Wharfedale Diamond 159 in the Test

A strong Kevlar diaphragm and a waveguide to the sound of the diamond 159 Linearize. The test shows whether Wharfedale the feat is managed.

More than 80 years ago, continued a more efficient developer named Gilbert Briggs on the work bench and invented a loudspeaker. Briggs took the name of the River Valley, where his hometown is Ilkey, Yorkshire, then as a template for the newly-founded company: Wharfedale. In the 70’s and the brand underwent a hype, 1980s and everyone wanted to have a couple of Wharfedales – mostly lacked the wherewithal for this but. 1982 the lower Diamond series came out at last, which was extremely popular not only because of the price, but also because of their excellent sound. The new Diamond 100 series (not to be confused with the still available diamond 10) is thus a difficult legacy.

Wharfedale diamond 159: Construction

So it is not surprising also that developers for the imposing 3-way flagship diamond 159 were powerful in the stuff and partly also on technology from the high end jade series fell back. So, the two giant 20 cm bass and the 13-midrange have a colorized Kevlar diaphragm with embossed patterns on the surface, what is to linearize the dispersion and thus the sound. A waveguide to the 25 mm tweeter with fabric dome tweeter should be discoloration in conjunction with the midrange do not arise.

The whole is completed finally by an ingenious reflex system, which has also received its genes from the Jade series: the reflex opening flows into a gap between the housing and the base, which is to allow a functioning Silent compared to conventional reflex systems.

Hearing test

Very quickly, it was clear: the bass the diamond could play 159 better than their fighters: both in the draft and the pressure she had the nose at “Rhinelander” by Cougar (Patriot) clearly front. Outrageously powerful and self-confident stomped the bass drum in the clock itself, where testers took advantage of even finer nuances such as fur-vibration. Even all lowest (almost subsonic) bass put away the Wharfedale this, without batting an eyelid. Only the timing problems plagued compared to Dali or the epic at times. The agility of the woofer was slightly more comfortable than boxes at previously mentioned with the smaller chassis.

On the other hand, this gentler kind gave her a sympathetic “Old-School” – sound, but to understand the diamond 159 as a compliment whats in the case – diffuse or dull that didn’t sound indeed! The stage had a clearly structured and finely resolved: the unobtrusive MIDs and the creamy high-frequency contributed a substantial part of it. And if the AUDIO Tester knew no better, they could think, that “I need A $” by Aloe Blacc (good things) played from a CD, but from good old vinyl. Prerequisite for this harmonious, somehow “analog” sound was an angled Setup with plenty of space for all pages, but which, in turn, created a fairly narrow sweet spot. But thus details thanks to the warm, creamy tone toned exactly how many HiFi fans will love it and appreciate: wonderful fine drawing without nerves to.