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Elac Debut Series Speakers

Elac Debut Series Speakers

Summary

  • Product Name: Debut Speakers
  • Manufacturer: ELAC
  • Review Date: June 02, 2015 08:00
  • MSRP: $229.99/pair B5 Bookshelf; $279.99/pair B6 Bookshelf; $179.99 each C5 Center; $279.99/ea F5 Floorstanding; $229.99/pair A4 Atmos Add-on; $249.99 each S10 Subwoofer; $499.99 each S10EQ Subwoofer; $699.99 each S12EQ Subwoofer
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
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B5 SPECIFICATIONS 

  • 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
  • Port: Dual flared
  • Binding posts: 5-way metal
  • Width: 7.87 in / 200 mm
  • Height: 12.75 in / 324 mm
  • Depth: 8.75 in / 222 mm
  • Weight: TBD

B6 SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Speaker type: 2-way, bass reflex
  • Frequency response: 44 to 20,000 Hz
  • Nominal impedance: 6 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 87 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: 6.5-inch woven aramid-fiber cone with oversized magnet and vented pole piece
  • Cabinet: CARB2 rated MDF
  • Cabinet finish: Black brushed vinyl
  • Port: Dual flared
  • Binding posts: 5-way metal
  • Width: 8.5 in / 216 mm
  • Height: 14 in / 356 mm
  • Depth: 10 in / 254 mm
  • Weight: TBD

F5  SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Speaker type: 2.5-way, bass reflex
  • Frequency response: 42 to 20,000 Hz
  • Nominal impedance: 6 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 87 dB at 2.83 v/1m
  • Crossover frequency: 250 Hz / 3,000 Hz
  • Maximum power input: 140 Watts
  • Tweeter: 1-inch cloth dome with custom deep-spheroid waveguide
  • Woofer: 3 x 5.25-inch woven aramid-fiber cone with oversized magnet and vented pole piece
  • Cabinet: CARB2 rated MDF, braced
  • Cabinet finish: Black brushed vinyl
  • Ports: 3 x dual flared
  • Binding posts: 5-way metal
  • Width: 7.87 in / 200 mm
  • Height: 38 in / 965 mm
  • Depth: 8.75 in / 222 mm
  • Weight: TBD

 

C 5   SPECIFICATIONS

  • Speaker type: 2-way, bass reflex
  • Frequency response: 48 to 20,000 Hz
  • Nominal impedance: 6 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 87 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: 2 x 5.25-inch woven aramid-fiber cone with oversized magnet and vented pole piece
  • Cabinet: CARB2 rated MDF, braced
  • Cabinet finish: Black brushed vinyl
  • Ports: 2 x dual flared
  • Binding posts: 5-way metal
  • Width: 18.75 in / 476 mm
  • Height: 7.87 in / 200 mm
  • Depth: 8.75 in / 222 mm

 

A 4   DOLBY ATMOS  ADD-ON  SPECIFICATIONS

  • Speaker type: Closed-box
  • Frequency response: 180 to 20,000 Hz
  • Nominal impedance: 6 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 85 dB at 2.83 v/1m
  • Crossover frequency: 5,000 Hz
  • Maximum power input: 80 Watts
  • Tweeter: 5-inch polymer dome
  • Woofer: 4-inch woven aramid-fiber cone with oversized magnet 
  • Cabinet: CARB2 rated MDF
  • Cabinet finish: Black brushed vinyl
  • Binding posts: 5-way metal
  • Width: 7.87 in / 200 mm
  • Height: 4.83 in / 123 mm
  • Depth: 8.75 in / 222 mm
  • Weight: TBD

 

SUBWOOFERS

 

S 1 0   SPECIFICATIONS

  • Enclosure type: Powered bass-reflex subwoofer
  • Amplifier type: BASH—Tracker
  • Maximum amplifier power: 200 Watts peak / 100 Watts RMS
  • Frequency response: 35 to 150 Hz
  • Crossover frequency: 50 to 150 Hz 
  • Driver: 10-inch high-excursion doped paper cone
  • Standby power consumption: .5 Watts
  • Cabinet: CARB2 rated MDF
  • Cabinet finish: Black brushed vinyl
  • Port: Dual flared
  • Inputs: LFE RCA
  • Width: 13.5 in / 343 mm
  • Height: 13.5 in / 343 mm
  • Depth: 13.5 in / 343 mm
  • Weight: 26.4 lb / 12 kg

 

S 1 0 E Q   SPECIFICATIONS *

  • Speaker type: Powered bass-reflex subwoofer
  • Amplifier type: BASH—Tracker
  • Maximum amplifier power: 400 Watts peak / 200 Watts RMS
  • Frequency response: 28 to 150 Hz
  • Crossover frequency: 50 to 150 Hz, continuously adjustable 
  • Driver: 10-inch high-excursion doped paper cone
  • Passive radiator: 10-inch high-excursion doped paper cone
  • Standby power consumption: .5 Watts
  • Cabinet: CARB2 rated MDF
  • Cabinet finish: Black brushed vinyl
  • Inputs: LFE RCA
  • Width: 13.5 in / 343 mm
  • Height: 13.5 in / 343 mm
  • Depth: 13.5 in / 343 mm
  • Weight: 33.7 lb / 15.3 kg

 

*A Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy Android or IOS device is required to set up and operate this subwoofer.

 

S 1 2 E Q   SPECIFICATIONS*

  • Speaker type: Powered bass-reflex subwoofer
  • Amplifier type: BASH—Tracker
  • Maximum amplifier power: 1,000 Watts peak / 500 Watts RMS
  • Frequency response: 28 to 150 Hz
  • Crossover frequency: 50 to 150 Hz, continuously adjustable 
  • Driver: 12-inch high-excursion doped paper cone
  • Passive Radiator: 12-inch high-excursion doped paper cone
  • Standby power consumption: .5 Watts
  • Cabinet: CARB2 rated MDF
  • Cabinet finish: Black brushed vinyl
  • Inputs: LFE RCA
  • Width: 17 in / 432 mm
  • Height: 17 in / 432 mm
  • Depth: 17 in / 432 mm
  • Weight: 49.1 lb / 22.3 kg

 

 

*A Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy Android or IOS device is required to set up and operate this subwoofer.

Executive Overview

If there were rock stars in the audio world, then there’s no question that legendary speaker designer Andrew Jones would be among the biggest.   Having worked at KEF and Infinity, Andrew has certainly left his mark on the audio world; but it was his recent stint as Director of Speaker Engineering at TAD Labs and Pioneer Electronics that arguably garnered most of his acclaim.  Whether it was the mammoth $78,000 TAD Reference One or the superb, budget-level Pioneer SP-BS22-LR loudspeaker ($129.99/pair and no, that’s not a misprint), Andrew Jones’ designs received universal, critical praise and respect.

Andrew Jones of ELAC

ELAC America's VP of Engineering, Andrew Jones

Last Summer, Pioneer unexpectedly chose to sell off its audiovisual and speaker business.  That move ended an audio legacy that spanned generations. With that, Andrew Jones and his colleague, Chris Walker joined the venerable German-based speaker manufacturer, ELAC, as part of the company’s plan to return to the North American market.

Marking their return to North America, ELAC has just announced their new speaker line, appropriately named The Debut.   The new Debut speakers are the first to be designed by Andrew Jones, ELAC America’s Vice President of Engineering, at their new Southern California Design Center.  If ELAC was looking to make a splash back in the American scene, this is the way to do it.

My design objective was to achieve the most accurate sound possible in speakers that deliver performance far exceeding their cost,” said Jones. “I’ve employed materials and design specifications not found in speakers in this price range. From cone materials to driver geometry to subwoofer amplification, we built serious value into the Debut series”.

ELAC B6

The ELAC B6 Monitor Speaker

The ELAC Debut line has every speaker combination for setting up a two channel, multi-channel, and even immersive-audio/Dolby Atmos configuration.  The Debut series consists of two bookshelf speakers (B5 & B6), one floor-standing speaker (F5), one center speaker (C5), one Atmos add-on speaker (A4), and three powered subwoofers (S10, S10EQ and S12EQ).  ELAC claims this series of product represents a new level of performance at affordable price points. If Andrew Jones’ previous work is any indication, then we have every reason to believe in that statement. 

The entire line of Debut speakers utilizes custom designed drivers engineered for maximum performance and musicality. The woofers employ aramid fiber cones which are said to provide superior strength to weight ratio over other materials allowing more flexibility in design to achieve a smoother extended response. Other woofer design attributes include an oversized magnet and a vented pole piece. 

ELAC Waveguide

ELAC's new waveguide for the Debut speaker line's silk-dome tweeter

A newly developed silk-dome tweeter is recessed in a waveguide with a deep spheroid profile that ELAC says delivers improved directivity control and shields the tweeter wavefront from cabinet diffraction.   Crossovers are one area where more expensive speakers leave lower models in the dust.  ELAC says that a refined multi-element crossover provides the perfect blending of drivers to deliver a coherent audio experience traditionally found on speakers costing substantially more. 

The introduction of the Debut series subwoofers brings along with it a new level of subwoofer control and room integration. Both the S10EQ and the S12EQ incorporate ELAC’s DSP system which provides automatic calibration of the subwoofer to whatever environment it is placed. 

Unlike older room correction systems, ELAC has taken advantage of the mobile app revolution.  Traditional analog controls such as level and crossover have been replaced by a Bluetooth 4.0 LE connection that you can control from your smartphone using ELAC’s SUB Control App.  

Smartphone integration doesn’t simply stop there.  These new subwoofers provide the ability to automatically equalize themselves to any room environment by using a 12-band parametric equalizer with the microphone in your smart phone. Simply place your cell phone in the near field of the subwoofer and ELAC’s SUB Control App will calibrate the microphone in your smart phone against 12 built-in test tones. Then, move to your desired seating location and the subwoofer will calibrate itself providing far better integration to your listening environment.   For those concerned about the quality and low end extension of the typical smartphone microphone, fear not as Elac has each subwoofer pre-programmed with a reference curve for the particular product. It compares that known curve to what your smartphone measures nearfield to properly calibrate the microphone before applying room correction to the subwoofer.  There’s no question that this feature is just cool and an example of thinking outside the box to potentially define a new "must have" feature in powered subwoofers. 

The Debut Speaker line will be available this Fall. The models in the line and MSRPs are listed below.

Model Price
B5 5.25” Bookshelf $229.99 Pair
B6 6.5” Bookshelf $279.99 Pair
C5 5.25” Center $179.99 Each
F5 5.25” Floorstanding $279.99 Each
A4 4” Atmos Add-On $229.99 Pair
S10 10” 200 Watt Subwoofer $249.99 Each
S10EQ 10” 400 Watt Subwoofer with EQ $499.99 Each
S12EQ 12” 1000 Watt Subwoofer with EQ $699.99 Each

Any speaker design with Andrew Jones' signature attached to it is sure to turn heads.  The price point of these speakers and their potential performance is sure to turn even more.  Will these ELAC Debut series speakers finally provide audiophiles and home theater lovers with a true, high-performance entry level series that covers every speaker combination?  Time will tell.

Nevertheless, for audiophiles and home theater lovers, ELAC's new Debut series marks an exciting milestone. If these new speakers continue Andrew's legacy of high performance light years beyond their price, then we are all in for a real treat.  We can't wait to get our hands on a set for review.  Fall 2015 cannot come soon enough.   

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Theo is a serious audiophile and home theater enthusiast—a passion he's enjoyed for over 20 years. He heads up many of our speaker system and receiver reviews as well as covering the latest in streaming technologies and Ultra HD video.

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Recent Forum Posts:

haraldo posts on January 28, 2017 08:51
z3papa, post: 1169373, member: 81505
I called Elac re: questions regarding my Elac S10EQ sub which services my small family room paired with some Focal Chorus 716 towers. When it came to choosing which extension, I chose Chris thinking my question was too stupid to waste his or Andrew's time but didn't know who else to ask since I have seen his posts here and elsewhere. Ended up talking to both as they were in a meeting when I rang through. Pretty freaky but very cool. As a word to the wise, my sub has been a very nice addition and exactly what I wanted.

Wow, this is customer care
z3papa posts on January 28, 2017 08:01
I called Elac re: questions regarding my Elac S10EQ sub which services my small family room paired with some Focal Chorus 716 towers. When it came to choosing which extension, I chose Chris thinking my question was too stupid to waste his or Andrew's time but didn't know who else to ask since I have seen his posts here and elsewhere. Ended up talking to both as they were in a meeting when I rang through. Pretty freaky but very cool. As a word to the wise, my sub has been a very nice addition and exactly what I wanted.
haraldo posts on January 25, 2017 11:43
As far as I understand Elac Debut series is a significant step up in performance from the Andrew Jones Pioneer's

I am looking for speakers for a #2 hifi rig in our Ukraine flat and considering Elac Debut B4 or B5 against Dali Zensor 1.

Auditioning to come
dluigi posts on January 23, 2017 22:51
Thank you haraldo for the link. I am now narrowing down between the Pioneer and ELac atmos speakers. Pioneer bookshelf with integrated atmos speaker might be an option if this pair can blend well with my current Quinet Klipsch. The ELAC and Pioneer atmos modules have a shape that is easier to accomodate too. The Klipsich is much more expensive,

Anyhow, the ELAC debut set seems to have improved on the Pioneer, wondering how much it affected teh atmos/height speakers specifically.

Food for thoughts.
haraldo posts on January 20, 2017 16:52
dluigi, post: 1167739, member: 81363
I came across this thread to understand what is the difference and test review between the ELAC A4 Debut Series 4“ Concentric Dolby Atmos Speakers and the Pioneer SP-T22A-LR Add-on Speaker both designed by Andrew Jones for Dolby Atmos?

I would like to add height speakers for Dolby Atmos. It looks like you can add only one pair of height atmos speakers, correct?

Is it true you can only get 5.1.2 and not 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 with the Pioneer Receiver VSX-1131?

I am now trying to decide on the best bang for your buck Dolby ATmos/Height speakers to complement my Klipsich Quintet with a Pioneer SW-8MK2 Andrew Jones 100-Watt Powered Subwoofer. My living room is medium/small. I would appreciate inputs/suggestions.

Here is a short list of Atmos modules:
Onkyo SKH-410 Dolby Atmos-Enabled Speaker System (Set of 2) used like new on amazon fro $90
Pioneer SP-T22A-LR Add-on Speaker designed by Andrew Jones for Dolby Atmos used like new on amazon fro $130
Pioneer SP-BS22A-LR A used for $217 (the bookshelf speaker with atmos version of SP-T22A-LR)
ELAC A4 Debut Series 4” Concentric Dolby Atmos Speakers by Andrew Jones (Pair) new $230
Klipsch RP-140SA Dolby Atmos Speaker (Pair) used like new on amazon fro $380
The onkyo is the cheapest but does it hold water and will blend well with current set?
How does the more expensive Klipsich compares against Pioneer and ELAC speekers in the list.

SO, now that Andrew Jones just moved from Pioneer to ELAC, and designed both the Pioneer and ELAC Modules, is the ELAC a noticeable improvement on the Pioneer modules?

Thank you for you replies and suggestions,
D

In order to understand the path from Pioneer speakers to the Elac's, watch this
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Same link that I posted earlier, but here Andrew Jones goes very well into the evolution from his Pioneer line to the Elac Debut line, it should answer all your questions.
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