ELAC Uni‑Fi FS U5 Slim floorstanding loudspeaker

ELAC Electroacoustik GmbH Uni‑Fi FS U5 Slim

Back with the ATC and its 150 Watts the Uni-Fi Tower did a nice job with Handel’s Messiah ([cademy of Ancient Music, Hogwood, L’Oiseau-Lyre], bringing out much of the depth in the recording and delivering Emma Kirkby’s voice with impressive clarity. Voices are a distinct strength of this loudspeaker, whether it’s Taj Mahal, Laura Marling, or a soprano, you can always hear their lyrics clearly. Indicating that the midrange is very clean and coherent, if perhaps a little bit emphasised. This I suspect is why some recordings can sound a little edgey or grainy, as proved the case with Infected Mushrooms’ ‘Avratz’ [Converting Vegetarians, Yo-Yo], which starts with a bright synth sound that on the ELACs gets a tiny bit glassy if the level is turned up. I should temper this by saying that I don’t review many speakers at this price point and it’s not always easy to calibrate expectations to suit. It’s also important to note that the only other speaker I had near this price sounded almost crude by comparison.

Andrew Jones demonstrated his latest floorstander at the Munich High End show in May. The Adante appears to have the same driver configuration, but what you see are three passive bass units that conceal active ones that sit behind them, but not in an isobaric arrangement. It’s a rather more expensive design but shows that Jones is a designer who thinks outside of the box. That he can produce something like this floorstander for such a competitive price is further testament to his ingenuity.


Type: 3-way, five-driver, floorstanding speaker

Driver complement: One concentric driver with 25mm soft dome tweeter and 100mm aluminium midrange driver; three 130mm aluminium bass drivers

Crossover frequencies: 270Hz, 2.7kHz

Frequency response: 42Hz–25kHz

Impedance: 4 Ohms, minimum 3.4 Ohms

Sensitivity: 85dB/W/m

Dimensions (H×W×D): 980 × 178 × 293mm

Weight: 16.85kg/each

Finishes: black or white satin paint

Price: £1,200/pair

Manufacturer: ELAC

URL: www.elac.com

Distributor: Hi-Fi Network

Tel: +44 (0) 1285 643088

URL: www.hifi-network.com

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