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ELAC Debut Reference DBR62

Bookshelf speakers (Oak)

Item # 970DBR62W

ELAC's Debut Reference DBR62s are proof that you don't need huge speakers to enjoy truly excellent sound.

ELAC's Debut Reference DBR62s are proof that you don't need huge speakers to enjoy truly excellent sound.

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About the ELAC Debut Reference DBR62

A beloved speaker lineup that continues to impress

Our customers have loved the value and performance of ELAC's Debut Series speakers. One of the company's latest additions to the lineup, the Debut Reference DBR62, offers an improved enclosure and crossover for even better sound than its predecessors. 

A beloved speaker lineup that continues to impress

Our customers have loved the value and performance of ELAC's Debut Series speakers. One of the company's latest additions to the lineup, the Debut Reference DBR62, offers an improved enclosure and crossover for even better sound than its predecessors. 

As one might expect from an Andrew Jones-designed loudspeaker, the DBR-62 produces crystal-clear sound with excellent bass. Each speaker combines a 6-1/2" aramid fiber woofer with a 1" cloth dome tweeter — a pairing that lets your favorite albums, playlists, and movie soundtracks shine. 

An improved cabinet, inside and out 

One prominent improvement over previous Debut bookshelf models is the stoutness of the enclosure. Jones outfitted the DBR-62 with a stronger, stiffer cabinet and reinforced peripheral bracing to reduce unwanted resonance. 

Each DBR62 sports a handsome oak or walnut vinyl finish, and comes with a removable magnetic grille.


Product highlights:

  • 1" cloth dome tweeter with newly designed waveguide for smooth, accurate highs and extended high-frequency response
  • 6-1/2" aramid fiber woofer with cast chassis for tight, clean bass and midrange
  • frequency response: 44-35,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: up to 120 watts
  • custom multi-element crossover with high-grade components to ensure smooth transition between drivers
  • 5-way binding post speaker terminals
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet with front-firing port for flexible placement against a wall or bookshelf
    • slotted vent design reduces port noise and improves bass extension compared to traditional port designs
  • cabinet walls are internally braced for reduced resonance and improved stability
  • oak vinyl finish with white baffle
  • removable magnetic cloth grille
  • 8-1/4"W x 14-1/4"H x 10-7/8"D
  • weight: 18.1 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # DBR62-W

High-performance amplifier recommended. See receivers & amps for this speaker

What's in the box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Operating Instructions

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Features & specs

Enclosure Bass reflex
Finish MDF/Wood-grain vinyl
Color Oak
Tweeter Type Soft-Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Aramid fiber
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range up to 120
Sensitivity 86 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 44-35k Hz
Connector Type 5-Way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 14-1/4
Width (inches) 8-1/4
Depth (inches) 10-7/8
Weight (pounds) 18.1
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-26
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

Product Research


Two-Way Driver Design: The Elac Debut Reference series DBR62 bookshelf loudspeaker features a two-way driver design with a 1" tweeter, one 6.5" woofer, and a 2,200Hz crossover. 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.

  • 1" Cloth Dome Tweeter with Waveguide: The 1" cloth dome tweeter can handle high frequencies up to 35,000 Hz for excellent reproduction of high resolution audio. The tweeter features a newly developed waveguide combined with a more open grill design that enhances upper high frequency response. The tweeter's wide-roll surround improves its power handling capabilities.
  • 6.5" Aramid Fiber Cone Woofer: The 6.5" woven aramid fiber cone woofer provides a winning combination of strength and damping, ideal properties for superior performance and resonance control. A woven fiber spider allows for good linearity along with well-behaved stability at high excursion; while butyl rubber is chosen for its inherent damping and flexibility, plus its resistance to UV and moisture guarantee long term durability. Its cast chassis provides improved stiffness for both strengthening the front baffle and minimizing chassis resonances. Oversized ceramic magnets produce high motor strength for powerful bass reproduction, while the top and bottom plates are constructed from low carbon steel for high magnetic conductivity to maximize flux density.

Bass Reflex Cabinet: The Elac Debut Reference DBR62 employs a bass reflex cabinet with a new dual-flared front-firing slot vent that allows for lower noise and higher bass output for improved bass dynamics. The cabinet is made of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) to strengthen and stiffen the cabinet. A new full perimeter brace that joins the top and the side panels significantly lessens cabinet vibrations, reducing cabinet coloration. An acoustically transparent magnetic cloth grille is also included.

5-Way Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The Elac Debut Reference Series DBR62 bookshelf loudspeaker is outfitted with a set of 5-way, gold-plated binding-post terminals which will accept bare-wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single or dual). The gold-plated binding posts provide excellent audio signal transfer and resist corrosion.

Mounting & Placement Options: The Elac Debut Reference Series bookshelf loudspeaker can simply be placed on a flat surface; like a table-top, stand, or shelf. The bookshelf speaker does not include a bracket, key-hole slot, or threaded insert for wall-mounting. The Elac DBR62 bookshelf loudspeaker can be used in a 2ch stereo application, or used as your front speakers and/or rear surround speakers in a multichannel home theater application.

  • 2Ch Stereo or Front Speaker Placement: For the best results with realistic stereo imaging and lifelike sound, place the speakers so that an equilateral triangle is created between the speakers your main listening position. You can also angle ("toe-in") the speakers toward the listening position to gain a more focused central image.
  • Rear Surround Placement: In a 5.1channel surround setup, avoid placing the speakers forward of your listening position. The speakers should be spread apart wider than the front speakers. In addition, try to elevate the speakers to the same height or slightly higher as the front speakers for the most enveloping soundfield. You may also need to angle ("toe-in") the speakers toward the main listening area for better surround imaging.
Note: In either application, the speakers should be placed 1' to 2' away from boundaries such as wall and corners. Close proximity to a side or rear wall will enhance bass performance, but being too close (particularly in a corner) may result in bass that is unnatural. If a corner location is unavoidable, try to position the speaker so that the distance to the rear wall is not equal to the distance to the side wall.

Elac Debut Reference Series: Building on the iconic status of Elac's Debut Series, the new Debut Reference line-up brings significant acoustical and visual advancements. Designed to blend with traditional or contemporary styles, the Debut Reference sounds as great as it looks. The Debut Reference Series consists of a floorstanding loudspeaker (DFR52), bookshelf loudspeaker (DBR62), and center-channel loudspeaker (DCR52) - all sold separately.

Optional Powered Subwoofer: Add an Elac powered subwoofer (SUB310 or SUB312 - sold separately) to the Debut Reference Series loudspeakers for bigger, deeper, and more dynamic bass response when watching movies and listening to music.

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How would these sound with a Carver HR 772?
[ Joe  Dec 30, 2021 ]
2 answers
I'm only using these pair with a vintage HK integrated and it sounds so sweet, great bass and soundstage. I don't have AA Carver so you'll have to try it yourself.
[ GEORGE  Jan 02, 2022 ]
Hi Joe, I tried these speakers with several audio setups which included amplification by Classe, Wyred 4 Sound and IRD MB-100's. I found the speakers to be a little on the "bright-in-your-face" side. I finally achieved the "easy to listen to sound" with the Warfedale Diamond 225's. You'll probably have to listen to several bookshelf/stand speakers to find what's best for you and your listening room. Good luck, Doug
[ DOUG  Dec 31, 2021 ]
This speakers is a good choise to connecting a Cambridge CXA81 amplifier?
[ Shemen  Jul 30, 2021 ]
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I think a Cambridge CXA81 would be an excellent match for the DBR62's from ELAC. Give the ELAC's a try and do allow for a generous break-in period, as these speakers really benefit with play time.. Enjoy, Doug
[ DOUG  Jul 31, 2021 ]
I don't have Cambridge CXA81 amplifier, I connected mine to Emotiva TA-100, the setup is pretty good.
[ J NEIL  Jul 30, 2021 ]
[ Robert  Jul 30, 2021 ]
Would these Elac DRB62 speakers work with my vintage Harman Kardon 930 receiver (rated at 48wpc, 8O )?
[ Wolfie  Jun 17, 2021 ]
2 answers
The Elac`s are 6 OHM speakers and I am not sure if your HK 930 Receiver would be adequate. The HK 930 is a pretty robust unit overall back in the early 70`s, but the caps may need to be replaced. I have my Elac`s paired with a Musical Fidelity m5si rated at 150wpc and the Elac`s sound pretty darn good. I would suggest at least 80 wpc depending how large your room is. The higher quality amp that you can afford, the better.
[ FRANK  Jun 17, 2021 ]
This ELAC is easy to drive, so yes they will!
[ LYNDA  Jun 17, 2021 ]
What speaker stands would you recommend for these?
[ Laurie  Jan 03, 2021 ]
2 answers
I bought the Monolith 24" stands. Very nice and perfect height for my needs. Check them out at Monoprice.
[ GEORGE  Jan 04, 2021 ]
I bought the Perlesmith 26 in universal stand from Amazon and it's worked out well. And I have to say, I'd rate this speaker higher now that it's been used a few hundred hours. You will enjoy yours I'm sure!
[ MICHAEL  Jan 03, 2021 ]
Any idea how these would pair with an Outlaw RR2150?
[ Eugene  Sep 15, 2020 ]
1 answer
Eugene, I would say that the Outlaw RR2150 would be an excellent match for the DBR62's. These speakers really perform with a strong amplifier (watts plus headroom) which pretty much describes the Outlaw. Enjoy, DE
[ DOUG  Sep 15, 2020 ]
How do these pair with a Marantz 2270?
[ Ray B  Aug 02, 2020 ]
2 answers
Hey Ray, I would think that a Marantz 2270 receiver would voice nicely with this Elac DBR62. What the Elac requires is a high current amp which the 2270 happens to be, anything less and the speakers do not sound their best. The 2270 has one mellow amp section (easy to listen to) and I wish I had not sold mine some years back. If your Marantz has any trouble with these speakers it would probably be due to the age of the capacitors in the receiver and that's an easy and relatively inexpensive fix. Good luck with your choice. Doug
[ DOUG  Aug 02, 2020 ]
I have no idea. I'm running a rotel 972 preamp with an adcom gfa 5300. (80w/ channel) I think you need a decent amount of power to drive the speakers well. 50-100w per channel should be fine
[ LOUIS  Aug 02, 2020 ]

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