Wharfedale DIAMOND 9.0 Speaker Pair, Instore £39 @ Richer Sounds
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Wharfedale DIAMOND 9.0 Speaker Pair, Instore £39 @ Richer Sounds

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rev618 m ago

This thread has me very confused.



I imagine the logic is;
"My speakers would decimate these"

Problem with that logic is that mine would too, but then they weren't £39. I'd love to hear what's better for the same price, I suspect not much.
healthandsafety49 m ago

Lets hope you never get jury duty,I have these speakers.End of discussion.



Not really though is it....

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fiqqer49 m ago

Do you have the speakers and can say for sure? As far as I am aware …Do you have the speakers and can say for sure? As far as I am aware wharfdale are a uk company based in Yorkshire and their products are made there - certainly the products up until this went out of production.Unless you can back up your statement then I am calling it for what it is - a lie.


33040281-96ciY.jpgLets hope you never get jury duty,I have these speakers.End of discussion.
I had a little adventure with Wharfedale Diamonds for my surround sound last year...

After following a similar discussion on these speakers I acquired 8 x Diamond 9.0 (of various ages) last summer: I was given two, bought two second hand online, then 4 came free along with a centre CC9.0 when I bought a second hand subwoofer SW150. I also bought another second hand CC9.0.

Three of the free ones were noticeably damaged in the cone, and of the others I went through them one by one, playing a tone that went through all of the specified frequencies as I noticed something was up with one of them. I then realised that the rubber flexible mount (which joins the moving cone to the fixed metal part of the cone) was ever so slightly split on one of them. So I then unscrewed each of the cones and inspected them. Then did the same with both CC9.0 speakers, each has 2 cones.

I graded each one and got 1 perfect 9.0, two almost perfect 9.0 (only slight resonating at frequencies below the receiver's crossover frequency), and one perfect CC9.0. The two almost perfect became my rear L and rear R, along with the perfect CC9.0 and two 9.1 for front L and R and the SW150.

I kept the perfect one (just in case), and gave the rest to my neighbour along with an old AV receiver and subwoofer, and even this flawed, cobbled together 5.1 ensemble sounded head and shoulders above their soundbar, provided the volume was not cranked past 'annoying loud'.

I learned:

1. Don't buy these second hand (even for £20 a pair) unless you check them inside and out, especially for splits in the rubber mount.

2. None of the ones I kept have got the recess front panel, and none have 'Made in China' on them.

3. The SW150 is very big and heavy.

4. My 5.1 set up now sounds great.

5. The worst 9.0 is now a doorstop.
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Not that this is a bad price or anything but they seem to be this price all the time now. Fantastic value for money though.
decent speakers at a good price
Rubbish speakers and there is a reason they are that price. You get what you pay I'm afraid.
JulianDean1 m ago

Rubbish speakers and there is a reason they are that price. You get what …Rubbish speakers and there is a reason they are that price. You get what you pay I'm afraid.


This thread has me very confused.
rev618 m ago

This thread has me very confused.



I imagine the logic is;
"My speakers would decimate these"

Problem with that logic is that mine would too, but then they weren't £39. I'd love to hear what's better for the same price, I suspect not much.
Been this price for ages... do we really need new repost every few weeks ?
These are perfect for a small rooms and to sit on a shelf. They are general purpose speakers suitable for computer or tv use. Just don't expect hifi sound from a £40 speaker. If you want better quality then the 9.1s or more recent versions are the ones to get. They usually go well on midi systems where critical listening is not a priority.

For £40 you are not going to get better.
Edited by: "fiqqer" 11th Jan
JulianDean35 m ago

Rubbish speakers and there is a reason they are that price. You get what …Rubbish speakers and there is a reason they are that price. You get what you pay I'm afraid.


Agree that these are poor quality speakers. I bought a pair after reading the hype on HUKD and am going to chuck them away now. Better buy something 2nd hand on ebay
MADE IN CHINA.
why is it called 9.0? is it Dolby Atoms? Sealing speakers?
healthandsafety21 m ago

MADE IN CHINA.



Do you have the speakers and can say for sure? As far as I am aware wharfdale are a uk company based in Yorkshire and their products are made there - certainly the products up until this went out of production.

Unless you can back up your statement then I am calling it for what it is - a lie.
Edited by: "fiqqer" 11th Jan
fiqqer4 m ago

Do you have the speakers and can say for sure? As far as I am aware …Do you have the speakers and can say for sure? As far as I am aware wharfdale are a uk company based in Yorkshire and their products are made there - certainly the products up until this went out of production.


May be this explains why the quality isnt very good.
healthandsafety25 m ago

MADE IN CHINA.



As is 50% of the consumer electronics we buy.
Edited by: "Jinkz" 11th Jan
wh4318 m ago

May be this explains why the quality isnt very good.



No that does not explain it. This is a budget speaker made for budget systems. This would have been the best part of a budget system. It was replaced by the 9.1, not sure when but certainly 2008. The 9.1 is by far the better speaker but you will have to pay double for that.

The quality is fine depending on how you use the speakers. I would pay more for better quality but I know what to expect for this price range. I would certainly use these with a tv and with my computer - I have a lot worse for both and they would probably sound better than the speakers you get with a £200 midi system.
PR155 m ago

I imagine the logic is;"My speakers would decimate these"Problem with that …I imagine the logic is;"My speakers would decimate these"Problem with that logic is that mine would too, but then they weren't £39. I'd love to hear what's better for the same price, I suspect not much.



PR155 m ago

I imagine the logic is;"My speakers would decimate these"Problem with that …I imagine the logic is;"My speakers would decimate these"Problem with that logic is that mine would too, but then they weren't £39. I'd love to hear what's better for the same price, I suspect not much.



Agreed, I have the Diamond 220's which have a superior sound but cost 3x the price. Clearly not everyone has the same opinion but I also agree that you would struggle to find better (new) speakers for the price.
Edited by: "bigpappasmurf13" 11th Jan
fiqqer49 m ago

Do you have the speakers and can say for sure? As far as I am aware …Do you have the speakers and can say for sure? As far as I am aware wharfdale are a uk company based in Yorkshire and their products are made there - certainly the products up until this went out of production.Unless you can back up your statement then I am calling it for what it is - a lie.


33040281-96ciY.jpgLets hope you never get jury duty,I have these speakers.End of discussion.
wow, there you go . I take it back.

These were meant to have been out of production in 2008/9. It looks like they are still being made but now in china. As mentioned by others Wharfedale first sold out to Argos and they then were bought by IAG who have collected legacy brand names and are producing different branded products from the same factory in China. Most of the UK branded hifi products are made there, although wharfedale still seem to have engineers and their R&D based in the uk.
Edited by: "fiqqer" 11th Jan
Pair with a budget t-amp for a good PC setup.
healthandsafety9 m ago

[Image] Lets hope you never get jury duty,I have these speakers.End of …[Image] Lets hope you never get jury duty,I have these speakers.End of discussion.


It's almost as if you could have explained that you own the speakers and that they are made in China in your original comment, instead of just posting "MADE IN CHINA".

Perhaps you could also have included why you think that information is even important as no one before you made any comment in regards to where they are made and I can't see what it matters, many things are manufactured in China.
healthandsafety1 h, 50 m ago

MADE IN CHINA.


Most mobile phones are too suppose youre gonna slate them too? or perhaps you may own one
healthandsafety49 m ago

Lets hope you never get jury duty,I have these speakers.End of discussion.



Not really though is it....

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fiqqer1 h, 3 m ago

wow, there you go . I take it back.These were meant to have been out …wow, there you go . I take it back.These were meant to have been out of production in 2008/9. It looks like they are still being made but now in china. As mentioned by others Wharfedale first sold out to Argos and they then were bought by IAG who have collected legacy brand names and are producing different branded products from the same factory in China. Most of the UK branded hifi products are made there, although wharfedale still seem to have engineers and their R&D based in the uk.


Most now made in China unfortunately
I wish I had a pair I could check and photo. Most entertaining battle on here for a while!
fiqqer3 h, 1 m ago

These are perfect for a small rooms and to sit on a shelf. They are …These are perfect for a small rooms and to sit on a shelf. They are general purpose speakers suitable for computer or tv use. Just don't expect hifi sound from a £40 speaker. If you want better quality then the 9.1s or more recent versions are the ones to get. They usually go well on midi systems where critical listening is not a priority.For £40 you are not going to get better.


indeed, there seem to be oka for my rears in 5.1
A bloody bargain, if they're anywhere near as good as the 7 series which were my introduction into the world of hifi a couple of decades ago!
If these were made in the UK and sold for £39 the company would go bankrupt very quickly.....which is probably what happened more or less. £39 is a very cheap price for any pair of speakers so to expect these to be of a very high quality is a bit silly really. They'll probably be good for the price you're paying, but set expectations accordingly.

I was selling Wharfedale speakers about 20 years ago and I'm fairly sure even then they made their lowest cost speakers in China and we were selling for about £120 a pair.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 11th Jan
Wharfedale hasn't had a UK manufacturing operation for decades. It hasn't really been a meaningful engineering/innovation company since the 80s. For a very long time, it's just been a brand name, stamped on to generic products. There's no actual heritage or substance behind anything sold as Wharfedale today.

As a previous poster mentioned, it was owned by Argos for a very long time, and then bought out by IAG. Interestingly, IAG tried to restore some credibility, and released some relatively premium (and well rated) products under the brand (around 8-10 years ago), although they were very derivative.

Anyway, a £39 pair of bookshelves might as well be any pair of £39 bookshelves. I wouldn't put any premium on it being Wharfedale, or any other brand for that matter. When it comes to speakers, quality is everything, and it doesn't come at £39.

Re. the made in China debate. These are, without doubt. However, so are almost all B&W speakers, some of which retail for £3000+, and are very highly regarded. The same is true for most 'mainstream' premium hifi loudspeaker brands. With the right production environment and QC, it's just as possible to build quality components in China as it is anywhere else in the world.
Edited by: "Furyous" 11th Jan
fiqqer17 h, 44 m ago

Do you have the speakers and can say for sure? As far as I am aware …Do you have the speakers and can say for sure? As far as I am aware wharfdale are a uk company based in Yorkshire and their products are made there - certainly the products up until this went out of production.Unless you can back up your statement then I am calling it for what it is - a lie.


They used to be made in Bradford. That was back in the days when I had hair.

Sadly Richer Sounds have a history of buying out classic brands and abusing their once good name. I think they did the same thing with Kef.
I use these for the souround sound part of my setup and they work very nicely.
mrgentry21 m ago

I use these for the souround sound part of my setup and they work very …I use these for the souround sound part of my setup and they work very nicely.


^^^^
This is a great use for them. People get suckered buying matching speakers for 5.1, 7.2, 9.3! surround sound speaker setups and end up using premium speakers for the rear and ceiling channels, which require a very narrow response range. These would be champion.
wh43121 h, 27 m ago

Agree that these are poor quality speakers. I bought a pair after reading …Agree that these are poor quality speakers. I bought a pair after reading the hype on HUKD and am going to chuck them away now. Better buy something 2nd hand on ebay


Can you tell me please, do they look like this?(recessed where the speaker grille goes)

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The ones I have are nothing like that (and more like the advertised image on richer sounds site) so guessing they're the older ones. I wouldn't dream of binning them
Furyous12 h, 36 m ago

Wharfedale hasn't had a UK manufacturing operation for decades. It hasn't …Wharfedale hasn't had a UK manufacturing operation for decades. It hasn't really been a meaningful engineering/innovation company since the 80s. For a very long time, it's just been a brand name, stamped on to generic products. There's no actual heritage or substance behind anything sold as Wharfedale today. As a previous poster mentioned, it was owned by Argos for a very long time, and then bought out by IAG. Interestingly, IAG tried to restore some credibility, and released some relatively premium (and well rated) products under the brand (around 8-10 years ago), although they were very derivative.Anyway, a £39 pair of bookshelves might as well be any pair of £39 bookshelves. I wouldn't put any premium on it being Wharfedale, or any other brand for that matter. When it comes to speakers, quality is everything, and it doesn't come at £39.Re. the made in China debate. These are, without doubt. However, so are almost all B&W speakers, some of which retail for £3000+, and are very highly regarded. The same is true for most 'mainstream' premium hifi loudspeaker brands. With the right production environment and QC, it's just as possible to build quality components in China as it is anywhere else in the world.


Interesting info there thanks.
Shame that B&W premium priced speakers aren't still made in the UK, they were made down in Worthing if I recall. And totally agree that China itself is not a measure of good or bad quality. It's just very cheap labour there. There's good quality Chinese made products and diabolical products.
I had a little adventure with Wharfedale Diamonds for my surround sound last year...

After following a similar discussion on these speakers I acquired 8 x Diamond 9.0 (of various ages) last summer: I was given two, bought two second hand online, then 4 came free along with a centre CC9.0 when I bought a second hand subwoofer SW150. I also bought another second hand CC9.0.

Three of the free ones were noticeably damaged in the cone, and of the others I went through them one by one, playing a tone that went through all of the specified frequencies as I noticed something was up with one of them. I then realised that the rubber flexible mount (which joins the moving cone to the fixed metal part of the cone) was ever so slightly split on one of them. So I then unscrewed each of the cones and inspected them. Then did the same with both CC9.0 speakers, each has 2 cones.

I graded each one and got 1 perfect 9.0, two almost perfect 9.0 (only slight resonating at frequencies below the receiver's crossover frequency), and one perfect CC9.0. The two almost perfect became my rear L and rear R, along with the perfect CC9.0 and two 9.1 for front L and R and the SW150.

I kept the perfect one (just in case), and gave the rest to my neighbour along with an old AV receiver and subwoofer, and even this flawed, cobbled together 5.1 ensemble sounded head and shoulders above their soundbar, provided the volume was not cranked past 'annoying loud'.

I learned:

1. Don't buy these second hand (even for £20 a pair) unless you check them inside and out, especially for splits in the rubber mount.

2. None of the ones I kept have got the recess front panel, and none have 'Made in China' on them.

3. The SW150 is very big and heavy.

4. My 5.1 set up now sounds great.

5. The worst 9.0 is now a doorstop.
I am looking for not to expensive wireless speakers for a medium size living room can anyone help
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