Elac Debut 2.0 F5.2-F6.2 Floorstanding Tower Speakers Review

Last updated on: Sep 14, 2018
Bottom Line: solid speakers designed by a reputable audio engineer, but still new and quite expensive for the specs. Better priced alternatives are probably to be had for the time being, but there’s a good chance these will become cheaper in the future.

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Spec Overview

Speaker Typepassive, ported, 3-way(<-- same)
Continuous Power Handling42 W*45 W*
Peak Power Handling140 W150 W
Sensitivity86 db/W/m87 db/W/m
Response Range42 - 35k Hz39 - 35k Hz
Warranty3 years(<-- same)

*When nominal/RMS power isn’t specified by manufacturer, we use an approximation of ~30% of the specified peak/dynamic power for comparison purposes.

Review and Discussion

Elac’s aptly named Debut 2.0 series is a new and improved lineup over their older generation Debut series, once again designed by renowned audio engineer Andrew Jones. Both of the 5.25″ and 6.5″ tower speakers have been upgraded, featuring newly designed drivers as well as an improved cabinet.

The new F5.2 and F6.2 are fundamentally the same as the now legacy F5 and F6 – they’re entry level tower speakers with roughly the same specs, albeit with some minor improvement to the range, which was already quite good to begin with. The F6.2 actually has a little less peak power handling than the F6 and neither the F5.2 or F6.2 specifies continuous power handling while the older F5 and F6 do, which is a little odd, but the differences are minor anyhow. They still have the same 3 way design with a double crossover that accommodates woofers dedicated to mid and lower ranges, which is a nice feature that’s normally above the pay grade of entry level speakers. The response floor of these speakers is quite good, and the advantage of a 3 way design is that they’ll sound decent as a standalone pair, while other entry level speakers would call for an additional subwoofer.

The Debut 2.0 desigen has a few subtle aesthetic upgrades over the already nice looking Debut speakers, but they basically look the same. You can remove the partial front covering foam-grill to reveal the drivers, which prominently feature the newly developed woven fiber woofers. Elac offers 3 years of warranty coverage on its passive speakers which is decent but not industry leading – other competitors will offer 5+ years of coverage.

Our Overall Take, As Compared to the Competition

Like their predecessors, these are solid speakers, and Andrew Jones wouldn’t put his name on a bad product. That said, because they’re still quite new, they’re rather expensive. The thing about speakers is that they don’t depreciate like most other consumer electronics, yet companies will discount older speakers pretty significantly, and the result is that the best products for the price will often be ten or more years old. It’s hard to recommend these as long as they’re as expensive as they are when there are similarly priced competitors that are much louder and more powerful.

Also as an alternative, if your looking for entry level speakers that don’t need to fill a massive room, there are similarly specced options that are much less expensive. Pioneer’s entry level tower speaker (reviewed here), which was also designed by Jones before he moved to Elac, has gone for less than half the price of the F5.2, money saved which could go toward a subwoofer. Check out the links below for more information on some good alternatives.

We suspect Elac’s speakers will be discounted in the future and, there’s a good chance, subsequently top the best sellers lists. Definitely something to keep an eye on.

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