Elac F5


Elac Debut – F5

5.25-inch Aramid-Fiber Floorstanding Speakers ($279.99 each)

With its custom drivers and floorstanding design, the Debut F5 is a great choice for a serious two-channel rig or as the nucleus of a multi-channel setup. Add a Debut powered subwoofer and you have a serious, full-range system that delivers sound that’s in the big league.


Speaker type: 3-way, bass reflex
Frequency response: 42 to 20,000 Hz
Nominal impedance: 6 Ω
Sensitivity: 85 dB at 2.83 v/1m
Crossover frequency: 100 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
Net weight: 32.8 lb / 14.9 kg
Gross weight (packaged): 36.3 lb / 16.5 kg


In the glory days of hi-fi, it used to be that value and performance were mutually exclusive. “If it sounds good it has to be expensive”, went the unspoken maxim. Those words still hold true in some cases, but one of our favorite speaker designers has been bucking the trend since 2011.

It was then that Andrew Jones — known for his high-end work at KEF, Infinity and TAD– focused his talents on a set of highly affordable Pioneer speakers which garnered rave reviews from both critics and consumers. Then in early 2015 Jones moved from Pioneer over to ELAC (a major German speaker company), where he became Vice President of Engineering for ELAC America.

The ELAC Debut F5 tower speaker and the B6 bookshelf are two parts of an entirely new range which demonstrate that Jones hit the ground running. As soon as we started listening to the floor-standing F5, it became clear Jones isn’t resting on his considerable laurels. The new speaker is light years ahead of his Pioneer designs.

At $560 a pair, it’s also more then twice as expensive (Australian and UK pricing and availability has yet to be confirmed). Though the smaller B6 speakers offer better bang for buck, the F5s offer a much bigger sound and even greater bass response. For this level of sound quality, they’re a steal.

In short, the ELAC Debut series has instantly become the new standard for hi-fi value. Read More