ELAC BS 263 – HiFi Choice Recommended
“Not to sample the delights of a standmount as special as the BS 263, however, would be crazy”
Spot check - Elac has a vast range of fine speakers, but David Vivian wonders if this high-end baby might have hit the sweetest spot of all
Elac has an enviable reputation for making small speakers with a big, room-filling sound. This isn’t simply a case of being able to play loud and having a disproportionately deep bass, though in the broad scheme of things, the BS 263 confidently ticks both these boxes, even with the modestly muscular MA amp doing its bidding. More than this, though, is the sense of space the speaker is capable of generating, not just exceeding the boundaries of its bijou cabinet but also the walls of my modestly sized listening room. And it isn’t just a width thing. Soundscapes are truly three-dimensional and the speaker magically dissolves into them.
It wouldn’t be unreasonable for anyone with £1,250 to spend to expect something that at least comes up to their waist, and there are plenty of fine floorstanders at this price to choose from. Not to sample the delights of a standmount as special as the BS 263, however, would be crazy. It’s an essential audition.
David Vivian, HiFi Choice August 2015