Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 Review

by Bruno Brozovic

When I first tried the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 speakers, I was impressed by their solid build and sleek design. These compact bookshelf speakers deliver powerful bass, clear midrange, and detailed sound, making them a fantastic addition to any audio setup for both audiophiles and casual listeners.

Intro

When I first tried the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 speakers, I was immediately impressed by their solid build and sleek design. These bookshelf speakers, part of Elac’s renowned Debut series, offer a remarkable listening experience with clear, detailed sound and a well-balanced audio profile. Despite their compact size, they deliver powerful bass and excellent midrange clarity. Whether you’re an audiophile or a casual listener, the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 speakers are a fantastic addition to any audio setup. And now, I’ll dig deeper into the details, build quality, do a sound test, and more.

Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 Review

Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 front side view

Build Quality

Now in its second iteration, the Debut 2.0 series is at the entry-level of Elac’s offerings, with the B6.2 bookshelf speaker being the second model. This medium-sized speaker has a simple, conventional design and is available in black and walnut finishes. Interestingly, the walnut version is cheaper than the black. Despite the limited color options, the finish quality is high, with precise joints and a well-integrated vinyl finish mimicking black ash. The cabinet is made of MDF according to the KARB2 standard, making it more environmentally friendly. Now, let’s dive deeper into the details, build quality, and more.

The Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 features a mid-bass unit with a 160mm aramid fiber membrane and an oversized magnet with extra ventilation. The mid-bass frame partially overlaps with the one-inch silk dome tweeter, which is protected by a profiled metal mesh. A front-facing bass port makes these speakers easier to position and suitable for smaller spaces. This design choice sets them apart from competitors like Monitor Audio’s Bronze series and KEF’s Q model, which use rear bass-reflex ports, making the Debut 2.0 B6.2 more user-friendly.

Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 back side

Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 back side

Like the tweeter, the mid-bass speaker and bass reflex port are on the front, leaving the rear quite simple. The back has a label with detailed information, including the model designation and key technical features. Below this, there’s a recessed panel with gold-plated metal terminals that accept all types of connections. The terminals are angled upwards, a smart design to prevent heavy cables from pulling out over time, ensuring a secure connection. This thoughtful feature highlights the practical design of the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2.

Finally, the specifications show that the B6.2s have a frequency range of 44 Hz to 35 kHz, designed for amplifiers up to 120 watts per channel. With a nominal impedance of 6 ohms and a sensitivity of 87 decibels, these speakers benefit from a strong, stable amplifier. However, as always, the real test is in the listening experience. Despite what the numbers say, hearing is believing, and that’s where the true quality of the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 speakers will shine.

Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 Sound Test

Like most new models, the Debut series is the work of renowned designer Andrew Jones, who has significantly contributed to Elac’s resurgence in major markets. The Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 speakers sound extremely balanced, linear, fluid, and musical. They might not be the most accurate speakers, but they excel in delivering music in a pleasing, melodious way. The tonal balance avoids highlighting rough or uncoordinated tones, making them ideal for extended listening sessions and genres like chill electronics or ambient music.

ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 exploded view

ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 exploded view

However, if you want to take music more seriously, the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 has a lot to offer. The details are very good, perhaps not at the level of the new Bronze series, but many will appreciate the finesse that Elac provides. The microdynamics are presented calmly, without self-promotion, and with a focus on keeping everything well-integrated into the overall flow of the music. This makes the B6.2 speakers a solid choice for serious music listening as well.

The one-inch silk dome tweeter in the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 creates a beautifully stretched soundstage, offering a good recreation of ambiance, especially for live recordings. The tones have a good amount of air, enhancing the spatial impression. While depth positioning is less pronounced, the B6.2s excel in precise width positioning, making them an excellent choice for front or rear channels in a home theater system. This versatility adds to their appeal, whether for serious music listening or enhancing your movie experience.

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Most of the magic of these affordable speakers comes from the mid-range: its tonal character is fairly neutral, perfectly balanced between warm, velvety notes and informative sound. The reproduction is seamless across the spectrum, with the speaker units merging the sound into one cohesive whole without overemphasizing any part. Vocals are close and warm, providing depth and transparency that hint at the texture of the tones. This makes the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 speakers truly remarkable for both music and home theater use.

On the other hand, the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 handles sharper musical genres well, especially at higher volumes, delivering a lively and energetic rock and roll sound with great rhythm and timing. The deep tones are precisely cut in the lowest part, maintaining a clean and defined sound without distortion. While some rivals provide deeper bass, the B6.2 offers a precise and clear sound with great bass response, speed, and impact. It only lacks a bit of weight for the best results, but overall, its consistency and clarity are impressive.

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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 & view the manual here->Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 Manual

Final Verdict

Due to its balanced nature and unobtrusive sound, the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 reminded me of the new generations of Sonus Faber speakers. This is a high compliment, as harmonizing fluid reproduction, good details, and pleasant, melodious tones without artificial sweetness are challenging. Moreover, the Elac B6.2 achieves this at a price far below that of the Italian speakers, making it an affordable entry into the world of great music reproduction.

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