ELAC DISCOVERY PRO & ARGO B51
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.