ELAC Uni-Fi Reference speakers: updated coaxials and aluminum woofers
The ELAC Uni-Fi Reference line of acoustics is an evolution of the Uni-Fi 2.0 series, removing, according to James Krodel, ELAC senior vice president of sales, its price constraints. Krodel also noted that compared to the Uni-Fi 2.0, the ELAC Uni-Fi Reference acoustics received “many technical and cosmetic improvements“.
In addition to the “cosmetic improvements”, the Uni-Fi Reference speakers will be adorned with ELAC’s proprietary solution – a concentric mid-high frequency driver. This is a 4-inch module that has improved the matching of the tweeter with the midrange around it. The driver received an updated neodymium magnet system and a modified die-cast aluminum frame.
The bass in ELAC Uni-Fi Reference systems is handled by freshly designed speakers with aluminum cones and die-cast baskets, in either 5.25 or 6.5 inches. The intricate curvature of the diffusers is designed to provide improved linearity. The new additions are complemented by a three-way crossover with a completely redesigned circuitry, which will improve driver integration and provide a nominal impedance of 6 ohms.
The acoustics of the Uni-Fi Reference line have been reinforced with multiple internal struts. Front woofer ports provide maximum freedom in speaker placement. The Uni-Fi Reference line includes 3 models: floor standing UFR52, shelf UBR62 and center channel system UFR52. All three new models will be available at the end of June.
The prices of the new ELAC Uni-Fi Reference are already known: in the US, bookshelf speakers will cost $1,000 per pair, floor-standing speakers – $1,000 apiece, and a center channel system – $600.