Space Constraints Are No Problem with the ELAC Uni-Fi UB5: Designed by Andrew Jones, High-Value Bookshelf Loudspeaker Features Concentric Drivers, Provides Remarkable Audiophile Sound
A multi-time recipient of an Editors' Choice Award from The Absolute Sound, the ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 bookshelf loudspeaker laughs at the sonic compromises often wrought by space constraints. Loaded with the same groundbreaking driver and crossover components used in its bigger brother, Uni-Fi UF5, this Andrew Jones-designed compact monitor provides remarkable audiophile sound while fitting in places off-limits to tower models. The high-value Uni-Fi UB5 also makes for an outstanding surround-sound speaker. Anchored by an in-house-developed concentric driver – a trait uncommon in models in this price range – Uni-Fi UB5 plays with stellar precision, coherency, and responsiveness. Your music will sound more natural, smooth, fluid, and lifelike. In Uni-Fi UB5, a one-inch soft-dome tweeter and rigid, four-inch aluminum midrange cone account for excellent directivity, power handling, and dynamics. A 5.25-inch woofer delivers taut bass, while top-tier components reside in a crossover that lends to seamless, smooth integration between lows and highs. Internally braced cabinets add stiffness and reduce resonance, while magnetically attached grilles give you the option of either seeing or concealing the drivers. As for Music Direct's exclusive walnut finish? Absolutely timeless. It also looks great in black. Our 100% Money-Back Guarantee takes care of the rest. ELAC and Andrew Jones have done it again.
"...Enjoy the bounty that is the Uni-Fi UB5. It might just be the best five hundred bucks you'll ever spend."
– Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, 2019 Editors' Choice Award
"The ELAC Uni-Fi UB5 loudspeakers offer the best performance of any speaker we've seen for the money. They deliver deep, tight bass, an effortless midrange, and sweet highs. The soundstage is wide and unexpectedly deep."
– CNET, 8.9/10 review
"Serious audiophiles will want to upgrade to these ELAC bookshelf speakers, which are consistently rated at the top of its class. The reason: ELAC's unique three-way speaker assigns dedicated drivers to the low, mid and high frequencies individually, meaning each driver is optimized for only one frequency range, instead of trying to blend everything together. Sound is more natural, cleaner and more accurate."
– Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, The Best Bookshelf Speakers
Usually Only Found in Costlier Designs: Custom-Made Concentric Driver
Just like they do in the larger Uni-Fi UF5, in Uni-Fi UB5, the delicacy of a one-inch soft-dome tweeter and harmonic accuracy of a rigid four-inch aluminum midrange cone come together in a sonic symphony. Positioning the tweeter concentrically within the midrange voice coil achieves a uniform directivity pattern, for flat frequency response and formidable power handling, along with enhanced imaging for both on- and off-axis listening positions.
Stellar Frequency Response Via Three-Way Design and 5.25-Inch Woofer
ELAC realizes a three-way speaker offers many advantages. In assigning dedicated drivers to high, mid- and bass frequencies, each is optimized for the frequency range for which its design and material composition is best suited. A three-way speaker complement also allows for a more straightforward crossover and cabinet design, eliminating costly solutions. By using aluminum for the woofer, resonances that affect the linearity of common paper cones are placed beyond the driver's operating frequency range. An extended-size magnet with vented pole piece increases power handling for accurate, clean, and powerful reproduction of bass frequencies.
High-End Cabinets and Five-Way Binding Posts
Every Uni-Fi UB5 enclosure is engineered with thick MDF outer walls and a luxurious finish. The cabinets and the channel incorporate specially designed internal bracing to add stiffness and strength to the cabinet's outer walls. This bracing greatly reduces cabinet vibration, which causes unwanted coloration to the sound. Custom-designed binding posts provide flexibility for speaker wire connections and ensure optimal electron transfer from speaker cables to the speaker.