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ELAC Uni-Fi UB5

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Our take on the ELAC Uni-Fi UB5

"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.

Ridiculous performance for the money

"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.

What's their secret?

ELAC concentric driver

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.  

How about that bass?

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.

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Product Highlights:

  • true 3-way bookshelf speaker design
  • custom-designed concentric driver with 4" aluminum cone midrange and 1" soft dome tweeter for clear, accurate mids and highs
  • custom-designed 5-1/4" aluminum cone woofer
  • frequency response: 46-25,000 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 enclosures with internal bracing reduces cabinet vibration that causes unwanted sonic coloration
  • binding post speaker terminals
  • magnetically attached cloth grilles
  • black brushed vinyl finish
  • 7-7/8"W x 12-3/4"H x 10-3/4"D
  • weight: 16.5 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Operating Instructions

Hear looks a great reviews and bought these speakers. Performing as advertised.

Anonymous, Bodega Bay, CA

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(58 Reviews)

Great sound, look and price.

Anonymous from Manchester, NH on 6/5/2018

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

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Great for the price

David from Wichita, KS on 5/31/2018

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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.

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Riki from Tempe, AZ on 5/29/2018

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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.

Excellent purchase

Anonymous from Bodega Bay, CA on 5/2/2018

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Hear looks a great reviews and bought these speakers. Performing as advertised.

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Anthony from Taylors, SC on 4/23/2018

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Speakers sound great. The High and Mids. are present with just enough bass for my taste.

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James from Cocoa, FL on 4/18/2018

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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.

Cons: None

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Anonymous from NORMAN, OK on 2/20/2018

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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.

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INCREDIBLE

Bryan from Chicago, IL on 2/16/2018

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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

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Columbia, MD on 2/4/2018

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Great sound, good buy

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JB from New Braunfels, TX on 1/21/2018

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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

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Anonymous from Raleigh, NC on 1/17/2018

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Absolutely worth every penny! Clear, open and spacious sound. Great for all types of music.

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Anonymous from Rapid City, SD on 1/2/2018

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Bought these for my son...he loves them.o

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Wait until you hear them...

Robert from Georgetown, KY on 12/23/2017

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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

Awesome

Anonymous from Bozeman, MT on 12/23/2017

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Seem great. Really enjoying them so far.

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Anonymous from Fayetteville, NC on 12/11/2017

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Hassle Free HiFi

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WOOOOWWW!!!

A from Poughkeepsie, NY on 12/10/2017

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Once you go ELAC, you never go back!!!! The best speakers I've ever heard.

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David from Telford, PA on 12/5/2017

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The speakers are amazing for the size and price.

Pros: Sound great with all types of music. Small footprint, Large sound.

Cons: None

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Peter from Furlong, PA on 12/3/2017

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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!

Cons: None

Can't beat the sound for the price

Tom from Warren, OH on 12/2/2017

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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

No Longer Skeptical

Steve from Hicksville, OH on 12/2/2017

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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.

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Fantastic Speakers

Chase from Denver, CO on 11/22/2017

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

good bass for small speakers

ron from Texas on 10/26/2017

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great speakers, sound as good as my 1200.00 polktowers

Pros: all good

Cons: none

Great sound

Dennis from Charleston, WV on 9/21/2017

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These are great speakers. Very open and detailed.

Pros: Open and Detailed

Cons: None

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Anonymous from MA on 8/20/2017

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The Elac UB5 are living up to the hype. Warm, articulate detail for my ears. Nice.

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Anonymous from Bentonville, AR on 7/16/2017

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Great sound for the size! exceeded expectations

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Believe the Hype! The Elac Unifi UB5's are the real deal!

Reginald from Philadelphia, PA on 6/18/2017

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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.

Big grin

DEAN from Gilbert, SC on 5/30/2017

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Excellent for the size.Still breaking in but will get 2 more for the basement.If you are looking for bookshelf speakers STOP!

Pros: Size,punch

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Flint, MI on 5/7/2017

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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.

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Shih-Wei from Seattle, WA on 4/24/2017

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This speakers is great. Value is way over price.

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Anonymous from Buffalo, NY on 4/9/2017

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I love these speakers and I got them on sale to boot! Highly recommended!!!

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Anonymous from Honolulu HI on 4/4/2017

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Great, love it!!

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Lived up to the hype

Kurt from New Hampshire on 3/3/2017

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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

Worth every penny

Vinnie from Brookville, Ohio on 2/9/2017

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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

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Anonymous from Farmington, MI on 2/8/2017

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Really like the crisp sound and the highs that these speakers deliver. For the money they are a great buy!!!

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High End For 500 A Pair!

robert from Cleveland, OH on 1/26/2017

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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.

Cons: none

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Anonymous from Millbrook, AL on 1/14/2017

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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!

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Very pleasant speaker. Outstanding

Bob from Mansfield, OH on 12/19/2016

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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.

Pros: Numerous

Cons: None

Superb sound, Needs High amplification

paul from Brownfield, TX on 12/16/2016

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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.

Unbeatable value

Will from Bismarck, ND on 12/15/2016

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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

Cons: Nothing

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Clarence from LA on 12/12/2016

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Outstanding sound for the price. Cannot go wrong with these speakers.

Pros: Great bass in a small package, excellent highs, great imaging.

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Atlanta, GA on 12/10/2016

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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.

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You've got to be kidding me!

Ron from New Orleans, LA on 11/13/2016

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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!

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Couldn't fill the room.

Rob from Lincolnton, NC on 10/29/2016

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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.

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Noah from Highland, NY on 10/29/2016

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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

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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Anonymous from Bozeman, MT on 10/21/2016

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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.

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Charles from Tulsa, OK on 10/13/2016

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Great sound from such a small speaker.

Pros: Great Sound

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Amazing sound from such a small box.

HoLun from Cedar Park, TX on 10/2/2016

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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

Cons: none

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Jimi from Brainerd, MN on 10/1/2016

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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.

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Anonymous from Bend, OR on 9/26/2016

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great sound, great design, great price

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As good as everyone says!

George from Concord, NC on 9/20/2016

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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.

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Harrisonburg, VA on 9/15/2016

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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.

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Anonymous from New Kensington, PA on 8/28/2016

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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.

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Excellent Sound Cheap Build

Sanford from Miami, FL on 8/26/2016

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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

ELAC Uni Fi UB5 speakers

Ken C from Wyckoff, NJ on 8/16/2016

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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.

Cons: None

Amazing speakers for the size

Anonymous from Greenville, SC on 8/4/2016

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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

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First HiFi Quality speakers for an Emerging Audiophile

Stephen from Foxboro, MA on 8/3/2016

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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.

Audiophile Quality On A Budget

Dennis from Inverness, FL on 7/30/2016

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Absolutely enjoying these Elacs. They sound like speakers costing 3-4 times as much.

Pros: Price, Quality 3-way design

Cons: None so far

Elac Uni-fi UB5

Ding from Sterling Heights, MI on 7/1/2016

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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.

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Soft-dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) 4
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Composition Aluminum
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 40-140
Sensitivity 85 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Frequency Response 46-25k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 12-13/16
Width (inches) 7-15/16
Depth (inches) 12-3/16
Weight (pounds) 16.5
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-31
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

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Features

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.

  • 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. In addition, try to elevate the speakers to the same height or slightly higher as the front speakers for the most enveloping soundfield.
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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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 ]

7 questions already asked

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 ]
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