ELAC Vela BS 403 Bookshelf Speakers - Walnut
A complex design: high-class lacquered and wooden veneered cabinets, which have a trapezoid shape and are angled rearward.
The design catches eyes but conduces acoustics, too. The sound of VELA shows it´s family background to successful series 400.
But the advantages are distinct. The angling of the cabinet in combination with the new wave-guide of the JET tweeter improves the definition of stereo and multi-channel audio in modern furnishing. But there are more than the obvious changes. For example the optimized drivers are able to reproduce high-energy transients more precisely.
The ELAC Vela BS 403 has been created to make decent loudspeakers appeal to those who value style as much as content.The ELAC Vela BS 403 generates serious power from a tiny package. And rarely does so much dynamism come with such refinement.The Vela demands quality amplifcation with plenty of grip and relishes room to breathe.In addition to the JET tweeter of the fifth generation, which has been a figurehead of the Kiel-based manufacturer for many years, an AS-XR mid-range woofer is used for the lower frequencies.
The Jet 5 planar tweeter is a variant on the Heil Air Motion design with neodymium magnets. With the JET5 high-frequency driver, ELAC relies on the original concept of the loudspeaker pioneer Oskar Heil. It uses a folded foil membrane that requires so much precision in its construction that robots are used for the most demanding part of the process.The extreme speed of the tweeter claims to be especially good at reproducing transient dynamics up to a truly ultrasonic 50Hz.
The Vela BS403 incorporates a sandwich mid/bass driver with a paper cone backing bonded to a sheet of stamped aluminium foil, a combination said to reduce colouration and improve power handling. The large surround provides for plus/minus 15mm of excursion, so it should be able to ‘belt it out’ if required.For a more flexible speaker placement and to minimize ventilation noise, the bass reflex port is directed to the floor, exiting the bottom of the speaker cabinet in a down-firing configuration.
Rarely does such a highly advanced tweeter and mid/bass driver come together in such a small enclosure that is as acoustically smart as it is beautifully constructed. If you’re after an aesthetically stunning speaker that balances form and function with few compromises at an attractive price, you’ve found it. The ELAC Vela BS 403 are among the best bookshelves you will ever hear.
Height x Width x Depth: 362 x 191 x240 mm
Weight: 7,1 kg
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 from… to: 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
Finishes: Black High Gloss, White High Gloss, Gloss Walnut
Optional accessory: Speaker grilles