In Greek mythology, the Elysian Fields are a heavenly place where the heroic and virtuous are rewarded in the afterlife. And much in the same spirit, we have the result of a three-year R&D project.
Wharfedale’s new Elysian range comprises the standmount Elysian 2 and the floorstanding Elysian 4 speaker, developed concurrently with the EVO4 Series
Like the EVO4, the speakers in the range are three-way designs, sporting an unusual driver array, including an Air Motion Transformer (AMT). The Elysian AMT is larger and of a higher specification than the one used in the EVO4 Series, and features an ultra-lightweight diaphragm material and an acoustically damped rear chamber.
In terms of options to match the sensitivity and accuracy of the AMT treble unit for the Elysian’s midrange driver, the brand eventually settling on a proprietary woven glass fibre matrix, formed into a 150mm cone. This boasts both low mass and high strength and promises to deliver realistic voices and instruments. The 220mm glass fibre matrix bass cones – one in the Elysian 2, two in the Elysian 4 – are capable of reaching down below 28Hz. Said bass units are used with an advanced version of Wharfedale’s signature slot-loaded port, christened SLPP (Slot-Loaded Profiled Port). Both Elysian models have a relatively wide stature, with each just over 43cm deep. One key aspect is the wide baffle, finished with radiused edges to help smooth the flow of sonic energy around the cabinet.
The Wharfedale Elysian 2 and Elysian 4 are available at £4,500 per pair (£4,900 with matching stands) for the Elysian 2 and £6,500 per pair for the Elysian 4. Finishing options include walnut, black or white, hand-finished in high-gloss piano lacquer.