Elac Carina BS243.4 Bookshelf Speakers
Andrew Jones' winning streak continues
Whenever ELAC visits Crutchfield for training, we not only get to hear some terrific speakers, we also learn a lot about the science and art of speaker building from ELAC's world-renowned designer, Andrew Jones.
On a recent visit, ELAC introduced the Carina series, which borrows tweeter technology found in some of the company's most expensive models. Although designed for small to medium-sized rooms, a pair of compact Carina BS243.4s filled our large training room with spacious, lifelike sound.
From the Stereophile review
"Elac's new Carina BS243.4 loudspeaker sounded more refined than any similarly priced loudspeaker I know of. Mainly, though, the stand-mounted Elac's greatest virtue is its supersmooth octave-to-octave balance. Throughout my review process, the word elegant kept forcing itself on me. Bravo, Andrew and Elac!”
— Herb Reichert, Stereophile, January 2020
ELAC's JET-powered tweeter
Instead of the concentric tweeter/midrange combo found in many other ELAC speakers, the Carina BS243.4 features ELAC's famous JET folded ribbon tweeter. The tweeter element is extremely thin and lightweight, and suspended in a magnetic field, so it's able to accelerate with incredible speed, to reproduce the subtlest music details.
A cutting-edge aluminum woofer that can keep up
To match the capabilities of the JET tweeter and create a seamless transition from woofer to tweeter, ELAC chose a 5-1/4" aluminum cone design. Its "compound curvature" shape helps control cone breakup and moves it beyond the woofer's operating frequency range. A large-diameter voice coil precisely controls the woofer's stop-start motion, and contributes to this speaker's exceptionally dynamic sound.
The BS243.4 has a bass-reflex enclosure with a port that fires downward from the bottom of the cabinet. This should minimize any port "chuffing" noise, allowing the speakers to be placed close to the wall behind them. Positioning the speakers about 12" out from the back wall seems to work well in many rooms.
At the training session we heard a pair of stand-mounted BS243.4s driven by ELAC's Alchemy Series DDP-2 preamp/DAC/streamer and DPA-2 power amp. The Carinas produced a big, rock-solid soundstage, and amazing definition and extension from the bass guitar on Aaron Neville's rendition of the Bill Withers soul classic, "Ain't No Sunshine."
Build a complete Carina system
A pair of Carina BS243.4s will produce clear, robust stereo sound. If you're interested in a voice-matched surround sound system, check out these other ELAC models:
Center channel: Carina CC241.4
Surround speakers: Carina BS243.4
Floor-standing speaker: Carina FS247.4
- JET folded ribbon tweeter for lightning-fast response and wide dynamic range
- 5-1/4" aluminum cone mid/bass driver
- bass-reflex cabinet with bottom-firing port
- frequency response: 46-30,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 85 dB
- impedance: 6 ohms
- recommended amplifier power: 30-100 watts
- dual sets of binding post speaker terminals with bi-amp/bi-wire capability
- no grilles are included
- 8-1/16"W x 12-5/8"H x 9-11/16"D
- weight: 14.7 lbs. (each)
- warranty: 3 years