ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 Review

3.44 Mixed Usages
3.4 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
3.6 Treble Accuracy:
3.5 Bass Accuracy:
3.4 Imaging & Soundstage:
3.3 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2018 Rating: 4.8 Warranty: 3 years silk dome tweeter aramid fiber woofer desktop speaker home theater

Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 is an entry level bookshelf speaker that you can use in compact spaces. Well-designed tweeter and woofer incorporate to produce crisp, clear and rich sound. It can deliver sound with precision and is great for music. This efficient pair of speakers are ideal for compact spaces. Also, you have freedom to expand it in future if you like.

If you think this speaker is too small for you, you can check the bigger model, Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2. It is one of the best bookshelf speakers under $200.

Our Verdict

Low ends are decent with good control. Highs and mids are well-presented with good clarity. While watching movies, it is better to use a center channel other the voices might sound a bit weak. Still, they are understandable. Movie effects are great and it has wide soundfield. If you are using it as 2.0 stereo speaker, sit close that is, use it for near-field listening.

They are suitable as front stereo speakers, or as a part surround or rear speaker in a home theater. The speaker has a minimalist design. It is well-built and ensure pure audio production eliminating additional noise or vibration. If you are looking for budget friendly speakers, the Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 is best for you.

PROS
  • Openness in sound
  • Rigid enclosure
  • Flexible placement
  • Good bass
  • Detailed performance
  • Affordable
CONS
  • Unable to fill large spaces.
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type Cloth dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1-inch
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25-inch
Woofer Type aramid fiber woofers
Other

SPECS

Power Range 120 watts
Sensitivity 86 dB
Impedance 6 ohms
Frequency Range 46-35k Hz
Crossover Frequencies 2200Hz

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Level Input N/A
Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
HDMI Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A
Other

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type 5-Way Metal post
Compatible Connector Types bare-wire, pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single or dual).
Speaker Wire Compatibility 12 or 14AWG

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Smooth and decent bass.
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Voices are loud and clear.
Treble Accuracy Crisp highs with good directivity.
Imaging & Soundstage: Good imaging with broad and intense soundstage.
Dynamic Range: Dynamic range is average.
Power Handling: Power handling is good.
Frequency Response: Frequency response is decent.
Transient Response: Decent transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF
Color Black

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 341.0mm ( 13.4-inch)
Width (inches) 180.0mm ( 7.0-inch)
Depth (inches) 234.0mm ( 9.2-inch)
Weight (pounds) 5.90kg ( 12.98 lbs)
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-28 (inches)

CONTROL

Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A

IN THE BOX

Accessories: Pair of bookshelf loudspeakers 2 Grilles Operating Instructions
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 has good looks and build quality. It is made of MDF and designed to eliminate vibration that can color the sound. The outer body has wood-grain vinyl finish. A removable cloth grille is included. It will blend in easily in living room, office room or recording spaces.

Performance:

Comparing Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 vs B6.2, the B5.2 model is a bit smaller in size and is more affordable. They vary in terms of other features like senility, frequency response and overall performance. The Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 gets lots of praise for its sound quality but the B5.2 isn’t too bad either. Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 has tweeter with wide roll surround along with waveguide that ensures better directivity.

Instrumental sounds are handled pretty well so consider this model good for music. Movies sound great as well but a sub and center channel will be the best choice. The speakers might be a bit lacking while producing warm tone but the sound is quite balanced and pleasing. It has a bass port on the front side so you can place them near walls or in bookshelves without compromising performance. It can produce smoother low frequency extension.

The bass is decent compared to the speaker size but not punchier. It is clean and not boomy. This is expected from this compact size, so a subwoofer would be good for bass heads. Place them on any flat surface or stands to make sure they are at height levels. Other than this, the placement isn’t fussy. The sound remains good regardless their ‘toe-in’ position.    

Connectivity:

Any audio source can be connected if you choose the amp correctly. Based on the type of devices (turntables, TV, PC, laptop, CD player, etc) you can to connect, make sure the amp has those ports. Expand the system into a home theater by pairing speakers from the following as per need: bookshelf loudspeakers (DB52/DB62), two center-channel loudspeakers (DC52/DC62), a Dolby Atmos enabled loudspeaker (DA42), and two powered subs (S10EQ/S12EQ).

Use case:

The Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 is best for small to medium sized rooms. It is best for music but can also be used for movies, shows, podcasts or games. Most music genre are handled pretty well.

Compatibility

The Debut 2.0 B5.2 will work with Monoprice hybrid tube amp, Aiyima a07 or Aiyima T09, Cambridge audio axa35, Fosi BT20A-s, Marantz PM6007 or Rega Brio. We have listed some of the matching amps, you can choose within the list or match a different one based on your preference and budget.

Ease of use:

Passive speakers are easy to use but active ones are much easier, especially for newbies. To control the Debut 2.0 B5.2, you need to be familiar with amp control options.

Cost:

Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 is cheap and affordable.

FAQ

Can I place Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 is large rooms?

Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2 can be used as stereo speaker in large rooms but we suggest not to go for 2.0 setup. We recommend to create at least a 3.1 system for spacious rooms. A 5.1 or 5.1.2 system will be the best choice.

Do I need professional help to install the Elac Debut 2.0 B5.2?

If you have zero knowledge about amps and sound systems, you might need professional help. However, we think it’s a rare case as the user manual has detailed instruction about connection, connector type and all other information.

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