Jullien aka Violet from Passion Elipson has just shared these photos with me. They have been taken during the installation of the Elipson Expo, where Jullien has loaned a number of his collector's items. I will let you enjoy them without further comment...
This 12th edition of "Salon du Vintage" in Paris will have a section dedicated to Vinyl and an exhibition of the famous Elipson vintage speakers - with tons of speakers - literally - on loan from Jullien of Passion Elipson's fame
I am sure the new/old BS50 will be on display. So for your dose of nostalgia, rush to the "Enceintes en Blanc" event in Le Marais this week-end. Check their website for details: http://salonduvintage.com
Elipson 1801 Prelude
One of my readers in the USA has recently asked me to find more about this not so well known serie which include the 1801 Prelude, 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805 and 1815. see table below.
I am using documents sent to me by Violet of Passion Elipson and Patrick Pennetier from Hifi-Antique. So thanks to both for their help.
This little known family of speakers from Elipson seems to be an attempt to capitalise on the success of the 1303, the first product designed under the new ownership of Mr Bonnet de la Tour and a departure from the plaster cabinets to more conventional MDF, in an attempt to conquer the traditional hifi client (and the dealers...).
It was a successful strategy, specially because the 1303 was a very good product keeping all the same design principles as the original spheres, i-e time alignment, and resonators to provide exceptional transient response and excellent midrange.
The 1800 series seems to be an attempt to simplify manufacture and get rid of the resonator(s), at least in the entry level model, the 1801 Prelude.
From the review below, published by Stereoplay, a French magazine of some fame at the time, you can see that it is quite a good bookshelf speaker, equipped with a popular 17cm driver from Focal, the 7C02 and the famous TWM from Siare, which equipped the top of the range 4050. The filter is 12db/oct electrically, and very well made, but certainly not over the top - no impedance compensation for example.
It was sold for under 3500 francs at the time, a month salary of a electronic technician at the time.
The third harmonic distortion is less than 0.3% past 100Hz, a great achievement. It would certainly sound pretty good, and it is exactly what Yves Dupre says in his review.
ELIPSON 1800 SERIES
MODEL TYPE DRIVER POWER IMPEDANCE FREQ RESP ±4dB/Hz EFFICIENCY DIMENSIONS in CMS WEIGHT FINISH
1801/11 2 170/19 50W 8 Ohms 60/20000 86dB 41x20x20 8KG WALNUT
1802/12 3 170/110/19 75W 8 Ohms 50/20000 88dB 80x23x25 12KG WALNUT
1803/13 3 170/80/25 100W 8 Ohms 45/20000 87dB 89x23x29 17KG WALNUT
1804/14 3 210/170/25 100W 8 Ohms 40/20000 86dB 102x28x36 25KG WALNUT
1815 3 250/210/50x20 130W 8 Ohms 32/20000 88dB 116x33x40 35KG WALNUT
1805/06 4 2x250/250/130/50x20 150W 8 Ohms 30/20000 88dB 101x45x50 45KG WALNUT/OAK
ELIPSON 1801 PRELUDE REVIEW
In October last year, after the Paris HiFi Show in Paris, I had a chance to go and listen to the Elipson 4260 and 4050 at the house of Violet of Passion-Elipson.
We had a ball (so to speak...) and you can read all about our adventures on my "Interviews & Reviews" page.
Leon (Joseph, bien sur...)
ORTF (Office de Radio & Television Francais)
This is how the new Elipson communication is structured, a good balance of nostalgia and revival.
The new 4260 is certainly a fine example of all these attributes, and I am sure, Joseph Leon would approve of the new design.
Interestingly enough, PHL Audio, and Philippe Lesage, are providing the main drivers of exceptional characteristics, as you would expect from a manufacturer of pro drivers.
So, the midrange is left to a 21cm (8") driver with a phase plug, and the bass to a 38cm (15") unit, both paper based and very high efficiency, as the final product has a 92db efficiency - not a small feast for a speaker that size!
The power capacity is a whopping 250Watts RMS ( real watts...you can read about the different ways of measuring power for loudspeakers on the PHL Audio website).
The tweeter is custom made from Scanspeak, a very well known Danish manufacturer.
Elipson had prepared quite an extensive demo on CD, although a turntable was also on hand for the vynil enthusiasts.
The sound was spectacular on jazz and percussions particularly, thanks to the 38cm and the tweeter.
On the only classical recording played, the orchestra sounded a bit dull and not full-bodied, but I guess, it was that particular recording.
On female voices, the 21cm gives its full delivery, smooth, precise, quick.
After only six pieces of music, overall the result was splendid and very much part of the Elipson heritage.
For a more thorough review, (and the story of another hifi freak...) I recommend you go to www.passion-elipson.com
I had an extensive chat with the mechanical designer of the 4260, a young man called Cedric Leon (sic!, and he is not related...) who was very enthusiastic about the product and clearly very happy to work for Elipson.
It was very refreshing to meet somebody from a much younger generation being as passionate as I was when I first heard the 4040 in the 70s...
Maybe he will have his own blog one day...
Browse through my collection of photos of the stand and the 4260s as well.
Another product that seems to be the next one to be revived is the sphere with the diffuser, using (maybe...) the coaxial driver used in the new Planets.
Can't wait to hear them!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.