The Elac B6 speakers are low priced and feature a popular, traditional design. The stereo configuration is a two-way system with a forward-firing woofer and a soft dome tweeter. Sound output from the small package is surprisingly robust and will not disappoint. In this Elac B6 Speakers Review, Hookeaudio will take a closer look at this speaker.
Elac Debut B6 Review
- Height: 14.0 inches / 356mm
- Width: 8.5 inches / 216mm, Depth: 10.0 inches / 254mm
- Woven Aramid Fiber Woofer
- Deep-Spheroid Custom Waveguide
- Intricate Crossover
- Sensitivity (SPL/1m/2.83Vrms-Mean/IEC/Music) 84.9dB/85.3dB/85.3dB
- Impedance modulus min/max (20Hz-20kHz), 5.7ohm @198Hz, 53.3ohm@85Hz
- Impedance phase min/max (20Hz-20kHz), -56o @ 99Hz and 54o @ 1.0kHzPair matching/
- Response Error (200Hz-20kHz) +-1.2dB/ +-2.7dB/+-2.3dBLF/HF
- extension (-6dB ref 200Hz/10kHz) 43Hz / 26.2kHz/21.1kHzTHD 100Hz/1kHz/10kHz (for 90dB SPL/1m) 0.5% / 0.2% / 0.2%
- Dimensions (HWD), 356x216x254mm
Pros and Cons
- Bold, spacious sound
- There are many details
- It doesn’t reflect the dynamics or expression level of class leaders.
Elac Debut B6 Loudspeaker: Design and Features
The ELAC Debut B6 bookshelf speaker measures 8.5 inches by 14 inches tall by 10 inches deep (that’s 21.6 x 35.5 x 25.4 cm). The medium-density fiberboard cabinet of the little speaker is covered in a brushed black vinyl finish, and a black cloth grille protects the drivers.
The pins that hold the grille in place are located on the speaker’s front baffle, which we liked. They look sturdy and won’t come loose.
It sounds hollow when you press down on it. Although we would prefer a more substantial cabinet, we can’t really knock it. No other speakers in the same price range feel as solid, and the cabinet was very quiet.
The new Debut B6 has a 2-way bass-reflex design. It features a 1-inch cloth dome tweeter, a deep-spheroid waveguide, and a 6.5 inch woven Aramid fibers midrange/woofer. The rear panel has a single bass port.
Debut B6 high-end speaker also features a rear set of all-metal, gold-plated binding posts. These can be used with speaker cables that have been terminated with bananas, spades, pins, or stripped bare wire ends. The speaker’s impedance rating is 6 Ohms. Each speaker weighs 14.3 pounds (6.5 kg).
Andrew Jones suggests using the new Debut B6 floor stands 20 inches tall (51cm) to hold the speakers. We noticed that the Debut B6 sounds best when our ears are the same height as speakers’ tweeters. The full-range sound balance changes if you slouch down.
If you stand up higher than the speakers, the proper balance will change again. The Debut B6’s tonal changes are not unique speakers sound differently at different heights, but the Debut B6’s are more sensitive.
All of our listening tests were conducted using a Marantz N160505 AV receiver. You can connect this speaker to your TV or other devices very easily.
ELAC B6 Debut Series 6.5″ Bookshelf: Compatibility and Build
The Elac Debut B6 speakers are the most prominent standing-mount speakers. They feature a two-way driver arrangement that feeds a 25mm cloth dome speaker and 16.5 cm woofer. There is also a rear-firing port to add low-end.
According to the company, midrange drivers’ woven aramid fiber cones are more rigid and damping than polypropylene or papers, allowing designer Andrew Jones, the renowned speaker designer, more flexibility in reaching a smoother, more comprehensive frequency response range.
We attached the Elac Debut B6 speakers with blu-tack to our speaker stands. Elac debut line calls these bookshelf speakers. However, having spent PS300 on them, we recommend purchasing a pair of frames to get the best sound quality. Let them run overnight before you test them with Jack White’s Acoustic Recordings 1998 – 2016.
Elac B6: Sound Quality
These stand mounters are large enough to make you feel confident that you won’t be disappointed.
This performance is not meek. There is a lot of enthusiasm in songs like Apple Blossom or Hotel Yorba from the White Stripes, as well as a large soundstage that gives instruments plenty of room to breathe.
Although the balance is generally excellent, lower-quality recordings can sometimes show a slight coarseness in the treble.
The harder edges will soften slightly as the tweeter can settle in and reach its full potential.
White’s voice can be a little thin with older songs. However, ELAC provides enough bass to support it while still keeping true to the original recording.
The speakers are very detailed, with a lot of detail. Sometimes a less clear recording can be more effective.
The Elac Debut B6, however, is lacking in dynamics compared with the Award-winning Monitor Audio Bronze 2s.
The former isn’t flat, but we can see a difference in expression when switching between the speakers.
Monitor Audio makes it easier to see the moods suggested by Elac. White’s strumming and fingerpicking are intensified, with a tauter sense for timing.
You can feel his vulnerability with songs like “You’ve Got Her in Your Pocket.”
Although we aren’t sure if we are highlighting the Elac Debut B6 speakers or Bronze 2’s flaws, we are convinced that the Elac speakers are speakers we still recommend.
Although they may not be as versatile as the Bronze 2s in terms of dynamic range, it is still a lively and entertaining performance that showcases the power and punch of the impressive low end.
When you crank up the volume, you can feel the pounding kicks in one’s gut. These grooves are multi-layered and include many conversing rhythms. Elac organizes and outputs them with almost no difficulty.
Elac Debut B6 systems are an example of this level of detail. They highlight different synthesizer waveforms, juxtapose instruments and vocals, and emphasize the levels of detail.
While it doesn’t go into devil-worthy details, it’s not overly analytical. It’s a cohesive listen which explores these arrangements more thoroughly than necessary.
ELAC B6 Review: Performance
When Kraftwerk’s 2003 album “Tour de France” was played, it was evident that the Elac Debut B6 sounded like a more prominent speaker. Although the synths had deep bass, they were able to sustain a solid bass.
We were impressed and increased the volume but found no strain or distortion. Even more prominent tower speakers, such as the Polk T50, can’t match Debut B6’s low-end power.
We were immediately struck by the clarity and immediateness of the sound. This is a significant improvement over the Pioneer SP BS22-LR bookshelf speakers. The SP-BS22 LR also reduced the sound: it was much less “there.”
Wilco’s “Jesus, Etc.” was a vivid rendition of the song in 96kHz/24-bit high-resolution audio. Jeff Tweedy’s vocals were perfectly centered between the Elac Debut B6 speakers.
The tonality of the violins and guitars was accurately rendered with an excellent sense of depth to the stereo soundstage. We switched to the Bowers & Wilkins 685S2 bookshelf speakers.
They are roughly the same size as Debut B6 systems. The 685 S2 was softer and more apparent. Tweedy’s vocals were a little bit rougher on the Elac Debut B6, but this was less noticeable on the B&W speakers.
Rewinding to Kraftwerk’s “Tour de France,” the 685 S2 speakers’ low end wasn’t as tight, elegant, or controlled as the Debut-B6’s. The stepped synth bass notes of “Life” by Beta Band made that speaker’s superior bass even more apparent.
Although the 685 S2 didn’t blur some notes, it was more than the Elac Debut B6 Overall, the Debut B6’s midrange seemed more transparent and precise, while the 685 S2 had a smoother, more refined sound.
The truth is that the Bowers and Wilkins 685S2s are more expensive than the ELAC Debuts B6 systems at $700 per pair versus $280.
Next, we compared ELAC’s smaller Debut bookshelf speaker, Debut B6($230 per pair; this is PS150 or AU$310). They sounded very similar when we first listened to Ry Cooder’s “Paris, Texas” soundtrack. However, the Elac Debut B6 expressed brighter and more focused in the mid bass.
The smaller speaker had a wider soundstage and a slightly recessed soundstage. Although Debut B5 can sound harsh, we prefer the Elac Debut B6, which is more powerful and prosperous. Both speakers showed the subtle shades of Cooder’s acoustic guitar playing through each of his sounds.
The Elac Debut B6 speakers are made of premium quality materials, which should provide the listener with high-quality sound. Although they do not come with a subwoofer, the speakers have many features that other systems lack. High-quality sound is not the one thing these speakers have to offer.
We hope that our Elac – Debut B6 Bookshelf Speakers Review can help you learn more about this speaker and make a better buying decision. If you want to see more products of this brand, let look quickly Elac debut b6.2 speaker.