Sign up below to get the latest from What Hi-Fi?, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! A great song for an emerging speaker class. Bass was emphasized on the B5 in a fairly benign, mid bass way — no low bass at this size. It was designed by Andrew Jones for ELAC's Uni-fi series as an upgrade to the ELAC Debut B5. 1, Vilde Frang plays Korngold and Britten Concertos, Audiophilia's Recordings of the Year 2017, The Bowers & Wilkins Audio System for the Volvo XC90, Focal Powered by Naim: Scottsdale, AZ Grand Opening, In the Trenches: Angie’s Audio Corner, Toronto, In the Trenches: Audio and Music in New York City, In the Trenches: Sound Hounds, Victoria BC, Philadelphia Orchestra plays Carnegie Hall, 2017 New Year's Concert with Gustavo Dudamel, André Cluytens—The Complete Orchestral and Concerto Recordings, Barenboim conducts Bruckner Symphonies [complete], Brahms Symphonies from the Detroit Symphony, Bruckner: Symphony No. But, of course, the market is at its most competitive here – the likes of Q Acoustics, Monitor Audio and others are all vying to be your first system/micro-system speaker upgrade, and £250 or so buys some startlingly capable efforts. Just connect them with a pair of good speaker-wires, you will be very very happy. Unnervingly so. Time for Audiophilia to have a listen. I loved they were back in the system. The old staple for the old town, London Calling, sounded fresh and driven. They handle a very wide range of frequencies with ease and … However, it's fairly safe to say that Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 are more popular speakers, based on their 100+ reviews. Dimensions are Height: 12.8 in, Width: 7.9 in and Depth: 8.7 in. The host answered and looked at me with surprise. Listening intently for gaffes. Energetic, cheerful with a definite spring in its step. 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The subject of our review, the B5 Debut available from Amazon for USD$229.00 and the slightly dearer B6 Debut and the Uni-Fi UB5 version (both less than USD$500) have all received raves in the audiophile press. Thinking about purchasing speakers from Elac's Debut 2.0 series? Each note a gem in its space, and fast. 5; Speakers Corner [LP], Easy to find Classical Mono LPs that should be in your collection, Franz Schubert—Trout Quintet (Speakers Corner 180g vinyl reissue), Karajan conducts Debussy and Ravel/DG 180g Vinyl Reissue, Kleiber conducts Beethoven Symphony No. Best soundstage and imaging for my favourite repertoire. Why did the Elac's capture that ever so slight crescendo in a tertiary string line and the bass clarinet reed squawk at rehearsal Letter A on my Naxos CD of The Happy Forest by Bax? The cabinet dimensions are utterly unremarkable for a product of this type. The angst heard against the speakers trying to add a 21st Century sophistication. Jones was also the name behind Pioneer's powerful speaker designs. For our test we received from the Benelux importer Servi-Q an extensive ELAC Debut 2.0 system, consisting of the F5.2 floorstander (349 euro / piece), B5.2 bookshelf speaker (159 euro / piece), the C5.2 center (249 euro) and the SUB 3010 (559 euro). There’s a time and a place all right, but the budget end of the loudspeaker market is not it. 1, Perahia plays Beethoven (Moonlight & Hammerklavier), SEI SOLO: Bach’s Six Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Alone—Thomas Bowes, violin, Seong-Jin Cho plays Chopin Concerto No. As Andrew Jones returns to sprinkle magic dust on ELAC’s Debut range, HFC checks out the 2.0 standmount makeoverAs a market, the budget loudspeaker sector is a hectic one at the best of times and most companies realise that to sit back on their laurels after a successful product launch is a bad move. Elac B5/B6 sound better with D3020 (with MCR-61x being the front end) than with MCR-61x. Please refresh the page and try again. Welcome to the party. 40, first movement. Pretty damn glorious. The big umbrella view on initial serious listening? Patience, though. Thank you for signing up to What Hi-Fi?. And if we include a silly season, I tried them with 50K hooked on [Antipodes Audio, Bel Canto, Transparent, Audio Research Corporation]. It goes deeper, (or sounds as if it does) and without muddying up the midrange, than any speaker of this size has any right to go. This was such an occasion. The metal, sand filled stands I was using to mount the speakers cost the same (the Raidho's come with their own $900 proprietary stands). 5, 8 & 9, Nelsons conducts Shostakovich Symphony No. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, This is a wide, busy and relatively dense recording, one that requires real midrange dexterity and detail to properly transmit the malevolence of the vocal. The Elacs are more-than up to the task, following the sinuous bassline faithfully and giving Lamar’s complaints real expression. 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Fortunately, as its press release points out: “ELAC can’t leave well alone”. Incredibly coherent with a timbral accuracy that is frankly unnerving and a front/back and side that goes for miles. The cabinet is taller, narrower and deeper, which makes them look more modern and less obtrusive. To be fair, stars like these don't appear all that often. At 85 dB sensitivity, the B5 requires some solid power to get its drivers moving. It is not good for the money. A little scrutiny -- and a little YouTube research -- led me to believe the magic was in the drivers. ELAC Debut 2.0 C6.2 Center Speaker, Black. In terms of balance, integration and timing, the Debut B5s are among the best pound-for-pound speakers around. 10, Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. Exposed pins on the speakers’ front panel for attaching the (black, cloth) grilles look a little prosaic, but the textured/brushed vinyl wrap (just one finish is available) adds a little more tactility than most rivals can muster. ELAC's website text explains: “The ELAC Debut series delivers superior performance thanks to custom made key components, with no off-the-shelf parts. Elac Debut B5.2 Review - These are very talented speakers for the money. At only about 7” wide by 13” tall and 9” deep, it is considered a bookshelf speaker, although it … 4. Frustration crept in and tried to dilute delight. But they complied in my smaller reference music room. 5; Wiener Philharmoniker; Carlos Kleiber; DG 180g Vinyl Reissue, Bernard Haitink conducts Bruckner’s Seventh on Direct-to-disc vinyl, Brahms 4; Vienna Phil; Carlos Kleiber; DG 180g Vinyl Reissue, Brahms: The Four Symphonies—DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue, Classical Vinyl Box Sets you may not know that should be in your collection, Curzon plays Beethoven Concerto No. And stayed that way during most of the three week audition stretch. The cabinet is a similar volume to before but its proportions are around 2cm different in all directions. He is going back, back to the beginning, and giving a copy of my ELAC Debut B5 review to his past self. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for ELAC Debut B4 Bookshelf Speaker (Black, Pair) at Amazon.com. Some inexpensive MDF construction with no bracing, a simple crossover and a reflex port shown in an exploded view. The $229.00 shooting star. Placement is a doddle — they played great firing off/on axis, close to the rear and side walls, or sitting out on my 28” 'Firm' Target stands. The pint-size, two-way compact simply crushed it with its big, hearty sound and puny $229 price tag (reviewed in Issue 260). Unlike many more expensive speakers that mix parts-bin drivers, bare-bones crossovers and generic cabinets—every ELAC speaker is built from a clean-sheet design.”. The B5 Debut is a small bookshelf model, probably fitting more comfortably under 'mini monitor' designation. 1–Roman Simovic, violin, Paul Lewis plays Brahms Piano Concerto No. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Custom design by Andrew Jones Both the tweeter and bass drivers have been custom designed by renowned audio expert, Andrew Jones. The dust cap is now convex rather than concave, benefitting the top end of the driver’s operating range and helping integration with the tweeter. Three weeks earlier, it felt as though I was knocking on the door of a very cool house party location. The bass below 80Hz sounds rolled off, but they play down to 50Hz fairly well although it's not really "there" unless you crank on the volume a good bit. Rich and detailed. There's no criticism meant in suggesting this. This, married to the superb tweeter, and the total is yet another musical winner from the ears of Mr. Jones. They have the dynamic expression, details and tonal sophistication to cope with whatever you throw at them – not to mention enough stretching of their skills to get even further when connected to … I was excited to hear how these sounded more than any high end kit in a while. And at the hands of a $229 monitor. No one can deliver that much musical promise on so few dimes. ELAC's Debut speaker line designed by Andrew Jones includes the B5, a diminutive 2 way loudspeaker that sells for $229.99/pr. To be fair to Elac, the Debut B5s are, in terms of their showroom appeal, build quality and finish, entirely competitive. My quest to find fault with the speakers. The 5.25cm mid/bass unit is new, while the bass reflex port has moved, and the tweeter has a new design too. They’re absolutely par for the course in terms of specification, too. Their shortcomings, though – while hardly numerous – are significant. In short, Elac has changed almost everything about the new Debuts. 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