FS409 – HiFi News Highly Commended


This carefully balanced design majors on spaciousness, with wide-open imaging and a smooth, refined treble, and is very well worth seeking out.

..there was indeed a sense of height in the soundstage and also again that admirably airy quality. If I was expecting some upper mid hardness or an over-bright balance, what I got was just a very lively and spacious sound. There was really no sense of hardness or glare, albeit a certain wispiness to the treble. Bass was clean and firm, convincing, and never lumpy or overdone, while the midrange was again very clean, if not particularly characterful. Above all, the speakers brought a fine sense of depth and scale to the image, which was very appealing indeed.

Elac’s unusual drive units are meant to be seen, although grilles are supplied in case you do want to cover them up. Yet there’s nothing showy or overbearing about the sound, as there is plenty of detail to be heard but it’s never ‘etched’ or too much in your face. This carefully balanced design majors on spaciousness, with wide-open imaging and a smooth, refined treble, and is very well worth seeking out.

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ELAC FS409 - Steve Harris, HiFi News, September 2014

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