Elac unveils a new range of sleek high-end floorstanding and bookshelf speakers

Elac Vela 2.0 range
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High-end German manufacturer Elac has announced its new Vela 2.0 range of home cinema speakers.

The new Vela 2.0 series comprises six models:

• Three floorstanding speakers: the FS407.2, FS408.2 and FS409.2.
• Two bookshelf speakers: the BS403.2 and BS404.2
• One centre channel speaker, the CC401.2.

We have been very impressed with the Elac speakers we have tested recently, such as the Debut B5.2 which earned a five-star review and an Award in 2023, so we are looking forward to hearing these new models in action.

All the speakers feature a new version of Elac’s Jet 6 Air Motion Transformer ribbon tweeter, its ‘Crystal Membrane’ AS-XR cone woofer configuration, and bass reflex enclosures. For example, the floorstanders in the range have a bass reflex port on the underside of the speaker.

The flagship and largest floorstander, the FS409.2, is designed in a three-and-a-half-way configuration which combines two 7-inch woofers with a 6-inch mid-woofer and a Jet 6 tweeter. They are priced at $4300 per pair in gloss walnut or $4000 in gloss black or white. 

The FS408.2 and FS407.2 floorstanders are both two-and-a-half-way designs and include two woofers (7- or 6-inches respectively). The 408.2 speakers are priced at $3700 per pair in walnut or $3500 for a pair in black or white, while the 407.2 pair cost $3200 or $3000 for the same respective finishes. The CC401.2 centre-channel speaker costs $2300 in walnut, black, or white, and houses a Jet 6 tweeter flanked by a 6-inch woofer on either side.

The bookshelf speakers in the range, the BS404.2 and BS403.2, are two-way designs and feature a single woofer (7- or 6-inches) with the same Jet 6 tweeter. The 404.2 speakers are priced at £3200 / $3700 for a pair in walnut or £3000 / $3500 in white or black, while the 403.2 speakers cost £2000 / $3200  in walnut or £1900 / $3000 in white or black. 

All speakers in the Vela 2.0 series come with a fabric grille, however, you can also choose to upgrade to a metal grille that is attached magnetically. The range is expected to ship in early May 2024 and we have reached out to Elac for full UK pricing.


Read our full Elac Debut B5.2 review

Our picks for the best floorstanding speakers in 2024

And our choices for the best bookshelf speakers available

Staff Writer

Ainsley Walker is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi?. He studied music journalism at university before working in a variety of roles including as a freelance journalist and teacher. Growing up in a family of hi-fi enthusiasts, this naturally influenced his interest in the topic. Outside of work, Ainsley can be found producing music, tinkering with retro tech, or cheering on Luton Town.