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Wharfedale Diamond 10 Series 5.1 Speaker System Review

While the Wharfedale name might not be quite as well known in the States as it is across the pond, they’re a venerable speaker manufacturer and have been in the specialty audio-video business for over 70 years. Wharfedale takes great pride in engineering all of their speakers entirely in the United Kingdom. Wharfedale launched its well known Diamond line of speakers in 1981 and the Diamonds are still going strong today. The Diamond 10 speakers featured in this review include the Diamond 10.5 towers ($949/pair), Diamond 10.CM center channel ($449), Diamond 10.SR surrounds ($229/pair) and Diamond 10.GX subwoofer ($799). For those of you without a calculator handy, that’s a very reasonable $2,426 for the 5.1 system.

The review samples came in Wharfedale’s “Blackwood” finish, which despite being a vinyl wrap as opposed to real wood, was quite appealing. It’s also worth noting that you can dramatically change the look of these speakers by simply removing the grilles, as the flange for each driver and tweeter looks like polished chrome, though it’s actually machined aluminum. It’s nice to have the flexibility – grilles off for the poker party, grilles on to watch On Golden Pond with your parents.

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