Alesis continue their proud lineage of studio monitor speakers by launching two new models: the Elevate 4 with shared integrated amplifier and the Elevate 5S with active amps and five inch cones. These are firmly in the budget range, but with good pedigree.

Here’s the release:


Compact, high-performance powered speakers pack a sonic wallop and give producers/recording engineers accurate, reference-quality sound for every monitoring requirement

Ash Vale, UK (January 21, 2016)—Alesis (alesis.com), the world’s leading manufacturer of electronic instruments and components for today’s musician, today announced the introduction of its Elevate 4 and Elevate 5S powered studio monitors. Recognising the need for high-performance speakers that deliver concise, high-output sound to any recording/production scenario, the new Alesis Elevate monitors give users the ability to listen to and mix down recording studio sessions as well as edit multimedia content by accurately delivering deep bass and ultra-smooth high frequency response.

The Elevate 5S is a premium active 2-way studio monitor, suitable for the most critical applications. With drivers of the very highest quality (a 51⁄4-inch Kevlar® woofer and a neodymium-powered 1-inch silk dome tweeter), the Elevate 5S’s frequency response is smooth and authoritative over the full musical range. Much of its performance is due to its system-optimised bi-amplified design with active crossover, which sends 50 watts to both the LF and HF drivers, for a whopping total of 100 watts of power per speaker. The Elevate 5S is packaged and sold singly.

Additional Elevate 5S features:

  • Balanced XLR+1/4′′ combo input ensures versatile connection options
  • Custom elliptical waveguides for controlled dispersion and a widened sweet spot
  • High-density wood cabinet with dual bass porting for strong bass without clarity-robbing cabinet resonances

The Elevate 4 is a 4-inch 2-way speaker, packaged and sold as a pair. One speaker contains the 2-channel amplifier that powers both units. The amplifier itself is a powerful Class AB design, capable of 40 watts RMS total system output, more than enough to power the system to loud levels with inaudible distortion.

Additional Elevate 4 features include:

  • 4″ low-frequency driver, 1″ silk dome tweeter per speaker
  • 20-watt per channel with Class AB architecture
  • Stereo 1⁄4” balanced inputs; Stereo RCA unbalanced inputs
  • Custom elliptical waveguides for controlled dispersion and a widened sweet spot
  • Subwoofer output for use with an outboard powered subwoofer

“For producers, enthusiasts and musicians who need powerful, accurate sound from a compact package and for whom value and affordability are also important, these new Alesis Elevate powered monitors deliver the full package.” said Walter Skorupski, Product Manager for Alesis. “They offer very sophisticated performance – the most subtle details can be heard even in a difficult and dense mix. These new Elevate series monitors are a must-have tool for a modern musician to quickly get an amazing and precise sounding audio mix.”

MSRPs for the Elevate 4 and Elevate 5S will be £84.99 /pr. and £69.99 ea. respectively. They will be available in Q2 2016

Please visit Alesis in Hall A, Booth #6700 at Winter NAMM. For more information visit alesis.com.

About Alesis

Since the 1985 unveiling of the affordable XT Reverb, Alesis (alesis.com) has led the charge to create inventive electronic products that benefit every stage or studio musician. Alesis innovation continues with electronic percussion, keyboards, monitors, recording gear, amplifiers, as well as professional products based on Bluetooth technology and Apple’s iOS platform. Alesis is a proud member of a premier family of brands known as inMusic (inmusicbrands.com).

My thoughts

At these price points, you’re not talking about high-end speaker setups here. We tested a variety of monitor speakers 18 months ago, and there was a set of Reloop speakers (the ADM-5) similar to the Elevate 4, with one built in amplifier shared by both speakers via speaker wire. It just wasn’t up to the task as proper studio monitors. Obviously, there’s no telling what the actual audio quality of the Elevate 4 will be, but the reality is that with that type of speaker, at that price point, these won’t be studio grade monitors. Even the elevate 5S speakers are firmly in the budget territory at £140 a pair. Mind you, I’ve had a pair of ESI nEar05 for… eight years now (!) and even though I spent £150 on them, they’re still going strong and sound great.

Your thoughts

What do you think of these speakers? Let us know in the comments!

Both the Elevate 4 and Elevate 5S will be available Q2 2016. The Elevate 4 will be around £85 per pair and the 5S will cost around £65 each.


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