The bookshelf sensation!
Does the Debut B5 change the game for bookshelf speakers? Absolutely. It’s not just the size-to-performance ratio of this 2-way, bass reflex marvel 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. So good in fact, that it has been chosen The Absolute Sound Product of the Year 2015!
A family of performers.
Every Debut loudspeaker system establishes a value proposition—with build quality and spectacular performance—that goes beyond every other speaker in its class.
ELAC’s chief engineer Andrew Jones explains how Debut speakers break new ground:
“The ELAC Debut series delivers superior performance thanks to custom made key components, with no off-the-shelf parts. 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.”
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.
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.
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 floorstanders and the center channel 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
Tweeter: 1 x 1-inch cloth dome
Woofer: 1 x 5.25-inch woven aramid-fiber cone
Crossover frequency: 3,000 Hz
Frequency response: 46 to 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 85 dB at 2.83 v/1m
Recommended amplifier power: 30 to 120 wpc
Nominal/peak power handling: 50 / 120 wpc
Nominal impedance: 6 Ω; minimum 5.4 Ω
Binding posts: 5-way metal
Magnetic shielding: No
Cabinet finishes: Black brushed vinyl
Accessories included: Removable fabric grille
Height: 12.8 in / 324 mm
Width: 7.9 in / 200 mm
Depth: 8.7 in / 222 mm
Net weight (each): 11.5 lb / 5.2 kg