Wharfedale Elysian 4 Speakers

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Priced from $15,999.99

Superbly Crafted Luxury Floorstanding Speaker

Able To Fill Large Rooms with Thrilling Sound

Air Motion Transformer Tweeter

Woven Glass Fibre Midrange & Bass Drivers

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About Wharfedale Elysian 4 Speakers

The Wharfedale Elysian 4 is a big imposing floorstanding speaker that has a take no prisoners approach to music making. Wharfedale have basically used every trick in their extensive speaker designing handbook to make these possibly the best speakers they have ever made. They have been created to reproduce all types of music in any size room and deserve to be on your short list if you are considering a top tier speaker system.

Wharfedale Elysian is a new flagship loudspeaker series that pushes the boundaries of capability and performance from a speaker at this price-point. A genuine example of luxury audio, Elysian offers indulgence in design, materials aesthetic and performance. A thorough and no compromise approach has lead 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.

Wharfedale Elysian 4 Speakers

From the genuine Piano-Lacquer finished cabinet, created with details of true craftsmanship, through to the AMT (Air Motion Transformer) high frequency transducers and European manufactured bass drivers, Elysian represents a new standard in the world of home audio experiences. 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. One for the connoisseur and one for the history books, Elysian will leave you questioning, how is this possible in this price-class? Elysian is truly an audio engineering work of art.

3-Way Driver Design: The Wharfedale Elysian 4 floorstanding loudspeaker employs a 3-way driver design with finely balanced driver selection, expertly designed crossover network, and finely-tuned ported cabinet. The Elysian 4 houses a 3.5" (89mm) AMT (Air Motion Transformer) tweeter, one 6" (152mm) coated fibreglass midrange driver, and two 8.5" (216mm) coated fibreglass cone bass woofers for full-range sound that is natural, transparent, and realistic.

Air Motion Transformer Tweeter: The AMT (Air Motion Transformer) is a radically different way of moving air. A large, pleated, lightweight diaphragm is driven across its surface by rows of strategically placed metallic strips immersed in a strong magnetic field. Under the influence of the musical drive the pleats in the diaphragm contract and expand, squeezing the air between them to form the desired waveform. Not only is this an efficient way of moving air but it is also very accurate as the diaphragm is under close control of the motor system at all times. In addition the AMT is a velocity, rather than pressure, transducer, capable of producing extremely fast transients and dynamics. The result is a wide bandwidth device that achieves low distortion naturally and delivers wonderful musical detail.

Fibre Cone Midrange & Bass Drivers: Determined to match the sensitivity and accuracy of the AMT, Wharfedale settled on a unique woven glass fibre matrix for the cone material of the midrange and bass drivers, which gives a wonderful combination of low mass and strength, and then gave this a coating of high plasticity to control its acoustic behaviour. With such a low mass only a low-damping, foamed rubber-like material would match for the surround, again coated for durability. A central phase plug is specially shaped to linearise the output across a wide bandwidth, even well off-axis, enhancing a natural response to the music which can be heard anywhere you wish to sit. You'll hear vocal and instruments that sound natural and real.

Expertly Designed Advanced Crossover: Combining the outputs of the drivers is an advanced computer modelled crossover that has been developed over hundreds of hours of listening tests, fine-tuned to make sure that the blend between the drive units is seamless. Of particular note is the phase consistency across the drive unit output, allowing a wide range of seating positions and encouraging the power response to be highly linear throughout your listening room. Wharfedale has only used the highest grade, acoustically transparent components throughout the crossover construction, ensuring that you hear all the musical detail. You’ll hear the full body of instruments without straining to enjoy the complete dynamics of your music. Whether you are listening to solo piano, a full orchestra, a jazz trio or multi-instrument rock performance, Elysian is more than capable of bringing the thrill and excitement of the performance into your home.

SLPP (Slot Loaded Profiled Port): Elysian utilises Wharfedale's most advance version of their slot port technology, SLPP (Slot Loaded Profiled Port). The lowest frequency energy from the bass woofers are 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. Overall system sensitivity is high at 92dB (2.83V @1m) allowing your amplifier to reveal the full dynamic range of the music fed to it without any strain or limitation. In combination the bass woofers and SLPP bass reflex system provide the massive foundation on which the rest of the musical performance sits, letting you feel as well as hear the full impact of low frequency information.

Dual Binding Posts: The Elysian 4 floorstanding loudspeaker has two sets of binding posts connected by jumper-straps. The binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin connectors, spade connectors, & banana plugs (single only). Using these dual binding posts, you can bi-amp or bi-wire the speakers. Bi-wiring or bi-amping the speaker can provide improved bass & treble performance.

  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
  • Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.
  • Note: If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp, you must remove the jumpers between the terminal posts (failure to do this could result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).

Mounting & Placement Options: If you are sitting within 2 metres of a pair of Elysian Series speakers, the distance between the speakers should be the same as between you and the speakers. Otherwise sit the speakers between 1.5 and 2 metres apart, clear of rear walls and room corners. If the loudspeakers are placed too close to the walls the bass will increase but may be boomy and indistinct. If the loudspeakers are placed further away from the walls, the inward angle ("toe-in") may be increased by up to 30%. As personal taste and room acoustics play a large role, experiment with different configurations and play a wide range of music before finalising the position of the speakers.

The optimum listening position is in an area between the speakers broadly known as the "sweet spot". The more extreme the angle of toe-in the narrower the sweet spot. Wharfedale loudspeakers are designed to cover a wide sonic perspective so there should be no need for extreme settings. A mild angle inwards will cover a wide range of seating positions. The grilles are provided to protect the loudspeaker drive units from accidental damage. For critical listening, please remove the grilles.

Note: The spike feet will scratch floors. Be careful positioning the speaker on floorboards, tile or vinyl flooring. No rubber feet or pads are included to protect floors. We recommend using Quadraspire Floor Protectors or Atacama Spike Shoes to protect your floors.

Main Features & Specifications

  • 4-driver, 3-way floorstanding design
  • 27 x 89mm (1.06 x 3.5”) Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter
  • 152mm (6") coated fibreglass matrix midrange driver
  • Two 216mm (8.5") coated fibreglass matrix woofers
  • Frequency response: 30-22,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • Bass Extension (-6dB): 24Hz
  • Recommended amplifier power: 15-250 watts
  • Sensitivity: 92 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
  • Finish: Piano Black, Piano White, Piano Walnut
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 402 x 1,188 x 462mm
  • Weight: 49.5kg each
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 5 Years

 Note: Features and Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.

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