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Wharfedale 9.0 Rose Speakers £49.95 @ Richer sounds
Wharfedale 9.0 Rose Speakers £49.95 @ Richer sounds

Wharfedale 9.0 Rose Speakers £49.95 @ Richer sounds

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Hands up who recognises these speakers? Congratulations to those who said, "They're from the 2004 Award-winning compact speaker package." Yes, add the Diamond SW150 subwoofer - an Award-winner in its own right - to four Diamond 9.0s and a 9CC centre and you have the 9 HCP 5.1 system.
Since the range's launch way back in 1981, generations of Diamonds have regularly offered class-leading, affordable sound. The latest entry-levels are tiny chaps, rising up 24cm (that's over 5cm shorter than this magazine page) and reaching back just 17cm. However, they feel super-solid, -giving the impression of a compact, yet purposeful piece of equipment. Wharfedale offers a total of five finishes, including an all-silver finish to match the latest electronics and TV.
Either in free space or close to a rear wall - they're not fussy - the Diamonds deliver an admirably honest sound. Don't expect huge bass depth or definition - the speakers' small size, together with their price tag, prohibits that. But do expect an even tonal balance that never exaggerates the source material, plus a composed top end. This all helps the Wharfedales reign in unruly cheaper components, making the best of what you feed them.
We may have warned against big bass expectations, but play some challenging Nitin Sawhney - he's a man who likes an extra helping of lower frequencies - and the 9.0s present a tight and punchy presentation. They also deliver vocals with greater clarity and realism than possibly any other similarly priced speaker. Even more dynamically minded music, such as Gladiator's OST, reveals the Diamond's limitations, but they avoid the horrid cabinet boom and treble screech of many budget monitors. Instead, they stay within their limits, -presenting a really enjoyable sound.
However, if you're looking for a small, yet remarkably talented, £100 speaker, the 9.0s are the ones for you. With budget separates or a £200-ish micro system, they'll make you smile.

34 Comments

Flaming hot :thumbsup:

These were made before Wharfedale became a sh*tty Argos sub-brand, right?

EDIT: apparently the company still make their own speakers:

en.wikipedia.org/wik…any)

Snob value ain't great though...

we know what bracket to put you in dont we

grex9101;5581083

These were made before Wharfedale became a sh*tty Argos sub-brand, … These were made before Wharfedale became a sh*tty Argos sub-brand, right?EDIT: apparently the company still make their own speakers:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wharfedale_(company)Snob value ain't great though...



The Wharfedale Diamonds are some of the best speakers you can get for mid range budget....so not really sure what it has to do with Argos?

Also are you going for snob value over substance? what speakers do you have - and with what system?

MunkiMadz;5581271

The Wharfedale Diamonds are some of the best speakers you can get for mid … The Wharfedale Diamonds are some of the best speakers you can get for mid range budget....so not really sure what it has to do with Argos?Also are you going for snob value over substance? what speakers do you have - and with what system?



WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!! :roll:

strangely the link wont work directly:

(2nd link on the google)

google.co.uk/sea…x-a

grex9101;5581290

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!! :roll:strangely the link wont work … WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!! :roll:strangely the link wont work directly:(2nd link on the google)http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=wharfedale+wiki&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a



Oh did I miss sarcasm or irony, the shame.

Hmmm, that is a good price for those, but the article and in particular the picture (which are of the 9.1s - big difference there) is misleading. I bought a pair of walnut 9.1s 6 months ago for just under £100 (new) - nowhere near the £180 quoted, which is way over list price. That article must be years old.

The 9.1s are excellent btw.

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JayDubya;5581569

Hmmm, that is a good price for those, but the article and in particular … Hmmm, that is a good price for those, but the article and in particular the picture (which are of the 9.1s - big difference there) is misleading. I bought a pair of walnut 9.1s 6 months ago for just under £100 (new) - nowhere near the £180 quoted, which is way over list price. That article must be years old.The 9.1s are excellent btw.



Yea the article is out of date

Wrong picture. But still hot.

robinthebobin;5581717

Yea the article is out of date



so don't post it!

Original Poster

JayDubya;5583584

so don't post it!



Still relevant to the speakers posted, just not the ones ur talking about!
Thanks for pointing out it was the wrong pic tho

Might actually get some as I have a spare amp sitting round.

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jbp;5584191

Might actually get some as I have a spare amp sitting round.



Same, i've bought some and just gonna connect my ipod or xbox to it. May as well get some use out of it

Seems a good price but how do they compare to the wharfdale 9.1s? Or the Ardaunt SHort 902is...anyone know if its worth saving £50 and getting these instead?

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Nobull;5585054

Seems a good price but how do they compare to the wharfdale 9.1s? Or the … Seems a good price but how do they compare to the wharfdale 9.1s? Or the Ardaunt SHort 902is...anyone know if its worth saving £50 and getting these instead?



I've got the Mordaunt Short 902i's and they are quality-well worth the money. Just ordered a pair of these so will have to wait an see. They seem to get good reviews. For the price i took the plunge

Hot indeed, besides the colour and the misleading beech image on this thread...if you can live with the colour these dont forget would be a great addition for 5.1 rears or even 7.1 sides.

wharfedale make great speakers (ive got the pacific 40s and evo 30s), and great speakers only.

They sold out a number of yrs back and licensed their name for use on all sorts of other rubbish.

I think it's Wharfedale Diamond 7.1s that I've got attached to my bedroom hifi. They sound beautiful. So much better than my ol' man's Sanyo hifi.

That said, it's unfortunate that this review comes from What Hifi, since a good review from them usually means only that the manufacturer supplied a pretty hefty bribe. Buy a mag and check it out for yourself, with those £30 HDMI cables that "lack deep blacks" or suffer from poor audioscape definition, unlike the £200 cables, which sound and look fantastic, and are advertised three pages later. Don't let the token cheapie item with the 4* rating fool you, that's just to stop the pattern being so obvious.

These are a good speaker at a very good price, Warfedale still make some excellent speakers. These are only 75W speakers, so not that powerful and not quite as good as the 9.1. For a good choice in low priced powerful mid-ranged speakers at excellent prices Accoustic Energy have their outlet on Fleabay that sell about 50% of retail, and their retail prices are good value for money as it is. Just search for accoustic energy

BTW call your local Richer Sounds before going to buy and ask to reserve, half the time they dont have these offers in stock

I've got these speakers and use them for playback from my PC via an AIWA micro system. They're fine for bedroom use or as rear speakers in a 5.1 set up. They can be all mounted too which is great (that's what I've done with mine.

I've also had Wharfedale 7.1s, 9.1s and Mordaunt Short 9.2s. For such a small footprint, the 7.1s were great. The 9.1s were not as good as I had hoped, and certainly weren't as good as the MS 9.2s, which are the best of all the speakers I've mentioned.

So, I'd certainly say the 9.0s are fine for rear speakers or bedroom speakers with a micro hifi system. If you want more than that, you'll need a bigger boat! :thumbsup:

Edit: disregard comment about dust cover, it does come off!

robinthebobin;5585350

I've got the Mordaunt Short 902i's and they are quality-well worth the … I've got the Mordaunt Short 902i's and they are quality-well worth the money. Just ordered a pair of these so will have to wait an see. They seem to get good reviews. For the price i took the plunge



ive got the mordaunt short ones nothing to right home about imo

The Diamond 10 series is coming out very soon, hence the likely reason for the sale :thumbsup:

I have Diamond 9.1 fronts and centre and they're smashing speakers.

dxx;5586161

That said, it's unfortunate that this review comes from What Hifi, since … That said, it's unfortunate that this review comes from What Hifi, since a good review from them usually means only that the manufacturer supplied a pretty hefty bribe. Buy a mag and check it out for yourself, with those £30 HDMI cables that "lack deep blacks" or suffer from poor audioscape definition, unlike the £200 cables, which sound and look fantastic, and are advertised three pages later. Don't let the token cheapie item with the 4* rating fool you, that's just to stop the pattern being so obvious.



While I completely agree about the HDMI cables, What HiFi's top recommendations are too similar to the recommendations of real HiFi enthusiasts (AVForums member here), dealers and other HiFi/home cinema review sites to be purely based in birbery alone.

Bargain. Great speakers, cheap price! I love Richer Sounds.

MunkiMadz;5581326

Oh did I miss sarcasm or irony, the shame.



It probably happens a lot to you.... :roll:

grex9101;5589378

It probably happens a lot to you.... :roll:




...Quite.

400lbBench;5586682

These are a good speaker at a very good price, Warfedale still make some … These are a good speaker at a very good price, Warfedale still make some excellent speakers. These are only 75W speakers, so not that powerful and not quite as good as the 9.1. For a good choice in low priced powerful mid-ranged speakers at excellent prices Accoustic Energy have their outlet on Fleabay that sell about 50% of retail, and their retail prices are good value for money as it is. Just search for accoustic energy



Never Heard of acoustic energy as a speaker brand though, are they any good?!

Nobull;5590093

Never Heard of acoustic energy as a speaker brand though, are they any … Never Heard of acoustic energy as a speaker brand though, are they any good?!



yeah they are - been around many yrs.

NOT to be confused with acoustic solutions though :thumbsup:

Original Poster

seanjames;5587074

ive got the mordaunt short ones nothing to right home about imo



I really like them, great for £100 they cost me

The 10.1 speakers are £200.

grex9101;5581083

These were made before Wharfedale became a sh*tty Argos sub-brand, … These were made before Wharfedale became a sh*tty Argos sub-brand, right?EDIT: apparently the company still make their own speakers:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wharfedale_(company)Snob value ain't great though...



True dat. Wharfedale made a reputation on speakers and not DVD players. when I was a nipper their speakers were top dog

Golaboots888;5587900

Bargain. Great speakers, cheap price! I love Richer Sounds.



Great avatar! :thumbsup: Takes me back to my mis-spent teens.
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