ELAC Navis ARB-51 Review

February 1, 2020 § Leave a comment


The way it is able to communicate such a dizzying amount of detail and yet hold on to a thunderous bass line is quite a revelation – I suspect being both active and a true three-way is key to this. It certainly comes into its own with Randy Crawford’s You Might Need Somebody. This is a thumping late-seventies soul ballad with some fantastic session playing by some of the best in the business. Here the ELAC’s subtlety comes into play and it’s able to drill down right into the spaces between the notes and show the players’ superb syncopation. Crawford’s powerful vocals dance around the slick rhythm, bass guitar work and laid back Fender Rhodes playing, and the result is magic. Once again, I find myself forgetting that I’m listening to a pretty diminutive cabinet, and an inexpensive one considering the price includes power amplification.”

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