Product Type: Wharfedale speakers
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Great sounding speakers for little money
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1
Member Name: amazingtrade
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1
Advantages: Sound in a different league to most cheap speakers
Disadvantages: Need more expensive partner kit than most cheap speakers
I bought these to replaced old Eltax speakers which fell of their stands when a large book shelf collapsed and crushed them.
They are extremely well built with Kevlar drive units and very high quality tweeters for the higher end. These speakers have a relaxed and restrained sound which means if they are not positioned properly they will sound very dull and lifeless. With proper stands in the correct position the sound is transformed. They become alive with bass lines being extremely punchy and perfectly timed. The vocals are clear and open and the treble is detailed yet very refined - rare on budget speakers.
The problem with these speakers is they need a decent HIFI system to make them sound good, most £100 speakers sound quite bright which means they sound good on almost anything these have a much more expensive tonal balance which means you need decent kit to be able to get the most out of them. The sound also takes a while to grow on you, they took about 20 hours to burn in and out of the box you may well be disappointed but just be patient the soundstage which emerges will quickly transform you from your listening room to being at the front of the stage or recording studio.
They also sound a lot better when the volume is pumped up, they suddenly come into life and force you to dance.
I only bought these as they were 'half price' in the sale but the money I don't think I could have got anything better. I mainly use my Grado headphones so the speakers tend to be only be used before I go out on a Saturday night or when friends are round.
They don't sound as lively as my old Eltax speakers but they are much easier to listen to, the old speakers tended to force the detail out which robbed them of their musicality. The 9.1s just sing and they let you forget you are listening to the music from a record which is what true HIFI should be all about.
Summary: A great buy but I wonder if those with decent equipment should spend a lot more than £100?
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