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Elemental Designs A6-6T6 Floorstanding Speaker Review

by November 18, 2008
Elemental Designs A6-6T6

Elemental Designs A6-6T6

  • Product Name: A6-6T6
  • Manufacturer: Elemental Designs
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: November 18, 2008 08:37
  • MSRP: $ 500/pair
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Max Power Handling: 250W

Minimum Power Input: 30W

Nominal System Resistance: 6Ω

Tweeter Size: 1.3"

Tweeter Type: Silk

Tweeter Model: O-635

Crossover Model: ER-6.4X

Midrange Size: 162mm

Midrange Material: Poly

Number of Midrange Drivers: 3

Cabinet Type: Dual Chamber Vented

Weight: 55lb

Frequency Response: 40-22KHz +/- 3dB

System Sensitivity: 90.3dB

Dimensions: 40" x 11" x 12"

Pros

  • Price
  • Imaging
  • Soundstage

Cons

  • Form factor may lead you to believe it has more bass than it does
  • Non optimized crossover design causes frequency response dip in critical midrange area

Introduction

Elemental Designs A6-6T6 speakers only cost $500 a pair. This sounds like either crazy Internet pricing or white van material. At this price point, there is only so much you can do and eD has moved that bar quite high. The imaging of the A6's is really their strong point. I'm tempted to make grandiose claims about the imaging but I won't. If you're on a budget and or perhaps looking for your first pair of speakers, you could do a lot worse than the A6-6T6s.
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Recent Forum Posts:

gene posts on November 25, 2008 17:28
How would you say these compare to the winner of your “Speaker Face Off I - Battle of the Budget Towers” article, the Pinnacle Classic Gold Reference?

I don't think that's a fair comparison considering that the Pinnacle's are now discontinued and also retailed for nearly double the price. The Pinnacle's had a much better tweeter and better executed crossover design. The also had superior bass extension to the eD's.

Tom will be reviewing some towers from tSc which look very interesting. He will be doing a direct compare between them and the eD speakers so stay tuned.

tSc Towers:
http://www.thespeakercompany.com/TST2-High-Performance-3-way-Tower-Speaker-Pair-P74C8.aspx
Notacop posts on November 25, 2008 17:19
Very informative review. I have been a fan of Elemental Designs stuff for a long time and always enjoy reading non-biased reviews.


How would you say these compare to the winner of your “Speaker Face Off I - Battle of the Budget Towers” article, the Pinnacle Classic Gold Reference?

I have a co-worker who is looking into setting up a decent HT system and I have been steering him towards the A6-6T6's simply because of the price/performance ratio, but he is open to other suggestions as well.
dobyblue posts on November 25, 2008 16:38
Why do they claim Frequency Response 40-22KHz +/- 3dB if it's actually more like -12dB in the low end?

Is this discrepancy only found in their speakers or are their powered subs also listed incorrectly where frequency response is concerned?
GlocksRock posts on November 19, 2008 14:00
Glad to see you finally doing a review of some eD products. I really like my eD car audio subs and amps, you get a lot of bang for the buck out of them.
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