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Wharfedale Diamond 225

Bookshelf speakers (Walnut Pearl)

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Overview

Our take on the Wharfedale Diamond 225

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 crisp, clear 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 crisp, clear 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.

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

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

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

Gorgeous sound clarity, incredibly well made, ready to roll straight out of the box - great that it's set up for bi-wiring!

Rick, Santa Monica, CA

Reviews

Wharfedale Diamond 225 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(13 Reviews)

Wharfedale Diamond 225

Crutchfield customer from Arcadia, CA on 12/9/2018

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Very good speakers for the money, decent soundstage and bass for the size of the speakers unless you have a large room. A good upgrade from my current setting with very little investment. Very happy with the purchase from Crutchfield's recommendation.

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Cannot Go Wrong

Crutchfield customer from Goodyear, AZ on 11/13/2018

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I replaced a 20 year-old set of Paradigm Mini Mk3's, and a 13 year-old set of PSB Imagine T-55's with these speakers. I hooked these up today, and right out of the box, I heard a dramatic increase in clarity and detailed mid-bass. I did a fair amount of listening with my sub off, and the bass was nice. After a while, I added the sub in, and it complemented them, and vice versa. I noticed these speakers brought some of my old music to life. In my opinion, jazz really shines through with these. I know these will only get better after some more break-in (not convinced that is a real thing). I bought the Rosewood, and they are beautiful. They are nicer than I expected. I also bought the matching stands. I feel this was a nice upgrade to my system, and I expect many years from them. Equipment: Outlaw RR-2150 Kimber cables Music Hall MMF-5 turntable SVS SB-2000 sub Enjoyed Today: The Allman Brothers - Live at the Filmore East Miles Davis - Kind of Blue Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas Metallica - And Justice for All Peter Gabriel - So Steely Dan - Gaucho Al Stewart - Year of the Cat Stevie Ray Vaughn - Soul to Soul

Pros: Clear voices Detailed mid-bass Beautiful

Cons: Have not found one yet

Wharfedale Diamond 225

Chad from TRAVERSE CITY, MI on 11/3/2018

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I have these rigged to an NAD 3020 V2, placed atop open shelving within a mid-size living area--roughly 17' x 22'. Maybe not an ideal set-up; certainly not a dedicated 'listening room'. But they sound phenomenal. For such an inexpensive speaker, they ooze extraordinary clarity, imaging, and warmth across the board. This is especially true for mid-highs: funky horns and cymbals have never had it so good. Silent passages are, well, silent but retain the sort of pregnant anticipation/immediacy you would expect from a live studio session. Depth and punchiness of low bass may suffer a bit, but this isn't an issue for most of what I listen to. When it is, well, that's what a sub is for. Now to justify the four stars. To my eye, these things are pretty ugly. I can't imagine why the people at Wharfedale settled on the shiny, black-lacquered front panels (that are non-removable, by the way). And the shiny rings/flanges? I have tried to write this off as British eccentricity or that they are cool, old, greying engineers who can't be bothered with aesthetics. Maybe the speakers have an 80s retro look and are, therefore, kind of cool for that reason. No; they're just ugly. Good thing they sound the way they do, so I can live with it. Another negligible issue: a bit of dried glue smeared on the top of one of the woofer's foam screening, near the ring/flange which is totally unnoticeable from away. But come on. Despite this, still highly recommended, indeed.

Pros: Exceptional sound for the size/price; perfectly accommodates lower-wattage amps; mid-highs are sublime

Cons: A bit ugly, perhaps

Wharfedale Diamond 225

Crutchfield customer from Carthage, NY on 10/7/2018

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Worth every cent at their price point goes without say. Pair this with Emotiva, NAD, Parasound, Outlaw Audio or Marantz for a definitive liestening experience. These speakers are very articulate in their portrayal of mids and the analogue (but highly acoustic) experience associated with listening to woodwinds, strings, or an orchestra itself. Although 2-way speakers, these Wharfedales are superior to my 3-way ELAC Uni-fi UB5s by Andrew Jones. Do not purchase a low-powered Amp/DAC combo or you will miss out on hushed or whispered tones in some audiophile quality music samples or offerings. The sound of the Wharfedales has clarity, depth and spatial dimension. The build quality rivals some of the best speakers in the world and the fit and finish is glorious. There are even gold connectors on the binding posts. Who else goes there and who else achieves this on budget speakers? Hats off to the Wharfedale center of excellence.

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Wow

Crutchfield customer from Dublin, OH on 10/7/2018

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Wow, was my first reaction after listening to them. Great mid and base.

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American coffee shop warmth meets British high tea refinement

BoilerFan from Castle Rock, CO on 9/9/2018

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Still picking my jaw up off the ground. I really love these speakers. They are warm, inviting and for the type of music I primarily listen to (70's acoustic, singer songwriter) they really seem to create an intimate setting as if the performers are in front of me. Very sharp and detailed but without sacrificing atmosphere. Regularly finding new nuance in my music as I am hearing guitarists slide up and down frets that I had never heard before. For some of my jazzier horn based favorites (ie Lyle Lovett's large band) there is brassy magic going on in the high end. These replaced a set of Polk RTi A1's which I love in their own right and I drive them with a Cambridge Topaz SR20 and play primarily FLAC files and CDs. Very clean set up for me. Special thanks to Crutchfield's Harley who helped me navigate the "personality" characteristics of the speakers I was evaluating along with these from Elac and Klipsch.

Pros: - Warm atmosphere but sharp clarity - My sweet spot is mainstream rock to acoustic singer/songwriter and these navigate well between the Keith Richards drop D telecaster riffs to Jackson Browne's melancholy alternative acoustic voicings - Seem efficient for me - Handsome laquer style cabinetry

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Wharfedale Diamond 225

Crutchfield customer from Central Illinois on 9/1/2018

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You get a lot for your money with these speakers. We replaced a 7.1 surround sound system with a simple integrated amp with these 2 Wharfedale Diamond 225 speakers. We don't even have a subwoofer now. This simple setup is night-and-day better than the system it replaced. No, it doesn't have that room shaking bass, but the bass it does have is 100 times better sounding. Music is so much better sounding. Music I have listened to countless times on other systems over the past several years - now sound much more satisfying. I can hear things in the recordings that I never knew was there before. For a modest investment, you sure get a lot for your money here. I am powering these with a Marantz PM7005 integrated amp. It pairs up very well with these speakers. Beautiful to listen to.

Pros: Incredible "bang for the buck" here. Music clarity and detail is breathtaking. The music is very satisfying to listen to... never harsh. I've heard it described as being a bit on the warm side. I would agree with that.

Cons: Absolutely NONE.

Diamonds are everyone's best friend

Dave from Hartford, CT on 8/9/2018

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I really like the Diamond 225's. I've owned this brand in the past and this model is the best I've heard so far from Wharfedale. There's a lot of well-controlled bass here. Run them in for a day or so, sit back and you'll be amazed at the full midrange from the 6.5 in. Kevlar drivers and the clear highs. In my 16 X 12 ft room they sounded best positioned 2 ft. out from the wall but that was for me where they sounded the most balanced but with the slot bass loading it's likely that the room boundaries will become less of a factor. With a speaker such as the 225's a more powerful amp or receiver will make them sound especially impressive but they should sound just fine with a less costly brand name receiver. Wharfedale paid special attention to the enclosures on this model to make sure they didn't get in the way of the drivers, so they're solid and heavier than most bookshelfs you'll find in the under this price point. Another nice thing, you can listen to these things all day and not suffer the least bit of ear-fatigue. In that respect, I find them a lot like my much loved Energy RC-10 in their ability to extract the meaning and information found in a recording without being overly bright. They just seem to have a rightness and richness to the sound that begs the listener to stick around for more. There's real depth to the soundstage, too, with well-extended highs. They're not the most attractive speaker out there, but that you won't notice once you spend time with them.

Pros: -Drivers work really well together -Solidly built -Easy to listen to -Big, full soundstage

Cons: -Not the most modern looking cabinets

Wharfedale Diamond 225

Rick from Santa Monica, CA on 4/23/2018

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Gorgeous sound clarity, incredibly well made, ready to roll straight out of the box - great that it's set up for bi-wiring!

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Sounds great, look terrible

Crutchfield customer from San Clemente, CA on 2/26/2018

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They sound great and are really ugly.

Pros: Amazing sound

Cons: Bad 80's glossy black and chrome finish on the front.

Sophisticated, sleek, artistic looking speakers!!!

Michael from Blue Springs, MO on 12/24/2017

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Very Nice product. Everything I had expected and them some. These speakers were well built. Nice looking and contemporary feel to them.

Pros: Nice contemporary design. Sophisticated look. The SANUS speaker stands complement the sleek sophisticated look and design of the WHarfdale speakers, Low profile speaker stands are nice to have with plenty of power so it seems. Smooth Highs on French horn sounds coming through speakers. Especially on Classical music (specifically)

Cons: I had bought these speakers to bi amp with another Sony amplifier. They do not work that well with the BI AMP able capaballities??? I don't quite understand why the two amps to not complement each other while powering the new Wharfdale speakers??? The back of the speakers are NOT very easy to hide the speaker wires down the back of the SANUS Speaker stands The 18 " stands. I still have NOT FIGURED OUT HOW TO utilize the Sony Walkman yet, as far as uploading music to the SONY Walkman???

Wharfedale Diamond 225 (bk ash)

Loren from Appleton, WI on 12/12/2017

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Because the Diamond 225--which is an audiophile-grade speaker (see Stereophile's Product of the Year Awards for 2017)--works so well as a near-field monitor, I use it at my computer station, driven by a Sony ES receiver (STR-DA5ES), but I originally tested it (on stands) next to KEF LS50 and DALI Mentor 6 speakers, where the 225 held its own, in both depth and articulacy, while powered by an NAD M27 amplifier (pre-amped by a Marantz AV8802a). I play all sorts of music, from punk to classical, and this speaker keeps up beautifully. Horns in Grieg's "Peer Gynt" are saturated with all their harmonics (not just "clear"). Drums in "Head Over Heels" (by Tears for Fears) are controlled but resonant. In Bach's Mass in B minor, voices spring to life without blaring. And Miles Davis never had it so good in this lazy, wistful corner of the room. The KEF LS50 is probably one level up in finesse, but, at a fraction of the price, the Diamond 225 is one of those purchases that, when you look back at it, you can say, with confidence, "that's a best buy"--and I mean "Crutchfield" when I say that!

Pros: Quality of sound. Price.

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Wharfedale does it again!

Sam from Lake Elsinore, CA on 12/8/2017

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I've had wharfedale speakers in the past and so I'm quite familiar with the brand. I saw these at Crutchfield on sale and I decided to take the leap of faith on these speakers. First off the speakers arrived in 2 days not 3 days which was awesome. After unboxing the speakers I noticed what a gorgeous finish they had not some cheap vinyl wrap. After hooking them up to my tube amp I started to listen to some music from my satellite TV. I was immediately Blown Away how clean the speakers sounded. All speakers need to go through a burn in. What is scary is how much better the speakers will sound after the burn in. Since my tube amp has no adjustments for bass treble or mid-range it runs basically pretty flat. But the speakers sound so natural and clear that I really don't need to tweak anything. The treble is clear but not irritating. Mid-range is acceptable but what really makes the speaker great is the bass. It is a down-firing port and it's not overpowering when you turn up the volume. Just enough bass for flavor. There is a little space between the bottom of the speaker and the speaker plate allowing for the air to leave. I placed these speakers on 24 in stands and used 14 gauge speaker wire as a hookup. The black piano finish on the front and unique grills really set these bookshelf speakers apart from any speakers that I've owned in the past. I'm not using it as a surround sound speaker. Mainly for listening to music and bypassing the lousy small speakers on my flat screen.

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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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Why did you buy this?

Not having the chance to hear many, I read lots of reviews and spoke to sellers about their takes on a few < $500 bookshelfs, some at more than twice the price. So I decided to try these Wharfedales for the smallish listening area I need to cover. I did get to try two other sets of well-regarded models and have found there are likely more than a just few reasonably-priced bookies out there that also have respectable sound. [ keegsav  Jun 01, 2018 ]
The 225 is a well recognized quality speaker at a budget price which will fit in nicely into my small office stereo system. [ Charles  Feb 19, 2018 ]
Excellent customer service. Very knowledgeable rep Doc who was awesome and helped me get exactly what I needed. [ Christopher  Feb 10, 2018 ]
Tech recommended 3 different speakers. Will try these. [ Alan  Nov 19, 2017 ]
Highly reviewed and rated in various audio magazines. [ Stuart  Sep 21, 2018 ]
reputation, reviews [ M  Jun 22, 2018 ]
Good reviews and fit budget [ Marc  Mar 05, 2018 ]
Advisors recommendation. [ MARK  Dec 20, 2017 ]
Listened to the Wharefdale line at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest - can't go wrong for the price! Audiophile sound for earbud money!! [ WESLEY  Jun 17, 2018 ]
Read great reviews, wanted something quality for office. Looking forward to testing them out [ Craig  Apr 28, 2018 ]
I have dealt with you for years. All good experiences. [ CHARLES H  Nov 23, 2017 ]
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