The first model from the 10 Series to be released is the 10.1 classic bookshelf designed as direct replacement for the 9.1.
The new model benefits from stronger cabinet walls with increased rigidity for strength and reduced internal standing waves.
The front baffle features a composite panel structure with piano black finish which not only makes it look swish but also improves sound quality by reducing the effects of vibration.
The mid/bass drive unit has been enhanced with a massive flange to improve stability while a diamond pattern has been molded into the surround of the Kevlar cone to dampen standing waves and create a cleaner high-frequency roll-off.
The original twin reflex ports have been moved to the rear of the cabinet to reduce audible distortion while extending the bass to below 45Hz for an 'impressive sense of sonic scale'.
A metal diffusion grid has also been added over the soft-dome tweeter as protection and to iron out high-frequency perturbations up to the 30kHz point for smoother treble.
Finally the front grille has been enhanced with invisible fixing and to eliminate any intrusion it may have had on performance.
What others have to say about this dynamic speaker..."I am writing in from Mumbai, India. Dont know if I am the first person in Mumbai to be a proud owner of the Wharfedale Diamond 10.1, but I have them now for over 2 weeks. And boy, I am loving every second of them. They sound brilliant. I might add better than the already good 9.1. They generate some serious bass for a speaker of this size. Good midrange as well. Have got them paired with Marantz CD5001 and Marantz 7001 amplifier. A great package according to me"
---"Am also burning in the 10.1. running them with the ca 340SE and ca 340a . Had A/b ed them with the 9.1. I dare say the 10.1's sound better.I don't think its just a marketing gimmick. Slightly more open with better bass extension."
"Folks.....i recently bought Diamond 10.1 and paired it with Denon
PMA-700AE amplifier.......It's outstanding...am loving every bit of
it......honestly i didn't expect this relatively small speakers to do so
well.....to my ears it really outperformed the B&W bookshelf,
which is almost four times expensive, my brother bought recently"
Some Reviews from the pros..
Wharfedale Diamond 10.1 By Dave Oliver There's a 5in bass/mid driver topped by a 1in tweeter which features a metal diffusion grid designed to help deliver a smoother sounding treble up to 30kHz. Around the back are two large bass ports and two pairs of angled binding posts suitable for bi ... Beautifully musical presentation, controlled, powerful bass and open top end, stylish design and finish
(video.. Video from AlaTest)
AVRievew..Wharfedale Diamond 10.1Modestly priced and the best in the test. What more do you want, jam on it? Transparent, precise and revealing sound ; sturdy build They're not about to flatter sub-standard electronics
I had done a ton of research trying to decide on the right bookshelf speaker for my audio setup. I almost picked up some PSB Image B6's, B&W 685's, Energy RC-10's, but after doing so much review research vs. price I decided to pick up the Wharfedale 10.1's. They were $299 and unfortunately they were hard to find, and in the United States there really isn't any place to go to listen to them before you buy. I decided I would just give it a shot anyway. I ordered them from Wild West Electronics online. They were very good to deal with. I spoke with the distributor because they aren't officially out for another month or 2 in the US, and I really wanted to hear them. They sent me their demo pair to listen to until mine came in. They have about 150 hours on them so they are already broken in. The speakers came very well packaged and when I took them out of the box I was pleasantly surprised with how they looked. They are absolutely gorgeous speakers. I haven't ordered speaker stands yet, even though from what I have read it's the best way to hear these speakers. I will definitely get some at some point but right now I don't have anywhere to put them (moved recently and not fully furnished yet so don't have the right space for them). I hooked them up with wire and banana plugs to my Rotel RSX-972 receiver. I powered everything on and had a nice selection of music waiting to play. The speakers put a huge smile on my face with everything that I played. My list of test music is this:
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Eric Clapton Unplugged
Steve Miller Band
Those were the most significant test albums for my speakers. I have a very wide range of music that I listen to, so I can really get a feel for what these Wharfedales can handle. With every album I put on, the speakers floored me with their sound. The Rotel is a great music receiver. I tried my old NAD 7240PE and they still sounded terrific, but I definitely think the Rotel had the edge. The speakers have a very natural sound throughout the frequency range. I am not a complete audiophile and I don't know all of the terms to use, so I am doing the best I can. The imaging is great and I have not heard any speakers that can stand out and provide a more natural balanced sound for under $1,000. I have not heard all speakers by any means and have not done an A/B test with anything besides my Mirage Omnisats, which just could not compare against the Wharfedales. The speakers can handle an amazing amound of bass for bookshelf speakers. I have read things with the timing on the bass due to the rear ports have been a bit off, but I have not experienced that. I have them placed about 8" away from the wall on a bookshelf currently and they are about 40" off the ground. I will be moving them in the near future and will update on the sound again at that point, but I am very pleased with the sound where they are currently located. The speakers are a bit on the warm side, but not too much which provides a very nice tone that is very easy on the ears. I have found myself on the weekend sitting about 6 feet in front all day long listening to music. I think that is an amazing thing for a $299 pair of speakers to accomplish. I highly recommend these speakers. WhatHiFi has a praising review on the speakers as well. I think that these speakers should be sold more, and some US stores should be carrying them, which I don't understand how they aren't. Wharfedale is one of the most popular speaker brands in Britain, and they are for a reason.
So.. All that having been said.. its time to go shopping... take a look for yourself...Wharfedale 10.1