OUR VERDICT - Now we aren't being lazy ( Maybe a little bit ) As you read on you may find that our verdict is the same for all the Elac Debut 2.0 series speakers. That's because Elac have made the tonality of the speaker exactly the same through the range the only thing that changes is how big the sound is.
If you were thinking speakers with smaller drivers mean a small sound, you’d be wrong. When combined with the supremely capable and entertaining Edwards Audio IA5 you will have a system that is sure to entertain for years to come.
The relatively slim cabinet produces a surprisingly expansive and spacious presentation that wouldn’t be out of place from rivals twice the size. There’s a good amount of precision here and the low end is supremely taught, agile and surprisingly deep. The presentation stays stable even when the music becomes demanding.
We start with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and the Elac Debut B5.2 sound way bigger than expected, delivering a sense of authority and solidity totally out of keeping with their size. With eyes closed we would never guess a sound this large is coming from the Elac B5.2.
The Elac's presentation is wonderfully cohesive, the four drivers integrating seamlessly, and the sound is appealingly robust. Dynamics are strong too, with larger-scale dynamic shifts handled with confidence even at higher volumes.
Moving onto Stevie Wonder’s Superstition shows off the Elac Debut B5.2's excellent handling of rhythms. It’s surefooted, and communicates the drive of the music superbly.
There’s plenty of attack here, yet enough in the way of insight and refinement to keep us happy. Stevie’s distinctive vocals come through with clarity and passion, while the hard-charging instrumentation is organised well - THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED
With its new custom drivers and improved cabinet design, the Debut B5.2 is the foundation of a serious two-channel system or the nucleus of an impressive multi-channel setup. Add an app-enabled ELAC subwoofer and you have a full-range system that delivers big-league sound, affordably.
A new silk-dome tweeter features a wide-roll surround and takes response up to 35,000 Hz for even more lifelike high frequencies. The waveguide improves directivity control and eliminates the diffraction modes inherent in traditional box enclosures.
Thick MDF cabinets with a luxurious black ash vinyl finish are larger, and internally braced for greater stiffness and strength, greatly reducing cabinet vibrations which cause unwanted coloration. On the Bookshelf and Centre Channel, moving the bass port to the front of the cabinet means placement against walls or in bookshelves won’t compromise performance.
For over 90 years, ELAC has built innovative products that deliver superior performance and value, driven by a commitment to making the best sound in the world. Today, ELAC offers a wide range of speaker and electronics products. ELAC has earned its reputation – from the beginning – with advanced technology, uncompromised build quality and modern style.
The tweeter and bass drivers are custom designed by renowned audio expert, Andrew Jones. The drive units deliver an exceptional audio experience that’s hard to match with typical off-the-shelf parts.
|Frequency Response||46 - 35 kHz|
|Bass / Mid Driver||133mm x 1|
|Treble Driver||25mm Dome|
|Sensitivity (2.83v @ 1m)||86 dB|
|Power Handling||120 Watts|
|Nominal Impedance||6 Ohms|
|Dimensions||341 x 180 x 234 MM ( H x W x D )|
|Enclosure Type||2 Way Bass Reflex|
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One of their finest efforts.
"Elac has been in the speaker business since the 1980s and has made many fine products in that time. It’s fair to say that these new Debut B5.2 speakers should be considered one of the company’s finest efforts, particularly when their price is taken into account. If the established budget speaker brands aren’t worried about these boxes, they should be." - WHAT HI-FI REVIEW
|Price Match||Peter Tyson|