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Satellite Speakers - Elipson

Satellite speakers are a smaller alternative to bookshelf speakers and generally used in 5.1 speaker packages and may also be used as rear speakers with your choice of bookshelf speakers or floorstanders and centre speaker as the front speakers. This section also includes compact centre speakers. If you already have a 5.1 speaker package, you can also add another pair of satellite speakers to this to go from 5.1 to 7.1 channels or even to 9.1 channels of home cinema sound, if your AV receiver supports this. We also sell rear dipole and atmos 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.

Satellite speakers are generally used in home cinema speaker packages, 2.1 speaker systems and as compact speakers in a stereo system. Make no mistake though, unlike cheaper "plasticky" satellite speaker packages on the market, we sell a carefully selected range which look small but sound BIG. Many satellite speakers here also have matching speaker stands and/or wall or ceiling brackets available.

Although they can be used for music, satellite speakers are generally better for movies and AV use, unless you use them with a suitable subwoofer, as larger hi-fi bookshelf speakers can offer better bass response. Indeed, many high-end AV speaker systems select full-size speakers as they can deliver the best soundstage possible, Satellite Speakers are a good choice if space is limited due to their compact dimensions and if you want something more discrete. It is possible to wall mount bookshelf or typical AV speakers, it is much easier and less of a DIY task to accommodate a satellite speaker, thanks to their compact size, and the fact that they tend to be designed specifically to wall mount.

Some speakers are fully adjustable, and can even be mounted to the ceiling, giving you even more flexibility in terms of speaker placement. Due to being so easy to accommodate, Satellite speakers are often the choice of the music or movie lover who wants a full hi-fi or AV system, but does not want the associated large, bulky boxes and full-sized speakers. They are also ideal for situations where a typical speaker setup might be unsightly and affect minimalist décor or design. As they are much more compact, these types of speakers enable some users to discreetly install them into their existing décor.

Satellite speakers are ideally used as part of an AV Home Cinema System, though they can also perform capably as a stereo system or compact lifestyle system. Unlike other speakers, satellites have to compromise the frequency range they can deliver in order to remain compact. Therefore, they are ideally used in a system with a subwoofer, which can counteract the lack of bass delivered by the speakers, and deliver a full range and coherent overall sound. This is not always the case, as some models are designed to be compact, while still retaining the performance of a full size speaker. Such speakers will be designed to be large and thin rather than compact overall, allowing for larger drivers and thus more bass performance. 

Due to their compact dimensions, some users like to use satellite speakers, with or without a subwoofer, to create a desktop computer audio system or a lifestyle system for situations where space is tight, although as we said, for music they will always sound better with a matching subwoofer. Many surround sound speaker systems include a full set of satellite speakers – everything you need to be up and running. However, some users may want to add additional speakers, replace broken speakers or add a newer model to an ageing system. While they tend to come in pairs, they are also available singly, enabling even more customisability and particularly useful where a satellite is to be used as a centre speaker.

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