In this review, we will be comparing Elysian 1 and Elysian 2, two Passive Bookshelf speakers by Wharfedale. Let's have a brief look at the main features of Wharfedale Elysian 1 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 Wharfedale Elysian 1 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 Elysian 1 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. Elysian 1 features a 27x90mm" AMT (Ribbon) Tweeter and 1 x 7" Coated Fiberglass Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 2500Hz. 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.
Elysian 1 has a frequency range of 49-22k 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 Elysian 1's min frequency of 49Hz.
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
Elysian 1 and Elysian 2 has the same Impedance of 4 ohms and their sensitivity is also same at 89 dB.
Elysian 1 has a power range of 25-175 watts RMS whereas Elysian 2 has a power range of 25-250 watts.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
Both Elysian 1 and Elysian 2 features dual binding post speaker terminals for bi-amping or bi-wiring.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Both Elysian 1 and Elysian 2 have bottom firing ports.
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 Wharfedale Elysian 1's and Wharfedale Elysian 2's external dimensions. Wharfedale Elysian 1 has external dimensions of 458.0 x 264.0 x 316.0mm ( 18-24 x 10-3/8 x 12-7/16inch) 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 70mm wider, 242mm taller and 146mm deeper than Wharfedale Elysian 1.
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Wharfedale Elysian 1 and Wharfedale Elysian 2 in scale.