ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 Review

3.43 Mixed Usages
3.4 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
3.4 Treble Accuracy:
3.5 Bass Accuracy:
3.5 Imaging & Soundstage:
3.4 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2015 Rating: 4.6 Warranty:3 years 1" soft dome tweeter 4" midrange driver aluminum cone woofer desktop speaker medium sized room

Elac Uni-Fi UB5 is a great sounding speaker that has a 3-way speaker design. It is affordable and ideal for users with tight spaces. Match an amplifier and connect your audio sources like TV, turntable, etc. To improve the overall performance, we suggest an additional powered subwoofer. The clear and balanced sound from these speakers will impress you. At this size and price, the performance is satisfactory.

If you want a larger Elac speaker check the Debut 2.0 B6.2. In case you prefer one from Uni-Fi series, the Uni-Fi 2.0 B5.2 is a good choice.  

Our Verdict

Elac Uni-Fi UB5 is a budget-friendly passive speaker that you can use for general listening. Although they don’t go super loud in large rooms, the loudness is ample for small to mid-sized rooms. We won’t restrict you from using it in large rooms, but you will receive a bit weak sound.

Users who are already using speakers from other brands like Polk or other expensive models also praise this speaker for pure sound production. Based on impedance and power, we can say that you will high-quality amps to run this speaker as they are not very easy to drive.

PROS
  • Solid build
  • Compact size good for tight spaces.
  • Detailed bass
  • Affordable
  • Good for everyday use
  • Well-designed crossover
CONS
  • Placement isn’t very flexible
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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 3
Tweeter Type Soft-dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1-inch
Midrange Size (inches) 4
Midrange Type aluminum cone
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25-inch
Woofer Type aluminum cone
Other

SPECS

Power Range 40-140 watts
Sensitivity 85 dB
Impedance 4 ohms
Frequency Range 46-25k Hz
Crossover Frequencies Low-Pass: 270 Hz, High-Pass: 2.7 kHz

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 Post
Compatible Connector Types bare-wire, pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only).
Speaker Wire Compatibility 12 or 14AWG

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Hefty low-ends
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Voices are loud and clear.
Treble Accuracy Crisp highs.
Imaging & Soundstage: Good imaging and powerful soundstage.
Dynamic Range: Good dynamic range
Power Handling: Decent power handling
Frequency Response: Wide frequency response
Transient Response: Good transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Bass-reflex
Finish MDF
Color Black, white

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 324.0mm ( 12.7-inch)
Width (inches) 200.0mm ( 7.8-inch)
Depth (inches) 273.0mm ( 10.7-inch)
Weight (pounds) 7.48kg ( 16.46 lbs)
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-31

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: 

Elac Uni-Fi UB5 has a sleek and slim design. It is a compact speaker with standard looks. The cabinet is made of MDF that uses internal bracing. This reduces any sort of vibration or resonance that may insert unwanted noise into the sound. It comes with a removable magnetic grille.

Performance:

The Elac Uni-Fi UB5 is the original version and is a 3-way speaker. After that, Elac Uni-Fi 2.0 B5.2 came into the market. Comparing Elac Uni-Fi UB5 vs B5.2, the B5.2 is well designed and engineered although several specs remain the same. Since each driver works within their frequency range, the speakers can produce immersive sound.

Similar to the Uni-Fi 2.0 B5.2, the UB5 has a tweeter, mid-range driver and a woofer. It has good soundfield with crisp highs and precise mids. The UB5 has crispier sound compared to the B5.2. It produces sound in a natural way. They sound good even at low volumes. Bass from this speaker won’t be room shaking but it is clean and tight. You can further improve it by placing it nearer to walls or using EQ options in the amp.

Placing the speaker is simply and easy. However, since they have bass port on the rear side, you need to leave gap between the rear wall and the speaker. Others are basic placement rules like keep the speaker at ear level and create and equilateral triangle between the speakers and user. You can use the speakers as front, rear or as surrounds.

In case you choose to keep the speakers on stands, use isolation footers. Once you place the speakers, spend some time by changing the speaker position and listen to the sound to find the best spot. Lastly, make sure to allow the speaker to go through hours of break-in period.

Connectivity:

 The connectivity of other devices with the speaker depends on the amplifier ports.

Use case:

We suggest to use the Elac Uni-Fi UB5 is compact spaces or as a part of a home theater in large rooms. Use the speakers for listening to music, recordings, movies or shows. It can handle different music genre including rock, jazz, classical, etc.

Compatible devices:

Pair the Elac Uni-Fi UB5 with Yamaha RX-V377, Bluesound Powernode 2i, Marantz 2325, Denon x3500, Sonos amp, Vincent amp. Or choose a different one based on your budget. When you use them as rear speakers or surrounds to create a 5.1.2 or 7.1 home theater, you will receiver perfectly balanced sound.

To create a home theater, pair it with bookshelf speakers, floorstanding speakers and center channel from the Uni-Fi series. Include a powered sub from Elac, or simply choose speakers from other brands.

Ease of use:

Controlling the speaker’s volume or adjusting bass and treble will depend on the receiver or amp that you choose.

Cost:

If you think the Elac Uni-Fi 2.0 B5.2 is costly, then you can choose the UB5 model. For users who already own an amplifier, the cost won’t increase further. However, make sure the amp is capable of running these speakers. For that, match the recommended amp power and impedance specs of the speaker with the amp.

FAQ

Which is better, active or passive speakers?

Elac Uni-Fi UB5 is a passive speaker that needs an amp to drive. You won’t need an amp for active speakers and they are easier to use between the two. Audio purists and enthusiasts often prefer passive bookshelf speaker claiming that they can produce powerful and ‘serious’ sound. That said, active ones are also performing well with advanced technologies.

Should I add two subs with the Elac Uni-Fi UB5?

Adding two subs if you have the space will deliver better performance. We suggest this for audio enthusiasts. This will show more controlled bass with improve dynamic range.

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