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1. Wharfedale WH-2BLK Wide-Dispersion
$99.99 $67.72 list($119.99)
2. Wharfedale WH-2WHT Wide-Dispersion
Too low to display $193.99 list($349.99)
3. Wharfedale Diamond 8.2 Bookshelf
$133.99 list($249.99)
4. Wharfedale Diamond 8.1 Bookshelf
$199.99 $128.99 list($249.99)
5. Wharfedale Diamond 8.1 Bookshelf
$299.99 $194.99
6. Wharfedale Diamond 8.2 Bookshelf
$599.99 $398.99
7. Wharfedale MovieStar 70 6-Speaker
Too low to display $98.99 list($149.99)
8. Wharfedale Diamond 8 Center Channel
Too low to display $23.00 list($49.99)
9. Wharfedale LoudMan Portable Stereo
Too low to display $58.99 list($79.99)
10. Wharfedale WH-2BLK Center-Channel
$39.99 $23.00 list($49.99)
11. Wharfedale LoudMan Portable Stereo
Too low to display $198.99 list($299.99)
12. Wharfedale Diamond 8.4 Floor-Standing
$39.99 $23.00 list($49.99)
13. Wharfedale LoudMan Portable Stereo
$274.99 $198.99 list($299.99)
14. Wharfedale Diamond 8.4 Floor Standing
$349.99 $258.99
15. Wharfedale Diamond 8.3 Floor-Standing
$349.99
16. Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Compact
$66.99 list($149.99)
17. Wharfedale Crystal Center Channel
$349.99
18. Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Compact
$238.33
19. Wharfedale 150 Watt, 10-Inch Powered
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1. Wharfedale WH-2BLK Wide-Dispersion Satellite Speaker (Black)
list price: $119.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00005UD27
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 7162
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Features

  • 2-Way x 2 Wide Dispersion Satellite Speaker
  • Twin 1" Dome Tweeters (Ferrofluid Cooled)
  • Twin 4" Long Throw Polymer Woofers
  • Power Handling:120 Watts RMS
  • Efficiency:88dB (1 Watt / 1 Meter) and Frequency Response: 65Hz - 20kHz

2. Wharfedale WH-2WHT Wide-Dispersion Satellite Speaker (White)
list price: $119.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B00005UD2A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 12471
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 2-Way x 2 Wide Disperson Satellite Speaker
  • Twin 1" Dome Tweeters (Ferrofluid Cooled)
  • Twin 4" Long Throw Polymer Woofers
  • Power Handling:120 RMS
  • Frequency Response 659Hz - 20kHz and Efficiency:88dB (1 Watt / 1 Meter)

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great sounding speakers
I bought these to use for surrounds. I have definitive Technology BP10's for mains and love the bi-polar sound. Well after trying these out I have decided to use them for mains. They don't match the sound of the BP10's but come close enough.
The sound is great and I am pleased. May buy 2 more for rears. You can't go wrong on these for $100

5-0 out of 5 stars Small and Surprising
I was looking for a replacement for my current surrounds that would be small yet offer decent range and a dispersed field. Remembered the Wharfedale name from the 80's, figured for the price and with Amazon's return policy these were worth a look. I have been pleasantly surprised. First impression when you open the box is that these are solid, very well constructed and nicely finished. Sound is fairly accurate. Mids and highs very good for this price range, lows were an improvement over the Bose I had been using. The speaker is able to provide the effects without calling attention to its position, something the previous unit could not do. I plan to buy some more to use as background speakers throughout the house. ... Read more


3. Wharfedale Diamond 8.2 Bookshelf Loudspeakers (Maple with Champagne Front Baffle)
list price: $349.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00005IA31
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 8230
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Ideal for stand mounting as front stereo speakers or as the front or rear speakers in an AV system
  • Self-damping, bidirectional woven Kevlar drive units with ultra-smooth phase plugs
  • Double-wound, vented voice coils on bass/mid drivers
  • Nitrile rubber inverted driver surround
  • Bi-wirable, gold-plated terminals

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Musicality and Soundstage for Little Money
I was a bit worried when I ordered the Wharfedale Diamond 8.2's based solely on written recommendations from here and from the web. Any concerns I had disappeared the first moment I heard them. They give clean musical sound with a transparency and realistic soundstage I didn't think possible from such an inexpensive speaker. The sound just 'pops' on these babies and you'll hear things that never made it to your ears before. I'm running them with ancient Carver equipment (TFM-25 amp, CT-17 Sonic Holography Preamp tuner) that has never sounded sweeter. The sound is clean and strong throughout the music range. These speakers handle high volume room filling sound cleanly and yet play great at low volume as well. An unbeatable sound/price ratio, I highly recommend the Wharefdale Diamond 8.2s.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Sound!!!
Well..Got these bad boys for Christmas (on sale for 199!). Wow- my jaws dropped when I opened the box- they are very cool looking. Even my girlfriend agreed these are the coolest speakers. My apartment looks so hifi now ;-) The sound is amazing!! Especially in DTS!! Music is outstanding! From Creed to JayZ to Massive Attack- just pure hifi quality. Be sure to biwire them and have sufficient power! I'm driving them through the outstanding Kenwood VR-410 reciever. Also- the 8 Series Center is excellent. Very impressed- excellent job Wharfedale! Very happy!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Over hyped
Bought some Diamond 8.2's a few months back. After listening to them with all different types of music and also playing them to friends and family the response was rather negative. These speakers
have a really boomy bass, at some points it was hard to distinguish other sounds over it. I tried turning it up and at points the vocal became disorted and shrill, it also sound very flat and 2 dimensional.When played at low, easy listening levels the musical details are lost by the silk dome tweeter and its overly tame driver.
I dont use these any more as i have bought myself some Bose but i would not recommend them to anyone except those on a very tight budget who are not so fussy about sound quality.

5-0 out of 5 stars gorgeous sound!
Ive been a music producer, record executive, and pop music critic. besides all that i've been a music fanatic since i got my first transistor radio in 1965. i need superb speakers! after shopping around brick and mortar stores, and having been flummoxed by high prices, too many options, and imbecilic sales people i came to Amazon and began reading reviews. then i ordered these fantastic speakers. i cannot over state how happy i am with them. it's just a wonderful experience... even listening to records i have heard thousands of times. i didn't want huge speakers dominating my living room (actually my wife didn't want that), but i NEED a clear vibrant bass sound. i like to hear clean high frequencies, but i don't want shrill fake treble. in the studio, we would use Yamaha NS-10's for the final mix. they offer a completely faithful, no-frills, replication of the recorded music. but they sound was so faithful that it was, well.... boring. these wharfedales are EXCITING. they are ALIVE. despite their small size they have full, warm,. round bass tones. even with my relatively low powered Denon 80 watt amp. one recommendation... plug your speaker wires into the Bass inputs in the rear of the speaker. there are two alternative plugs and when i switched to the bass inputs, the speakers realized their full potential. what a deal, too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Warfdale 8.2
These are great little speakers. The wife didn't want the tower speakers so I "settled" with these little gems. I am not an audiophile, but I really do enjoy the sound of these speakers. For the size, they really do produce a great sound. Highly recommended. ... Read more


4. Wharfedale Diamond 8.1 Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Black Ash, pair)
list price: $249.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005IA2Y
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 16066
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Handbuilt bookshelf speakers
  • Self-damping, bidirectional woven Kevlar drive units with ultra-smooth phase plugs
  • Double-wound, vented voice coils on bass/mid drivers
  • Nitrile rubber inverted driver surround
  • Bi-wirable, gold-plated terminals

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Wanna laugh?
Wanna laugh, try placing the Wharfedale Diamond speakers next to a set of Polk Audio RTI series speakers and then look and listen. The Polk Audio RTI series cost a little more, $259 for the RTI4 compared to $199 for the Wharfedale Diamond 8.1, so you might expect a little more to begin with, but the difference is like day and night. The British are known to have a strange sense of humor, but here with the UK Wharfedale brand, the joke is on us.

The Polk Audio series are simply elegant and have superb sound quality in comparison. The Wharfedale Diamonds sound OK, I guess, but they miss out in reproducing the entire sound range for which they are designed. I'm not talking just about the deeper bass, which both sets lack due their bookshelf size, but somewhere within the mid-range as well.

Where did all the rave reviews of the Wharfedale Diamond series come from? Not just those written by consumers, but those by professional reviewers as well. Even if you're on a budget, look and listen before believing that you're getting a good buy.

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled
Once you compare these speakers, you too will agree that they are GROSSLY overrated. They are cheap-looking, very light and flimsy, and are made of plastic and vinyl. They sound about average. After several comparisons, I bought the new Polk Audio RTI4 which are EXCELLENT in every comparison -- solid wood construction, great-looking, and SUPERIOR sound quality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Hesitate
I was very skeptical! Especially sisnce I didn't hear them first. (No stores carry them in South Bend, Indiana) But I was reading every review I could find, about 15 total and they all said the same: 4.5 to 5 stars (cheap grills). I wanted to replace my old speaker system. So I bought the "Rears" Diamond 8.1 first, they're the cheapest. If I was out, I would only be out under $190.00 Dollars. I have an Onkyo receiver that puts out a low frequency of 20Hz to the high of 20khz these 8.1's sound crystal clear. I played it in stereo mode w/CD. Obviously, I had to turn the bass down. But not as much as I thought 11 O-clock below center. I could hear Don Henley's In-hail between words!! Needless to say I'm a kid in a candy store, ordering the diamond 8.4's, diamond 8 ctr channel and unfortunately wharfedale doesn't have a sub with a low 20hz subwoofer in fact Yamaha subwoofer has the lowest freq. I could find 20hz to fit my receiver. Sorry Wharfedale, I'd would rather of given you the business. The grills are cheap but putting black tape around the prongs that fit into speaker will hold them secure (Just a little tape). Buy them you will be happy! If your not, good luck with the others and I hope you have a good second job $$$$$$$

5-0 out of 5 stars Cheap but powerful.
I bought these speakers from the only record/music-store nearby within 100 kilometers. They were planned to be put as rear-speakers, on a shelf. I heard about the speakers from Wharfedale's official website, and read a couple of reviews. They seemed to offer a lot.

So, I was stunned by the clear sounding frequencies, and by the low price, so I decided to take a pair.

It's not only the sound, in my opinion, there is some style in the speakers too : cool yellow kevlar-element and almost everything on the look (quite modernish), through golden text to the excellent looking wood material. And for WHAT PRICE!

Excellent choice, value for money is excellent, but the speakers need some performance by your amplifier. Of course, try before buying. I can promise, you won't be disappointed. ... Read more


5. Wharfedale Diamond 8.1 Bookshelf Loudspeakers (Maple with Champagne Front Baffle)
list price: $249.99
our price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005IA2Z
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 20180
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Handbuilt bookshelf speakers
  • Self-damping, bidirectional woven Kevlar drive units with ultra-smooth phase plugs
  • Double-wound, vented voice coils on bass/mid drivers
  • Nitrile rubber inverted driver surround
  • Bi-wirable, gold-plated terminals

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Wanna laugh?
Wanna laugh, try placing the Wharfedale Diamond speakers next to a set of Polk Audio RTI series speakers and then look and listen. The Polk Audio RTI series cost a little more, $259 for the RTI4 compared to $199 for the Wharfedale Diamond 8.1, so you might expect a little more to begin with, but the difference is like day and night. The British are known to have a strange sense of humor, but here with the UK Wharfedale brand, the joke is on us.

The Polk Audio series are simply elegant and have superb sound quality in comparison. The Wharfedale Diamonds sound OK, I guess, but they miss out in reproducing the entire sound range for which they are designed. I'm not talking just about the deeper bass, which both sets lack due their bookshelf size, but somewhere within the mid-range as well.

Where did all the rave reviews of the Wharfedale Diamond series come from? Not just those written by consumers, but those by professional reviewers as well. Even if you're on a budget, look and listen before believing that you're getting a good buy.

2-0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled
Once you compare these speakers, you too will agree that they are GROSSLY overrated. They are cheap-looking, very light and flimsy, and are made of plastic and vinyl. They sound about average. After several comparisons, I bought the new Polk Audio RTI4 which are EXCELLENT in every comparison -- solid wood construction, great-looking, and SUPERIOR sound quality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Hesitate
I was very skeptical! Especially sisnce I didn't hear them first. (No stores carry them in South Bend, Indiana) But I was reading every review I could find, about 15 total and they all said the same: 4.5 to 5 stars (cheap grills). I wanted to replace my old speaker system. So I bought the "Rears" Diamond 8.1 first, they're the cheapest. If I was out, I would only be out under $190.00 Dollars. I have an Onkyo receiver that puts out a low frequency of 20Hz to the high of 20khz these 8.1's sound crystal clear. I played it in stereo mode w/CD. Obviously, I had to turn the bass down. But not as much as I thought 11 O-clock below center. I could hear Don Henley's In-hail between words!! Needless to say I'm a kid in a candy store, ordering the diamond 8.4's, diamond 8 ctr channel and unfortunately wharfedale doesn't have a sub with a low 20hz subwoofer in fact Yamaha subwoofer has the lowest freq. I could find 20hz to fit my receiver. Sorry Wharfedale, I'd would rather of given you the business. The grills are cheap but putting black tape around the prongs that fit into speaker will hold them secure (Just a little tape). Buy them you will be happy! If your not, good luck with the others and I hope you have a good second job $$$$$$$

5-0 out of 5 stars Cheap but powerful.
I bought these speakers from the only record/music-store nearby within 100 kilometers. They were planned to be put as rear-speakers, on a shelf. I heard about the speakers from Wharfedale's official website, and read a couple of reviews. They seemed to offer a lot.

So, I was stunned by the clear sounding frequencies, and by the low price, so I decided to take a pair.

It's not only the sound, in my opinion, there is some style in the speakers too : cool yellow kevlar-element and almost everything on the look (quite modernish), through golden text to the excellent looking wood material. And for WHAT PRICE!

Excellent choice, value for money is excellent, but the speakers need some performance by your amplifier. Of course, try before buying. I can promise, you won't be disappointed. ... Read more


6. Wharfedale Diamond 8.2 Bookshelf Loudspeakers (Black Ash, Pair)
list price: $299.99
our price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005IA30
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 15840
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Wharfedale's bookshelf Diamond 8.2 loudspeakers are both built and priced to thrill: with their 6.5-inch Kevlar woofers and silk-dome tweeters, they offer uncommonly luscious sound for their size and market positioning, with remarkably deep bass and smooth, transparent midrange frequencies (critical for voices, acoustic instruments, and even electric guitars). They'd make a super choice for use with hi-fi systems, home theaters, or computer setups, though they're not self-powered like most PC speakers are.

The 8.2s derive some of their low-end heft from their ability to push air from their tuned, front-panel ports. Our listening revealed taut, punchy sound with dramatically smooth midrange frequencies and detailed but never excessive or harsh-sounding treble. So you'll hear all the nuance of sticks on cymbals, but the crashing won't rip your ears off. Fittingly, voices and acoustic instruments sounded especially lush and realistic owing to the 8.2s' beautiful midrange, while the bass ran surprisingly deep for speakers using only a single 6.5-inch woofer each (the rated frequency response is 45 to 20,000 Hz).

The speakers owe a lot of their clarity and openness to their textile tweeters and woven Kevlar woofers. The tweeters are 1-inch silk-dome, ferrofluid-cooled drivers powered by a strong, neodymium magnet for speed and accuracy. Kevlar is said to be self-damping, a fact that would grant the woofers high rigidity and easy movement--a terrific recipe for dynamic sound from even wimpy amplifiers. And, despite their 6-ohm rating, it doesn't take much to make these speakers sing. Anything from 20 watts-per-channel integrated amplifiers to 85 wpc surround receivers will make a good fit, though be warned that the speakers are rated for use only to 120 wpc. For optimal sound, especially if you're biwiring, we'd recommend 40 wpc or above.

An especially choice feature of the 8.2s is their two sets of gold-plated speaker terminals, which let you power each speaker's driver independently if desired, a process known as biwiring. (The speakers come with jumpers to allow standard wiring; remove the jumpers to biwire.) Whether you use separate mono-block amps for each speaker or merely use your receiver's A and B speaker outputs to power the tweeters and woofers, respectively--with set A for the tweeters, set B for the woofers--extra cable required--you'll hear a little extra clarity, openness, and even frequency extension since the amplifier is focused only on a given driver's needs at any given moment. (Think: division of labor.)

The speakers' low end is not as taut or as even as you'd find in a larger or more expensive speaker with additional drivers or more sophisticated engineering--but at this price and at this size, their performance is exceptional. We recommend placement at least one foot from any room boundary, and the closer you can get to putting 3 feet between the 8.2s and your walls, the more natural, in our experience--though the port's front-panel positioning allows closer wall placement than would a rear port.

Each of the speakers in the Diamond 8 line uses the same tweeter and cone material for perfect timbral matching, so you can use the 8.2s for either stereo or surround-sound applications, enlisting the Diamond 8.1s as surround speakers, and the Diamond Center for a center-channel speaker. --Michael Mikesell

Pros:

  • High value
  • Genuinely good, balanced sound overall
  • Attractive design
  • Excellent midrange reproduction (voices, etc.)
  • High sensitivity/easily driven
  • Biwirable for cleaner sound

Cons:

  • Tiny plastic binding-post inserts difficult to remove

What's in the Box
Two speakers, 2 grilles, self-adhesive rubber "feet" for each speaker, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Pair of 2-way, ported bookshelf speakers suitable for music, home theater, or PC use
  • 20 to 120 watts recommended power (per channel)
  • 6.5-inch Kevlar woofers, 1-inch silk-dome tweeter for taut bass, lucid midrange frequencies
  • 86 dB sensitivity; 6-ohm impedance
  • Measures 8.4 x 14.3 x 10.2 inches (W x H x D) each

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Musicality and Soundstage for Little Money
I was a bit worried when I ordered the Wharfedale Diamond 8.2's based solely on written recommendations from here and from the web. Any concerns I had disappeared the first moment I heard them. They give clean musical sound with a transparency and realistic soundstage I didn't think possible from such an inexpensive speaker. The sound just 'pops' on these babies and you'll hear things that never made it to your ears before. I'm running them with ancient Carver equipment (TFM-25 amp, CT-17 Sonic Holography Preamp tuner) that has never sounded sweeter. The sound is clean and strong throughout the music range. These speakers handle high volume room filling sound cleanly and yet play great at low volume as well. An unbeatable sound/price ratio, I highly recommend the Wharefdale Diamond 8.2s.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Sound!!!
Well..Got these bad boys for Christmas (on sale for 199!). Wow- my jaws dropped when I opened the box- they are very cool looking. Even my girlfriend agreed these are the coolest speakers. My apartment looks so hifi now ;-) The sound is amazing!! Especially in DTS!! Music is outstanding! From Creed to JayZ to Massive Attack- just pure hifi quality. Be sure to biwire them and have sufficient power! I'm driving them through the outstanding Kenwood VR-410 reciever. Also- the 8 Series Center is excellent. Very impressed- excellent job Wharfedale! Very happy!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Over hyped
Bought some Diamond 8.2's a few months back. After listening to them with all different types of music and also playing them to friends and family the response was rather negative. These speakers
have a really boomy bass, at some points it was hard to distinguish other sounds over it. I tried turning it up and at points the vocal became disorted and shrill, it also sound very flat and 2 dimensional.When played at low, easy listening levels the musical details are lost by the silk dome tweeter and its overly tame driver.
I dont use these any more as i have bought myself some Bose but i would not recommend them to anyone except those on a very tight budget who are not so fussy about sound quality.

5-0 out of 5 stars gorgeous sound!
Ive been a music producer, record executive, and pop music critic. besides all that i've been a music fanatic since i got my first transistor radio in 1965. i need superb speakers! after shopping around brick and mortar stores, and having been flummoxed by high prices, too many options, and imbecilic sales people i came to Amazon and began reading reviews. then i ordered these fantastic speakers. i cannot over state how happy i am with them. it's just a wonderful experience... even listening to records i have heard thousands of times. i didn't want huge speakers dominating my living room (actually my wife didn't want that), but i NEED a clear vibrant bass sound. i like to hear clean high frequencies, but i don't want shrill fake treble. in the studio, we would use Yamaha NS-10's for the final mix. they offer a completely faithful, no-frills, replication of the recorded music. but they sound was so faithful that it was, well.... boring. these wharfedales are EXCITING. they are ALIVE. despite their small size they have full, warm,. round bass tones. even with my relatively low powered Denon 80 watt amp. one recommendation... plug your speaker wires into the Bass inputs in the rear of the speaker. there are two alternative plugs and when i switched to the bass inputs, the speakers realized their full potential. what a deal, too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Warfdale 8.2
These are great little speakers. The wife didn't want the tower speakers so I "settled" with these little gems. I am not an audiophile, but I really do enjoy the sound of these speakers. For the size, they really do produce a great sound. Highly recommended. ... Read more


7. Wharfedale MovieStar 70 6-Speaker System (Beech)
list price: $599.99
our price: $599.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000077CLX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 36006
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Wharfedale's Moviestar subwoofer-satellite speaker system offers a no-compromise solution for those who seek a small, tidy loudspeaker system, but refuse to tolerate the inadequate sound traditionally found in such systems. The Moviestar 70 combines chic retro styling in a package of loudspeakers with modest dimensions. But despite their diminutive size, these stars of the silver screen pack plenty of punch when it comes to home cinema. Speakers as small as these are made possible by the system's powered subwoofer, which fills in the bass below about 80 Hz. Further, the subwoofer is still effective when hidden from view.

The package includes all the speakers you need. The four satellites are front-ported, single-way units that dispense with crossovers, which can cause phase and frequency problems in two-way and three-way speakers. The frequency-matched subwoofer has all the features you'd expect of any subwoofer, such as phase and crossover adjustment. All fixings are supplied to allow wall or ceiling mounting, and plenty of cable is included for easy installation. ... Read more

Features

  • Extremely high-quality home theater speaker system
  • Loaded with the features that audiophiles recognize in a high performance system
  • Understated, yet sophisticated design matches any décor
  • Includes mounting brackets and speaker cable
  • Includes 100 watt powered subwoofer that reaches 28 Hz

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wharfedale does it again!
I wanted a home theater speaker system, that was good with movies and music too! I listened to Polk 6700 speakers (very good) JBL 160 (nice) Energy 5.2 (very nice) Athena (ok+) and Wharfedale Movie Star 70's (awesome)! The biggest difference was the music end of the spectrum! All of the mentioned systems were very good to excellent for movie/tv viewing, but ranged from good, to adequate, to so-so on music! Except the Wharfedales, which were excellent for theater use, and awesome on music, probably due to the fact they are a bit larger than most! No tubby lower midrange, or ear bleeding, thin highs! Bass was rendered very well too! A great value, and they are decor freindly. ... Read more


8. Wharfedale Diamond 8 Center Channel Speaker (Black Ash)
list price: $149.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005IA2W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 7399
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

For affordable, audiophile-class home theater performance, the Wharfedale Diamond 8 center (or "centre" if you're a British purist) channel speaker is an exceptional performer. Hi-Fi World called the complete Diamond 8 series "The hi-fi products of the decade." The two-way center channel is a vital part of the overall Diamond 8 experience and offers detail and resolution that will amaze even the most skeptical listener. A unique bidirectional Kevlar weave creates a cone that can start and stop in an instant, delivering revolutionary midrange and bass response. Wharfedale doesn't slouch on any detail of construction, either; the speaker is wired internally with premium Monster Cable XP speaker cable for even greater performance. Speaker connector terminals are gold-plated and the cabinet features heavy-duty, rock-solid, MDF (medium density fiberboard) construction.

Twin, 5.25-inch Kevlar bass and midrange drive units with phase plugs and nitrile rubber surrounds make the compact, high-performance center channel perfectly matched with other Diamond series speakers. A single, 1-inch ferro-fluid-cooled, neodymium-powered, textile tweeter delivers crystal-clear highs. The speaker can be used with an amplifier ranging from 20 watts per channel to 120 watts per channel RMS with 8-ohm output impedance.

What's in the Box
Diamond 8 center channel speaker, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 2-way, compact, high-performance center channel perfectly matched with other Diamond series speakers
  • Wired internally with premium Monster Cable XP speaker cable for superior signal integrity
  • Twin 5.25-inch Kevlar bass and midrange drive units with phase plugs and nitrile rubber surrounds
  • 1-inch silk fabric dome tweeter, ferrofluid cooled with neodymium magnet
  • Measures 17.75 x 7 x 7.1 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound!
I have been listening to the Diamond Center Channel speaker for several weeks and have been very pleased with it's performance. Excellent voice reproduction with television and DVD's. What has been really suprising is it's performance with music. I listen to classical, country, rock and folk music. Excellent clarity, no distortion or muddiness with these genres. Even opera, which I think is a real challenge, was accurately reproduced. My only criticism is the somewhat large, boxy appearance. Otherwise an excellent value for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jolly good bargain!
This Brit rocks. The most popular of all British speakers for a good reason. The quality for the money you spend cannot be beat. I got an awesome deal on Amazon ... They go for [more] now but it's still definitely worth it. The clarity and tightness of the sound is truly a thing to marvel. Play your receiver at a higher volume and there is no noticeable distortion or harshness of sound. It's smooth and genuine. The only minor issue is its size and lack of beautiful design lines. But as far as functionality goes, there's nothing to beat it. ... Read more


9. Wharfedale LoudMan Portable Stereo Speaker System (Aqua Blue)
list price: $49.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008ZPIA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 19316
Average Customer Review: 3.07 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket, yet powerful enough to fill a room with sound, the LoudMan portable powered speaker system is all that's needed for a laptop, portable CD player, minidisc, or MP3 device. LoudMan provides superb stereo sound from powered speakers in a shell no bigger than a double-CD case. Wharfedale's use of NXT surface sound technology allows for small, thin speakers whose quality is far superior to the traditional small multimedia units that most people are familiar with. A built-in amplifier will accept a signal from any .125-inch minijack stereo output (cable provided), and dramatically improves listening experience, whether you're listening to a personal stereo with friends, giving a multimedia presentation, playing a games console, or just reviewing your latest MP3 downloads.

LoudMan uses innovative NXT technology to produce a diffuse sound. Rather than producing directional, coherent waves like standard stereo loudspeakers, NXT panels produce sound from their entire surface. This means the sound is more ambient in nature, having a number of significant benefits, including a more even sound pattern throughout the room. The sound doesn't get louder and quieter as traditional loudspeakers do when you move in and out of their interference patterns. Rather, each listener will hear the same sound, wherever they are in the vicinity.

Supplied complete with a built-in low-consumption amplifier, the LoudMan can be battery powered (it uses 4 AA batteries, supplied) or used with an optional 6V DC adapter. The LoudMan carrying case stores one LoudMan system, a connecting cable, and six compact discs. ... Read more

Features

  • LoudMan portable powered speaker system for your laptop, portable CD player, minidisc, or MP3 device
  • NXT flat-panel speaker technology disperses sound clearly and evenly on just 2 watts per channel
  • Uses built-in amplifier with stereo minijack input
  • Includes audio cable and 4 AA batteries, storage holds 6 compact discs
  • Runs for 4 hours at full power

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good sound for what it is.....
So these speakers don't have earth shattering bass like my living room stereo, but, for what they are they have a pretty decent sound, not as tinny as some reviews said. The bass is there, just not really floor shaking. I originally ordered the platinum but settled for the limeade yellow when the other took too long to even get shipped. Hey, these don't look too bad! They are a nice shade of yellow and not too bright. These will be used solely for trips to the wilderness, to the beach, or on vacation where the portables would be taken along. Batteries are simple to install, although it took a minute to figure out how to open the door to put them in. The power switch is located below the line in and is hard to reach if you have big fingers and aren't looking at it. It comes with the batteries (4-AA) and the connector cable for your devices. There is no manual included, but the set up is pretty much a 'no-brainer'. These are not meant to be used as primary speakers, but are portable, to be used when the situation calls for it. Overall, I think this portable speaker system will serve its purpose and I am pleased with them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great NXT speakers
Great product for portable music players. I have one and the sound quality is very good. Even better if you have an MP3 player with a graphic equaliser as it allows you to fine tune the sound.

Much less tiring to listen to than other alternatives I have tried. Battery life is very good as well.

They are very good value for money.

1-0 out of 5 stars these are the worst speakers ever
I bought these speakers hoping that they would produce sound better than the internal speakers on my HP laptop. It turned out that these pretty speakers were far worse, having no bass at all and lots of static. After having the speakers turned on for more than 2 hours, the battery life was nearly wasted, as was indicated by the waning clarity and volume of the music. If you want to spend $40 on a decent-sounding pair of speakers, I would recommend going for the conventional ones made by Creative or Altec-Lansing. I personally returned these, and went for some $80 speakers made by Creative, which are just phenomenal.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I'm not a heavy rocker type but these just don't put out enough sound to enjoy the music. The sound is easily overcome by ambient noise.

Too bad. It's a great concept but unless you're looking for "music to fall asleep by" pass these up.

NOTE: Amazon will also charge you to return them. I would suggest you try a reputable stereo establishment that will stand behind their offerings.

1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of Crap
Worthless sound, weak and distorted. I waited 2 months for these with great anticipation but I am sorry now. I recomend you look elsewhere. Oh yea, they are bigger than I thought they would be as well. ... Read more


10. Wharfedale WH-2BLK Center-Channel Speaker (Black)
list price: $79.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005UD2B
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 4465
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 2-Way Center Channel Speaker
  • 1" Dome Tweeter (Ferrofluid Cooled)
  • Twin 4" Long Throw Polymer Woofers
  • Power Handling:120 Watts RMS
  • Efficiency:88dB (1 Watt / 1 Meter) and Frequency Response:65Hz - 20kHz

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Big TheatOrs
I didn't really like this speaker until I listened to Big Wars. The sounds of Big Wars were unbelieveable. If you like this speaker, you'll love Big Wars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great speaker for the money
I did some research and I found out that Wharfedale has one of the best bang-for-the-buck quotients out there.

For the money, you can not buy a better center channel speaker. Sure, it's not going to run with the top of the line models, but you can't expect it to. However, I have put it up against some significantly more expensive speakers and it blew them away.

I don't regret this purchase.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good price, reasonable quality for the non-fussy
The first thing that strikes you about this speaker is the price!

The WH-2 system (center plus dipole surrounds) is meant for someone who already has 2 good speakers for mains and just wants a basic upgrade for home theater.

If you're not an audiophile or a major audio enthusiast, this speaker should do just fine. Dialog reproduction - its main job is reasonable. Though not not crystal clear (it is a sub [$$$] speaker, you know), is good enough for the non-fussy...

However, if you're the type who listens critically, I would recommend you look at the Wharfedale Diamond 8 Center. ... Read more


11. Wharfedale LoudMan Portable Stereo Speaker System (Cherry Red)
list price: $49.99
our price: $39.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008ZPII
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 30435
Average Customer Review: 3.07 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket, yet powerful enough to fill a room with sound, the LoudMan portable powered speaker system is all that's needed for a laptop, portable CD player, minidisc, or MP3 device. LoudMan provides superb stereo sound from powered speakers in a shell no bigger than a double-CD case. Wharfedale's use of NXT surface sound technology allows for small, thin speakers whose quality is far superior to the traditional small multimedia units that most people are familiar with. A built-in amplifier will accept a signal from any .125-inch minijack stereo output (cable provided), and dramatically improves listening experience, whether you're listening to a personal stereo with friends, giving a multimedia presentation, playing a games console, or just reviewing your latest MP3 downloads.

LoudMan uses innovative NXT technology to produce a diffuse sound. Rather than producing directional, coherent waves like standard stereo loudspeakers, NXT panels produce sound from their entire surface. This means the sound is more ambient in nature, having a number of significant benefits, including a more even sound pattern throughout the room. The sound doesn't get louder and quieter as traditional loudspeakers do when you move in and out of their interference patterns. Rather, each listener will hear the same sound, wherever they are in the vicinity.

Supplied complete with a built-in low-consumption amplifier, the LoudMan can be battery powered (it uses 4 AA batteries, supplied) or used with an optional 6V DC adapter. The LoudMan carrying case stores one LoudMan system, a connecting cable, and six compact discs. ... Read more

Features

  • LoudMan portable powered speaker system for your laptop, portable CD player, minidisc, or MP3 device
  • NXT flat-panel speaker technology disperses sound clearly and evenly on just 2 watts per channel
  • Uses built-in amplifier with stereo minijack input
  • Includes audio cable and 4 AA batteries, storage holds 6 compact discs
  • Runs for 4 hours at full power

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good sound for what it is.....
So these speakers don't have earth shattering bass like my living room stereo, but, for what they are they have a pretty decent sound, not as tinny as some reviews said. The bass is there, just not really floor shaking. I originally ordered the platinum but settled for the limeade yellow when the other took too long to even get shipped. Hey, these don't look too bad! They are a nice shade of yellow and not too bright. These will be used solely for trips to the wilderness, to the beach, or on vacation where the portables would be taken along. Batteries are simple to install, although it took a minute to figure out how to open the door to put them in. The power switch is located below the line in and is hard to reach if you have big fingers and aren't looking at it. It comes with the batteries (4-AA) and the connector cable for your devices. There is no manual included, but the set up is pretty much a 'no-brainer'. These are not meant to be used as primary speakers, but are portable, to be used when the situation calls for it. Overall, I think this portable speaker system will serve its purpose and I am pleased with them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great NXT speakers
Great product for portable music players. I have one and the sound quality is very good. Even better if you have an MP3 player with a graphic equaliser as it allows you to fine tune the sound.

Much less tiring to listen to than other alternatives I have tried. Battery life is very good as well.

They are very good value for money.

1-0 out of 5 stars these are the worst speakers ever
I bought these speakers hoping that they would produce sound better than the internal speakers on my HP laptop. It turned out that these pretty speakers were far worse, having no bass at all and lots of static. After having the speakers turned on for more than 2 hours, the battery life was nearly wasted, as was indicated by the waning clarity and volume of the music. If you want to spend $40 on a decent-sounding pair of speakers, I would recommend going for the conventional ones made by Creative or Altec-Lansing. I personally returned these, and went for some $80 speakers made by Creative, which are just phenomenal.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I'm not a heavy rocker type but these just don't put out enough sound to enjoy the music. The sound is easily overcome by ambient noise.

Too bad. It's a great concept but unless you're looking for "music to fall asleep by" pass these up.

NOTE: Amazon will also charge you to return them. I would suggest you try a reputable stereo establishment that will stand behind their offerings.

1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of Crap
Worthless sound, weak and distorted. I waited 2 months for these with great anticipation but I am sorry now. I recomend you look elsewhere. Oh yea, they are bigger than I thought they would be as well. ... Read more


12. Wharfedale Diamond 8.4 Floor-Standing Loudspeaker, Maple (Single)
list price: $299.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000065USS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 7591
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Wharfedale Diamond 8.4 speakers have totally redefined the expectations for sound and appearance at their price. "The hi-fi products of the decade," raved the U.K.'s HiFi World. "The most amazing loudspeakers for 25 years," said Ken Kessler of Hi-Fi News. No longer will sloppy drive units, poor build quality, and single-wire terminals suffice--even in budget loudspeakers. If you are serious about sound but restricted by cost, there is no other choice.

Wharfedale's Diamond 8 series represents nothing short of a revolution in audio. Wharfedale's unique bidirectional Kevlar weave creates a cone that can start and stop in an instant, conveying detail and resolution that will amaze even the most skeptical listener. Coupled with the most refined Ferro-fluid-cooled, neodymium-powered, textile tweeter in its class, the Diamond 8.4 has it all: detail, dynamics, one of the most impressive soundstages you will ever hear (at any price), and the ability to generate the kind of excitement and musical involvement that many who spend 100 times as much on their loudspeakers would envy.

The Diamond 8.4 includes a dedicated bass driver and large cabinet enclosure to deliver impressive bass for its size. ... Read more

Features

  • Two 6.5-inch Kevlar woofers, 1-inch silk-dome tweeter per speaker
  • 86 dB sensitivity
  • 20 to 150 watts recommended power (per channel)
  • 6 ohms impedance
  • 30 to 20,000 Hz frequency response

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Sound Staging!
Bought it December last year, been listening to 8.4s since the purchased date and it sounds more better each day. I tried max volume of up to -20dB on a Yamaha RX-V640 and I'm please with what sound and detail it produced. Even with different genre Jazz, Classical, Rock, Pop, R&B, etc. The bottomline is that this speakers are professional performers.

Though it takes sometime to break-in, listening to it out-of-the-box will annoy your ear, it's muddy at first power-up then became nicer and nicer. The grills are flimsy but for the price this speaker are really best buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance (especially for the Sale price).
I got these babies about 2 weeks ago from Amazon.
They are not as compact as I thought.
I think that this is an excellent speaker for the price I paid (400$ / Pair), but I don't think spending the original price (600$) is reasonable, and not because of sound quality.
Actually I haven't decided if I'm going to keep mine or not.
I live in Oklahoma and it's very difficult to buy speakers over here, because you don't have selection of speakers that you can audit.
I love British speakers and they are very expansive in the States.
Let's get to business: sound quality is superb. Very effective and punchy low end without neglecting the high end which performs great clarity and a very open sound.
Bi-Amping is significantly, unbelievably effective. I did it with a pretty powerful NAD receiver and the compatible power amp. Amazing sound and capability.
The negative side (critical to me but does not effect the rate, just because of the price I paid): UK speakers which are made in China, I don't think that this is suitable for speakers (and I didn't notice any comment regarding that on Amazon), terrible grills - I don't know how long they will last, also I don't like the finish (vinyl that I'm not sure how durable it will be and how they will look like in few years).
Bottom Line: great sound but still hesitating due to the built quality, I'm eager to get something like Monitor Audio Silver 6/8 or the astonishing Wharfedale Pacific Evo 30 but they are more than twice the price I paid and I'm not sure that the sound is any better.
If you can compromise about the built and you get them, try Bi-Amping with quality compatible Amps and you get a high end sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound, great value
It's somewhat hard to describe the sound quality of a speaker in words -- it's kind of like when people wax poetic about a fine wine.
So, I'll cut to the bottom line: I have been very pleased with my Diamond 8.4s. At this price point, nothing comes close to the combination of outstanding sound quality, build quality, and good looks. If I had to do it over again, there is no question I'd go with Wharfedale.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great speaker !!!
Great speaker indeed with wide freq response...downto 30Hz (at par with the EVO40). Three things that I could not figure out on the Diamond 8.4 (not in any specs):
- are the Kevlar treated or untreated ? Untreated Kevlar can degrade significantly overtime under UV lights
- what are the crossover frequencies for the drivers ?
- are Diamond 8.4's internal connections came with Monster Cable XP ?

Other than that, the Diamond 8.4 is surely a winner. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best in Class...
The Diamond series from Wharfedale has been winning a number of awards and getting excellent reviews. The 8.4 too is definitely the best floorstanding speaker you can buy at this price point.

With smooth mids and highs, it never sounds too bright or "in-your-face". Also, the dual woofers (one more than the 8.3s) ensure ample bass...

The only negative I can come up with is their low sensitivity (86 db) - so you will need a decent amp to power them! ... Read more


13. Wharfedale LoudMan Portable Stereo Speaker System (Limeade Yellow)
list price: $49.99
our price: $39.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008ZPIC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 17723
Average Customer Review: 3.07 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket, yet powerful enough to fill a room with sound, the LoudMan portable powered speaker system is all that's needed for a laptop, portable CD player, minidisc, or MP3 device. LoudMan provides superb stereo sound from powered speakers in a shell no bigger than a double-CD case. Wharfedale's use of NXT surface sound technology allows for small, thin speakers whose quality is far superior to the traditional small multimedia units that most people are familiar with. A built-in amplifier will accept a signal from any .125-inch minijack stereo output (cable provided), and dramatically improves listening experience, whether you're listening to a personal stereo with friends, giving a multimedia presentation, playing a games console, or just reviewing your latest MP3 downloads.

LoudMan uses innovative NXT technology to produce a diffuse sound. Rather than producing directional, coherent waves like standard stereo loudspeakers, NXT panels produce sound from their entire surface. This means the sound is more ambient in nature, having a number of significant benefits, including a more even sound pattern throughout the room. The sound doesn't get louder and quieter as traditional loudspeakers do when you move in and out of their interference patterns. Rather, each listener will hear the same sound, wherever they are in the vicinity.

Supplied complete with a built-in low-consumption amplifier, the LoudMan can be battery powered (it uses 4 AA batteries, supplied) or used with an optional 6V DC adapter. The LoudMan carrying case stores one LoudMan system, a connecting cable, and six compact discs. ... Read more

Features

  • LoudMan portable powered speaker system for your laptop, portable CD player, minidisc, or MP3 device
  • NXT flat-panel speaker technology disperses sound clearly and evenly on just 2 watts per channel
  • Uses built-in amplifier with stereo minijack input
  • Includes audio cable and 4 AA batteries, storage holds 6 compact discs
  • Runs for 4 hours at full power

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good sound for what it is.....
So these speakers don't have earth shattering bass like my living room stereo, but, for what they are they have a pretty decent sound, not as tinny as some reviews said. The bass is there, just not really floor shaking. I originally ordered the platinum but settled for the limeade yellow when the other took too long to even get shipped. Hey, these don't look too bad! They are a nice shade of yellow and not too bright. These will be used solely for trips to the wilderness, to the beach, or on vacation where the portables would be taken along. Batteries are simple to install, although it took a minute to figure out how to open the door to put them in. The power switch is located below the line in and is hard to reach if you have big fingers and aren't looking at it. It comes with the batteries (4-AA) and the connector cable for your devices. There is no manual included, but the set up is pretty much a 'no-brainer'. These are not meant to be used as primary speakers, but are portable, to be used when the situation calls for it. Overall, I think this portable speaker system will serve its purpose and I am pleased with them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great NXT speakers
Great product for portable music players. I have one and the sound quality is very good. Even better if you have an MP3 player with a graphic equaliser as it allows you to fine tune the sound.

Much less tiring to listen to than other alternatives I have tried. Battery life is very good as well.

They are very good value for money.

1-0 out of 5 stars these are the worst speakers ever
I bought these speakers hoping that they would produce sound better than the internal speakers on my HP laptop. It turned out that these pretty speakers were far worse, having no bass at all and lots of static. After having the speakers turned on for more than 2 hours, the battery life was nearly wasted, as was indicated by the waning clarity and volume of the music. If you want to spend $40 on a decent-sounding pair of speakers, I would recommend going for the conventional ones made by Creative or Altec-Lansing. I personally returned these, and went for some $80 speakers made by Creative, which are just phenomenal.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I'm not a heavy rocker type but these just don't put out enough sound to enjoy the music. The sound is easily overcome by ambient noise.

Too bad. It's a great concept but unless you're looking for "music to fall asleep by" pass these up.

NOTE: Amazon will also charge you to return them. I would suggest you try a reputable stereo establishment that will stand behind their offerings.

1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of Crap
Worthless sound, weak and distorted. I waited 2 months for these with great anticipation but I am sorry now. I recomend you look elsewhere. Oh yea, they are bigger than I thought they would be as well. ... Read more


14. Wharfedale Diamond 8.4 Floor Standing Loudspeaker, Black Ash (Single)
list price: $299.99
our price: $274.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000065USR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 9816
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Amazon.com Product Description

Wharfedale's Diamond 8.4 speakers have totally redefined the expectations for sound and appearance at their price. "The hi-fi products of the decade," raved the U.K.'s HiFi World. "The most amazing loudspeakers for 25 years," said Ken Kessler of Hi-Fi News. No longer will sloppy drive units, poor build quality, and single-wire terminals suffice--even in budget loudspeakers. If you are serious about sound but restricted by cost, there is no other choice.

Wharfedale's Diamond 8 series represents nothing short of a revolution in audio. Wharfedale's unique bidirectional Kevlar weave creates a cone that can start and stop in an instant, conveying detail and resolution that will amaze even the most skeptical listener. Coupled with the most refined Ferro-fluid-cooled, neodymium-powered, textile tweeter in its class, the Diamond 8.4 has it all: detail, dynamics, one of the most impressive soundstages you will ever hear (at any price), and the ability to generate the kind of excitement and musical involvement that many who spend 100 times as much on their loudspeakers would envy.

The Diamond 8.4 includes a dedicated bass driver and large cabinet enclosure to deliver impressive bass for its size. ... Read more

Features

  • Two 6.5-inch Kevlar woofers, 1-inch silk-dome tweeter per speaker
  • 86 dB sensitivity
  • 20 to 150 watts recommended power (per channel)
  • 6 ohms impedance
  • 30 to 20,000 Hz frequency response

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Sound Staging!
Bought it December last year, been listening to 8.4s since the purchased date and it sounds more better each day. I tried max volume of up to -20dB on a Yamaha RX-V640 and I'm please with what sound and detail it produced. Even with different genre Jazz, Classical, Rock, Pop, R&B, etc. The bottomline is that this speakers are professional performers.

Though it takes sometime to break-in, listening to it out-of-the-box will annoy your ear, it's muddy at first power-up then became nicer and nicer. The grills are flimsy but for the price this speaker are really best buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance (especially for the Sale price).
I got these babies about 2 weeks ago from Amazon.
They are not as compact as I thought.
I think that this is an excellent speaker for the price I paid (400$ / Pair), but I don't think spending the original price (600$) is reasonable, and not because of sound quality.
Actually I haven't decided if I'm going to keep mine or not.
I live in Oklahoma and it's very difficult to buy speakers over here, because you don't have selection of speakers that you can audit.
I love British speakers and they are very expansive in the States.
Let's get to business: sound quality is superb. Very effective and punchy low end without neglecting the high end which performs great clarity and a very open sound.
Bi-Amping is significantly, unbelievably effective. I did it with a pretty powerful NAD receiver and the compatible power amp. Amazing sound and capability.
The negative side (critical to me but does not effect the rate, just because of the price I paid): UK speakers which are made in China, I don't think that this is suitable for speakers (and I didn't notice any comment regarding that on Amazon), terrible grills - I don't know how long they will last, also I don't like the finish (vinyl that I'm not sure how durable it will be and how they will look like in few years).
Bottom Line: great sound but still hesitating due to the built quality, I'm eager to get something like Monitor Audio Silver 6/8 or the astonishing Wharfedale Pacific Evo 30 but they are more than twice the price I paid and I'm not sure that the sound is any better.
If you can compromise about the built and you get them, try Bi-Amping with quality compatible Amps and you get a high end sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound, great value
It's somewhat hard to describe the sound quality of a speaker in words -- it's kind of like when people wax poetic about a fine wine.
So, I'll cut to the bottom line: I have been very pleased with my Diamond 8.4s. At this price point, nothing comes close to the combination of outstanding sound quality, build quality, and good looks. If I had to do it over again, there is no question I'd go with Wharfedale.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great speaker !!!
Great speaker indeed with wide freq response...downto 30Hz (at par with the EVO40). Three things that I could not figure out on the Diamond 8.4 (not in any specs):
- are the Kevlar treated or untreated ? Untreated Kevlar can degrade significantly overtime under UV lights
- what are the crossover frequencies for the drivers ?
- are Diamond 8.4's internal connections came with Monster Cable XP ?

Other than that, the Diamond 8.4 is surely a winner. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best in Class...
The Diamond series from Wharfedale has been winning a number of awards and getting excellent reviews. The 8.4 too is definitely the best floorstanding speaker you can buy at this price point.

With smooth mids and highs, it never sounds too bright or "in-your-face". Also, the dual woofers (one more than the 8.3s) ensure ample bass...

The only negative I can come up with is their low sensitivity (86 db) - so you will need a decent amp to power them! ... Read more


15. Wharfedale Diamond 8.3 Floor-Standing Loudspeakers (Maple, Pair)
list price: $349.99
our price: $349.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005IA33
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 24866
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Hands-On Review

Wharfedale's Diamond 7 series was a marvel of quality and affordability. With the Diamond 8s, however, the UK speaker manufacturer took both characteristics to the next level, enhancing sound quality and improving on the speakers' looks while keeping the prices remarkably affordable. The floorstanding Diamond 8.3 (also available in black ash) is a typically solid entry, taking the punchy and dynamic 8.2 bookshelf design and giving it greater mass and accordingly deeper bass. The speakers derive extra low-end heft from their ability to push air from their tuned, front-panel ports.

Our listening revealed taut, punchy sound with dramatically smooth midrange frequencies and detailed but never excessive or harsh-sounding treble. So you'll hear all the nuance of sticks on cymbals, but the crashing won't rip your ears off. Fittingly, voices and acoustic instruments sounded especially lush and realistic owing to the 8.3s' beautiful midrange, while the bass ran surprisingly deep for speakers using only a single 6.5-inch woofer each (the rated frequency response is 40 to 20,000 Hz).

The speakers owe a lot of their clarity and openness to their textile tweeters and woven Kevlar woofers. The tweeters are 1-inch silk-dome, ferrofluid-cooled drivers powered by a strong, neodymium magnet for speed and accuracy. Kevlar is said to be self-damping, a fact that would grant the woofers high rigidity and easy movement--a terrific recipe for dynamic sound from even wimpy amplifiers. And, indeed, it doesn't take much to make these speakers sing. Anything from 20 watts-per-channel integrated amplifiers to 85 wpc surround receivers will make a good fit, though be warned that the speakers are rated for use only to 120 wpc.

An especially choice feature of the 8.3s is their dual, gold-plated speaker terminals, which let you power each driver independently if desired, a process known as biwiring. (The speakers come with jumpers to allow standard wiring; remove the jumpers to biwire.) Whether you use separate mono-block amps for each speaker or merely use your receiver's A and B speaker outputs to power the tweeters and woofers, respectively--with set A for the tweeters, set B for the woofers--extra cable required!--you'll hear a little extra clarity, openness, and even frequency extension since the amplifier is focused only on a given driver's needs at any given moment. (Think: division of labor.)

The speakers' low end was not as rich, powerful, or as even as you'd find in a more expensive speaker with additional drivers or more sophisticated engineering (Wharfedale's wonderful Emerald 97, for instance)--but for at this price, the performance is exceptional. We recommend placement at least one foot from any room boundary, and the closer you can get to putting three feet between the 8.3s and your walls, the better, in our experience--though the port's front-panel positioning allows closer wall placement than would a rear port.

Each of the speakers in the Diamond 8 line uses the same tweeter and cone material for perfect timbral matching, so you can use the 8.3s for either stereo or surround-sound applications, enlisting Diamond 8.1s or 8.2s as surround speakers and the Diamond Center for a center-channel speaker.

--Michael Mikesell

Pros:

  • High value
  • Genuinely good, balanced sound overall
  • Attractive design
  • Excellent midrange reproduction (voices, etc.)
  • High sensitivity/easily driven
  • Biwirable for cleaner sound

Cons:

  • Slightly tubby bass

What's in the Box
Two speakers, speaker grilles, speaker-terminal jumpers (for non-biwired applications), wood-plate "feet," a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Pair of floorstanding speakers (31.5 inches high)
  • 20 to 120 watts recommended power (per channel)
  • 6.5-inch Kevlar woofers, 1-inch silk-dome tweeter
  • 86 dB sensitivity; 6-ohm impedance
  • Maple finish

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars I am surprised and happy with it
Actually, I just wanted to upgrade my Technics 770 mini-system to something more. And didn't wait anything great for such price... I bought pair of Wharfedale 8.3 for about $220. And was surprised on it's clear and strong sound (reciever Kenwood 8060). May be bass isn't enough for movies, but I think subwoofer can easily solve this problem. Movies are 5.1, aren't they :) I think it's really good choise for it's price segment.

P.S.: Sorry for terrible english, not my native language.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great speaker, great price.
For the price, I truely believe you cannot beat a set of Wharfedale speakers. I considered purchasing the 8.4 model (the only difference is a second driver on each speaker), but for the small listening area I have, one driver per speaker, coupled with a good external powered subwoofer is more then enough. So, unless you're trying to power quite a large area, you should be fine with the more economical 8.3 model. The sound from these speakers is as excellent as the marketing materials claim, and they handle a lot of power with ease. I've bought all wharedale speakers to create my surround sound environment, and I'm much happier with the result than a lot of my friends who bought much more expensive all-Sony set-ups. In fact, some of my friends with much higher priced equipment have remarked that they wished they'd heard the wharfedale setup before blowing the extra money. Definitely a great buy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent speakers
I agree with James Michalak's review and give these speakers 4 stars. I was looking at surround sound speaker sets: either cubes and a sub or "real" speakers. I purchased the Wharfedale Diamond 8.3 towers, the Wharfedale Diamond centre, the Wharfedale Diamond 8.1's for the rear, and a Paradigm subwoofer.

I wanted our speakers to do double duty: movies and CD's. The speakers perform admirably in both. For the price the sound is superb; the highs and mids are crystal clear and the bass is punchy and fast.

It is true that you won't get copious amounts of bass from the 6.5 inch woofers. However, what you will get is accurate sound reproduction. Our music tastes range from AD/DC to jazz and classical. We can "crank" the volume to an almost uncomfortable level on our AC/DC and have ample bass, as can we on our classical, jazz etc. The key is to not adjust the bass control on the receiver beyond the mid or neutral point. Beyond that there is too much bass anyway. In addition, speaker placement makes a difference too. We experimented for a few days before finding the best distance from the corners and furniture.

Where the bass is somewhat inadequate is in surround sound movies, but then that is what the subwoofer is for. In the first two Lord of the Rings DVD's there are parts with deep and prolonged bass. Again the speakers can do the job, but they really benefit from the subwoofer for the lowest, house shaking lows.

In the end, you can probably buy cheaper, higher bass producing speakers than the 8.3's. However, what you gain in bass you may likely lose in accurate and clear sound. These are excellent consumer level speakers with a very reasonable price (in fact, all 6 speakers cost less than some of those cubes/subwoofer sets). If you don't want to take up huge floorspace with giant towers, but still want a quality sounding speaker, these speakers should be on your potential purchase list. The longer we have them, the better they sound.

2-0 out of 5 stars Highly over-rated 8.3's
I bought Wharfedale 8.3 for $ 200 after reading all these reviews last year. I paired it with HK AVR 51 amp, and Marantz CD player. Just yesterday I finally go so pissed off with the wharfedale that I went and picked up infinity Studio Monitor SM 205's. They are an older model which they dont make any more but I got it unused from a store. And what a difference. the wharfedale could not handle bass, and music with fast heavy bass. The kevlar woofer in fact does not even recover from its instroke in time to start the next outstroke of bass. And mine is perfectly fine, no damages. Wharfedale is a sweet sounding speaker if you listen to only norah jones, and at low volumes.try switching it to a infinity sm 205 to really hear quality music, the frequency highs and lows, in pure, unrestrained way.no comparison, i really dont know why people are raving so much abt wharfedales. i will now have to donate my wharfedale to someone, since if i play it together with infinity, it is distorting the quality of infinity sound too. i myself believed that wharfedale was very good, till i noticed it was not taking bass at good volumes. try with Shaggy.now i really know the difference, and also the fact that it is not for someone for whom music matters a lot.

4-0 out of 5 stars bang for your buck
bought these when amazon had 'em [on sale]--inexplicably they went back up in price... For [the amoutn I paid], i can't complain, they're great as the left and right fronts for my home theater system (using a Yamaha HTR-5550 receiver, energy s8.2 sub, 2 cheapie KLH's for rears and a wharfedale diamond center channel). the manual is very skimpy, if that matters to you. the grill is pretty cheap and flimsy, as stated by others.
The sound is very rich, reproducing effective lows and highs. I'd highly recommend it... ... Read more


16. Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Compact Speakers - Pair - Cherry

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Asin: B00077DNGY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 29786
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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What Hi-Fi? "Product of the Year" Speakers

Wharfedale's Diamond 9.1 compact speakers aren't just a favorite with our customers. These gems won the coveted "Product of the Year" award in the loudspeaker category from Englandâs What Hi-Fi? magazine.

The special Awards 2004 issue marvels, "The balance of the speakers is their finest characteristic. Thanks to their near-perfect driver integration, music sounds wonderfully natural and transparent, especially when the 9.1s are bi-wired."

"One of the Most Electrifying Speakers... Ever"

According to What Hi-Fi?, "Our only complaint of any substance is that we can't find anything to complain about. You're looking at one of the most electrifying speakers we've ever come across at this price point."

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5-0 out of 5 stars Took a chance ...
based on the reviews and was pleasantly surprised. These speakers are very clean and transparent (amazing amounts of detail) and are well-controlled in the frequency extremes. The soundstage is quite good.

They perform very well in my modest system: Pioneer A400X, Sony CDP 715E, decent speaker stands. Excellent for the money. ... Read more


17. Wharfedale Crystal Center Channel Speaker
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0002CK8H6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 46412
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New Crystal series speakers from Wharfedale. Exceptionally clean, refined sound which combines cutting-edge technology, materials and manufacturing techniques with age-old crafts and skills learned throughout Wharfedale's seventy years at the forefront of acoustic engineering. The Crystal series uses Wharfedale's newest cone material, Hot Compacted Woven Polypropylene (HCWPP). When formed into a cone, HCWPP exhibits incredible strength, impact resistance and has better self-damping properties than Kevlar. Maple finish with black grill cloth. One year manufacturer's warranty. Free UPS Ground shipping! (within contiguous USA) ... Read more

Features

  • 1" textile dome tweeter; two 4" HCWPP woofers
  • Frequency Response: 60Hz - 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 86dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 6 ohms
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 25 - 100 watts

18. Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Compact Speakers - Pair - Black

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Asin: B0007852US
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 21128
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Product Description

Image shown with silver finish

What Hi-Fi? "Product of the Year" Speakers

Wharfedale's Diamond 9.1 compact speakers aren't just a favorite with our customers. These gems won the coveted "Product of the Year" award in the loudspeaker category from Englandâs What Hi-Fi? magazine.

The special Awards 2004 issue marvels, "The balance of the speakers is their finest characteristic. Thanks to their near-perfect driver integration, music sounds wonderfully natural and transparent, especially when the 9.1s are bi-wired."

"One of the Most Electrifying Speakers... Ever"

According to What Hi-Fi?, "Our only complaint of any substance is that we can't find anything to complain about. You're looking at one of the most electrifying speakers we've ever come across at this price point."

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19. Wharfedale 150 Watt, 10-Inch Powered Subwoofer - Rosewood

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Asin: B0007Q3UQS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Sales Rank: 73187
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50-67% Off Wharfedale 150-Watt, 10-Inch Sub

Legendary Wharfedale sound was never more affordable in a quality powered subwoofer than with the PC DX10. It features a built-in 150-watt amplifier and a highly responsive 10" driver for superb low frequency reproduction down to 32 Hz.

The Wharfedale's high-power internal amplifier is very efficient. It's custom designed to handle the impedance and frequency characteristics needed for the kind of accurate subsonics that bring movies and music to life.

Convenient Auto Power Sensing Feature

The DX10's auto-power feature senses when a signal is sent to the subwoofer and automatically switches on the built-in amplifier. If no signal is detected for a period of 15 minutes, the subwoofer automatically switches back to standby mode. Now that's convenience.

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