Skip to main content

Elac’s new Element amplifier crosses lines to create a new class of its own

The name might not be immediately familiar, but Elac has been in the business of creating audio gear for more than 90 years. The company makes speakers and other electronics, but it has returned to a category it knows well for its latest product, the Element EA101EQ-G integrated amplifier.

Elac says its goal with the Element EA101EQ-G was to create “one of the most powerful, versatile, easy-to-use integrated amplifiers imaginable” and the look reflects that. While you’ll find a vast array of connectors on the back, the front of the amplifier is deceptively simple, with just a headphone jack and one knob for adjusting the volume.

Looking at the sound, the Element EA101EQ-G aims to solve two problems often present in 2.1-channel setups. The first is proper blending between the subwoofer and the main woofer, while the other is correcting for the room in which the system is set up. The amplifier aims to address both of these issues with its app-based Auto Blend and Calibrate (ABC) function. This automatically detects the ideal crossover frequency between the subwoofer and main speakers, while also adjusting the sound of the system to the room’s acoustics, leaving the listener free of any cumbersome setup. That means smooth and balanced bass with no hassle, which is something any music lover can appreciate.

The ABC function is controlled by the EA101-EQ-G app, available for both iOS and Android. This also allows for customization of playback using the amplifier’s built-in DSP. The amplifier also features remote learning, allowing for easy integration with either your television or set-top box remote control.

Inside the Element EA101EQ-G is an 80-watt amplifier that employs a technology called BASH, which the company says combines the best features of Class D and Class AB amplification to create a new class all of its own, with the efficiency of the former and the sonic characteristics of the latter. On the back of the unit, a number of analog inputs can be found, as well as a digital input accepting S/PDIF signals at up to 192kHz resolution, and capable of decoding multichannel Dolby Digital signals.

The Element EA101EQ-G integrated amplifier retails for $700 and is available now from authorized Elac dealers. For more information on this amplifier and other products, see the company’s website.

Kris Wouk
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Kris Wouk is a tech writer, gadget reviewer, blogger, and whatever it's called when someone makes videos for the web. In his…
LG updates its Tone Free earbuds with ‘pure graphene’ drivers
LG Tone Free T90S.

LG's new Tone Free T90S are the latest wireless earbuds from the Korean juggernaut, and they pick up right where 2022's Tone Free T90Q left off. In other words, they maintain the T90Q's massive set of features and then layer on some new tricks, like hi-res Dolby audio and a new driver made from pure graphene. The T90S are set to be released later in May, however, LG hasn't announced pricing yet. Given that the T90Q debuted at $230, it's a good bet the T90S will be in the same neighborhood.

So what is "pure graphene" and why should we care if our earbuds have drivers made out of it? Most graphene drivers are simply coated in the super material, according to LG's press release. "The use of pure graphene in LG’s latest earbuds reduces vibrations and allows users to revel in well-balanced and precise sound, with powerful bass and enhanced mid- and high-range frequencies." Translation: LG feels the T90S will sound better thanks to pure graphene.

Read more
Crazy! Save a massive $1,000 on this TCL 98-inch 4K TV right now
The TCL 98-inch S5 4K TV on a white background.

If you’re looking for a huge TV but you still want to save plenty of money, you need one of the TV deals going on at Best Buy today. Over there you can buy a TCL 98-inch S5 4K TV for $2,000 instead of $3,000. The $1,000 saving makes this TV much more affordable for many people, and we’re still in awe that you can even buy a 98-inch TV for $2,000. If you’re intrigued, keep reading and we’ll tell you all about what the TV has to offer.

Why you should buy the TCL 98-inch S5 4K TV
TCL is one of the best TV brands for value which explains why this TV is so well-priced. A great price, it still packs in tons of similar great features. Besides its huge 98-inch display, it has a high brightness direct LED backlight which produces brighter images and an enhanced viewing experience. It also supports the HDR Ultra package of Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG.

Read more
Best Buy just discounted this 65-inch Samsung 4K TV to $400
The Samsung 75-inch LED 4K Smart TV on a media cabinet.

If you want a reliable 4K TV that’s just the right size for your living room, check out the TV deals going on at Best Buy right now. Today, you can buy a Samsung 65-inch TU690T 4K TV for just $400. It normally costs $480, so you’re saving $80 on a TV that is already a great value. If you need a new inexpensive TV for your home but you want something from a reliable brand, this is your chance. Here’s everything else you need to know about it.

Why you should buy the Samsung 65-inch TU690T 4K TV
From one of the best TV brands, the Samsung 65-inch TU690T 4K TV is an ideal TV to enjoy plenty of benefits without breaking the bank. It has a great 4K picture with a PurColor Crystal Display which provides fine-tuned colors how they’re meant to be seen. It’s also Direct Lit so that blacks and whites are fine-tuned for enhanced contrast and there’s HDR for a wide spectrum of colors and visual details.

Read more