Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) £89.95 @ Superfi
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Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 Speakers (Pair) £89.95 @ Superfi

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Found 13th Jul 2012
Generally seen as one of the best, if not the best, budget bookshelf speakers on the market. Gradually being discontinued due to the newer, pricier, 10.1 version. Own a pair myself and can definitely vouch for the quality.


Bass port? Twin front-reflex port
Biwireable? Yes
Connections Screened, gold-plated 4mm banana plug/binding posts
Crossover frequency (kHz) 2.3
Drivers HF: 25mm textile tweeter
LF: 130mm Kevlar bass/midrange cone
Extra Curved cabinets for extra rigidity and to reduce standing waves - superior bass performance and a more focussed image result.
Finish Black or Walnut
Frequency response (Hz) 50 - 24,000
Magnetically shielded? Yes
Nominal impedance (ohms) 6
Power handling (watts) 20 - 100 (programme)
Sensitivity (dB) 86
Supplied accessories Removable front grilles
W x H x D (mm) 194 x 296 x 278

36 Comments

I have these speakers and I love them. They are great value. I have them alongside the 9.0's (from Richer Sounds for £30) in a 5.1 set up. I don't think they've been made in quite some time, the 10.1's have been out for a couple of years, so these are likely to be new-but-old-stock, if you know what I mean.

A word of warning though. They often come with mould on the tweeters. Looks like a batch might have been stored badly at some point, because at the time I purchased I read about the issue in more than one forum on the net, it was quite well known. I got mine from Superfi and they were mouldy. There is no suggestion it is Superfi's fault, I think other suppliers have also had the issue, and Superfi replaced mine very quickly with no quibbles for a clean pair.

So yes a great pair of speakers, won't be bettered for less than £100 that's for sure. Worth a punt, but have a look under the grille as soon as you get them.

I also own these ....bought about a year ago from Currys for £120 So this is a good deal.
Your picture doesn't do them justice as they are very good looking speakers with an excellent sound to match.
I think anyone after a good set of speakers at under a hundred quid must short list these as they will probably blow all others away at the price point. They had excellent reviews when they originally came out at £200 so this is a no brainier. And good speakers never go out of fashion.

Good speakers - I still use now really ancient 8.3s as my fronts and they won't be replaced any time soon, but this is a great spot. Have some heat

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Edited by: "stealthx" 13th Jul 2012

Easily some of the best speakers for the money, and haven't seen them at this price for some time.

Excellent choice for anyone looking for their first pair of bookshelf speakers.
Edited by: "oxon" 13th Jul 2012

Not as good a deal as the one for the 50 quid Boston Acoustics A25, but have some heat anyway.

Have these and this is fantastic value, I'm no hifi nut but these sound brilliant with my cambridge audio amp

Best? Hardly..Get some mordaunt short 902i

I have the powered versions and they sound great.

DBXdarkangel

Best? Hardly..Get some mordaunt short 902i

Don't forget us folks are not going to get the same acoustics that you get sitting under the bridge with your Mordaunt Shorts. In regular living rooms the Wharfedale's will sound great.

Incidentally these 902i's you are recommending... where are you suggesting folk buy them from? And at what price? Just asking, like.
Edited by: "CoenFan" 13th Jul 2012

DBXdarkangel

Best? Hardly..Get some mordaunt short 902i



I'd like to know what you're basing this on?

The Wharfedales have a better frequency response, a better sensitivity rating (refering to the output in dB of a speaker when a 2.83 volt input is applied to it), fantastic reviews, and are made by a company that has a solid reputation for producing fantastic speakers. Not to mention the Mordaunt ones you mentioned look cheap and pretty nasty.

DBXdarkangel

Best? Hardly..Get some mordaunt short 902i


The OP described them as "one of the best, if not the best", which is entirely true.

How can you argue with that?

Q Acoustics...far superior to the wharfedale...ENTIRELY TRUE!!!

Since we're listing alternatives, the Dali Zensor 1 is fantastic.

To be honest, the M-Audio AV40 MK1 is better than most budget hi-fi speakers that I've heard, as long as you're not heavily into bass.

Good discussion where do you guys hear all the stuff in addition to what you own already... Have a yamaha 5.1 at present always looking to what others have and hold high

This is what I paid for a pristine pair of Mission 751s. I always recommed going second-hand regardless of your budget. Speakers have very long useful life. Little point in buying new. But that's just my opinion.
Good price for a good-looking and ok-sounding speaker so have some heat.

Thinking about getting these (wish people would stop posting unhelpful comments though). I really don't know anything about speakers but they seem like a good price for a decent pair of speakers. Can anyone recommend some speaker wire for these - I think I need some Bi Wire?

basergorkobal

This is what I paid for a pristine pair of Mission 751s. I always … This is what I paid for a pristine pair of Mission 751s. I always recommed going second-hand regardless of your budget. Speakers have very long useful life. Little point in buying new. But that's just my opinion. Good price for a good-looking and ok-sounding speaker so have some heat.



Agreed..I always buy my hi-fi kit 2nd hand ....... Acoustic energy AE109's £50 an old Pioneer PD-S505 Precision £60 and an old skool Pioneer A400 £70 .. quality music ..cheap as chips Diamonds always seem to get good reviews..never heard them tbh.
Edited by: "Crusty" 13th Jul 2012

a speaker available in the 80's&90's was the mordaunt short ms series. the ms20 pearls was probably the best but they were all darn good. an ms series speaker but can be bought (ebay) for next to nothing. went into high end hifi shop in 90's and tried all bookshelf speakers ranging from £100-£1000 and the best speaker of all was the ms20 pearl. absolutely superb. in fact I lost my socks (blown off). anyone who bought/used them will (I believe) tell you the same. they handled the intricacies of modern music better than anything I have heard since. lovely - not overly heavy - bass. rhythmical...damn rhythmical. sweet sweet treble. I likened their handling of music like a collie running over loose stony ground. they never put a foot wrong.

owenjt

Thinking about getting these (wish people would stop posting unhelpful … Thinking about getting these (wish people would stop posting unhelpful comments though). I really don't know anything about speakers but they seem like a good price for a decent pair of speakers. Can anyone recommend some speaker wire for these - I think I need some Bi Wire?


There are always arguments about the benefits of expensive v cheap cables ..I've never noticed any real difference tbh maybe my hearing aint that good and i've never spent more than about 50 quid on cables..links below just for info..

http://www.avreview.co.uk/news/article/mps/uan/1863#ixzz0nGpGRfCB

head-fi.org/t/1…lts

Crusty

There are always arguments about the benefits of expensive v cheap cables … There are always arguments about the benefits of expensive v cheap cables ..I've never noticed any real difference tbh maybe my hearing aint that good and i've never spent more than about 50 quid on cables..links below just for info..http://www.avreview.co.uk/news/article/mps/uan/1863#ixzz0nGpGRfCBhttp://www.head-fi.org/t/190566/blind-cable-taste-test-results



You certainly shouldn't buy cheap rubbishy stuff, but IMO there's little gain to be had from the expensive stuff either - it's just designed to part the obsessive audiophiles from their cash. I've rarely spent more than a couple of quid a metre for speaker cable, by looking out for bargains on ebay.

Are these worth twice the price of the diamond 9.0? Any better speakers for less than £100?

Supermod

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You can't go wrong with any of Wharfdale's Diamond series, always been a good buy.

Agree with the 2nd hand comments. Get yourself a pair of Mission 760i speakers - you'll be surprised at their abilities and how well they compare, and they are regularly available for £20. For something a little larger you can get Linn Nexus for £80 - yes, Linn floorstanders for £80, and they will totally embarrass these little Wharfedales. Just a couple of examples, there are many others.

I have these superb speakers. Agree with all the positive posts above. They take a wee while to 'run in' and loosen up before they are at their best.

I spent ages looking for wall mounts (I have small children). Eventually found these:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/speaker-wall-bracket-9634

Mounts have to be VERY strong as the speakers are so deep. These mounts match the pre-drilled holes on the speakers. You do need to buy the right screws separately though. They cannot be mounted on plasterboard. Need to find the studs.

Hello guys , has anyone tried or have an experience of Microlab Solo 6 C ?
http://www.maplin.co.uk/microlab-solo-6c-100w-2.0-bookshelf-speakers-616723
They are around 80£ too , but for them you don't need an amplifier because they're active
How would they compare to Wharfedale Diamond's ??

Guys as a total hifi Luddite can anyone advise would it be worth upgrading the Onyko D-n98x speakers that came supplied with the Onyko CR-515 with these?

I'm a complete idiot when it comes to hi fi.

I'm looking to get surround sound for my telly. I own a yamaha sub that i'd previously used with a yamaha sound bar to provide virtual surround sound. I sold the sound bar on ebay recently as I wasn't impressed with the sound I couldn't make out dialogue in movies.

I wanna get some sort of setup done. The only devices I will ever connect are my sky box and ps3. I'm guessing I need an amp and some speakers (I already own a sub) I don't want to break the bank and these speakers seem a good deal, can anyone give me any pointers as to what else I need?

AST3R

Are these worth twice the price of the diamond 9.0? Any better speakers … Are these worth twice the price of the diamond 9.0? Any better speakers for less than £100?


If you are buying 2 speakers for stereo use, you need the 9.1's, the 9.0's are too small. The 9.0's might be okay for stereo when teamed up with a sub-woofer but I think their best use is as surround speakers.

Really want to buy these but will only be using with my laptop/phone/xbox rather than an actual Hi-fi, would I need to buy an amp or anything?

Yes, these are literally just speakers. Superfi or richer sounds have good, low cost amps. You'll also need a decent 3.5mm jack to 2 phono cable and decent speaker cables. Then you are all set. Infinitely better than amplified 2.1 or 5.1 speaker setup of similar cost in my opinion.

Brilliant speakers, I have a pair of these and they sound great. I am not sure about the second hand v's new debate, as the problem with second hand ones are blown speaker units due to misuse. I thought the 9.1's packaged with a subwoofer were a good deal also
superfi.co.uk/p-3…spx

waggy67

Brilliant speakers, I have a pair of these and they sound great. I am not … Brilliant speakers, I have a pair of these and they sound great. I am not sure about the second hand v's new debate, as the problem with second hand ones are blown speaker units due to misuse. I thought the 9.1's packaged with a subwoofer were a good deal also http://www.superfi.co.uk/p-3250-wharfedale-diamond-91-speakers-sw150-subwoofer-21-speaker-package.aspx



Never had issues with 2nd hand stuff..I bid on local items..listen to them before paying..Guess the items might be abused and on their last legs and it's "nice" to have new things !

If you do order these (and why wouldn't you, they're a steal), watch for mould on tweeters (clearly visible when grills removed) - probably doesn't really matter but I gave up after returning two pairs to Superfi.

thanks!
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