Wharfedale

At the heart of Wharfedale lies a steadfast commitment to being the best possible conduit between artists and their audiences. As such, it is our responsibility to create captivating, compelling, and ultimately transcendent listening experiences that connect music fans to their favourite musicians. Not just for a wealthy few but for all who love and support music.

2003 - DRESSED UP TO THE NINES

The launch of our Diamond 9 series took the quality of introductory loudspeaker performance to new and greater heights. So loved was the series that three years later they were still winning awards, like What Hi-Fi’s 2005 product of the year. They were the most important loudspeaker of their time and an important milestone in more than 75 years of outstanding audio achievement.

2001 - AVOIDING Y2K WITH IAG

Four years after the company was purchased by International Audio Group, Wharfedale launched Diamond 8. This, along with huge investments in both new production facilities and new materials, saw Wharfedale once again at the fore of popular home audio. Thanks to the investments by IAG and Diamond 8, Wharfedale found solid footing in the new millennium.

1981 – DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

Work began on a loudspeaker that would change the industry forever, the Wharfedale Diamond. It took the world by storm. Smaller cabinets and the introduction of polypropylene meant a very fast, very tight delivery with fantastic stereo imaging. It was an immediate success, a revelation for the industry, and became a permanent fixture within the Wharfedale line.

1970 – CLASSIC MODELS FIRST APPEAR

With 60s psychedelia fading, the 70s ushered in a more traditional form of crafting loudspeakers. Loudspeaker kits were reintroduced under the moniker ‘Speakercraft’ and again opened the market to serious hi fi enthusiasts. But it was now-classic models like Linton and Denton along with hi fi’s broader popularity boom that saw production reach 800,000 drive units.

1960 – NEW DIGS IN THE SWINGING SIXTIES

Fashion played a huge part in 60s hi fi design. Teak vinyl and ultra-modern plastics were at the fore of audio design. A new and eager audience of hi fi enthusiast was emerging. Liberation was in the air. And to keep up with demand, a state of the art 170,000 sq. ft. production facility would be built to incorporate both new office space and large-scale research and development.

1958 - BUYOUTS AND NEW BEGINNINGS

Wharfedale, known at the time as Wharfedale Wireless Works, was sold to the Rank Organisation. Though a controversial move at the time, the sale led to the brand’s rapid development into areas such as electronics. However, Gilbert Briggs – founder of Wharfedale Wireless Works – continued to manage the day-to-day running of the company until his retirement in 1965.

1950 – BOLD NEW IDEAS

Briggs and close friend Peter Walker (of Quad) embark on an ambitious collaboration. With Quad supplying the amplification and Wharfedale the loudspeakers, Gilbert and Peter put together a series of industry-defining concerts showcasing the power of recorded music. With audiences invited to listen to live versus record music first hand, the two men toured both the UK and the United States, playing renowned venues such as Royal Festival Hall and Carnegie Hall.

1948 – THE HOW AND WHY GOES TO PRESS

Gilbert Briggs publishes his first book on music reproduction. Loudspeakers: The Why and How of Good Reproduction was little more than a pamphlet but struck a chord on both sides of the Atlantic. With the first edition selling out in less than five months and subsequent pressings being released, Briggs would go on to write many other books, including a follow-up to his first publication, and receive thousands of letters from fellow enthusiasts.

1945 – SETTING THE FUTURE STANDARD

In America, a trend is developing for better and better music reproduction. Wharfedale, poised to meet the growing demand for quality playback, has developed the first ever two-way loudspeaker – the prototype for the modern loudspeaker. What now fits in a backpack once came with a 10” tweeter and took two grown men to lift. But it set the standard for the entire industry.

1936 – STRONG GROWTH DURING DARK TIMES

War looms and Gilbert’s company outgrows its small premises, moving to a larger factory in Bradford. When the war struck, Wharfedale Wireless Works were commissioned to make transformers for Marconi. Some 40,000 units were completed by an expert staff of just 20 before the war finally came to an end in 1945.

1933 – FIRST AND SECOND PRIZE AT THE FAIR

After setting up a small factory near Bradford, Briggs enters the Bradford Radio Society’s annual competition and wins first and second place. It earns the company their first major order, and from this moment on Wharfedale Wireless Works never look back. Production goes from strength to strength and sees the manufacturing and distribution of up to 9000 units per year.

1933 – STRAIGHT TO THE FACTORY

Briggs sets up a small factory near Bradford to build his new loudspeaker drive units. With the new and exciting technology of radio, word spread of his new transducers. Demand was quickly growing. Initially, it was an all-family with wife Doris Edna Briggs, his entire production department, spending many late nights soldering wires and winding coils.

1932 – A LEGEND IS BORN

Gilbert Briggs builds his very first loudspeaker in the cellar of his home in Ikley, Yorkshire. Driven by a love of live music, Briggs takes a personal passion and lays the foundation for what would become Britains most famous name in loudspeaker design and manufacturing. All of it founded from a sleepy little market town in valley of the river Wharfe – an area known to this day as Wharfedale.

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  1. WHARFEDALE D310 Bookshelf Speakers

    Wharfedale again redefines the low-cost, high-performance speaker concept with the all-new range, the D300 Series.

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  2. WHARFEDALE D320 Bookshelf Speakers

    Wharfedale again redefines the low-cost, high-performance speaker concept with the all-new range, the D300 Series.

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  3. WHARFEDALE Denton Heritage 85th Anniversary Bookshelf Speakers

    Denton 85th Anniversary is a two-way speaker in the classic bookshelf tradition.

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  4. WHARFEDALE Diamond 11.1 Bookshelf Speakers

    The latest generation of Diamond speakers includes design elements never previously seen at such affordable price points.

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  5. WHARFEDALE Diamond 11.4 Floor Standing Speakers

    The latest generation of Diamond speakers includes design elements never previously seen at such affordable price points.

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  6. Wharfedale Diamond 11CS Centre Speaker

    Wharfedale’s famous Diamond speakers have served as the classic entry point to true high-fidelity sound, their exceptional value for money earning numerous ‘product of the year’ awards in the UK and around the world.

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  7. WHARFEDALE Diamond 12.0 Bookshelf Speakers

    The ultra-compact speaker in the DIAMOND 12 series, the DIAMOND 12.0 features all of the same technology as its larger siblings but is designed for small-footprint hi-fi systems, or even as a high-performance, compact satellite speaker in home theatre systems.

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  8. WHARFEDALE Diamond 12.1 Bookshelf Speakers

    The true all-rounder, the Wharfedale DIAMOND 12.1 is a traditional standmount (or bookshelf) speaker that embodies the history and performance values of the Wharfedale DIAMOND series.

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  9. WHARFEDALE Diamond 12.2 Bookshelf Speakers

    Still compact but with increased cabinet volume and driver size for even more potency, the Wharfedale DIAMOND 12.2 offers a little more from a traditional standmount (or bookshelf) speaker format and embodies the history and performance values of the Wharfedale DIAMOND series.

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  10. WHARFEDALE Diamond 12.3 Floorstanding Speakers

    The more compact of the Wharfedale DIAMOND 12 series floorstanding options, the DIAMOND 12.3 loses none of the accuracy and musicality of the standmount (bookshelf) options. With enhanced presence and power, the DIAMOND 12.3 is refined and the perfect, affordable floorstanding speaker for 2-channel hi-fi systems, or as the front pair of a seriously impressive home theatre system.

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  11. WHARFEDALE Diamond 12.4 Floorstanding Speakers

    The powerhouse model of the Wharfedale DIAMOND 12 series, the DIAMOND 12.4 is the room-filling, chest-pounding, largest model in the series.For larger, more powerful systems and cinema-style home theatre experiences, the DIAMOND 12.4 will fill your room with an impactful, immersive performance.

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  12. WHARFEDALE Diamond 12.c Centre Speaker

    The DIAMOND 12.C brings cinema-quality vocal tangibility and depth to the Wharfedale DIAMOND 12 series home theatre system.

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    $579.99
  13. WHARFEDALE Diamond 210 Bookshelf Speakers

    Quite simply put, the Wharfedale Diamond is one of our most successful speaker series, if not one of the most successful hi-fi speaker series ever. We can justify this as year on year, the Diamond Series has broke the mould for combining award winning sound quality unforeseen at this price. Foremost in the design criteria for Diamond 200 is the ongoing research into loudspeaker driver sound quality. The speaker series uses our famous woven Kevlar cone form, drawing influence from the flagship Jade Series.

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    $499.00
  14. WHARFEDALE Diamond 220 Bookshelf Speakers

    Quite simply put, the Wharfedale Diamond is one of our most successful speaker series, if not one of the most successful hi-fi speaker series ever. We can justify this as year on year, the Diamond Series has broke the mould for combining award winning sound quality unforeseen at this price. Foremost in the design criteria for Diamond 200 is the ongoing research into loudspeaker driver sound quality. The speaker series uses our famous woven Kevlar cone form, drawing influence from the flagship Jade Series.

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    As low as $533.11
    $599.00
  15. WHARFEDALE Diamond 225 Bookshelf Speakers

    This new addition to the Diamond 200 family builds on the best-seller in the series, the Diamond 225. Utilising a larger 165mm woven fibre cone, bass extension is extended to a lower 40Hz, giving you even more performance at a similar, affordable price.

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  16. WHARFEDALE Diamond 230 Floorstanding Speakers

    Quite simply put, the Wharfedale Diamond is one of our most successful speaker series, if not one of the most successful hi-fi speaker series ever. We can justify this as year on year, the Diamond Series has broke the mould for combining award winning sound quality unforeseen at this price. The Diamond 230 Floorstanding Speaker represent excellent value for money, delivering a full music spectrum from a compact 2-way floor speaker.

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  17. WHARFEDALE Diamond 240 Floorstanding Speakers

    Quite simply put, the Wharfedale Diamond is one of our most successful speaker series, if not one of the most successful hi-fi speaker series ever. We can justify this as year on year, the Diamond Series has broke the mould for combining award winning sound quality unforeseen at this price. The Diamond 240 speakers are mid sized floor standing speakers utilising 3 way technology that delivers a rich, like-like performance.

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    $2,199.00
  18. WHARFEDALE Diamond 250 Floorstanding Speakers

    Quite simply put, the Wharfedale Diamond is one of our most successful speaker series, if not one of the most successful hi-fi speaker series ever. We can justify this as year on year, the Diamond Series has broke the mould for combining award winning sound quality unforeseen at this price. The Diamond 250 is the largest speaker in the Diamond 200 range using a 3-way bass/reflex design offering unparalleled performance at this price point.

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  19. WHARFEDALE EVO4.1 Bookshelf Speakers

    Wharfedale’s new EVO4 has grown out of the extensive research and development that produced the ELYSIAN flagship loudspeakers and borrows much of the technology involved in ELYSIAN.

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  20. WHARFEDALE EVO4.2 Bookshelf Speakers

    Wharfedale’s new EVO4 has grown out of the extensive research and development that produced the ELYSIAN flagship loudspeakers and borrows much of the technology involved in ELYSIAN.

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  21. WHARFEDALE EVO4.3 Floorstanding Speakers

    Wharfedale’s new EVO4 has grown out of the extensive research and development that produced the ELYSIAN flagship loudspeakers and borrows much of the technology involved in ELYSIAN.

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    $2,699.00
  22. WHARFEDALE EVO4.4 Floorstanding Speakers

    Wharfedale’s new EVO4 has grown out of the extensive research and development that produced the ELYSIAN flagship loudspeakers and borrows much of the technology involved in ELYSIAN.

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    $3,699.00
  23. WHARFEDALE EVO4.C Center Speaker

    Wharfedale’s new EVO4 has grown out of the extensive research and development that produced the ELYSIAN flagship loudspeakers and borrows much of the technology involved in ELYSIAN.

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    As low as $1,334.11
    $1,499.00
  24. WHARFEDALE EVO4.CS Centre Speaker

    Wharfedale’s new EVO4 has grown out of the extensive research and development that produced the ELYSIAN flagship loudspeakers and borrows much of the technology involved in ELYSIAN.

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    As low as $1,112.49
    $1,249.99
  25. WHARFEDALE EVO4.S Surround Speakers

    Wharfedale’s new EVO4 has grown out of the extensive research and development that produced the ELYSIAN flagship loudspeakers and borrows much of the technology involved in ELYSIAN.

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    As low as $2,300.00
    $2,599.00
  26. Wharfedale Leak Single Malt Hi-Fi System

    Music made from the finest vintage.

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    $5,398.00
  27. WHARFEDALE Linton Heritage Stand Mount Speakers

    The Wharfedale LINTON represents one of the most iconic models in the long history of Wharfedale loudspeakers.  A model that embodied the Wharfedale pioneering research through the 60s, 70s and 80s, with a bloodline dating back to 1965.

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