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ELAC Debut 2.0 A4.2

Dolby Atmos® enabled add-on speakers

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Building a Dolby Atmos® home theater system with ELAC's popular line of Debut 2.0 Series speakers? Use these compact "toppers" to experience overhead sound effects without having to install in-ceiling speakers. 

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Building a Dolby Atmos® home theater system with ELAC's popular line of Debut 2.0 Series speakers? Use these compact "toppers" to experience overhead sound effects without having to install in-ceiling speakers. 

Each A4.2 sits on top of a compatible Debut 2.0 bookshelf or floor-standing speaker. An upward-firing 4" aramid-fiber woofer and 1/2" polymer dome tweeter in each cabinet reflect sound off the ceiling for immersive overhead effects. A home theater receiver with Dolby Atmos is required for operation.

Product Highlights:

  • pair of Dolby Atmos enabled speaker modules
  • designed to sit on top of front-channel ELAC Debut 2.0 bookshelf or floor-standing speakers
  • drivers are angled upward to reflect sound off the ceiling for overhead effects
  • 4" woven aramid-fiber woofer
  • 1/2" polymer dome tweeter
  • sensitivity: 85 dB
  • frequency response: 180-20,000 Hz
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: up to 80 watts
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) enclosure
  • 5-way binding post speaker terminals
  • 7-1/8"W x 5"H x 9-3/8"D
  • weight: 5.5 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Dolby Atmos enabled speakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Operating Instructions

These two speakers ad an amazing sound effects to my surround system.and they look elegant also.

eddie, Coral Springs, FL


ELAC Debut 2.0 A4.2 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

ELAC Debut 2.0 A4.2

Tery from Tacoma, WA on 12/2/2018

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Not very good


Cons: Not very good. Sounds the same with or without the speakers.

Crutchfield response on 12/4/2018 Tery, we're sorry you're disappointed with your speakers. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

ELAC Debut 2.0 A4.2

eddie from Coral Springs, FL on 11/5/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These two speakers ad an amazing sound effects to my surround system.and they look elegant also.



ELAC Debut 2.0 A4.2

Tomas from Steamboat Spr, CO on 8/16/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have a small to med living room open to a kitchen. These speakers are a nice addition to my system. I placed them on top of my front speakers. Definitively fills in the sounds up higher. I watched an Atmos blue ray movie and was impressed with what they added. Happy with purchase

Pros: Price, sound


ELAC Debut 2.0 A4.2

Crutchfield customer from Park Forest, IL on 8/6/2018

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these speakers are great



Well made speaker

George from Bishop, CA on 7/23/2018

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Good speaker but havent really noticed much difference in sound. Only have 1 atmos dvd though.

Pros: Solidly built

Cons: Would be nice if offered in cherry or something other than black

No complaints, good value, they're keepers

Eric from Chandler, AZ on 7/23/2018

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No complaints at all. They're not wood, but they are heavy and feel solid and nice to the touch. The metal grills are solid and not flimsy, so if you have pets in your house and are worried about these seeing foot traffic you'll be fine. We bought these along with a new Onkyo receiver to add in to an existing system, and the whole system seems transformed. Could be the receiver, but we've listened to some 4K movies with Atmos soundtracks and it's pretty incredible. So for the money, given that they fill in the gap for those of us who can't do ceiling mounts, I'd have to say I'm pretty pleased with these. They're not going back.

Pros: Good heft and feel Metal grills Clear sound Price

Cons: They won't get up and get me a drink when I'm thirsty.

Great atmos sound

James from West Warwick, RI on 5/29/2018

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Great sound perfect size adds great 3d objects for movies and music

Pros: Great add ons

Cons: Ups lost package delayed delivery

ELAC Debut 2.0 A4.2

Crutchfield customer from Guaynabo, PR on 4/28/2018

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These sit atop my Elac Uni-fi tower speakers and although not the perfect fit for those, they still work and looks alright. Dolby Atmos sound is rich and enveloping and a nice add on for movie / videogame types.



ELAC Debut 2.0 A4.2

Crutchfield customer from San Diego, CA on 4/24/2018

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Good addition to the Home Theater, not hearing a lot of reflection from the ceiling though. Watched a few Atmos enabled programs on Netflix. Speakers finish is not attractive.




Hands-on research

Product Research


Dolby Atmos Loudspeaker: The Elac Debut DA42 has been specifically designed to be used as the "elevation" or "height" speaker in a Dolby Atmos system from 5.1.2 to 7.1.4. The DA42 's constructions & performance characteristics follow the strict guidelines set by Dolby in order to deliver a true Dolby Atmos experience. The Elac Debut DA42 fires sound toward the ceiling which is then reflected to the main listening area to create the height information embedded into Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

Dolby Atmos: Dolby Atmos takes surround sound to a completely new level, by adding the third dimension of height to the two dimensional front/back left/right 5.1 or 7.1 sound mix. In Dolby Atmos, the floor speakers create the sound "bed" and the Dolby Atmos enabled elevation speakers are fed a separate, discrete signal to move "sound objects" around the room with pinpoint accuracy. The effect is totally convincing, and really elevates the home cinema experience to new heights.

Note: A Dolby Atmos AV receiver or processor (sold separately) will be required for Dolby Atmos surround.

Two-Way Coaxial Driver Design: The Elac Debut DA42 Dolby Atmos enabled loudspeaker features a two-way coaxial driver design with a 0.5" tweeter, 4" woofers, and a 2,000Hz crossover. The tweeter is positioned in the center of the woofer cone. Both the tweeter and woofer have been custom designed by Andrew Jones to deliver an exceptional audio experience that can't be delivered with typical off-the-shelf parts

  • Polymer Dome Tweeter: The Debut DA42 features a coaxially mounted 0.5" polymer dome tweeter for crisp, clear highs.
  • Woven-Aramid Fiber Woofer: The Dolby Atmos enabled speaker features a single 4" woven aramid-fiber cone woofer with rubber surround, oversized magnet, and vented pole piece. Woven aramid fiber offers a superior stiffness-to-weight ratio and damping over common polypropylene or paper cones. The added strength allows more flexibility in design to achieve a smoother, extended frequency response.
  • Custom Crossover: A custom seven-element crossover (2,000Hz) with audio-grade components is implemented to ensure smooth transition between the tweeter and woofer.

Acoustic Suspension MDF Cabinet: The Elac Debut DA42 Dolby Atmos enabled loudspeaker uses an acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinet for tight, accurate midbass performance. The cabinet is made of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), helping minimize unwanted vibrations that can discolor music or movie content. The MDF outer walls of the cabinet are covered with a wood-grain vinyl black finish. Detachable metal grilles are included.

5-Way Binding Posts: The Elac Debut series DA42 is fitted with a set of 5-way binding-post terminals which will accept bare-wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single or dual).

Applications: The Elac Debut series DA42 can be used in 5.1.2, 5.1.4, and 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos configurations. Make sure to following mounting, placement, and room requirements for best performance.

  • Mounting Options: The DA42 is designed to set on top of the Debut Elac DF52/DF62 floorstanding speakers or (DB52/DB62 bookshelf speakers, matching perfectly. It can also be used with other brands of conventional bookshelf or floorstanding speakers that feature a flat top-panel on the speaker cabinet.
  • Placement: For optimal effect and to minimize direct radiating audio at listener level, place the Dolby Atmos enabled speakers at or slight above the height of your ears when seated. Avoid placing the Dolby Atmos enabled speakers higher than one-half the height of your wall. The Dolby Atmos enabled speakers should be placed no closer than 3' from the main listening position; ideally they should be positioned 5' or more away.
  • Room Height: For optimal performance, the ceiling should be flat, (not angled or vaulted), with a height of 14' or less, and made of an acoustically reflective material; such as drywall, plaster, or hardwood. The ideal ceiling height is between 7.5' and 12'. Sound-absorbing and sound-diffusing treatment for handling unwanted reflections from the walls and floor is recommend to improve sound quality and system performance.
Note: The DA4.2 speakers are specifically designed for use as Dolby Atmos enabled speakers. They cannot be used as traditional speakers; doing so will damage the speakers.

Elac Debut 2.0 Series: The Elac Debut 2.0 series family of loudspeakers consists of two floorstanding loudspeakers (DF52/DF62), two bookshelf loudspeakers (DB52/DB62), two center-channel loudspeakers (DC52/DC62), a Dolby Atmos enabled loudspeaker (DA42), and two powered subs (S10EQ/S12EQ).

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Why did you buy this?

To get that Dolby ATMOS experience with my Elac uni-fi set!!! [ Derek  Aug 21, 2018 ]
Already purchased ELAC speakers and are very pleased- purchasing the ATMOS speakers to complete the sound system [ WILLIAM J  Jul 24, 2018 ]
I was tempted at first by the Pioneer but it was 4 ohm. Elac and Andrew Jones have a good name. Reviews have all been good. I chose Crutchfield because of their technical expertise that shines through in their web site. Looking forward to using Crutchfield again in the future. [ Paul  Jun 04, 2018 ]