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Elac Speakers: Debut & Uni-Fi Series Available at Turntable Lab

Elac UB5 Uni-Fi Series 5 1/4″ Concentric 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers (UB51-BK)

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Elac offers a variety of options for loudspeakers. Models from the German company’s Debut & Uni-Fi lines just hit the site, and they offer high-quality sound reproduction at different price points. At $499 (comes as a pair), the UB5 5 1/4″ Concentric 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers is a compact solution for deep bass + accurate top ends, and the 5.25″ woofer, 1″ tweeter, and 4″ midrange cones come housed in a lowkey, black-brushed-vinyl finished medium-density fibreboard cabinet.

Elac F5 Debut Series 5 1/4″ Floorstanding Speaker (DF51-BK)

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If space is not an issue, Elac also offers the F5 3-2ay Floorstanding Speaker at $279.99 (single unit). When it comes to the bookshelf vs.tower speakers question, there is really no clear cut answer; it all depends on what you want. In this case, the F5 offers the same size sub, mid, high cones as the above UB5 and nearly identical frequency response. With that said, this configuration will offer a bigger and more robust sound (especially low end) because of the extra space in the cabinet (really simplifying things here). If you plan on adding a sub to your setup, the bookshelves might be a better option, but then again, floorstanding speakers can also be incorporated in to larger systems, so again, it all depends on what you want.

Elac B5 Debut Series 5 1/4″ Bookshelf Speakers (DF51-BK)

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Now moving on to the 2-way options, the B5 Bookshelf Speakers, at $229 (comes as a pair), is a real bargain, especially given the sound quality it produces (2015 Absolute Sound Product of the Year winner). The 5.25″ sub woofer promises deep, detailed bass, and although it lacks the mid-range cone that the above two models have, the 1″ cloth dome tweeters deliver crisp highs. The speaker is a marvel at the size and price point it offers.

Elac B5 Debut Series 5 1/4″ Bookshelf Speakers (DB41-BK)

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Now on to the most affordable option from Elac ($179.99, comes as a pair), the B4 Debut Series 4″ Bookshelf Speakers. You can count on accurate highs and rich bass from this compact model, and although it will be fine as a standalone, the B4 will be perfect as a part of a surround-sound system if you decide to add a subwoofer or other components.

Elac speakers available now at Turntable Lab.