From Northern Germany via California comes news that loudspeaker manufacturer ELAC has a new range of loudspeakers set to leave the warehouse. The Solano series comprises three models: the 2.5-way FS287 floorstander; the 2-way BS283 standmount and the 2.5-way CC281 centre channel (which falls beyond the scope of this publication’s strictly stereo purview).
All Solano models feature ELAC’s JET5 tweeter, an evolution of Oskar Heil’s Air Motion Transformer (AMT), which the press release promises will “enthrall with its lightning-fast response and wide dynamic range, offering minimal distortion, lots of headroom and a distinctly wider frequency range than conventional dome tweeters.”
On lower midrange and bass duties, ELAC has implemented 6″ ‘Aluminum Sandwich Woofers’ that use a “proprietary gluing process” to affix a paper layer to an aluminium layer for “mid and bass frequencies that are clean, clear, and powerful.” All mid/bass drivers sit in a cast aluminium basket for (reportedly) better mechanical stability.
More unusual is the Solano series’ use of down-firing bass reflex port and twin sets of binding posts on the rear of the loudspeaker for those who like to bi-wire or bi-amp their loudspeakers.
The cabinets are built from MDF and finished in high gloss. Your choice of black or white. The Solano standmount will sell for US$2000/pair, the floorstander for US$4000/pair and the centre channel for US$1200.
Further information: ELAC Germany