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ELAC Uni-fi UF5 Floorstanding Speaker (Black, Single)
- Custom-designed concentric driver
- Balanced three-way design
- Robust cabinets
- High quality base and feet
- Sophisticated crossover and aluminum woofer
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Custom-designed Concentric Driver
The delicacy of a 1-inch soft-dome tweeter and the harmonic accuracy of a rigid aluminum 4-inch midrange cone come together in a symphony of sonic perfection. Positioning the tweeter concentrically within the midrange voice coil achieves a uniform directivity pattern, for flat frequency response and formidable power handling, along with enhanced imaging for both on- and off-axis listening positions.
Sophisticated Triple Aluminum Woofers
Through the use of aluminum, resonances that affect the linearity of common paper cones can be placed beyond the driver’s operating frequency range. An extended size magnet with vented pole piece increases power handling, for accurate reproduction of bass frequencies that are clean, clear and powerful.
Balanced Three-way Design
A three-way speaker offers many advantages in the design of a full-range system. By assigning dedicated drivers to high, mid- and bass frequencies, each is optimized for the frequency range for which its design and material composition is best suited. Drivers like the groundbreaking concentric midrange-tweeter of the Uni-Fi series perform at their best, while larger, aluminum-cone woofers handle the frequency ranges in which they perform best. At the same time, a three-way speaker complement allows for a more straightforward crossover and cabinet design, eliminating complex and costly solutions.
Custom-designed Binding Posts
The custom terminals provide flexibility of speaker wire connections and ensure optimal electron transfer from speaker cables to the speaker itself. Details like this make the difference!
High quality base and feet
An outrigger base design used for the UF5 provides a larger, more stable footprint and adds stability and optimum coupling of the speaker cabinet to the floor. Molded knobs dial in precise leveling of the four corners, which are supplied with metal spikes and spike stands, used according to whether the loudspeaker is placed on a soft or hard floor surface.
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Like a precision instrument, Uni-Fi's flagship floor stander offers advanced technology with its concentric midrange/high-frequency transducer and proprietary aluminum-cone drivers. These support a 3-way, bass-reflex design that delivers a sound unequalled at their price point. Add a subwoofer to create a very serious two-channel system, or use it as the heart of a no-compromise surround set up.
Top customer reviews
I have used Fluence speakers in my last home - where they stayed when life changed - and as I'm starting from scratch I looked at those. Funny how easy it is to deflect a customer isn't it? The code (for all of $20) was rejected by their web store, so I looked around. I'm glad I did. Yes, these speakers are more expensive, but not by a lot. And the sound. The sound! They are installed as the main speakers for a home theater and the main audio system for music. I went with lossless music in rebuilding my collection and I have to say that these speakers have shown the wisdom of that choice.
I cannot speak highly enough of the sound that these speakers produce. In terms of value for money, they are IMHO, unbeatable.
In my search for the new speakers, I auditioned five different sets of speakers at my home over the course of three months. Amongst those were the Monitor Audio Silver 8's and the KEF R500, both very acclaimed speakers that cost much higher than these. The MA's cost twice and the KEFs cost cost two and a half times these. I really wanted to keep either the MA's or the KEFs based on their reviews. However, once I auditioned these at my home, side by side, the ELACs UF5s were the clear choice. The KEF R500s sounded very similar to these, not surprising considering KEFs use the Uni-Q concentric drivers in which Andrew Jones had a massive part part in designing.
These ELACs are so compose, detailed and beautiful. They have wonderful roundness and balance where nothing is enhanced, nothing is suppressed. The speakers just disappear. I can listen to music for hours without any ear fatigue. Highly recommended!
I placed the speakers in my living room in the same spot as my previous towers. After listening for a bit, I moved them in, listened a bit more, moved them back out, and toed them in slightly. Really, they’re not too fussy about placement.
The first song I played was Allan Taylor’s Color to the Moon from B&W’s 2004 Very Audiophile Recording. The tuning fork introduction was clear, precise, and clean. The opening acoustic guitar licks sounded natural, open, and airy. As the bass came online, I had to check to make sure the subwoofer was not playing. Allen’s voice was enveloping with a spacious sense of depth. The speakers melted away and it was only the music. Stunning.
Cranking up the volume on Twenty One Pilots’ Heathens showed the speakers could rock when asked to. The bass never distorted but the sound wasn’t as big and full as you would hear from a larger speaker. At this point, I added the subwoofer and just enjoyed some room shaking bass drum kicks. Yes, it might have been cheating during an audition, but damn if it wasn’t fun!
The $1,000 tower speaker market is fairly competitive with several great choices, but the Uni-Fi UF5 is one of the few true 3-way speaker designs. Most other manufacturers in this price range offer 2-way or 2.5-way designs. If you’re considering these speakers, you owe it to yourself to audition the PSB Imagine X1T, the Klipsch RP-260F, the KEF Q500, and the Monitor Audio Bronze 6. Which speaker sounds best to you is a matter of personal taste. Myself, the UF5 is the best speaker I’ve heard in this price range to date. It’s impeccably engineered, a great value, and it simply sounds superb.
After I moved in to my new house I decided that I'd do a ton of research and invest some of my leftover money in a new system. I also settled on some Fluances for about half the prices of these UF5s... especially because the UF5s apparently just came out and there was little info on them. However I'm glad I stumbled across their existence. A couple reviews, some videos, interviews with the engineer and I was sold. I reached outside my budget for this. And I'm insanely happy with the results.
The difference is night and day. I'm absolutely blown away by these things. The sound fills the room, hell it fills my head. I hear details and nuances. Things existing in the music that I never knew existed. The tones are almost spot on perfect (to my ear). And the overpowering bass that I had with my last set of speakers is totally gone. Even better, the sound is contained to the position I set them up in, as in the sound doesn't blast out the sides and back of my house which means no interrupting the neighbors while still raging at high volume in my living room. My vinyl collection finally sounds worth listening to, my collection sounds completely brand new.
Can't rave enough about these things. And this is on a crummy 50 dollar sherwood (or Sherman?) receiver that I bought on Craigslist. My next upgrade will be a nice integrated amp with some punch, I can't even imagine the treat I'm in for there. Daaaayam.