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ELAC Debut B6

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Overview

Our take on the ELAC Debut B6

ELAC's Debut B6 bookshelf speakers deliver dynamic sound with incredible detail and powerful bass. Designed by renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones, the B6s 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.  These remarkable speakers  offer a wide soundstage, pristine imaging, and surprisingly deep bass for their size. 

Room-filling sound with great bass

ELAC Debut B6 Bookshelf speakers

The Debut B6 bookshelf speakers offer incredible sound for music and movies.

ELAC's Debut B6 bookshelf speakers deliver dynamic sound with incredible detail and powerful bass. Designed by renowned speaker engineer Andrew Jones, the B6s 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. These remarkable speakers offer a wide soundstage, pristine imaging, and surprisingly deep bass for their size. 

Tower-like sound from a bookshelf speaker

One of the most impressive qualities of the B6 speakers is their ability to accurately play low frequencies. Even in our cavernous training room, they belted out authoritative bass without strain. They are perfect for the front or surround sound channels in a home theater. Or use a pair for a killer 2-channel music system. For a living room, dorm, or office system the B6s will provide a true full-range listening experience without the need for a subwoofer taking up floor space.

Custom components deliver high-end performance

Many budget-level speakers use inexpensive, lightweight parts to keep the price down. Unfortunately, this often means a sacrifice in audio performance. The B6s 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 6-1/2" woven aramid-fiber woofer. The result is full, natural sound that won't break your budget.

A legendary speaker designer strikes again

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 B6 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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Product Highlights:

  • 1" silk dome tweeter with deep spheroid waveguide for improved sound dispersion
  • custom-designed 6-1/2" woofer with woven aramid-fiber cone for smooth punchy bass and midrange
  • frequency response: 44-20,000 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
  • 8-9/16"W x 14-1/16"H x 10-15/16"D
  • weight: 14.3 lbs. (each)
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • Operating Instructions

Haven't had a good chance to really test them because we are in temporary housing while waiting for our house to be built. They are connected to a temporary receiver and so far they sound great. Will revisit in a few months.

Jack, St Augustine, FL

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Soft-dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Woven Aramid-Fiber
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 120
Sensitivity 87 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 44-20k Hz
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 14-1/16
Width (inches) 8-9/16
Depth (inches) 10-15/16
Weight (pounds) 14.3
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-31
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

Product Research

Features

Two-Way Driver Design: The Elac Debut B6 bookshelf loudspeaker features a two-way driver design with a 1" tweeter, one 6.5" 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

  • Cloth Dome Tweeter w/ Wave Guide: The Elac Debut B6 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.
  • Woven-Aramid Fiber Woofer: The bookshelf speaker features a single 6.5" woven aramid-fiber cone woofer 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 woofer.

Bass Reflex MDF Cabinet: The Elac Debut B6 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 B6 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 B6 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 5.1channel 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 Debut B6 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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Why did you buy this?

Great product at closeout price! [ William  May 07, 2018 ]
Every time I spent some money on the things I want to have always make a research and this pair of speakers were no exception. I found a lot of information on the quality, design, performance and specially the price of this product. And fortunately you have it on special buy right now. I will place it on my living room on the second pair of speaker outputs that the receiver that I bought from Crutchfield a couple of months ago has available. I hope to enjoy it. Thanks Crutchfield! [ VICTOR  May 05, 2018 ]
An affordable audiophiles dream. It's a great time to be alive. Thank you Andrew Jones. The previous value king for enthusiast was the Andrew Jones designed Pioneer SP-BS22-LR which are about $130 now. The Debut B6 sound better but also cost more. Buy these speakers while they last with their final sale, before being phased out with the new model line. [ Scott  May 04, 2018 ]
Have been reading great reviews on the speakers, even bad reviews sounded good. [ pedro  May 03, 2018 ]
Reviews! [ Mike  May 02, 2018 ]
Reviews! [ William  Apr 23, 2018 ]
My new Yamaha integrated CD player has less power, needed more efficiency than my old 4 1/2 inch sealed speakers. [ DON  Apr 20, 2018 ]
Great reviews in Stereophile magazine on these speakers. [ Matthew  Apr 19, 2018 ]
Highly recommended at best value in its class on numerous reviews. Crutchfield review was very helpful as well. [ MICHAEL  Apr 17, 2018 ]
Finally went on sale and in stock. Free shipping and no sales tax. [ Gary  Apr 17, 2018 ]
Reputation, price, brand [ Claudio  Apr 16, 2018 ]
Nearly universal praise for these speakers. I'm hoping they work well in my room. [ CHARLES  Apr 16, 2018 ]
Good speakers at a low price that offer good bass sound. [ John  Apr 01, 2018 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield professional. [ George  Mar 06, 2018 ]
excellent reviews [ o. c.  Mar 01, 2018 ]
Merts my needs and wants [ Louis  Mar 01, 2018 ]
reviews [ russell  Feb 18, 2018 ]
I studied reviews from magazines and felt for the money these speakers were worth trying. [ Pat  Feb 04, 2018 ]
stereophile magazine review [ Eric  Jan 30, 2018 ]
Probably the best speakers you can get for the price and have a matching center speaker. [ Austin  Jan 11, 2018 ]
the research I've done on them. [ shannon  Dec 29, 2017 ]
Good reviews [ Francisco  Dec 29, 2017 ]
Beginning with reading extensively and ending with confirmation from Drummer, these speakers are so highly rated and Drummer felt they would best meet my expectations. We shall see, I am very hopeful and excited to try them! [ Daniel  Nov 30, 2017 ]
I chose the Elac Debut B6 after researching reviews and competitors. It has received great reviews and has an excellent price point. [ Brad  Nov 28, 2017 ]
From what I have seen on YouTube these are the best bookshelf speakers under $300. [ George H Nix  Nov 26, 2017 ]
It was based on Crutchfields speaker review. [ George M.  Nov 25, 2017 ]
Online reviews for these speakers are fantastic [ Phil  Nov 25, 2017 ]
Amazing speakers by all reviews [ Navin  Nov 25, 2017 ]
Reviews and Price [ Robert  Nov 24, 2017 ]
Great reviews for a lower priced bookshelf speaker [ Robert  Nov 23, 2017 ]
Crutchfield reviews [ allan  Oct 27, 2017 ]
Extremely positive reviews and very reasonable price point. [ Richard  Oct 11, 2017 ]
good reviews [ B  Oct 07, 2017 ]
Numerous reviews praising the performance and price/performance compared to much more expensive speakers. Fit within my budget. [ Terry  Aug 26, 2017 ]
I just read a C|net review that called these speakers best-in-class sound. Since I just bought a new 4K TV, I figured that it is time to start building a new home sound system. This is first purchase towards that end. [ Bob  Aug 05, 2017 ]
Highly reviewed on C-Net. [ Eugene  Jul 22, 2017 ]
Excellent reviews and excellent price. [ Peter  May 09, 2017 ]
all reviews say it is a great speaker bought 2 used and they sound great. have the c5 on order, needed to add the final 2 rear no need for a sub [ Langdon  Apr 23, 2017 ]
Outstanding reviews on a variety of forums. [ Tim  Apr 19, 2017 ]
Reviews were off the charts. [ john  Apr 13, 2017 ]
Good reviews and a good price. I saved $50 buying a scratch and dent item. [ eomr  Apr 06, 2017 ]
I picked this speaker base on several reviews from different web sites and customers comments. I really want to hear the difference between these speakers vs my current Polk speakers [ John  Apr 04, 2017 ]
Researched on internet and on youtube, Z reviews helpful, talked to Sonny at Crutchfield, on budget and reviews and price made B6 best value for my use. Very happy with purchase, will review when I get my Yamaha 301 amp hooked up. [ John  Apr 03, 2017 ]
I chose to purchase the Elac B6 bookshelf speakers because of the astounding reviews on YouTube and Crutchfield. They will be the perfect upgrade for my 2.1 set up. [ Clark  Mar 19, 2017 ]
gift [ vincent  Mar 19, 2017 ]
Multiple very good reviews [ Glenn  Mar 19, 2017 ]
CNET EDITORS CHOICE [ William  Mar 17, 2017 ]
read a favorable review on an OL mag, think it was sterophile. [ W  Mar 08, 2017 ]
Very positives reviews. Also, a compact speaker with good bass reproduction is a must! [ VICTOR M  Mar 05, 2017 ]
Positive reviews in multiple publications [ Steven  Mar 05, 2017 ]
Did extensive research. All the stereo gurus agree that these are excellent speakers. I have been delighted with these beauties. [ Jack  Mar 03, 2017 ]
Highly recommended and rated [ STEVEN  Feb 11, 2017 ]
I purchased these ELAC speakers based on consistently high reviews. I ordered from Crutchfield because of their technical support. [ DEBORAH  Jan 30, 2017 ]
Highly rated on multiple review sites. [ Robert  Jan 14, 2017 ]
Gave a price and the system it would be used for and Chip, an advisor, suggested them. Have dealt with Crutchfield before and have been very happy with their suggestions. [ Kathy  Dec 19, 2016 ]
Reputation of company [ Hector  Dec 15, 2016 ]
Low cost for well-received speakers (good reviews). They do sound very good for their price. Better than some larger and higher-priced speakers that I previously purchased. [ Kenneth  Dec 05, 2016 ]
Stereophile component of the year [ Matthew  Dec 02, 2016 ]
The price was a priority , but also the reviews semm to indicate that these are exceptional . I wanted small speakers for my living room and after shopping on line I found these. I have not shopped for speakers in over 25 yrs. , so I really didn't know what was out there. [ Tom  Nov 15, 2016 ]
The Wirecutter and Stereophile rave about these as audiophile speakers and at this price I think that is the best I can do to fill my work van with sound. Pairing with a Pioneer DEH-80PRS in a Transit Connect van. Amplifier to come later. [ Charles  Sep 29, 2016 ]
The wirecutter recommended it. [ Devin  Sep 09, 2016 ]
Buying for my daughter who is getting into stereo equipment. Excellent reviews from multiple sources including Crutchfield. With these speakers and my old Yamaha receiver she will be the coolest chick in her apartment building. [ Joseph  Jun 20, 2016 ]
Incredible reviews and Andrew Jones's well known reputation. I have to find out for myself what these inspired creations are all about. [ Robert  Jun 19, 2016 ]
reviews [ John  Jun 18, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

I am using the NAD D 3020 DAC AMP - only rated at 30 watts per channel but has plenty of power to drive the Elacs! The NAD amp has Bluetooth as well. [ John  Dec 31, 2016 ]
I believe these speakers are designed to be driven with a mid to high power amplifier. (i.e. 60 plus watts per channel) Also, keep in mind they are 6 ohms speakers. There may be other options suited for your application. I recommend talking with a Crutchfield rep. They're awesome! Good luck. [ Robert  Dec 26, 2016 ]
I'm running an Onkyo amp. I can't help you with the Bluetooth amp, [ Brian  Dec 18, 2016 ]
I'm playing mine through a denon act-1613 receiver , sounds great ,can't speak for Bluetooth use but amp should have ample power to drive then max watts end 140 [ Bubbainc  Dec 17, 2016 ]
Marantz SR5010 [ REX M  Dec 17, 2016 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best receiver 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 between the models and help you make the best choice for your system. [ Kenny  Aug 12, 2016 ]  Staff
The latest ETA for the ELAC Debut B6 speakers is listed for 9/12/16, based on anticipated demand as well as communications with ELAC directly. You're welcome to reserve a pair risk-free on our website--we don't bill you for the purchase til the item ships; so you may cancel an order at any time prior to shipment, at no cost to you. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry  Aug 08, 2016 ]  Staff
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