Did someone hear the new Elac F5 speakers ?
I did, twice. I also listened to many many other speakers (2 days worth). Bottom line, there is nothing in their class for $279/each. Nothing touches them until you get to $1500 internet direct brands like Tekton. I think Chane is in trouble. Andrew basically said he designed the Pioneers so audiophiles could recommend good speakers to friends. The ELAC Debut series carries on that tradition, and still at a very reasonable price.
If you want very good bass impact for under $600, quality mid and treble, the ELAC series is for you. If you want better, Andrew hinted at an announcement at CES 2017. I think to really get better, you are looking at something like the Ascend Acoustics line.
Will I get them? I might. I'm thinking of getting some used Monitor Audio GX from Audiogon. The comparison is that close.
BTW, I pulled the trigger on Ether-Cs. I listened to many cans at CanJam, and it took me about 3 minutes to decide to get the Ethers.