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Elac used CES 2018 to re­lease a wire­less pow­ered loud­speaker, the Argo Se­ries B51, as well as a Mu­sic Server called the ‘Dis­cov­ery Pro.’ The Dis­cov­ery Pro Mu­sic Server has eight 50-watt am­pli­fiers and is ca­pa­ble of five wired au­dio streams, all man­aged by the ROON Es­sen­tials Con­trol app, so users can stream mu­sic to in­di­vid­ual zones or group them whilst con­trol­ling vol­ume and other play­back fea­tures. Users also can se­lect mu­sic from down­loads, ripped CDs or stream­ing ser­vices and ac­cess meta­data about their mu­sic li­brary. ‘ The Dis­cov­ery Pro Mu­sic Server pro­vides a sin­gle unit so­lu­tion for multi-room au­dio,’ said Chris Walker, vice pres­i­dent of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, Elac. ‘ How­ever, the real power of the Dis­cov­ery Pro is its ca­pa­bil­ity to ef­fort­lessly man­age a user’s mu­sic li­brary and en­joy it any­where in the home, in­clud­ing high-res­o­lu­tion mu­sic play­back. It pro­vides a wealth of in­tel­li­gence about a user’s mu­sic col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing sort­ing con­tent by genre; look­ing up a song’s lyrics and re­views; ac­cess­ing an artist’s web page and so­cial me­dia chan­nels; view­ing im­ages and news as­so­ci­ated with the artist or song; and much more.’

Plac­ing a per­sonal mu­sic col­lec­tion on the Dis­cov­ery Pro is a sim­ple process. Users can con­nect either a hard drive to the rear mounted USB port or point the prod­uct to their NAS (Net­worked At­tached Stor­age) de­vice, and the Dis­cov­ery will or­gan­ise and gather meta-data for their en­tire mu­sic col­lec­tion.

Elac’s new Argo B51 is an ac­tive three­way de­sign by An­drew Jones which has a 150-watt am­pli­fier driv­ing a 133mm alu­minium-coned bass driver, a 70-watt am­pli­fier driv­ing the 100mm midrange driver and a 30-watt am­pli­fier driv­ing a 20mm tweeter which is con­cen­tri­cally mounted in­side the midrange driver. All three am­pli­fiers and the cross­over net­work are ana­logue—no DSP pro­cess­ing is in­volved, but the cross­over is ac­tive, rather than be­ing pas­sive. All am­pli­fiers use BASH cir­cuitry.

In ad­di­tion to be able to be driven wire­lessly, (Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth) the Argo B51 also has three ana­logue in­puts: XLR, TRS, and RCA. The Argo B51 will be sup­plied in a choice of fin­ishes that in­cludes glossy black, gloss white and a striped wood­grain, which was on dis­play at CES.

Firm pric­ing has yet to be an­nounced (nor a re­lease date), but you can fig­ure on around a $US1,999 price-point. For more de­tails about Aus­tralian pric­ing and avail­abil­ity of the Argo B51 and Dis­cov­ery Pro con­tact Elac via Syn­ergy Au­dio Vis­ual at: www.syn­er­gyau­dio.com

The Elac Argo B51 will be sup­plied in a choice of fin­ishes that in­cludes glossy black, gloss white and the striped wood­grain fin­ish on dis­play at CES.

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