ELAC Discovery Z3 Wireless Speaker – DS-Z31W
ELAC Discovery™ Z3 Wireless Speaker with 140 Watts of powerful built-in amplification means all you do is plug it in and listen!
ELAC’s custom-designed drivers deliver crystal-clear highs and deep bass with so much impact you’ll think there’s a subwoofer hidden in the room! With just one system, you can stream all your favorite music effortlessly with Spotify Connect, Roon Ready, Discovery Connect and Bluetooth, using your smartphone or tablet to any room in your home.
*Android, Apple, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, Discovery Connect, Roon Ready and Spotify Connect are registered trademarks. All rights reserved. Third-party content services may be changed, suspended, interrupted, or discontinued at any time without notice, and ELAC disclaims any liability in connection with such occurrences.”
All 3 stars are for the outstanding audio quality and beautiful construction. No stars for functionality. The app is deplorable. It’s disappointing that Elac has essentially dismissed this speaker, considering they still sell it. The app is the only way to access the equalizer, play on multiple speakers, and connect to WiFi. The Bluetooth works but only allows for limited functionality. For example the volume control is limited to the volume set on the speaker itself. So if it isn’t all the way up on the speaker (physically adjusted on the speaker itself), you can only turn it up from your phone as loud as it’s set. Plus the increments are much too large. You could change it in the app, if it worked. In the 2 years I’ve had these speakers (I have 2), the app has maybe worked 3 times, and I’ve tried hundreds. All that said, I’m still a loyal Elac customer, which is why it’s so upsetting that they refuse to fix the app.
Chris Farrell –
I suggest connecting this speaker to a wired ethernet connection to get started. Go through the steps of updating the firmware of the speaker via the Elac phone app. Once that’s done and the speaker reboots, it will function as designed and will be able to join your wifi network and be discovered by Roon and Tidal Connect. The sound is really excellent, it has clear and crisp highs and good bass, especially for the size of this unit. I currently alternate between my bathroom and back patio and it’s great for this type of application. I don’t think it would work too well for a living room setup since it lacks any digital inputs other than bluetooth. I will say that the bluetooth doesn’t have a long range but it does sound pretty good.