ticked each of those boxes. I have them hooked up to a cambridge audio a1 v3. 0 amplifier (20 – 30 w per channel) and cannot imagine the sound that these speakers could produce if they were pushed closer to the top end of the 20 – 100 w rating. My dial sits safely below 9 o clock and i haven’t dared take it past 12 yet.
  24. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    I have to say that i am really happy i spent a little more money in buying these wharfedale diamond 9. 1 speakers than i originally planned. They are both a joy to listen to and to look at. Living in a small flat i wanted speakers that would do the job but also not stick out like a sore thumb and these ticked each of those boxes. I have them hooked up to a cambridge audio a1 v3. 0 amplifier (20 – 30 w per channel) and cannot imagine the sound that these speakers could produce if they were pushed closer to the top end of the 20 – 100 w rating. My dial sits safely below 9 o clock and i haven’t dared take it past 12 yet.
  25. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Very happy with these speakers. The bass is very punchy and voice is clear through the kevlar speakers and having bi-channel keeps the highs and lows crystal clear. I recommend this product all day long.
  26. This review is from : Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) (Walnut)

    Very happy with these speakers. The bass is very punchy and voice is clear through the kevlar speakers and having bi-channel keeps the highs and lows crystal clear. I recommend this product all day long.

Comments are closed.