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Classic speakers with high quality finish and sound for under £100 new - Its a 'no brainer'
on 4 November 2014
I spent weeks trawling the internet for reviews of various speaker options. I was focussing on Wharfedale because of their long standing reputation. I had the Diamond 9.1 as a starting point and then started to work up through Diamond 10.1s, 121s and the new 220s which have received a great review by What Hi Fi. I finally decided that although they were an 'old' design, I would go with the 9.1s as they were £99.95 with the price for each other generation increasing by £30 up to £200 for the latest Diamond 220.
I ordered these in a Walnut finish from the diminishing stock at Superfi and they were delivered within 1 x working day, with an excellent tracking service through DPD.
I was really impressed with the finish and quality of these speakers straight out of the box, and they sounded great on the first CD played (Shine On You Crazy Diamond (ironic?) from Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here). They are matched up with my old Denon DM5 micro system (ancient, but excellent, forerunner to the fantastic DM39, which I also have, in another room) and are a perfect match for this system.
The walnut finish is much darker than any of the photos I had seen and it is absolutely perfect for its subtle integration with the dark wood furniture in the room. The quality of finish is absolutely 1st class and exceeded my expectations.
These 'classic' Wharfedale Diamond 9.1s are an absolute bargain for just under £100 new and I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone looking for a top class set of speakers to upgrade a system.
UPDATE - I have now invested in a pair of Atacama Duo 6 speaker stands which are a great match for the Diamonds and ensure they are at a consistent and appropriate height for listening. After a few weeks of use, these speakers really are getting better and better, and I am now hearing my existing music collection in a totally different way due to the greater detail and quality of sound from the Wharfedales.