The Most Advanced Tower Loudspeaker in Wharfedale History: Beautiful Elysian 4 Features Proprietary 3.5-Inch Tweeter, Six-Inch Midrange, and 8.5-Inch Woofers
From its proprietary 3.5-inch AMT (Air Motion Transformer) tweeter and woven glass-fiber matrix driver cones to its innovative bass port, the Wharfedale Elysian 4 tower loudspeaker delivers something rare: extraordinary tonal accuracy and holographic imaging across the entire frequency range combined with a warm, inviting musicality that'll have you falling in love with your favorite music again. It functions as a remarkably transparent musical instrument that unearths layers of detail while providing fatigue-free listening marked by smooth high frequencies, a lush midrange, and tuneful bass.
Created by Peter Comeau, the designer responsible for Wharfedale's revered Diamond Series, Elysian 4 takes the wide-frequency dispersion and speed capabilities of the AMT tweeter and pushes them to where they've never gone before. You'll hear fine, lifelike micro-detail without etching. In addition, Elysian 4's two 8.5-inch coated glass-fiber matrix cone woofers and six-inch midrange driver produce fast transients due to the low mass and high rigidity of their architecture. The midrange is coupled to the cabinet baffle to match to the acoustics of the room. A computer-modeled crossover seamlessly integrates with the driver complement.
From a practical perspective, Elysian 4 proves easier to place near walls and furniture than conventionally designed models in its class. Credit an innovative bass port (SLPP) that vents its lowest frequencies to a slot at the base, thereby equalizing the high internal pressure to the low pressure in your room. No wonder Elysian 4 reaches down to 30Hz and delivers the full body of percussive, stringed, and wind instruments. And, courtesy of a central phase plug that improves linearity, Elysian 4 produces impressive soundstaging, even for off-axis listening.
System-matching is another Elysian 4 specialty. Its 92dB efficiency rating makes it compatible with a wide array of amplifiers. And while it weighs in at 109 pounds, the speaker's moderate 46.7 x 15.8 x 17-inch (HWD) footprint and lush, piano-lacquer-finished cabinet make it a welcome piece in practically any room larger than 250 square feet.
Arrange for a risk-free audition today. We predict Wharfedale's Elysian 4 will impress your ears just as much as your eyes.
"Large-scale crescendos are dispatched with confidence, the Elysians punching out sound with real venom. They can play at high volume levels without stress, too, but also have the less-common attribute of still sounding interesting at whisper levels..."
—What Hi-Fi?, five-star review
The Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter utilised in the EVO4 range is a radically different method to move air than a conventional dome tweeter. A large, pleated lightweight diaphragm is driven across its surface by rows of strategically placed magnets. Not only is this an efficient way of moving air, but it is also very accurate as the extremely low-mass diaphragm is under close control of the motor system at all times. The result is a wide bandwidth transducer that achieves low distortion and delivers exceptional musical detail without being bright, harsh, and fatiguing.
Determined to match the sensitivity and accuracy of the AMT, the Wharfedale design team chose a unique woven glass fibre matrix cone with an ideal combination of low mass and strength. A high plasticity coat provides damping to suppress high-frequency resonance. A specially shaped central phase plug linearises the output across a wide bandwidth, even well off-axis for exceptionally natural sound throughout the room. With Elysian, you will hear astonishingly realistic reproduction of voices and instruments.
The woofer cones are the same low mass yet stiff woven glass-fiber matrix as the midrange driver. The most advanced version of Wharfedale's unique port system – the Slot Loaded Profiled Port (SLPP) – vents the woofers. As with all other bass port designs, the woofer's rear radiation is not wasted but vented into the room. But that is where the similarities end. The bass energy in the enclosure is under high pressure. In conventional port designs, air turbulence occurs when the bass waves abruptly exit into the low-pressure room. This turbulence wastes bass and often causes annoying "chuffing" or "popping" sounds, sometimes referred to as port noise. In the SLPP system, both ends of the port tube are flared with a semi-parabolic flange to linearise airflow through the tube. The low-frequency energy is then vented to a slot at the speaker's base, specially profiled to equalize the high internal pressure to the room's low pressure. The result is an entirely natural recreation of bass instruments' fundamental notes presented with authority and articulation, without port-induced distortion and noise.
Combining the drivers' outputs is an advanced computer-modeled crossover that has been developed over hundreds of hours of listening tests to make sure that the blend between the drive units is seamless. Of particular note is the phase consistency between the drivers, allowing the power response to be highly linear and consistent throughout your listening room. Elysian crossovers use the highest-grade, acoustically transparent components throughout, ensuring that you hear all the musical detail with nothing held back. You'll hear the full body of instruments like cello and bass guitar without straining to enjoy the complete dynamics of the musical recital. Whether you are listening to solo piano, a full orchestra or a jazz trio, or a multi-instrument rock performance, Elysian is more than capable of bringing the thrill and excitement of the performance into your listening room.
One can't help but notice that Elysian is attractive. That beauty is more than skin deep. Underneath the hand-polished piano-lacquer finish lies a multi-layer enclosure composed of layers of different wood products sandwiched together. The dissimilar resonance characteristic of each material serves to cancel the other's resonance for vibration and colouration-free performance. All of the drivers' acoustic energy launches directly into the room instead of vibrating the enclosure panels. You will enjoy the kind of clarity, detail and three-dimensional imaging one expects from the finest speakers.
Treble: 3.5" (90mm) Air Motion Transformer
Midrange: 6.0" (150mm) coated fiber glass matrix cone
Bass: 8.5" (220mm) coated fiber glass matrix cone
Nominal Impedance: 4Ω (compatible 8Ω )
Crossover Frequency: 340Hz, 3.1kHz
Frequency Response: 30Hz - 22kHz (+/-3dB)
Sensitivity: 92dB (2.83V @1m)
Recommended Amplifier Power: 15 - 250W
Weight: 109.1 lbs.
Dimensions (HWD): 46.8" x 15.8" x 17.0"
User Manual (PDF, 42.7 MB)