Compact Speaker ELAC BS 184

Incredibly, what strength and vitality the ELAC BS 184 (800 euros) for “Synchronicity II” by the police sprayed.

  1. Compact speaker ELAC BS 184
  2. Data sheet

ELAC scores with its own compression technology for years: the JET drivers of mentioned, multiple folded Magnetostaten healing following the air motion transformer principle after Oskar. These drivers had so far mainly a problem: they are expensive to produce, because precision and manual work at the same time. With the BS 184 breaks through for the first time a JET-powered and yet equipped with low-power compact speaker the 1000 euro mark after below. Conceptually, the BS 184 resembles the BS 204 or the BS 244, paper Cone and drawn aluminium membrane must settle for but with a slightly simpler case and a ‘normal’ sandwich woofer out.

The turnout reveals major construction effort – it contains not only the filter and Equalizer circuits, but also a small patch panel with the level differences can be offset in the series of the tweeter. A very useful feature that can be reduced so in the ELAC usual, extensive final inspection the scattering of the series which benefits a more homogeneous tonality and more precise figure. Rock home

You switched directly from the Heco Celan XT 301 on the ELAC, one could help the impression of a freshly cleaned window: the Heco was rather cosy and restrained, 184 beamed with the BS music even more brighter, clearer and clearer, but depending on the recording not always voice beautiful. Choirs such as in Haydn’s “Harmoniemesse” (Janssons, BR-KLASSIK) she tried to elicit detail singing, to present the listener on a silver platter every single singer – and lost track of the beautiful, the true and the whole but this something.

But when popular music turned the tide: how balanced voluminous and yet playful she is B.b. King and Eric Clapton with her “riding with the King” Act left and right in the room left.

+ Balanced clear, very dynamic and very alive playing box.

– Suitable flat space in the long term not for relaxation music.


Manufacturer ELAC
Price €800.00
Rating 77.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General data
Dimensions (W x H x D) 23.0 x 37.5 x 30.0 cm
Weight 9.5
Surfaces Paint, foil
Color High-gloss white, walnut, oak, brunches, Rosenut
Technical characteristics
Bass principle Two-way bass reflex
Number of ways 2
Working principle of full Active
Connections BI-wiring
XLR connectors
Space adaptation
Surround complementary.
Laboratory characteristics
Maximum volume upper value 102 dB
lower cut-off frequency (-3dB) 67 Hz
Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB) 43 Hz
Nominal impedance (audio) 4 ohm
Balanced, very dynamic and very alive playing box is clear,
Flat space on time not so relaxing
Bass quality 60
Bass depth (bass Foundation) 55
Attention to detail (precision) 90
Dynamic 85
Maximum level (vitality) 60
Neutrality 85
Imaging 85
Spatial (airiness) 75
Processing well
Sound judgment very good 77
tested in issue: 7 / 10