The Warfedale Company has existed in some form since 1933. Wharfedale first introduced the Diamond Series i
n 1981. The Diamond quickly became one of the best-selling audiophile speakers of all time.
I asked a similar question in the UK (AVForums.com)
version of this forum. Having know of Wharfedale for many years, I wondered why they did not get recommended more often.
The answer I got was that Wharfedale made one critical marketing mistake. They decided to expand their market by branching out into low end consumer equipment, and rather than expanding their market among general consumers, it devalued their Brand Name for Music Enthusiast and Audiophile. When a new generation grew into the market, they already associated Wharfedale with low end Walmart/Curry's class equipment, and intuitively felt the wanted something better.
But for those not clouded by that association and by that prejudice, Wharfedale has been and remains a strong contender in the Speaker market with the Diamond consistently being their most popular product.
Wharfedale has also tried to enter other markets. For example, you can buy Wharfedale brand PA equipment. For a while they tried to enter the DJ market with the Valdus
speaker lines. These were high-powered high-output speakers, that were a bit less refined, but very attractively priced. Perfect for Amateur or small venue DJs.
Both the above speaker had THREE 8" Bass drivers. When the DJ lines were discontinue and went on close-out, they represented excellent value for people looking for party speakers.
The current Issue of Stereophile Magazine (though it may not be on-line yet)
has a review of the Wharfedale Diamond 225
that is generally positive, and ends with the speakers being "Highly Recommended".
They have also previously reviewed the Diamond 10.1
, which got a rave review, and the Diamond 10.7
which also got a very good review. I believe Stereophile
also review the Wharfedale JADE 7
, and gave it a very positive review.
But as I said, some people believe that Wharfedale devalued its brand by making a line of low end discount store equipment, and tacking their name to it. For countless people, the Wharfedale brand was forever tied to that low end equipment.
Just a few thoughts.