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ELAC Debut 2.0 F5.2

Floor-standing speaker

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Our take on the ELAC Debut 2.0 F5.2

ELAC's original Debut F5 floor-standing speaker was a huge hit with our customers. The newly designed Debut 2.0 F5.2 offers the same high level of performance in a taller, slimmer cabinet. It also sports an improved 1" silk dome tweeter for extended high-frequency response, and a trio of updated 5-1/4" aramid-fiber woofers for smooth mids and punchy bass. 

A slender tower with huge sound

ELAC's original Debut F5 floor-standing speaker was a huge hit with our customers. The newly designed Debut 2.0 F5.2 offers the same high level of performance in a taller, slimmer cabinet. It also sports an improved 1" silk dome tweeter for extended high-frequency response, and a trio of updated 5-1/4" aramid-fiber woofers for smooth mids and punchy bass. 

"Very loud and clear"

"For the money you can't beat this tower speaker. The lows are very awesome and the mids come through great. The tweeter handles the clear, loud highs very well.”

— Douglas, a happy Crutchfield customer from Cleveland, Tennessee

Custom-built for excellent sound

Fans of ELAC know that renowned speaker designer Andrew Jones has been at the helm of the Debut series since the beginning. Jones himself designs the magnets, woofers, crossovers, and enclosures for each Debut speaker, which allows for high-quality components without the added cost of outsourcing parts and supplies.

A high-quality crossover directs traffic  

One of the F5.2's performance secrets is its custom-designed multi-element crossover. Jones uses this important component to ensure smooth frequency distribution between each of the drivers. The result is full, natural sound from a floor-stander that won't wreak havoc on your budget. Use a pair of the F5.2s as part of a great-sounding stereo or Debut 2.0 Series home theater system.

Product Highlights:

  • 3-way design
    • 1" silk dome tweeter with wide-dispersion waveguide for smooth, accurate highs and extended high-frequency response
    • 5-1/4" aramid-fiber dedicated midrange driver with oversized magnet and vented pole piece
    • dual 5-1/4" aramid-fiber woofers for punchy bass
  • frequency response: 42-35,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: up to 140 watts
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet with rear-firing ports
  • custom multi-element crossovers with high-grade components to ensure smooth transition between drivers
  • 5-way binding post speaker terminals
  • thick MDF cabinet walls with black ash vinyl finish
  • cabinet walls are internally braced for reduced resonance and improved stability
  • 7-7/16"W x 41-1/16"H x 10-1/4"D
  • weight: 34.4 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Floorstanding loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • 4 Spikes (hex-nuts attached)
  • Operating Instructions

I have owned a lot of speakers thru the years. I will say for the money you cant beat these floor tower speakers. The lows are very awesome and the mids come thru great. The tweeter handles the clear loud highs very well.

DOUGLAS, Cleveland, TN


ELAC Debut 2.0 F5.2 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

As good as it gets.

Rick from Watertown, NY on 12/14/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I just upgraded after about 15 years. I guess my old ears aren't as bad as I thought. What a difference. Clean, full music. I also picked up an Elac center speaker for surround when I want to use it. I have a new Yamaha RX-V485 receiver driving the speakers and added a small Yamaha Sub to join the party. My surrounds on my 5.1 system are Polks. It's great to hear music the way you should hear music. I'm listening to CD's again. That should say it all. And everything about Crutchfield is phenomenal. Class act, knowledgable and caring. Can't do much better than this. Thanks from a real happy customer.

Pros: Clarity, tone, fun to listen to.

Cons: None.

ELAC Debut 2.0 F5.2

Crutchfield customer from Franklin, TN on 11/2/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great full sound and small enough that my wife is satisfied with these in our living room. I would definitely recommend



ELAC does it again

Roger from Sun City, AZ on 10/9/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The original F5's were, and are still, fantastic, but I had to know and hear what the F5 2.0 was all about. After all, how could the first F5's sound even better? So, I had to find out. I am so amazed that Elac could make an already super speaker sound even better, but they did. The build quality is better, the sound quality is a tad more refined and the high end is more spacious. I cannot use a subwoofer where these are and I find that I don't need one anyway, but that is my situation, yours may be different. I don't give out recommendations freely, but the Elac F5 2.0's I do recommend , not only for the cost, but the performance. You will need some power to drive these and I find that my Marantz 100 watt amp does just fine.

Pros: Sonic performance is outstanding. Small footprint for those with space considerations.

Cons: None that I can hear

Audio bliss on a budget - can't go wrong

Thad from Stanley, NC on 9/29/2018

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I bought these with fairly low expectations given the price, but am now completely blown away by these. I use them in a family room with 80% home theater and 20% music. This is probably the best market for these. Though, as great as they are at home theater, what I got when I hooked these up and played 2.0 music for the first time was an eye-opening experience of just how good home audio could be. I've owned and auditioned some nice speakers in the past, but never would have imagined a music experience as awesome as this, at this price. Everything is so clear and smooth. Response is fairly flat. Music representation is accurate and tight with great instrument separation. Listening for long periods of time is effortless and non-fatiguing. Imaging and soundstage are amazing, particlarly on hi res tracks. At times I found myself checking whether I had a surround mode activited. I've found that you really need to keep these at least 18" from the back wall for best results. Folks recommend that you place these closer to the back wall for more bass, but you'll lose soundstage rapidly by doing that. Better to pull them out and adjust your eq for bass, or purchase a subwoofer. Dispersion is wider than I expected, so off-axis listening is great. Some reviewers of the first Debut complained of highs being too soft, but I don't find this to be the case with this version and I tend to prefer brighter speakers. They do seem a bit bright, but perhaps what I'm hearing is clarity.

Pros: Speakers punch well above their price point. Even at full price, these are well worth it. Live like an audiophile without buyer's remor$e. Perfect for mixed home theater and music use. Attractive design - wife approved.

Cons: Comes with carpet spikes, but no floor disks or alternative feet for hard floors. No bi-amp. These speakers are very accurate. As such, they will expose low quality components and sources. Bad mp3s will sound bad, inadequate receiver/amp will sound inadequate, etc.

ELAC Debut 2.0 F5.2

Crutchfield customer from Rancho Mirage, CA on 6/15/2018

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Great Speakers for the price and are not huge so they fit in very well.




DOUGLAS from Cleveland, TN on 5/21/2018

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I have owned a lot of speakers thru the years. I will say for the money you cant beat these floor tower speakers. The lows are very awesome and the mids come thru great. The tweeter handles the clear loud highs very well.

Pros: Very loud and clear with precise sound from music or movies!

Cons: If was going have pick just be cabinet not real wood but that why they cost less. Sound is top of the line


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF/Vinyl
Color Black Ash
Tweeter Soft-dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Composition Woven Aramid-Fiber
Woofer Surround Rubber
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years
Power Range ---
Frequency Response 42-35k Hz
Sensitivity 86 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Subwoofer Amp Power ---
Height (inches) 41-1/16
Width (inches) 7-7/16
Depth (inches) 10-1/4
Weight 34.4 lbs

Product Research


Three-Way Driver Design: The Elac Debut 2.0 series DF52 floorstanding loudspeaker features a three-way driver design with a 1" tweeter, one 5.25" midrange drive, two 5.25" bass woofers, and a 90Hz/2200Hz crossover network. The tweeter, midrange driver, and woofers have been custom designed by Andrew Jones to deliver an exceptional audio experience that can't be delivered with typical off-the-shelf parts.

  • Cloth Dome Tweeter w/ Wave Guide: The 1" silk soft-dome tweeter features a wide-roll surround that improves power handling and a waveguide that improves directivity control by eliminating cabinet diffraction inherent in traditional box enclosures. The 1" silk soft-dome tweeter candle handle high frequencies up to 35,000 Hz.
  • Woven-Aramid Fiber Woofers: The floorstanding speaker features three 5.25" woven aramid-fiber cone woofers (1 midrange driver/2 bass woofers) with rubber surround, oversized magnet, and vented pole piece. The revised shape of the aramid cone offers even greater stiffness and damping; far superior to polypropylene or paper. The added strength allows more flexibility in design to achieve a smoother, extended low-frequency response.
  • Custom Crossover: A custom nine-element crossover (90Hz/2200Hz) with audio-grade components is implemented to ensure smooth transition between the tweeter, midrange driver, and bass woofers.

Bass Reflex MDF Cabinet: The Elac Debut 2.0 series DF52 floorstanding loudspeaker uses a bass reflex cabinet with three rear-firing flared ports for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. The cabinet is made of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) to strengthen and stiffen the cabinet, helping minimize unwanted vibrations that can discolor music or movie content. The MDF outer walls of the cabinet are covered with a black ash wood-grain vinyl finish. A detachable cloth grille is included.

5-Way Binding Posts: The Elac Debut 2.0 series DF52 floorstanding loudspeaker 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).

Spike Feet: The Elac Debut 2.0 series DF52 floorstanding loudspeaker features an integrated plinth (base) and comes with 4 spike feet. The spikes screw into the the speaker cabinet's integrated plinth (base). The spike feet work great on carpeted flooring. You should place protective discs (not included) under the spikes, if you are placing the speaker on hardwood or tile flooring (no rubber feet are included).

  • Dimensions with Spike Feet: 7.4375" (w) x 41.0625" (h) x 10.25" (d)
  • Dimensions without Spike Feet: 7.4375" (w) x 40.1875" (h) x 10.25" (d)

Note: There is a pre-installed safety clip on the back of the speaker cabinet for securing the floorstanding speaker to a wall to prevent tip-over. Wall-mount hook, screws, and cord are all sold separately and can be found at your local hardware store.

Applications: The Elac Debut 2.0 series DF52 floorstanding 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 optimum stereo imaging, 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 towards 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.
Note: In either application, the speaker 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 may result in bass that is unnatural.

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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