Wharfedale Elysian 1 Stand Mount Speakers-Piano Gloss Black
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Finely Crafted Luxury Stand Mount Speaker
Air Motion Transformer Tweeters
Woven Glass Fibre Mid/Bass Drivers
Optional Elysian 1 Speaker Stands Available
Available In Deepest Piano Gloss Black
About The Wharfedale Elysian 1 Stand Mount Speakers
The Wharfedale Elysian 1 is the entry into the esteemed Elysian range of luxury speakers but it is anything but entry level. In fact, it is one of the most sophisticated speakers in its class with an AMT (Air Motion Transformer) tweeter and European bass drivers inside an immaculately designed piano lacquered cabinet that is exquisitely finished. Be prepared to be impressed.
Elysian 1 is the latest addition to the ﬂagship loudspeaker series from Wharfedale, pushing the boundaries of capability and performance. A genuine example of luxury audio, Elysian 1 oﬀers indulgence in design, materials aesthetic, and performance, now in a more compact stand mount format.
Each component part is engineered to the very highest standard. The drivers, the crossover, the cabinet every aspect has been developed in harmony and without cost constraint to push the project to its performance limit. This thorough and no-compromise approach has led the Wharfedale engineers to create a benchmark in aﬀordable, audiophile-grade luxury loudspeakers. Cutting-edge design and class-leading technology are combined to deliver musical reproduction that will proudly challenge the world’s ﬁnest loudspeakers.
A proven concept in the form of the award winning Elysian 4 and Elysian 2 models, the Elysian 1 continues with the specially engineered AMT HF driver; a radically diﬀerent way of moving air, using a large, pleated, lightweight diaphragm driven across its surface by rows of strategically placed metallic strips immersed in a strong magnetic ﬁeld. The pleats in the diaphragm contract and expand under the inﬂuence of the musical drive, squeezing the air between them to form the desired waveform. Featuring an ultra-lightweight diaphragm material called ‘PET‘ and an acoustically damped rear chamber, the Elysian AMT stands out against comparable high-frequency units by delivering even more spellbindingly clear and sweetly extended high frequencies.
Operating in a two-way conﬁguration, Elysian 1 is also ﬁtted with a custom, glass ﬁbre matrix cone bass unit. Terminated with a highly ﬂexible rubber surround and driven by a specially developed low-distortion motor system, the 180mm (7”) bass units are capable of reaching down below 49Hz, revealing the full body and impact of percussion, stringed and wind instruments with detail and depth that other stand mount speaker options just cannot reach.
The performance of Elysian 1 is enhanced with an advanced version of Wharfedale’s signature slot-loaded port. Christened SLPP (Slot-Loaded Proﬁled Port), it ensures that the rear output of the bass units is not wasted. Instead, the lowest frequency energy is vented to a slot at the base of the speaker, specially proﬁled to equalise the high internal pressure to the low pressure in the room. This reduces the distortion that is typical of bass reﬂex systems and increases the port’s eﬃciency. In addition, because the air is dispersed uniformly in the room, the speakers are less fussy about placement.
In combination, the bass units and SLPP bass reﬂex system provide the massive foundation upon which the rest of the musical performance sits, letting you feel as well as hear the full impact of thunderous low-frequency information. High overall system sensitivity allows any ampliﬁer to reveal the full dynamic range of the music fed to it, without strain or limitation.
The drivers’ output is combined via a sophisticated crossover network, ﬁne-tuned over hundreds of hours of listening tests to ensure a seamless blend between the drive units.
Of particular note is the phase consistency across the driver output, permitting a wide range of seating positions and encouraging the power response to be highly linear throughout the listening room. Only the highest grade, acoustically transparent components are used throughout the crossover network, ensuring all the musical detail is heard with nothing held back.
Beautifully ﬁnished, the Elysian speaker cabinets are designed to enhance the acoustic output of the drivers and provide a piece of furniture of which the owner can be justly proud. Handcrafted veneers are enhanced by true piano ﬁnish lacquers, hand-polished to six levels of depth. This exquisite touch oﬀers a truly standout aesthetic, unmatched at this price-point.
Elysian 1 is truly another audio engineering work of art. The degree of natural transparency will leave you breathless and questioning, how is this possible in this price-class?
Wharfedale Wireless Works was founded by Gilbert Briggs in 1932, soon after he built his very first loudspeaker in the cellar of his home in Ilkley, Yorkshire. This sleepy little market town was located in the valley of the river “Wharfe” – an area known to this day as ‘Wharfedale’. This unlikely location would see the birth of a brand that has become recognized all over the world, synonymous with quality in high-fidelity reproduction.
In 1981 the first Wharfedale Diamond speaker was born. The rather unassuming small box took the industry by storm. Small cabinets and the stiff, yet light polypropylene driver meant a very fast, tight sound and compact, accurate two-way drivers produced a fantastic stereo image. It quickly became a best seller and the Diamond range has continued to this day as a staple in the Wharfedale catalogue.
Now, with more than 75 years of setting the standards in perfecting loudspeaker performance, Wharfedale, in order to remain at the forefront of audio, has dedicated 1.5 million square feet to design & manufacturing in which every single product and process takes place in-house. With this ability to control every single part of the process, Wharfedale’s speakers achieve a harmony in performance and design rarely seen elsewhere.
Our Take On The Elysian 1 Stand Mount Speakers
The Elysian series is founded on all the ground-breaking research and development that helped Wharfedale become what it is today. This rich history, combined with cutting edge technology and modern ideas on speaker design helps create this new benchmark in affordable, luxury audio. The driver configuration of the Elysian 1 is truly unique and exceeds that of any rival speaker in this class and form factor. From the genuine piano lacquer finished cabinet, created with details of true craftmanship, through to the AMT (Air Motion Transformer) high frequency transducers and European manufactured drivers, Elysian 1 represents a new standard. The resultant sound, from the finely balanced driver selection and expert crossover design, matches the pristine design with a degree of natural transparency that will leave you breathless.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: 2-driver, 2-way stand mount design
- Stand: Optional Elysian 1 speaker stands available
- 27 x 90mm (1.06 x 3.5”) Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter
- 180mm (7") coated fiberglass matrix cone mid/bass driver
- Frequency response: 49-22,000 Hz (±3dB)
- Bass Extension (-6dB): 44Hz
- Recommended amplifier power: 25-175 watts
- Sensitivity: 89 dB (2.83V @1m)
- Nominal impedance: 4 ohms
- Bass reflex design with port on the underside of the enclosure
- Two sets of binding post speaker terminals allow bi-amping or bi-wiring
- Removable magnetic grille
- Finishes: Piano Black, Piano Walnut, Piano White
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 263 x 490 x 315mm
- Weight: 15 kg each
- Manufacturer’s Warranty: 5 Years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE: Records Shown Sold Separately