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Elac FS 409 Speakers (Pair)


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FS 409, big brother to the FS 407, combines a Crystal Membrane drive unit with the JET 5 tweeter for an open sound incorporating the acoustic characteristics of the space.

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Warranty length 2 Years
Brand ELAC
Product Award HiFi News Highly Commended

Tech Specs

- Type: 3½-way, bass reflex
- Tweeter: 1 x JET 5
- Midrange: 150mm AS-XR cone
- Woofer: 2x 180mm AS-XR cone
- Crossover Frequency: 140/360/2700Hz
- Frequency response: 28-50k Hz
- Sensitivity: 89dB @2.83v/1m
- Recommended amp power: 40-450W p/ch
- Nominal/peak power: 200/280W p/ch
- Nominal Impedance: 4Ω/min 3.4Ω @105Hz
- Binding posts: 5-way metal
- Incl: Magnetic fabric grille
- Dimensions (HWD): 1180 x 290 x 380mm
- Weight (each): 32.5 kg

Product Description

Elac FS 409 is a 3½-way, bass reflex floorstanding speaker that offers traditional ELAC performance in a timeless yet contemporary package.

Line 400

The 400 line is a striking illustration of how design and function can be seamlessly combined. Decorative aluminum elements transform the technical components of the loudspeakers into visual highlights and the crossbar support system fitted to the floor-standing models provides an elegant and extremely stable foundation.

Ensuring excellent signal fidelity at all volume settings and even deeper bass response were at the very top of our list of priorities. The Line 400 speakers leave no doubt that a new sonic benchmark has been set for loudspeakers in their class.

Crystal Membrane

FS 409 employs the Crystal Membrane design based on ELAC’s Aluminum-Sandwich AS Technology. The crystal-shaped inverse aluminum dome is joined to the paper cone in a special gluing process to result in the desired sandwich construction. Resembling the surface of a large crystal, the aluminum-foil stamping stiffens the aluminum dome, diminishing resonances and minimising coloration, while improving power handling and dynamics.

The voice coil design of the midrange and bass drivers results in an expanded range of the respective drivers by nearly an octave. The wide, double-asymmetrical rubber surround of ELAC’s TT 180 woofer used in the FS 409 can handle up to ±15mm excursions for truly prodigious volume and lowest distortion, a unique engineering achievement for a driver of its size.

JET 5 Tweeter

ELAC’s award-winning JET 5 tweeter boasts lightning-fast response and wide dynamic range offering minimal distortion, lots of headroom and a distinctly wider frequency range than conventional dome tweeters. The motor, a strong magnet system of neodymium rods, drives the air considerably faster than a conventional driver resulting in higher sensitivity and extraordinary dynamics. An improved new neodymium magnet system delivers higher efficiency, sound pressure levels and frequency response up to 50kHz.

The folded foil membrane has a fold width of only 0.84mm, so while gluing and handling are executed by two SCARA robots to cope with the high production capacity, the folding and fixing is done by hand for the extreme precision only the manual dexterity of skilled technicians can bring. The linear frequency response is ideally suited for the reproduction of DVD-A and SACD.

Grille Magnets

All Line 400 speakers are equipped with a fabric grille over a wooden frame that is attached only through the force of magnets hidden beneath the surface of the cabinet. Listeners who prefer to look at their speakers and listen without a grill will appreciate the clean design and uninterrupted surfaces of the impeccable ELAC cabinetry.

Down-firing Port

For a more flexible speaker placement and to minimise ventilation noise, the bass reflex port is directed to the floor exiting the bottom of the speaker cabinet in a down-firing configuration. The speaker feet in M8 thread size come with a choice of spike or rubber inserts to provide the required stability, whether on hard flooring or carpet.

FS 409 come with a plinth on adjustable ELAC spikes and rubber feet. To minimise mechanical vibrations and ensure maximum rigidity, the baskets for cone drivers are made of cast aluminum instead of pressed or stamped steel.

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