About the ELAC Uni-Fi UF5
A simply brilliant tower
A simply brilliant tower
From the top of its robust, well-braced cabinet to the beefy, stabilizer bars and adjustable spiked feet at its base, the ELAC UF5 floor-standing speaker is all business. That's because speaker design guru Andrew Jones has engineered out all the "fat", leaving nothing behind but pure, lean, muscular sound. Just in case you weren't familiar with his work, Mr. Jones has a well-deserved reputation, and a genuine knack, for wringing out every last drop of sound quality from his designs, allowing them to perform far beyond their price range.
What's the secret?
The ELAC concentric driver places its tweeter at the center of its midrange cone for enhanced imaging and clarity.
In part, the UF5 owes its clear, detailed sound, impressive imaging, and deep soundstage to a custom-designed concentric driver. 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 UF5'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.
How about that bass?
The UF5 uses three custom-designed 5-1/4" aluminum cone woofers to supply articulate bass that blends in precisely with the concentric driver. The woofers' large magnets and vented pole pieces increase power handling for bass that's clean, clear, and powerful. Three rear-firing ports extend bass performance, but keep it tight and tuneful.
Crossovers — the unsung heroes
I don't usually mention a speaker's crossover. That's partly because crossovers are not very glamorous, and to be honest, it's also because many of them aren't really worth mentioning in the first place. But proper crossovers are never an afterthought with a well-designed speaker. In fact, they're one of the most critical elements in any speaker's design and sound, and potentially, one of the most costly.
When Andrew Jones passed around a crossover from one of his Uni-Fi speakers, it was remarkably substantial — chock full of large, high-quality capacitors, precision resistors, and massive copper coils embedded on a heavy PC board with thick copper traces. The fact that ELAC was willing to spend their resources on something that's inside their speakers where you can't even see it, speaks volumes to the integrity of their designs.
- true 3-way speaker design
- custom-designed 1" soft dome tweeter concentrically mounted in a 4" aluminum cone midrange
- three custom-designed 5-1/4" aluminum cone woofers
- frequency response: 42-25,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 85 dB
- impedance: 4 ohms
- maximum power input: 140 watts
- sophisticated multi-element crossover with high-grade components to ensure smooth transition between drivers
- bass-reflex (ported) cabinet design
- thick MDF enclosure with internal bracing reduces cabinet vibration that causes unwanted sonic coloration
- custom-designed binding post speaker terminals
- included stabilizer bars and adjustable feet reduce resonance and vibration
- magnetically attached cloth grille
- black brushed vinyl finish
- 7-7/8"W x 38"H x 10-3/4"D
- weight: 39.6 lbs.
- warranty: 3 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # UF51-BK
What's in the box:
- Floorstanding loudspeaker
- 2 Stabilizer-bars
- 4 Spike-feet
- 4 Protective discs
- 4 Knobs
- 4 Machine screws
- 4 Hex-nuts
- Operating Instructions
ELAC Uni-Fi UF5 reviews
The ELAC UF 5s were purchased to replaced Meadowlard Shearwaters that had well-earned their retirement. While the sweetness of the individual instrumental voices on the ELAC's are no match for the Shearwaters, the soundstaging is absolutely incredible and top to bottom sensitivity are impressive. There is a breadth and sense of musical geography that provide a great listening experience. Both orchestral music and solo guitar are equally well reproduced throughout their ranges. With the grill covering the speaker cones, this floor-standing model is particularly unobtrusive.
Pros: Great soundstaging.
Cons: A little colorless in the mid-range.
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These speakers are amazing and are on par with much higher priced floorstanding speakers
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Great price for a very good speaker.
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I was looking to replace a 30 year old pair of Polk tower speakers and chose these. From the moment I first tested them I noticed a suppressed high end compared to all of my other speakers. I listened to a number of different CDs, noticed that the midrange was much better than my old speakers, but after a week of various attempts to fix the problem, I made no progress and decided to return the speakers. As usual, Crutchfield customer service was excellent and they processed the return with no difficulties. Given the excellent reviews for these speakers, I don't understand how they could have such an obvious flaw.
Pros: Very clear and accurate midrange
Cons: Poor high frequency response
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Very clear sound. In orchestral works you can distinctly hear every section. Violins and other instruments in the high range are bright but the speakers are also robust in the low ranges.
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Great product , room filling , imaging is excellent , would be hard pressed to find a better sounding speaker in this price range or even more expensive. Fast shipping and great support from crutchfield and staff.
Pros: Sound , price , easy set up.
Cons: Zero , so far
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Precise, quality, accurate, believable and full sounding speaker. Heavy weight, high end appearance and upscale presentation.
Pros: Full, rich and accurate sound Elegant case Quality construction
Cons: Simple paint 4ohm speaker needs powerful amplifier
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I had my heart set on different speakers, but I came across these at Crutchfield and their review convinced me to give them a try for 60 days. These speakers will not win a beauty contest. I was a little worried my wife would veto them as others will be far more visually appealing, but the sound would be incredibly difficult to beat for any speaker. She approved the look, and I approved the sound. These are in a large room with 17' ceiling and these paired with the Elac uniFi BS U5 bookshelf speakers fill the room with sound. Both music and movies sound more full and rich. When these go on sale, you shouldn't think twice.
Pros: Sound Size Price
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Great set of speakers and an outstanding value. First time Crutchfield customer and transaction when perfectly. Shipping was fast as promised. Looking for more equipment to buy from them as I'm getting back to vinyl and need to upgrade my 30+ year old equipment.
Pros: Sound, value, looks
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Awesome sound and great value. Replaced an old 1990's pair of MTX AAL speakers for me. Vocal clarity is outstanding. I'm hearing nuances in my music collection that I have not heard before. Lucy at Crutchfield guided me to the ELAC Uni-Fi UF5's and they do not disappoint!
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Sounds great. A good value
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As a classical and jazz musician, I am very critical of sound reproduction. Having had vintage quality speakers for many years I decided to research more recently produced speakers. My research led me to the ELAC family and the many reviews on this brand. Because of Crutchfields generous return policy, I decided to go with the Uni-Fi UF5 floor speakers. These speakers have a full nicely balanced musical sound. Percussion, brass, woodwinds, and strings all sound as they should. No need to send these babies back. Go ahead and spend thousands of extra dollars if you wish to. But, in the case of these speakers, you get much more than what you pay for. Order a pair and if the speakers aren't for you send them back at a reasonable charge. Ron
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Amazing sound. Excellent build quality. Packaging was a little damaged on one of my speakers. One grill had some minor damage and there was a small nick in one of the cabinets. That said- crutchfield took care of me. Good experience.
Pros: Great sound. Clarity.
Cons: Packaging could be better. Still needs a sub- but I expected that
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They took some time to break in, approximately 50 hours but now they sound great!
Pros: Great sound, no sub needed.
Cons: They don't do housework, no other issues.
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What I liked: The concentric driver is the real deal. Voice reproduction is fantastic. It took some hours of break in to get there, but their sound is just on the warm side of neutral. I have particularly enjoyed blu-rays. I paired with a sub and hip hop and synthwave music sounds phenomenal. They have an undeniably fun sound. What I didn't like: I listen to a lot of rock, grunge, and metal. While I think it is amazing how these speakers bring vocals to the forefront of the mix, I feel they lack the ability to produce prominent, juicy guitar tones, and the lower mids are somewhat under-represented. I use a pair of powered monitors for near-field reference listening, and they tend to create richer and warmer guitar tones than these. (My preference) Certain songs compared on the two sets sounded completely different depending on what they accentuated out of the mix. The verdict: These speakers can move enough air to fill my living room with sound without straining, and absolutely excel at being a home theater speaker because of the clarity. And, they achieve that clarity without sounding painfully bright like I find Klipsch speakers to be (out of the box these were so bright I almost sent them back but a few hours of break in and they were luverly.) If I wanted better I would probably have to spend $2k a pop. Keep in mind you absolutely will need a subwoofer with these. These will proudly be my floorstanders in the living room until I make the next tax bracket some day.
Pros: -Amazing vocal clarity and sonic imaging on voice, you can practically point to where a person is speaking or singing from in between your speakers -Fantastic for hip hop because of their generally thin mixes with few mid range instruments and focus on vocals. Any mid range on these songs sound fun and balanced and warm -TV and BluRay, two thumbs up -They love getting cranked and taking wattage, the sound gets bigger vs cheaper speakers that can sound strained under the power load
Cons: -Tonal reproduction on mid range instruments is middle of the road- on songs with layered guitar and synth it is difficult to pick the different lines apart from one another (it's a bit muddy) -Guitar tone reproduction isn't as accurate as, say, sitting in front of a nice guitar amp (which I tend to do several times a week) -Only a con if you are cheap and don't want to spend the money, but these puppies require a decent amp, they are not going to reach their potential without appropriate
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I have my ELAC Uni-Fi UF5 speakers paired with a Marantz PM 6006 Integrated Amplifier and CD6006 and couldn't be happier. The speakers do a wonderful job balancing clarity and precision with warmth. Listening to the speakers is a joy and has not given way to listener fatigue which I have experienced with other speakers in the past.
Pros: Clear, Precise, Warm Sound Expansive Soundstage Sturdy Construction Excellent value.
Cons: Bass Lovers May Require a Subwoofer.
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I am new to mid range audio equipment but for price and the right sub these speakers do no disappoint
Pros: Price, sound quality
Cons: Woofers are small
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Shopped for weeks all over the place at high end audio places , was going to overextend my wallet and buy Revel concerta2 F35s and even compared these to perfororma3 F208s, They were all fantastic but let's Say Honestly The ELACs are So insanely awsome and over achieving that they actually compete with 3400Dollar Speakers .. I Bought ELAC uni-Fi uf5 Elac Element integrated amp and SVS SB-2000 ... it's a 7500$ dollar system with a much less expensinve Answer ..
Pros: Clean Clear immaculate sound with good bass and they take everything you throw at em no hint of distortion anywhere highs kids and lows I'm impressed
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Easy to set up, unparalled clarity, in my experience. I am astonished at the nuances I hear (classical music listener)
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Simply put, the Elac UF5 does deliver fantastic sound for the price. I say this owning the Elac B6, and many other speakers. The primary strengths of the UNIFI Concentric driver design are its transparency and sound stage capabilities. Which means, the cymbals and voices sound extra clear, extended and un-colored. And if you position the speakers in a thoughtful manner, they can virtually "disappear" and a holographic audio soundstage will come into focus between, behind, besides and in front of the speakers. Close your eyes, point to the singer and she will be in between the speakers, magically. Now, most if not all high-end speakers will do this to varying degrees, but the UNIFI Elacs do it very well, especially considering the economical price. Also, the frequency response from high end down to low bass is quite smooth. No frequency overpowers another. This is why at $1,000 per pair they deliver great bang for buck. You would typically have to spend $2,000-$3,000 to find other floor standers that sound this smooth and transparent. The UF5 contains the exact same drivers as the UB5 bookshelf version except for the addition of 2 additional, identical bass drivers. This makes the speaker capable of higher volume before distortion, which makes them better for bigger rooms, whereas the UB5 is perhaps better suited for dens and bedrooms. Both UB5 and UF5 sound about the same at reasonable volumes, noting that the bass is only a tiny bit louder and deeper with the
Pros: Transparent highs, smooth frequency response, excellent sound stage capability, good cabinet build, good binding posts.
Cons: Not really, but requires high quality amp for best results.
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More details on the ELAC Uni-Fi UF5
Features & specs
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||4|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.25|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
|Frequency Response||42-25k Hz|
|Subwoofer Amp Power||---|
3-Way Speaker Design: The Elac Uni-Fi UF5 floorstanding 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 UF5 floorstanding 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 UF5 floorstanding 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 UF5 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.
Triple Bass Ports: The Elac UF5 floorstanding loudspeaker utilizes a bass reflex enclosure with three rear-firing flared ports 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 floorstanding 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).
Outrigger Base: An outrigger base design used for the UF5 provides a larger, more stable footprint and adds stability and optimum coupling of the speaker cabinet to the floor. Molded knobs dial in precise leveling of the four corners, which are supplied with spike-feet and protective discs, used according to whether the loudspeaker is placed on a soft or hard floor surface. The protective discs add approximately 0.1875" to the overall height of the speaker.
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 UF5 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 5.1-channel 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 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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