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Active/Powered Speakers - Elipson

Active speakers feature an in-built amplifier and are ready to use out of the box, an alternative to using passive bookshelf or floorstanding speakers with an amplifier, if space does not permit this, or where a quick and easy solution is required. Make no mistake though, these are not generic plastiky "PC speakers", we only sell very high quality active speakers from premium brands. You can use any of these to quickly and easily enjoy high quality sound from your phone/portable player, Mac/PC or from your TV with minimal set-up. Many of these are also available to listen to in our showroom. This section mostly includes paired active speakers, but we also sell single box active/wireless speakers.


With more than 50 years in the speaker industry, Elipson offers a range of hi-fi products and stylish spherical speakers, including the Elipson Planet speakers, which take inspiration from the highly regarded BS30 vintage design (circa 1960).

Founder Joseph Leon, born in Bordeaux 1908, was an engineer from the School of Arts and Crafts and passionate in acoustic research. Elipson began in 1938 as a company called Multi-Engine which manufactured toy engines of miniature electric trains. The company's current director and engineer Henry Bazin Maurice Latour made a decision to move towards the development of speakers consisting of a sphere and an ellipsoidal reflector in 1940.

Joseph Leon aimed to concentrate all of the loudspeaker's acoustic energy through the reflector to enhance sound in an ultra-modern design that hadn't been seen before. In developing the system of the conch, Elipson allows sound to use a large space with precision and quality. Each model was worked for a place with a specific commitment; a vent, a specific speaker, a special reflector ellipsoid.

In 1948 Joseph became CEO of the company, going on to change its name to Elipson and instilling research on all-round reflectors and resonators etc. By 1960 the company began the search channel speaker with numerous patents.

Joint research resulted in a first series of around twenty models oriented at 30 degrees with an elliptical princeps, a shift in medium (HP Cabasse), a micro Melodium as a tweeter and positioned mechanical shift to optimize the phase response with other speakers. This model is legendary for its technical advances and aesthetic helping Leon become medallist of the Order of Merit for research and invention.

This collaboration also delivered another legendary model 4050 as well as the accompanying series including the 4240, 502, 402. This assured the public of the success of smaller models like the BS40 and 4040 which were sized for apartments.

In 2009, the company returned to the sources of expertise, with a series of spherical enclosures, L planet that were a modern evolution of the 4050 and the 4260. To meet the needs of both communities and individuals, Elipson offers a range of integrated speakers. High definition and very versatile, these can be used for many applications including conference rooms, shopping centres, amphitheatres, restaurants, shops, hotels, business premises, private dedicated rooms, schools.

Elipson's range will please your eyes as much as your ears and also includes a range of speaker packages, from simple 2.1 desktop solutions, to 5.1 speaker packages for home cinema, through to the highly impressive Sound Tree.

Active Speakers are also known as "amplified speakers" or "powered speakers" due to the fact they feature an internal amplifier, which provides power to the drivers and eliminates the need for an external standalone hi-fi amplifier. Most Active Speakers include one powered unit housing an amplifier, and an additional passive “slave” speaker which draws power and signal from the other powered speaker.

Because Active Speakers come without the need for a separate amplifier, they are perfect for use with computers, on a desktop or as a lifestyle system e.g. in a living room or kitchen, as being all housed in one unit limits the unit’s footprint. Much of our range is built with the same attention to detail as typical hi-fi speakers, with manufacturers aware that their products can be as much a piece of art or furniture as a functional speaker product. With this in mind, it is easy to find a product which will look great in any room or with any décor. Our knowledgeable team is always happy to offer a demonstration and advice in our showroom. As with all of our products, we offer a comprehensive range and offer free next day UK delivery.

While they can perform capably on a desktop or surface, much like typical bookshelf hi-fi speakers, Active Speakers will almost always sound better on a dedicated speaker stands. Dedicated stands will position the speaker at the ideal listening height, and come in a range of heights for you to tailor placement to suit your typical listening position. Ideally, the tweeter should be placed at eye level to ensure the best possible stereo imaging and integration between drivers. Additionally, dedicated stands aid performance by decoupling the speaker and isolating it from the floor or any surface it might otherwise be placed on, which in turn results in greater and clearer bass performance. Many dedicated stands are fillable, which adds mass and weight, in turn adding extra bass extension and authority.

Some Active Speakers feature an in-built Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC), enabling you to plug digital sources into your speakers, and enjoy high resolution audio files. For example, this may enable you to plug a computer directly into your Active Speakers via USB input and playback high resolution WAV or FLAC files. Many models feature a range of inputs and connectivity options, enabling you to attach a wide range of devices and sources, meaning your Active Speakers can be the hub and centre of your multimedia or home entertainment system.

With Bluetooth technology coming on in leaps and bounds in terms of audio quality, aided by the creation of lossless CD quality apt-X technology, many Active Speakers offer wireless playback via Bluetooth. This enables you to connect a computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or other portable device wirelessly via Bluetooth, and enjoy simple, high-quality wireless playback from your Active system. With no external amplifier, and no unsightly wires from your device to the speakers, Active Speakers are perfect for use on desktops, counters, on smaller shelves and in more compact areas where it would be more difficult to accomodate a "normal" hi-fi system with bookshelf speakers and integrated amplifier.

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