ELAC Adante AS-61 standmount loudspeaker

ELAC Electroacoustik GmbH Adante AS-61

Five years from now, there will be dozens of brands making a hash of emulating what ELAC and Andrew Jones did here. Many of them will be in the buttock-clenchingly expensive part of the loudspeaker market, and hardly any of them will be able to achieve the same clarity of thought, vision, and – most importantly – sound as the Adante AS-61 delivers. When you listen to the ELAC Adante AS-61, you know almost immediately that you are hearing something different. We are in the presence of greatness, here, and there will be a lot of companies trying and failing to play catch-up.

There is no such thing as a perfect loudspeaker. Even the very best of them trade compromises across a range of parameters. The ELAC Adante AS-61 is no different, but the step-change in technology means it’s trading compromises at a more advanced reading age than its peers. I listen to a lot of good loudspeakers, some of which have feet that cost more than these Adante standmounts, but this is the one that gives me pause. The ELAC Adante AS-61 is the loudspeaker that takes on the high-end behemoths… and wins!


Speaker type: three-way, interport-coupled cavity standmount loudspeaker

Tweeter: 1×25mm soft-dome, concentrically mounted

Midrange: 1×133mm aluminium cone

Woofer: 1×165mm aluminium cone, internally mounted

Passive radiator: 
1×200mm aluminium cone

Crossover frequencies: 200Hz, 2kHz

Frequency range: 41Hz–35kHz

Sensitivity: 85dB @ 2.83v/1m

Recommended amplifier power: 50–160W

Peak power handling: 160W

Nominal Impedance: 6 ohms

Binding posts: Dual pair five-way metal

Magnetic shielding: No

Cabinet finishes: Gloss black, gloss white, rosewood veneer

Accessories included: Binding post straps, manual, gloves

Dimensions (W×H×D): 
24.4 ×48.4 ×40.2cm

Weight: 16kg

Price: £2,600 (stands, £520)

Manufactured by: 
ELAC Electroacoustic GmbH

URL: elac.com

Distributed in the UK by: 
Hi-Fi Network Ltd

URL: hifi-network.com

Tel: +44(0)1285 643088 

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