Yesterday I purchased/borrowed a pair of Wharfedale Diamond 220 speakers from my local audio dealer for evaluation. Having been relatively impressed by the Denton Anniversary model, I wanted to see if any of it's faults were addressed and improved in this new mini-monitor. The Diamond 220 made it about 3 songs into my listening session before I packaged them up and put them back in the trunk. This is truly one of the poorer speakers I've ever heard. I am truly saddened by the direction that the industry has taken as of lately: to package prettily a $25 loudspeaker, create a bunch of hype as to it's incredible value and 'giant-killer' status, perhaps even add a designer's signature, and retail for $200-400 all day long. Problem is that this is little more than a complete rip off. I don't really have anything nice to say about the Diamond 220. I suppose it has a tonal balance that isn't completely offensive, which is something, but they are hollow and boxy sounding, do nothing to draw you in, and they are severely lacking in bass and richness. The mids are grainy and unrefined and worst of all, choose some moderately challenging or complex material and hear a virtual fireworks display of shriek and nastiness. I am stunned at how it is even possible to make a smallish driver behave so poorly using a relatively conservative crossover point, but I suppose the secret is all in the cheapness of materials. Speaking of which, fit and finish feels like a Walmart or Ikea product. I give this speaker a solid four thumbs down (would be five, but the tweeter isn't the worst I've ever heard). The Diamond 220 has relatively little in common sonically with the Denton, which showed promise. My opinion of Wharfedale as a company has severely plummeted as has my capacity to take professional reviews with any degree of seriousness whatsoever (the hifi press raves about the 220!). I would imagine that anyone who hears the Wharfedale Diamond 220 and finds it pleasant in any way, simply doesn't know what they're missing. I am still puzzled as to how I listened to these briefly in a store one day and was impressed, but audio shops are obviously optimized to offer that very experience and it wouldn't be the first time. Notes: For reference, I'm comparing these in the presence of Harbeth Monitor 30, Spendor Prelude 2, Quad ESL 57, and when my cheap pair of Audioengine A2 powered desktop speakers w/ subwoofer completely blow away the Diamond 220 in terms of smoothness, sophistication, and musicality, I know we have a serious problem.