Unlike many more expensive speakers that mix parts-bin drivers, bare-bones crossovers and generic cabinets—every ELAC speaker is built from a clean-sheet design.”. Having listened to the Debut’s for months using the PS Audio Sprout (see review ), Quad VA-One (see review ), NAD D 3020 V2 (see review ), and my Leben CS600, I can tell you that the ELACs adapt to their mate extremely well. Few speakers have garnered such critical acclaim as the original Debut Series by ELAC. 'Actually, the party's just winding down'. You will receive a verification email shortly. But what remained was effective adding to the coherence we spoke about. I loved they were back in the system. 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Photo credit: ELAC. Please refresh the page and try again. And stayed that way during most of the three week audition stretch. 1, Perahia plays Beethoven (Moonlight & Hammerklavier), SEI SOLO: Bach’s Six Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Alone—Thomas Bowes, violin, Seong-Jin Cho plays Chopin Concerto No. The deployment of a 25mm cloth dome tweeter (safe behind its fixed metal grille) and 13cm woven fibre mid/bass driver is fairly standard too. In this review, we will be comparing specifications of Debut 2.0 B5.2 and Bronze 2, two Bookshelf speakers from ELAC and Monitor Audio. Frustration crept in and tried to dilute delight. But still a go getter and punching way above lightweight. There was a sweetness, an honesty about them that was inviting, natural. Bath Exposed pins on the speakers’ front panel for attaching the (black, cloth) grilles look a little prosaic, but the textured/brushed vinyl wrap (just one finish is available) adds a little more tactility than most rivals can muster. This speaker plays louder and without audible compression than any $229.99 speaker has any right to play. Musically and mechanically joined at the hip. On initial assessment, pretty wonderful. Sound & Installation), Streaming the Classics 1–Holst: The Planets, Streaming the Classics 2–Beethoven 9 Symphonies Box Sets, Streaming the Classics: Berlioz—Roméo et Juliette, Streaming the Classics 3–Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Streaming the Classics 4–Brahms Symphonies Box Sets, Streaming the Classics 6/Bruckner 9 Symphonies Box Sets, Streaming the Classics/The Dream of Gerontius—Elgar, Streaming the Classics 7/Mahler 9 Symphonies Box Sets, Streaming the Classics 10/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Streaming the Classics/Concerto for Orchestra—Bartók. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Bass was emphasized on the B5 in a fairly benign, mid bass way — no low bass at this size. The search for musical good news pressed me to return to the drivers. Patience, though. However, it's fairly safe to say that Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 are more popular speakers, based on their 100+ reviews. A little scrutiny -- and a little YouTube research -- led me to believe the magic was in the drivers. The pint-size, two-way compact simply crushed it with its big, hearty sound and puny $229 price tag (reviewed in Issue 260). Jones was also the name behind Pioneer's powerful speaker designs. Using Elac's famed Woven-Aramid drive units, the Elac Debut B5 speakers are ideal for both music and movies. They are taller and slenderer than the previous versions. Brief History of ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2. The construction is basic black brushed vinyl with 5 way metal binding posts. Fast as quicksilver. 10, Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. Elac has its work cut out to stand out from the pack. Where the ELACS shone was in its very lovely midrange. Positioned reasonably close to a rear wall (where the Debut B5s’ swift and textured low end gains welcome body), toed-in just slightly towards the listening position and supported on some appropriately sturdy stands, the Elacs immediately reveal themselves as a well integrated, even-handed and impressively rapid listen. Here they really shone. Impervious. A great song for an emerging speaker class. Much like celebrity chefs, I don't usually put much store in 'celebrity' designers. Why did the Elac's capture that ever so slight crescendo in a tertiary string line and the bass clarinet reed squawk at rehearsal Letter A on my Naxos CD of The Happy Forest by Bax? However, I did forget them for a while. These were no different. The drivers took time to lighten up but the character of the speaker remained from the start. I have the same feeling about the new line of petite, inexpensive speakers from German manufacturer ELAC. Or plain Jane as the center of my computer desktop setup. 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