In this review, we will be comparing Model Three and Elysian 2, two Passive Bookshelf speakers from KLH and Wharfedale. Let's have a brief look at the main features of KLH Model Three and Wharfedale Elysian 2 first before getting into our more detailed comparison.
In the following sections, we will get into details in order to better understand how KLH Model Three and Wharfedale Elysian 2 compares and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one of these loudspeakers is the better choice for you.
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One of the fundamental differences between these two speakers is that Model Three is a 2-way design whereas Elysian 2 is a 3-way speaker. 3-way designs utilize a midrange driver in addition to the tweeter and woofer on 2-way designs. Designing a crossover for a 3-way speaker is a complicated process and generally increases the overall cost of the speaker. Model Three features a 1" Aluminum Tweeter and 1 x 8" Pulp-Paper Cone Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 1600Hz. On the other hand, Elysian 2 features a 27x90mm" AMT (Ribbon) Tweeter , a 6" Midrange and 1 x 8.5" Coated Fiberglass Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 360Hz and 2900Hz.
Model Three has a frequency range of 46-20k Hz whereas Elysian 2 has a frequency range of 35-22k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 35Hz, the Elysian 2 can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the Model Three's min frequency of 46Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers under Bookshelf class in our database.
Impedance and Sensitivity
Model Three is a 6 ohms speaker compared to Elysian 2 which has a nominal impedance of 4 ohms. These two speakers also have different sensitivity levels. Model Three sensitivity is rated at 88 dB and Elysian 2's is at 89 dB. This 1 dB difference makes Wharfedale Elysian 2 a more sensitive speaker compared to KLH Model Three, hence will play louder with the same amount of watts.
Model Three has a power range of 30-150 watts RMS whereas Elysian 2 has a power range of 25-250 watts.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
Elysian 2 features Post posts which makes bi-amping or bi-wiring possible. Model Three has a Binding post which doesn't feature bi-amping/bi-wiring.
Size of a speaker can sometimes become an important decision factor due to space constraints or in some cases purely for esthetic reasons. In this section, We are going to compare KLH Model Three's and Wharfedale Elysian 2's external dimensions. KLH Model Three has external dimensions of 482.0 x 311.0 x 267.0mm ( 19.0 x 12.25 x 10.5inch) whereas Wharfedale Elysian 2 has external dimensions of 700.0 x 334.0 x 462.0mm ( 27.5 x 13.1 x 18.1inch) .
Wharfedale Elysian 2 is clearly the larger of the two speakers. Its body is 23mm wider, 218mm taller and 195mm deeper than KLH Model Three.