Wharfedale launches Diamond 11 Series at the Munich High End Show

Wharfedale's latest additions to the world of bookshelf, floorstanding, and home cinema speakers have been unveiled in Munich.

The Diamond 11 series comprises eight models: three standmounting speakers (Diamond 11.0, 11.1 and 11.2), three floorstanders (Diamond 11.3, 11.4 and 11.5) and two centre speakers for home cinema set-ups (Diamond 11.CC and 11.CS).

And you'll immediately notice the change in the Diamonds' design - Wharfedale has returned to the curved cabinet sides from the Diamond 9 and 10 ranges that won Product of the Year Awards from us in 2005 and 2009.

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Diamond 11.1

Diamond 11.1

This is in an attempt to both avoid a boxy shape and reduce reverberation, and is helped by a new critical bracing and fibre lining to the inside of the cabinets.

The drivers have been changed as well - bass and midrange drivers have a basket with a network of ribs for rigidity, "massive magnet designs to ... raise sensitivity”, and a newly evolved tweeter design.

Pricewise, the home cinema centre speakers are the least expensive - the 11.CC and the 11.CS costing £150 and £230. The bookshelf Diamond 11.0, 11.1, and 11.2 speakers are £160, £270 and £350 respectively, while at the top end the floorstanding 11.3, 11.4, and 11.5 are £600, £800 and £1000.

They'll all be available in July, in either black, white, walnut or rosewood.

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Adam was a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?, reviewing consumer gadgets for online and print publication, as well as researching and producing features and advice pieces on new technology in the hi-fi industry. He has since worked for PC Mag as a contributing editor and is now a science and technology reporter for The Independent.