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Reddit reviews on ELAC B5 Debut Series 5.25" Bookshelf Speakers by Andrew Jones (Pair)

Sentiment score: 27
Reddit mentions: 50

We found 50 Reddit mentions of ELAC B5 Debut Series 5.25" Bookshelf Speakers by Andrew Jones (Pair). Here are the top ones.

Custom DriversWoven Aramid-Fiber Woofer and binding posts is 5-way metalDeep-Spheroid Custom Waveguide and Intricate Crossover.Tweeter:1x 1 inch (2.54 cm) cloth domeNominal/peak power handling: 50 / 120 wpc , Nominal impedance: 6 Ω; minimum 5.4 Ω , Recommended amplifier power: 30 to 120 wpcSensitivity: 85 dB at 2.83 v/1m , Woofer: 1 x 5.25-inch woven aramid-fiber cone , Crossover frequency: 3,000 Hz , Frequency response: 46 to 20,000 Hz

Found 50 comments on ELAC B5 Debut Series 5.25" Bookshelf Speakers by Andrew Jones (Pair):

u/EcksTeaSea · 10 pointsr/hometheater

So yeah, I'm sure my placement is trash and everything is overkill for my tiny apartment, but it sounds amazing and I couldn't be happier.

u/ShinyTile · 7 pointsr/hometheater

Receiver $1100

Front LR $1300

Center $1500

Rear LR $1600

Atmos Bounce $2100.

Upgrade moves: B6 instead of B5, Elac B4 or B5 for rears (Eh, I don't think you need it.)

u/Armsc · 7 pointsr/hometheater

So you're looking for a 5.1 home theater to replace/upgrade your current setup. Since you like the Pioneers of your current setup here is what I came up with.

AVR - Denon X1200w refurb $400


  • Mains: Elac B6 $280

  • Rears: Elac B5$230

  • Center: Elac C5$180

    Sub - SVS PB1000 $500

    Yes I know it's over budget but you could scale back to the B5 for the front to get it even closer but since you like stereo music I figured the larger B6 would be appreciated. You could if you wanted also also scale back the rears to something different I just went the matching tone throughout the setup.

    I chose the ELAC's because you liked the Pioneers sound. The ELAC's are supposed to be close to the Pioneers but more refined in just about every way.
u/blacbloc77 · 6 pointsr/vinyl

If you're starting from scratch I'd look for a receiver that has a phono-in. This input basically tells you that there's a phono pre-amp built in to the receiver. The one problem is, many new low-end receivers don't have this. Check this one

After that, I'd go for a Project Debut Carbon. A little more expensive than the LP120, but VASTLY superior in just about every way.

After the receiver and the TT, the only other thing you'll need is speakers.

As far as speakers, the ELAC B5s are great because they're pretty cheap and they've got a nice low-end so you won't need a subwoofer for movies (right away.)

Future upgrades could include:

  1. A stand-alone phono pre-amp.

  2. A separate two-channel amp on a loop back to the receiver, so the two-channel amp handles your main speakers but the receiver still routes R/L info to the two-channel amp for 5.1 sound.

  3. Surround speakers and a decent sub.
u/A_Bag_Full_of_Poops · 5 pointsr/hometheater

A setup you can't go wrong with:

  • Denon AVR-S710W - $269.99

  • Elac B5s (front L/R) - $199.99

  • Elac C5 (center) - $179.99

  • Elac B4s (surrounds) - $149.99

    For the subwoofer, I think you should stretch your budget a bit and get either an SVS PB-1000 ($499.99) or an HSU VTF-2 MK5 ($599.00 incl. shipping).

    The above package with an outlet price PB-1000 has a sub-total of $1249.95.

    The Denon receiver supports bluetooth, AirPlay, and Wi-Fi so you should be able to play music from your phone (or control a media server through your phone). As for wires, there's not really a cost-effective solution to avoiding them, other than hiding them behind your drywall or something.
u/Hubb1e · 5 pointsr/buildapc

There is simply nothing else that compares to the ELAC B5 or B6 bookshelf speakers designed by legendary speaker designer Andrew Jones. They are the best budget bookshelf speakers on the market by a pretty wide margin. Pair it with an inexpensive 2 channel amp and you've got a killer desktop system

If you want to stay under your $200 budget Andrew Jones used to work for Pioneer too and his designs for budget speakers there will get you under budget including an AMP

u/sniggly · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Elac B5
7.87" x 8.75" x 12.75"
>Not only do the B5's do the job, they do more than is expected and play low enough cleanly that a subwoofer is truly optional.



Swan D1010-IV
6.1'' x 8.5'' x 8.4''
>I cannot recommend the Swan D1010-IV speakers enough to cheap bastards looking for the best deal on the desktop, or audiophiles on a tight budget.


u/spp41 · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

If you have a receiver, I'd go with these since they're on sale and are being discontinued for a newer model. These speakers have good bass that sorta feels like a mini-subwoffer when it's turnt up. Here's a more in depth review

I'd probably skip the sub for now with that budget, but others may have a better suggestion.

EDIT: This would be my suggestion for living room listening, probably not great for desktop

u/adayinalife · 3 pointsr/vinyl

Assuming you want to buy new, here is what I would do:

Turntable: Project Debut Carbon DC $399, obviously pick your colour preference. http://www.amazon.com/Pro-Ject-Debut-Carbon-DC-White/dp/B00IIMXBHG

Receiver: Yamaha RS201 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F0H88SY/ref=psdc_14269301_t3_B000MBUSD6 $149

Phono stage: ART DJ PRE $39 http://www.amazon.com/ART-II-Preamplifier-Output-Switchable/dp/B000AJR482

Speakers: ELAC B5 $229 http://www.amazon.com/Debut-Series-Bookshelf-Speakers-Andrew/dp/B014GSER6O

Forget about the sub, getting a musical sub on a budget is difficult, if you want more bass look for floor standing speakers down the line.

You can probably save some money by buying a vintage receiver.

u/gurueuey · 3 pointsr/hometheater

All in one systems are just a step above HTiB systems in regards to quality. The only advantage is that you don't have to get an entirely new system if something fails. What do you have currently? It's possible that there's enough to use to fill in while you save up for more components.

With a $700 budget, here's what I'd recommend:

Receiver ($189.99): Denon s710 Receiver

Subwoofer ($138.00) Dayton 1200 12" subwoofer

Speakers option 1 ($89.99 + $96.99) Pioneer Andrew Jones Bookshelf pair + Pioneer Andrew Jones Center

Speakers option 2 ($229.99 + $179.99) [ELAC B5 Bookshelf pair](http://www.amazon.com/Debut-Bookshelf-Speakers-Andrew-Jones/dp/B014GSER6O/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1453949947&sr=8-7&keywords=B014GSEPY8%7CB014GSEQ06%7CB014GSEQ2O%7CB014GSEQCY%7CB 014GSEQWE%7CB014GSER6O%7CB014GSEUJ8%7CB014GSEVFQ) + ELAC Center Channel

Option 1 total: $514.97 without shipping, taxes, or accessories. The Pioneer speakers are among the best budget speakers around right now, especially on sale. Some people think they sound a little veiled, so if super crisp highs are your thing, I'd consider alternatives.

Option 2 total: $737.97 without shipping, taxes, or accessories. Yes, a little over budget assuming $700 is your limit. However, it's worth it for the increased sound quality. The ELAC Debut series are one of the hottest speaker lines out there right now, and most reviewers agree that they're worth every penny. There are also alternatives in this ballpark by EMP Tek, Chane, Infinity, etc.

Why no rears? You sacrifice too much in the front speakers by trying to get the whole system at once in the budget. As a matter of fact, if you wanted to you could skip the center channel as well and just buy a 2.1 to start. Remember though that any system you buy needs to be the same series across the front three. You can either purchase identical speakers for the rears later, or look at dipole/bipole speakers, or purchase some cheap speakers off Craigslist for rears. Now, all of this is assuming that you don't have any audio gear. If you already have some older bookshelf speakers, you can use those for surrounds, etc.

u/TimeTomorrow · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile
  1. If you didn't notice a difference with the subwoofer during explosions, the subwoofer was broken, or setup inorrectly.

  2. probably the best thing you can do is a better set of bookshelf speakers.

    A few options in your price range:


    this might be on sale or this might be a scam/pricing error because usually they go for a bit more: https://www.altex.com/Pioneer-Andrew-Jones-Designed-Compact-Loudspeakers-SP-BS22-LR-P157403.aspx?gclid=CjwKEAjw9MrIBRCr2LPek5-h8U0SJAD3jfhtyq_nnWPKvh-hJQ9EiVqC-G8RUemZI-__MVQAPyFtQhoC8Ijw_wcB


    There are of course a million more good options but there are some to start with

u/Arve · 3 pointsr/audiophile

You said "used", but didn't provide any Craigslist or local links, so can't provide info on used gear, but here's something that ought to keep you happy:

  • Elac B6, $279
  • Yamaha R-S201BL, $129
  • If you're an Android guy: Chromecast Audio, $35
  • If you're an Apple guy, Factory Refurbished Airport Express, $49.
  • If you have a bit of free floor space, you'd ideally want the speakers floor standing. Dayton Audio SSMB24 ($52 looks like decent 24-inch option. Fill them with aquarium sand from a pet store (don't use building sand or other sand intended for outdoor use, as it eventually starts stinking).

    Total: $495 or $510, depending on whether you're an Android or iPhone guy. Your next purchase after you have a couple of hundred bucks extra would be a DAC (see below).

    Since you have no gear currently: Ignore a turntable completely. For an actual pleasing experience, you'd blow through over half of your budget on it.

    You're not saying whether you own a usable DAC, or what your TV is, but as long as your PC or TV doesn't sound terribly noisy with headphones today, I'd ignore a DAC for now. If not, you'd get good returns by stretching your budget a bit.

    > Found this on groupon

    It has seven more channels of pre-amplifcation than you need, and five channels of power amplification you don't need
u/Dunskap · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile
u/sircod · 2 pointsr/AndroidTV


Your Sonos system is certainly good, but that is mainly in the ease of setup and streaming service support. If you are willing to to run wires to individual speakers and just do streaming from the Shield or any other device you can get a much better system with a typical AV receiver and some good speakers.

I am currently using a Shield and the Denon AVR-S720W with a Vizio TV and the HDMI-CEC functions work great. I can use the Shield remote to turn on the Shield and it will turn the whole system on and switch to the right input. You would not need HDMI-ARC as all your inputs would be on the receiver.

For $1130 you could get:

u/FULL_METAL_HOODIE · 2 pointsr/hometheater

I wouldn't recommend anything that you linked. That Klipsch system isn't worth the money and subwoofer won't dig very deep. Spending $240 on the rears is too much money at this price point. I would go with:

AVR: Denon AVR-X1200 $320

Bookshelf L/R: Elac Debut B5 $200

Center: Elac Debut C5 $180

In-ceiling rears: Micca M-8C x2 $82

Subwoofer: BIC Acoustec PL-200 $249

Total: $1031

u/dr_torque · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I'd recommend this receiver - with these speakers. Slightly over budget, but well worth it.

u/applevinegar · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I was confusing them with the -PM version, anyway they're not very good speakers. For around the same budget you can geta pair of Elac B5s that are much better or, if you can reach $300, you can get the larger B6s or the Emotiva B1s.

u/fgoncalves97 · 2 pointsr/audiophile

You have many many options! I would lurk around the sub for a while to get some ideas. The suggestions that come to mind:

For speakers, going from lowest to highest price, I'd check out the Micca MB42x's, the Fluance SX6's, and the ELAC B5's.

The SMSL SA50 is a nice budget amp but (if you have the space for it) a used receiver is the best bang for your buck and will likely be more powerful.

I have the MB42x's. They're quite capable and will do just fine for me for some time. Just remember that there are so many options out there. Do your best to find the right setup for you.

Just to get started, I'd check out Zoes' 2.0 Desktop Suggestions list from his suggestions sub. His influence as a youtuber is a bit of a controversial topic on this sub but I'd say he has some good suggestions. Good luck and have fun!

Edit: I should also mention that it's always useful to demo equipment if you can. Hit up a local audio shops and demo some gear if you have the time.

u/Shimakaze · 2 pointsr/audiophile

Trying to decide between two bookshelf speakers:

ELAC B5 Debut ($370 CAD)

Polk RTI A1 ($320 CAD, currently $200 on sale)

I'm planning to set up a 2.0 system in a small living room (8 feet deep) mostly for music listening, but also movies occasionally. Eventually a woofer will be added. I'm new to the speaker scene, but I understand that they're both considered to be budget level. Beyond that, I don't know if they're comparable or not. The ELAC set is the newer entry to the market by about a decade, so I imagine the tech is improved over the Polk. One thing to note is that the B5 Debut is not yet widely available in Canada. Should I spend the extra cash to get the B5 Debut?

u/hurrimmanobody · 2 pointsr/vinyl

I'm new to the vinyl world. Still actually trying to build a 2.0 system as well.

I just read the guides (both the receivers and turntables under $500) and seeing that I need a pre-amp if there's none built in. I'm trying to have a bit of a budget with the entire set up (receiver, speakers, turntable). I was definitely considering the U-Turn because it's under $200 but I need a preamp.. so hopefully I could get some guidance on everything I need to get started.

u/iJustWantaFanta · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm in the process of buying my first external speakers for a TV setup. I'm planning on buying bookshelf speakers to put on either side of my TV, all on a large tv stand.

I'm leaning towards buying ELAC B series speakers: the B5 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014GSER6O/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER) and B6 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014GSEQ06/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_7?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER) speakers are currently the same price, is there a reason to not buy B6?

Will adding a center channel provide a noticeable difference? If I buy the 6.5" bookshelf speakers, will a 5.25" center channel work? Or should I worry about buying a subwoofer before buying a center channel?

Thanks for any help!

u/cseib17 · 1 pointr/buildapcsales

I can’t say first hand, but the second review on these speakers favor these over the pioneer.


u/overatedcoltrane · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Do you need a whole system or just the turntable?

The best deals are used and/or vintage components from Craigslist or thrift stores. I’ve seen people post pretty decent systems they’ve found for less than $100 total. However, that takes some knowledge and patience and most folks that go this route are comfortable doing some DIY repair or refurbishing.

If I were starting from scratch, my bare minimum would be this:

U-Turn Orbit $180 https://uturnaudio.com/products/orbit-basic-turntable

Onkyo TX-8020 $160 https://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-8020-channel-Stereo-Receiver/dp/B00EE18O7W

Elac Debut B5 $160 https://www.amazon.com/Debut-Bookshelf-Speakers-Andrew-Jones/dp/B014GSER6O

That’s $500 plus tax. You’ll need some speaker wire as well. What’s nice about the Onkyo, is you can connect other sources like your TV, Xbox and a Chromecast or AppleTV.

u/mastercheif · 1 pointr/audiophile

Does he have an amplifier and source already?

The ELAC B5 should fit the bill nicely, they are on sale since the "new" version came out a month ago.


u/riley212 · 1 pointr/audiophile

you dont need something specifically for a PC to work the way you want. actually "PC" speakers are usually gonna be pretty bad to mediocre

the rest really depends on your budget, things generally get better as you spend more money.

those JBL LSR305 are small active monitors/speakers. they are advertised as "studio monitors" but really a studio monitor is just a really well engineered speaker and can be used in any sound application. you could put them on your desk and run directly from your soundcard to them with no other equipment needed for stereo listening.

buying a separate amp lets you upgrade speakers later or upgrade amps later if you really like your speakers.

getting a AV receiver would let you run the toslink out to get 5.1.

the 3.5mm jack will be stereo only and could run out to a small amp like this paired with speakers like these would make an equally good setup and still be small enough to sit on a desk

u/kbeano · 1 pointr/audiophile

The ELAC B5 are a recent bookshelf speaker release that have gotten a ton of good press.

Amazon Link

noaudiophile review

u/AvantGardener_ · 1 pointr/vinyl

Hey guys! I recently got my Fluance RT80 and I’ve been loving it! But I’m finally upgrading my speakers and receiver. I settled on a few options and I was wondering which ones you guys would recommend.


SMSL AD18 HIFI Audio Stereo Amplifier ($144)


Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver $120


ELAC B5 Debut Series 5.25" $229


ELAC B6 Debut Series 6.5" $278


Micca MB42X Bookshelf Speakers With 4-Inch Carbon Fiber Woofer and Silk Dome $89

The top of my budget is about $400. I’m wondering if it’s going to be a noticeable difference to upgrade the speakers from the Micca to the ELAC B5 or even B6. I’ve been trying to find a used receiver as I realize it’s not as important as the speakers but I’ve been finding nothing locally (anything decent is way overpriced). Thanks!

u/biggulp1516 · 1 pointr/hometheater

Okay so going down the all new route, I wouldn't recommend the Micca's unless you're in a really small space. Those are more of desktop speakers, not home theater speakers which are what you're looking for with your big TV.

If my large-ish room assumption is correct, then really your entry level is the ELAC b5 or b6 (more so the b6 because if you have a 65" tv, you probably need the extra displacement to push enough sound at a low enough distortion to your seating position). I would get those and [this] (https://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-S510BT-Channel-Receiver-Bluetooth/dp/B00YAO43YG/ref=sr_1_1?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1491185117&sr=1-1&keywords=receiver+certified+refurbished) and you would be in business. Here is the matching center.

u/Warvanov · 1 pointr/hometheater

For a sub-$400 system, try:

Denon AVR S510BT - $170

ELAC B5 bookshelf speakers (pair) - $229

u/MEK42 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Hey all. I've been rocking some Dayton B652s for years and they sound fine, but I'm realizing that with my massive record collection, I could be really hearing things a lot better if I upgraded my

Here's the view spun around in my computer chair of my speakers (circled in red): http://imgur.com/a/696Rx

These speakers are to pair with my Turntable (Pioneer PL-518X) and Receiver (Pioneer SX-790)

I'm thinking about these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014GSER6O -- If you have a better suggestion for the price (200 is sadly my budget at this moment), please don't hesitate to let me know!

I just am not sure if the positioning of my speakers is ideal (they're slightly pointed towards me. If you're facing them, my bed is to the right of me and I point them in that direction if I'm listening to music in bed
Gear is my weak point of knowledge and therefore I come to you, the experts. Thank you to anyone who can help.

u/Skitch_n_Sketch · 1 pointr/audiophile

If you haven't already, try /r/hometheater as well. What do you consider middle ground? The $200 - $300 is chock full of options, and in my opinion has some of the best bang / buck speakers.

  • Philharmonic AA Monitor / Center
  • Kef Q100 or KEF Q300 + Center
  • Elac B5 or Elac B6 + Center
  • Emotiva B1 + Center

    Definitely don't skimp on the LCR speakers, the more you can allocate the better. Have you already looked at receivers? I'm not well versed in atmos, but I believe you'll need a 11.2 receiver for 7.x.4, and I'm not seeing any that would fit in your price range. Most accounts I've heard recommend going for either 4 atmos speakers, or none. To mirror what they said, go for a 5.1.4 over a 7.1.2.
u/damnusernamewastaken · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Cool, I think that's a good way to go. I ended up ditching my home theater gear altogether and built a 2 channel rig just for music listening.

If you just want a no brainer recommendation, you can't go wrong with these bookshelves that were considered outstanding value entry level "audiophile" speakers at their full msrp, now they are discounted:



u/ArmandoG · 1 pointr/audiophile
  1. What is your budget?

  2. What are you looking for?
    Looking for a pair of bookshelf speakers, a 2-channel stereo receiver that can be used as a home theater setup with my speakers, playstation, and tv.

  3. How will you typically be using the gear?
    I will use the gear for music (indie rock, hiphop - no EDM), gaming, and sound for my TV (sports, movies, shows)

  4. What gear do you own?
    The only gear I own are my TV (60" Samsung LED 1080p Smart TV), and my playstation 4. I could probably figure out some stands for the speakers too. Other than that, I have nothing.

  5. What do you intend on using for a source?
    Right now, I want to play music off my phone and/or laptop. Sound also playing through my TV/playstation. Down the road, I want to get a turntable and start collecting records.

  6. What material will you be using your gear for?
    Gaming, music, movies, sports, shows. Music - indie rock, hip-hop, ambient, punk rock, post-rock, etc. No EDM business here.

  7. Are you willing to buy used?
    Would rather not.

    Someone kindly gave me a few suggestions before, but I'm afraid the stereo receiver isn't what I need. I'm a bit of a newb to hi-fi audio - but would the receiver suggested below satisfy my needs? I feel that the stereo receiver would need some HDMI inputs for the playstation and an output to the TV? Hopefully someone can help me with this. Here were the suggestions that were given by a previous individual (which, thanks for the previous suggestion! Just want to make sure I am getting everything I need before making a $500 purchase.)

    Bookshelf Speakers - Elac B6, $279

    Stereo Receiver - Yamaha R-S201BL, $129

    Wifi Addition - Airport Express, $49

u/mxmadman374 · 1 pointr/audiophile

Complete novice here, and I'm looking for suggestions and/or reassurance before I pull the trigger on a 2.1 desk setup. I'll try not to waste your time, so here is what I'm working with:

u/riledredditer · 1 pointr/Zeos

I stretched my budget to the max but selected out these components. Anything you'd change?

Denon avr-s710w - $260

MartinLogan Dynamo 300 - $150

ELAC B5 Debut Series 5.25" Bookshelf Speakers - $230

ELAC C5 Debut Series 5.25" Center Speaker - $180

Total: ~$820.00

Any way I could get something similar to this cheaper?

u/UhQ · 1 pointr/audiophile

I've heard good things about the ELAC B5 and B6 in the same price range. Though they are not specifically near field monitors, should be alright.


u/Killobyte · 1 pointr/audiophile

I'm looking for speakers at or around $250 to hook up to my Technics SU-Z980. I know you've got the JBLs in the header, but those are powered so I'm wondering if I can get more bang for my buck with passive speakers since I have an amp. I'll be using the speakers for listening to vinyl on my Technics SL235 (I don't have a particular tie to Technics, that's just what I've ended up with). I've been looking at the ELAC B6s but they're a little steep at $280. The B5s are in the same line at a lower price, but I feel like it's a waste to get those and not stretch for the B6 since they're supposed to have noticeably better quality. My only concern is that my amp recommends 8 ohm speakers and those are 6 ohm, and I've heard they can take a bit of power to drive, so I don't know how loud or long I'll be able to play them without overheating my amp. As an added bonus I happen to have a $75 Best Buy gift card - I don't know if they sell anything decent, but if they do I can use that to up my budget a bit. Thanks!

Edit: Who the hell downvotes a question in a question thread?

u/neat_username · 1 pointr/hometheater

No worries! I did a very quick search and you can take a look at this.

That is a bare-bones type receiver which will do the job in the interim. Just keep in mind upgrades for the future when upgrade-itis rears its new shiny head.

hard stop

Now, those speakers are... not good. I would seriously consider doing a 2.0 and building over time instead of getting the 5.1 receiver I linked above. (Confusing I know.)

Amp wise this will work for 2 channel. It WILL have to be upgraded over time because it's more of a stop-gap solution because you're going to want to put the majority of your money into speakers.

Personally I've never heard them but stretching your budget further you can take a look at these. Elac seems to be the new budget-hotness the kids are talking about these days. Someone else may be able to chime in about their performance.