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crenca posted a topic in General ForumElac and Andrew Jones new $2.5k speaker (not released yet) looks interesting. What is everyone's opinion about Jones' bass driver design - basically, a passive cone being driven by a ported active speaker directly behind it which is enclosed by the cabinet: https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2017/05/07/axpona-2017-elac-conjures-big-sound/#jp-carousel-58073
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I essentially attended the show to hear the new ELAC B5 speakers and spent about an hour, during two visits, listening to Andrew Jones speak and play music. I was extremely impressed as were others as we all experienced jaw dropping moments. Ridiculously good for the $229 price and I'll be buying a pair once available. They go really low for their size and do midrange so well. The class D amp powering them was also stellar. Andrew Jones also demonstrated the sub calibration app and process which is unique and likely has a lot of potential.