In the early 1980s, Wharfedale created the blueprint for modern ‘budget’ hi-fi speakers. Almost four decades on, Wharfedale again redefines the low-cost, high-performance speaker concept with the all-new range, the D300 Series.
Running concurrently with the existing Diamond 11 Series, attaining even lower price points, the D300 series has modishly styled enclosures incorporate many similar technologies, re-designed and engineered specifically for this new range. The drive units and bass reflex system are especially noteworthy – no other speaker range delivers such high specifications at such low prices.
Diamond Active Series
A thrilling listening experience with zero hassle
Wharfedale Diamond Active Series couple innovative, convenient wireless technology with an award-winning loudspeaker formula for tremendous bass delivery and scintillating high frequencies.
There is no need for bulky amplifiers and trailing wires anymore.
Two packages are available – The Diamond A1 (2 x bookshelf speakers) and the Diamond A2 (2 x floorstanding speakers). Each system is linked together wirelessly, via the included Diamond H1 Hub, which acts as the central console for all your music sources, including analogue, digital and Bluetooth aptX connections – Everything the modern music lover needs.
The speakers are Individually powered by the latest in digital amplification – a room-filling 100W per system. Combined with Wharfedale’s proprietary Woven-Kevlar bass driver and textile soft-dome tweeter as seen in the multi-award winning Diamond 200 series the result is a jaw-dropping sound, usually associated with more complicated audio setups.
DS-2 stereo Bluetooth speaker system delivers hi-fi sound in miniaturised form – perfect to place on a desk, table or shelf
Based on the now-discontinued DS-1, a similarly diminutive pair of Bluetooth speakers widely acknowledged as the best available under £200 – “petite little desktop speakers that sound fantastic for the money,” said What Hi-Fi? whilst presenting them with an Award in 2015.
In contrast to most Bluetooth speakers, the DS-2 is a pair of proper two-way hi-fi speakers shrunk to desktop size, standing just 190mm high, 120mm wide and 140mm deep.
The mid/bass driver’s cone is fashioned from woven polypropylene, chosen for its ideal combination of lightness, strength and low coloration. Both drive units are protected by specially designed metal grilles, while a rear-firing port augments low-frequency performance to provide bass that’s surprisingly deep and punchy for the speakers’ size.
Inside the master speaker nestles new-generation, high-performance digital amplification outputting 2x15W continuous and 2x30W peak. This drives the treble and mid/bass units via a high-quality crossover network containing select audio-grade.
Bluetooth provides simple wireless pairing with smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs, complete with support for the sonically superior aptX codec. Flexibility is further enhanced by a 3.5mm analogue stereo input and supplied cable.