ELAC FS 249 Black Edition

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"The ELAC FS 249 is a genuine offer of friendship, a consistently high-end loudspeakers from a major audio manufacturer. The enormous detail, the good intelligibility and a clean room diagram shows the strengths of the FS 249 ... If the combination is true, one wonders why you have to spend more money for a loudspeaker. "

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"... My respect for this company from Kiel is greatly increased. I had not known the company. Even on our show in Antwerp, I have not had an opportunity to visit ELAC. Unknown is unloved. Today I can understand the positive comments, that I've only heard in April, and, to those that are looking for speakers in a price around 4000 euros, I would definitely recommend to listen the ELAC FS 249.

I've rarely experienced so much fun listening to a test. Partly because the ELAC FS 249's are totally not intruding. Because of their neutral and musical character you quickly forget that you listen to a set of speakers. Their strong point is that of the music establishment. Whether this music is Classical, Jazz, Techno or something else really does not matter. The ELAC FS 249's give it all very natural without sounding too flat, or showing too little emotion..."

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ELAC 240 Black Edition tweeter detail
  • TT180AS-XR: doua difuzoare bass cu membrane sandwich hartie-aluminiu "Crystal"
  • MT140AS-XR: difuzor medii cu membrana sandwich hartie-aluminiu "Crystal"
  • Suspensie din material textil impregnat "full-roll" pentru difuzorul de medii
  • JET III: tweeter cu tehnologie Air-Motion-Transformer (folded foil) Black Edition
  • DC ring (JET Dispersion Control): inel pentru controlul dispersiei ce se monteaza in jurul tweeterului JET

FS 249 Black Edition: The top model of the "Black Beauties"

The top of the range of the Black Beauties. For anyone who wants to show off their irresistible HiFi quality. Thanks to its size and special inner workings, the FS 249 Black Edition has the volume needed to fill even large rooms with sound.

Dimensions H × W × D
1147 × 200 × 308 mm Details
260 × 348 mm base plate
Gross Volume
68.5 l
31 kg
3-ways, bass reflex
Woofer Bass Ports
2 × 180 mm AS-XR cone (mag. shielded)
1 × 60 mm (with Bass Control Plug)
1 × 100 mm (down firing)
1 × 140 mm AS-XR cone
1 × JET III (mag. shielded)
Recom. Amplifier Power at Nominal Impedance
30-400 W / channel
Crossover Frequency
500 / 3,000 Hz
90 dB / 2.83 V / 1 m
Nominal Impedance suitable for amplifiers (from ... to)
4 Ohm 4 ... 8 Ohm
Minimum Impedance
3.0 Ohm / 120 Hz
Frequency Range acc. to IEC 268-5
28 ··· 50,000 Hz
Nominal / Peak Power Handling
200 / 250 W
black high gloss
ELAC FS 249 Black Edition brochure

Treble Unit

ELAC FS 249 Black Edition JET III tweeter

The ELAC JET tweeter is one of the most legendary tweeters in the hi-fi trade and has won international renown with its unusual transparent and effortless sound image.

The JET tweeter was delveloped to perfection on the basis of the famous 'Air Motion Transformer' by loudpseaker pioneer Dr Oskar Heil. Its principle: a concertinaed foil membrane is driven by a strong magnet system of neodymium rods.

This 'motor' drives the air considerably faster than the conventional pistonic technique. High sensitivity and extraordiary dynamics are the result. Due to continuous improvement, the JET III tweeter creates an effortless and airy resonance-free image up to 50,000 Hz, and with its linear frequency response is ideally suited for the reproduction of Hi-Res Audio music.

Note: The loudspeakers of the 240 BE Series are supplied with the JET Dispersion Control as an accessory. The ELAC "JET Dispersion Control DC" is a flat ring made of open-cell rubber foam which is mounted around the JET orifice with four clasps (or with adhesive tape). The JET DC results in a broadband reduction of about 0.5 dB of the radiated sound level nearly independent of frequency. The JET DC is best suited for rooms with little sound absorption at high frequencies, especially for rooms with large windows without curtains or with a smooth floor without a carpet.

Midrange Unit

MT 140 AS-XR black anodized diaphragm midrange used in FS 248 BE and FS 249 BE.

The midrange driver of the 240 Black Edition Series contains the new "Crystal Membrane" (patent pending) and their design is based on the well-known "Aluminium-Sandwich AS Technology" which avoids noticeable resonances in the diaphragm.The "Full-Roll" fabric surrounding expands the transmission range up to high frequencies to facilitate the crossover to the tweeter.

ELAC FS 249 Black Edition Crystal midrange - MT 150 AS-XR midrange driver

Midbass Unit

TT 180 AS-XR black anodized diaphragm midbass used in: BS 244 BE and FS 249 BE.

The woofers drivers of the 240 BE series contain the new "Crystal Membrane" (patent pending) and their design is based on the well-known "Aluminium-Sandwich AS Technology" which was developed by ELAC a couple of years ago. The crystal-shaped inverse aluminium dome is joined to the paper cone in a special glueing process resulting the desired sandwich construction.

The stamping of the aluminium foil looks like the surface of a large crystal, this is where the term "Crystal Membrane" come from. This stamping stiffens the aluminium dome considerably which diminishes the membrane-internal resonances resulting in less sound coloration and additionally improves the large signal behaviour noticeably.

The voice coil is not only - like usually - joined to the neck of the paper cone but also to the bottom of the aluminium dome. This design results in the expansion of the transmission range of the respective woofers or midrange drivers by nearly an octave. Therefore the abbreviation "XR" (eXtended Range) has been introduced.

Due to the specially wide double asymmetrical ('DAS') rubber surround, ELAC's TT 180 woofer can handle up to ±15mm long stroke. This provides maximum level supply and mellow low bass. For a driver this size, such a large displacement represent a unique engineering achievemen.

ELAC FS 249 Black Edition Crystal midbass - TT 180 AS-XR midbass driver

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