Wharfedale steals the speaker package show once more at the What Hi-Fi? Awards

Wharfedale Diamond 12.3
(Image credit: Wharfedale)

It’s that time of year again – the What Hi-Fi? Awards have been dished out and in the speaker package category, we have a mix of returning favourites and new gems bringing the best home cinema has to offer.

We have a new entry at the top and bottom ends of the price spectrum, while the three winners in the middle price brackets are packages that impressed us previously and are yet to be topped.

Speaker package: Wharfedale DX-3 HCP

Wharfedale's new DX-3 home cinema package replaces the company's Award-winning DX-2 package.  (Image credit: What Hi-Fi?)

Wharfedale dominates once again, despite winning one fewer award than last year. The company’s brand-new DX-3 speaker package comes in as the 'best under £500', replacing its own DX-2 which took home gold in the previous five years.

The Diamond 12.1 and Diamond 12.3 home cinema packages get the awards for the next price brackets, once again. The Diamond 12.1 package thoroughly impressed us for a third year straight in the '£500-1000' region, so much so that under ‘cons’ in our review we wrote a short, sweet “nothing”. The bigger, bolder 12.3 set wins its second award in a row, proving it’s a stellar home cinema package in the next price bracket..

Dali Oberon 5 5.1 Speaker Package

The Dali Oberon 5 5.1 Speaker Package has won an award in this category for five years on the trot (Image credit: Future)

The super-stylish (and now fittingly named) Dali Oberon 5 speaker package wins for the fifth year straight in the '£1500-2000' range. It’s pleasantly full and warm sounding and has a great dynamic range – ideal ingredients for an entertaining package. Needless to say, it's going to take a serious challenger to knock it from its perch.

At the highest price bracket, Bowers & Wilkins has stepped in to take the crown this year, with the combined Bowers & Wilkins 606 & 607 S3 speaker package coming top of our list.

This set was a special custom package we put together ourselves, comprising the five-star 606 S3 speakers as our front left and right left channels and the smaller, five-star 607 S3 as our surround speakers, along with the company's HTM6 S3 centre channel and ASW610 subwoofer. Bowers & Wilkins does not sell these speakers as a package at present, so you’ll need to buy each component individually to get your hands on this set-up. And we promise you won't be disappointed if you do.

Speaker package: Bowers & Wilkins 606 & 607 S3 surround speaker package

Bowers & Wilkins makes an incredibly strong case for ditching floorstanding speakers with this stunning speaker package (Image credit: What Hi-Fi?)

Five winners then, but only one will take home the prestigious Product of the Year award in the speaker package category. Watch this space on Wednesday 15th November, as the POY awards for each product category will be announced on that evening (GMT) during the official What Hi-Fi? Awards ceremony.


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Staff Writer

Ainsley Walker is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi?. He studied music journalism at university before working in a variety of roles including as a freelance journalist and teacher. Growing up in a family of hi-fi enthusiasts, this naturally influenced his interest in the topic. Outside of work, Ainsley can be found producing music, tinkering with retro tech, or cheering on Luton Town.