There’s a rumor that Andrew Jones, first with TAD and now with Elac, is incapable of designing a mediocre-sounding speaker. This rumor was confirmed with Jones’s latest speaker, the Elac AS 61GB Adante, demonstrated at CES 2017. At $2500 per pair, this speaker is less expensive than the ones that Jones—seen in the photo above—designed for TAD, but more expensive than the bargain-priced offerings that were the first speakers he designed for Elac. Jones asserts that the Adante is still a work in progress; he’s still tweaking aspects of the design. Listening to a pair of Adantes, in a system with Audio Alchemy electronics, I was impressed with their clear, lively quality. To me, the speaker sounded ready for prime time!