Estelon was founded in 2010 by Alfred Vassilkov who, for the past 30 years, has been designing some of Europe’s most well known and highly respected high-performance loudspeakers.
With multiple engineering awards and patents, Vassilkov wanted to design the ultimate high-performance loudspeaker that would immerse the listener in a perfectly executed illusion of a live performance in the home.
In 2006 Vassilkov began analyzing materials and technologies for producing cabinets with streamlined shapes that would, theoretically, be the perfect form to reproduce sound and also to assimilate into the home with a gracious, elegant, sculptured look. After several years and thousands of hours of R&D utilizing the latest design and materials concepts, Estelon introduced its first speaker, the XA, in 2010.
ESTELON CABINETS - FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION
The unique form of the Estelon loudspeaker provides the ideal platform for optimum sound reproduction. The cabinet's curved shape eliminates corner reflections, standing waves, and phase distortion. Estelon cabinets are cast in a proprietary process with a patented layered crushed marble based composite material. This material has excellent stiffness and damping factors. As a result of the highly innovative shape and material Estelon loudspeakers have absolutely no cabinet induced coloration whatsoever.
ESTELON DRIVE UNITS
Estelon uses German Accuton drive units made with a special ultra-stiff ceramic sandwich dome. Only the latest and very best selected Accuton cones, in exceptionally closely matched pairs, are used in Estelon speakers. These drivers are then housed in an enclosure scientifically optimized to be ideal for those drivers. Estelon has optimized the performance capabilities of these drive units and as a result, Estelon loudspeakers disappear as a sound source and are extremely linear and neutral with electrostatic-like transparency.
ESTELON CROSSOVERS AND FINISHING
Estelon XB Loudspeakers in Gloss BlueA minimalist design 2nd order crossover is used to achieve the most natural sound with the utmost purity possible. All component parts used, as well as the application of specific internal wiring, are of the highest quality. The crossovers feature Teflon hybrid capacitors and air core inductors encased in a separate chamber. State-of-the-art carbon fiber resonant control and isolation technology protect the crossover components from any microphonic effect.
Finally, each pair of loudspeakers is handmade at Estelon’s factory in Estonia to their exacting standards. As part of Estelon’s no-compromise quality control, each pair is assembled, tuned then tested and evaluated individually.
Estelon loudspeakers feature a unique shape, unique cabinet materials and a unique sound quality resulting in an elegance in design and performance at a level never previously achieved.
The Estelon X Diamond is the most perfectly phase-coherent all-cone loudspeaker I’ve heard in my home. Not only does the X Diamond defy expectations by sounding like one seamless thing from bottom bass (and its bass goes very, very deep – into the 20-30Hz range – and does so with superb definition, grip, color, and clarity) to top treble, but it is the first multiway cone speaker I’ve heard which not only completely disappears as a sound source but manages to replace its presence with the presence of the room or venue in which the recording was made. Like Maggies or mbls, the Estelon X Diamond simply carves out a different ambient space within the ambience of your listening room and disappears within it.The X Diamond wouldn’t be as special as it is if it weren’t also capable of exceptional resolution of inner detail, superb bass (the deepest, flattest, least colored, and best defined I’ve heard from a ported speaker), and excellent dynamic range. Like the Raidho C1.1, to which it bears a marked sonic resemblance, this is a very high-resolution, very high-transparency transducer… although I’d have to say that the blend of drivers in the Estelon is a little more seamless and phase/dispersion-perfect than the ribbon-cone Raidho.The Estelon X Diamond sets a new standard. It is an amazing feat of engineering prowess that makes for wondrous stereo. Of course, the Estelon X Diamonds get my highest and most enthusiastic recommendation.Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound, Product of the Year 2012 and Editor's Choice 2013
ESTELON MODELS, PRICES AND FINISHES
Estelon offers five models; a stand-mount, center channel and three floor standers. The three floor standing speakers range in price from $35,900 US to $69,900 US. Standard finishes are black gloss, white gloss and black matt. Optional finishes are offered in high gloss: blue, silver, red and violet.
With the launch of Estelon’s critically acclaimed X Diamond, Estelon quickly joined the elite group of the world’s most advanced loudspeakers. The X Diamond won major awards worldwide and attracted attention of the world’s leading distributors selling the very finest electronics.
Although it has been only three years since Estelon burst on the scene, Estelon speakers are already distributed in over 25 countries and have won: Editor’s Choice, Product of the Year and Most Influential Hi-End Equipment of the Year awards, to name but a few. Estelon might be a relatively new company but it is based on a solid financial foundation and a proven track record in the high-performance loudspeaker business.
Cliche as it is, Estelon speakers must be seen and heard in person to be truly appreciated. A visit to one of our Authorized Dealers will change your belief of what is possible from a loudspeaker - and stir your soul in the process. It might be a long journey but rest assured it will be a worthwhile one.
In so many ways, the Estelon XC is the best speaker that ever came to stay and I am going to be very sorry when it leaves. It certainly is expensive, but given the quality of the build and more importantly, the way it opens the music, I think it still represents very good value.
Chris Thomas, HiFi+, Issue 110.