Audiophile Sound and Technical Prowess at Unbelievably Affordable Cost: Andrew Jones-Designed ELAC Debut B5 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Offers Performance That Backs Up Best-Value Boasts
Nearly every speaker company likes to proclaim that its products offer the best value in the field, but no manufacturer has created the likes of the ultra-affordable ELAC Debut B5 bookshelf loudspeaker. The vision of legendary audio designer Andrew Jones, the very same of TAD/Pioneer fame, Debut B5 supplies an elevated level of audiophile sound at a price that turns high-end conventions on their head. We could use fancy hyperbole to tell you about Debut B5's merits. Instead, we'll let this two-way bass-reflex overachiever and its features do the talking. Jones-designed custom drivers, 5.25-inch woven aramid-fiber woofers with oversized magnets and vented pole pieces, a custom seven-element crossover, and a deep-spheroid custom waveguide provide performance that belies Debut B5's compact size. They also defy what music listeners are accustomed to not only getting in a bookshelf model, but getting in any product that costs as little as this one does. Not to mention the expertise, acumen, and cutting-edge engineering skills wrought by Jones. If you're looking for the best-sounding value in affordable bookshelf loudspeakers, consider your search over. 100% Money-Back Guaranteed.
"A rarity in the high end. It's little, it's vinyl-clad, and it’s cheap. And it packs more pure, honest musicality into its modest bass-reflex cabinet than a speaker (at this price) has a right to. What the team at ELAC has managed to wring from this most humble of designs is nothing short of exceptional!"
– The Absolute Sound, Product of the Year Award
Andrew Jones-Designed Drivers Match Intricate Crossover, Spheroid Waveguide
Andrew Jones custom-designed both the tweeter and bass driver to deliver an exceptional audio experience that can't be delivered with typical off-the-shelf parts. A custom crossover with audio-grade components ensures smooth transition between drivers. In addition, a custom-designed tweeter waveguide with a deep spheroid profile improves directivity control and shields the tweeter wavefront from cabinet diffraction.
"Over the course of my time with them, I continually forgot that they were so incredibly cheap. In fact nobody who heard them could believe it either. There’s a lot to be said for an audio system that just gets on with it and this was certainly it. The B5s walked through any task I set them. Those drivers really have been the breakthroughs that have set this new ELAC range on the way. They are superb and the way they have been integrated into that plain little cabinet is quite remarkable."
– Chris Thomas, Hi-Fi+
Aramid-Fiber Cones Add Strength and Smoothness
“The ELAC B5 has a smoother, and wider frequency response than any $229.99/pr. speaker has any business having, and its off-axis response, at least based on listening and not measuring, is smoother and better-behaved than any $229.99/pr. speaker has any right to produce.”
Woven aramid fiber offers a superior stiffness-to-weight ratio and damping over common polypropylene or paper cones. The added strength allows more flexibility in design to achieve a smoother, extended frequency response.
—Michael Fremer, Analog Planet