Just Arrived - Elac Adante Loudspeakers
The long awaited ELAC Adante speakers have finally arrived. Thankfully, they are worth the wait. We received both the standmounted AS-61 and the floor standing AF-61 models, in both Gloss Black and Gloss White.
The Adante speakers are Andrew Jones' latest designs for ELAC. First shown as prototypes almost a year ago at the 2017 CES, they quickly became the talk of the convention among audiophiles. Reviewers and attendees gushed about the effortless dynamics, imaging, musicality and value.
Like the previous models that Jones designed for ELAC, the Adante speakers promise to offer far more performance than the price would indicate.
The final version uses all-new custom made drivers including 5.25" concentric midrange/tweeter, 6.5" aluminum cone active woofers with big voice coils and magnets, and 8" passive woofers. The bass configuration is unique in that the active 6.5" woofers are mounted internally, and drive the visible 8" passive woofer. Together, the active and passive woofers produce deep, powerful and tight bass. Each pair of passive/active woofers are installed in their own enclosures, ensuring that the bass output is fully controlled.
All visible drivers are mounted to a heavy bonded aluminum front baffle for additional rigidity.
These are magnificent and substantial speakers. The floorstanding AF-61 weighs 101 lbs each and stand 52.34" H, while the stand mounted AS-61 weighs over 35 lbs.
So how do they sound? We've only had a few hours on the speakers so far, but initial listening is extremely promising. The first thing you notice is that the speakers completely disappear, leaving a wide, deep soundstage with exceptional imaging. Tonally the speakers are very neutral; smooth, unfatiguing even when played at high volumes, thanks to the beautiful soft dome tweeter. Bass, as promised, is very tight, tuneful, fast and extended. As sealed-enclosure designs, the bass goes deep without any bloat or boominess.
Cons? The floorstanding AF-61 is large, so some might have difficulty adjusting to the size. However, since both speakers are sealed designs, placement will be far more forgiving than smaller ported speakers, and the bass output will be very linear.
Also, the sensitivity is a bit on the low side; 85dB for the stand mounted model and 87dB for the floorstanding speaker. This means that if you like to listen at high volumes, the manufacturer recommends a minimum of 50 watts/ch.
That's all the negatives I can think of for now. Overall, the speakers are extremely impressive, and Andrew Jones has hit it out of the park once again.
The stand mounted AS-61 is $3,758/pr + $958 for the optional stands.
The floorstanding AF-61 is $7,598/pr
Call us if you would like to audition these superb speakers.