Sonic Clarity and Emotional Dynamics: The ELAC Uni-Fi Reference UCR52 Center Channel Speaker is the Linchpin to a Transformative Entertainment Experience
The ELAC Uni-Fi Reference UCR52 Center Channel Speaker can be the key ingredient to an immersive entertainment experience with your home theater system. Once you hear the difference between watching a film with and without a superb center channel speaker, you'll realize just how essential that third speaker is. A film's dialog, special effects, and scene-setting atmospherics can all come to life in a transformative way with the ELAC Uni-Fi Reference UCR52 Center Channel Speaker. With this center channel loudspeaker properly positioned, a film or TV show's audio elements will be clearer and more engaging – particularly the dialog.
Building on the success of the acclaimed Uni-Fi 2.0 series of speakers, the ELAC Uni-Fi Reference UCR52 Center Channel Speaker is part of a stunning Uni-Fi Reference line that has been refined for maximum performance and style. The Uni-Fi Reference line essentially combines the best of all possible sonic worlds. It takes ELAC loudspeakers to the next level by combining the eye-catching Reference series aesthetics and performance elements with innovative technology from the Uni-Fi series. ELAC has earned a reputation for delivering exceptional sonic quality at price that isn't stratospheric, and the three-way, bass reflex Uni-Fi Reference UCR52 Center Channel Speaker certainly embodies that approach. This center channel can bring deeper emotionalism, pristine clarity, and previously hidden sonic details to a three-channel setup.
Under the hood, the ELAC Uni-Fi Reference UCR52 Center Channel Speaker features a new concentric driver with a cast chassis. The 1-inch, soft-dome, wide-surround tweeter enhances the low- and high-frequency extension, allowing for improved blending with the midrange. An entirely new, 4-inch, aluminum midrange driver – with a large-diameter voicecoil, vented rear spider, and new neodymium magnet – allows for better excursion and control of midrange frequencies. The ELAC engineers designed a new cast chassis to minimize reflections back to the cone, resulting in improved sonic clarity.
The ELAC engineers also devised a 5.25-inch aluminum woofer with a cast chassis and placed two of them in this powerful, center channel speaker. This results in realistic low frequencies and exciting dynamics, especially when a sound effect pans, for example, from left, to center, to right. The newly developed bass driver features a single-piece, compound curvature aluminum cone with a large, rear-vented magnet to deliver improved linearity and low-frequency response that outperforms any previous Uni-Fi center channel speaker.
The UCR52, which has a maximum power input of 140 watts, can deliver sonic details with pinpoint precision, as well as nuanced textures, which can all add up to a transformative entertainment experience.
The ELAC engineers also designed dual flared slot vents for the cabinet. Utilizing both internal and external flares allows for lower noise and high bass output for improved low-frequency dynamics. Featuring 85db sensitivity and a 47Hz – 35kHz frequency response, the UCR52 Center Channel Speaker delivers lows, highs, and midrange frequencies with authority. Additionally, the Uni-Fi Reference line implements full perimeter bracing in the cabinet, which reduces vibration and eliminates the problem of cabinet coloration.
Available in Satin White with oak sides or Satin Black with walnut sides, this elegant speaker can blend harmoniously with either a traditional decor or a contemporary one. This 29-pound speaker features thick, CARB2-rated MDF outer walls, as well as bi-wire, five-way binding posts.
To create a seamless sonic blend, many audio experts recommend that you use the same brand of speaker for the left, right, and center channel. This ELAC center channel speaker perfectly complements the ELAC Uni-Fi Reference UFR52 Tower Speakers, and it also could be an ideal partner to the ELAC Uni-Fi Reference UBR62 Bookshelf Speakers. Both of those speakers are available from Music Direct, and like all Music Direct products, they come with the 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.
Overall, the Uni-Fi Reference line reflects ELAC's philosophy of creating top-tier products that have great aesthetics and unparalleled performance at a given price point.
ELAC: More Than 90 Years of Innovation
ELAC builds on its heritage by learning from the past, looking ahead to the future, and constantly striving to improve sound quality. The ELAC origin story is tied to a commitment to making the best sound in the world. It began on September 1, 1926, in Kiel, Germany, when Electroacustic GmbH was founded to focus on the development of sonar technology and the research of signal and sound channels in air and water.
ELAC's passion for music and fascination with sound followed in 1948, with its first consumer audio product, the PW1 record player. In the ensuing decades, ELAC was a leader in the burgeoning audio industry, launching innovative turntables and electronics. During the 1970s and '80s, ELAC turntables served as the backbone for some of the world's finest sound systems.
By 1984, ELAC had begun designing loudspeakers in conjunction with AXIOM Electroacoustic Speaker Specialists. One year later, ELAC's 4Pi omnidirectional tweeter – a driver that combined extended range with broad dispersion – truly brought "high end" to high-end audio. This innovation shook up the audiophile world and helped propel ELAC into a brand mentioned among the world's most elite speaker manufacturers.
In 1993, ELAC introduced the JET folded-ribbon tweeter, which proved that a driver whose response goes beyond the limits of human hearing sounds better over its entire range.
The innovations have continued into the current century. In 2016, ELAC introduced the Debut and Uni-Fi speaker series, the industry-changing Discovery Music Server, the EA Series Integrated Amplifier, and its flagship speaker, the Concentro. In 2018, ELAC unveiled the Debut 2.0 line of home speakers and subwoofers. This line built upon the success of the first-generation Debut family of products by incorporating a variety of new features and technologies.