Save 40% on a Groundbreaking, Reference-Level Bookshelf Loudspeaker: Andrew Jones-Designed ELAC Adante AS-61 Features Extraordinary Realism, Detail, Engineering, and Bass Response
At its original price, the ELAC Adante AS-61 bookshelf loudspeakers were a veritable steal. Now, available at 40% off list, they represent what just might be the best value you're going to get on a pair of award-winning, precedent-setting, reference-level bookshelf units. We're staking our 60-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee behind the claim – and these instruments revered by Stereophile, Hi-Fi+, Sound & Vision, Hi-Fi News, CNET, SoundStage! Hi-Fi, and more. In short, AS-61's sonics, build, engineering, and looks are off-the-rails extraordinary.
Used as mains or surrounds, these speakers rip up and completely rewrite the rules by offering standard-setting performance at an unprecedented low cost. Stocked with the identical drivers as its sibling Adante AF-61 towers, AS-61 comes loaded with cutting-edge parts, no-compromise structural elements, and novel solutions to age-old challenges. You can read and learn much more about the in-depth specifics of these features below. For the moment, simply know they translate into clean, natural, accurate, authoritative music playback and unbelievably realistic bass that will leave you smiling for days.
To get a clearer sense of their prowess and significance, it may also help if you don't think of Adante AS-61 as mere bookshelf loudspeakers. The winner of the 2018-2019 EISA Award for Best Loudspeaker entirely deserving of their own category. Conceived from the ground up by designer extraordinaire Andrew Jones, and in every right a breakthrough reference-grade monitor, AS-61 transcends all the ideologies, technologies, and build qualities associated with the bookshelf field. Structurally innovative and mind-bogglingly affordable, the fantastically realistic-sounding AS-61 blows away every other model in its class. It's not even a contest.
AS-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 AS-61's prodigious low-end ability, each cabinet really contains multiple enclosures in one. AS-61's concentric midrange and tweeter get their own space in the cabinet, completely isolated from the woofer pair, which resides in a divided chamber vented by dual ports. Equally significant, AS-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 AS-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 AS-61 employs one one-inch soft-dome concentric tweeter, one 5.25-inch aluminum-cone midrange, one internally mounted 6.5-inch aluminum-cone woofer, and one eight-inch aluminum-cone passive woofer. 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. AS-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, AS-61's concentric mid/tweeter personifies aural naturalism and clarity.
Indeed, on AS-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 and the presence of four metal binding posts on every AS-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.
"Five years from now, there will be dozens of brands making a hash of emulating what ELAC and Andrew Jones did here. ...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."
—Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+
"Designer Andrew Jones has achieved great performance from a novel cone/dome [concentric] driver array... The result is a wonderfully panoramic soundstage, impressive depth perspective, and a smooth tone from top to bottom."
—Stereophile, and 2018-19 EISA Award Winner, Best Loudspeaker
"The sound I heard from the AS-61s impressed me immediately. With good source material, their top end was neutral—neither rounded off nor overcooked."
—Thomas Norton, Sound & Vision, Top Pick review
"Don't be fooled by appearances because the AS-61 is a genuinely sophisticated standmount. Neither should you squeeze these boxes into a cramped 'bookshelf' setup, so budgeting a little extra for those partnering stands is essential. These really allow the smallest Adante to stand on its own two feet, so to speak, delivering a precise and dramatic sound that genuinely belies the system's compact dimensions."
—Hi-Fi News, Outstanding Product review
"This revisiting of the coupled-cavity technology seemed to work very well— the Adante AS-61 produced prodigious bass for its modest size, and, thanks to its excellent midrange-tweeter array, crystal-clear mids and highs."
"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
"[Once] again, Jones has delivered a killer-sounding speaker at a rather moderate price. Bass was deep and controlled, with excellent imaging and fantastic delivery. I was very impressed."
Innovative Interport-Coupled Cavity Cabinet Isolates Concentric Midrange and Tweeter from Woofers
AS-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 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.
Newly Devised Woofers (One Active, One Passive) Supply Beguiling Bass Performance
Two newly devised woofers deliver extraordinary low-frequency performance far superior to less-complex driver and cabinet solutions. 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 apparent to the ear. A lightweight, front-firing 8-inch passive radiator partners with the active driver. It comes 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, Exceptional Output: Re-Engineered 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
AS-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 AS-61 Exactly How You Want: Dual Sets of Five-Way Binding Posts Provide Options
Each AS-61 is equipped with a dual set of metal 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 driver.