An TechnoVolume Exclusive available in this premium finish, the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 bookshelf speakers offer exceptional detail and impressive dynamics complete with stylish rosewood cabinets for a performance expected of a far more expensive speaker. At 25% of the RRP, these speakers are now exclusive to TechnoVolume in the Australia.
The Wharfedale Diamond range speakers need little introduction – the Diamond range has had almost three decades of supremacy and has received numerous international awards and sold over 1 million pairs worldwide.
Based on the hugely successful 9.1s, the cabinet of the Wharfedale 10.1 has been completely rebuilt, the curved sides have been strengthened with greater internal bracing. The cabinet walls are prevented from flexing or bending during operation so the output is pure and unadulterated.
Mature sound for the money
From a design perspective, although the Wharfedales don’t have the polished appearance of Monitor Audio’s Bronze BX2s and feel cheaper in the flesh, their design isn’t exactly drab.
The Diamonds boast a curved cabinet, which helps to minimise unwanted internal interference, and even the surround of the Kevlar mid/bass driver has a moulded pattern to help reduce the effects of standing waves.
Consequently, the Wharfedales produce a surprisingly mature sound for the money. Listen to Ellie Goulding’s Starry Eyed and her dulcet tones are beautifully reproduced in a sweet-sounding and natural manner.
The track flows along smoothly and the speakers display a great sense of timing; there’s a neatness and simplicity to the delivery that makes the Wharfedales extremely easy to listen to.
The fact that you don’t find yourself drawn to either the bass or treble of these speakers is testament to their even tonal balance.
Integration between the Kevlar mid/bass driver and the soft dome tweeter is seamless, leading to a cohesive sound – and it’s this consistency across the frequency range that gives the Wharfedales a slight edge over some of their rivals.
Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 – Construction
The Wharfedale 10.1s also benefit from improved individual drivers. A redesigned tweeter produces cleaner and smoother high frequencies thanks to the extra diffuser grille while the mid-bass driver gives natural sound at all volumes.
These Diamond 10.1 speakers have a rosewood cabinet with a smart piano gloss black front. Magnetic grille ports means there are no unsightly peg holes exposed when the grille is removed.
Versatile and ready to do justice
On the whole, the 10.1s are versatile enough to do justice to a wide variety of music, and they’re relatively unfussy about positioning, too.
Even with the twin, rear-firing bass ports, low frequencies stay relatively taut when the speakers are up against a wall – there’s a slight loss of cohesion and stereo imaging, but nothing too serious.
Every aspect of their delivery is controlled, but not to the point where music feels held back. The leading edges of notes are presented confidently and with precision.
While you can’t argue with the level of control and transparency on offer, it has to be said that the 10.1s don’t quite match the leading rivals for excitement.
The sense of scale and grandeur when faced with a heavyweight classical track such as The Battle taken from the Gladiator OST doesn’t have the same impact as it does when heard through the likes of the the class leaders.
There’s still plenty to admire in the way the Diamond 10.1s perform, but the emergence of some seriously talented rivals – such as the Arcaydis DM1 and Monitor Audio BX2 – has slightly taken the shine off this Award-winning speaker.
The attention to detail runs down to the premium gold plated contact points, bridging strips and the offset angles of the bi-wireable terminals giving your speaker cable or plugs the best possible connection.
Through all this, Wharfedale ensures the Diamond 10.1 speakers present the best and most cohesive performance for your money.