ELAC - Vela BS 403 Bookshelf Speakers Pair
ELAC Vela BS 403 Bookshelf Speakers Pair
Lightning-Fast Responsiveness, Captivating Detail, Big Dynamics, and Great Freedom of Placement: ELAC Vela BS 403 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Feature Unique JET 5 Tweeter and Trapezoid Shape
ELAC has overachieved. Again. Providing enthralling detail, lightning-fast response rates and sweeping dynamics, the company's Vela BS 403 bookshelf speaker demonstrates that big sound comes in small packages. It all starts with a specially designed JET 5 tweeter, which exhibits vanishingly low distortion, brings loads of headroom to the table, and touts a distinctly wider frequency range than conventional dome tweeters. And the considerable resonating surface of JET 5's finely pleated membrane and patented neodymium rod magnet system enable it to move air far quicker than traditional pistonic types.
ELAC's awarding-winning European engineering team also adapted AMT (Air Motion Transformer) technology to make Velos BS 403 able to effortlessly fill even moderate-sized listening spaces with transparent, high-end sonics. Relatedly, the multi-faceted surface of the six-inch bass driver is comprised of an innovative sandwich of paper and pressed aluminum that reduces coloration and improves power handling by extreme degrees when compared to traditional cone construction. Make no mistake: Vela BS 403 plays with a depth and efficiency that will get your feet tapping and heart racing.
Visually, the trapezoidal-shaped Vela BS 403 harbors a die-cast plinth that accommodates the unique V-shaped opening of the downward firing port with a complementary V-shaped opening. The innovative design offers a wider range of placement options compared to speakers with rear-firing ports. High-class lacquered- and wooden-veneered cabinets double as eye candy and performance-oriented touches. Such fine-tuning, attention to detail, and meticulous engineering confirm Vela BS 403 as a reference-class component that outperforms even much higher-priced floorstanders.
"This speaker, however, toes the fine line between the conflicting demands of making concessions to contemporary styling but not so much as to undermine its effortless sound. If you are looking for a speaker that fits into a modern lifestyle and encourages you to unwind at the end of the day, this should be on your ‘must hear' list."
– Jason Kennedy, Hi-Fi Plus
"The ELAC Vela BS 403 splits the atom, generating serious power from a tiny package. And rarely does so much dynamism come with such refinement. It's like a BBC LS3/5a on steroids with an extra high and low octave hidden up each sleeve."
– Chris Ward, Hi-Fi Choice
Type: 2-Way, bass reflex
Woofer: 1 x 150 mm Ø, AS XR cone
Tweeter: JET 5
Magnetic shielding: No
Crossover frequency: 2400 Hz
Frequency range (IEC 268-5): 41 - 50000 Hz
Sensitivity: 86 dB at 2.83 V/m
Suitable for amplifiers : 4 - 8 Ω
Recommended amplifier power: 40 - 200 W/channel
Nominal/Peak power handling: 70 W/100 W
Nominal/Minimum impedance: 4 Ω/3.2 Ω at 260 Hz
Dimensions (HWD): 14.3" x 7.5" x 9.4"
Weight: 15.7 lbs
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