You could say that the ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Floorstanding Speaker is special. It is a culmination of design and innovation ninety-four years in the making to materialize at this level. Some say this speaker sets a standard that others must aspire to.
Elac was founded in Kiel in Germany in 1926. Originally focusing on the development of what were largely sonar technologies, they evolved into music and sound. The PW1 record player being their first attempt at consumer audio.
Through the 50s and 60s, into the 70s and 80s, they were at the forefront of audio innovation. They built creative electronics and some of the best turntables in the world. If you owned one, you were very fortunate.
Starting something special…
Speaker design commenced in the early 80s, and their early drivers were impressive. The omnidirectional 4Pi tweeter turned the audio world upside down. It gave a new meaning to the phrase ‘high-end’ audio. It placed Elac among a rare breed of elite speaker manufacturers.
Even more impressive is that they can produce this level of quality at a price point that places them within the reach of many people. So, what makes this speaker so special?
You are about to find out in our in-depth ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Floorstanding Speaker Review…
It might be that some of you may own the original Debut F6 released in 2015. It sent a shockwave around consumer audio with its excellence. But don’t panic; you still have one of the best sounding speakers at its price anywhere.
Striving for more…
With the 2018 release of the ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Floorstanding Speaker, it raised the bar a little higher. They have taken the original and just made it better in nearly every way.
From the internal bracing built into the cabinet to stiffen it up, to upgrading tweeters and woofers. The redesign has made this a formidable speaker for any home cinema or audio system.
For those who are familiar with the original, there are a few innovations to look at. For those looking for the first time, this will be quite a new experience. So, let’s take a closer look at this marvel…
This is an interesting design for what is a high-level speaker. We say this because it just looks so ordinary. Some manufacturers like to push some fancy design ideas to catch your attention. There is just one thing that catches your attention here – The sound.
Don’t get us wrong; it is a nice looking cabinet. It is just not going to be a topic of conversation based on how it looks. But, it will become the topic of conversation when you turn it on.
Thick, sturdy, and strong…
It is a three-way bass reflex enclosure that is made from thick MDF fiberboard. The finish is a rather nice Black Ash vinyl covering. However, it is no lightweight speaker cabinet. It measures 10.60 by 7.70 by 43.20 inches tall and weighs 44 pounds.
The internal bracing has been stiffened up. This will reduce any unwanted vibrations of the cabinet, which can interfere with sound quality. It also acts to strengthen the cabinet. As we said, it is a three-way ported enclosure with an interesting design. Being split into three separate sections internally allows greater opportunities for sound quality.
Multiple bass drivers and independent ports…
In the top section, there is a one-inch tweeter and a 6.5-inch bass driver with a rear-firing bass port. In the middle section are two dual-ported bass drivers with a rear-firing port. The design of both tweeters and drivers is important. More on this later.
The third and lower section comprises an enclosed unit with a rear-firing bass port. Therefore, all of the three sections have their independent ports. And they are all isolated acoustically from each other.
On the rear of the enclosure are the three ports plus the binding posts. The speaker grilles are non-magnetic. There are ports on the cabinets and posts on the grilles for fitting. Keep in mind; it is a passive speaker, so it will need to be connected to an amp.
Suitable for hardwood and carpeted floors…
It is provided with floor spikes as it is a floor-standing cabinet. This is in case your surface is carpeted. They are optional, and you don’t have to use them on a hard floor.
The quality of the build is, of course, excellent. Elac makes most of the subassemblies for the speakers themselves. The cabinets are all made in Europe, and they carry a ‘Made in Germany’ sticker.
The design is very similar to the originals, but the ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 does have a sleeker look. In some ways, the aesthetics of the cabinet have been given a little upgrade. But they’re not immediately noticeable.
No complaints about the design or the way it is built. It is not necessarily built to appeal visually, but rather for sound. And sound it does as we shall see. Stick around as we look at that rather important issue.
Let’s start considering the performance by looking at the design of the tweeters and drivers. They are an integral part of the performance level of this speaker.
It has a one-inch tweeter with a soft-domed design. It is given a wide-roll surround, and the frequency response reaches 35,000Hz. This gives you an excellent level of performance with higher frequencies.
The total frequency response is given as 39Hz–35,000Hz. That may be a little generous on the low-frequency performance. But we shall look at that a bit later on.
The bass drivers are three aramid-fiber 6.5-inch speakers. It has a slightly revised cone shape, which provides an increase in stiffness and damping. According to many in the know, this makes them superior to Polypropylene or paper cones.
The extra stiffness adds strength to the cone and allows more flexibility. In turn, this will deliver a smoother low-frequency performance. The total power handling of the speaker is 150 watts.
The crossovers are built to accommodate a wide frequency range. Between the driver and the tweeter, it is set at 22,000Hz. And between the two lower woofers and the driver, it is at 90Hz.
The three bass ports on the rear complete the configuration. So you can’t place this speaker close to a wall.
With this tower speaker, the sound is what it is all about. When you invest a reasonable amount of cash in a speaker, then you expect performance. That is the number one priority.
But, when you build a multi-channel system such as this speaker employs, it can cause a sound imbalance. In a system like this, the sound will predominantly come through speakers in the center of the tower. That means balance is key to getting a rich, full sound.
Fortunately, this has been rectified by ensuring the sensitivity, and the impedance is optimized.
The exceptional sound is helped by the cabinet design. The lack of resonance from the cabinet is remarkable. It encourages you to hear the tiniest nuance and the slightest touch of each note in the recording.
Even with the busiest of mixes, there is clarity and sound accuracy.
Are there any faults?
The sound is staggering in the main, but for us, there is one small issue. Although it will depend a little on how it is being used and in what environment.
There are times when there seems to be a lack of some real bottom end in the bass frequencies. Elac claims the bottom end as being 39Hz. As we said, that might be generous. If the music you are going to play on it is bass-heavy, you may need to look elsewhere.
Generally speaking, the bass is competent. It is not excessive at all but sits in the mix nicely. This might be helped by the excellent delivery of the mids and highs.
Personal preferences play a part…
Audio system-wise, it is fine. If it is part of a home cinema system, that might be a problem for some people. Do you like your soundtracks loud and your explosions deep and booming? Then this might disappoint a little.
Sometimes the movie people like to make your stomach turn upside down with low frequencies. This speaker is not going to give you that in the measure that some will want.
Don’t get us wrong, the low end is there, but for some, we know it is not going to be enough. For us, though, it is plenty, and as a speaker, a very capable performer.
Superb value for the money…
You need to keep reminding yourself of the price point with this speaker. It performs on a level that has a much higher price tag.
There are very few speakers around that make you go ‘wow.’ But these do. It is important to remember that a good speaker can make an average amp sound better. But to get the very best out of any speaker, you do need an amp of comparable quality.
ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Floorstanding Speaker Review Pros and Cons
- The sound is clean and articulate with great mid and high frequencies.
- At 150 watts, plenty of power without going over the top.
- A well-built cabinet with excellent bracing and internal separation that reduces unwanted resonance by stiffening up the cabinet and its internals.
- Redesigned drivers that improve sound quality.
- A price point that is set way below the performance level of the speaker.
- For some, the lack of real bottom end bass may not be suitable.
- The enclosure design might be considered a little plain by some.
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ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Floorstanding Speaker Review Final Thoughts
Elac’s Debut Series is designed to compete with the serious performers. If that is the case, then the ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Floorstanding Speaker is the icing on the cake. This is a speaker that can play with the ‘big-boys.’
Whether it is part of a home cinema system or as your home audio, it is a formidable speaker. You are unlikely to find a better quality speaker anywhere else at this price.
Is it perfect?
Of course not. Nothing is. But as we said, it is a speaker that will, at times, make you go ‘wow.’ It is a speaker that can only be described as ‘high-end.’ Great sound. Great value. What else can we say?
It might have taken 94 years to get here. But it was worth the wait.
Until next time, enjoy your listening experience, and may your music always be merry.