Wharfedale Diamond 220

The Wharfedale Diamond 220 speakers are back in stock and ready for immediate shipping.

The Diamond 200 boasts the latest in hi-fi technology to produce a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. Foremost in the design criteria for Diamond 200 is the ongoing research into loudspeaker driver sound quality. The Diamond Series utilises our famous woven Kevlar® cone drawing influence from the flagship Jade Series. Semi-elliptical ‘break-up’ areas on the Kevlar® woofer smooth the response through the audible range and the cone edges are treated with a unique diamond moulding.

For Diamond 200 series Wharfedale’s engineers have refined and updated this design and drive unit motor systems have been redefined with more power with greater efficiency. Larger magnets for instance on the Diamond 220 create a greater sensitivity compared with previous loudspeakers.

The treble unit uses a sheer fabric dome and advanced ferrite magnet system, surrounded by a carefully crafted wave guide that encourages outstanding midrange performance too.

Improved Cabinet Construction

Cabinet materials have taken a leaf out of the extensive research that resulted in the advanced Jade series. Even the appearance is improved with new, lacquered front baffles and cosmetically enhanced veneers.

Cabinet walls and internal bracing developed using Wharfedale’s latest ‘Virtual Speaker ’ software, with the help of Delayed Cumulative Spectral Analysis that ruthlessly reveals panel coloration in all its forms. Using this technique Wharfedale engineers updated the cabinet combining layers of particle board and MDF bonded in a unique structure to damp annoying High-Q resonances and block internal sound leakage. The effect is that the ‘noise’ from cabinet walls is buried more than 35dB below the driver output. The same computer modeling also assists in fine tuning the crossover while ensuring the speaker projects both on and off-axis for an enjoyable, room-filling experience.

Slot-loaded Distributed Port

Exiting at the base of the speaker cabinet, the reflex port is loaded by a slot created by the plinth. This equalises the air pressure to mimic that inside the cabinet allowing smooth transition between the pressure variation in the cabinet and the low frequency sound developed in the room.

Tuned For Your Living Room

Hundreds of hours of listening tests have resulted in refinements to the crossover systems to yield greater attack, dynamics and musical enjoyment in conjunction with the neutrality and startling realism that is a Wharfedale tradition. Although computer modeling is a valuable tool in modern loudspeaker production, it is a combination of our engineers experience and passion for music that results in such an enjoyable loudspeaker.

In the final evaluation weeks are spent fine tuning the acoustic performance using a wide variety of music in Wharfedale’s five listening rooms, each of which mimics the kind of domestic environments the Diamond Series are likely to be used in. Only when the acoustic tests are deemed truly satisfying are the loudspeaker designs signed-off for production, ensuring that each speaker model fulfils its eventual owner’s dreams of musically enjoyable reproduction from Britain’s Most Famous Loudspeakers.


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