ELAC DEBUT B5
5.25-inch Aramid-Fiber Bookshelf Speaker
“A rarity in the high end. It's little, it's vinyl-clad, and it’s cheap. And it packs more pure, honest musicality into its modest bass-reflex cabinet than a $229 speaker has a right to. What the team at ELAC has managed to wring from this most humble of designs is nothing short of exceptional!”
- The Absolute Sound, 2015 Product of the Year Award
Andrew Jones-Designed Drivers Match Intricate Crossover, Spheroid Waveguide
Andrew Jones custom-designed both the tweeter and bass driver to deliver an exceptional audio experience that can't be delivered with typical off-the-shelf parts. A custom crossover with audio-grade components ensures smooth transition between drivers. In addition, a custom-designed tweeter waveguide with a deep spheroid profile improves directivity control and shields the tweeter wavefront from cabinet diffraction.
Does the Debut B5 change the game for bookshelf speakers? Absolutely. It’s not just its size-to-performance ratio that sets a new standard. The B5 may be the best value in the world of affordable speakers, with sound that surpasses speakers costing many times more.
Custom-designed WOOFER with aramid-fiber cone
Aramid fiber is employed in the woofers of all ELAC Debut passive speaker systems. Aramid fiber offers a superior strength-to-weight ratio and improved damping characteristics over conventional paper or plastic drivers. This added strength means arriving at designs that achieve a broader bandwidth with smoother response.
SILK-DOME TWEETER WITH deep-spheroid custom waveguide
The waveguide surrounding the new ELAC high-frequency driver features a custom, deep spheroid profile to improve directivity control and shield the dome tweeter from cabinet diffraction modes inherent in traditional box enclosures.
A custom multi-element crossover with high-grade components in each speaker ensures smooth transition between the drivers.
Every ELAC enclosure is engineered for the long run with thick MDF outer walls and a luxurious textured vinyl finish. The cabinets of the F5 floorstander, the C5 center channel, the S10EQ and S12EQ subwoofers incorporate 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.
SUPERIOR BUILD QUALITY
Count the parts and look at them closely. These don’t look like the components that go in such competitively-priced speakers, but rather, speakers that cost much more.
|Speaker type:||2-way, bass reflex|
|Frequency response:||46 to 20,000 Hz|
|Nominal impedance:||6 Ω|
|Sensitivity:||85 dB at 2.83 v/1m|
|Crossover frequency:||3,000 Hz|
|Maximum power input:||120 Watts|
|Tweeter:||1-inch cloth dome with custom deep-spheroid waveguide|
|Woofer:||5.25-inch woven aramid-fiber cone with oversized magnet and vented pole piece|
|Cabinet:||CARB2 rated MDF|
|Cabinet finish:||Black brushed vinyl|
|Binding posts:||5-way metal|
|Width (each):||7.87 in / 200 mm|
|Height:||12.75 in / 324 mm|
|Depth:||8.75 in / 222 mm|
|Net weight (each):||11.5 lb / 5.2 kg|
|Gross weight (packaged pair):||26.2 lb / 11.9 kg|