ELAC Uni-Fi UB5
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Top to bottom great.
Pros: Imaging, bass and details.
ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 - Close-up view of concentrically mounted soft dome tweeter and aluminum cone midrange
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"Speakers in this price range have no right to sound this good." That was the pithy opinion of my long-time Crutchfield coworker and audio guru, Dave Bar. We'd just heard the ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 bookshelf speakers for the first time at our Charlottesville headquarters. This modest-looking stereo pair blew some people's minds that day, including ours.
If you're after a taste of the high-end audio experience, these speakers can deliver it. A word of caution: these are not the most efficient speakers in the world. You'll want to use a pretty decent amplifier. But if you do, the UB5s will reward you with deep, tight bass, natural, uncolored midrange, and sweet-sounding highs.
The ELAC concentric driver places its tweeter at the center of its midrange cone for enhanced imaging and clarity.
In part, the UB5s owe their clear, detailed sound, impressive imaging, and deep soundstage to their custom-designed concentric drivers. Conventional speakers place the midrange and tweeter in different locations on the front baffle — causing their sound to reach your ears at slightly different times, and smearing subtle details. Instead, the UB5's concentric driver places a 1" soft dome tweeter directly in the center of a 4" aluminum midrange cone. This precise alignment creates a "unified source," ensuring that all frequencies arrive at your ears at the same instant, producing a more coherent and accurate sound.
The UB5s use a custom-designed 5-1/4" aluminum cone woofer to supply articulate bass that blends in precisely with the concentric driver. The woofer's large magnet and vented pole piece increase power handling for bass that's clean, clear, and powerful. A rear-firing port extends bass performance, but keeps it tight and tuneful.
This speaker does not need hours of breaking in. It sounds good straight out of the box. Amazing sound quality. Thank you Crutchfield.
Wesley, Waipahu, HI
Average Customer Review(s):
Top to bottom great.
Pros: Imaging, bass and details.
A very serious HiFi speaker, worth the increase in price over the great Debut. It adds more of the involving emotion, more clarity and detailed presentation, greater separaration. Even harder to try to do a detailed analysis of the sound, since they draw you into enjoying the performance, wanting to put yet more tunes through them.
Pros: Sound overall - the usual technicalities plus so very involving. Fairly small size for so much clean sound output. They, like the Debut, sound better after the usual burn-in period; the better the electronics, the longer the burn-in is needed. Very expensive gear that I have, needed over 100 hours to come into their best sound. Yet, out of the box, these have very good sound.
Cons: No spades or pins (unless angled) for speaker cables, fine for bananas. Unique shape of terminals, same as Debut, that makes it more difficult to tighten them. Rear port, that limits some placement options. 4 ohms tax a lesser power amplifier.
I really like these speakers. They are pretty easy to listen to. As a point of reference I compared against Martin Logan Motion 60xt towers (much more $ @3k per pair) and the AMT tweeter is more clear...But the Elacs are no slouch and are super pleasant. The image is very full and when they are 1-2 ft off the wall and you crank up bass....wow you think there's a small woofer on. I dont have too much audiophile experience but of course I try to listen to what I personally find pleasing and only spend time trying to objectively listen to what many would consider to be "decent gear". These Elac's at this price is hard to be disappointed. They really are enjoyable!
Pros: Imaging Clarity Bass for size
Cons: Maybe not as much vocal clarity as an AMT or ribbon Finish is nice but not as agnostic as piano black
Bought these several months ago when they went on sale. I already owned and loved the original Debut B6s, which I use exclusively for listening to stereophonic music via vinyl LPs, CDs, SACDs, and radio broadcasts--yes, I am old school and would not know how to download a digitized recording even if I wanted to--and was curious to see how the more expensive Uni-Fis would compare. Well, they sat in my garage unopened until I finally unpacked them a couple of weeks ago. I unplugged the B6s and plugged in the UB5s, noting that the banana plugs fit rather loosely but thinking nothing of it. Powered up my Yamaha A-S2000 amp and loaded a Deutsche Grammophon CD of Emil Gilels playing three Beethoven piano sonatas into my Yamaha CD-1000 player. About four minutes into the Waldstein sonata disaster struck: the speakers had a horrible vibration during certain passages. I felt sick, knowing that my 60-day "no questions asked" return period had already passed. After initial panic, engaged the brain and determined that the banana plugs were vibrating in their sockets. Clipped plugs, installed bare wires, problem solved. The speakers do have lovely sound, with slightly improved mids, highs, and clarity compared to the B6s. However, they compare unfavorably with the B6s in regard to bass, not having nearly the oomph of their lesser brethren. Not so much of a concern when listening to the classical and jazz which I mostly enjoy, but I literally feel the loss with rock and techno.
Pros: Very nice, clear, crisp, detailed, balanced sound. Nifty appearance and still only available in classic speaker black. (In other words, they are loudspeakers, not pieces of furniture! Or, put another way, enjoying Hi-Fi music is not about interior decorating.) Compact. Nice soundstage. Affordable. Designed by a talented and charming British fellow.
Cons: Less bass extension compared to B6s. Binding posts seem to have been overthought (or underthought) by Mr. Jones, blessed be his name!, and are not as good as the perfect, solid brass ones found on the B6s. Do not connect with banana plugs which will vibrate in the sockets; connect with bare wires instead, in other words, K.I.S.S.
This speaker does not need hours of breaking in. It sounds good straight out of the box. Amazing sound quality. Thank you Crutchfield.
Pros: Best speakers on the market for the price.
Soon as we added these bookcase speakers to our system, which we used for surround speakers, the experience was amazing! We enjoyed our floor standing speakers and subwoofer, all ELAC Uni-Fi's, but these made an experience that brought the whole room space into the sound theatre. At that point we truly had a theatre experience. Hand made stands out of rough cut white oak which gave them weight. Speakers fit perfect!
this speaker provides good lows and adequate highs is a small package easily fits on a shelf
Pros: Provides good bass for a small package
Cons: at this point in time I can not think of any
What is that? I keep saying. Brings out a clear realistic sound that I hear things I did not before. Using NAD C368 ,usually 50 to 60%. Also SVS SB 1000 sub, set to lowest crossover setting. Using just for music, 2 to 6 hours a day. Went threw 6 pairs of speakers this is the best. Done searching . Would expect to pay more for this quality sound. Did break in for awhile and think sounds better with grills off. Also they look really sophisticated . They won't disappoint. Cats like them. Was undecided between these and another speaker. Crutchfield advisor suggested these over higher priced speaker. And I thank him.
Pros: Detailed sound. Solid construction. Price !
Cons: No rubber feet.
These speakers are really great with a huge sound stage and they're crystal clear.
Pros: A true three way speakers.
Cons: Non at this time.
Very expressive speakers. Amazing soundstage. Played CSNY, Pink Floyd, and Rolling Stones songs I've heard all my life and it was a new and great experience.
fantastic speaker for the money. It is amazing that so much sound comes from those little speakers. For music it has great highs, midrange and lows.
Don't believe these are going to provide room-filling sound without first purchasing a suitable amplifier. You may want to look at Emotiva, NAD, Outlaw Audio, Parasound or Marantz for that. I have yet to experience EISA award winning sound from the UB5s. In my humble experience they underperform the Wharfdale Diamond 225s in both mids and bass response.
Pros: Cheap and 3-way designed. Attributed to Andrew Jones, formerly of Pioneer. Entry-level audiophile bookshelf speakers. Smallish and sturdy with magnetic grills.
Cons: Not room filling paired with lower end amps/DACs. You'll have to spend additional funds to purchase the center speaker. Not as articulate with mids as the Wharfdale Diamond 225s. I am unable to hear the bass other people are raving about, but my amplifier has yet to arrive and be hooked up.
Great sound from such a small unit Great bass and treble !!!!!
Really decent sounding speakers. Excellent clarity and natural tones. I would say these speakers are GREAT performers for their price. I was considering a pair of speakers that cost DOUBLE the price but found that the ELAC Uni-Fi UB5's sounded BETTER than the ones for $1000.
Pros: Great Price, Great Sound
Cons: ELAC speaker grill emblem fell off
Great service from Crutchfield and great sound from the Uni-Fi's. Was a little worried about the amount of bass from such a small cabinet, but these rock. Just feed them good power and put them about 2 feet from back wall.
The speakers arrived fast and in perfect condition.
Just one of the best speakers I've heard at any price no Distortion no siblings just fine music the way it was attended I can't say enough if you have a small room and you want high-end sound this is the speaker for you!!!!????
Pros: Great Sound in a small package
I needed new speakers. I happened to see a review on these speakers online, and after a lot of research, I decided to buy these. I was thrilled to find them on sale! All the reviews said they stacked up against speakers costing many times over. When I received them, I found out that my current receiver could not drive 4 ohm speakers. It just kept shutting down. I was ready to return them and purchase different speakers when I received an email from Crutchfield indicating a price drop on a nice Denon AVR. Realizing that I owned none of the new technology (Bluetooth, wireless, Atmos etc) it made sense to get a new receiver. This unit can be set for 4 ohm speakers and has plenty of power to deliver some serious clout. The receiver was at my door in 2 days and 12 hours later it was all up and running. All I can say is WOW. These little speakers kick butt. The sound field and response is something special. Even my wife said that she heard things she had never heard before from these speakers. I saved a bundle and now have an awesome home setup to go with my new Samsung Q8QLED. Thank you Crutchfield.
Pros: Small size and incredible soundfield. Tight and crystal clean
Cons: 4 ohm design, and require an amp capable of using 4 ohm speakers and should have adequate power. 100 watts min.
First and foremost, no speaker at this price point has any business sounding this good. I have a simple 2 channel setup in my living room because I don't like soundbars. I was using a pair of Insignia NSB-2111's (a co-ax design that had REALLY punches above its weight). I was powering through a 1st generation Parasound Zamp (30W per channel into 8 ohms, 45W per channel into 4 ohms) and a Zpre2. Quite an awesome little bookshelf setup. Crutchfield had these for only a bit more than the Debut 6.2 setup so I ordered these, worried they were more than I needed. I was also worried that the Zamp setup would be under powered. Elac recommends 40W min. When I received the speakers they did not sound like an improvement, at all. I tried several different sources and cranked up the system and it would occasionally give hints of what it was capable of. I figured, at worst, I'd have to get a bigger amp. I settled in and just let them break in over the last week. They have seriously opened up. At first they sounded thin. Bass was tight and accurate but you really had to crank them to get the low end up to mid/high levels. Now they're sounding much more balanced at low volume. Would they benefit from more power, yes, but I think good clean power is perhaps more important than tons of the stuff. One thing these speakers do incredibly well is create a very forgiving soundstage. Off axis sounds great. Very big sweet spot. Highly recommend.
Pros: Excellent full even frequency response. Impressive, articulate bass response even without a sub you don't feel like you're missing anything. Very forgiving soundstage, off axis response is amazing, huge sweet spot.
Cons: Inefficient but like they say, the most important watt is the 1st watt. If you have solid clean power running to these they will sound amazing. Let them break in. They will not impress out of the box. Let them run for a few days with decent power going through them and then go back for a listen. Some speakers sound amazing out of the box, this is not one of them. It sounds good okay but doesn't really sound great until 20-40 hours in, after that they are stellar.
I purchased the elacs Uni-Fi UB5 for the money it's an incredible bargain but right now they are going for $100 less. and that's just insane. Other speaker manufacturers better up their game! The Uni-Fi UB5's have a clear transparent midrange with lots of detail and the bass goes deep for this size speaker and that to is detailed and tuneful. The highs are nice and extended and blend well. The soundstage is a descent size and very focused, It's easy to pick out the instruments and details as they are very well defined. If you want better a finish you can get the slim version. My only criticism (though given the price really has no foundation) is that its very inefficient and to make them sound dynamic they need an amplifier that has power and dynamics but any other speakers near this price range will certainly have plenty of other shortcomings that you wont be able to fix or do anything about.
Pros: Clear detailed focused sound.
Cons: Needs power to sound dynamic, but at this price point that seems such small criticism
I originally had infinity reference speakers from the mid 90's. I ended up buying Andrew Jones pioneer 5.0 . That was an upgrade I could tell right away. Since I loved the pioneer speakers so much I went ahead and ordered the Unif uf5 towers, ub5 bookshelf, and the uc5 center. Let me tell you. the ub5 as the rears in my main theater room were being under utilized, so I went back to the pioneer rears which do an excellent job. The ub5 are now in a dedicated 2.1 channel system. It's eerie how realistic these speakers sound. Not necessarily in your face better , but certain times a piano or guitar will play, and my mind will trigger memories of live performances I heard. Scary good.
Pros: Imaging The speakers disappear.
Cons: Too busy listening to them to complain.
What a deal, the best pair of bookshelf speakers for the money and are now on sale, these speaker are fantastic. Sound is very tight. I am using the Ub5 for my surround sound left and right fronts using a 1067 Rotel receiver. Back surround I'm using elac B6 2.0 center B&W HTM1, sub HSU VTF_2 12inch. I'm setting up the system in my bedroom. It sounds Fantastic. What great sound for a bookshelf speaker, Andrew Jones did a great job designing the Uni_Fi UB5.
Pros: Best sound for the bucks
Best speaker I ever owned and thats not b.s.!
After reading reviews and researching elac speakers I first ended up purchasing the debut 6 2.0. Those speakers images very well and had very good mid range as well as nice base. I was equally pleased with the design of the speaker but wanted just a little more for my set up in my living room. I already had a really nice set up with a whole line up of the klipsch rp. Using the M 160 bi-wired for my fronts, 250 C for my center,M 150 for my surrounds, 240s for my rear surrounds, Rp 15 " and 12 sub woofers. To power my system I use a Yamaha 2070 allowing 3 separate listening zones. For my zones I wanted 2 zones dedicated to the living room. This allows me to incorporate the UB 5 for my second zone. I use the Elacs for my vinyl collection as well as listening to music when zone 1 is being utilized for watching TV. ( this is why the zones are so important). So now getting back to the UB5. These speakers really blew me away after they broke in. The hi's mid's and bass sound crisp, clear, and precise. Having a 3 way speaker in a book shelf speaker is not very common but that was what I really wanted. These are placed on 21" speaker stands so they are ear level when sitting on the couch. The imaging is awesome. When listing to hi Fi quality recordings it sounds as though more speakers are being used. Huge step up from the debut series. The base can really pack a punch. So much so I have to remind myself that my sub woofers are not on. A+ speakers in my opinion. A definite b
Pros: Great proformance. Good looking with and with out covers. Good build quality.
Cons: Not one. A lot of people have noted that the finish is not that nice but I disagree. Great speakers
Sounded a bit harsh/shrill at first, especially middle frequencies. I have them connected to a Denon AVR-s900w with Audyssey calibration. For whatever reason, the harsh/shrill mid-levels went away after I turned off Audyssey MultEQ and used manual settings. Also, important to ensure your receiver/amp is compatible with 4 ohm loads. The Denon is noticeably hotter after running these. Also interesting to note; the Denon has a more-or-less hidden setting to specify if 4, 6 or 8 ohm speakers are connected... the default is 8 ohm. I set this to 4 ohm which reduced the heat output, but seemed to caused the speakers to distort a bit sooner at higher volumes. Setting this back to 8 ohms, the heat is back but the distortion is gone at higher listening levels. I did some research and it seems if you specify a lower impedance, the receiver will limit power to its amplifiers. seems a mechanism to protect the receiver rather than drive the speakers adequately. I don't listen at extreme volumes, so will keep these at the 8 ohm setting to ensure the speakers get the power they need and will just be careful with higher volumes.
Pros: Impressive low-end for their size. Clear and detailed mids, thanks to 3 way design.
Cons: Require a lot of power; 4 ohm; not very sensitive.
they enhance my home theater in 2-channel listening environment immensely. The clarity with a wonderful solid low-end a Punchy mid-range and very articulate and very articulate highs make this a solid player and very affordable. I would recommend this to anyone looking to upgrade their home system. They look fantastic as well
Purchased four months ago and am impressed and very satisfied with the performance. Running a Yaqin MC-13 tube amp with Gold Lion tubes. This amp only puts out about 35 watts but provides sufficient volume. These speakers are not very efficient so if you plan on cinema use you should look at a fairly powerful solid state amp like peach tree, NAD, or a Bel Canto (which is what Elac demos these speakers with). Below about 50HZ the volume will drop dramatically so a sub would be advised. Do not expect body shaking intensity, but good quality sound. Be aware that these are rear ported and need to be at least 1 foot from the rear wall. Sound quality will be affected if they are too close to the wall. FYI Crutchfield prices matches with their competitors.
Pros: Sound quality is excellent.
Cons: Be aware that the exterior is a cheap looking vinyl. From about 5 feet away it is unnoticeable.
Have these paired with PS Audio's Sprout100 running through my 2008 MacBook Pro using Tidal. These speakers are clear, loud and have very good imaging. The bass they produce in my 12'x12' listining room is deep, tight and accurate. Victor Wootens Albums are mainly him playing electric bass, when I'm (or my friends) listen to his music on this system you can't tell the sound is coming from these speakers as it sounds exactly like he is sitting right in front of you playing in the room. Heavy albums like ones by The Acacia Strain are deep tight and never distort even at concert volume levels. Amazing product!
Pros: Imaging Deep tight bass Clear Loud
Cons: Needed an amp that could play 4ohm speakers, my Onkyo 7 channel 80watt per channel (8ohms) needed to be at 70-80% volume for me to enjoy movies.
Hear looks a great reviews and bought these speakers. Performing as advertised.
Speakers sound great. The High and Mids. are present with just enough bass for my taste.
The Elac Uni-Fi UB5 are great sounding speakers. I am using a Marantz HD-Amp1 (70 watts @ 4 ohms) to power them. The HD-Amp1 has plenty of power. The UB5's sound clear, detailed and have a very nice sound stage.
Pros: The UB5's sound clear, detailed and have a very nice sound stage.
These are very good speakers. I had an old pair of B&W804 from the 90s, hopping the new technology of 2017 will match or maybe even surpass the B&W. I pushed them with a new Cambridge CXA80 and switching between both sets of speakers. The sounds stage image of both of the speaker sets is identical. It is amazing that these speakers are capable of projecting such a clear and precise image. Well, the Cambridge Amp should also be credited for that too because when I pushed the ELAC with a lower-end Amp for the burn-in, they certainly reflected that cheap price tag of the Amp. ELAC UB5 is the best sounding reference speakers for the money, you get 90% of the high-end speaker sound for 10% of its price.
I took a gamble and bought these to replace a pair of perfectly good Andrew Jones Pioneer SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers and I can honestly say that I'm blown away by the Elacs. I thought the Pioneers sounded good but I really felt that my setup could sound better so I did some research and decided on these. In the same purchase, I also upgraded my phono amp to a Pro-Ject Tube Box DS (from a cheap tube amp that I bought elsewhere) and the combination of these two things have taken my system to the next level. My records sound unike anything that I've ever heard before. If you're looking for audiophile grade speakers at an affordable price, these are a solid chioce.
Pros: Amazing Sound Look great
Great sound, good buy
Big sound, high QPR. Read that they are power hogs and think that is correct, probably looking at a stronger amp now. Excellent soundstage, definition and clarity. Quality and differences in recording/engineering are noticeable. Bought open box and they came in pristine condition, still breaking them in. For the money these are a no brainer.
Pros: High QPR
Cons: Need a power source capable of making them shine
Absolutely worth every penny! Clear, open and spacious sound. Great for all types of music.
Bought these for my son...he loves them.o
Cnet named these the best bookshelf speakers...period. I have been shopping around for two years, but couldn't find what I wanted for the price I wanted. While these speakers are big for a bookshelf speaker and the finish is far from stunning the sound is unmistakably clean and precise. These serve as surround speakers in a 5.1 setup in an oddly shaped room and are not perfectly placed (wife places aesthetics over performance), but the dispersion of the sound is dumbfounding. I knew within 30 minutes of listening that I could only be more satisfied if they were smaller, prettier, or cheaper. When these go on sale buy them.
Pros: Sound Price
Cons: Size Finish
Seem great. Really enjoying them so far.
Hassle Free HiFi
Once you go ELAC, you never go back!!!! The best speakers I've ever heard.
The speakers are amazing for the size and price.
Pros: Sound great with all types of music. Small footprint, Large sound.
These speakers are incredible! I am stunned at the full and engaging sound they put out! Paired with a Cambridge Audio CXR-120 for stereo music listening, and love them! These speakers have plenty of bottom end and a full midrange. Pair with a high quality amp like Cambridge Audio, and you will not be disappointed!
Pros: Awesome, full, inviting sound!
I just finished a 11.1 Dolby Atmos system with with these UB5's as my rear surround speakers. I have 4 of the Elac uni-fi UF5 tower speakers (R, L, SR, SL), UFC center speaker, 4 MartinLogan Electromotion R ceiling speakers, and a SVS PB2000 sub. Everything is set up as Dolby recommends. I'm driving this system with a Marantz AV2207 MKII Pre amp., 1 Emotiva Gen. 3 five channel amp driving the center and the 4 tower speakers, 1 Emotiva Gen. 3 six channel amp. driving the four ceiling speakers and rear surrounds. The room is 25' x 12'. It took a while to finally get everything and get it tweaked to my liking but the sound is indescribable. I hear sounds in movies and CD's that I never heard before in my old system. I put in the Dolby Atmos demo disc and the room comes alive. These Elac Uni-Fi speakers can't be beat for the price. I also want to thank the Crutchfield staff for all the help they gave me in making my decisions.
Pros: Excellent sound I bought them on sale Nice solid build Quality terminals
Cons: Non so far
Every once in a while something occurs that leaves me in disbelief. After listening to these unassuming small black boxes for the last 10 days, my concept of the requirements to engineer & manufacture a great sounding loudspeaker at such a modest cost has been altered dramatically to the point where I'm muttering to myself about past speaker purchases. While listening to vinyl slabs of the Analogue Productions reissue of Gregg Allman's "Laid Back" & the Mofi release of "Into the Labyrinth" by Dead Can Dance, my bottom jaw dropped, drool started trickling down the mouth's edge & these two phrases kept emanating from my pie hole-"You got to be kidding!" and "WOW!" Truly outstanding listening experience.
The hype is real folks, and I haven't even broken them in yet. I feel like I'm discovering my favorite songs all over again, and I only have this hooked up to an old 5.1 Yamaha HTR-6040 receiver that's on its last legs, connected to my computer via a 3.5mm to RCA. I should be receiving a multibit DAC and amplifier soon that I hear is a great combo with these speakers because they demand a lot of power, which should only increase the sound quality and my enthusiasm for these speakers. Like I said, they already sound great with poor components. The bass is way more than I was expecting and has a quick response, mids are very dynamic, and treble is very clear but not harsh, does not fatigue my ears. Soundstage is great. Very pleasant speakers to listen to.
Pros: Fantastic Detail, Superb Bass, Dyanamic and Pleasant sound
Cons: Having to space these at least 1-2 ft away from walls/cabinets for good soundstage
great speakers, sound as good as my 1200.00 polktowers
Pros: all good
These are great speakers. Very open and detailed.
Pros: Open and Detailed
The Elac UB5 are living up to the hype. Warm, articulate detail for my ears. Nice.
Great sound for the size! exceeded expectations
I never bought a product before based on the hype surrounding it. But when I was researching purchasing a pair of bookshelf speakers, I saw and read so many unanimously positive reviews about this product, that I went over budget and bought them from Crutchfield, since you guys had the best price on the speakers. I was not disappointed. They are a steal for the money. I have them paired with a Definitive Technologies SuperCube 4000, a Pioneer SPC-22 Center channel speaker, and a pair of B&W dm303's for surround sound. The system is fabulous, with clean, uncolored sound. Imaging, clarity, it is all there. The Elac's are the best speakers I could have bought for the price, hands down. Thank you Crutchfield, Thank you Andrew Jones!
Pros: Clean sound, the speakers do as they should, they get out of the way and let me enjoy the music. I hear the music, not the speakers!
Cons: Low sensitivity, which is fine, because the sensitivity on the whole system matches, and I have a 1015W 7.2 Channel Sony receiver.
Excellent for the size.Still breaking in but will get 2 more for the basement.If you are looking for bookshelf speakers STOP!
I purchased these to serve as surround speakers in a 5.1 home theater. They work OK with my Sonics Amerigo fronts, Audio Physics center, and 12" Velodyne sub. I was surprised they would not accept spaded cables. Instead, they accept only bare wires, which required my cutting off the spades and stripping the cables. I consider this to be an indication they are not audiophile quality. Nonetheless, they work as surrounds in my system. I would not use them as anything else.
This speakers is great. Value is way over price.
I love these speakers and I got them on sale to boot! Highly recommended!!!
Great, love it!!
UB5's arrived today. Set them up on 31" stands and connected to my old school adcom system...GFT-500 II preamp and GFA 535 60 wpc amp and got pleasant results but did'nt get the sound level I was hoping for (volume and bass). Luckily I have a pair of AB International Precedent 200 series that I used to drive a pair of Bose 901s previously (180wpc bridged) . Wow....huge difference. Now I know why everyone is raving about these speakers. It literally sounded like I flipped on a subwoofer. I listened to a few favorite tracks on vinyl and was very impressed with the result. Dire Straits love over gold was amazing....great imaging and clarity I'd not heard before. Henry Mancini Pink Panther has some great sax solos and you could hear the throaty timbre of the reed. Really pleased...thanks Crutchfield.
Pros: Amazing sound in a small package
Cons: Make sure you have plenty of power to make them come alive
Just like add suggest. Put a lot of clean power behind them and be amazed! I am using a vintage Adcom amp. I purchased these as scratch n dent but only blemishes were on bottoms. Great savings! Great value!
Pros: Sound quality
Cons: Vinyl wrap was better than blogs suggest but would be willing to pay more for better cabinet
Really like the crisp sound and the highs that these speakers deliver. For the money they are a great buy!!!
These little inexpensive speakers have a very balanced high end sound. They are so good! I am using a Yamaha RS500 receiver to drive them and listening to fm radio. I don't have to listen critically to know that I did well with this purchase. I am simply having fun listening to music again. Not bad,not bad at all!
Pros: Good in every area! They sound two to three times the price.
I did my research before I purchased these speakers and it seems they need an amp that kicks out more power! I've got them temporarily hooked up to an old amp but will set up my room with a new amp soon! So far I am very happy with them and really look forward to hearing them when I'm done!
True to the reviews that I have read, this is a great speaker. I find it to be a naturally sounding speaker which is what I've long been searching for. I just want a flat sounding speaker with no harshness or boominess and now I finally have it. This speaker system has so much balance to it with the three way design. To find a speaker of this quality in this price range is outstanding. I'm past the break in period and it has improved quite a bit. They've really mellowed out. Details in music emerge that I've not heard before. Granted, I was using mid price Polk bookshelves, but the difference is impressive. I'm using two subwoofers since my room is slightly large at 15 x 23 with high ceiling. Can't go without the subs to fill out the sound. I'm using an above average or better Pioneer home theater receiver rated at 90 w per channel and it seems to do just fine. I read where a better amp is needed to make these speakers sound their best, but it sounds good to me. A very nice combination so far, but I may someday upgrade just to listen to these speakers at their full potential as the other reviewers believe is true. Due to the 4 ohm load I did upgrade to better speaker cable by using 12 guage high quality wire and that seemed to make a noticeable difference with fuller sound. Very happy with this purchase.
These speakers deliver a detailed, nuanced and clear sound, with out being overly bright or harsh. On the low end of the spectrum, I found them to deliver a tight and not a boomy base. These speakers will not sound their best the first 60 or so hours, so be patient and they will deliver. I found them to be extremely power hungry to deliver their best. If you are planning on using an average receiver, please forget about it. They require a high power source, and they deliver best when using separate components. In my situation I am using an Emotive XPA-2 Gen-3, rated at 300 WPC, with an Emotiva DAC: XDA-2, Gen-2, and the sound is superb, and room filling. I have tried it with my Peachtree Nova SE-220, and they sounded astonishingly superb at every level too. I
Pros: with appropriate amplification they deliver great smooth sound, detailed with tight low ends.
Cons: They would sound best with very powerful amps. Use separate components for best sound results. These speakers are very power hungry. Be prepare to invest in a 220 Wpc stereo amp or higher wattage to make them sound like they are supposed to.
Spectacular sound for a bookshelf speaker; great imaging, precise detail, taut substantial bass, outstanding midrange and treble.
Pros: Clear, precise, articulate midrange and treble; substantial bass
Outstanding sound for the price. Cannot go wrong with these speakers.
Pros: Great bass in a small package, excellent highs, great imaging.
Overall, I think this is a good speaker just not my style. My Instrumental / Orchestral music sounds great with this speaker but rock / alternative music is missing something. In terms of that lost sound, it feels like I'm listening to cheap earbuds; as opposed to listening to full-sized headphones. The sound quality is excellent; but sounds a bit hollow. When watching TV shows and Movies, dialog is easier to hear, but background music seems a bit muted. I would rate this as a 3.5 or 7/10, but I feel a 3 is unfairly low, so I rounded up to 4 for the score.
The reviews on this product were so outstanding, I had to see for myself and WOW they are awesome! Hard to believe such quality sound from such small speakers. Well done!
Maybe the room was too big. 14'X21'. I did a LOT of research before buying my first good speakers since my KEF units around thirty years ago. I plugged these Elac Uni-Fi UB5 speakers into my NAD 2200 power amp and 1020B pre-amp. My source was a Onkyo CD player. Good RCA cables and #14 speaker wire. Also bought a pair of Sanus BF31B speaker stands to get the drivers at ear lever. The sound just wasn't there. I contacted Crutchfield which is the best thing anyone can do if you feel there is a problem. My advisor spent about an hour with me on the phone going over everything that could possible be wrong. He covered Everything! He decided that maybe the problem was the speakers so Crutchfield sent out a replacement pair immediately. I was impressed to say the least. As I thought about things, I decided to go ahead and upgrade my entire (2.0 Old School) system. I ordered a new NAD C 356BEE integrated amp and a NAD C 546BEE CD player. As well as some better RCA cables. When it all came in I carefully hooked everything up and was immediately disappointed. I played them for a few hours and called Crutchfield again. I got a different advisor on the line and just like the previous one, he spent about an hour with me trying to find out what was wrong but we could find nothing mechanical wrong with the setup. My advisor suggested some different speakers and emailed about six options to look at. Some about the same price and some just outside my budget. I chose a different brand and was immediately pleased with the sound.
Pros: I'm sorry. I found none.
Cons: Everything. I wanted to love these speakers but was totally disappointed.
WOW! You will hear things missing in more expensive speakers ,the imaging is incredible the depth of the recording amazing , you can see deeply into the recording like no other speakers close to their price ( I have had energy 22.2s, B&W dm 640, genesis 44s among others ,all floor slanders, none compare, even at three times the price) one thing , get as much power as you can afford , I have them hooked up to a Yamaha r-s700 reciever ( 100 watts per side 20 hz to 20 kHz 8 ohms) a marantz cd 6006 cd as a source, plan on getting a project debut carbon turntable when funds allow ) but I digress these speakers are amazing just buy them ,there that good , extremely highly recommended
I read all of the reviews and they are right. These are great sounding speakers but require a lot of power. I push them with an NAD C356. I'd not recommend anything with less output. The treble and mid-range are perfect with good separation. I found the bass just slightly less than my preference and added a small PSB sub-woofer. This corrected the issue and I look forward to using these for many years.
Great sound from such a small speaker.
Pros: Great Sound
Amazing speakers, it lives up to the hype all the other review are putting out. well worth the money. I paired it with a dayton subwoofer, it sounds amazing. Using a 80s vintage pioneer 135wpc high end receiver, it powers these speakers with ease.
Pros: Amazing sound Good looks
Impressive performance from a bookshelf speaker! I replaced my Definitive Technology Monitor 65's with Elac's UB5's. The UB5's are articulate, dynamic and nuanced. I am driving them with a NAD356. The result is, I am able to re-imagine my music collection through these very musical bookshelf speakers. Highly recommended.
Pros: Inexpensive, beautiful sounding, bookshelf speakers.
great sound, great design, great price
Having had a pair of Klipsch Heresy floor speakers since 1983, I was skeptical of finding any bookshelf speakers I would be happy with when the need to downsize my system arose. After the requisite internet search of products, review reading, etc., I decided to try the Elac Uni-FI UB5. I'm just as blown away as all the reviews I read. Never did I suspect I could find bookshelf speakers that sounded this good across the range of music I listen to. What a bargain price for the pair.
Pros: Clear definition across the aural spectrum. Big sound from a relatively tiny box.
These bookshelf speakers have a phenomenally clear sound. I purchased them to complement a system I built to enable me to enjoy my 350+ LPs that have been in the closet for ages.
Amazing speakers, especially for the money. I think they are as good as competing speakers in the $1K to 1.5K price range. However, you do need an amplifier with substantial clean power to really hear what these speakers can do. 100 watts per channel RMS is recommended, although 50 watts per channel RMS would be adequate. Be sure to put them on quality speaker stands.
Excellent sound, cheap build quality. I hate the cheap non-standard binding posts. The clarity, resolution, and detail are remarkable for the price. I connected them to a Denon AVR-X2000 95 watt/ch receiver and it will not do justice to their capability, possibly due to the 4 ohm load and low sensitivity. I connected them to a tube Manley Stingray (37 dB gain) that is rated at 50 watts into a 5 ohm load (old rule double tube watts to 100 watts equivalent solid state amp) and there was a noticeable improvement in sound. The Manley should have no problem with a 4 ohm load and low sensitivity. However, they still sounded a little "small" or "thin" and lacked a "full bodied" presentation after about 80+ hours of break-in mostly using the Tellurium Q break-in CD (2X normal CD time?). Perhaps even more power is needed to bring them to life or more break-in time. Very enjoyable never-the-less, highly recommended for the price. These speakers can surprize you.
Pros: Clarity, resolution, & detail
Cons: "Small" sound, hard to drive
The ELAC Uni Fi UB5 speakers are spectacular. The sound is rich with not too much bass. The best speakers you can buy for the price.
Pros: Great Sound at a great prices.
These speakers are pretty remarkable. Their clarity is wonderful. I've read they they are hard to drive, but I find that with my NAD 326BEE (50 watts per channel) with a Furman Elite 15 Power Conditioner, a Project Carbon with an Orfoton Red, a Schitt Mani preamp and the volume at 25-40 % is about as loud as I can handle in my room. When I first got them I thought they were way too bright and I almost returned them, but having read that they needed a break in I can say they have gotten richer over time. I still don't find them warm, (they replace some vintage Infinity Jr. Monitors) and sometimes I have to turn off the bypass on my amp and turn up the bass, but overall you can't go wrong with these and perhaps with a higher power amp you'll get warmer sound. Owen
As is true for everyone looking at these, I love listening to music and the sound quality is important. Recently I have been wanting to add a high quality HiFI system into my house for listening; I had been using old computer speakers I'd had for a while, or small portable speaker that sounds decent, but not good enough. I was doing a little research into the options for my budget and a friend of mine let me know about these new speakers he had heard about: the ELAC UniFI UB5. My friend has several HiFi setups in his house and is significantly more knowledgeable than me on this subject. After doing more research I realized that the UniFi UB5 were infact the speakers for me. After months of anticipation, they did not disappoint; they sound incredible. I haven't heard many other speakers in the same range, but I've heard my friend's and it's better than one setup he has, and can atleast be spoken in the same breath as his main setup: which has speakers that was $2,000. Highly recommend these for the price range. Note: everything I've heard pointed to having a high powered amp, so I got a Peachtree Nova 125SE which has 200 wpc. I haven't experimented to know first hand, but I haven't read anyone trying a sub 150wpc with as rave reviews as a 150+ wpc amp.
Pros: Very cost efficient entry level HiFi Speakers Really outshines the competition with a high quality power source.
Cons: Power hungry, need a good amp which does deceptively dig into your budget for speakers this size.
Absolutely enjoying these Elacs. They sound like speakers costing 3-4 times as much.
Pros: Price, Quality 3-way design
Cons: None so far
They sounded good right out of the box but after 20 hours of break-in time, they sound amazing. no listening fatigue, great sound stage and very detailed. I've owned a ton of bookshelf speakers, some of them costing 4 times more than these speakers. I've heard sounds in the background I didn't hear with the other ones. I own a pair of excellent loudspeakers (set up in the basement) and after listening to them I can't stand listening to my previous bookshelf speakers (in the family room). Not the case with Elac UB5, they have that audiophile quality that keeps you listening to them for hours on end. They are undoubtedly the best bookshelf speakers I've ever owned.
Pros: You don't need separate components, (amps and preamps) to drive them. They sound great with my Onkyo TX RZ800 receiver. I did hook them up with my Emotiva Amp downstairs just to hear the difference. All I can say is WOW. Super transparent.
Cons: You need a decent high current source to get the dynamic range. They're sensitivity is only 85 DB.
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||4|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.25|
|Frequency Response||46-25k Hz|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||24-31|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
3-Way Speaker Design: The Elac Uni-Fi UB5 bookshelf loudspeaker employs a 3-way design with a new in-house developed concentric driver. A 3-way speaker offers many advantages in the design of a full-range system. By assigning dedicated drivers to high, midrange, and bass frequencies, each is optimized for the frequency range for which its design and material composition is best suited. The UB5 bookshelf speaker consists of a concentric midrange-tweeter driver for high and midrange frequencies, while one aluminum-cone woofer handles lower-frequency midbass and bass. At the same time, a 3-way speaker allows for a more straightforward crossover and cabinet design.
Custom-Designed Concentric Driver: The Elac Uni-Fi UB5 bookshelf loudspeaker employs a concentric driver design, combining the 1" soft-dome tweeter and 4" midrange cone diaphragm within a single voice coil. Because of its ideal time-domain characteristics, a concentric driver design delivers the most coherent and accurate reproduction across the treble and midrange frequency spectrums. 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.
5.25" Aluminum Woofer: In addition to the concentric midrange-tweeter driver, the Elac Uni-Fi UB5 features one 5.25" aluminum cone woofer. 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.
Sophisticated Crossover: One secret to the great sound of the Uni-Fi series loudspeaker is the high quality, audio-grade components specified in the manufacture of each custom, 3-way crossover. This careful 3-way crossover design provides a smooth transition between the high, mid, and bass drivers.
Bass Port: The Elac UB5 bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a bass reflex enclosure with one rear-firing flared port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response.
Robust MDF Cabinet: The Uni-Fi speaker enclosure is engineered for the long run with thick MDF outer walls and a luxurious textured vinyl finish. The Uni-Fi series cabinet incorporates specially designed internal bracing to add stiffness and strength to the cabinet's outer walls. This bracing greatly reduces cabinet vibration, which causes unwanted coloration to the sound. ELAC believes that the only parts of a speaker that should be moving are the speaker drivers themselves.
Magnetic Grille: When the protective grille is removed, hidden magnets beneath the surface of the cabinet keeps the front-panel free of attachment holes, for a clean appearance.
Binding Posts: The Elac Uni-Fi series bookshelf loudspeaker is fitted with a set of heavy-duty, binding-post terminals which will accept bare-wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only).
Applications: The Elac Debut UB5 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.
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 may result in bass that is unnatural.
Mounting Options: The Elac UB5 bookshelf loudspeaker can simply be placed on a flat surface; like a table-top, stand, or shelf. The bookshelf speaker does not offer any wall-mount options.
Elac Uni-Fi Series: The Elac Uni-Fi series family of loudspeakers consists of a floorstanding loudspeaker, a bookshelf loudspeaker, and a center-channel loudspeaker (all sold separately). All of the Uni-Fi series of speakers feature concentric driver technology. The Uni-Fi series can be the basis of an outstanding two-channel system, or used to build an awe-inspiring multi-channel surround-sound system.
Optional Powered Subwoofer: Add an ELAC powered subwoofer (sold separately) to the Uni-Fi series to bring more bass to your movie and music soundtracks.
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Quality of product and price = value [ Scott Dec 19, 2018 ]
Great price for speakers that get amazing reviews everywhere I looked. [ ADAM Dec 18, 2018 ]
upgrade from previous speakers. [ Ronald Dec 16, 2018 ]
Recommendation by Peyton who is with customer service. [ JESSE Dec 16, 2018 ]
the reviews say that these are good for the money, I want to see. [ JAIME L Nov 27, 2018 ]
Heard it was better than the b6.2 that impressed me. [ Sherwin Nov 26, 2018 ]
Quality and price [ Wesley Nov 19, 2018 ]
Excellent built and sound for the price! [ Patrick Nov 17, 2018 ]
Best bookshelf speaker sound and design [ Joe Aug 23, 2018 ]
Very good reviews [ Liu Jul 22, 2018 ]
because you do not charge tax [ Thomas Jul 18, 2018 ]
Had read a lot of great reviews and had purchased a pair for my front speakers. I was very impressed so I'm ordering a pair for my rears. [ Michael Jul 17, 2018 ]
Mid range dedicated speaker, tired of heavy bass and tiny tweeters with little midrange clarity in too many speakers. [ Linda Jul 17, 2018 ]
Had the Debut B6 that I thought were really good. However, after visiting umpteen audio sites I was convinced to take the advice and move up the Elac food chain. Can't wait to hear them. [ KENNETH R Jul 17, 2018 ]
Hello, upgrading my 20 + year old NHT's I bought from Crutchfield. Recently bought a Yamaha amp which sounds wonderful (also from Crutchfield) and realized I needed to update the speakers. The UB5 gets good reviews and I am buying 'scratch and dent' without much worry they will look bad. Maybe 20 years on this system?! Thank you for the great service and product! Dave [ David J. Jun 15, 2018 ]
Good brand and excellent reviews [ Jean-Rene May 30, 2018 ]
Product reviews seem to award universal acclaim for these. I'm excited to experience them for myself. [ Edward May 29, 2018 ]
Many many highly positive reviews in a price range that met my needs. [ Todd Apr 20, 2018 ]
reviews [ brian Feb 22, 2018 ]
Quality and reviews [ william Nov 27, 2017 ]
Great review from Absolute sound and CNET, and price is very reasonable. [ HON CHUEN Nov 27, 2017 ]
Read all the reviews! [ Matias Nov 26, 2017 ]
Because my waiting for two or three months has netted me a $150 savings over the normal $499 price. This is the next step up in the Andrew Jones progression of affordable near audiophile quality bookshelf speakers. [ Terry Nov 18, 2017 ]
Discount and great reviews [ Eric Oct 26, 2017 ]
I chose these speakers based on ELAC's reputation & the overwhelming number of great reviews these speakers have gotten. [ Gordon Sep 25, 2017 ]
Great reviews from different sources [ Santos Sep 01, 2017 ]
Research, lead me to them as surround sound speakers [ Andres Aug 12, 2017 ]
The review on Cnet mention ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 is one of the best bookshelf speaker with a very reasonable price. So far, I am very satisfy with it. [ Ernest Aug 10, 2017 ]
Review in Stereophile magazine. Read that it's a great quality speaker for a reasonable price. [ Leonard Apr 20, 2017 ]
recommended on Home Theater Geeks podcast [ ROBERT J Mar 30, 2017 ]
Recommended by a friend [ Shih-Wei Mar 30, 2017 ]
based on great reviews [ Joshua Mar 26, 2017 ]
great reviews and value [ NELSON D Mar 08, 2017 ]
Superb reviews; high-end audiophile speakers for a reasonable price. [ Will Feb 20, 2017 ]
Great reviews and a special price. [ Marcell Feb 08, 2017 ]
Everything online said this was the one. Ozzy agreed. Selling my vintage floorstanding Boston A150s which were just too much for small San Francisco apartment. Fiancee wanted bookshelves and these seemed to be the best ones at a price point I was comfortable with. Lots of vacillating between Debut 6's and these but it seems that Ozzy persuaded me that these will definitely outshine the Debut 6s on the vintage NAD 7100 amp I scavanged on craigslist. [ Daniel Jan 15, 2017 ]
Highly recommended at my price point. [ Jake Jan 10, 2017 ]
Excellent reviews. [ Drake Jan 09, 2017 ]
Have 2 pair already. These are awesome! [ Scott Dec 15, 2016 ]
I read such fabulous reviews written by so many veteran stereophiles who were simply blown away by the quality and price of these speakers designed by the legendary Andrew Jones. And our bookshelf speakers were in serious need of replacement. I'm not disappointed in these ELACs. A fantastic bargain. [ David P. Dec 02, 2016 ]
great reviews, want to hear for myself. [ paul Nov 29, 2016 ]
I read numerous articles about Andrew Jones and his speaker designs for ELAC. Best speakers you can buy at this price point. [ Steve Nov 27, 2016 ]
After reading the reviews here and the designer of the speaker, i chose them to be used in a smaller room the my TV room. Setting up a listening room for my vinyl. [ Joseph Nov 25, 2016 ]
Had a good review on CNET .Fitted my space . [ Julie Oct 22, 2016 ]
good comments on YouTube [ Sarkis Oct 05, 2016 ]
Great reviews [ Elizabeth Sep 14, 2016 ]
andrew jones [ John Aug 23, 2016 ]
Reviews from other buyers and the reputation of Andrew Jones. [ Charles Aug 22, 2016 ]
good sound [ Ronaldo Aug 04, 2016 ]
Excellent early reviews for speakers in this price range. [ Carl Jul 01, 2016 ]
That Yamaha receiver can only work with 8 ohm speakers while running a & b speakers. These are 4 ohm speakers and will not work this way. They could only work with the a or b setting; not the a & b setting. We have other speakers that can work and advisors that you can reach by calling 1-800-324-9695 to get a personal recommendation on speakers than can work My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Paul [ Paul Jan 02, 2019 ] Staff
Not familiar with the aria 906 [ CLARENCE Sep 08, 2018 ]
ABSOLUTELY NOT [ DARRELL Jul 23, 2018 ]
Absolutely! From a power stand point, the Cambridge Audio Topaz SR10 would drive the ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 speakers very nicely. For more details, or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Larry [ Larry Sep 06, 2017 ] Staff
It will work but you can only use one Chanel. Don't hook up other speakers with it. [ ANTHONY C Sep 05, 2017 ]
Hi Brian, you could get by with half that power. 50 W a channel is plenty. they're very good and efficient speakers [ Stephen Sep 05, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Kenny Jul 22, 2017 ] Staff
I've owned the ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 for almost a year now and I drive them with a peachtree nova 125se. After lots of research it was my conclusion that I wanted atleast 100W per channel, optimally 150W. From what I understand they will work with 50W per channel but you will not be getting everything you can get out of them. What makes these special is they really can make use of high quality amps and dacs. Typically entry level speakers don't receive the benefits from higher end amps but these do. Hope this helps. -Steve [ Stephen Jun 07, 2017 ]
I'm using a 50W per channel Yamaha RS300. It is plenty powerful enough for my home office, which is in the 100 sq ft range. They becomes very loud, so I would feel comfortable using it in a much larger room. [ Nicholas Jun 02, 2017 ]
It is no where enough. These speakers need at least 100 w/channel, more if possible. They really open up and sound more solid the more power you feed them. [ William Apr 18, 2017 ]
Hello Stanley I am diving the Elac's with a 200w old Yamaha receiver. I don't know if a 50w NAD is adequate power? NAD amps are very efficient so 50w might work. I'de ask Crutchfield customer support. The speakers are wonderful. Howard [ Howard Apr 17, 2017 ]
I'd had my UB5s now since they came out and I'm continually amazed at their sound. I drive mine with a NAD 326BEE which is rated at 50 wpc and I also have it plugged into a Furman Power Conditioner. I listen almost exclusively to vinyl with a Schitt Mani preamp and a VPI Scout with a Orfoton Black cart. I honestly cannot turn my amp past 11. It gets too loud. I know if I had more power I would get a deeper sound at low volume, but frankly I love the speakers and for the money I cannot recommend them enough. Owen, Greenville, SC [ OWEN Apr 17, 2017 ]
Not familiar with the Yamaha, but reviews say these speakers sound better with more power, typically arund 125 watts/channel. Mine are powered by Parasounds and sound great after accumulating many hours of use. [ William Jan 31, 2017 ]
Hi, I run my UB5s with a 50 watt per amp and get wonderful results, so I can say with confidence that your receiver will produce outstanding sound with the Un-Fi's. I love my speakers. There clarity is remarkable, especially for the price. Owen [ OWEN Jan 31, 2017 ]
David, Your are correct in your assessment of the shape. The picture angles are all shot head on, so it is a little ambiguous. The shape seems to allow the speakers to sound huge relative to the size. We have them as the front pair in a 7.1 setup in a square living room and they are tremendous for the $$. [ Shannon Dec 06, 2016 ]
David -- The width and height dimensions are correct. The depth of the actual box is about 10 13/16". The removable front grille adds another 3/4" or so -- more in the middle, since the grille has a convex shape. And the connectors stick out 1/2" or so in the back, maybe a little more. So that's how they came up with the 12 3/16" measurement. The picture is a good representation of the width and height, but you're right, it doesn't really show the depth. [ DANIEL Dec 06, 2016 ]
Hi David, I ran a quick measuring of the speakers dimensions with a non-rigid tape measure and got about 7 and 7/8 inches wide; about 10 and 3/4 inches deep (with grill in place, a little over 11 and 1/2 inches ); and about 12 and 3/4 inches high (or, more accurately, 12 and 13/16"). The depth of the speakers did impress me as I was taking them out of the box, but the depth is less than 12 and 13/16 inches. They look really good on my speaker stands and sound just great. Frank [ FRANCIS J Dec 06, 2016 ]
Did mention stated on the website are correct. The speakers fit very nicely in my entertainment center. They sound great. [ Charles Dec 06, 2016 ]
every thing is correct except the depth it's 103/4 [ John Dec 06, 2016 ]
Dimensions slightly different than stated, but basically correct. [ RICHARD Dec 06, 2016 ]
I own both the B-6 and the uni-B5. The uni-B5 speaker is a much better speaker. The highs are rich and dynamic and the base is fuller and richer on the uni-B5. Save your money for the ELAC uni-B5 speakers. [ KENNETH Dec 02, 2016 ]
I love the speakers. They are in a room about 20 X 15 and provide great sound. I did add a subwoofer, though you might do without. Also have a B&W center speaker. Well worth the money. [ William Dec 02, 2016 ]
I haven't listened to the B-6s, but I have owned the Uni-fi UB5s for some time now and I am blown away by their clarity and clean bass. I've had friends with multi thousand dollar speakers listen to them and they are amazed. I do think you need a pretty powerful amplifier with 4ohm output to get the most of them. I'm using a NAD 326bee and it does fine. Owen [ OWEN Dec 02, 2016 ]
For me I liked the overall sound of the b6 better ,the b5 was way to bright due to the metal cone and I could not temper it at all ,but if you like a brighter sound and can handle the highs the b5 might be more to your liking,in the end I bought neither and ended up with a much more expensive pair of legacy bookshelf's that seemed to do everything really well, and of course a much higher end build. [ allen Dec 02, 2016 ]
I had the B6's and they were very good. However, the B5's sound a bit richer in overall tone and the bass is better. I'm using the B5's in a movie setup and I like them very much; they are crystal clear and very dynamic. [ William Dec 02, 2016 ]
Danny, I went through the same process and read a lot about B-6 vs. uni B-5. I went with the B-5, and not an iota of regret. Before I bought, I was thinking need to add a subwoofer. No. I'm perfectly happy with the bass response. And 5-inch woofer vs. 6-inch, not a game changer. I've had $7,000 Sonus Faber speakers from Italy and these guys run with them. In your situation, I'd probably get the B-6 and enjoy the hell out of them, then move up to B-5 when you can. Life is short. From what I've read, the B-6 is an 8.5 on the 1-10 scale, the uni 5 a 9.0, super refined mids and highs. Hope that helps. [ David Dec 02, 2016 ]
I would get the B-5s. Mine sound great. I zeroed in on B5s based on several friends who are Audiofils. [ Gary Dec 02, 2016 ]
Should be plenty,I powered mine with a 15 watt tube amp and of course to get them to really come up to their potential I had to turn it up to about 3/4 volume. You should have no problem with that wattage at less than 1/2, of course my room has hardwood floors, blinds and is about 12 by 16 with lots of windows [ allen Dec 02, 2016 ]
I'm running them on an old pioneer vsx-1122k in a 3200+ cubic foot living room listening at about 9 feet away. I listen to music at around 65-75 db. I am not attempting to blow the walls out. I do use a sub though which is a good idea with any speaker so I'm not asking the Elacs or my receiver for that matter to support anything below 80hz which I suspect buys me a little over head. All that said I can say I haven't had any problems. I couldn't speak to whether I'm getting "the best" out of these speakers with the above setup but I will say I upgraded to these speakers from the first generation of Andrew Jones pioneer book shelves which retailed at $129 and I'm happy as a pig in ... Mud? These are great speakers though I have limited experience with other speakers in the $500 to $1000 range. [ Blaine Jul 31, 2016 ]
Paul. -The Elac Unify series speakers will deliver an exceptional sound at a low volume. That being said there is no reasonable cause to max out the amp. That's where you might overload one or more output channel at the amp but there should be no problem at the speakers. I have Denon AVR-3200W receiver so I anticipated that with 4 ohm speakers there will be more amp draw. I also ran 14 gauge speaker wire for my surround sound speakers that will help also. I don't normally run my receiver at more than 50% and that is plenty volume but if you really want to test drive these speakers then get an amp with an output to match other than that I think you have enough output amps to get a great sound. I also just subscribed to Spotify to stream music . This service makes music sound much better than a CD. I hope this helps! Good luck Mike B. [ MICHAEL Jul 30, 2016 ]
I use a Pioneer Elite SC-81 for a 2.1 setup as I want to give my Elacss as much power as I can. It sounds pretty good, but I do wish I had more power.Your Yamaha would work, but I don't think you would get the best these Elacs have to offer. My advice...get these Elacs and upgrade your power situation later. [ Dennis Jul 30, 2016 ]
You will probably be fine, I powered mine with a 15 watt tube amp and they sounded great,although to predominant on the high treble end for me I more preferred the b3 I have no doubt that there might be more in there with a better amp but usually 30 watts is plenty,if you can get by the high energy treble and of course everbodys tastes are different; overall a good sounding speaker. [ allen Jul 29, 2016 ]
Absolutely. I have an NAD326BEE rated at 50 watts per channel and I can barely get past 1/4 to get great volume. The speakers are pretty amazing. They can be a bit bright on some albums but they still awesome. Owen R. [ OWEN Jul 29, 2016 ]