September 1, 1926 in Kiel, Germany, with the founding of Electroacustic GmbH, a company focused on the development of sonar technology and research into signal sound channels in air and water. ELAC’s passion for music and fascination with sound led to the launch of the first consumer audio product, the PW1 turntable, in 1948.
History of Elac
In 1984, ELAC began designing loudspeakers in collaboration with AXIOM Electroacoustic Speaker Specialists. A year later, the 4Pi omni-directional tweeter was developed – a transducer that brought true high-end to high-end sound by combining extended range with wide dispersion.
ELAC and innovation go hand in hand and in 1993 introduced the JET folded ribbon tweeter. With an extended frequency response up to 35 kHz, the JET tweeter proved that a transducer whose response exceeds the limits of human hearing sounds better throughout its range. JET has been continually refined and is now used in both home and automotive applications.
From the start, ELAC has earned a reputation for advanced technology, uncompromising build quality, outstanding European design and a sound that is second to none.
Who is the Elac brand for?
ELAC offers a complete range of speakers and bold new electronics that bring music to life like never before. Each product delivers stunning performance, superb craftsmanship and great added value. All with the unmistakable ELAC style.
Where is the primary use of this brand?
ELAC speakers, electronics and other components can be used virtually anywhere. From conference halls, to completely any room in the home, to the absolute high-end in the comfort of your listening room.
A look at each Elac product series
Concentro is a standard loudspeaker designed to commemorate over ninety years of ELAC history. It was made in response to calls for a loudspeaker that rivals – and surpasses – the most ambitious designs in today’s audiophile landscape. First impressions tell us that this is no ordinary loudspeaker. Standing over 1.67m tall and weighing over 152kg, Concentro commands attention. Its elliptical cabinet is made to the highest level of perfection and is finished in high-gloss white or black, or to your specifications in any colour in between. The Concentro is not to be mistaken for any other loudspeaker, with a complex base made from a single block of aluminium and weighing over 24kg. Integrated oval side panels in precious wood, carbon fibre or leather surround a pair of 250mm bass transducers on either side of the soundboard. These newly developed drive units feature smooth, rigid aluminum sandwich diaphragms and fire in a push-push/pull-pull configuration that delivers maximum energy and accuracy down to the lowest octave. The rear of the cabinet includes two ports for bass transducers. The sophisticated front sound enclosure is curved to allow optimum propagation and dispersion of sound waves from the two transducers. On top is a dual concentric 127mm midrange with a JET 5 tweeter at its acoustic center. Underneath is the front ring with a 177 mm diameter crystal diaphragm and mid-bass driver. The result is near-point sound source presentation, micro-precision and flawless, accurate imaging. The dynamic range of the speaker is almost unlimited. ELAC Concentro. Listen and enter a whole new era in The Life of Sound.
The NAVIS Series safely navigates your search for the precious notes in your music. The development goal was to achieve a result that was greater than the sum of its parts. The active NAVIS Series features a new eye-catching design with trapezoidal cabinet shaping and a distinctive bottom plate made of die-cast aluminum. The new transducers feature aluminium cones, while the 25mm soft-dome tweeter is arranged concentrically with the midrange. The NAVIS active range uses high-efficiency but analog-sounding BASH® amplifiers for the low and mid ranges, while the use of a Class A/B amplifier drives the tweeter. Full analog signal processing ensures breathtaking sound quality with maximum transparency and musicality at all times. A sublime sound delivered with serious power.
The groundbreaking design of the Vela Series is inspired by the ship’s sail. Feel the unique sound waves of music flooding the soundscape. Vela is a sophisticated design that combines brushed aluminum with premium lacquered and veneered real wood cabinets, with a trapezoidal shape that slopes backwards. On the one hand, the Vela series is eye-catching, but on the other hand it promotes smooth sound reproduction. The Vela range takes the highly successful 400 series and offers even more. The new waveguide minimises reflections of the soundboard and the specially shaped soundboard and cabinet tilt improve sound resolution. Along with transducers that are optimised to reproduce high-energy transients with greater accuracy, the Vela series is also very much in line with the latest interior design trends.
In retrospect, it looks almost surreal. No one could have predicted the success of the Line 300. But when the ELAC Elegant 305 first filled a room with sound more than 25 years ago, music lovers closed their eyes and lost themselves in the music. Since then, the years have flown by. The 305 was the beginning of the extraordinary success of the 300.
You know where the wind blows from, but you better trust your own judgment. The ELAC Solano Series is for you. With beautiful designs for today, tomorrow and beyond. Designed as a harmonious blend of forms and materials, the sound of the Solano series is also timeless: open, honest and full of depth and character. It incorporates the latest technology for an experience that lasts.
Clean but striking looks combine with breathtaking performance. The Carina Series combines elegance with remarkable sound to bring you what promises to be a new classic in the ELAC lineup. Developed from the award-winning 240 Series and building on its performance, Carina continues ELAC’s tradition of using the AMT tweeter, which was chosen for its amazing clarity, dynamics and attack. To match this capability, a new patented aluminum cone woofer with a compound curved design is seamlessly integrated through a sophisticated multi-element excursion for an organic, realistic sound.
Uni-Fi Reference Series
Bassreflex opening arranged at the bottom and rounded on both sides ensures increased bass performance while minimizing noise flow simultaneously. The Uni-Fi Reference’s sideways leaking voice coil not only adds a quality visual element, but also improves the speaker’s directivity in the midrange.
Uni-Fi 2.0 Series
Uni-Fi 2.0, which enhances the critically acclaimed Uni-Fi Series, includes a number of changes that elevate performance beyond the originals. In a complete redesign; from transducers to crossovers to voice coils, this series redefines what is possible from a compact affordable loudspeaker. The new wideband tweeter improves its low and high frequency extension, allowing for better blending with the midrange driver. The all-new mid-range design includes a larger diameter voice coil, a new aluminum cone profile, a new low-profile surround, and an all-new neodymium magnet assembly. The newly developed one-piece aluminum cone results in improved rigidity. Combined with the oversized magnet, large diameter voice coil and extended pole extension, these changes result in improved bass accuracy and dynamics. Each Uni-Fi 2.0 enclosure is designed with thick MDF outer walls and a luxurious black ash vinyl finish. Specially placed internal bracing adds rigidity and strength to the cabinet’s outer walls, reducing cabinet vibrations that cause unwanted coloration.
Debut Reference Series
Reference is not just a name, but a defining characteristic of a product designed for the most demanding specialists. The new Debut Reference builds on a world-renowned concept with creativity that inspires something new. As a result, Debut Reference offers significant acoustic and visual advances. With an exterior that draws on traditional and contemporary styles, it combines oak wood with a white finish or black satin baffle to achieve the perfect balance. The ELAC Debut Reference has a classic design.
Debut 2.0 Series
Reengineered from the ground up, these speakers sound even more remarkable than the originals, revolutionizing affordable high-end sound. Few speakers have garnered as much critical acclaim as ELAC’s original debut series. They created a new value proposition with workmanship and performance never before achieved at such a reasonable price. The Debut “changed the game” and now that has changed again with the Debut 2.0 series – proof that ELAC can’t leave well enough alone.
Intuitive yet comprehensive app-based interface. Simply pair your iPhone®, iPad® or Android® device with the new ELAC subwoofers and customize the sound to your preference. You can download the ELAC app for free. What’s really clever is that no complicated network connections are required, as the subwoofer and mobile device communicate directly via BLE (Bluetooth® Low Energy). For users, this means no more fiddly setup on the back of the subwoofer. For example, if you want more bass on movie night or if you want to avoid disturbing the neighbours in the dead of night, the subwoofers offer four preset modes that can be selected at the touch of a finger: Normal, Music , Cinema and Night. Those who want to further explore the system’s app control options will discover true pro-audio options such as parametric equalizer, low-pass filter and individual settings for the power-saving auto-on feature. Perhaps the most exciting option, however, is the calibration feature, which uses the microphone on your smartphone to listen to the volume, frequency response and reflections of the sound in the room before automatically optimising the sound of your ELAC subwoofer. ELAC subwoofers can be connected directly using analog cables or stereo RCA cables. In the case of the SUB 3070, symmetrical wiring can also be used. And if you’d rather forgo cables altogether, the new high-performance subwoofers feature ELAC’s wireless interface for wireless music transmission.
Hear every spoken word, feel every single moment and get huge goosebumps. Bring your entertainment experience to life with incredibly realistic sound and enjoy the possibilities with the ELAC Cinema Set for TV, movies, music and games.
4Pi Plus.2 Series
Experience something completely unique every time you press play. Unlike conventional tweeter designs, the 4Pi Plus.2 fully integrates the space behind the speakers into the acoustic experience. This makes the 4Pi Plus.2 tweeter the perfect complement to any high-quality loudspeaker. It allows sound to break free from the speakers and fill the entire room – literally immersing you in the music. Equipped with flexible sensitivity and lower cutoff frequency adjustment options, the 4Pi Plus.2 can be seamlessly integrated with any speaker. From subtle enhancement to subtle dominance – it’s all a matter of personal preference. The ultimate winner is always sound.
The new Alchemy Series, designed by the ELAC team, births a fusion of technologies and brings further advancements to a menu known for delivering performance and build quality far exceeding its price point. Each component includes relevant, well thought out features and topology for the most demanding listeners. This includes discrete implementation of power supplies, amplifiers and signal processing to give you best-in-class sound. With years of experience in award-winning analog and digital products, the Alchemy series is creating a new standard of value in the world of high-end sound departments.
The Miracord 60 has been designed to bring elements of the renowned Miracord 90 design to a new class of ELAC turntables. The result is a turntable that is true to its lineage while emphasizing individuality. The new Miracord 60 embodies smooth vinyl precision and performance at a new price point.
The Miracord 50 is the perfect choice for those building a new LP record collection or for rediscovering the magic of an existing record library. The ELAC Miracord 50 turntable is designed to deliver exceptional vinyl transcription, inspired by the iconic Miracord name from the Golden Age of Stereo when turntables reigned supreme. The Miracord 50 is meticulously engineered with a belt-driven motor and die-cast aluminum platter. It also features a precision static balanced, straight tube arm with a removable head shell with a factory mounted MM phono cartridge. Designed with convenience in mind, the Miracord 50 features a built-in phono preamp that allows you to add this turntable to any music system.
Discovery Music Server is designed to be the heart of a serious music system, offering local and streaming music playback, rich multi-dimensional metadata, and multi-room audio, all with an interface that anyone can handle in minutes. In keeping with high-resolution music, the lossless, high-definition Tidal® streaming music service has been tightly integrated into the Discovery* software. Content from your local collection and content from Tidal are presented in the same beautiful, easy-to-use interface.
While several standalone and integrated units offer great sound, very few provide the performance, flexibility and value needed for the ELAC label. So where none existed before, ELAC engineers started with a clean slate and a simple proposition: build the most powerful, versatile and easy-to-use integrated amplifier you can imagine. Do it without compromising on sound, reliability and a great user experience. Price it fairly to make it the natural choice, even compared to units that are many times the price.
On Wall Series
Finding the perfect location for Line WS models couldn’t be easier. A little wall space is all these speakers need to reach their full potential. Despite a small cabinet depth of just 84mm, they use the latest chassis technology to deliver full sound with the deepest bass. Ideal for TV and surround sound or perfect for music, these speakers can be conveniently wall mounted.