The AF-61 was 5K list; that's hardly budget territory. And despite all the innovative design, it was bass shy.
If as claimed above contemporary music sounds good and it's the fault of our systems if it doesn't, perhaps we should be listening to it on those giant powered professional monitors they have in studios, because evidently it sounded good (and just the way it was supposed to sound) to the producers listening to it in that environment.
Everyone knows that the Adante was a flawed design. Released to much heralding, look how short a time it remained in the Elac line-up. It was discontinued because it wasn't selling (duh), and it wasn't selling because people were listening to it and comparing it to other similarly priced speakers. If you're going to vaunt a "giant-killer" (a dubious concept at best), at least pick a half-decent model to promote in the first place.