Performance That Belies the Nice Price: Designed by Andrew Jones, ELAC Carina BS243.4 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Throw Multi-Dimensional Soundstages and Probe the Low End
Three-dimensional soundstaging, luxurious detail, and foot-tapping bass from a compact bookshelf speaker that costs less than $1,400? It may seem quite unlikely, but that's exactly what you get from ELAC's Carina BS243.4. Designed by award-winning British speaker expert Andrew Jones, Carina BS243.4 stands as an engineering marvel that merges ELAC's renowned JET folded ribbon tweeter with Jones' newly created multi-element crossover and carefully fashioned 5.25-inch single-piece aluminum dish cone woofer. You'll hear seamless, wide-dispersion presentation of goose-bump-inducing high frequencies as well as a low end that can vibrate picture frames. If you're looking for a bookshelf model that swings for the fences, Carina BS243.4 serves as a heavy hitter that should be at the top of your scouting list.
Carina BS243.4's benefits include minimal high-frequency distortion, mountains of headroom, and a frequency range so wide that many far more expensive speakers with traditional tweeters pale by comparison. In keeping with his penchant for defying expectations, Jones insisted Carina BS243.4 be a vented box system so that it could plumb lower frequencies than similarly sized models. By venting the sound downward, low frequencies are allowed to spread out across the bottom plate – an advantage that also makes Carina BS243.4 far easier to place, regardless of its proximity to walls and surrounding furniture.
Available in beautiful satin black or white finishes, and equipped with binding post straps, outrigger feet, spikes, and floor-protecting discs, Carina BS243.4 possesses all the muscle you'll need to turn high-resolution audio and your favorite LPs into the equivalent of a gripping live performance. ELAC's three-year warranty and our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee also indicate that you should give it a risk-free tryout in your home today.
"ELAC's new Carina BS243.4 loudspeaker sounded more refined than any similarly priced loudspeaker I know of. Mainly, though, the stand-mounted Elac's greatest virtue is its supersmooth octave-to-octave balance. Throughout my review process, the word elegant kept forcing itself on me."
– Herb Reichert, Stereophile
"Other than reproducing the last octave of deep bass, or being able to play at earsplitting levels, the strength of these speakers is the high level of musical information they reveal for their minimal cost. It's exciting to see several truly great speakers that are in reach of any music lover."
– Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio
"In exchange for a small footprint and ease of placement, compact two-way monitors like the Carina BS243.4 engage in a complex dance that balances sonics with convenience. Certain performance benchmarks are often just out of their reach. But with the better engineered efforts, almost inexplicably, a kind of sonic alchemy occurs, and they just seem much higher in fidelity than mere specifications would indicate. Elac's Carina ably demonstrated that it indeed possesses that sonic magic. On a scale of sheer musicality and value, it rates very high in my book."
– Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound
JET Folded Ribbon Tweeter
Delivering true high-definition sound, ELAC's JET tweeters enthrall with its lightning-fast response and wide dynamic range, offering minimal distortion, lots of headroom and a wider frequency range. The ELAC JET tweeter is one of the most legendary tweeters in the industry and has won international praise with its transparent and effortless sound image.
Compound Curvature Aluminum Woofer
To match the capabilities of the JET tweeter and guarantee a seamless transition from the woofer to the JET tweeter, the compound curvature cone has been developed to control the cone breakup and move it well beyond the operating range of the woofer. A large diameter voice coil and over-sized vented pole piece magnet combine to give remarkable bass dynamics and a rich powerful performance.
For a more flexible speaker placement and to minimize ventilation noise, the bass reflex port on the Carina series is directed to the floor, exiting the bottom of the speaker cabinet in a down-firing configuration.