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“Truth truth in audio technology welcome to my review of the elac s10. Eq sub. Sub. And i would like to warn you that this will be very biased.
I owned the sub for almost two years now and it has been great i really like it so this is more of a revealing of the sub woofer as to how it s built. What the parts are and what they look like this speaker was designed by andrew jones. The chief engineer for alack. Andrew jones has also worked for many famous speaker companies.
I became aware of andrew jones through his work with pioneer. He worked on pioneer high end speakers and very expensive speakers and they asked him to build speakers that would compete on the low end and he built some amazing speakers and i have those speakers and use him as my monitors. Now i ll be talking about those in another video. This subwoofer was designed by andrew jones for elac and is another product of his attention to detail for quality at the low end or low priced section of hi fi with his products you almost always get a lot of bang for the buck.
I looked on the internet before i put this video together for images of the interior of the elac s10 eq sub. And unfortunately did not find a lot of pictures at all and i was kind of impressed by that because usually you can find images of things. But perhaps not too many people were interested in that but i was and so recently. I was playing with my subwoofer position in my listening room and decided to take it apart and take a bunch of pictures and show you guys.
These pictures are all photoshopped carefully to look nice. Because photoshop is something i also enjoy along with i just wanted them to look enjoyable to people so they do not represent the exact way my subwoofer looks. There s some scuff marks and things like that on it over two years of use. But the subwoofer has been fantastic.
So why don t we get into the review the subwoofer is about 13 inches. Square. The bass extension system is a passive radiator rather than a port which you ll see in the pictures. Later the vinyl covering is given to scuffing.
I ve noticed. But that s not really a concern of mine. But it s a thick vinyl covering so it s pretty nice. The subwoofer has an automatic eq system and if you go to amazon and happen to look the woofer up you can see screenshots of the app that controls the woofer.
The woofer has no controls on the back everything is controlled through the app and the automatic subwoofer eq system attempts to equalize the listening position for optimal bass response. And i found it to be somewhat successful there s other considerations..
When you re playing music inside of a room. So the first thing you have to do to take the woofer apart to see what s inside is to remove the plastic ring that surrounds the metal cover for the speaker. So in attempting to remove the plastic cover. I first started to remove it from the topside.
But realized i was going to kind of hurt. The woofer cabinet. So i thought well maybe i should do it from the inside. So i got this dental tool.
And i just carefully pried. It and it just kind of started to work its way out so here s the ring after being removed. And it has just legs that pressure fit into the holes that hold it firmly into the subwoofer so here is the plastic ring flipped you can see the sturdy legs that push into the sub woofer cabinet and the foam that is placed around the ring to keep it from rattling here. We see the woofer with the plastic ring removed and you can see the holes where the plastic ring fits in and the screws that hold on the metal cover the screws appear to be number two and every screw.
I ran into taking apart the subwoofer was this same screw here s the metal cover for the woofer. And it s fairly strong metal. This is a picture of the metal cover flipped over on top of the subwoofer and so we re looking directly at the back of the metal cover for the woofer and around the edge. There you see foam here s a picture of the metal cover back close up and you can see the foam.
And it s pretty high quality and notice that it covers everything the whole entire surface of what contacts. The cabinet of the subwoofer that s important because that means that won t rattle here. I m pointing at the cabinet surface where i ve removed the metal ring and the surface. I m touching is actual wood.
So that s the level at which the metal cover screws into and here is the 10 inch subwoofer itself. And when you touch it and push on it it feels like a very well built speaker notice that there are eight screws holding it into the wood and that s indicative of making sure that a speaker is secured properly notice here that the surround on the subwoofer is made of thick rubber and i m pinching. It here. And it s it s quite thick the good thing about rubber is it s very long lasting.
And i have had other speakers that have foam surrounds instead of rubber surrounds like this and invariably after a time the foam will degrade and fall apart and need to be replaced here we have the subwoofer and i really like the way. The speaker looks it s got good wires and the attachment points are solid and the cone material is very tough along with the rubber surround we were talking about the magnet is very large it s like five and a half inches across by i think a couple two and a half inches or more the voice coil is really big and you can see there right at the bottom of the basket screen in front of them are vents for the spider. Which locates the cone in the top of the speaker. That allows pressure to equalize when the speaker s moving the circles are there for the same reason that older race cars used to use cutouts on metal to save weight.
But retain stiffness so if you ve seen different kinds of speakers. They do it in different ways..
My guess is that this method spreads out the stiffness more smoothly over the surface of the metal than other ways of doing it for a speaker. But i m not sure on that but i do like the way it looks. It s pretty cool here. We see the woofer with a connection point.
See how the wire comes in and it sort of held on to the connector and then goes underneath and then is soldered to the connector that s a great way of holding the wire. There the spyder is really big. If you can kind of look in the speaker. There it s really quite tough and we ll see that better in the passive radiator.
Which shows the spyder. Much better. And the spyder on the passive radiator is very similar to the speaker here we see the passive radiator for the s10 eq downward firing passive radiator those are the legs and they lift up the subwoofer so that the sound can radiate from the passive radiator. The passive radiator is a device that allows you to extend the low end response of a cabinet and it is weighted in such a way that when the woofer reaches a certain frequency that it will start resonating and that does several things that we won t go into.
But basically extends the base response of any speaker in a given cabinet another way to do this is a port and there are arguments for and against either a design. I can tell from the construction of this passive radiator that it was very well done. And i will show you some pictures of that when i took the passive radiator out. I could get a look at the vinyl and it s tough and is also used apparently as a gasket for the passive radiator.
It s a hard material and very tear resistant. So this is the passive radiator out of the woofer box. You ll notice that the passive radiator looks just like the woofer. I believe that they use the same construction for the cone and the basket of the passive radiator that they did similar to the woofer.
The main thing about a passive radiator that s important is that it needs to be sympathetic or resonate at certain frequencies based on the compliance of the the cone that we see here and also the mass of the cone or the mass of the system. That is vibrating that way you can set it to vibrate or resonate at the appropriate frequency to accentuate the low frequencies that you would want to accentuate here. We see the back of the passive radiator and you ll notice that there s no magnet structure. There s no wires like you would have in a speaker.
There is only the the spider a weight the silver part and underneath that facing down is the cone and that is the object that is set to resonate because of its design within a certain range of frequencies here. We see the weight of the passive radiator that s very finely made and surrounding that is the spider. Which locates the cone which we can t see which is facing down of the passive radiator. If you try to move this with your hand.
It s very resistant very it feels very strong. But when the 10 inch sub woofer is at a certain low frequency..
This will start to resonate and then exit the low frequency output of the subwoofer now we are looking directly into the cabinet of the sub woofer with the sub woofer out. I have the wires running through the middle hole. There just to hold them in place. They wouldn t be there with the speaker in because the speaker magnet needs to sit within that wood bracing piece that goes across from side to side on the subwoofer.
There s also a piece of wood. If you notice at the bottom of the holder appears to be a piece of wood going across and that s wide and i think that the magnet actually that helps to hold some of the weight of the magnet as well behind that you ll notice the amplifier and this is the amplifier that uses a app on your phone to control everything and we ll take a look at that amplifier so here s the amplifier view on the back of the subwoofer and you ll notice an interesting thing about it there are our narrow controls and that s because all of the controls are within the app for the phone. Some people have said that they have had trouble connecting in the past. I have not heard much about that after the first times.
I ve heard that i have had it for almost two years and i have had no problems. Connecting to it and controlling it with my phone and that s been very nice actually. It has a power connection for a power cord. It has a low frequency in rca jack.
It has a reset button in case. I guess it gets locked up i ve never had to use it and it has a service port that s usb and i have never investigated that but i imagine that is for updating the bluetooth software for the subwoofer. I ve never updated it and it s it s it s run fine. But i of course would recommend to update.
It in general this is the amplifier of the s10 eq sub woofer and it is a bash design and i understand that a patented or proprietary design for subwoofer amplifiers. And i don t know much about it. But the amplifier is feather light and yet produces 200 watts rms. Within the range that it services.
The build quality is much the same as modern electronics. The soldering is good and the components seem quite good and you ll notice up in the left that the part where you plug in the power. On the other side is very well held in place with hot glue. And also other types of adhesives.
I believe that the bluetooth board is on the left. There here s another picture of the amplifier and i just thought i d get a different color angle of some of the components that are in the amplifier and they re soldered well and i m not much of an electronics guy. I know some of these components and i ve done some electronics work but you know looking at this i felt like looks pretty good i m guessing. But i think this board represents the bluetooth functionality for the amplifier.
I think i ve seen other bluetooth devices. With the silver box like that one on the upper right..
This is a close up of the what i believe to be the bluetooth. Perhaps antenna. Or module. The company is sana.
Vox. And it appears that elac. Worked with sana. Vox to produce.
The software. Probably. And. And the perhaps.
Bluetooth technology. That they use in the subwoofer. Sana. Vox.
As far as some of their capabilities. Is ios and android app. Development and audio and electronics engineering and you can look that up at sana voxcom capabilities here s the final picture of the amplifier board. And it s a close up so we can see some of the quality in the construction of the board.
It appears to be up to general standards. And that s where the speaker leads come in that s it for my review of the elac s10 eq subwoofer. I hope you ve enjoyed looking at the insides of it and getting my opinion about it like i said. I ve had it for two years.
It performs very well it goes down to you know just under thirty hertz in my space. Which is 10 by 15 by 8. And it served me very well without a hitch. No problems at all and i hope that this interests you and you might investigate elac and some of the speakers that they make so give my video a like and subscribe to the channel and we ll be back very soon with more videos about audio truth audio truth truth in ” .
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