ELAC Stunning, WIRELESS, ARB 51 Bookshelf speaker by Andrew Jones
Now at True Audiophile.
Price is for a PAIR
When friend of True Audiophile, Andrew Jones went to ELAC and we hear these new inexpensive speakers we were ready. The reviews of Andrew's new efforts were off the charts in their enthusiasm. Its almost insane. We normally don't carry anything at this price point but these speakers demand to be in the hands of people who love music even if their budget isn't audiophile friendly. We also have some started bundle with these speakers so you can get an entire system that will shock your friends without denting your wallet. --TA
Astonishing for what it does for a system at it's price. No one can believe these are wireless! It gets a BEST in CLASS award -- TA
“I couldn’t have been more impressed with the electrifying performance and value of the ELAC Navis ARB51. It’s one of the rare small compacts that you don’t have to scale back expectations to enjoy.”
—Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound
There’s so much to admire about Elac’s Navis ARB-51 -- their neutrality, their warmth, their expressiveness, and, of course, their incredible value for money. For two pennies under $2000, you get a superb three-way, stand-mounted speaker, and amplifiers matched to the individual drivers and with a total output of 300Wpc. With the Navis series, Andrew Jones’s parade of hit products for Elac is clearly continuing. In my view, the ARB-51 rockets straight to the top of the charts. -- Soundstage 2019
Despite the relatively small size of the room, the low frequencies didn't sound boomy or out of control and the bass on a Dead Maus track hit me in my chest—that's meant to be a compliment. Sublime sound served up with serious power. John Atkinson, Stereophile 2019
Sublime sound served up with serious power.
ELAC’s new Navis Series answers every minimalist audiophile’s dream of a no-compromise powered speaker driven by best-in-class amplifiers that are truly deserving of the name “high end.” While most powered speakers rely on Class D digital designs, ELAC engineers build in 300 watts of pure analog amplification— for maximum power and exceptional sound. Add the Discovery Connect wireless transmitter to your system, and Navis becomes a wireless speaker that lets you enjoy streaming content without a cable in sight.
Sonic excellence with ELAC’s state-of-the-art drivers.
Designed from the ground up, the full-range, monitor-quality Navis Bookshelf features ELAC concentric-driver technology to deliver unsurpassed mid- and high-frequency performance, coupled with a custom aluminum woofer for truly impressive bass, all in one compact, elegant package. Each of the three transducers is powered by its own dedicated analog amplifier, with a selection of RCA or XLR balanced inputs.
Custom-Designed Midrange/TweeterOne reason the Navis sounds so natural is because of its in-house developed transducer, a 4-inch aluminum midrange driver with a concentrically mounted 1-inch soft-dome tweeter. Combined, this signature configuration lets Navis set the performance standard for its class.
Custom-Designed WooferNavis’s single woofer reproduces bass with authority, thanks to the special design of its driver. Developed in-house, the 5¼-inch aluminum cone is the ideal structural material, specified for its ability to deliver slam, punch and accurate low-frequency fundamentals.
Beautiful CabinetsNavis’s elegant design integrates perfectly with any interior. Its enclosure has a fine-furniture finish, available in Gloss Black, Gloss White and Wood Veneer. A dedicated floor stand completes the installation, and is recommended for optimum performance.
Powerful TrifectaInside each Navis Bookshelf Loudspeaker is a Tri-Amp Pure Analog Amplifier, employing three separate amps for each transducer: a 160-watt BASH AB amplifier for the woofer, a 100-watt BASH AB amplifier for the midrange, and a 40-watt Class AB amplifier for the tweeter. A total amplifier power of 300 watts ensures that each transducer is optimally—and amply—powered, eliminating clipping and crossover distortion, and driving each transducer with authority. Specs like a 110 dBA signal-to-noise ratio and 100 uV noise floor could only come from such audiophile-quality amps!
Flexible ConnectionsLocal inputs include balanced XLR, TSR, RCA and Wireless, when used with ELAC’s Discovery Connect wireless transmitter to stream Discovery, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, AirPlay and Roon. Just switch Wireless “Off” for a no-compromise analog input and output.
There’s so much to admire about Elac’s Navis ARB-51 -- their neutrality, their warmth, their expressiveness, and, of course, their incredible value for money. For two pennies under $2000, you get a superb three-way, stand-mounted speaker, and amplifiers matched to the individual drivers and with a total output of 300Wpc. With the Navis series, Andrew Jones’s parade of hit products for Elac is clearly continuing. In my view, the ARB-51 rockets straight to the top of the charts. -- Soundstage 2019 Read Full Review
ARB51 Powered Bookshelf Speaker
Speaker type: 3-way, powered
Tweeter: 1 x 1-inch soft dome, concentrically mounte
Midrange: 1 x 4-inch aluminum cone
Woofer: 1 x 5.25-inch aluminum cone
Crossover frequency: 270Hz / 2,2 kHz
Frequency Response: 44Hz - 28kHz
Total power: 300 Watts
Bass Amplifier: 160 Watt Bash Amplifier
Midrange Amplifier: 100 Watt Bash Amplifier
Tweeter Amplifier: 40 Watt Class AB Amplifier
Inputs: RCA/XLR/AirX2 Wireless
Cabinet finishes: GlossBlack, Gloss White, Gloss Ebony Emara
Accessories included: Magnetic fabric grille
Dimensions (WxHxD): 13.58″ x 7.44″ x 9.45″
Weight: 17.85 each