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ELAC Debut S10EQ

Powered subwoofer with Bluetooth® control and auto EQ

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Overview

Our take on the ELAC Debut S10EQ

Take a look at the back of virtually any powered subwoofer, and you'll find an assortment of knobs, switches, and adjustment options. They exist so you can "dial in" good bass by repeatedly listening and then tweaking the controls as well as your ear allows. But what if you want bass that's precisely optimized for your room? Bass that's not only deep, clear, and lifelike, but that is tailored for your specific space? Check out the ELAC Debut S10EQ.

A breakthrough in subwoofer technology

ELAC Debut S10EQ Powered subwoofer with Bluetooth® control and auto EQ

You won't find any knobs or switches here! Instead, use ELAC's SUB Control app for easy touchscreen setup and control through Bluetooth.

Take a look at the back of virtually any powered subwoofer, and you'll find an assortment of knobs, switches, and adjustment options. They exist so you can "dial in" good bass by repeatedly listening and then tweaking the controls as well as your ear allows. But what if you want bass that's precisely optimized for your room? Bass that's not only deep, clear, and lifelike, but that is tailored for your specific space? Check out the ELAC Debut S10EQ.

This revolutionary subwoofer uses your smartphone's microphone along with sophisticated on-board software to deliver the most accurate bass possible. No longer will you have to reach back behind your subwoofer to tinker with knobs and switches. Simply download the ELAC SUB Control app and let its powerful processing customize the subwoofer's settings for your room, wirelessly via Bluetooth. You'll enjoy chest-thumping bass from the 10" woofer and passive radiator, while the high-octane 200-watt RMS amplifier provides plenty of horsepower for your music and movies.

Calibration made easy

The magic behind the S10EQ lies in how you set it up and control it. Everything is done from your device's touchscreen. The SUB Control app uses Bluetooth Low Energy, a wireless connection between your device and your sub that requires no pairing and no passcode.

The calibration process begins by capturing a near-field measurement of the subwoofer's bass output. Simply hold your phone or tablet within one foot of the sub and press "Analyze." The app then records what's coming out of the subwoofer, capturing sound before it's affected by its interaction with the room's reflective surfaces and other sound-muddying anomalies.

Then you'll do the same measuring process from your favorite listening position. The SUB Control software compares the first measurement against the second, then expertly smooths out the EQ curve, delivering crisp, accurate bass to your ears. Level control and other audio adjustments are made through the app. You can also make manual changes to the calibration settings as well.

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 S10EQ subwoofer is his latest triumph. It makes a perfect match in a surround sound setup with the entire ELAC Debut line, all of which were designed by Jones.

Product Highlights:

  • free ELAC Bluetooth app on compatible smartphones and tablets controls auto EQ, parametric EQ, volume level, crossover frequency, phase, and listening presets
    • no controls on subwoofer, requires an Apple® (iOS 7.0 and up) or Android™ (OS 4.3 and up) device for wireless control over Bluetooth 4.0
  • easy auto EQ room calibration using built-in microphone on Apple or Android devices
  • frequency response: 28-150 Hz
  • high-efficiency built-in BASH® amplifier delivers 200 watts of continuous power, 400 watts dynamic power
  • 10" high-excursion doped-paper cone woofer and 10" passive radiator
  • bass reflex (passive radiator) cabinet design
  • continuously variable low-pass 40-150 Hz crossover
  • LFE RCA input
  • integrated rubber feet for scratch-free placement on hard-surface floors, plus included spike feet for use on carpeted floors
  • black brushed vinyl finish
  • 13-9/16"W x 14-5/8"H x 14-9/16"D
  • weight: 31 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years speaker, 1 year amplifier
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Powered subwoofer
  • 9' AC power cord
  • 4 Spikes
  • 4 Hex-nuts
  • Operating Instructions
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Features and Specs

Enclosure Passive Radiator
Video Shielded No
Woofer Size (inches) 10
Woofer Composition Doped Paper
Firing Direction Front
Wireless No
Preamp-Level Inputs Yes
Speaker-Level Inputs No
Speaker-Level Outputs No
Low-Pass Crossover Freq 40-150Hz
High-Pass Crossover Freq N/A
Phase Switch Yes
Amplifier Output (watts) 200
Frequency Response 28-150 Hz
Height (inches) 14-5/8
Width (inches) 13-9/16
Depth (inches) 14-11/16
Weight 31 lbs
Speaker Parts Warranty 3 Years
Speaker Labor Warranty 3 Years
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

Elac SUB Control App: The Elac Debut S10EQ powered subwoofer does away with traditional analog controls. Instead, the powered sub incorporates Elac's advanced digital signal processing (DSP) that is controlled from the Elac SUB Control app on your Apple (iOS 7.0+) or Android (OS 4.3+) device, wirelessly over Bluetooth 4.0. From the app on your compatible smartphone or tablet device, you can control the Auto EQ, Parametric EQ, Crossover, Phase, Delay, Volume, & Sound Presets. You will need to pair your compatible Apple iOS or Android device with the Elac powered sub before using the app.

  • Auto EQ: The Elac Debut S10EQ powered sub and the Elac SUB Control app are equipped with an easy-to-use and highly sophisticated Auto EQ function to automatically calibrate the EQ curve of the powered sub based on the room environment. Using the built-in microphone of your Apple iOS or Android device, the app calculates the room environment, room frequency response, and the sound reproduction of the sub. Auto room calibration is performed in two steps - first, your smartphone's microphone is placed directly in front of the powered sub for measurement; second, your smartphone is moved to your main listening position for measurement. The app will then calibrate the subwoofer based on these two measurement locations and provide visual parameters of the measured room, along with the automatically calculated EQ curve.
  • Parametric EQ: You can also choose to set the powered subwoofer's EQ curve manually by adjusting the SUB Control app's parametric EQ. The parametric equalizer gives you the ability to adjust the audio output (within the subwoofer's range) to your preference. The app will let you choose and adjust the center frequency, bandwidth, and gain.
  • Low Pass Crossover: The app on your Apple iOS or Android device lets you setup the powered subwoofer's variable low-pass crossover from 40Hz to 150Hz to blend the bass output of the powered sub with the rest of the speakers in your system. If you are using a home theater AV receiver with an LFE output, you will need to set the crossover frequency to "Max" or 150Hz.
  • Phase: The Phase setting of the app ensures the bass signal reproduces by the powered subwoofer blends seamlessly with the rest of your speakers. When the powered sub and the rest of your speaker system are playing in Phase, bass reproduction sounds uniform.
  • Delay: The Delay parameter of the app enables you to delay playback of the subwoofer's audio signal in comparison with the rest of your speaker system and your main listening position. The delay can be set to 1 msec (13") to 20 msec (21.5'). If you are using an AV receiver with an LFE output and its own auto calibration function, then the receiver will set the delay time internally, so the SUB Control's Delay parameter should be set to "minimum" or 0.
  • Volume Level: The volume control of the Elac SUB Control app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device allows you to sets the subwoofer's output level relative to the output of the other speakers in your system for a well-balanced sound. You also mute and un-mute the volume of the powered sub from the app.
  • Sound Presets: From the SUB Control app on your smartphone or tablet, you can choose from 4 different sound preset modes to suit your application, need, or preference. Select Normal for most applications, select Music to add subtle emphasis to the low bass range, choose Cinema to slightly boost the bass frequencies around 50Hz, or choose Night to reduce the maximum dynamic range and volume for late night enjoyment.
Note: There are no physical controls on the front or back of this powered subwoofer. The Elac SUB Control app and a compatible Bluetooth 4.0 enabled Apple (iOS 7.0+) or Android (OS 4.3+) device is required for setup and operation of this powered sub.

200W BASH Tracking Amplifier: The Elac Debut S10EQ utilizes a BASH tracking amplifier rated at 200W RMS and 400W Peak. Unlike conventional amplifiers, BASH amplifiers track the input signal and adjust the available supply voltage to a traditional Class AB amplifier. This makes the amplifier incredibly efficient, but also provides the on-demand power needed for dynamic movies and music.

10" Custom Woofer & Passive Radiator: A custom front-firing, high-excursion 10" doped paper cone woofer provides the quality and quantity of bass that is fundamental to accurately reproducing today's demanding movie soundtracks and music. The Elac Debut S10EQ powered sub also employs a down-firing 10" passive radiator to improve the transient response and increases the efficiency of the system.

Braced MDF Cabinet: The cabinet is made of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) with an internal horizontal brace 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. There is a metal grill on the front to protect the front-firing woofer.

LFE/RCA Input: The Elac Debut S10EQ is fitted with a mono LFE/RCA input for connecting the powered subwoofer to your home theater AV receiver or integrated amplifier.

Auto Power On/Off: The Elac Debut series powered subwoofer will detect when an audio signal is being sent to the amplifier and will power on. Also, to conserve energy, the powered subwoofer will power off after 15 minutes of no audio signal and inactivity. On back of the powered subwoofer is a LED that will illuminate blue to indicate that the powered sub is turned on; there will be no illumination when the subwoofer is turned off or in standby mode.

Rubber or Spike Feet: The Elac Debut S10EQ powered sub features integrated rubber feet for safe placement on hardwood, laminate, vinyl, and tile floors. Four spike feet are also included for secure placement on carpeted flooring. The spikes screw into the bottom of the subwoofer's rubber feet and add approximately 0.875" of height to the powered sub.

Placement: Proper subwoofer placement can take some trial and error. In many cases, the best position for the powered sub is in the front corner of the room. If placing the subwoofer in the corner creates an abnormal amount of bass, you can try moving the subwoofer to one of the side walls near the front of the room.

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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bang for buck :) [ Genaro  May 11, 2018 ]
Otis recommended it and it appears to be what I needed. [ Michael  May 03, 2018 ]
Sound & Vision review [ John  May 03, 2018 ]
Brand reputation [ Todd  Apr 20, 2018 ]
Best value at that price point [ Michael  Jan 17, 2018 ]
Good reviews [ Francisco  Dec 29, 2017 ]
Purchased this sub a while back and have been very happy with its performance. Decided to add another to beef up my home theater. [ Jesse  Aug 03, 2017 ]
To compliment a family member's Elac bookshelf speakers. Great reviews all over the interwebs. [ Scott  Dec 13, 2016 ]
Setup was VERY easy with the Bluetooth app. I purchased this unit based solely on the way they allow automatic setup using your smartphone or tablet. Genius! [ DIXON  Oct 08, 2016 ]
Great reviews [ fred  Sep 02, 2016 ]
Online and expert reviews swayed me towards this sub-woofer. [ Craig  Aug 20, 2016 ]
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