Elac BS 243.3
Small but mighty.
Don’t be fooled by its size, as the 2-way, bass-reflex BS 243.3 is an incredibly accomplished performer. Whether free-standing on dedicated supports or on a shelf close to a wall, the BS 243.3 is a superb all-rounder.
Speaker type: 2-way, bass reflex
Tweeter: 1 x JET 5
Woofer: 1 x 150 mm AS -XR cone
Crossover frequency: 2,500 Hz
Frequency response: 41 to 50,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 87.5 dB at 2.83 v/1m
Recommended amplifier power: 30 to 150 wpc
Nominal/peak power handling: 60 / 80 wpc
Nominal impedance: 4 Ω; minimum 3.6 Ω @ 240 Hz
Binding posts: 5-way metal
Magnetic shielding: No
Cabinet finish: High gloss black or white
Accessories included: Magnetic fabric grille; rubber feet
Height: 11.2 in / 285 mm
Width: 6.7 in / 170 mm
Depth: 9.1 in / 232 mm
Net weight (each): 11.5 lb / 5.2 kg
Elac BS243 review BY WHAT HI-FI
Thrilling in short bursts, but can become tiring over time
Crave excitement from your music? You’re not alone...
Intriguing looks, solid build
exciting, up-and-at-’em sound
Remorseless attack can be tiring
get a bit shouty at high volumes
Reviewed on 5th July 2011
Thanks to a new distribution deal, Elac is again a presence in the UK market. Good news for anyone who craves excitement (visual or audible) from their speakers.
The BS243 are dramatic lookers thanks to the JET foil membrane tweeter and contoured 15cm mid/bass driver.
The drama keeps coming. Pacey, hefty and texturally varied at the bottom end, with space and attitude to spare in the midrange and whippet-like levels of speed and substance at the top, the Elacs tear into The Flaming Lips’ The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song with real purpose.
Nothing short of thrillingSubstantial dynamic shifts present no problems, the soundstage is cohesive and secure at all times, and timing is decent if a little short of the stop/start alacrity of their best rivals.
There’s no let-up, mind you: the Elacs are dogged in their quest for energy and excitement, and this relentlessness can get wearing over time. In short bursts, though, they’re nothing short of thrilling.