This was such an occasion. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. They are taller and slenderer than the previous versions. So Elac B5.2, while being a cheaper option, tends to get more favorable ⭐ reviews than the $225 Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2, as seen on the chart below. 5—François-Xavier Roth, Maurizio Pollini plays late works by Chopin. 4. 40, first movement. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, 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. 9 (four-movement version), Volkmar Andreae conducts Bruckner Symphonies [complete], Daniel Harding conducts Mahler—Symphony No. The angst heard against the speakers trying to add a 21st Century sophistication. This is for the ELAC B4's 3 people found this helpful. The B5 Debut is a small bookshelf model, probably fitting more comfortably under 'mini monitor' designation. Incredibly coherent with a timbral accuracy that is frankly unnerving and a front/back and side that goes for miles. And at the hands of a $229 monitor. 'B5' indicates 'Bookshelf 5 inch'. 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. Here's a man who knows his drivers and how they measure in a cabinet. Authentically dynamic recordings like Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue or Underworld’s Push Upstairs simply don’t have the attack or scale required, leaving the field open for the Elacs’ more assertive rivals to make their case. Protected by a shapely grille, that tweete… A little scrutiny -- and a little YouTube research -- led me to believe the magic was in the drivers. To be fair to Elac, the Debut B5s are, in terms of their showroom appeal, build quality and finish, entirely competitive. 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). Welcome to the party. I have the same feeling about the new line of petite, inexpensive speakers from German manufacturer ELAC. The Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 reviewed here manages to make some improvements on the original speaker, namely in terms of build quality, but in the meantime there has been a … Positioned reasonably close to a rear wall (where the Debut B5s’ swift and textured low end gains welcome body), toed-in just slightly towards the listening position and supported on some appropriately sturdy stands, the Elacs immediately reveal themselves as a well integrated, even-handed and impressively rapid listen. The balance was there, an attempt at coherence within the parameters of the small, untreated box. The Danish beauties are fantastic speakers. Yes, the magical beans Jones worked on at his KEF bench, modified for real cheap Pioneers and very expensive TADS, and here, magically rediscovered for ELAC. That why Elac’s Debut B5 standmounters look the way they do. Akin to the 2nd Coming. 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. Build 5.2 | Sound 5.0 | DSP Sound 6.4 | score breakdown. ELAC Debut B5.2. Some inexpensive MDF construction with no bracing, a simple crossover and a reflex port shown in an exploded view. Having listened to the Debut’s for months using the PS Audio Sprout (see review ), Quad VA-One (see review ), NAD D 3020 V2 (see review ), and my Leben CS600, I can tell you that the ELACs adapt to their mate extremely well. The b5's are next on my list, ELAC is the speaker for me!!!!! 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. Steely Dan's Green Earrings was superb, too. In contrast to the roasted marshmallow sound of the living room, the ELAC B5 speakers sound pretty damn flat now. And, yes, listening this weekend was of a bit of a shock. Each amp/speaker pairing offered different interpretations … There’s a time and a place for innovation in the hi-fi industry, for tearing up the rulebook, for blank-sheet thinking and all the other exciting-sounding initiatives that indicate a break from the norm. And great news it is. Here they really shone. 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. ELAC Debut 2.0 C6.2 Center Speaker, Black. Let's have a brief look at the main features of ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 and Monitor Audio Bronze 2 before getting into our more detailed comparison. Listening intently for gaffes. Why not just use a gentle rework? Patience, though. I loved they were back in the system. At 85 dB sensitivity, the B5 requires some solid power to get its drivers moving. In terms of balance, integration and timing, the Debut B5s are among the best pound-for-pound speakers around. Thinking about purchasing speakers from Elac's Debut 2.0 series? Rare, and found In the time domain of much more expensive tweeters. Jones was also the name behind Pioneer's powerful speaker designs. Rich and detailed. There, I heralded its class-shattering performance and sonics, and the stupendous value that the speaker represents. What Hi-Fi? In short, Elac has changed almost everything about the new Debuts. That has to tell us something important about our avocation. Each note a gem in its space, and fast. Break in was 50 hours of my splendid Esoteric remaster of Mozart's Symphony No. Whatever he ended up using, these drivers work. BA1 1UA. At only about 7” wide by 13” tall and 9” deep, it is considered a bookshelf speaker, although it … Musically and mechanically joined at the hip. This speaker has to be one of the stone cold deals in high end audio. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for ELAC B5.2 Debut 2.0 Bookshelf Speakers at There are seven models in the Debut 2.0 lineup and the B6.2 sits just below the ELAC F5.2 floorstander. 7; Speakers Corner LP, Schubert 3 & 8 (Unfinished); Vienna Phil; Carlos Kleiber; DG 180g Vinyl Reissue, Strauss: Tod und Verklärung & Vier letzte Lieder, Ticciati conducts Haydn; LP (45rpm Supercut), Vinyl you may not know that should be in your collection, Vinyl you may not know that should be in your collection Vol. The cabinet is taller, narrower and deeper, which makes them look more modern and less obtrusive. And then it was time to return to my reference — my Raidho X-1 Loudspeaker. And failing, courtesy of the personality and energy of the band. There was a problem. They’re absolutely par for the course in terms of specification, too. In a rare convergence of enthusiasms, it won the hearts of high-enders and mainstreamers alike. So well, that the woodwind section's fast downward staccato G minor scale in the Mozart Symphony opening movement was crisp and tactile. Not these. To our eyes these changes have worked, helping to make the Debut B5.2s look more modern. It is not good for the money. Just connect them with a pair of good speaker-wires, you will be very very happy. The original bookshelf speaker, the B6, is also the brainchild of Andrew Jones who previously worked as a designer at Pioneer. Ordinarily, speakers that sound as small-scale as this are physically pretty small too – which brings advantages of its own. Or plain Jane as the center of my computer desktop setup. The Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 speakers use a larger, 16.5cm version of the same revised mid/bass unit found on the Award-winning B5.2s, using a new blend of aramid fibres for the cone, combined with a different shape to improve stiffness and damping. 20—Seong-Jin Cho, Murray Perahia plays Bach's French Suites, Paganini: 24 Caprices, Op. 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. Frustration crept in and tried to dilute delight. On initial assessment, pretty wonderful. The deployment of a 25mm cloth dome tweeter (safe behind its fixed metal grille) and 13cm woven fibre mid/bass driver is fairly standard too. IT was back in August 2016 that ELAC’s first-generation Debut B6 made its “debut” here in; in 2018, the company revised the range with the Debut 2.0 series.. BA1 1UA. All well designed electronics need some break in. Where the ELACS shone was in its very lovely midrange. They established a new value proposition, with build quality and performance never before attainable at such an affordable price. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers. This, married to the superb tweeter, and the total is yet another musical winner from the ears of Mr. Jones. Time for Audiophilia to have a listen. Switch to Kedrick Lamar’s altogether heftier King Kunta and the B5s’ powers of focus and integration come to the fore. 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. Using Elac's famed Woven-Aramid drive units, the Elac Debut B5 speakers are ideal for both music and movies. They work individually, and in tandem. 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). However, it's fairly safe to say that Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 are more popular speakers, based on their 100+ reviews. PROS. Sound & Installation), Streaming the Classics 1–Holst: The Planets, Streaming the Classics 2–Beethoven 9 Symphonies Box Sets, Streaming the Classics: Berlioz—Roméo et Juliette, Streaming the Classics 3–Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Streaming the Classics 4–Brahms Symphonies Box Sets, Streaming the Classics 6/Bruckner 9 Symphonies Box Sets, Streaming the Classics/The Dream of Gerontius—Elgar, Streaming the Classics 7/Mahler 9 Symphonies Box Sets, Streaming the Classics 10/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Streaming the Classics/Concerto for Orchestra—Bartók. Mozart: Piano Concerto No. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. The host answered and looked at me with surprise. It's all entry level stuff to keep the prices rock bottom. Thank you for signing up to What Hi-Fi?. Dimensions are Height: 12.8 in, Width: 7.9 in and Depth: 8.7 in. 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Some real expertise on display, but not the all-round game to worry the class leaders. I'm so happy to report to you the past three weeks were amazing, I really loved the speaker earning an Audiophilia Star for its purest implementation of the Star’s criteria. But they complied in my smaller reference music room. That's the short view. Photo credit: ELAC. Fortunately, as its press release points out: “ELAC can’t leave well alone”. The cabinet dimensions are utterly unremarkable for a product of this type. The drivers took time to lighten up but the character of the speaker remained from the start. Best soundstage and imaging for my favourite repertoire. The ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 offer up a picture of music that is limited only by physics and our ability to connect with music. 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. 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. Not as good, of course, but trending that way. ELAC's website text explains: “The ELAC Debut series delivers superior performance thanks to custom made key components, with no off-the-shelf parts. Every product we create delivers stunning performance, exquisite craftsmanship and unequalled value. Detailed, punchy, but with a sophistication well up the very cool ladder. My choice was sitting out a few feet from each wall on my stands firing straight out. © In this review, we will be comparing specifications of Debut 2.0 B5.2 and Bronze 2, two Bookshelf speakers from ELAC and Monitor Audio. The new ELAC line had a good start in life, the product of ex KEF, Pioneer and TAD designer, Andrew Jones. And so it began. All rights reserved. It was designed by Andrew Jones for ELAC's Uni-fi series as an upgrade to the ELAC Debut B5. All this heaped praise as heard with quality ancillaries attached. The Elacs are more-than up to the task, following the sinuous bassline faithfully and giving Lamar’s complaints real expression. This speaker plays louder and without audible compression than any $229.99 speaker has any right to play. 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.”. Custom design by Andrew Jones Both the tweeter and bass drivers have been custom designed by renowned audio expert, Andrew Jones. The B5.2s are a big improvement on the original Elac B5 (below) – in fact, almost everything about them has changed. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Sign up below to get the latest from What Hi-Fi?, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! Andrew Jones of ELAC. To be fair to Elac, the Debut B5s are, in terms of their showroom appeal, build quality and finish, entirely competitive. 5, 8 & 9, Nelsons conducts Shostakovich Symphony No. These were no different. The whole thing motors along at a clip, the speakers demonstrating timing the equal of any of their price-point rivals. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for ELAC Debut B5 Shelf Speakers (Pair) 50/70W Black Décor at 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 perfect trifecta of sound, design, and value. 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. And if we include a silly season, I tried them with 50K hooked on [Antipodes Audio, Bel Canto, Transparent, Audio Research Corporation]. But still a go getter and punching way above lightweight. 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. Elac Debut 2.0 B5-2 Bookshelf Speakers Review The B5.2 is an upgrade on the original B5 series, and it is easy to see that there are significant differences. However, The very low total cost of ownership (TCO) for MCR-61x/51x with Elac debut B5 will beat (as far as I know) everything in Hi-Fi world. Jones’s original thoughts on mechanics obviously worked. Did I hear those two incredibly subtle musical cues on the my 32 times more expensive reference monitors? is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. ELAC's Uni-fi series features two other speaker models—UC5 (center channel model) and UF5 (floor-standing model). Killing it with kindness, I used my Audio Research VS110 with 100 watts per channel and played music for a few days before I began serious listening. I was smiling a lot, at least on the inside. You will receive a verification email shortly. King Kunta also exposes the B5s’ relative lack of scale, and a rather pedestrian lack of drive. 1–Roman Simovic, violin, Paul Lewis plays Brahms Piano Concerto No. Debut 2.0 B5.2 is a 2-way Passive Bass Reflex Bookshelf speaker by ELAC. I have the same feeling about the new line of petite, inexpensive speakers from German manufacturer ELAC. Click to learn more and checkout our entire product line. 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. More on these magical beans of drivers later. The need to bring a worthwhile speaker to the masses at an affordable price means there’s no point (or profit) in going off-piste. Pretty damn glorious. 9, Karl Böhm conducts Mozart Symphonies on Esoteric, Nelsons conducts Shostakovich Sym Nos. The construction is basic black brushed vinyl with 5 way metal binding posts. The cabinet is a similar volume to before but its proportions are around 2cm different in all directions. Not effulgent and all enveloping, but balanced. Few speakers have garnered such critical acclaim as the original Debut Series by ELAC. *When nominal/RMS power isn’t specified by manufacturer, we use an approximation of ~30% of the specified peak/dynamic power for comparison purposes. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, We check over 130 million products every day for the best prices, River Plate vs Palmeiras free live stream: watch the Copa Libertadores semi-final, Tottenham vs Brentford live stream: team news, League Cup semi-final in 4K. There's no criticism meant in suggesting this. Easy-to-drive 8-Ohm nominal impedance - Compatible … The big umbrella view on initial serious listening? Here we are in the future and Dr. Andrew Jones has addressed just about every … But, with my standby NAD C356BEE Integrated Amplifier and Kimber PBJ, Bluetooth, Tidal and a MacBookPro, the ELACs sunny nature remained, albeit less of everything that audiophiles crave. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our ... For $130.00 these are a investment you won't regret. My quest to find fault with the speakers. Impervious. It's a 2-way, bass reflex design with a 1-inch cloth dome tweeter and a 5.25-inch woven aramid-fiber cone woofer. ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 is a member of ELAC's Debut series of speakers. 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 … ELAC B5.2 Debut 2.0 Series 5.25" Bookshelf Speakers by Andrew Jones. And stayed that way during most of the three week audition stretch. Bath For all their sprightliness and ability to differentiate low frequency textures, there’s a palpable disinclination to sink their teeth into a beat and properly force the issue. If you want the speakers to drive some, throw on The Clash. 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. However, I did forget them for a while. The search for musical good news pressed me to return to the drivers. So with configuration and build well up to the norm, all the Debut B5s need do is show the competition a clean pair of sonic heels and the job’s done. Three weeks earlier, it felt as though I was knocking on the door of a very cool house party location. The new B5.2 is the smallest speaker in the lineup, yet it packs an amazing amount of sound into a cabinet that can disappear on most shelves. But there I sat. It's … You never get a second chance to make a first impression, that is unless you are Doc Jones. 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Gotta be at the price, right? Fast as quicksilver. Our turn to hear if the Jones ELAC magic is real. I was excited to hear how these sounded more than any high end kit in a while. Unnervingly so. During that time of mezzo forte volume, I heard a lively presentation right out of the box. Please refresh the page and try again. A great song for an emerging speaker class. They’re now taller (34cm), narrower (18cm) and deeper (23cm) in a bid to look smarter and be less visually obtrusive. Playing some late-period Johnny Cash (his version of U2’s One is poignant and authoritative, even if the Elacs do on occasion make his dentures all too apparent), the sound is sweetly communicative through the midrange and has just enough bite at the top end to prevent it becoming sugary. There was a sweetness, an honesty about them that was inviting, natural. The Elacs, though, simply sound smaller than they are, which isn’t that much help to anyone. It feels invigorating to get your long held audiophile pre conceived notions smashed to smithereens on occasion. 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. Helpful. These speakers are precise at picking out individual instruments and separating them from each other rather than producing an harmonious rounded conglomerate of sound. It features a 1" Soft-dome Tweeter and 1 x 5.25" Woven Aramid-Fiber Woofer. 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 ELAC's Debut speaker line designed by Andrew Jones includes the B5, a diminutive 2 way loudspeaker that sells for $229.99/pr. The drive units deliver an exceptional audio experience that's hard to match with typical off-the-shelf parts. Debut 2.0 B5.2 Bookshelf Speakers - $249.98/pair. No one can deliver that much musical promise on so few dimes. A rear-firing bass reflex port and single pair of chunky speaker cable terminals complete a predictable and sensible picture. When some oomph was required, the B5s complied. To be fair, stars like these don't appear all that often. ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 is an upgraded version of a speaker that was released back in 2015. A speaker many times the price of the ELAC B5s. England's Andrew Jones certainly would not have self anointed, but he must have noticed and enjoyed the many layers of coverage at audio shows and ELAC speaker events. How do you follow an act like the Elac Debut B5? Weight is 11.5 lb each. The cabinet dimensions are … The $229.00 shooting star. Elac Debut B5.2 Review - These are very talented speakers for the money. Brief History of ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2. Energetic, cheerful with a definite spring in its step. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. The 5.25cm mid/bass unit is thoroughly revised too… Elac has its work cut out to stand out from the pack. Elac B5/B6 sound better with D3020 (with MCR-61x being the front end) than with MCR-61x. 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Akin to the 2nd Coming. Even if that does seem an overly simple answer to real musical prayers, Jones did spill on camera the B5's show debut was the first time he'd heard the full speaker constructed. The old staple for the old town, London Calling, sounded fresh and driven. They handle a very wide range of frequencies with ease and … Their shortcomings, though – while hardly numerous – are significant. Think about the old Esotar or Focal’s superb Beryllium models.