I've only heard these in a local pub, not the most ideal setting to judge a speakers capability, but what I heard was quite impressive. They seem to have similar sound characteristics to the wharfedale programme 30D.6 which I own. The main thing you notice when listening to these stylish bookshelf speakers is the amount of bass they're capable of producing for such a small speaker. I would recommend these to anyone who is looking for impressive 2 channel stereo listening. Alternatively, I believe there's also a floor standing model of this speaker too, which can only sound even more impressive.
Maybe we should do more testing down the pub
I hope wharfedale improving the sensitivity at least 88db or better on next products
beside trying to have better sound
I have had the 121's for about four weeks and have to say that I am also disappointed with the (seemingly) lack of bass. Admittedly I haven't tried them against a rear wall, but I was expecting something more. My Cambridge S30's have more bass about them. Can anybody suggest a fairly inexpensive sub-woofer that would link up with the 121's and Denon MD-39?
Im in the process of getting some new front speakers, current amp is a sony da2400es which is a bright amp, will the 121 or 122 be fine with this or should I look elsewhere.
My current fronts are very old opal 90's from way back.
these speakers fit well with most amps.top end is smooth with lots of detail.i would recommend that you get the audioquest flx speaker wire thou
sound great.open and controlled.grown up 10.1s.finish is bad bad
What Hi-Fi you have let your standards slip here. I was looking forward to the new 121 speakers from Wharfedale, after seeing the reviews in the What Hi-Fi magazine and owning a pair of Diamond 9.1's I was expecting something special. The detail in the 121's is good, the highs and mids blend well but the sound completely lacks weight. I could hardly hear any bass notes or depth to the sound. In all I was disappointed as my 9.1's completely out shined theses and were half the price. To cut a long story short I bought the Monitor Audio Bronze BX2's as these were phenomenal in quality, build and sound.
I bought a pair of Diamond 10.1. I installed them on stands with a small amount of BlueTack ..maybe a quater inch piece on 4 corners. When i went to remove the speakers aprox. 4 months later it lifted some of the black vinyl on 2 corners right off. Looks like there cost cutting remains the same into production for current "Entry products" . That was 4 years ago !!! No such issue with my Opus2 M1.
There's always the danger that Blu-tack will do that, more so if the finish hasn't been applied with care. One way to minimise the chances of this happening is to twist the speakers to release them from the stands as opposed to pulling them straight up.
did that exactly..twisting.
The material they use is so thin and cheap..Thats what caused it.
I have used the same blue tac brand with many vinyl clad speakers and have never had that happen.
Funny how the reviewer has issues with build and materials!!!
Finish has always been the achilles heel of the Diamond series. Fragile finish on the 9 series was barely improved on the 10 series which I've seen suffer from problems with those aluminium driver surrounds coming away. Wharfedale make great sounding speakers, but they don't always pay as much attention to build quality as they might. Still, great to see the new models getting such a great review for their sound. Let's hope future samples show an upwards step in finish quality.
Can i pair this speaker with Denon RCD-M39?
Yes, it will work a treat with the Denon.
First! (sorry, just had to do it:)
Thanks for the nice review, was really looking forward to buying these speakers, but this bit about "bad finish" is a bit worrying. I wonder if it makes sense to not buy them now and wait for the next batch to be produced hoping that the issues get ironed out.
I mean, the sound quality is important of course, but these speakers would be my PC desktop audio, so would be unpleasant to sit right next to them if they are badly painted.
the finish on my 121 were very bad rang whafedale they replaced them and when i went to plug in the new speakers i found that the terminals were all red and no blacks.i think there all mad.just cant get it right
Our review samples were from very early production. Wharfedale has assured us that later units are better finished. We're getting another sample to confirm.
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