Elisian 4

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ELYSIAN is a real example of luxury audio and offers indulgence in design, materials, aesthetics and performance. A thorough and uncompromising approach has led the Wharfedale engineers to create a benchmark in affordable luxury audiophile speakers. The advanced design and combined the leading technology to deliver a musical reproduction with pride will challenge the best speakers in the world.

With the piano-lacquer finished cabinet, containing details of real craftsmanship, the AMT (Air Motion Transformer) and high-frequency transducers manufactured in Europe bass drivers, ELYSIAN represents a new standard in the world of home audio experience.

The resulting sound coming from the finely balanced driver selection and expert crossover design matches the design with a pristine natural degree of transparency that will leave you breathless.

One for the connoisseur and one for the history books, ELYSIAN makes you wonder how this is possible in this price range.

ELYSIAN is really an audio engineering work.



Description 3-way bookshelf speaker
treble 27 x 90mm AMT
midrange 6.0" (150mm) coated glass fiber matrix cone
Bass 8.5" (220mm) coated glass fiber matrix cone
nominal impedance 4Ω (8Ω compatible)
crossover frequency 340Hz, 3.1kHz
frequency response 30Hz ~ 22kHz (+/- 3dB)
Sensitivity 92dB (2.83V @ 1m)
Recommended amplifier power 15 - 250W
Weight 49.5kg/pcs
Dimension (H x W x D) mm
On pedestal 1188 x 402 x (432 + 30) with clamps


The series combines the renowned speaker brand history with first-class technology and state-of-the-art design. The newly designed Elysian series is characterized by luxurious design and powerful performance.


The assembly of precision-engineered housing costs several days of manual work and the whole is refined with piano paint to achieve the optimum result, both visually and acoustically. The drivers are matched. The tweeter is an Air Motion Transformer for precise high-frequency reproduction and, together with the European-made woofer for breathtaking transparency "makes it favorite song sounds like it is being heard for the first time: sound art in perfection." Peter Comeau, Acoustics Design Director Wharfedale, said: "We develop products with the belief that the listening experience involves all the senses. Therefore our clients deserve only the best. That is the attitude that we all build our products."


The Elysian product line is the result of years of research and development at Wharfedale. This allows the engineers own a new benchmark for high-end luxury speakers. Peter Comeau adds: "The Elysian speakers embrace everything Wharfedale is looking for a compromise, beautifully designed speaker craft combines the latest audio technology. With every product we launch, we want to define modern sound again."

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Wharfedale Elysian is a new flagship of the series of speakers who push the boundaries of the ability and performance of a loudspeaker at this price point. Elysian is a real example of luxury audio and offers pampering in the field of design, materials, aesthetics and performance. A thorough and uncompromising approach has encouraged the Wharfedale engineers to create a benchmark in affordable, audiophile luxury speakers. The advanced design and leading technology are combined to provide musical reproduction that will proudly challenge the best speakers in the world.

One for the connoisseur and one for the history books, Elysian let yourself be asked how this is possible in this price range.

Elysian is really an audio technical artwork.

From the real piano-laacquer finished cupboard, made with details of real craftsmanship, to the AMT (Air Motion Transformer) high-frequency transducers and the Basdrivers produced in Europe, Elysian represents a new standard in the world of home audio experience. The resulting sound, originating from the finely balanced driver selection and the expert Crossover design, fits the unspoilt design with a degree of natural transparency that will leave you breathless.

The AMT (Air Motion Transformer) is a radically different way of air. A large, pleated, lightweight membrane is driven over the surface by rows of strategically placed metal strips immersed in a strong magnetic field. Under the influence of the musical drive shrinking and turn off the folds in the diaphragm, pressing the air between them and the desired waveform is created. This is not only an efficient way to move air, but it is also very accurate because the diaphragm is kept monitoring by the motor system at all times. In addition, the AMT is a speed, instead of pressure, transducer, which is capable of producing sparkling fast transients and dynamics. The result is a device with a large bandwidth that achieves low distortion and delivers a beautiful musical detail.

Determined to match the sensitivity and accuracy of the AMT, we have established ourselves on a unique woven fiber optic matrix for the cone, which gives a beautiful combination of low mass and strength, and then have it a coating of high plasticity to the acoustic to check behavior. With such a low mass, only a layer of damping, foamed rubbery material would be suitable for surround, re-coated for durability. A central phase plug is specially formed to linearize the output about a large bandwidth, even good off-axis, so that a natural response to the music is being heard anywhere you want to be. What you hear is an amazing reality for voices and instruments. Singers seem to be present with you in space - close your eyes and listen to the tangable presence of singers in the acoustic space that Elysian presents.

The bass units are loaded by the most advanced version of the unique Wharfedale Slot Port so far. The rear output of the bass units is not wasted by the SLPPP (Slot Loaded Profiled Port). Instead, the low-frequency energy is vented to a slot at the foot of the speaker, specially profiled to equalize the high internal pressure to the low pressure in the room. The total system sensitivity is incredibly high, typically more than 92dB output for only 1 watt input, allowing each amplifier to reveal the full dynamic range of the music that is supplied without any voltage or limitation. In combination with the bassunits and the SLPP base reflex system, this forms the massive basis on which the rest of the musical performance is, so that you can feel and hear the full impact of retirement low-frequency information.

The combination of the outputs of the drivers is an advanced computer modeled crossover that has been developed during hundreds of listening tests, finely adjusted to ensure that the mix between the drive units is seamless. Of particular importance, phase consistency is about the exit of the drive unit, which means that a wide range of sitting positions is possible and the power response in your entire listening space is very linear. And of course we only used the most high-quality acoustic transparent components throughout the crossover construction, so that you can hear all musical details without having to worry about it. You will hear the full body of instruments such as cello and bass guitar, without having to worry about the full dynamics of the musical recital. Whether you are listening to a solo piano, a full orchestra or a jazz trio or a multi-instrument rock appearance, Elysian is more than able to bring the sensation and excitement of the performance in your listening room.


Are you not yet complete for purchasing the Wharfedale Elysian 4? We are happy to help you gain more insight and have put several reviews among each other for this. You can also always contact us!


look at here The review from 2020 by Andreas Eichelsdörfer (English).

look at hereThe review from 2020 by Paul Rigby (English).

look at hereFor an overview of the reviews from October 2020. (English)

look athereFor an overview of the reviews from November 2020. (English)

look athereFor an overview of the reviews from December 2020. (English)

Speaker type Floor standing
Speaker type 3-way
Recommended amplifier power 15 - 250 W
Frequency range (Hz) 30 Hz – 22 kHz
Bass extension (-6dB) 24 Hz
Crossover Frequency 3.1kHz
Nominal impedance (ohms) 4 Ohm
Minimum impedance 3.2 Ohm
Sensitivity in dB 92 dB
Peak SPL 110 dB
Cabinet volume 79.4 liters
Speaker woofer diameter 2x 220mm (woven fiberglass cone)
Speaker mid-range diameter 150mm (woven fiberglass cone)
Speaker tweeter diameter 27mm x 90mm (AMT)
Bass reflex placement Bottom
Dimensions (depth x width x height) 432 mm x 402 mm x 1188 mm
Weight 49.5 kg / piece

Are you still unsure about purchasing these speakers? We've mapped out reviews from past years to help you gain more insight. In addition, you can always contact us!

Reviews, Awards and Features
Andrew Eichelsdorfer: "...a lot of accuracy, at the highest level...“ Review
What Hi-Fi?: "...that Wharfedale now has another jewel in its crown." Review
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