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Wharfedale Diamond 225

Bookshelf speakers (Blackwood)

Item # 336D225BA

Meet the Diamond 225s, the top model in Wharfedale's Diamond 200 Series of bookshelf speakers.

Meet the Diamond 225s, the top model in Wharfedale's Diamond 200 Series of bookshelf speakers.

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Item # 336D225BA

About the Wharfedale Diamond 225

Sparkling musical performance

Meet the Diamond 225s, the top model in Wharfedale's Diamond 200 Series of bookshelf speakers. These high-performance speakers offer robut full-range sound with punchy bass and warm, smooth highs — especially when paired with a high-current amplifier. 

Sparkling musical performance

Meet the Diamond 225s, the top model in Wharfedale's Diamond 200 Series of bookshelf speakers. These high-performance speakers offer robut full-range sound with punchy bass and warm, smooth highs — especially when paired with a high-current amplifier. 

High-quality drivers for music and movies

Each Diamond 225 speaker packs a powerful sonic punch. A 6-1/2" woven Kevlar® woofer complements a 1" soft dome tweeter, creating rich, full sound. They're ideal for the front or surround channels of a Wharfedale home theater system.

These speakers are also an excellent choice for a stereo music system. If you have a big room or want even deeper bass, consider adding a powered subwoofer to extend low-end performance. 

Praise from Stereophile


"Forget the Diamond's modest price. This humble wooden box is actually a connoisseur-level audio component. It could satisfy any sane music collector for decades”

— Herb Reichert, Stereophile March 2017

Wharfedale Diamond 225 Bookshelf speakers

The Wharfedale Diamond 225 bookshelf speakers feature two pairs of input terminals for bi-amping or bi-wiring.

Solid construction

Wharfedale paid special attention to the design of the 225s' speaker enclosures. They used advanced computer modeling to craft non-resonant cabinets with stiff walls and internal bracing. A slot-loaded port reinforces bass performance.

You'll want a powerhouse amp to drive them

At 87 dB efficient, the Diamond 225s require a lot of power to sound their best. I highly recommend a high-output power amp or integrated amp to drive these speakers. 

If you'd like personalized advice on matching these speakers with an amp, give one of our advisors a shout for a free expert recommendation.

Place them on stands so they sound their best

Proper speaker placement is also crucial to getting the best performance out of the 225s. Placing them on a pair of speaker stands helps eliminate unwanted vibrations and reflections. Read my article on stereo speaker placement for positioning and setup tips.

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.  

Build a full system

Pair the 225s 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 220
Floor-standing speakers: Diamond 230Diamond 240, or Diamond 250

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Product highlights:

  • pair of bookshelf speakers for music or home theater
  • 1" soft dome tweeter
  • 6-1/2" woven Kevlar woofer
  • frequency response: 45-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 25-120 watts
  • sensitivity: 87 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 14"H x 11-7/16"D
  • weight: 14.4 lbs. each
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # Diamond 225-BK Ash

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

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Features & specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Wood veneer
Color Black
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Soft-Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Woven Kevlar
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 25-120
Sensitivity 87 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 45-20k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 13-15/16
Width (inches) 7-13/16
Depth (inches) 11-9/16
Weight (pounds) 14.4
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Features

2-Way Driver Design: The Wharfedale Diamond 225 is a 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker which incorporates a 1" fabric soft-dome tweeter and 6.5" 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.
  • 6.5" Woofer: Semi-elliptical "break-up" areas on the 6.5" 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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Do these have a good mid range? I don't know much about speakers and I found that a good mid range is the better over all, is that true?
[ TheBigTree  Mar 24, 2020 ]
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I like them so far. Not incredible but adequate. For the price a fair deal
[ Andy  Mar 24, 2020 ]
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Yes. These are an incredible speaker especially at the price.
[ THOMAS C  Mar 24, 2020 ]
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Is an Onkyo TX NR575 receiver powerful enough for these speakers to sound good?
[ Mike  Feb 10, 2020 ]
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You should be fine with your receiver. I'm driving them just fine with the Cambridge Audio Topaz SR10 @ 85 watts/channel. The 225's have nice terminals that except banana and spade plugs plus conventional connection. I have used 14 gauge speaker wire with banana plugs at both ends. Two speakers will require a set of eight banana plugs and makes for great connection.
[ KENNETH  Mar 12, 2020 ]
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I have a Yamaha stereo receiver with 100 watts. It drives these speakers with plenty of power to spare. I was mildly dissapointed with the Wharfedales, and went back to my infinity's, but kept them for some future possible project. The Wharfedales sounded compressed, and compared to the infinity's lacked bight in the sound of trumpets, saxophones, and guitars and piano. Way to smooth. Good for apartment dwellers I suppose to keep things civilized with the neighbours.
[ Arthur  Mar 11, 2020 ]
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According to specs NR575 has 80 w per channel into 2 channels. That should be more than enough. I power my Diamond 225s with a Sonos Connect Amp with 55 w and it has no trouble making them sing. Can't go wrong with the Diamond 225s.
[ Wesley G.  Mar 10, 2020 ]
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I don't know the power on your onkyo. I use a vintage Rotel 80 watts, in a small room and they sound fantatic. These speakers definitely need a little time to break in. Initial sound was no where near what came later. I don't sense that they need tons of power.
[ STEVE  Mar 10, 2020 ]
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As long as you only use two channels it should be enough power to drive them. May want to look at a 2 channel receiver or integrated amp though. You wont be able to utilize the 7.2 channels that the Onkyo NR575 has.
[ Paul  Mar 10, 2020 ]
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Well, "sound good" is subjective, but let's give it a shot. These speakers are very efficient they make a lot of sound with little power. I, personally, think they sound great on my Denon receiver. I like the particular "voice" that Wharfedale engineered into them. Unfortunately, that's HiFi. Your opinion may be different.
[ Andrew  Mar 10, 2020 ]

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