ELAC Debut speakers

I decided to do a separate listing of the Elac Debut speaker from the event story I wrote for easier reference.
The Debut line of speakers are insanely good! Yes, I have heard them more than once. The only minus, if you can call it that, is that there is not a lot of wiggle room for off-axis listening achieving the same or similar effect as sitting in the sweet spot, as it were. The only other thing I noted was that at moderate listening levels there is some vibration. Some folks have made large complaints about it even claiming there may not be enough bracing. First of all, these are small speakers and while braced more by the box walls being thicker on the sides and such, there is not much room for extra bracing in the cabinet. The magnets and voice coils barely fit as they are large. Bracing would not do much against vibration anyway in the case of small light bookshelf speakers. That said though, they perform like or better than speakers at least four times what the debuts cost.
Even the small but mighty B5 bookshelf reaches far lower than it should. These are really astounding speakers! I’ve heard the B6 as well and they are even more impressive. These look like speakers you would give to non-audiophile friends or college students (in fact, the price is geared towards them and why not). The astounded, dare I say shocking thing is that they sound nothing like dorm room speakers or off the shelf cheapos. I would not even hesitate giving a pair of these to a budding audiophile. I would not hesitate having them in a low four figure system. I would not even relegate them to the garage (even though at the price point it would be appropriate, but not for their sound). In spite of their humble looks and ridiculously low price point, these are serious speakers. Andrew has worked magic with these far beyond what he did for the Pioneers in my opinion.
At the Newport Show last year, everybody could not stop talking about them and some of them where dealers and associated with makers of similar speakers over $1000.
Here is what Michael Fremer says about them in his recent post:
http://www.analogplanet.com/content/elacs-debut-b5-loudspeaker-not-good-money#eFdcm2dbIMxZhfi4.97
(Don’t let the title trick you, read further.)

I’m really grateful for what Andrew Jones and ELAC have done in coming out with this affordable speaker line at the level of performance they are. This is a heaven-sent thing for folks just starting out and easier to reach for the tightest of budgets to get good sound quality. Thank you Andrew and the team at ELAC for making good sound quality possible and affordable for folks without deep pockets.

In fact, if you have youngins who are wanting to get into Hi-Fi or perhaps you have a son or daughter living at college or you yourself are just starting out. You can happily use these speakers with an affordable amp and source of your choice. In fact, for well under $1000, (even less used) you can set up your loved one or yourself a nice little system.

The line up is as follows (manufacture site):
http://elac.us/speakers
http://elac.us/peopletechnology

Debut B5
B5 Bookshelf 
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
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
https://youtu.be/_KZ7ig9EiNI

Debut B6
B6 Bookshelf 
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
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

Debut F5

F5 Tower 
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
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

There is also an F6 Tower, but I don’t know what the status of it is, much less the price at this time.
There is also a center speaker, dolby speakers and 3 subwoofers, all the same affordable prices and also very nice, but I’m focused on 2-channel sound right now.

https://youtu.be/QK5fKs1-Abg

However, in case your curiosity or needs require it, here’s a demo of the Sub-woofers:https://youtu.be/-WeOCdk23Dk

Here’s Andrew Jones explaining the Debut line:


There is a new line called Uni that I have not heard yet or have all the details on, but when I do get that, I’ll post it.