Don’t think of the ELAC Adante AS-61 as mere bookshelf loudspeakers. The winner of the 2018-2019 EISA Award for Best Loudspeaker entirely deserving of their own category. Conceived from the ground up by designer extraordinaire Andrew Jones, and in every right a breakthrough reference-grade monitor, AS-61 transcends all the ideologies, technologies, and build qualities associated with the bookshelf field. Structurally innovative and mind-bogglingly affordable, the fantastically realistic-sounding AS-61 blows away every other model in its class. It’s not even a contest. The price-to-performance feats Jones and ELAC achieved with the internationally acclaimed Debut and Uni-Fi Series get dramatically multiplied here. AS-61’s sonics, build, engineering, and looks are off-the-rails extraordinary. Used as mains or surrounds, these speakers rip up and completely rewrite the rules by offering standard-setting performance at an unprecedented low cost. Stocked with the identical drivers as the Adante AF-61 towers, its sibling, AS-61 comes loaded with cutting-edge parts, no-compromise structural elements, and novel solutions to age-old challenges. We invite you to learn more about the in-depth specifics of these features below. For the moment, simply know they translate into clean, natural, accurate, authoritative music playback and unbelievably realistic bass that will leave you smiling for days. 100% Money-Back Guaranteed.
AS-61’s consummate attributes begin with ELAC’s interport-coupled cavity cabinet – an inherently superior, elaborate configuration almost never found in speakers in this price range. Jointly responsible for AS-61’s prodigious low-end ability, each cabinet really contains multiple enclosures in one. AS-61’s concentric midrange and tweeter get their own space in the cabinet, completely isolated from the woofer pair, which resides in a divided chamber vented by dual ports. Equally significant, AS-61’s entire enclosure bypasses external porting – eliminating any noise caused by potential overdriving. This intricate setup also yields significantly greater output ability, tighter, more extended low-frequency information, and lower distortion than speakers that employ conventional external ports. You’ll immediately hear the difference.
The drivers and tweeter inside AS-61 are the realization of audiophile dreams. Every Adante model uses identical concentric midrange/tweeter and low-frequency drivers, all completely created anew by Jones and his team specifically for this series. The three-way AS-61 employs one one-inch soft-dome concentric tweeter, one 5.25-inch aluminum-cone midrange, one internally mounted 6.5-inch aluminum-cone woofer, and one eight-inch aluminum-cone passive woofer. The active driver remains invisible to the naked eye and works in concert with its larger, front-firing passive partner. By extension, the piston movement of the latter supplies taut, tuneful, powerful bass while the active driver benefits from exceptional linearity created by the interport-coupled cavity cabinet. AS-61’s active/passive combination is equaled in both technical and sonic magnificence by the concentric midrange and tweeter pairing. Providing remarkable point-source precision, power handling, articulation, and speed, AS-61’s concentric mid/tweeter personifies aural naturalism and clarity.
On AS-61, everything gels. ELAC even goes as far to make certain the beautiful face of each cabinet – an elegant, bonded-aluminum front baffle chosen for maximum rigidity – boasts contours that incorporate advanced waveguides that ensure optimal dispersion from the drivers. Striking, furniture-grade finishes available in three colors and the presence of four metal binding posts on every AS-61 further up the ante of a loudspeaker that will be talked about for decades to come. Order a pair risk-free today and join the conversation.
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: 1 x 6.5-inch aluminum cone, internally mounted
Passive radiator: 1 x 8-inch aluminum cone
Crossover frequency: 200Hz/2,000 Hz
Frequency range: 41 to 35,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 85dB at 2.83 v/1m
Recommended amplifier power: 50 to 160 wpc
Peak power handling: 160 wpc
Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms
Binding posts: Dual pair 5-way metal
Magnetic shielding: No
Cabinet finishes: Gloss black, gloss white, satin walnut veneer
Accessories included: Binding post straps, manual, gloves
Dimensions (HWD): 19.06″ x 9.6″ x 15.81″
Weight: 35.3 lbs.