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From the top of its robust, well-braced cabinet to the beefy, stabilizer bars and adjustable spiked feet at its base, the ELAC UF5 floor-standing speaker is all business. That's because speaker design guru Andrew Jones has engineered out all the "fat", leaving nothing behind but pure, lean, muscular sound. Just in case you weren't familiar with his work, Mr. Jones has a well-deserved reputation, and a genuine knack, for wringing out every last drop of sound quality from his designs, allowing them to perform far beyond their price range.
What's the secret?
The ELAC concentric driver places its tweeter at the center of its midrange cone for enhanced imaging and clarity.
In part, the UF5 owes its clear, detailed sound, impressive imaging, and deep soundstage to a custom-designed concentric driver. Conventional speakers place the midrange and tweeter in different locations on the front baffle — causing their sound to reach your ears at slightly different times, and smearing subtle details. Instead, the UF5's concentric driver places a 1" soft dome tweeter directly in the center of a 4" aluminum midrange cone. This precise alignment creates a "unified source," ensuring that all frequencies arrive at your ears at the same instant, producing a more coherent and accurate sound.
How about that bass?
The UF5 uses three custom-designed 5-1/4" aluminum cone woofers to supply articulate bass that blends in precisely with the concentric driver. The woofers' large magnets and vented pole pieces increase power handling for bass that's clean, clear, and powerful. Three rear-firing ports extend bass performance, but keep it tight and tuneful.
Crossovers — the unsung heroes
I don't usually mention a speaker's crossover. That's partly because crossovers are not very glamorous, and to be honest, it's also because many of them aren't really worth mentioning in the first place. But proper crossovers are never an afterthought with a well-designed speaker. In fact, they're one of the most critical elements in any speaker's design and sound, and potentially, one of the most costly.
When Andrew Jones passed around a crossover from one of his Uni-Fi speakers, it was remarkably substantial — chock full of large, high-quality capacitors, precision resistors, and massive copper coils embedded on a heavy PC board with thick copper traces. The fact that ELAC was willing to spend their resources on something that's inside their speakers where you can't even see it, speaks volumes to the integrity of their designs.
- true 3-way speaker design
- custom-designed 1" soft dome tweeter concentrically mounted in a 4" aluminum cone midrange
- three custom-designed 5-1/4" aluminum cone woofers
- frequency response: 42-25,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 85 dB
- impedance: 4 ohms
- maximum power input: 140 watts
- sophisticated multi-element crossover with high-grade components to ensure smooth transition between drivers
- bass-reflex (ported) cabinet design
- thick MDF enclosure with internal bracing reduces cabinet vibration that causes unwanted sonic coloration
- custom-designed binding post speaker terminals
- included stabilizer bars and adjustable feet reduce resonance and vibration
- magnetically attached cloth grille
- black brushed vinyl finish
- 7-7/8"W x 38"H x 10-3/4"D
- weight: 39.6 lbs.
- warranty: 3 years
Features & specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||4|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.25|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Dolby Atmos Drivers||No|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
|Frequency Response||42-25k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
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