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Wharfedale Diamond SW150 review

A true champion of subwoofers, in terms of performance and price – it’s a quality piece of budget equipment Tested at £250.00

Our Verdict

A true champion of subwoofers, in terms of performance and price – it’s a quality piece of budget equipment

For

  • Excellent value for money
  • plenty of weight and low-frequency presence
  • it’s a tidy looking unit, too

Against

  • There’s absolutely no reason to criticise it at this bargain price

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

A true champion of subwoofers, in terms of performance and price – it’s a quality piece of budget equipment

Pros

  • + Excellent value for money
  • + plenty of weight and low-frequency presence
  • + it’s a tidy looking unit, too

Cons

  • - There’s absolutely no reason to criticise it at this bargain price

The budget Diamond range from Wharfedale is alive and kicking. It's a solid, well-built design, featuring basic controls for phase adjustment and crossover selection. There's no remote control or electronic display, but at this budget price level that's hardly surprising. The main cabinet is a closed design equipped with a 25cm driver.

Considering the budget price, the SW150 certainly delivers the sonic goods. Immediately apparent is the amount of weight and the sense of authority the subwoofer overwhelms you with. Importantly, not only is there quantity on offer, there's also quality.

The bass has detail and definition, and it's delivered in a controlled and cohesive manner. The level of discipline the SW150 imposes also helps to highlight its agility and rhythmic capabilities – it's equally at home with both movies and with music.

For all these reasons, the Wharfedale SW150 sub is a sensational performer at this price.

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