Elac Vela 6" Bookshelf Speakers, Pair (VBS403GN)

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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.

A remake of a tried-and-true classic

ELAC's 400 Series speakers have been beloved by audiophiles for years. To replace them, the VELA Series includes an improved JET 5 folded ribbon tweeter, which is hand-assembled in Germany to ensure the best possible quality.

This unique design works like the bellows in an accordion, squeezing air quickly and precisely to produce sound. Highs are incredibly smooth and detailed, while offering a realistic three-dimensional feeling of sound in space. 

A woofer that looks cool and sounds sublime

More often than not, I find I need to add a subwoofer to smallish speakers to get the kind of bass that I enjoy when listening to music. That wasn't the case with the BS 403s. 

Each speaker sports a 6" aluminum and paper "sandwich" woofer with a die-cast basket and a unique, crystal-shaped cone design. Add all of that up and you get punchy, musical bass that can fill even large rooms.

Ideal for music and for movies

Use this pair of BS 403s with confidence as part of an audiophile-grade stereo system, or as the front or rear channels of an ELAC VELA Series surround sound system. 

Whether you're enjoying your favorite album or the latest superhero movie, you'll appreciate the crystal-clear, vividly realistic sound these speakers produce. 

Upscale fit and finish

The BS 403s feature sturdy, reinforced enclosures to reduce vibration and eliminate unwanted resonance. The beautiful, grille-less design features a wood veneer exterior and a high-gloss lacquer finish. 

You'll want a powerhouse amp to drive them

A custom down-firing port improves bass output while reducing noise.

The BS 403s have a nominal impedance of 4 ohms. And with an 86 dB sensitivity rating, they're real "gas-guzzlers."

Place them on stands so they sound their best

Proper speaker placement is crucial to getting the best performance out of the '403s. I recommend buying ELAC's matching LS-80 speaker stands to help eliminate unwanted vibrations and reflections. Read my article on stereo speaker placement for positioning and setup tips.

Product highlights:

  • handmade JET 5 folded ribbon tweeter for lightning-fast response and wide dynamic range
  • 6" aluminum/paper sandwich cone woofer
  • frequency response: 41-50,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • nominal impedance: 4 ohms
    • high-performance amplification recommended to get the most out of these speakers
  • recommended amplifier power: up to 100 watts RMS
  • wood veneer exterior with high-gloss lacquer finish
  • bass-reflex design with down-firing port at the speaker's sturdy aluminum base plate
  • angled cabinet for improved high-frequency performance and stereo imaging
  • dual sets of binding post speaker terminals allow bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • made in Germany
  • no grille is included
  • 7-1/2"W x 14-3/16"H x 9-3/8"D
  • weight: 15.7 lbs. each
  • warranty: 3 years

Features & specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Aluminum
Color Gloss Black
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type JET 5
Tweeter Size (inches) ---
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6
Woofer Composition Aluminum/Paper
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 40-100
Sensitivity 86 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Frequency Response 41-50k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs Yes
Height (inches) 14-3/16
Width (inches) 7-1/2
Depth (inches) 9-3/8
Weight (pounds) 15.7
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-28
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

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