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