Elac B5

Description

Elac B5

5.25-inch Aramid-Fiber Bookshelf Speaker ($229.99 pair)

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.

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 (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

Reviews

One of my favorite people in the industry, Andrew Jones, who is rumored to be both a doctor, as well as knighted by at least one of the crowns of Europe has switched teams. Jones is jumping ship from Pioneer after it attempted to sell him into indentured servitude in a merger with Onkyo, and is now batting for the Germans at ELAC America.

In a strange intellectual property situation Jones has been able to keep his name, but his signature is forever property of Pioneer electronics. Other than that the transition appears to be going smoothly with a full line of entry level speakers from ELAC hitting the market just months after Jones got started. This ELAC B5 speaker I’m reviewing is the lowest price bookshelf speaker of the group known as the debut series. Read More: