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Although German products are generally not associated with good prices, Elac has tried to offer bookshelf speakers at more than reasonable prices, while maintaining good quality workmanship and reproduction. Whether he succeeded in that, read below.
Now in its second iteration, as evidenced by the designation 2.0, the Debut series is at the very beginning of the German company’s offer, and the tested B6.2 bookshelf speaker is the second model in the series. This medium-sized bookshelf speaker is made in a completely conventional, even inconspicuous design, which is contributed by the range of finishes offered, which is reduced to only two colors – black and walnut. The interesting thing is that the walnut version is cheaper than black, as you can see below. On the other hand, the quality of the finish is quite good and without visible flaws, with precisely executed joints and a well-integrated vinyl finish in imitation of black ash, so in this respect, B6.2 does not lag behind class rivals. Finally, Elac states that the cabinet of tested speakers, like all other models in the Debut 2.0 series, is made of medium density (MDF) according to the KARB2 standard, which makes them more environmentally friendly.
The high and slightly narrower front side in the center housed a mid-bass unit with a diameter of about 160 millimeters, whose membrane is made of braided synthetic fibers (aramid), and the factory states that the engine has an oversized magnet with additional ventilation. The mid-bass frame in the upper part partially overlaps with the one-inch silk dome tweeter unit, which, including the slightly larger router, is completely covered with a profiled metal mesh. On the opposite side of the mid-bass, establishing a certain symmetry in the front panel’s appearance. At the front panel is a bass port – this made us especially happy because the front bass port speakers are easier to position and more grateful to use in a smaller space. In addition, rivals such as the Bronze series from Monitor Audio or the KEF Q model have switched to bass-reflex ports at the rear, making them more demanding than Debut speakers. This can be a significant factor in the final purchase decision.
Like the tweeter, the mid-bass speaker, and bass reflex aperture are located on the front, the rear is quite unloaded. In the center, we come across a label that contains a lot of information, including the model designation, the most important technical features, and even the addresses of the German and North American headquarters of the company. Below it, in the lower part, there is a partially recessed panel with one pair of gold-plated metal terminals, which accept all types of connections. Placing the terminal at a certain angle upwards is an intelligent solution, which will easily and efficiently prevent more massive cables from pulling out the connectors over time and disrupting the optimal fit of the contact surfaces.
Finally, a look at the specifications shows that the B6.2s have a frequency range of 44 hertz to 35 kilohertz, and are designed for use with amplifiers up to 120 watts per channel. The nominal impedance of six ohms and only an average sensitivity of 87 decibels indicate that the tested speakers will enjoy a slightly stronger and more stable amplification, but, as we have seen many times so far, letters on paper do not mean much, and the only real test is – as and always – listening.
Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 Specifications
- Enclosure Type: 2-Way Bass Reflex
- Frequency Response: 44Hz – 35000Hz
- Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
- Sensitivity: 87db @2.83v/1m
- Crossover Frequency: 2200Hz
- Max Power Input: 120 Watts
- Tweeter: 1″ Silk Dome
- Woofer: 6-1/2″ Aramid Fiber
- Cabinet: CARB2 Rated MDF Cabinet
- Finish: Black Ash Vinyl, Walnut
- Port: Dual Flared
- Binding Posts: 5–Way Metal
- Dimensions (WxHxD) : 7.69″ x 14.76″ x 10.55″
You can download the manual here->Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 Manual
Like most new models, the Debut series is the work of renowned designer Andrew Jones, who many cite as the most deserving of the second youth Elac is experiencing in many major markets. Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2, therefore, sounds extremely balanced and linear, fluid, and, above all, musical. The dedication of these boxes to the best possible sound is noticeable from the very beginning: they are not the most faithful speakers we have heard, but they try to convey music in a drinkable and melodious manner, so we are convinced that many years of using them in the system would be a truly relaxing experience. The tonal balance is such that it does not attract special attention to protruding details or rough, uncoordinated tones, so they are a really great solution for several hours or several days of enjoying the optional reproduction of some chill electronics or similar ambient music.
However, if you want to take music more seriously, Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 has a lot to offer. First of all, the details are very good – maybe not at the level of the new Bronze series, but we believe that many will prefer the way Elac shows finesse. Consistent with themselves, Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 presents its microdynamics possibilities in a calm manner, without any self-promotion and, again, with the ubiquitous aspiration to keep everything as well as possible integrated into the general flow of music.
The membrane of the one-inch silk dome tweeter creates a stage that is beautifully stretched and offers good recreation of the ambiance during the reproduction of live recordings, and the tones are surrounded by a sufficient amount of air, which further improves the spatial impression. As expected for this category, depth positioning is less pronounced, but B6.2s are redeemed by extremely precise width positioning, so they can also be a great solution for front or rear channel positions in a home theater system.
Most of the magic of these affordable speakers, however, comes from the mid-range: its tonal character is fairly neutral, or optimally positioned between warm, velvety notes and informative sound. The reproduction is perfectly fitted between the bands, and the speaker units seamlessly merge the sound into one whole, without highlighting or overemphasizing any part of the spectrum. The display of the vocals is close and cordial, as befits quality bookshelves, and the depth and transparency are enough to create a credible hint of the texture of the tones.
On the other hand, Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 can live with sharper musical directions, especially at higher volumes, when they display a lively and energetic rock and roll sound and a really great sense of rhythm and timing. This leads to deep tones, which, in accordance with the size of the box, are cut in the lowest part, but this cut is made very precisely, so Debut 2.0 B6.2 sounds clean and defined, without any distortion or loss of resolution. Here, once again, the main thing is consistency: although there are class rivals that provide deeper bass, the affordable Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 delivers a precise and clear sound and great bass response, with pronounced speed and a good shot, and for best results, it lacks just a little weight.
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Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 Review – Final Verdict
Due to its balanced nature and unobtrusive sound, Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 reminded me of the new generations of Sonus Faber speakers. This is a compliment in every way because it is not at all easy to harmonize fluid reproduction and good details and spice it all up with extremely pleasant and melodious tones without artificial sweetness. In addition, the price category in which Elac managed to do so is far below the aforementioned Italian speakers, so Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 is a cheap ticket into the world of great music reproduction.
Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 Pro & Cons
- Complete and fluid reproduction
- Musicality and a sense of rhythm
- Unpretentious in terms of space
- Discreet design
- Unforgiving of poor sources