The ELAC Adante AC-61 center-channel loudspeaker brings reference-class cinema surround sound into your home. Conceived from the ground up by designer extraordinaire Andrew Jones, AC-61 seamlessly meshes with its sibling AF-61 and AS-61 models and even touts the exact same concentric midrange/tweeter and low-frequency drivers – ensuring supreme coherency and continuity. Whether listening to multichannel music or immersing yourself in a blockbuster film, AC-61 embraces its role to the nth degree, delivering voices, effects, tones, and ambient cues with extraordinary detail and precise timing. AC-61 is unlike any other center-channel speaker in its class – and offers unprecedented price-to-performance value. Cutting-edge engineering, no-compromise structural elements, and novel solutions to age-old challenges account for a formidable mixture of sonics and looks. You’ll find more about the in-depth specifics of AC-61’s complex features and technical hallmarks below. For the moment, simply know they translate into an unforgettable home-theater experience that might have you charging admission at the door. This is a center-channel speaker unlike any other in the world. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.
AC-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 AC-61’s prodigious low-end ability, each cabinet really contains multiple enclosures in one. AC-61’s concentric midrange and tweeter get their own space in the cabinet, completely isolated from two pairs of woofers, which reside two divided chambers vented by dual ports. Equally significant, AC-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 AC-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 AC-61 employs one one-inch soft-dome concentric tweeter, one 5.25-inch aluminum-cone midrange, two internally mounted 6.5-inch aluminum-cone woofers, and two eight-inch aluminum-cone passive woofers. 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. AC-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, AC-61’s concentric mid/tweeter personifies aural naturalism and clarity.
On AC-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 AC-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.
Interport-Coupled Cavity Cabinet Isolates Concentric Midrange and Tweeter from Woofer Complements
AC-61’s interport-coupled cavity cabinet renders superior low frequency performance. The engineering challenges and complicated manufacturing requirements makes such a design a rarity in affordable speakers, but Andrew Jones’ pursuit of a new value-to-performance benchmark demanded the no-compromise solution. Each cabinet is actually multiple enclosures in one. The concentric midrange/tweeter gets isolated in its own space within the cabinet, and the woofer complement – comprising an active and passive driver – occupies a divided chamber internally vented with dual ports. In AC-61, two double chambers isolate each woofer pair from the other. In addition, the entire enclosure is not externally ported, since those designs produce noise and other distortion if the speaker is overdriven. The coupled-cavity design also means the active driver remains invisible. It is internally mounted in its own rear box that vents bass energy through dual bass ports to a front box enclosing a larger passive radiator. The piston action of the front-firing passive driver delivers tight, tuneful, extended low-frequency information and boasts greater output capability than a traditional externally ported enclosure.
Dynamic, Powerful, Fast, and Taut Bass: Newly Devised Woofers Act in Concert with Each Other
Two newly devised woofers deliver extraordinary low-frequency performance that’s far superior to less-complex driver and cabinet solutions. AC-61 touts two pairs of these woofers. Engineered specifically to work in concert with the elaborate interport-coupled cavity cabinet, the first woofer is a 6.5-inch active driver with wide-band frequency response. It features an aluminum cone and cast basket assembly with a substantial magnet and voice coil. The aluminum cone is fast, stiff, and low in distortion artifacts. Mounted inside the complex cabinet structure, it remains invisible to the eye but readily apparent to the ear. A lightweight, front-firing eight-inch passive radiator partners with the active driver. It is mounted to the bonded-aluminum front baffle of the speaker cabinet and features a stiff aluminum diaphragm and cast basket assembly. The low weight makes the passive radiator faster and less prone to distortion artifacts. Plus, it moves air more quickly, with minimal coloration. Together, the active/passive combination handles all the power it takes to deliver low-frequency crescendos with the dynamic realism of a live performance. Each Adante model uses identical concentric midrange/tweeter and low-frequency drivers.
Enviable Accuracy, Breathtaking Articulation, Exceptional Output
ELAC’s proprietary concentric driver technology reaches new heights via a brand-new design that delivers astounding point-source accuracy, linearity, power handling, speed, and articulation. The large 5.25-inch diameter midrange cone, made of pure aluminum for maximum rigidity with lowest coloration, features a revised profile and generous two-inch voice coil that results in greater output level and higher sensitivity. The voice coil also provides more room for a newly engineered soft-dome tweeter comprised of a cutting-edge fabric material and employing a wide surround that results in improved lower-treble output as well as lower resonant and crossover frequencies. Additionally, the entire concentric driver chassis is mechanically isolated from the other drivers and the cabinet via anti-vibration mountings that eliminate the transmission of vibration throughout the loudspeaker.
Crossover Network Fine-Tuned Specifically for Adante: Cabinet Doubles as a Low-Pass Filter
AC-61’s interport-coupled cavity cabinet enhances the linearity of the active bass transducer by reducing driver excursions. Optimized cabinet volumes further allow for a crossover network tuned to take advantage of such a design. An internally vented box, with another box in front housing a passive radiator, acoustically translates to the front box becoming a second-order acoustic low-pass filter, eliminating the requirement for two orders of electrical network and further reducing distortion.
Connect AC-61 to Match Your Needs: Dual Sets of Five-Way Binding Posts Provide Options
You’ll find a dual set of metal binding posts on AC-61. A supplied link allows use of a single pair of speaker cables and only two posts, while dual posts allow the option of bi-wiring with a single amplifier or choosing bi-amplification with the use of two amplifiers – one for the concentric midrange/tweeter and the other for low-frequency drivers.
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: 2 x 6.5-inch aluminum cone, internally mounted
Passive radiator: 2 x 8-inch aluminum cone
Crossover frequency: 200Hz/2,000 Hz
Frequency range: 40 to 35,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 86dB at 2.83 v/1m
Recommended amplifier power: 50 to 160 wpc
Peak power handling: 160 wpc
Nominal Impedance: 6 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, rubber wedge
Dimensions (HWD): 9.65″ x 34.44″ x 15.61″
Weight: 64.6 lbs.