Former Pioneer Hi Fi Designer Delivers New Elac Budget Speaker Range
Elac who was one of the original Hi Fi Companies was founded in 1926 as a sonar developer, is set to debut a speaker series, that the Company claims represents “a new level of performance at affordable price points,” they consists of five passive speakers and three powered DSP subs.
Among the new range will be a 5.25-inch B5 bookshelf, 6.5-inch B6 bookshelf speaker. a 5.25-inch C5 center channel, 5.25-inch F5 floorstanding speaker, 4-inch A4 Atmos add-on speaker module and a 10-inch S10 200-watt subwoofer. All of these new products are set to retail for sub $500 each item.
A 10-inch S10EQ 400-watt subwoofer with EQ, and a 12-inch 1,000-watt S12EQ with EQ is set to retail for between $590 and $800.
The latter two subwoofers incorporate DSP. The speakers are the first developed for Elac by Jones, who was appointed engineering VP after leaving Pioneer.
Jones’ 35-year career also includes work at KEF and Infinity.
Chris Walker, also formerly of Pioneer, is ELAC VP of product development. “My design objective was to achieve the most accurate sound possible in speakers that deliver performance far exceeding their cost,” said Jones. The Debut speakers feature aramid fiber cone woofers providing a high strength-to-weight ratio to achieve a smoother extended response, the company said. Other woofer attributes include an oversized magnet and a vented pole piece.
A newly developed tweeter and waveguide improves directivity and prevents cabinet diffraction, the company also said. The speakers’ multi-element crossover delivers “a coherent audio experience traditionally found on speakers costing substantially more” the company added. Both the S10EQ and the S12EQ incorporate DSP and Bluetooth 4.0 LE, which lets users adjust subwoofer settings via a Sub Control app running on a smartphone. The subs also automatically calibrate to adjust for room acoustics via a 12-band parametric equalizer. The microphone in the smartphone running the Sub Control app can be used in the calibration process.
ChannelNews has not been advised when these products will go on sale in Australia.