AC-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 AC-61's prodigious low-end ability, each cabinet really contains multiple enclosures in one. AC-61's concentric midrange and tweeter get their own space in the cabinet, completely isolated from two pairs of woofers, which reside two divided chambers vented by dual ports. Equally significant, AC-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 AC-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 AC-61 employs one one-inch soft-dome concentric tweeter, one 5.25-inch aluminum-cone midrange, two internally mounted 6.5-inch aluminum-cone woofers, and two eight-inch aluminum-cone passive woofers. 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. AC-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, AC-61's concentric mid/tweeter personifies aural naturalism and clarity.
On AC-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 available in three colors and the presence of four metal binding posts on AC-61 further up the ante of a loudspeaker that will be talked about for decades to come.