April 27, 2009 As any home cinema buff will tell you, a good picture is only half of the equation when it comes to a truly superior home theater experience. The other half is of course good sound, an area that unfortunately often takes a back seat when it comes to setting up a first rate home cinema. The new Elios line of speakers from ELAN Home Systems boasts some new technology aimed at those who recognize the need for good sound reproduction as well as new designs that make the installation of the speakers into a wall or ceiling a much simpler task.
First and foremost among the Elios innovations is its new hybrid tweeter design, which can be found in the high end Elios models. The new design bonds a titanium/aluminum nano coating to a teteron dome substrate. ELAN assure us that, not only does this sound advanced and technical, it also delivers the best of both worlds in terms of sound reproduction. While it is capable of delivering the high frequencies, precision, speed and transient response of metal tweeters it also produces the smooth and silky sound of soft dome tweeters.
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Meanwhile the implementation of a completely new drywall leg clamping system is designed to make the in-wall or in-ceiling installation of the Elios line the fastest, easiest, and most trouble-free of all speakers for Installers. ELAN says the use of an acorn nut on the Elios easy-release dog clamp system results in improved strength over existing dog clamp systems and not only makes installation easy, but makes removing the speakers just as simple – although, if what ELAN says about the sound quality is true, the only reason you’d have for uninstalling them would be if you were moving – or you were stealing them. Either way the job is now much simpler. It’s a little tricky to explain, but check out the clamping system here.
ELAN's new Elios speaker line, which consists of 19 high-performance in-wall and in-ceiling architectural and cinema speakers, is now shipping with MSRPs ranging from USD$200 to $1,500 per pair.
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