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The Elac Andante range of speak­ers, which pre­viewed at last year’s CES in Las Ve­gas, is now fi­nally avail­able in Aus­tralia from Syn­ergy Au­dioVisual, which dis­trib­utes Elac in Aus­tralia. The range is com­prised of three mod­els: the AF-61 floor­standers ($9,995 per pair), AS-61 stand-mounts ($4,995 per pair), and an AC-61 cen­trechan­nel ($3,295). The Andante range was con­ceived as be­ing an en­try-level first step into high-end au­dio, ac­cord­ing to Elac de­signer An­drew Jones, who says that all the driv­ers used in the Andante se­ries were de­signed specif­i­cally for the se­ries, with Elac lever­ag­ing its pro­pri­etary con­cen­tric driver tech­nol­ogy for the midrange/tweeter. ‘ This new driver de­liv­ers as­tound­ing pointsource ac­cu­racy, lin­ear­ity, power han­dling, speed and ar­tic­u­la­tion on vir­tu­ally all types of mu­sic,’ he said.

The Andante AF-61harks back to Linn’s ‘Iso­barik’ speak­ers, where a driver hidden in­side the cabi­net mod­i­fies the out­put of an­other driver that’s con­ven­tion­ally mounted on the front baf­fle, but Jones refers to the par­tic­u­lar im­ple­men­ta­tion in the Andante 61 as ‘ an in­ter­port-cou­pled cabi­net, where the low-pass fil­ter comes af­ter the driver, not be­fore.’ In the case of the Elac Andante AS-61 stand­mount de­sign, it’s the out­put of a front-fir­ing 203mm bass driver that’s be­ing mod­i­fied. The in­ter­nal driver has a di­am­e­ter of 165mm. Also front-fir­ing on this model is a 127mm midrange driver, mounted coax­i­ally in the cen­tre of which is a 25mm tweeter. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Syn­ergy Au­dio Vis­ual on (03) 9459 7474 or visit the web­site at www.syn­er­gyau­dio.com

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