Diamond 12.1 Speakers From Wharfedale

Representing the budget end of Wharfedale’s latest Diamond range, Paul Rigby reviews these stand mounters One of the most venerable brand names in hi-fi, Wharfedale is the epitome of hi-fi. It smacks of quality, of tradition, of history and reliability. It’s dependable and solid.  Partly that’s because it’s been going since 1932, when Gilbert Briggs built his first design in his basement in Ilkley in Yorkshire, England. A market town by the river Wharfe, a part of the world generally known to this day, as The Dales. Wharfedale being just one of those. In fact, I seriously considered living in Wharfedale at one time – the perfect place for an audiophile to dwell, eh? The company was sold to the Rank organisation in 1958. In 1981 work began on the Diamond, the first in this venerable series. In the early 90s, Rank sold Wharfedale to the Verity Group, who also bought Quad and Leak.  That company then struggled. The speakers stopped selling and the company – oddly enough – turned to rebranding cheap Chinese brands like DVD players that were sold in the likes of Tescos supermarket for £100 in desperation. That damaged the brand a bit. There followed a management buy out in […] The post Diamond 12.1 Speakers From Wharfedale appeared first on The Audiophile Man.

Diamond 12.1 Speakers From Wharfedale

Representing the budget end of Wharfedale’s latest Diamond range, Paul Rigby reviews these stand mounters One of the most venerable brand names in hi-fi, Wharfedale is the epitome of hi-fi. It smacks of quality, of tradition, of history and reliability. It’s dependable and solid.  Partly that’s because it’s been going since 1932, when Gilbert Briggs built his first design in his basement in Ilkley in Yorkshire, England. A market town by the river Wharfe, a part of the world generally known to this day, as The Dales. Wharfedale being just one of those. In fact, I seriously considered living in Wharfedale at one time – the perfect place for an audiophile to dwell, eh? The company was sold to the Rank organisation in 1958. In 1981 work began on the Diamond, the first in this venerable series. In the early 90s, Rank sold Wharfedale to the Verity Group, who also bought Quad and Leak.  That company then struggled. The speakers stopped selling and the company – oddly enough – turned to rebranding cheap Chinese brands like DVD players that were sold in the likes of Tescos supermarket for £100 in desperation. That damaged the brand a bit. There followed a management buy out in […]

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