ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 Bookshelf Speakers, Black (Pair)
|Model Name||Debut 2.0 B5.2|
|Speaker Type||Bookshelf, Center Channel|
|Item Weight||13.01 Pounds|
About this item
- Easy-to-drive 6-Ohm nominal impedance - Compatible with nearly all AV receivers and stereo amplifiers
- 5-1/4" woven aramid fiber bass driver and 1" soft-dome tweeter delivers deep impactful bass and smooth extended highs for both movies and music.
- Front Firing Ports - Allows for greater flexibility in room placement - even up against a wall.
- 46Hz - 35kHz frequency response - Ensures a wide range of accurately reproduced sound.
- Thick MDF cabinet with internal bracing - The speaker cabinet has specially designed internal bracing reducing unwanted cabinet vibration.
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Key Features of the Debut 2.0 Line-up
Flexible Room Placement
A new front firing port allows for easy room placement. Reducing problems associated with having the speaker close to the back wall.
Newly Developed Tweeter
A newly developed 1" soft-dome tweeter incorporates a wide-roll surround which extends the frequency response out to 35kHz.
Clean, Tight Bass
A new tighter weave pattern on our aramid fiber woofer provides smoother high frequency response while still delivering clean tight bass.
Internal bracing reduces cabinet vibration, minimizing the cabinets influence on overall sound quality.
|Debut 2.0 B5.2 5-1/4" Bookshelf Speakers||Debut 2.0 B6.2 6-1/2" Bookshelf Speakers||Debut 2.0 F5.2 5-1/4" Floorstanding Speaker||Debut 2.0 F6.2 6-1/2" Floorstanding Speaker||Debut 2.0 C5.2 5-1/4" Center Speaker|
|Usage||Front or Rear Speakers for Music & Movies||Front or Rear Speakers for Music & Movies||Front or Rear Speakers for Music & Movies||Front or Rear Speakers for Music & Movies||Center Speaker for Music & Movies|
|Tweeter Size||1" Soft-Dome||1" Soft-Dome||1" Soft-Dome||1" Soft-Dome||1" Soft-Dome|
|Woofer||5 1/4" Aramid Fiber||6 1/2" Aramid Fiber||3 x 5 1/4" Aramid Fiber||3 x 6 1/2" Aramid Fiber||2 x 5 1/4" Aramid Fiber|
|Nominal Impedance||6 Ohms||6 Ohms||6 Ohms||6 Ohms||8 Ohms|
|Frequency Response||46Hz - 35kHz||44Hz - 35kHz||42Hz - 35kHz||39Hz - 35kHz||55Hz - 35Hz|
|Sensitivity||86db @2.83v/1m||87db @2.83v/1m||86db @2.83v/1m||87db @2.83v/1m||87db @2.83v/1m|
|Finish||Black Ash Vinyl||Black Ash Vinyl||Black Ash Vinyl||Black Ash Vinyl||Black Ash Vinyl|
|Dimensions||7.09″ x 13.43″ x 9.21″||7.69″ x 14.76″ x 10.55||7.09″ x 40″ x 9.21″||7.69″ x 43.18″ x 10.55″||21.25″ x 7.09″ x 8.62|
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Improving on its award-winning predecessor was no easy task, but the debut B5.2 sets a yet higher standard, delivering performance in inverse proportion to its diminutive size. And it remains the best value in the world of bookshelf speakers, with sound that surpasses speakers that cost much, much more. Frequency Response: 46Hz – 35000Hz
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I can’t figure it out. Maybe it’s because the iPod Generation has damaged their ears with earbuds and the rest are just older like myself and lost their high frequency hearing. I know my hearing has suffered and yet I still find the b5.2s a bit glaring. It’s not awful, mind you. If I turn down the treble about 5dB, they work fine, but I shouldn’t have to engage the tone controls at all. I prefer to bypass them. It’s not good when an audiophile speaker is brighter sounding than a Sonos One.
In case anyone is interested, I’ve owned the KLH 6, Magnepan MG1s, stacked Advents and the original Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble. I’ve also listened to everything from the Rogers LS to Klipschorns (both of which I love). I like my NHTs, but am looking for something a bit more extended in high frequency, but the Debut 2.0s are just too much in that way. They measure dead flat for the most part, but that is not what most people actually want. Most folks prefer a gentle roll off above 10kHz. Flat is not neutral when it comes to speakers. Flat is too bright.
Positives: Compared to the Polk speakers these Elac bookshelves are clearer with much better separation, better bass and mid range. The highs are clear but never too bright especially compared to the Polks which caused physical pain from the high frequency sounds when the volume was turned up.
Negatives: The only possible negative that I have encountered so far is that these are less efficient than the Polk speakers and require more power to get a similar volume. This is not a problem unless you have an a very low power amplifier.
Build on these is solid and they "feel" like speakers far out of their price range. Sounds is exactly as expected - very clear quality and plenty of volume. I don't listen at high levels but do play video games where surround sound can be critical and, with the right level adjustments for distance from listening position, these speakers do their job perfectly.
If you're looking for stands to go with them, they pair very well with the Sanus Steel Foundation - get whatever height of stand will put the speakers at ear level in your listening position. A little blu-tak in the corners holds then down nicely.
Overall, very pleased with these speakers at this price.
Top international reviews
If you are looking for hifi spk, go for this pair.
These are so much better than the Pioneers, but they are very bright even with the cover on. The sound image/stage is so much larger as well. Glad I bought them(although a few days later the B6.2 were on sale too....wish I got those instead)
I’m not a regular reviewer so apologies if I’m all over the place here.
These are my main livingroom sound system speakers. I have an Apple TV (music, Netflix, etc) and my record player running through a Sonos Amp and everything I get is crisp, deep and loud. I also have an Elac subwoofer that rounds everything out nicely. I was surprised of the rounded palatable sound I get for movies and TV too. I don’t use a volume control setting (like sound bars have) and the balance has been great. These pair well with the Sonos Amp because of the subwoofer control, EQ, and frequency crossover control.