ELAC VELA BS 403 is a 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Bookshelf speaker by ELAC. It features a handmade JET 5 folded ribbon tweeter Tweeter and 1 x 6" Aluminum/Paper Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 41-50k Hz and a sensitivity of 86 dB. ELAC VELA BS 403 has an MSRP of 2899$ per pair.
What size of room is the ELAC VELA BS 403 speaker good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use the ELAC VELA BS 403 is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various sizes of environments considering its size and max power parameters:
|Very Large Room
(* Approximate Room sizes: Small < 100sq. ft / 9 m2, Mid-size: 100-220 sq. ft / 9-20 m2, Large 220-400 sq. ft / 20-36 m2, Very Large: > 400 sq. ft / 36 m2.
Average Floor Height: 9" / 2.7m. Typical room sizes differ from country to country, and the actual listening experience changes depending on floor height, room shape, surface materials, listening position, speaker locations, etc.)
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What is the Frequency Response of the ELAC VELA BS 403 speaker?
ELAC VELA BS 403 has a Frequency response range of 41-50k Hz at ±3dB and Power Range of 40-100 watts. At a minimum frequency of 41 Hz, VELA BS 403 will provide a deep bass that will probably satisfy majority of listeners, especially for music. Movie lovers and music listeners who like to experience a full range response will still benefit from the use of a subwooofer though.
To focus on the subwoofers that are in a similar price range with ELAC VELA BS 403, check out the Powered Subwoofers under $3000. Alternatively, find the Full list of Powered Subwoofers regardless of the price.
Here we have a comparison of how VELA BS 403's Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
What are the Impedance and Sensitivity of the ELAC VELA BS 403? Is it an easy-to-drive speaker?
ELAC VELA BS 403's nominal impedance level is 4 ohms
and has a sensitivity of 86 dB
Nominal Impedance of 4 Ohms means that the ELAC VELA BS 403 is a difficult to drive speaker from nominal Impedance perspective, make sure that you choose an amplifier than can provide 4 Ohms for this speaker.
Many AVRs (audio/video receiver) in the market may have difficulty when the speakers dip below the 4 Ohms levels (this may cause clipping or even physical damage), so we recommend to not pair the ELAC VELA BS 403 with an AVR but use an Integrated Amplifier instead.
With a sensitivity level of only 86 dB, ELAC VELA BS 403 is a difficult to drive speaker from Sensitivity perspective, make sure to choose an amplifier with a high output if you like listening to your music at high volume levels. You may especially have a hard time using Tube amplifiers which are traditionally very low power compared to Class A/B or Class D amps.
Check the amplifiers that are in a similar price range to the ELAC VELA BS 403:
VELA BS 403 has Binding post type connectors and lets bi-amping/bi-wiring. Bi-wiring can provide improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers by running separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier. Bi-amping allows the use of separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency drivers of your loudspeaker which may result in greater dynamic range & lower distortion.
ELAC VELA BS 403 External Dimensions and Weight
ELAC VELA BS 403 has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 24-28inch x 7-1/2inch x 9-3/8inch (361.0 x 191.0 x 239.0mm ).
Base Surface Area
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base area of ELAC VELA BS 403 is approximately 456.5cm2 / 70.8inch2.
The ELAC VELA BS 403 weighs 7.10kg / 15.6lbs per piece. Here is a comparison of how VELA BS 403's weight compares with the average, max and min weights in its class.
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Cabinet type and Materials
ELAC VELA BS 403 has a Bass Reflex
type cabinet and a MDF/Aluminum finish. Bass Reflex type loudspeakers (aka Ported, Vented or Reflex Port) have enclosures that uses a port, hole or vent cut into the cabinet. Ported designs are generally more efficient than the Sealed designs.
ELAC VELA BS 403 is a bottom-firing port speaker
ELAC VELA BS 403 is available in Gloss Black.
VELA BS 403 doesn't sport any built-in mounting bracket, so you need an external structure to mount it on walls.
ELAC sells a dedicated speaker stand for the VELA BS 403 with a model name ELAC LS80
. You can check the latest price and availability of these stands at B&H PHOTO
What's in the Box of ELAC VELA BS 403?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of VELA BS 403:
2 Bookshelf loudspeakers4 Jumper straps (pre-installed)Operating And Safety Instructions
Here is a list of accessories that we think you may need for the ELAC VELA BS 403.
- Speaker Cable and Connectors
- Vibration Isolators: IsoAcoustics isolators more affordable options too.
- Acoustic Panels and Treatments: Your room is as important as your stereo equipment so acoustic treatments goes a long way in improving the overall performance.
- Speaker Stands: Stands bring your bookshelf speakers to ideal height (rule of thumb is to have the tweeter level with your ear in your listening position), helps stability and acoustical isolation.
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the ELAC VELA BS 403, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for ELAC VELA BS 403
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the ELAC VELA BS 403 speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for ELAC VELA BS 403
3 Years of parts warranty and 3 Years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.