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ELAC and ADSUM’s Special Edition Debut ConneX Powered Bookshelf Speaker System Offers Modern Hi-Res Support and Retro Vibes

ELAC collaborates with Brooklyn based clothing company Adsum on new Designer Series wireless speakers for $649/pair.

ELAC Debut ConneX Adsum Powered Speaker Pair White

The retro vibes are strong with this one. ELAC has announced a partnership with the Brooklyn-based fashion label ADSUM. The first result of this partnership is the creation of a special edition version of the ELAC Debut ConneX powered bookshelf speakers.

ELAC’s Fresh Look

This collaboration combines the Debut ConneX with a blend of minimalist design while retaining its established audio performance features. These bookshelf speakers offer a soundbar’s straightforward functionality and convenience while delivering the superior sound quality and visual appeal expected from top-tier separate powered speakers. 

ELAC Debut ConneX Adsum Powered Speaker Lifestyle
ELAC Debut ConneX Adsum Powered Speaker

From Joe Riggi, CEO of ELAC Americas Inc.: “ELAC and ADSUM’s partnership melds advanced audio engineering with urban streetwear aesthetics, setting new standards for style and acoustics,…

The collaboration between Adsum and ELAC goes beyond cosmetic changes; it represents a comprehensive redesign. Adsum contributed an exclusive tubular metal stand and magnetic detachable grilles. The design overhaul also features a modernized cabinet with squared-off edges, freshly painted cabinets, and a new remote control, complemented by custom-colored cables to complete the distinctive look. 

The Debut ConneX speakers are designed to be the perfect audio companion for the space-conscious city dweller. Its abundant inputs make it adaptable for everything from cinematic viewing and video gaming to DJing and hosting last-minute gatherings. The speakers are compact enough to blend into any space, yet powerful enough to fill an apartment with neighbor-rousing sound – the ideal speaker set for the city lifestyle. 

ELAC Debut ConneX Adsum Passive Speaker Rear
Rear of ELAC Debut ConneX Adsum passive speaker.

ELAC Debut ConneX Overview

The ELAC Debut ConneX system consists of one powered speaker and one passive speaker that are linked together. You can select either speaker for use as the left or right channel. 

The powered (primary) speaker houses the amplifiers for both speakers. The primary speaker includes all the physical source connections as well as a Bluetooth antenna. The audio signals needed for the passive (secondary) speaker are transferred from the primary speaker via traditional speaker terminals and wire.

ELAC Debut ConneX Adsum Speakers Front and Back

Connections

  • HDMI (ARC/CEC)
  • USB (24-bit/96kHz)
  • Analog Line/Phono (Switchable)
  • Digital Optical
  • Bluetooth (aptX)
  • Subwoofer Line/Preamp output
  • Passive Speaker terminals

HDMI-ARC/CEC Support: HDMI-ARC allows you to listen to TV sound by providing access to the HDMI-CEC feature on your TV. This enables you to use your TV’s remote to control the volume of the Debut ConneX speakers. Elac also provides a dedicated remote control for the Debut ConneX if you prefer. 

Vinyl Support: The Debut ConneX speakers have a built-in switchable MM phono preamp. You can connect both traditional turntables and turntables with their own built-in phono preamp. 

USB Input: This allows connection to a PC for listening to music files (No drivers required). When connected to a PC or Mac you can use them to control speaker volume. Hi-res audio up to 24-bit/96kHz is supported.

Bluetooth: The Bluetooth receiver supports aptX allowing for “CD-quality” audio streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers. Using Bluetooth, you can stream from compatible platforms like Qobuz, TIDAL, Spotify, and Amazon Music HD.

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XBass: ConneX includes ELAC’s XBass Enhancer. This provides additional bass extension and output (can be turned off). 

Subwoofer Output: In addition to XBass, a subwoofer output is included for connection to an external powered subwoofer if preferred.

ELAC Debut ConneX Adsum Speaker Driver Exploded

Specifications

  • Speaker Type: (1) Powered Speaker, (1) Passive Speaker. Both speakers have a Bass Reflex rear vent.
  • Amplifier Type: Class D
  • Amplifier Power: 50 Watts x 2 (no standardized reference provided)
  • Tweeter: 3/4-inch Soft Dome (each speaker)
  • Woofer: 4-1/2-inch Polypropylene (each speaker)
  • Frequency Response:
    • 66Hz—25,000Hz (Anechoic)
    • 50Hz—25,000Hz (In-Room)
  • Maximum System Output (SPL): 102dB @ 1m
  • Dimensions (WHD for Each Speaker): 5-1/2 x 9-5/8 x 8-inches
  • Weight:
    • Powered Speaker: 7.6 lbs
    • Passive Speaker: 6.3 lbs
ELAC Debut ConneX Adsum Speaker Internal Vent Path

Included Accessories

  • Metal Stands
  • Batteries
  • Power Cord
  • Remote Control
  • Cloth Bag
  • Speaker Wire
  • User Guide
  • HDMI Cable
Accessories included with ELAC Debut ConneX Adsum Speakers

Price & Availability

The ELAC Debut ConneX Adsum Designer Series speakers (model DCB41-DS) are available for $649.98/pair at Crutchfield.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. larry

    March 16, 2024 at 3:50 am

    This seems like a smartly designed product having the right combination of features and connectivity options. Add a Wiim Mini and you’ve got a nice-looking small system.

    • Ian White

      March 16, 2024 at 6:50 pm

      Larry,

      I really love the looks of the loudspeakers. And I agree obout adding a WiiM Pro Plus.

      Best,

      Ian White

  2. sorrel

    March 21, 2024 at 3:46 pm

    I have a genuine question: Can one easily remove the two logos from the speaker grilles?

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