ELAC Debut B5
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High-quality materials add up to one sweet sounding speaker.
If you're looking for crystal-clear sound with sparkling detail and deep, accurate bass, check out ELAC's Debut B5 series speakers. Designed by renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones, the B5s were created from the ground up to deliver high-end audio performance with a modest price tag. When I got the opportunity to listen to them here at Crutchfield headquarters, I was blown away. I can't remember ever hearing such rich, dynamic sound from a bookshelf speaker in this price range. The wide soundstage, accurate imaging, and surprisingly deep bass were astonishing.
One of the most impressive qualities of the B5s is their ability to accurately play low frequencies. Even in our cavernous training room, they belted out authoritative bass without strain. On the EDM track "Seeya" by deadmau5, toes tapped patiently during the soft intro, then when the deep bass kicked in at the 35-second mark, our jaws practically dropped open. For a living room, dorm, or office system these little speakers will provide a true full-range listening experience without the need for a subwoofer taking up floor space.
Many budget-level speakers use inexpensive, lightweight parts to keep the price down. Unfortunately, this often means a sacrifice in audio performance. The B5s stay true to their audio roots by using custom-designed, high-quality crossovers. This attention to detail lends to the overall magic that these speakers offer. Smooth high-frequencies from the 1" silk dome tweeter complement the powerful 5-1/4" woven aramid-fiber woofer. The result is full, natural sound that won't break your budget.
Andrew Jones made a name for himself designing phenomenal high-end speakers across the industry. Lately, he's turned his attention toward creating speakers that offer excellent performance at very affordable prices. The Debut B5 speakers are his latest triumph. They make a perfect match in a surround sound setup with the entire ELAC Debut line, all of which were designed by Jones.
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Excellent value and Service. Conrad is great to work with!
Wanted the B6's but got a great deal on these as Crutchfield priced matched another site. They are still breaking in, opening up and getting better every day. Very impressed with the mids and bass on these little bad boys. Highs aren't the greatest but not bad either. I'm very happy with my purchase and would most definitely recommend these!
For the money, one of the best choices out there. My reference speakers are KEF LS50 Anniversary Editions and these get 80-85% of the way there, in my opinion. Compared to the KEF's, the B5's are a little less open, a tad veiled in vocals, and a little 'ragged' in the high frequency ranges. Compared to another speaker in the price category, the Definitive Technologies Studio 45, the B5's have a more silky high end-- lacking the raggedness of the DT 45's on the attack of particularly the high frequencies. The DT 45's do have tad better bass than the B5's and seem to handle a little more power without sweating. The DT 45's are going back, keeping the B5's.
Pros: - Crazy good value; heard nothing as good at this price in this category - Very good performance, regardless of price for a speaker this size - 80-85% of the performance of the very best speakers this size, for 25% of the price.
Cons: - Highs not quiet as natural sounding as the best speakers in this category (KEF LS50) - Not quiet open as best speakers in this category - Make you rethink spending $1,300 on reference speakers
If you are like me, you are always searching for the sweet spot when purchasing audio gear. These ELAC B5s produce the best sound I've ever heard from this size cabinet and at this price point. And Crutchfield was willing to price match a special running on another website, so it was no contest to select Crutchfield's superb customer-oriented service. But back to the B5s... I wrestled with buying the B5 or B6 but in the end it came down to my room configuration (open and flowing from dining room to living room with a vaulted ceiling) and speaker placement. For the latter, it has to be on the wall, which is not ideal for SQ but then neither is the room. I've always needed a subwoofer in this space for the lower frequencies (a Polk PSW-10), so that really addresses the reported low frequency low-off of the B5s. My listening in this 2.1 configuration is probably 80 percent streaming (ALAC files) from an Airport Express-to-Benchmark DAC1-to-Sony TA-AX500 (80 wpc), and 20 percent CD/SACDs from an Oppo BDP83SE connected to the same amp. In either mode, the SQ from the B5s is startlingly clear and detailed. I am hearing subtle instrument detail for the first time, and the sound stage from my listening chair is very life-like. I have not owned these B5s for long and my enthusiasm might mellow, but I doubt it.
Pros: Sound quality and price = amazing value.
Cons: I wished their was a walnut or cherry finish option to compliment the B5's performance.
I would have given 5 stars but the vinyl began peeling off one of the speakers. The Elacs replaced the venerable Sound Dynamics from 15 years ago. The Elacs are quick, dynamic and have excellent base for the size of the woofer. I recently purchased the Wharfdale 225's for another system and the Elacs hold their own at half the price. I would highly recommend the Elacs for anyone purchasing a stand mounted speaker.
Does perform as expected. Delivers clear sound and handles power. Small as needed to work in shop warehouse barn area. Got two pair.
Pros: Compact bookshelf size, good clarity, handle power.
As good as it gets without spending stupid money. I set these up with a Yamaha 85wpc amp, a Parts Express 8" sub and an Onkyo single CD player and it rivals the best setups from my past. I don't spend $1000s on gear anymore, and really dont need to with quality products such as these. I did remove the caps from the tweeters and put these on 32" stands angles slightly inward.
Awesome design. Replaced a satellite set. Sounds amazing and looks great.
Pros: Style and design
Amazing speakers! So glad I went with these, the reviews were spot on!
Pros: Sound amazing, great price!
Replace my sound bar with something far, far better. The sound fills the entire house.
Pros: Great sound at a very good price. I got mine on sale.
Cons: No cons, all pros as far as I'm concerned.
Hard to believe such great sound from speakers that size. I purchased them based on David's(a Crutchfield expert) suggestion and he hit a home run with them!
Speakers sound great, fast shipping!
The speaker sounds good generally. The price is fair for what you get. However they sound smaller than their size! Somehow I feel It misses some dimension. I'm still beak in them, so maybe it will get better soon . Regardless it does the job for what I searched for.
Great sound. Nice mids with a tight low. Do note, those thinking to use these as rears in a surround set-up, they are big. Keep this in mind for small spaces.
Can't beat the quality of these speakers. Team them up with a sub woofer and a decent receiver....whether you're watching a movie, live concert or just listening to your favorite tunes...it's money very well spent.
For the money, I don't know how you could find better sounding speakers. Crisp and clear highs and decent lows when playing music. I have a large living room set up for 5.1 and my wife wouldn't allow towers so I went with these bookshelves. Paired with the sub they fill my large room with ease. Very pleased.
Pros: Sound more expensive than they are. Attractive build.
Cons: None at this price point
For the price, very hard to beat, sound quality is very good, maybe not as bright as I would like for my own personal preference, but very clear. I ended up closing off the rear ports because of my speaker placement near walls, worked out very well as I am using a sub for bass. Overall a good purchase, would go with floor speakers if I had the room size. Impressed with ELAC
These are really great speakers with high quality and full range of sounds. A bit hard to drive so you need a good receiver. Note: These need couple days to reach best sound and should be placed at least 16 inch from the wall
Pros: Great Sound Nice Look Enough bass for bookshelf
Cons: Low Sensitivity Can't be placed near the wall
Just watched Mission Impossible 3 with just these hooked up to the Denon AVR-S510BT. Great sound. Nice and bright, but not too bright. Solid bass and midrange. Really made the movie come alive. I've been streaming some digital music from my iPhone and I've heard detail in some songs (e.g. Derek Trucks Band) that I have not heard before. I had a pair of Paradigm mini-monitor v5's that I have hooked up to another TV and plugged them into the same Denon and tried the same songs and this ELACs are superior AND cheaper. Some detail at the higher frequencies is not as clear on the Paradigms. It's just been a week and just one DVD, but lots of streamed music and I am very happy with these.
Pros: Great detail in sound. Incredible value.
I use them for my rear speakers in my surround system. They do the job just fine. For the price it will hard to find anything better. You can go with the B6 if you want to use the set as your main speakers.
Pros: Do the job in my surround configuration.
Got a pair of these to try out, these sounds great. for the price its simply amazing. I Pair this with dayton subwoofer, with a 100wpc 80s vintage technics receiver, it powers it with no problem, putting out great sounds.
Pros: Budget friendly amazing sound quality good looks
Clear, well-defined sound. Unexpectedly rich lows. Driven by Audioengine N22
Pros: As great for their size as everyone is telling you - best sound for the price.
Cons: They would be even better in nice-looking wooden cabinet, not in drab black MDF.
Just as good as everyone says.
Pros: Excellent sound quality. No trouble handling a 120 watts per channel Onkyo NR-TX747.
I bought these to use on my 7.1 surround system as add on for additioanal wide speakers. What a great addition. These speakers sound great. The wide envelopment in the 7.1.2 sounds amazing. I'm using a onkyo 809 an it's never sounded this good. Can't beat the price or sound. I was considering on purchasing a new atmos dolby reciever I don't need to that anymore.
Pros: Sound and price
I have done a lot of research for Front L/R speakers for my media room, and finally decided to but the B5's. Having used the speakers for a month now, Im totally satisfied with the sound quality. Below are things i really like about the speakers: - The MDF cabinet finish is really nice, not too reflective & looks elegant in my media room. I personally like the way they look without the cloth grill. - The binding posts are very sturdy - Clear/ crisp sound ( i mainly use these for movies complimented with ELAC C6 center channel speaker) I would recommend these speakers for someone looking for a good bookshelves to be used in a small to medium sized rooms. Finally, id like to acknowledge the great customer service from crutchfield (shout out to Ashley - online chat representative). They answered my questions about the product & did provide me with expedited 2-day shipping as there was a minor misunderstanding regarding products shipping out over the weekend.
Pros: Clear sound Look & finish of the MDF cabinet Sturdy binding posts
Cons: none till date
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.25|
|Woofer Composition||Woven Aramid-Fiber|
|Frequency Response||46-20k Hz|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||24-31|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
Two-Way Driver Design: The Elac Debut B5 bookshelf loudspeaker features a two-way driver design with a 1" tweeter, one 5.25" woofer, and a 3,000Hz crossover. Both the tweeter and woofer have been custom designed by Andrew Jones to deliver an exceptional audio experience that can't be delivered with typical off-the-shelf parts
Bass Reflex MDF Cabinet: The Elac Debut B5 bookshelf loudspeaker uses a bass reflex cabinet with a rear-firing flared port 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 textured vinyl black finish. A detachable cloth grille is included.
5-Way Binding Posts: The Elac Debut B5 bookshelf 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).
Applications: The Elac Debut B5 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 Debut B5 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 Debut Series: The Elac Debut series family of loudspeakers consists of two bookshelf speakers, two floorstanding speaker, a center-channel speaker, a Dolby Atmos enabled speaker, and two powered subs.
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Great reviews. Small footprint. [ Bradlee Jan 19, 2018 ]
Read a CNet review - followed by info in your write up. Gift for son just starting "high fidelity" journey [ Martin Nov 11, 2017 ]
good experience with previous Jones product. reviews everywhere are excellent. [ MATT Jul 16, 2017 ]
Wes recommended [ Ronald Jun 19, 2017 ]
Reviews. Want "true" stereo rather than 5+ channel through media center. [ RONALD Feb 05, 2017 ]
I own other Andrew Jones products and am very pleased with their performance. The excellent reviews indicate that these speakers will deliver similar or better sound. The exploded views show the use of higher quality components than is usual at this price point. Finally, I like the clean no nonsense looks. [ Charles Oct 09, 2016 ]
The Wirecutter chose to recommend the Elac B6 speakers as their most highly recommended bookshelf speakers. I went with the B5 because they were cheaper, and probably sufficient for my needs. [ Matthew Jul 19, 2016 ]
Excellent online reviews and could not pass up the fantastic price. [ Daniel Jul 09, 2016 ]
Rumor these are best bookshelf speakers under $500 [ Abo Jun 27, 2016 ]
Not too familiar with McIntosh or tube amps. But i will say the speakers have a very nice full sound. I run them in my home theatre hooked to a Yamaha Aventage RX-A1050. Not overly stylish but great sound for the price. KEF Q100's are a little cleaner but ELAC's have better bass. [ Derek Apr 10, 2018 ]
We love our Elac speakers. However the subwoofer will "pop" about once every hour. [ Shawn Apr 09, 2018 ]
I use them under my TV along with my Peachtree Nova and they fill the entire room and sound amazing. [ John O. Apr 09, 2018 ]
Speakers are great. Crutchfield are pros. Ill never go anyplace else for a/v technology [ gary Apr 09, 2018 ]
I am very pleased with the Speakers. I am using them with a Denon AVR-2015 Surround Receiver. Not sure how this compares to yours. But the sound quality is excellent. I haven complaints concerning these speakers. [ Paul G. Apr 03, 2018 ]
Suggestions would be , depending on budget. (Marantz NR 1607 or Marantz MM 7025) Both suggestions will give you options as you grow your system. My ELAC speakers have been just what I was (range-meets my music taste (jazz vocals/indie and classical). looking for. Greg [ greg Jan 02, 2018 ]
I have a Yamaha HT amp with 85 watts per channel with an adjustable impedance setting that I set to 6 ohms to match the speaker. This is 7 channels but I only run stereo and don't use it for home theater - got an amazing deal on it. You can basically use any amp 35 watts per channel and up, and even stereo can be used for movie tracks. I do run an 8" subwoofer so a line out for that is nice to have if you are going that way, especially for movie tracks. [ DKL53 Dec 30, 2017 ]
I do not use an amplifier. I do not need more power however I do use an external phono pre-amp instead of the built in on the turntable, Makes the sound much better. That's better not louder. [ Richard A Dec 30, 2017 ]