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Wharfedale Plans CES Speaker Launch

Chicago  — Sound Solutions, the U.S. distributor of  Wharfedale speakers, will go to International CES with Wharfedale’s Diamond 200 speaker series, which will replace the Diamond 10 series.

The new series consists of the 210 and 220 bookshelf monitors, the 230, 240 and 250 floorstanding towers, 220C center channel speaker, and WH-D8 and WH-D10 subwoofers, all with upgrades from the previous Diamond 10 series. Suggested retails range from $299 to $1,699/pair.

The speakers’ enclosures have been upgraded to a more rigid laminated construction to minimize enclosure vibrations. The woofers and midrange drivers feature woven and impregnated Kevlar cones with a high stiffness-to-mass ratio to deliver a high level of clarity, the company said. The improved woofers use larger magnets to make the speakers easier to drive and capable of greater output. The speakers also feature a 1-inch soft-dome tweeter for smooth, detailed treble.

The Diamond 200 models deliver a “more room-friendly design” because they can be placed closer to a rear wall to achieve optimum performance and imaging. The improvement is attributed to a new slot-loaded bass port that also makes the speakers more efficient and reduces low-frequency coloration.

The crossover network has been refined to further improve the integration between the drivers and enable greater realism in reproducing voices and instruments.

As a result of the changes, the speakers are said to deliver a natural tonal balance, tightly focused yet spacious imaging, expansive surround sound and clear reproduction of vocals and instruments.

Their appearance has been upgraded with a minimalist design with lacquered front baffles accented by round grilles with silver trim rings. They will be available in January in multiple finishes.

Sound Solutions is also the U.S. distributor of AVID HiFi, Solid Steel, and Balanced Audio Technology and the distributor of Mobile Fidelity.