Breakthrough Performance, Andrew Jones Design, Unprecedented Value: Save 50% on ELAC Adante AF-61 Tower Loudspeakers That Deliver Soulfulness, Naturalism, and Realistic Bass
Conceived from the ground up by designer extraordinaire Andrew Jones and offering reference-setting performance at an unprecedented affordable cost, the ELAC Adante AF-61 tower loudspeakers are bar-none the finest all-around-sounding floorstanders in their class. And now, at 50% off, these revered musical instruments – which provide clean, natural, accurate, authoritative playback and unbelievably realistic bass that defies every reasonable expectation – also stand as the best-value towers in the entire audio industry. Nothing else comes close. The sonics, craftsmanship, engineering, and appearance are utterly off the charts. Everything about The Absolute Sound Product of the Year and Editors' Choice Awards-winning AF-61 stirs the soul and makes listening to music more fun. You can read more in-depth about the specifics of AF-61's complex features and technical details below. We simply want you to hear these groundbreaking towers – backed by our 60-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee – in your own home as soon as humanly possible.
ELAC loads AF-61 with cutting-edge technology, no-compromise structural elements, and innovative solutions to age-old challenges. Its interport-coupled cavity cabinet – an elaborate, inherently superior configuration almost never found in speakers in this price bracket – ranks supreme among the Stereophile Class A Recommended AF-61's revelatory attributes. Jointly responsible for AF-61's prodigious low-end ability, each cabinet really contains multiple enclosures in one. AF-61's concentric midrange and tweeter get their own space in the cabinet, completely isolated from the three pairs of woofers, which reside in three divided chambers – all vented by dual ports. Equally significant, AF-61's entire enclosure bypasses external porting – eliminating any noise caused by potential overdriving. The 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 AF-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 the series. The three-way AF-61 employs one one-inch soft-dome concentric tweeter, one 5.25-inch aluminum-cone midrange, three internally mounted 6.5-inch aluminum-cone woofers, and three eight-inch aluminum-cone passive woofers. Each active driver remains invisible to the naked eye and works in concert with a larger, front-firing passive partner. 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. AF-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, AF-61's concentric mid/tweeter epitomizes aural naturalism and clarity.
With AF-61, everything harmonizes. ELAC 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 AF-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.
"ELAC's new Adante AF-61 is a highly sophisticated design, with ingenious engineering in evidence. The result is an extraordinarily capable floorstander for the money – with power, poise, detail, space, and rhythm. It is 'affordable esoterica' – had it comes more lavishly finished in a fancier cabinet, some would happily pay three times the price for this sort of sound."
– David Price, Hi-Fi News, Outstanding Product review
"When I went back to check a few last-minute details while writing this review, I found it difficult to listen for only a few minutes and then return to my writing. I wanted to listen longer... If that's not a solid recommendation, I don't know what is."
– Thomas Norton, Stereophile, Class A Recommended Component
"If they'd been priced at $10k/pair – and for a time, I thought they were $5k each – I'd have considered the AF-61s an excellent, highly competitive option. But for $5,000 a pair, they're an obscenely good deal."
– Steven Stone, The Absolute Sound, 2018 Product of the Year and Editors' Choice Awards
“If you’re looking to buy a high-end speaker in the next year or two, the Elac Adante is exactly the first place I would look.”
– Ty Pendlebury, CNET
Interport-Coupled Cavity Cabinet Isolates Concentric Midrange and Tweeter from Woofer Complements
AF-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 AF-61, three 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 Performance: Newly Devised Woofers Act in Concert
Two newly devised woofers deliver extraordinary low-frequency performance that's far superior to less-complex driver and cabinet solutions. AF-61 touts three 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.
Sublime Accuracy, Breathtaking Articulation, Exceptional Output: Concentric Driver and Soft-Dome Tweeter
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
AF-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 AF-61 to Match Your Needs: Dual Sets of Five-Way Binding Posts Provide Options
Each AF-61 arrives equipped with a dual set of binding posts. 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.