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ELAC - Debut 2.0 6.5" 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers (Pair) - Black Ash-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 102 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers for the price

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    JayT
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    I haven't heard of the Elac brand until I started researching bookshelf speaker. Many sites raved about the original Elac debut. And these debut 6.2 speaker were supposed to be better than the original. Of course there are better speakers, but for the price, these speakers are amazing! I do not consider myself an audiophile. I just appreciate music and like to enjoy it as much as my budget allows. I have had many different brands of speakers...Bose, MTX, Pioneer, Polk, and most recent, Athena. I accidentally came across these speaker while on the Best Buy website looking at A/V receivers. I didn't need new speakers, but the Elac's were half off, so I researched them and then went down to audition them. Unfortunately, the entire Magnolia sound room where the Elac's were on display was not working. The sales associate apologized for the sound room being out of commission, and since the speakers were on sale, he suggested just getting it and if I didn't like it, I could always return it. Sold! When I got home and unboxed the speakers, I was surprised how big it was. These are big for 6-1/2" bookshelf speakers, so keep that in mind. All my previous bookshelf speakers were 6-1/2" drivers, and the Elac's have the largest cabinet box of them all. My A/V receiver is an older Yamaha model, which has A/B speaker switching. which makes it easy to do side by side comparisons. After hooking up the new speakers next to the Athena's and putting on some music I know well, I immediately heard a difference. First and most apparent was the sound stage. The Elac's are much wider and fuller sounding. Imaging was laser sharp with vocals dead center. The Athena's ($300 Audition series) sounded a bit thinner in the mid-range, but smoother in the mid-high range. The Elac's has a warmer, laid back type of sound. If you like a bright, in-your-face type of speaker, these probably would not be for you, and I'd recommend going with Klipsch. Some people love the sound of Klipsch, but for me, it's on the bright side. All depends on personal taste and preference. The only negative I have about the Elac's is that they don't sound that great at low volumes. Bass is weak at low levels, but turn them up a bit and they sound wonderful. Bass is tight and has punch. Midrange is warm. And highs are smooth, not harsh. I have listened to these extensively over the course of a couple of weeks and I have never had audio fatigue. Can't say that about some of the other speakers I've had. These won't compete with high end brands like Bowers & Wilkins, Def. Tech, and KEF, but I've heard them before, and these Elac's are close. Very close. These actually sound like much more expensive speaker. Amazing quality and value!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound quality at a great price!

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    GenghisKhan
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    I had heard about these speakers a while ago through CNET and a youtube channel - The Audiophiliac. After that I kept reading rave reviews on different audiophile related websites - whatthehifi.com, stereophile.com, and otheres. All of them were amazed at the sound quality these speakers produced for the price. I agree. I have had these speakers for about a month now. My system is definitely entry level - a marantz NR1403 AV receiver, a sony bdp-s6700 blu-ray player, a modi 3 DAC by Schitt audio. and a chromecast audio streamer. These speakers replaced a pair of bose 301 V's. I have the speakers on stands two feet out from the back wall and two feet out from the side wall. These speakers blow away the bose 301's I had before. I know that people will say, "of course they did, that's easy." The 301s were not terrible though and towards the end, properly mounted on stands they were ok - not great, but ok. The ELAC 6.2's are another creature entirely! They sing, they announce themselves, they let you know you are going to music that will sound great - and it does. Where to start? First with bass. It is clearly articulated, tight, and moves. My test track for this was Otra Dia Mas Sin Verte by Jon Secada. The midrange is balanced and well defined. Finally the highs - no problem there - smooth and again well delivered. Since purchasing them I have listed to a range of music - rock, classical, jazz, latin, big band, pop,etc. The Elac's handle all of these genres without a problem, and I hear more detail, presence, and dynamism in my music than before. Perhaps the best way I can express my satisfaction is to say that they are revealing speakers. Well recorded music will shine, and poorly recorded music/and sucky digital music will not - you will know right away. A week ago I listened to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories (download - mastered for iTunes) - it sounded amazing and I really discovered the album! It is a new favorite of mine. The same can be said of Portugal the Man's - I feel it still track. Older downloads and poorly ripped CDs not so much. Overall I am thrilled with my new speakers. I strongly recommend these speakers. These speakers are normally priced at $300, but were on sale during Christmas for $150 - an awesome deal!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Performs beyond their price range

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    Krish
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    I had been using large Sony 4 way floor standing speakers that had 8 inch woofers for almost 10 years for both music and home theater. I had quantity but not necessarily quality. I saw the original Elac B6 speakers go on sale and started looking into them to use with my computer setup. Tons of positive reviews got my attention and i went to the local best buy to have a listen to these 2nd gen B6's. The sales person played my requested songs and i was blown away. Heard details that i had not heard in my favorite songs with my larger speakers. Was so impressed that i bought 4 of them, the matching center speaker and the subwoofer! Came home and listened to the "music" from my wife first and then set these up and am living happily ever after. Don't take my word for it though. Sound is such a subjective thing though and definitely audition these for yourself. These bookshelves are rated to go to 44hz and i certainly don't think the low end is lacking. For home theater use, a sub adds the presence and sound pressure for lack of a better description and i dont miss my floor standing speakers. Since the picture in this review was taken, i went ahead and added the dolby atmos height effect speakers as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly What I was Searching For

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    Jeff

    I'm running a 2 channel stereo through a good Yamaha receiver, but I was having troube finding that clear, full sound I wanted without having to get massive floor speakers. I tried a pair of Klipsch R-15M bookshelf speakers, and while they were great on the high end, the middle and low were obviously lacking. I picked up a Klipsch 10" powered sub to fill it out, but no matter the frequency or gain, it either fell short or overpowered. The whole setup was unbalanced for me. But then I tied these out in the store, and they were amazing!! A full, clear, well-rounded sound that hits all the right notes without being too much, at any volume. All the employees were raving about these as I was looking at them, and it wasn't just a sales pitch. They sound just as brilliant at home, and I'm extremely happy with these!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers for the price.

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    Siddhartha
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    I got this speakers based on the online reviews posted by so many people excited about these and the UNI FI series. Initially I had been to bestbuy Magnolia to hear them and I was truly impressed with the clarity, soundstage and bass. Got them during the black Friday sale for $150 with Onkyo tx 676 receiver. After initial setup I was disappointed with the sound from my speaker and receiver setup. Configured them as 2.1 channel with my receiver with no additional subwoofer. But all that changed when I changed within a couple of days. The speakers started sounding so lively and punchy. I made a couple of changes in the receiver settings. But I think these speakers don't initially sound good but after a couple of days these ROCK all forms of music and TV. The details of instrument play, position of the vocals all sound so clear and lively. Even there is ample thunderous bass. Overall ..this is one is a great pair at this price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Speakers

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    TeddyG
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    This review is actually for my second pair of Elac B6.2 speakers. My first pair was slated for surround duty, but I liked them so much, I moved them to the front. I purchased the Elac F6.2 speakers for the front, but unfortunately, they ended up being too large for my small home theater room. While I loved the sound of the F 6.2's, I returned them and exchanged them for another pair of B 6.2's. I now have the 6.2's at all four corners with the Elac C 5.2 center channel and two subwoofers and am completely happy with the sound of my system. These are fantastic speakers and deserve to be auditioned if you're in the market for new speakers. They compare well to speakers costing way more than what these are going for. Catch them on sale, and it's no contest . Listen for yourself. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Above Expectations

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    LomoJunkie
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    These ELAC Debut 2.0 bookshelf speakers are the best speakers I've ever owned. I've had speakers that cost so much more than these and these blow them away. The sound is crisp, the detail is outstanding, the bass is thunderous. I use these with a Marantz Integrated Amp and a Clearaudio Concept Turntable. The perfect match for my set-up. I have a feeling I'll have these for a long time because they are built so well. When I do need another set of speakers I'm definitely buying ELAC speakers again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Can't be beat for the money

    Posted
    TeddyG

    Bought these to replace some old surround speakers and used them in that capacity for a couple of weeks, and they performed admirably. Decided to try them for front channel duty,so I swapped them with my 25 year old Definitve Technology BP 8s. Wow! To say that I am impressed is an understatement. Love the imaging, wide soundstage and ample low end. Coming from the bipolar Def Techs is refreshing. Don't get me wrong, even after 25 years, the BP 8s still sound great, but I love the pinpoint imaging of these Elacs. There's a reason that these speakers get such good ratings. Take a listen, they compare favorably to speakers costing way more. Definitely don't regret this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Budget Hi-Fi

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    Vulg
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    During my foray into the world of vinyl, I realized that the Edifier speakers I bought for my budget turntable system wouldn't cut it. After much research, I settled on Elac Debut, and am very happy with these bookshelf speakers. The highs are crisp and the lows are boomy, but still relatively tight for a ported assembly. I've tried them out with everything from Frank Sinatra to Metallica and am very pleased. Sturdy plugs in the back. I would've preferred a magnetic grill, but the supplied ones are still good. If you were going to use these for home theatre, I would recommend adding a subwoofer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good enough.

    Posted
    Mountainman
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    Please read carefully,these are $300.00 speakers at best (I paid 150.00) the only way I would recommend these if you had no speakers,super super old bookshelf's or really bad cheap newer ones.First off they need GOOD POWER to get them to start to sound like all the hype and you are not going to get that with an AVR home theater reciever,you will need an external power amp or a VERY good integrated amp.I only got these because I run them through a power amp and paid a buck fifty for them and wanted to hear the hype for myself,and my conclusion is , see my opening statement.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Value

    Posted
    Pittswede
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    I've had these for about a month now and just did the room calibration with my Pioneer receiver. There was no significant change and since they sounded fine to start that's a good thing. I don't have "golden" ears, maybe silver, so my opinion is just that. Your mileage may vary. The speakers don't seem to have any coloration, the music sounds the way it should - the way the producer intended. I listen mostly to classical and jazz which makes transparency the prime criteria for speakers. And having bought them on sale at half off, they were almost a steal!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best for the price, or, just the best?

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    rexwild
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    Obviously, these are not the best speakers I have owned among DCM Time Windows, Rodgers LS35A and so forth, but they are a fine pair of speakers. Looked hard and long at reviews and then made my decision. Not disappointed at all. Very transparent with a full sound for their size. They fill the room with sound that they are in easily and offer a wonderful balanced sound. But all this for the price that I paid (about $150) is a steal. Upgraded from small Polk bookshelf speakers. Will not look back.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Version 2.0 Is Even Better!

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    KNHOH
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    The Elac Debut 2.0 bookshelf speakers are better than their first edition, which I also own. Both versions have very good sound with smooth highs and excellent bass for their size. The 2.0’s seem to have an added seamless smoothness that the earlier version does not quite have. They are just a bit better all around speakers than their predecessors. I can easily recommend them to anyone looking for bookshelf speakers without spending a large sum of money for them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing budget speakers

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    ChrisG
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    What an incredible bargain these speakers are. I purchased these as my front L/R speakers but was so impressed I decided to move those to my rear surround position and purchased the ELAC UNI-FI UF5's (floor standing speakers) for my front L/R and the UB5's (book shelf speakers) my L/R surrounds. I have been blown away by the sound from these speakers. I plan on purchasing the UC5 center speaker next. These Andrew Jones designed speakers sound spectacular!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fine Speakers

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    Anotherguy
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    These speakers are fine. I think Elac built them to be good all around. Other brands have better highs and lows which is my personal preference. Those other brands usually lack the mid range within this price point. It's basically personal preference. I'd prefer a better high and low. If you just want a good all around speaker with mid range these speakers are fine. If you are looking for that crisp high I would look at other brands.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding sound quality

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    Mark
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    Firs thing, I don't consider myself an audiophoile, that being said, these speakers sound amazing. I bought the Sony core series initlally and while those were great speakers for the money, once I got the ELACs home and put on the same scene in Thor: Ragnorak on both sets, the ELACs just rose above in every possible way, quality, level, detail. These speakers are rated as the absolute best for money and they definitely earned that title.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What a Great Deal!!

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    Micke7
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    Two years ago I bought the original ELAC Debut B6 for full price. I got a great set of speakers that sounded even better when played loud. At Christmas time last year I saw that the new B6 2.0 was on sale for half price. I couldn’t resist buying. These are even better than the old ones. More high end and bass. I have them paired with a Pioneer receiver from the 70’s. They love power. I think they are fine without a sub. Great deal at full or half price!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent value

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    Biker
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    Speakers perform and look at a level that exceeds their cost. If they are being used primarily for music bass is quite satisfactory not requiring a sub. For movies a sub would certainly enhance the experience. Vocals are well presented. Instruments are not as defined as higher quality speakers would present. All in all a wonderful value in an easy to live with and enjoy speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers, big sound for small speakers

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    tilliebear
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    Bought these speakers on sale and have been very happy with them. They can get pretty loud too with minimal distortion! They do lack a little bit of bass but this is easily remedied with a subwoofer. They are very good for their price range and I would reccomend them. The front firing port is great if you need them closer to a wall too! The build quality of the speakers seems pretty good too-- they seem fairly durable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Only $299

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    Michael88
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    Great Speakers. I am amazed at the amount of bass and clear highs without being exaggerated. They need good clean power to sound their best. My Yamaha R-S700 makes them sing, even better than the $1600 avr at Magnolia. Truly a bargain.

    I would recommend this to a friend