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Wharfedale refines Hi-Fi image with high-end Elysian loudspeakers

Legendary British Hi-Fi brand Wharfedale has introduced two new premium loudspeakers, the Elysian 2 and Elysian 4. The culmination of a three-year R&D project, these new flagships have been hailed as ‘the ultimate expression of pure musical enjoyment’.  

Best known for its top-selling budget Diamond loudspeakers, Wharfedale has really pushed the envelope with these new additions.

Referencing the Elysian Fields of  Greek mythology, the models come in stand mount or floor standing versions; the Elysian 2 are priced at £4,500 a pair, while the Elysian 4 sell for £6,500 a pair. Both are available in walnut, black or white, hand-finished in high-gloss piano lacquer. 

These speakers bring the thrill and excitement of the performance to your listening room, says the manufacturer… 

Wharfedale Elysian 2 stand mount speaker in piano black

Both three-way designs, each component part has been engineered without financial constraint, it says.

The AMT treble unit and mid-range driver have been designed to deliver voices and instruments with absolute realism, while the bass driver uses a specially developed low-distortion motor system to drop extra deep. The 220mm bass units, one in the Elysian 2, two in the Elysian 4, can reach down below 28Hz, to properly realise the sound of percussion and stringed and wind instruments. 

The Elysian speaker cabinets boast handcrafted veneers with true piano finish lacquers, hand-polished to six levels of depth to give a truly deep lustre. Beneath the veneer is a sandwich of woods of differing density, designed to reduce panel resonance to below audibility. 

The Elysian 2 and 4 are statement Hi-Fi speakers

Wharfedale’s Director of Acoustic Design, Peter Comeau, explains: “The cabinet design, in combination with the drive units, allows the Elysian speakers to convey the full body of instruments like cello and bass guitar, without constraining the dynamics of the musical recital. Whether you’re listening to solo piano, a full orchestra, a jazz trio or a rock band, these speakers bring the thrill and excitement of the performance to your listening room.” 

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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