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Wharfedale Diamond 11.0 Bookshelf Speakers.
Since 1981, Wharfedale’s famous Diamond speakers have served as the classic entry point to true high-fidelity sound, their exceptional value for money earning numerous ‘product of the year’ awards in the UK and around the world. Now, with the introduction of the all-new Diamond 11 Series, Wharfedale has once again raised the bar for affordable, high-performance loudspeakers.
The most immediately obvious change is a return to the elegantly curved cabinet sides made famous by the Diamond 9 and Diamond 10 ranges, which yielded What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year Awards in 2005 and 2009 for the Diamond 9.1 and 10.1 respectively.
For the Diamond 11 Series, Wharfedale’s engineers have refined the multi-layer sandwich of woods of differing density to subdue the identifiable characteristics of the cabinet ‘sound’ and so let the drive units speak for themselves. Critical bracing of the cabinet panels, together with the curving of the cabinet walls to provide a non-boxy shape, have reduced resonances more than 25dB below the driver outputs. In addition, the cabinet walls are lined with a specially developed internal fibre which has been chosen because of its outstanding absorbent qualities across a wide bandwidth.
The result is that the listener hears the drive unit output unsullied by unwanted colorations caused by panel vibration or internal resonances, revealing more of the detail of the musical performance from an affordable speaker range with a distinctly premium look and sound.
The latest generation of Diamond speakers includes design elements never previously seen at such affordable price points. At the start of the design process, Wharfedale’s engineers went back to basics to create a loudspeaker system that would once again revolutionise this sector of the hi-fi market and bring high-end performance – and style – within reach of many music lovers, not just the wealthy few.
Configuration 2-way bookshelf
Enclosure type Bass reflex (slot- loaded)
Bass/mid driver 100mm woven Kevlar
Tweeter 25mm textile dome
Recommended amp power 15-75W
Nominal impedance 8 Ohms compatible
Frequency response 75Hz-20kHz
Cabinet volume 3.95L
Dimensions (HxWxD) 255x155x165mm
Weight (each) 3.1kg