“The original name, in full, was Argo-Navis. This based on a constellation and in keeping with nautical themes that we have chosen for recent naming conventions. It is in recognition of ELAC’s headquarters in Kiel Germany, an important sailing centre. Hence Vela (sail) and Carina (keel). We used Argo for short but were challenged by someone registering the Argo name after we started using it.… Read the full article
“Dear John. I don’t know about you but I’m becoming heartily sick of Andrew Jones. His US$20,000+ loudspeaker designs for TAD were great and all – and the US$129 Pioneer SP-BS22-LR was a cute attempt to snag entry-level buyers – but ever since he decamped to ELAC a few years back, I can’t open a web browser for fear of seeing his beaming smile and man-of-the-people disposition staring right back at me. The Debut Series. The Uni-Fi Series. The Uni-Fi Slim.… Read the full article
If you frequent this site then you most likely are aware of the presence of Mr. Andrew Jones on the audio show circuit. His presentation is top notch and his new angle for budget speakers appeals to the masses in much the same way his legendary Pioneer efforts did. The Elac project launched with the entry level Debut series, and it appears that Andrew isn’t looking to abandon the principals that helped usher his name to the lips of every audiophile across the world anytime soon.… Read the full article
Andrew Jones of ELAC, Pioneer, TAD and KEF. Andrew enlightens us about his long history with audio, designing speakers for a Japanese company and what its like growing up with a mirror twin. Special Co-Host Bryan Beasley.
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This year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest was a blast.
With the Marriott Tech Center all put back together and a lot of manufacturers and people in attendance, it felt like the show was back up to the normal high-energy level. As usual, there was more to cover than I had time for. And I covered rooms solid from early in the morning until late at night all three days. There are so many great people involved in high end audio that I get energized by the excitement in the rooms and in the halls. … Read the full article
“The speaker that changed my life?” said Jones. “Easy. The Quad ESL57. It’s the first true Hi-Fi speaker I heard once I got to university. I have almost always owned a pair.” No surprise, then, that the ESL57’s creator, Peter Walker, continues to inspire Jones’s own work. “I had many conversations with Peter,” said Jones. “He is a constant reference point.”
But it isn’t Walker whom Jones credits most for schooling him in speaker design; that distinction belongs to KEF’s Laurie Fincham, under whose stringent direction Jones would become KEF’s Chief Engineer.… Read the full article
No Holes Required
by Dick Tan
Are you ready to join the Dolby Atmos/DTS-X object based surround sound revolution? Yes, but the idea of workmen roaming all over your home, drilling big holes in your ceiling/wall is, quite honestly, enough to pour huge buckets of cold water over the idea.
What if you can still achieve your Atmos /DTS-X dreams without having to mutilate your ceiling? Well, then you should take a good look at Elac’s Debut A4 three dimension Dolby Atmos speaker modules.… Read the full article
A Great Debut for Hi-fi and Home Theater
by Venoth Nair
The name Andrew Jones is one notoriously known for engineering and designing some of the most desirable speakers from a host of amazing high end audio companies like TAD and KEF. His design principle and audio engineering prowess has created quite a following in the audio world when any speaker bearing his name is put out into the market. Recently, Andrew Jones has taken up the helm as the chief engineer with German audio stalwart, ELAC.… Read the full article
Talking Heads, Islands, JAMC, The Rolling Stones – just four of the artists used by CNet’s Ty Pendlebury whilst reviewing ELAC’s Uni-Fi UB5 standmount, quite possibly the most talked about loudspeaker of 2016.
“The ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 loudspeakers offer the best performance of any speaker we’ve seen for the money,” enthused Pendelbury.
No doubt the speaker’s relative affordability helps with the media buzz (cynics read: hype) – US$499 – but the man behind the UB5’s genesis probably helps more.
Their designer Andrew Jones, formerly of Pioneer, is every manufacturer’s dream ticket.… Read the full article
We got a chance to sit down to do a live broadcast with Andrew Jones of Elac to talk about his new line of speakers and amplifiers. Check out the Facebook feed in the embed below for all the good details and his inspiration of the new group of products that are causing such a stir within the community.