About the ELAC VELA FS 407
The kind of speaker I’d love owning
Here’s a little peek behind the curtain at the life of a home speaker writer. When I research new models for our website, I envision how I’d use them in my own system. ELAC’s VELA FS 407 has generated more imaginative energy than most models that come across my desk, inspiring daydreams of how this upscale floor-stander would perform in my living room.
That’s because I’ve heard this speaker’s baby brother (the BS 403), and know just how good VELA speakers sound. If you’re in the market for an elite pair of floor-standers, the FS 407s are strongly worth considering.
A unique tweeter yields superb sound
The VELA FS 407 uses ELAC’s renowned JET 5 folded ribbon tweeter, which is hand-assembled in Germany to ensure the best possible quality.
This unique design works like the bellows in an accordion, squeezing air quickly and precisely to produce sound. Highs are incredibly smooth and detailed, while offering a realistic three-dimensional feeling of sound in space.
This speaker brings the bass, too
The FS 407 delivers ultra-smooth midrange and deep, rhythmic bass, thanks to its 2-1/2-way, three-driver design. It uses one of its 6″ aluminum and paper “sandwich” woofers for bass frequencies, and the other for midbass/midrange.
Each driver features a die-cast basket and a unique, crystal-shaped cone design for punchy, musical bass that can fill even large rooms.
Ideal for music and for movies
Use a pair of FS 407s with confidence as part of an audiophile-grade stereo system, or as the front channels of an ELAC VELA Seriessurround sound system.
Whether you’re enjoying your favorite album or the latest superhero movie, you’ll appreciate the crystal-clear, vividly realistic sound these speakers produce.
Upscale fit and finish
The FS 407 uses a sturdy, reinforced enclosure to reduce vibration and eliminate unwanted resonance. Its beautiful, grille-less design features a wood veneer exterior and a high-gloss lacquer finish.
You’ll want a powerhouse amp to drive them
The FS 407s have a nominal impedance of 4 ohms. I recommend using high-performance amplification to get the best sound of out your pair.
In particular, I recommend matching them with ELAC’s Alchemy Series DPA-2 amplifier. This high-end, space-saving amp offers plenty of power for the FS 407s to reach their full potential.
For the ultimate ELAC system, pair this amp with the Alchemy Series DDP-2
Stereo preamplifier/DAC/streamer. This is the equipment combination I auditioned the BS 403s on, and man, what a treat it was to hear.
The FS 407s don’t include any speaker wire. Read our article about choosing and installing speaker wire.
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Form Supports Function
The convex shaped baffle and the big radius’s of the cabinet promote the acoustics because influences of cabinet to frequency response are reduced.
Close to Action
The bottom plate is made of aluminum and is featured with a down-firing bass reflex port which gives advantages in positioning the speaker.
Thanks to it’s flexible connections the Vela series offers the ability of using bi-wiring and bi-amping.