ELAC AF-61 Floor Standing Speakers have blown aways all the reviewers
Now at True Audiophile.
Price for a pair
Its rare any modern speaker has generated such universal acclaim and anticipation as the new EF-61 by ELAC designed by renowned Andrew Jones. This is simply the finest speaker in the world at its price. Or multiple of its price. The speaker comes in three finishes. Black, White and Rosewood. -- TA
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I liked what I heard from the Adante AF-61s as soon as I hooked them up. I liked them even better after several weeks of listening. When I went back to check a few last-minute details while writing this review, I found it difficult to listen for only a few minutes and then return to my writing. I wanted to listen longer. I had to pull myself away. If that's not a solid recommendation, I don't know what is. -- Thomas J. Norton, Stereophile
QUICK ON ITS FEET If you’ve owned ELAC speakers before, then the general cleanliness and airiness of the Adante AF-61 may surprise you. It has a distinctly open and extended sound that owes little to the past – it is fast, explicit and involving, with an evenness...SPOOKY SOUNDSTAGE Images were locked in space and backing instruments easily heard through the dense and compressed mix...SEAMLESS TRANSITIONS This doesn’t detract from the AF-61’s superb wideband delivery – the double-bass was strong and animated, lacking no physical heft, just as ride cymbals and other assorted percussion were carried in a delicate and extended way. Best of all was the seamlessness of the sound. For a loudspeaker with so many drive units and passive radiators fitted, it was a triumph...This isn’t just a mid-life range refresh. ELAC’s new Adante AF-61 is a highly sophisticated design, with ingenious engineering in evidence. The result is an extraordinarily capable Foorstander for the money - with power, poise, detail, space and rhythm. It is ‘affordable esoterica’ - had it come more lavishly finished in a fancier cabinet, some would happily pay three times the price for this sort of sound. HiFi News
This from The Audio Beatnik: I didn’t include the ELAC room in the “Little Systems That Could” review because there is nothing little about this system. The truth is that without a doubt this system had to rank in the top ten system I heard at any price. To make this point let me share with you a moment from the show. Becky and I had been listening to a system with speakers that cost six-figures earlier. Then we went our different ways as she had some appointments to keep. Later in the day, I came down the hall and saw her coming towards me. The first thing she said was, “You’ve got to come hear these $5,000 speakers that I think they sound better than those six-figure speakers, and I want your opinion.”
ELAC‘s Andrew Jones welcomed us back into the room and we got some very gracious time for just the two of us to listen to this system. By coincidence, he played one of the songs that we had listed to together on the more expensive system. Well, my opinion was that she was correct. The ELAC system did sound better. I told Becky to trust her ears and not the price tag.
The ELAC system consisted of the Adante AF61 is $4,998.99 per pair. What you can see in the picture above are three 8-inch passive radiators sitting in a machined aluminum fascia. The “active” woofers are mounted behind the radiators. The bass was deep and controlled and the midrange was very transparent with excellent imaging and wonderful musical flow. They were powered by the excellent electronics from what is now called the Alchemy Series by ELAC. The price of the monoblocks and digital gear comes to a little over $5,000, but this was an incredible system at any price. We were very impressed and both agreed that it was one of the best sounds we had heard at the show.
Dynamic performance. Daring design.
The ultimate Adante is a bold loudspeaker that breaks through boundaries and challenges the limitations of traditional designs. Engineered and built to quality standards that exceed every expectation, the AF-61 Floorstander delivers performance that will satisfy the most demanding audiophile. It is a loudspeaker of substance for uncompromising listeners searching for the speaker that does it all, at a price as satisfying as its sound.
Speaker type: 3-way, interport-coupled cavity
Tweeter: 1 x 1-inch soft dome, concentrically mounted
Midrange: 1 x 5.25-inch aluminum cone
Woofer: 3 x 6.5-inch aluminum cone, internally mounted
Passive radiator: 3 x 8-inch aluminum cone
Crossover frequency: 200Hz / 2,000 Hz
Frequency range: 39 to 35,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 87dB at 2.83 v/1m
Recommended amplifier power: 50 to 160 wpc
Peak power handling: 160 wpc
Nominal impedance: 6
Binding posts: Dual pair 5-way metal
Magnetic shielding: No
Cabinet finishes: Gloss black, gloss white, rosewood veneer
Accessories included: Binding post straps, manual, gloves, outrigger plate, spikes
Height: 52.34 in / 1329.4 mm (with outrigger plate and spikes)
Width: 9.6 in / 243.7 mm
Depth: 15.67 in / 397.9 mm (with grille)
Weight: 101 lbs. / 45.8 kg