Elac B6


Elac B6

6.5-inch Aramid-Fiber Bookshelf Speaker ($279.99 pair)

The Debut B6 takes the incredible B5 sound profile and adds an extra dollop of bass and dynamic range, making it a stand-out choice for multi-channel systems and critical music listeners seeking a superb bookshelf speaker that packs real performance and punch.


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
Net weight (each): 14.3 lb / 6.5 kg
Gross weight (packaged pair): 32.6 lb / 17.8 kg


When Andrew Jones designs a loudspeaker, we sit up and take notice.

Jones built his reputation working with the likes of brands such as KEF and Infinity, as well as designing the $80,000 TAD Reference speakers. After earning rave reviews from audio enthusiasts for such high-end products, he set his sights a little lower and designed a line of highly affordable speakers for Pioneer that shattered our expectations of just how good budget-priced speakers could sound.

Jones eventually amicably left Pioneer (though not before shepherding equally affordable soundbars and speaker pedestals ) and now leads ELAC America’s speaker division. And he’s back at it, pouring his expertise into ELAC’s new Debut speaker series. The Debut line encompasses a full range of surround speakers, including the F5 towers, C5 center and A4 Dolby Atmos models. But here we’re breaking out the Debut B6 bookshelf speakers, and focusing on them as a standalone stereo pair.

After listening to them, it’s clear that Jones keeps outdoing himself with each new generation of his designs.

The all-new ELAC Debut B6 retails for $280 per pair. (UK and Australia prices aren’t yet available, but the speakers should be available in those markets by the end of 2015. The US price converts to around ¬£180 or AU$380 per pair.) For that price, these speakers are so good that they may just spawn a new generation of audiophiles — albeit ones who don’t need the deep pockets usually associated with the hobby.

True, the Debut B6 is more than double the price of the Jones-designed Pioneer SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers we’ve praised many times (those models are still readily available). But the ELAC Debut B6 is a substantially better speaker that still remains incredibly affordable. It’s our new go-to budget speaker, hands down. Read More