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Elac BS73

Elac BS73

These are beautifully assembled speakers, available in white or black – they certainly feel worth the money.

The Elac BS 73 could have been a great pair of speakers. A lack of excitement and dynamic subtlety, however, means that they aren’t quite the fully fledged entertainer we hope for when it comes to mid-priced stand mounters.

Elac BS73

The BS 73s get off to a good start. The jangly-blues guitars on Hot Tuna’s The Terrible Operation sound solid and detailed, with a good amount of weight to the bottom end. Drums hit with a satisfying thump in Green Day’s Hitchin’ A Ride, although we’d like more punch and vigor to the presentation.

Listened to on their own, the BS 73s sound perfectly fine. There are no harsh edges, and the drivers integrate smoothly. Set against their rivals, however, you’ll notice they’re quite dynamically restricted, their treble doesn’t shine as sweetly as the competition, and there’s a lack of subtlety to the otherwise solid sound.

The Elacs struggle to give the horns and strings in John Williams’s Hymn To The Fallen the space to soar, and the sweeping music doesn’t have the emotional pull to draw you in.

may not have the pleasing weight and depth to the bass that the Elacs do, but they’re a much livelier and more open performer. Instruments sound more detailed through the Epos speakers, and there’s a greater spark of excitement at the top end.

Energy issues

The BS 73s seem to come up short of fully unleashing their potential energy and dynamic range, with the bass sounding ponderous when it should be punchy and agile. As a result, music lacks drive and excitement.

Elac has chosen a minimalist look for the BS 73s, offering just two finishes: white or black. Build quality is great – the speakers feel solid and the smooth finish is pristine. You definitely feel like you’re getting your money’s worth here.

For anyone concerned with space, these are fairly compact speakers, with a 15cm mid/bass driver that takes up nearly the entire width of the cabinet. They won’t look out of place in a small room. Be wary of poking the 25mm soft-dome tweeter – it sticks out, unprotected, and we’d feel more comfortable if there were some sort of cover shielding it from probing fingers

Fighting with the big boys

The Elac speakers are in for midable company. They do have price on their side ($600 is only a notch up from the budget speaker price range) but then the superb Award-winning B&W 685 S2s are another short jump up at $750. The Elacs are decent speakers, but they need to offer greater clarity and precision, and a punchier rhythm, to compete with the very best.

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