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ELAC Uni-Fi Reference UCR52 Center channel speaker (Oak)

Item # 970UCR52W

A center speaker worth building a home theater around, with with rich detail from an advanced concentric driver array.

A center speaker worth building a home theater around, with with rich detail from an advanced concentric driver array.

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Item # 970UCR52W

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Expected: 5/10/2024
$699.98 each

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About the ELAC Uni-Fi Reference UCR52

Ned O.

Luxurious center channel sound

Speaker design guru Andrew Jones continues to refine ELAC's innovative Uni-Fi line with this UCR52 center channel speaker. Match a pair of their Reference bookshelf or floor-standing speakers with the UCR52 and you'll hear clear dialogue through the signature Uni-Fi concentric midrange and tweeter array.

Luxurious center channel sound

ELAC Uni-Fi Reference UCR52 Center Channel Speaker

New design for the UCR52's drivers and crossover improves its delivery of crisp, lifelike dialogue.

Speaker design guru Andrew Jones continues to refine ELAC's innovative Uni-Fi line with this UCR52 center channel speaker. Match a pair of their Reference bookshelf or floor-standing speakers with the UCR52 and you'll hear clear dialogue through the signature Uni-Fi concentric midrange and tweeter array.

The Reference Series' improvements include newly designed bass and midrange drivers with cast chassis. You also get improved crossover design, along with new wood-grain vinyl finish options. And its improved internal bracing — and dual 5-1/4" woofers — help deliver better low-frequency response than previous Uni-Fi center channel speakers.

A concentric midrange/tweeter array provides clarity

ELAC has kept much of what made the original Uni-Fi Series so cool, including a concentric driver array that places the tweeter in the middle of the midrange driver. This precise alignment creates a "unified source," ensuring that all frequencies arrive at your ears at the same instant, producing more coherent and accurate sound.

What's new with the Reference?

The Uni-Fi Reference Series features all-new drivers. The UCR62's 1" soft-dome tweeter produces better high- and low-frequency extension than the previous series, for improved blending with the newly designed 4" cast-basket midrange. The woofers work with two new dual-flared front-firing slot ports for substantial, accurate bass. And the larger-diameter voice coil in the midrange delivers a smoother handoff between frequencies, giving you lifelike dynamics.

Refined crossovers help lighten the load on your amp

Continuing refinements to the crossovers make the Uni-Fi Reference Series easier for your amplifier to drive than their predecessors. And like the Uni-Fi 2.0 center channel speaker, the Reference version has a nominal impedance rating of 6 ohms instead of 4 ohms, which means they should work better with a wider range of receivers and amps.

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Product highlights:

  • true 3-way center channel speaker design
  • custom-designed concentric driver with 4" aluminum cone midrange and 1" soft dome tweeter for clear, accurate mids and highs
  • two custom-designed 5-1/4" aluminum cone woofers
  • frequency response: 47-35,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 85 dB
  • impedance: 6 ohms
  • maximum power input: 140 watts
  • sophisticated multi-element crossover with high-grade components to ensure smooth transition between drivers
  • bass-reflex cabinet design with two dual-flared front-firing ports
  • heavy-duty MDF cabinet
  • internal bracing reduces cabinet vibration that causes unwanted sonic coloration
  • dual binding post speaker terminals for bi-amping or bi-wiring
  • magnetically attached cloth grilles
  • satin white speaker baffle with oak vinyl sides and back
  • 20-7/8"W x 7-3/8"H x 13-1/16"D
  • 29.04 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • MFR # UCR52-W

What's in the box:

  • Center-channel loudspeaker
  • Grille
  • 2 Jumper-bars (pre-installed)
  • Operating Instructions

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More details on the ELAC Uni-Fi Reference UCR52

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Features & specs

Enclosure Ported
Color Oak
Tweeter Type Soft-Dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1
Midrange size (inches) 4
Woofer size (inches) 5-1/4
Connector Type Binding post
Power Range up to 140
Sensitivity 85 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 6
Frequency Response 47-35k Hz
Height (inches) 7-3/8
Width (inches) 20-7/8
Depth (inches) 13-1/16
Weight 29.04 lbs
Wall-mountable No
Bracket Included No
Parts Warranty 3 Years
Labor Warranty 3 Years

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3-Way Speaker Design: The Elac Uni-Fi Reference Series UCR52 center-channel loudspeaker employs a 3-way design with an improved 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 UCR52 center speaker consists of a concentric midrange-tweeter driver for high and midrange frequencies, while two aluminum-cone woofers handle 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 Uni-Fi UCR52 center-channel 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.
  • Dual Aluminum Woofers: In addition to the concentric midrange-tweeter driver, the Uni-Fi UCR52 features two 5.25" aluminum cone woofers. Through the use of aluminum, resonances that affect the linearity of common paper cones can be placed beyond the driver's operating frequency range. With a single-piece compound curvature aluminum cone and a large rear vented magnet, these two 5.25" woofers with cast chassis deliver improved linearity, greater power handling, and accurate reproduction of bass frequencies that are clean, clear and powerful.

Sophisticated Crossover: One secret to the great sound of the Uni-Fi Reference 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.

Note: Optimal results for the center speaker are obtained by setting your AV receiver's center channel size to small. If given the choice, set the crossover frequency between 50 to 100Hz.

Robust MDF Cabinet: The Elac Uni-Fi Reference Series speaker enclosure is engineered for the long run with thick MDF outer walls and a luxurious wood veneer finish. The Uni-Fi Reference cabinet incorporates specially designed perimeter bracing around the interior of the cabinet 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.

  • Front-Firing Slot Vents: The Elac UCR52 center-channel loudspeaker utilizes a bass reflex enclosure with two front-firing slot vents for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. Utilizing both internal and external flares, the Uni-Fi Reference series slot vents allow for lower noise and higher bass output for improved low frequency dynamics. The front-firing slot vents also offer greater flexbility when positioning and mounting the speaker, when compared to a rear-firing port.
  • Magnetic Grille: The Elac UCR52 center speaker comes with a magnetic cloth grille that is grey in color. When the protective grille is removed, hidden magnets beneath the surface of the cabinet keeps the front-baffle free of attachment holes, for a clean appearance.

Note: The Elac UCR52 center-channel loudspeaker is available in a walnut or oak wood-grain finish.

Dual Binding Posts: The Elac Uni-Fi Reference Series UCR52 is outfitted with two sets of heavy-duty binding posts allowing to bi-amp or bi-wire the center-channel loudspeaker. These binding posts ensure a secure connection to many types of cable and connectors. The binding post terminals will accept banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, spade-lugs and bare wire (up to 10AWG).

  • Bi-Wiring: Bi-wiring can provide noticeable improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers. Run separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier (the upper set of binding posts are for the high frequency drivers; the lower set of binding posts are for the low frequency drivers).
  • Bi-Amping: Bi-amping allows you to use separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency sections of your loudspeaker for greater dynamic range & lower distortion. We recommend that your separate amplifiers have identical gain to preserve the speaker's voicing balance.
Note: If you decide to bi-wire or bi-amp, you must remove the jumpers between the terminal posts (failure to do this could result in damage to your amplifier and loudspeakers).

Mounting & Placement 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 height 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 towards the listening area. The speaker should be positioned approximately 1' to 2' away from boundaries, such as walls or corners.

  • The speaker 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 (particularly in a corner).
  • If corner placement is unavoidable, try to position the loudspeaker so that the distance to the rear wall is not equal to the distance to the side wall.

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

Elac Uni-Fi Reference Series: The Elac Uni-Fi Reference series family of loudspeakers consists of a floorstanding loudspeaker (UFR52), a bookshelf loudspeaker (UBR62), and a center-channel speaker (UCR52) - all sold separately. All of the Uni-Fi Reference series of speakers feature concentric driver technology. The Uni-Fi Reference 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 Reference Series speaker to bring more bass to your movie and music soundtracks.

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