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Wharfedale Diamond 11.1 Speakers (Pair)

 

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Diamond 11.1 follows on from Diamond 220 and is the sweetspot in Wharfedale's 11 range (larger than 11.0 and smaller than 11.2) making it an ideal choice for most rooms and systems.

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Features

Removable Grill Yes
Warranty length 2 Years
Brand Wharfedale Speakers
Product Award HiFi Choice Recommended, HiFi News Outstanding Product , HiFi Choice 5 Star

Tech Specs

- Configuration: 2-way bookshelf
- Enclosure type: Bass reflex (slot-loaded)
- Bass/mid driver: 130mm woven Kevlar
- Bass driver: N/A
- Tweeter: 25mm textile dome
- Sensitivity: 87dB
- Recom’d amp power: 25-100W
- Nominal impedance: 8 Ohms compatible
- Frequency response: 55Hz-20kHz
- Cabinet volume: 11.1L
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 310x194x285mm
- Weight (each): 6.8kg

Product Description

Wharfedale Diamond 11.1 Speakers (Pair) are the mid-sized bookshelf speakers in the brand new Diamond 11 Series. Sitting above the 11.0 and below the 11.2, the Diamond 11.1 shares the same sleek aesthetic as its sister models thanks to Wharfedale's return to the curved cabinet design after much global demand.

The 11.1 pays homage to the Diamond 10 and 9 Series while showcasing a host of new and innovative features, making this a brilliantly high-performing and compact
model.

Premium Driver System

Whereas the majority of affordable speaker systems are based on drive units that are built based on an accessible price, Wharfedale began with the premise that Diamond drivers should be focussed solely on performance. Consequently, the Diamond 11 Series showcases advanced driver systems that involve components and elements that normally can only be found in high-end loudspeakers.

As an example, the bass and midrange drivers in the Diamond Series utilise a basket with a network of ribs that maintain the sturdy build of the basket while leaving a large open area behind the cone. The rigid construction enhances transient impact while the large open area minimises early reflections to the cone and enables the roomy, bespoke internal cabinet absorbent to do its work.

The Diamond 11 Series speakers also enjoy huge magnet designs that raise sensitivity and allow absolute control of cone movement over lower bass frequencies. Additionally, the specially shaped single-forged pole piece with copper controls the magnetic flow and ensures low distortion through the important mid-range field.

Accessible Yet Elite

The most recent cohort of Diamond speakers includes design features never previously seen at such an accessible price tag.

Wharfedale’s engineers took great care, time and effort to create a loudspeaker system that would once again revolutionise the accessible range of the hi-fi market and bring high-calibre performance – and finesse – within reach of the many, not the few.

Cutting-Edge Construction

The Diamond 11 Series is expertly handcrafted from layers of woods of varying density which ensures peerless acoustic quality and an immaculate standard of finish. Wharfedale's much-admired curved cabinet walls upgrade the model's acoustic prowess while simultaneously showcasing a sophisticated aesthetic.

Seamless Crossover Integration

The drive units at the centre of the loudspeaker system would be nothing without the integration of an accurately derived crossover. Wharfedale’s engineers have created a series of circuit options for combining the bass/midrange and treble units seamlessly by utilising a virtual crossover software system. These circuit options are then judged using stringent listening tests involving different types of music.

Once the final circuit strategy has been picked, the design team finalises the crossover component values, the type of components and the circuit board layout to produce the most precise, detailed and, above all, luxurious musical performance.

Major attention is paid to the tangible qualities of vocals and natural instruments, as these are always the focus of listeners’ subjective appraisal of a loudspeaker’s performance.

It is this attention todetail, coupled with stellar technical design, that imbues Wharfedale Diamond speakers with their enduring appeal in the accessible sector of the hi-fi market, from one generation of hi-fi fans to the next.

Press Reviews

  • 'Lifting the Diamond 11.1 on to my long-serving Slate Audio stands, two things impress: an unexpected weight and solidity to the build and a super standard of finish. The piano gloss baffle of the black wood supplied samples is, literally, a feel-good touch.' (HiFi Choice November 2017)

  • 'It's an unlikely but compelling coalition of attributes for such a modestly priced standmount. Think monitor-class midrange clarity with an extra dose of fun-loving brio. Genuinely weighty, extended and agile bass is a further delight... Effortless dynamic swings, wonderful midrange presence and intelligibility and an unerring grasp of rhythm and tempo seal the deal.' (HiFi Choice November 2017)

  • 'It doesn’t really matter what you play, the Diamond 11.1 presents music with unfettered enthusiasm and life. Don’t think of the Diamond 11.1 as just another budget box with ideas above its station. It’s far, far better than that – a small speaker with finely honed musical sensibilities that really can play it large with a clear-eyed conviction and, best of all, an infectious sense of fun.' (HiFi Choice November 2017)

  • 'A long-running design revamped for the modern age, the Diamond 11.1 combines the slot-type bass port of the most recent models with the curved, rigid cabinets of a few years back, and throws into the mix revised drive units and a multilayer cabinet construction designed for extra solidity and damping. Positioned with care, these little speakers deliver striking imaging and fluency with a tight, well-controlled bass.' (HiFi News December 2017)

  • 'The soundstage they create is both broad and deep, extending well beyond the speakers in both the horizontal and vertical planes, and with that slight toe-in just enough to give a glimpse of the outer sides of the cabinets from the listening position - there's a realistic sense of three-dimensionality here too.' (Gramophone December 2017)

  • 'The excellent quality of fit and finish completes the package here: the Wharfedales look anything but cheap and their sound lives up to their style.' (Gramophone December 2017)

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