Usually it's about an extra lavish version of an existing model - or if you want to beat the big drum, an exclusive model that there is only one of. For example, 90 °. But what not many know is that they started with gramophones once. Miracord became a concept for the record player of very high quality, but a little later Elac realized that there was more money in speakers. Photo: Elac Miracord 90 Anniversary is thus a polite flirtation with Elacs long history - and it's no fast PICKUP vinyl lap, we're talking about either. But expect to Elac disc player ends up in the higher price segment and hardly become a common sight in the stores.
Minus Relatively low sensitivity means that you should have a powerful amplifier to the speakers will show itself from its best side. Without Further ado got Jones the task of constructing a brand new speaker series at an extra budget friendly level. The slightly darker sound character in Debut B5 can remind a little about some Pioneer speakers that same mr. Jones has had to do. Photo: Elac Enthusiasm and joy At this point I would normally have been quite so pleased over a speaker in this price range and could have finished the test here and now. But I was curious and wanted to hear more. As a fan of all the hard-hitting, bastung music - metal, techno and house as newer electronic music and rap / R - I appreciate the speaker that can play loud and clean, and reproduce the bass guitar, synth and so on with the proper dynamics.
Clear and detailed midrange and treble
The "How many speakers do I need" question comes up all the time, but there's no easy answer.For music a single speaker placed just about anywhere in the room might get the job done for background listening, even for some of my more astute audiophile pals.When music isn't the prime focus, like while showering, working, exercising, etc., one speaker can be more than adequate if it plays loud enough and has enough bass.The Fluance Fi50 is one of the best I've heard, but for more attentive listening I'd still recommend a more traditional system with two speakers and a stereo amplifier or receiver.The ELAC Debut B6 speakers and a Yamaha R-S202 receiver would be a great place to start.For movies and TV, people love sound bars for a lot of good reasons: they eliminate most of the wiring and setup hassles associated with traditional 5.1-channel home theaters; sound bars don't take up a lot of space; they're less expensive than subwoofer/satellite packages; and since most sound bars are self-powered, you don't need to buy an AV receiver.
The Sixes sound more dynamically alive and clear than what I've heard from pairs of Sonos Play:3 speakers ($596), that's for sure!The reasons for The Sixes superiority start with their 1-inch titanium tweeter used with a Klipsch Tractrix horn that lowers distortion and improves efficiency, and there's also a 6.5-inch woofer.The Sixes also feature Bluetooth wireless operation.The digital audio connection handles up to 192 kHz/24-bit files.The Sixes are self-powered -- no need to hook them up to a receiver.Overall build quality is above average, and I mostly loved the look, although The Sixes' copper toned metal trim seemed a little garish.
Speaker brand ELAC, which has received numerous awards for its passive loudspeakers, says it could release a high-end soundbar by the middle of 2018.Christopher Walker, vice president of product development at ELAC America, said that the company was interested in soundbars as it was a growing category.ELAC designer Andrew Jones produced one of CNET's favorite sound bars, the $400 Pioneer SP-SB23W, which is still in production."We could make a sound bar for $400 and we can make it sound really good" said Walker.However he added the company was more interested in the higher end -- a sound bar around $999 which would include more sophisticated features than before including HDMI switching.While Walker didn't confirm that the company was working on a specific model he said that an ELAC sound bar could potentially appear from the middle of 2018 onwards.
While most box speakers have their drivers all mounted flush with the front baffle, the Forte III's tweeter and midrange are horn drivers, with the drivers recessed in the horns.Horn speakers are significantly more efficient than box speakers, and they project sound straight ahead, with narrower dispersion than box speakers so there's less sound bouncing off the floor, side walls and ceiling.Horn speakers like this new Forte III are more dynamically alive sounding than more conventional box speakers.Klipsch, as some of you may know, was one of the very first American high-end audio companies, and has been making speakers since 1946.Forte III doesn't sound as smooth as a Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2, doesn't image as clearly as an Elac Uni-Fi UF5, and it's nowhere as open or spacious as a pair of Magnepan 1.7i flat panel speakers.The Forte III was a bit fussier about placement than most other speakers I used in the CNET listening room.
So when word broke that Elac had released its own integrated amplifier, the $699 Element EA101EQ-G, we knew we had to get our ears and eyes on it.Its slimline shape is noticeably more compact than other integrated amps we’ve seen, and we appreciated how the Element’s diminutive size allowed us to tuck it into tight spaces or inconspicuous corners.Nearly the entire top surface consists of a honeycomb-patterned sheet of rubber, and we found it quite practical as a no-slip grip pad for anything we placed on it.While Elac doesn’t specify compatible file formats for the Element’s D/A converter, we had no trouble playing all manner of MP3, WAV, and PCM files up to the specified resolutions, and it will even decode Dolby Digital signals; DSD files however were incompatible.Wireless streaming via Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX is also on tap.Unfortunately, we got mixed results when trying to use some of the app’s features, at least in our acoustically-treated listening room: playback controls worked fine, but ABC calibration made very little, if any, noticeable difference in equalizing or tuning the speakers to our listening space.
Sumptuous is a word I've never applied to another $799 per pair bookshelf speakers, but that's exactly what the Definitive Technology Demand Series D9 sounds like to me.The D9's crisp lines and quality feel offer no immediate clues about the speaker's sweet demeanor, but closer inspection reveals a rather unusual feature, nearly the entire top surface of the speaker hosts a 5x9 inch passive bass radiator, This rectangular driver augments the sound from a five-and-a-quarter inch mid/bass woofer which itself sports an impressive looking phase plug.Completing the driver complement there's a 1-inch annealed aluminum dome tweeter which is offset to the left or right.The cabinet, finished with six coats of black gloss paint, measures 11.7x6.5x12 inches, the two front drivers are mounted to a thick, bead-blasted aluminum baffle, and the cloth grilles are magnetically attached.The D9 is the middle model of the Demand Series, there's also the smaller D7 ($499/pair), and the larger D11 ($999/pair) speakers.Passive radiators are hardly unique to Definitive Technology designs, GoldenEar Technology, Vandersteen, and the new Elac Adante speakers have this feature too.
Last year at CES 2018, and then even more so in our review, we were floored by KEF’s powered upgrade of its popular passive LS50 speakers, the LS50 Wireless.Packed with digital technology and incredibly powerful amplification, the LS50 Wireless are a rare example of a product that improves on the already fantastic original.Not to be outdone, ELAC — the new playground for one-time KEF employee and master speaker designer Andrew Jones — brought its own wireless bookshelf speakers to the party this year, the Argo Series B51 powered bookshelf speakers.While the Argo B51 will undoubtedly be compared to the LS50 Wireless, these speakers are a very different animal than the futuristic LS50.The B51 a three-way speaker as opposed to the two-way LS50, and while the LS50 keeps things in the digital domain, including digital crossover correction in real time, the Argo B51 keep things old-school, preserving the sound in analog format.Inside each speaker are three AB amplifiers, including a 150-watt BASH AB amplifier for the 5 1/4-inch aluminum cone woofer, a 70-watt BASH AB amplifier for the midrange driver, and a 30-watt Class AB amplifier for the concentrically mounted tweeter, tallying up 250 watts per side.
ELAC's Debut line of speakers was a sensational hit with budget-mined audiophiles in 2015, and a year later ELAC's Uni-Fi series impact was no less extraordinary.Now ELAC is upping the ante again with their Adante AF-61 towers ($5,000, £5,200, approximately AU$10,000 per pair), AC-61 center channel speaker ($2,000, £1,750, approximately AU$4,000 each), and the AS-61 stand mount monitor ($2,500, £2,600, approximately AU$5,000 per pair) speaker which is the subject of this review.ELAC America speakers are all designed by Andrew Jones, would he best himself yet again?The AS-61 is a three-way design with a 6.5-inch (165mm) aluminum woofer, 5.25-inch (133mm) aluminum midrange, with a concentrically mounted 1-inch (25mm) soft dome tweeter.ELAC dubbed this bass loading technology Interport-Coupled Cavity, which promises to enhance the speaker's low bass extension and definition.My samples were resplendent in a brilliant gloss white finish, but they are also available in gloss black or satin walnut veneer.
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Here at CNET we loved Andrew Jones' first speakers under the Elac brand, the Debuts (and particularly the B6s).Despite being a little rough around the edges these budget speakers offered astonishing sound quality and excellent value.And yet, little more than two years later the prolific speaker designer has already announced the replacements: the Debut 2.0 range.From what we've seen, and heard, these speakers are potentially even better than their predecessors -- fit and finish is first rate and on first impressions they sound smoother than a caramel latte.Look forward to our full review very soon!Prices are incrementally more than before, around $20 per pair, which is very reasonable given the palpable improvement in build quality.
After encountering ELAC’s Uni-fi UB5 bookshelf speakers — the best pair of $500 bookshelf speakers we’ve seen to date — and being wowed by the company’s Argo B51 speakers at CES, it’s fair to say that when ELAC releases new speakers, we pay attention.This week the company announced the Debut 2.0 line of home speakers, which builds on the original Debut lineup with new materials and technologies.There are a total of nine new models in the line: two models of 2-way bookshelf speakers, two models of 2-way center speakers, two models of 3-way floorstanding speakers, two 2-way on-wall speakers, a concentric Dolby Atmos add-on speaker, and a 400-watt powered subwoofer.The bookshelf, center, and floorstanding speakers each come in two different sizes, letting you tailor them to your room.Paired with a Dolby Atmos-capable A/V receiver (which most are these days) you’ve got all you need for a truly awe-inspiring home surround sound system.“Based on feedback from dealers and end-users, along with changes in the market, we have completely re-designed the entire lineup with newly developed drivers, waveguides, cabinets, and networks resulting in a line that is easier to set up and offers significant performance improvements,” ELAC vice president of engineering Andrew Jones said in a statement.
If it’s been a while since you played a CD, you’re not alone, but that doesn’t mean that the format has gone away.While it may not necessarily be the preferred format for casual listeners, there is plenty of great music that is only available in CD format, which is where audiophile-focused CD players come in.The ATC CDA2 Mk2 is one such player, but this one also functions as a DAV and preamplifier, and it is now shipping in the U.S.The name ATC may not be familiar, as the company is based in England and is more popular overseas.The CDA2 Mk2 was developed to be the ideal partner for the latest model of ATC’s P2 power amplifier and features the same sleek chassis made from steel and aluminum.This design is eye-catching but also relatively neutral, which is handy if you plan to pair it with another amplifier like the ELAC Element EA101EQ-G.
I've had a number of chats with ELAC's Andrew Jones about speaker design over the years.Jones moved to ELAC in 2015 where he again designed some of our favorite affordable speakers.With Jones' help I've come to see speaker design as a balancing act, where every decision changes the sound and that leads to another decision.You can watch the full twelve minute interview here on YouTube and I've consolidated the main points of our talk here, with some paraphrasing for brevity's sake.For example Jones could design a small speaker that's capable of producing fairly deep bass -- those are the two desirable pluses -- but that speaker would be highly insensitive so it would need a very powerful amplifier to sound its best.So again, the designer's decisions affect outcomes.
Things are tough at the "bottom" -- that is, the budget end of hi-fi -- with many, many parties vying for supremacy including Elac, Pioneer and Q Acoustics.But could the new Q Acoustics 3000i range be the one to clinch the crown?Q Acoustics' "i" update to its 3000 range comes with three new budget-level speakers, which the the company says include a host of improvements though little change in price.The three models are the Q 3010i and Q 3020i ($299/ £249/AU$599) stand-mount speakers and the Q 3050i ($799/£649/AU$1,399) floorstander.Improvements include better bracing borrowed from the Concept 500 and a sleeker look with chrome driver surrounds and "seamless" finishes at no extra charge.The Q 3010i features a 4-inch driver while the 3021i offers a 5-inch version.
Tekton Design is an American speaker company that has been making highly original designs for 12 years, but it's only now with the introduction of the Impact Monitor and Double Impact tower speakers that Tekton is breaking through to a wider audience that might have bought Bowers & Wilkins, Dynaudio, ELAC, Harbeth, or KEF speakers.The Impact Monitors run $2,000 a pair in their satin black painted finish, and other colors are available for extra cost.I can't think of another audiophile grade speaker for the money that energizes a room like the Impact Monitor.The speaker features Tekton's proprietary controlled directivity triple-ring radiator array of tweeters, most of which handle midrange frequencies.Here's Tekton's explanation of how its patented technology works: "This array disperses a precisely focused acoustical power pattern of that of a horn or waveguide without the audible ringing influence of horn flare walls constraining the soundwave for acoustically superior midrange high frequency performance."An 8 ohm version of the Impact Monitor is available on special request.
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It definitely shook me up, and I've heard a ton of speakers at all prices this year, and sure some of them sounded better than the RP 600M.I kept coming back to it, prolonging the reviewing process precisely because it sounded so alive and visceral.Tech details are out of the ordinary, and they include a 1-inch (28mm) titanium tweeter mounted in a Tractrix horn, which is a specialty of Klipsch: all of its speakers feature Tractrix horns.The high sensitivity allows the RP 600M to use a lot less power to play at a given volume level than most speakers.The rear panel hosts bi-wire speaker cable connectors.The band's rhythm section kicked butt big time, and Michael Stipe's impassioned vocals were given free reign.