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ELAC Debut C5

Center channel speaker

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Our take on the ELAC Debut C5

ELAC has a storied tradition of building uniquely designed, high-end speakers that sound amazing. Now, they've used that expertise to create their new Debut series — a speaker line that delivers incredible performance at a great price. Designed by renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones, the C5 center channel provides clear, room-filling dialogue along with lifelike sound effects.  Smooth high frequencies from the 1" silk dome tweeter complement a powerful pair of 5-1/4" woven aramid-fiber woofers. The result is full, natural sound that won't break your budget.

Treat your ears to pristine dialogue

ELAC Debut C5 center channel speaker

High-quality woofer and tweeter materials provide exquisite sonic detail.

ELAC has a storied tradition of building uniquely designed, high-end speakers that sound amazing. Now, they've used that expertise to create their new Debut series — a speaker line that delivers incredible performance at a great price. Designed by renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones, the C5 center channel provides clear, room-filling dialogue along with lifelike sound effects. Smooth high frequencies from the 1" silk dome tweeter complement a powerful pair of 5-1/4" woven aramid-fiber woofers. The result is full, natural sound that won't break your budget.

My experience with the Debut C5

We recently set up an ELAC Debut 5.2.4 Dolby Atmos home theater system in the Crutchfield Labs, using the C5 as the center channel. During my viewing of The Martian, I was impressed by the C5's crisp dialogue and full, natural sound. The immersive soundstage it created made me feel like the Mars expedition was unfolding right in front of me.

Custom components deliver high-end performance

The C5 stays true to ELAC's rich audio heritage by using custom-designed, high-quality crossovers and beefy voice coils. This attention to detail lends to the overall magic that these speakers offer. Dual rear-firing ports extend bass performance, ensuring that even the deepest of voices are reproduced accurately. The C5 is a perfect center channel for a surround sound setup made up of speakers from the ELAC Debut line, all of which were designed by Jones.

Product Highlights:

  • 1" silk dome tweeter with deep spheroid waveguide for improved sound dispersion
  • two custom-designed 5-1/4" woofers with woven aramid-fiber cone for smooth punchy bass and midrange
  • frequency response: 48-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 87 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: 30-120 watts
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet design
  • custom multi-element crossover with high-grade components to ensure smooth transition between drivers
  • 5-way binding post speaker terminals
  • black brushed vinyl finish
  • 18-13/16"W x 7-7/8"H x 9-11/16"D
  • weight: 18 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Center-channel loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • Operating Instructions

ELAC Debut C5 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(22 Reviews)

Great but wanting more

Anonymous from Big Pine, CA on 3/4/2018

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Highs crystal clear. Mids and bass non existant. Lacks voulme

Pros: Clear crisp

Cons: Lacks volume

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Anonymous from Ocracoke, NC on 2/5/2018

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Great center channel! Very clear dialogue.



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Anonymous from Lebanon, MO on 12/29/2017

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Crisp dialogue. Didn't realize what I was missing with my old set. Be aware of size with this along with the B5s when planning for placement. If you have the room, these are awesome.

Pros: Crisp defining dialogue.

Cons: Size may be an issue for some

Great sound, fit and finish

Dan from Olympia, WA on 12/25/2017

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No disappointments with these speakers. Especially at the price point. Love 'em. Great service from Crutchfield makes the whole experience even better.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

ELAC Debut C5

Michael from Port Jeff Sta, NY on 12/18/2017

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Great sounding



Great Clarity and Deep Bass

Cliff from York, PA on 12/16/2017

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Great sounding center channel speaker! I have it mounted on the wall on top my 60 inch Samsung. I previously bought Elac's B6 front channel speakers and the S10 Sub. It brings more bass and clarity to voices. It is large and 18 lbs weight.

Pros: Sound

Cons: Size

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Travis from Walker, LA on 12/13/2017

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Definitely woke up my system, very clear and great sounding speaker. I thought about ordering 2 more and make them my front speakers, but I already ordered the B6s before I received this one. Very happy!

Pros: clear highs and lows

Cons: none yet

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William from Sequim, WA on 12/10/2017

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Excellent speakers. Beautiful sound, everything from music to movies.



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Kenny from Madelia, MN on 11/18/2017

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Just got it hooked up had to try it out before adding the b6s what an amazing sound

Pros: Great sound for the money

Cons: None

Amazing Center option for movies and TV watching!

Isaac from Seattle, WA on 8/22/2017

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This was a real up grade from my only center set up... The clarity is just like going to the movies. Bass on this C5 is out of this world. It is also beautiful styled in black finish to go with your home decor. I have been re-watching all my movies again and hearing things I had missed before... Great choice... Thank Crutchfield....

Pros: Great design and offers clear sound for voice and bass....

Cons: None

Helped with dialog

Jerry from Denver, CO on 7/10/2017

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My wife and I watch a lot of British TV and we were having trouble understanding what they were saying. Got the C5 and the dialog comprehension increased tremendously.

Pros: Clean, clear sound.

Cons: Kind of big, had to mount above TV because of no room in TV stand. Makes sense though, normally a persons head is in the top third of the screen so why not have the voice come out close to their mouth? Seems to work.

Great center speaker

Ismael from Long Island, NY on 7/2/2017

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This speaker sounds great. I've had it now for almost a month and no complaints. I've got it paired up with some elac f6's and the combo is terrific, well done Mr. Jones . The voice is clear and true, you can't find a better speaker for the money !

Pros: Clear dialogue , great sound

Cons: Box is a bit big

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Anonymous from Tempe, AZ on 3/9/2017

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Sometimes I feel there is to much low in the dialogue depending on the voice. With that said, everything else sounds good. Clear and tight. I have a full ELAC surround sound (towers, rears) and am happy with the set-up. No ELAC sub... what happens when the iOS changes and they no longer update? This is why.



Clear dialogue but softer sound

Stephen from Silver Spring, MD on 2/26/2017

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Clear dialogue in movies, softer sound, but still clear. I paired this with the ELAC B6's and a Denon receiver. Unfortunately Crutchfield didn't have the BIC F12 sub that I use with my 3.1 system for music/movies, but all together, this system sounds perfect. I will add rear channels later, but for now this meets all my needs

Pros: clear dialogue can get loud

Cons: have to push to higher audio settings from receiver

Can't do any better for the money!

Anonymous from Fond Du Lac, WI on 2/18/2017

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I think this is one of the great values in center speakers. I've never owned a "reference" quality center, but this is a huge upgrade from my old one. With my old center, I needed to boost center volume to get clear dialogue. Not with this one. I can hear every word. And I like the overall tonality as well. Sometimes I think dialogue gets a little "basey" with some speakers I've listened to. Not this one. The voices sound real.

Pros: Great value. Clear voices. Pleasing tone and sound.

Cons: None in my opinion.

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Anonymous from Pittsburgh, PA on 12/31/2016

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Taller than you might imagine. Make sure you have space under tv. Other than that it's awesome. Very solid speaker



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Anonymous from Houston, TX on 12/21/2016

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Fantastic sounding speaker. Considering replacing all the onkyo speakers that came with the s9700thx htib with the elac debut series after hearing how much better this one is.



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Longfei from Cambridge, MA on 12/20/2016

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It's about 3db more volume than B5 The bass is really great for central speaker Overall, great sound for the price.

Pros: Sound quality Dynamic Range relatively easy to drive

Cons: a bit large

All I can say is that this is a great center channel speaker

Roger from Sun City, AZ on 11/5/2016

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I cannot believe how good this center channel speaker performs and sounds. I have had center channel speakers with larger drivers, but this one outperforms all the others. I was initially concerned with the bass but no more, this really does a good with the low frequencies. Cannot believe the cost/benefit of the ELAC speakers.

Pros: Great sound from the lows to the highs. The best cost/benefit in audio speakers.

Cons: None


Cedric C from Gibsonia, PA on 10/16/2016

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Voices are well rendered. Construction is good. You really get your money worth.

Pros: Fantastic sound. You can't beat it in this price range.

Cons: None.

Best Center channel

Hector from Manati, PR on 9/26/2016

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Mr Jones is a Genius, dialogs loud and clear, but music thats where I was really surprised. I had , JVC, Bose , Klipsch and Polk, but this is something else.

Pros: Finally Hi-Fi speakers at a good price.

Cons: NONE


Ed W. from Richmond, VA on 7/14/2016

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Replaced a Bose VCS-10 with the Debut-C5, my system came alive. I now believe Andrew Jones is an alien from the planet Audiophile.


Cons: None


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Soft-dome
Midrange size (inches) N/A
Woofer size (inches) 5-1/4
Connector Type 5-way post
Power Range 120
Sensitivity 87 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 48-20k Hz
Height (inches) 7-7/8
Width (inches) 18-13/16
Depth (inches) 9-11/16
Weight 18 lbs
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

Product Research


Two-Way Driver Design: The Elac Debut C5 center-channel loudspeaker features a two-way driver design with a 1" tweeter, two 5.25" woofers, and a 3,000Hz crossover. Both the tweeter and two woofers have been custom designed by Andrew Jones to deliver an exceptional audio experience that can't be delivered with typical off-the-shelf parts

  • Cloth Dome Tweeter w/ Wave Guide: The Elac Debut C5 features a 1" cloth dome tweeter with a custom-designed waveguide with a deep spheroid profile. This waveguide design is utilized to improve directivity control and shield the tweeter from cabinet diffraction.
  • Dual Woven-Aramid Fiber Woofers: The center-channel speaker features two 5.25" woven aramid-fiber cone woofers with rubber surround, oversized magnet, and vented pole piece. Woven aramid fiber offers a superior stiffness-to-weight ratio and damping over common polypropylene or paper cones. The added strength allows more flexibility in design to achieve a smoother, extended frequency response.
  • Custom Crossover: A custom seven-element crossover (3,000Hz) with audio-grade components is implemented to ensure smooth transition between the tweeter and woofers.
Note: Optimal results for the center-channel are obtained by setting your home AV receiver's center-channel size to small. If you are given the choice, set the crossover frequency between 50 to 100Hz.

Bass Reflex MDF Cabinet: The Elac Debut C5 center-channel loudspeaker uses a bass reflex cabinet with two rear-firing flared ports for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. The cabinet is made of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) with two vertical braces 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 C5 center-channel 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).

Placement & Mounting Options: The center-channel speaker should be placed directly above or below the center of your TV screen. It can rest on a flat surface like a table top, shelf, or stand. Try to keep the center-channel as close to the same level as your front speakers for a more even soundstage. If this is not possible, you might try tilting the center speaker up (if too low) or down (if too high) to aim it wards the listening area. The speaker should be positioned approximately 1' to 2' away from boundaries, such as walls or corners.

Note: The center-channel speaker does not offer wall-mount capability.

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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Price [ MURRAY  Feb 19, 2018 ]
Andrew Jones [ Rafael  Jan 22, 2018 ]
I wanted a good center channel, and this is one of the best for the price from my reserching, and it also has matching speakers. [ Austin  Jan 11, 2018 ]
I chose the Elac Debut C5 after researching reviews and competitors. It has received great reviews and has an excellent price point. [ Brad  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Outstanding reviews! [ SETH R  Sep 12, 2017 ]
sound [ Diane  Aug 27, 2017 ]
I am using Elac Debut series speakers for the front, surround as well as an Elac debut sub. This will match the 7.1 system [ stephen  Aug 25, 2017 ]
Reviews and cost. [ William  Jul 03, 2017 ]
It was strongly recommended to me. After reading reviews I was convinced this was a great audio product. [ Matthew  Jun 22, 2017 ]
Matching center channel to the F5's. [ Adam  Jan 02, 2017 ]
Matching speaker for Elac F6 towers. There is no C6 available. [ Mohana  Dec 11, 2016 ]
Seems like the logical match for the Debut F5 speakers [ B  Sep 29, 2016 ]
The wirecutter recommended it. [ Devin  Sep 09, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

I don't know what quality the Uni-fi has but the Elam produces excellent sound. We have a theatre set up in our gastric space. 1200 sf and it is awesome sounding. Rocks the whole house [ Christopher  Apr 13, 2018 ]
I returned it because it was to big for my speaker cabinet. [ TODD  Apr 13, 2018 ]
Thanks for your question. Yes. On the main product page "Accessories" tab you will see a section for mounts. I have attached the link below. Hope this helps. [ Kenny  Apr 22, 2017 ]  Staff
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 05, 2016 ]  Staff