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Munich High-End 2019: ELAC’s Carina are JET-powered!

  • JETpacked. The latest loudspeaker to designs to spill from ELAC Americas are the 2-way Carina BS243.4 standmount and the 2.5-way 241.4 floorstander, both of which take strong cues from ELAC Germany‘s speaker designs to feature the company’s JET folded ribbon tweeter.

    According to ELAC, the JET tweeter offers “lightning-fast response”, “wide dynamic range”, “minimal distortion”, “lots of headroom” and a “wider frequency range than conventional dome tweeters”.

    In the BS243.4 , the JET tweeter is married to a single 13.5 cm aluminium mid/bass driver for a 2-way design. In the 241.4 we get a pair of 13.5cm mid/bass drivers for a 2.5-way design and a 12Hz lowering of the standmount’s bass response to 35Hz.

    From ELAC’s own summary sheet: “Through the use of aluminum, resonances that affect the linearity of common paper cones can be placed beyond the driver’s operating frequency range. An extended size magnet with vented pole piece increases power handling, for accurate reproduction of bass frequencies that are clean, clear and powerful.”

    The nominal impedance on both models is rated at 6 Ohms (minimum 4.8 Ohms) and the reflex ports fire downwards to minimise ventilation noise (chuffing).

    The attractively curved cabinets on both models will be made available in satin white and satin black finishes.

    Pricing is expected to land at US$1200/pair for the standmount and twice that for the floorstander.

    Shipping date is TBA but we can expect to see the Carina take centre stage at Munich High-End 2019 next month where they will be presented by product designer Andrew Jones.

    Further information: ELAC Americas

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