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Wharfedale Diamond 220

Bookshelf speakers (Rosewood Quilted)

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Overview

Our take on the Wharfedale Diamond 220

Fun geological fact: diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth. Fun audio fact: Wharfedale's Diamond 220 bookshelf speakers deliver true high-fidelity sound at a price that's hard to believe, especially when paired with a high-current amplifier.

A gem of a speaker

Fun geological fact: diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth. Fun audio fact: Wharfedale's Diamond 220 bookshelf speakers deliver true high-fidelity sound at a price that's hard to believe, especially when paired with a high-current amplifier.

High-quality drivers

Each Diamond 220 speaker packs a powerful sonic punch. A 5-1/8" woven Kevlar® woofer complements a 1" soft dome tweeter, creating ear-pleasing full-range sound. The 220s' compact size lets you place them on your desk, on a shelf, or on speaker stands for a neat, clean presentation. 

Wharfedale Diamond 220 Bookshelf speakers

The Wharfedale Diamond 220's cabinet features thick walls and internal bracing to reduce vibrations and acoustic distortions.

Solid construction

Wharfedale paid special attention to the design of the 220s' speaker enclosures. They used advanced computer modeling to craft non-resonant cabinets with stiff walls and robust internal bracing. A slot-loaded port reinforces bass performance.

Bi-amp or bi-wire for even better sound

On the back of each speaker you'll find two sets of speaker input terminals. These let you bi-amp or bi-wire your speakers to get the best sound out of them. 

Ideal for music or movies

The Diamond 220s are an excellent choice for a stereo music system. They deliver solid, accurate bass response — a feature that's sometimes challenging for bookshelf speakers.

If you really love bass, or plan to use these speakers as the front or surround channels of a Wharfedale home theater system, pair the 220s with a powered subwoofer for deeper low-end extension.

Build a full system

Pair the 220s with other models from the Diamond 200 series for voice-matched sound:
Center channel: Diamond 220C or Diamond 240C
Bookshelf speakers: Diamond 210 or Diamond 225
Floor-standing speakers: Diamond 230Diamond 240, or Diamond 250

Product Highlights:

  • pair of bookshelf speakers for music or home theater
  • 1" soft dome tweeter
  • 5-1/8" woven Kevlar woofer
  • frequency response: 56-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 25-100 watts
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • impedance: 8 ohms
  • bass reflex design with slot-loaded port
  • binding posts accept pins, banana connectors, or bare wire
  • two sets of input terminals allow bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • removable grilles
  • 6-7/8"W x 12-7/16"H x 10-1/16"D
  • weight: 11.7 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Tweeter grilles (installed)
  • 2 Woofer grilles (installed)
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • 4 Jumper bars (pre-installed)
  • User's Manual
  • Installation Guide

A little larger than I wanted but great sound for my old ears and a great upgrade from my twenty year old Yamaha's.

Harry, Pensacola, FL

Reviews

Wharfedale Diamond 220 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

Dull and Disappointing

David from Wilmington, NC on 11/29/2018

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I recently moved to a smaller space and bought these to use in my much smaller listening room. I had high hopes for the Diamond 220s based on reviews and the recommendation from the Crutchfield customer service rep. I found these speakers to be incredibly dull and lacking in the mids and highs. Vocals, especially female, sounded muffled. Acoustic guitar and mandolin had no ring or sustain. Percussion had no crispness or attack...... There were instruments in recordings that I just could not hear through these speakers. Miles' trumpet and Joni's voice caused one tweeter to make a sizzling sound. Surprisingly the bass was adequate. They were very inefficient compared to my other 86db speakers and needed a lot of power from my Musical Fidelity M3si to get them to acceptable levels. I was truly flabbergasted at how much I disliked these speakers. FWIW, I gave them about 14 hours of break in/play time before boxing them up and getting an RA from Crutchfield.

Pros: On sale.

Cons: Dull Inefficient Unrealistic instrument reproduction Muffled tone

Wharfedale Diamonds are Diamonds

John from Glen Rock, PA on 11/21/2018

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Bought for downsizing to a much smaller listening environment, I pro-con'd about 10 competing speakers in general "bookshelf" size and cost and bought these over the rave reviewed Elac's and others. As described, and every makers self described attributes are always 'fantastic', their imaging is excellent for bookshelf range with a wide tonal range, perhaps a bit bass shy, but I'd have to say that for all speakers of this size. The bottom port takes away some of the consideration of placement near a wall also. Exterior finish is also excellent, I bought the Rosewood veneer, obviously not solid wood, but beautiful in the traditional vein. In fact, since I mainly listen to my music in surround- 5.1 or quad, I bought a matching set for the rears. I am well pleased with their performance.

Pros: Great tonal range and quality components.

Cons: Any "Cons" would increase the cost noticeably.

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Harry from Pensacola, FL on 8/12/2018

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A little larger than I wanted but great sound for my old ears and a great upgrade from my twenty year old Yamaha's.

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Great Quality

Tammy from South Amherst, OH on 3/29/2018

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Bought these for my son-in-law who is a music fanatic. He is over the moon with them!

Pros: Easy order, delivery, set up and awesome sound

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Crutchfield customer from Santa Rosa, CA on 1/26/2018

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I like these speakers to start. I didn't know what to expect from such a small package. These replaced free standing Klipsch speakers from the 90's. When first turned on the speakers were off, not a good soft full body sound but as they broke in over the next couple minutes and days they have turned out to be really impressive. Mid range voice is much clear over my older speakers. The base is not as full but I would expect that. Very impressed and very happy, I recommend these to anyone who wants a book shelf sized speaker.

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Sound great, look great

Nadine from Austin, TX on 1/4/2018

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Great sound and great looks for the price. I bought these as a Christmas present for my husband and he's in love with them.

Pros: Sound quality Pearled walnut finish is pretty Easy to set up

Cons: Nothing I can think of.

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william from Sparta, WI on 1/2/2018

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Great speaker easy hookup sounds great

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stephen from Hallandale, FL on 12/17/2017

I purchased my 220's a year ago. I love them. They put out great sound! I did plenty of research - What Hi Fi! rated these as best speaker in their price range in 2014. The sound is clear and precise. A great value!

Pros: Clean & Crisp sound Bi-Amp capable Well made

Cons: None

These can't be bookshelf speakers, can they?

Rick from Iowa City, IA on 12/8/2017

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Bookshelf speakers? Hard to believe that's true. Incredible fidelity and response for what is sold as a bookshelf speaker. We were looking for a reasonably priced pair to use with a blue-tooth compatible receiver. Initially was considering Bose or Polk Audio, but saw these and started reading reviews. Better reviews and less cost. Hmmm We took the plunge and couldn't be happier. Unless you have a very large room or area, these speakers will put out more than enough quality sound.

Pros: Great range, phenomenal fidelity and a very competitive price.

Cons: None so far.

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Features

2-Way Driver Design: The Wharfedale Diamond 220 is a 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker which incorporates a 1" fabric soft-dome tweeter and 5" woven kevlar cone woofer. A finely tuned crossover guarantees a smooth transition between the tweeter and woofer with an enjoyable audible experience, both on and off-axis.

  • 1" Tweeter: The 1" tweeter uses a sheer fabric dome and advanced ferrite magnet system, surrounded by a carefully crafted wave guide that encourages outstanding midrange performance too.
  • 5" Woofer: Semi-elliptical "break-up" areas on the 5" woven-kevlar woofer smooth the response through the audible range. The cone edges are treated with a unique diamond pattern rubber surround.

Non-Resonant Cabinet: The speaker cabinet combines layers of particle board and MDF, bonded in a unique structure to damp annoying resonances and block internal sound leakage. The result is that the "noise" and distortion from cabinet walls are buried more than 35dB below the driver output. Cabinet walls and internal bracing were developed using Wharfedale's latest "Virtual Speaker" software, with the help of Delayed Cumulative Spectral Analysis. The top, bottom, and side walls of the cabinets are finished with a wood veneer (black, rosewood, or walnut), while the baffle is finished with a gloss black lacquer.

Bass Port: Exiting the base of the speaker cabinet is a slot loaded distributed port created by the plinth. This equalizes the air pressure to mimic that inside the cabinet allowing a smooth transition between the pressure variation in the cabinet and the low frequency sound developed in the room.

Dual Binding Posts: Each bookshelf loudspeaker has two sets of binding posts connected by jumper-plates. The binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, spade connectors, & banana plugs (single only). Using these dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers. Bi-wiring or bi-amping the speakers provide improved bass & treble performance. If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp, you must remove the jumpers between the terminal posts (failure to do this could result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).

  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
  • Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.

Mounting Options: These bookshelf loudspeakers can simply be mounted on stands, shelves, or other piece of AV furniture with a flat surface. Eight self-adhesive rubber feet (4 for each speaker) are included to protect the bottom of the speaker and the mounting surface, while isolating the speaker cabinets from the mounting surface. The rubber feet add approximately 0.375" to the overall height of the speakers.

Note: The speakers do not include any type of wall-mount bracket, keyhole slot, or threaded insert.

Placement: Try to position the loudspeakers equidistant (6.5' to 13') from one another and the main listening position. The speakers should ideally be positioned so that the tweeters are roughly at ear level to a seated listener. The speakers should be "toed" or angled (15° to 40°) into the main listening position. The speakers can be positioned as close as 2.3125' to 3.3' from a side facing wall. There should be a distance of at least 0.6875' to 3.3' between the back of the speaker cabinets and the wall (the speakers' bass extension will improve if they are positioned closer to a wall or corner).

Diamond Series: The Wharfedale Diamond series consists of three floor-standing loudspeakers (Diamond 230 / Diamond 240 / Diamond 250), three bookshelf loudspeakers (Diamond 210 / Diamond 220 / Diamond 225), and two center-channel speakers (Diamond 220C / Diamond 240C) - all sold separately.

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On-line reviews. [ Sherri  Nov 16, 2018 ]
Great online reviews for these speakers for Music and HT. [ AYUBE  Apr 03, 2018 ]
I choose based on size and reviews from this site and others. Was looking for a set of bookshelf speakers that looked good, but sounded even better. Do your homework and research all options. Unless you're an audiophile (I'm not), you may not have heard of some of the speakers Crutchfield sells. I believe I found a "Diamond" in the rough - so to speak. :) [ Rick  Nov 24, 2017 ]
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