ELAC Debut Reference DBR62 Bookshelf Speakers Review

3.48 Mixed Usages
3.5 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
3.5 Treble Accuracy:
3.6 Bass Accuracy:
3.5 Imaging & Soundstage:
3.4 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2019 Rating: 4.5 Warranty: 3 years cloth dome tweeter aramid fiber woofer passive speaker desktop speaker home theater use case: music, movies

ELAC Debut Reference DBR62 is a rich and full sounding speaker that is ideal for everyday use. It has delicate mids and good lows. Place them at ear level by elevating them or using stands. It has well-designed cabinet that is durable and ensure that there is no coloration in the sound. The speaker has good transparency and dynamics. It shows great performance compared to its size and price.

Our Verdict

Elac Debut Reference DBR62 shows excellent performance at this price point. Listen to movies at night at low volumes with clear and detailed sound. You can pair other speakers like center channel or sub from Elac, or choose any other brand. It can clear vocals so use it for movies. The movie effects are enjoyable and so is the bass. It has good depth and warmth to satisfy majority of the users.

PROS
  • Improved bass dynamics
  • Good at low volumes
  • Non-fatiguing listening experience
  • Good tonal balance
  • Good clarity even at high or low volumes
CONS
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker , Passive 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
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5"
Woofer Type aramid fiber

SPECS

Power Range up to 120W
Sensitivity 86db @ 2.83v/1m
Impedance 6 Ohms
Frequency Range 44Hz – 35000Hz
Crossover Frequencies 2200Hz

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Speaker Level Input N/A
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
Bi-amp Input: N/A
HDMI Input N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type 5-Way Metal
Compatible Connector Types bare-wire, pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single or dual).
Speaker Wire Compatibility 14 or 16 AWG

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Great and extended bass compared to the compact size.
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Clear vocals
Treble Accuracy Crisp and smooth highs.
Imaging & Soundstage: Accurate imaging and powerful soundstage
Dynamic Range: Good dynamic range and can produce sound within wide range
Power Handling: adequate level of power handling for most use cases.
Frequency Response: Balanced sound throughout the wide frequency range
Transient Response: Good transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF
Color White Baffle, Oak Cabinet or Black Baffle, Walnut Cabinet

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 14.13
Width (inches) 8.18
Depth (inches) 10.82
Weight (pounds) 18.07 lbs Each
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-26

CONTROL

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

IN THE BOX

Accessories: 1 pair of Bookshelf loudspeakers, 2 Grilles, Operating Instructions
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

The DBR62 belongs to the ELAC Debut Reference line of speakers. It is compact is size and uses similar MDF material for enclosure. Instead of usual black, we love the white color and blends with our décor easily. It has ‘full perimeter brace’ for top and side panels. This is done to minimize any cabinet vibration. Build quality is good and it comes with a removable acoustically transparent cloth grille.

Performance:

ELAC Debut Reference DBR62 has one tweeter and one woofer in each cabinet. Along with decent build quality, the drivers are well-designed. There is cast chassis woofer that improves stiffness while minimizing any resonance. To boost up the bass and minimize any noise, it has dual flared slot ports. This also makes placement easier.

The speaker has wide-open soundstage and they sound quite musical. Trebles and mids are good, low ends pack a punch. Mids are clean, clear and gives you a sweet listening experience. Compared to its compact size, bass is full and impressive. If you want to go lower than 44Hz, easily pair an 8” subwoofer via the amp. Allow the bass to open up by connecting an Elac Sub 1010.

While 2200Hz crossover is listed for the speaker, keep it to 70 to 80 Hz for the subwoofer given that you are creating a 2.1 system. Allow the speakers to go through break-in period so that you can listen to rich and warm sound. For placement, Elac wants users to follow basic rule where you need to place the speaker 1 to 2 feet away from walls and corners. Place them, then toe-in to get the best position for optimum performance.

Instrumental sounds are clear and accurate. Use it for music and movies or connect it to your PC via an amp to play games.

Connectivity and control:

Connection ports and controlling the speaker volume will depend on the amp you are using. If the amp allows, you can connect the speaker to PC, laptop, turntable, mobile, TC, CD player, etc.

Use case:

You can use it in average sized living room, kitchen or small office spaces. If you can compromise the sound, you can also place it in large spaces, then expand when you have the budget. It can handle music very well; we suggest pairing a sub for audiophiles. For movies, create a 3.1 system with a center channel.

Compatible device:

Pair the Elac Debut Reference DBR62 with Denon PMA-600NE, Rega Brio, Cambridge CXA61, Optonica SA-5905, Yamaha A-801, etc. Or, simply choose as per your own preference.

Connect the floorstanding loudspeaker (DFR52), bookshelf loudspeaker (DBR62), and center-channel loudspeaker (DCR52) from Debut Reference series and create home theater system. Some compatible subs are Elac powered subwoofer (SUB310 or SUB312).

Cost:

Going above $500, Elac Debut Reference DBR62 isn’t the cheapest speaker in the market. Consider this a mid-priced model. We suggest going for it if you already have a sub, otherwise the total cost will increase further.

FAQ:

How to improve Elac Debut Refernce DBR62 performance?

In order to improve Elac Debut Refernce DBR62 sound quality, you can use damping pads under the speaker. Allow the speakers to go through long hours of break-in. Lastly be aware of the fact that room acoustics play important role in audio performance. Use EQ options or room calibration in the amp. For home theaters, make sure to use materials to improve room acoustics.

Is it mandatory to use a speaker stand with Elac Debut Reference DBR62?

Speaker stands are not mandatory at all. As long as you can place the speakers on table or shelves making sure they are at user’s ear level, you are good to go.

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