About the Wharfedale Elysian C
Wharfedale's flagship center channel speaker
Wharfedale's flagship center channel speaker
Wharfedale's Elysian line of speakers exude class, plain and simple. If you're building a top-notch Wharfedale surround sound system, the Elysian C is a must-have. It's a three-way center channel speaker with a highly accurate AMT tweeter for crisp dialogue, a dedicated midrange, and two 8-1/2" woofers that add thrilling low end to music and sound effects. The drivers are ensconced in solidly engineered cabinets with beautiful finishes to complement your decor.
Wharfedale's engineers chose an advanced folded ribbon tweeter — a.k.a. Air Motion Transformer — for the Elysian line, in order to produce silky-smooth high frequencies. They explored a number of possible materials for the midrange and bass drivers, searching for an ideal match for the sensitivity and accuracy offered by the tweeter.
Innovators that they are, they settled on a proprietary woven fiberglass matrix that offers a unique combination of strength and flexibility. It allows the 6" midrange to reproduce voices, musical score, and special effects with impressive detail and accuracy.
The material is also used in the speaker's dual 8-1/2" woofers, which offer the type of deep, musical bass that can enrich any listening experience. Bass performance is enhanced by the solidly built bass-reflex cabinet.
- Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter
- 6" coated fiberglass matrix midrange
- two 8-1/2" coated fiberglass matrix woofers
- frequency response: 35-22,000 Hz (±3dB)
- recommended amplifier power: 25-150 watts
- sensitivity: 91 dB
- nominal impedance: 6 ohms
- bass reflex design
- dual sets of binding post speaker terminals with bi-amp/bi-wire capability
- removable grille
Dimensions and warranty:
- 32-11/16"W x 12-5/8"H x 14-9/16"D
- weight: 66.5 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # WHELYCBLK
What's in the box:
- Center channel loudspeaker
- 2 Terminal-jumpers
- User Manual
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Features & specs
|Tweeter Type||AMT (Ribbon)|
|Tweeter Size (inches)||3.5|
|Midrange size (inches)||6|
|Woofer size (inches)||8-1/2|
|Connector Type||Binding post|
|Frequency Response||35-22k Hz|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
Wharfedale Elysian Series: The Elysian is a new flagship, luxury audio loudspeaker series from Wharfedale that offers excellence in design, materials aesthetic, and performance. A thorough and no compromise approach has lead the Wharfedale engineers to create this luxury audio series of loudspeakers that incorporates cutting edge design and class-leading technology for the delivery of audiophile-grade musical reproduction. From the genuine Piano-Lacquer finished cabinet, created with details of true craftsmanship, through to the AMT (Air Motion Transformer) high frequency transducers, European manufactured bass drivers and expert crossover design, Elysian represents a new level of Wharfedale's signature audio sound.
3-Way Driver Design: The Wharfedale Elysian C center-channel loudspeaker employs a 3-way driver design with finely balanced driver selection, expertly designed crossover network, and finely-tuned ported cabinet. The Elysian C houses a 3.5" AMT (Air Motion Transformer), one 6" coated fiberglass midrange driver, and two 8.5" coated fiberglass cone bass woofers for full-range sound that is natural, transparent, and realistic.
AMT (Air Motion Transformer): 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.
Fiber Cone Midrange & Bass Drivers: Determined to match the sensitivity and accuracy of the AMT, Wharfedale settled on a unique woven glass fiber 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 behavior. 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 linearize 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 modeled 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 position 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.
Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Wharfedale Elysia C employs a precision-tuned bass reflex enclosure with dual rear-firing ports for higher efficiency, bigger bass response, and lower distortion. Overall system sensitivity is high at 91dB (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 bass reflex enclosure 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 Elysia 2 center-channel 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 provides 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: The Elysia C center-channel loudspeaker requires a large flat tabletop surface that supports up to 66.5 lbs to mount the speaker. The Elysia C can also be mounted on Wharfedale's Elysia C Stand (sold separately). The Elysian 3 Stand offers high-quality construction with carbon steel tube columns and top plate, plus a heavy-duty MDF base. It comes with 4 robust spike feet to help isolate the speaker stand and the Elysian C speaker from the floor to reduce any unwanted vibration, distortion, and coloring of sound. The stand places the Elysian C loudspeaker at the ideal listening height for optimum sound.
- If the center speaker is positioned very high or low, angle it towards the listeners' ear level.
- If the loudspeaker is placed too close to the walls the bass will increase but may be boomy and indistinct.
- The grille is provided to protect the loudspeaker drive units from accidental damage. For critical listening, please remove the grilles.
Note: The Wharfedale Elysia C does not include any type of bracket, keyhole slot, or threaded insert to wall mount the speaker.