In this review, we will be comparing two different type of speakers by ELAC. ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 is a Floor-standing speaker whereas the Debut 2.0 B5.2 is a Bookshelf speaker.
Let's have a brief look at the main features
of ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 and ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 first before getting into our more
Debut 2.0 F6.2 and Debut 2.0 B5.2 are members of ELAC's Debut 2.0 series of speakers. Below you can find the loudspeakers from this series.
ELAC Debut 2.0 Series History
What size room are the ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 and ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 speakers good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use these loudspeakers is an important decision factor. Here we have compared their suitability to various sizes of environments considering their size and max power parameters:
In the following sections, we will get into more detail in order to better understand how the ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 and ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 compare and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one of these loudspeakers is the better choice for you.
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One of the fundamental differences between these two speakers is that Debut 2.0 F6.2 is a 3-way design whereas the Debut 2.0 B5.2 is a 2-way speaker. 3-way designs utilize a midrange driver in addition to the tweeter and woofer on 2-way designs. Designing a crossover for a 3-way speaker is a complicated process and generally increases the overall cost of the speaker. Debut 2.0 F6.2 features a 1" silk dome with wide-dispersion waveguide Tweeter , a 6.5" Midrange and 2 x 6.5" Woven Aramid-Fiber Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 90Hz and 2200Hz. On the other hand, the Debut 2.0 B5.2 features a 1" Cloth Soft-dome Tweeter and 1 x 5.25" Woven Aramid-Fiber Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 2200Hz.
Debut 2.0 F6.2 has a frequency range of 39-35k Hz whereas Debut 2.0 B5.2 has a frequency range of 46-35k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 39Hz, the Debut 2.0 F6.2 can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the Debut 2.0 B5.2's min frequency of 46Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers in the Floor-standing class in our database.
None of these speakers achieves full range experience which is commonly agreed as 20Hz-20kHz. In order to achieve lower lows / deeper bass, we recommend you pair these with a subwoofer. Visit our Powered Subwoofers section to find out more about the available options.
Impedance and Sensitivity
Debut 2.0 F6.2 and Debut 2.0 B5.2 have the same Impedance of 6 ohms but where they differ is the sensitivity levels. Debut 2.0 F6.2 sensitivity is rated at 87 dB and the Debut 2.0 B5.2's is at 86 dB. This 1 dB difference makes the ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 a more sensitive speaker compared to ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2, hence will play louder with the same amount of watts.
is the range of input power in watts RMS that a loudspeaker is designed to handle. While using an amplifier within this range ensures the nominal performance , inputting a power that is higher than the max wattage can result in a damaged speaker.
Debut 2.0 F6.2 can handle a max power of 140 watts RMS from the amp the whereas Debut 2.0 B5.2 has a max power handling value of 120 watts RMS, 20 watts less than the Debut 2.0 F6.2.
Keep in mind that a higher max power handling value doesn't necessarily make that a louder speaker
compared to a lower max handling speaker. Loudness or the sound level is also impacted by parameters
such as Impedance, sensitivity and system efficiencies.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
Debut 2.0 F6.2 features 5-Way Metal post type posts and Debut 2.0 B5.2 has a 5-Way Metal post type posts. None of these speakers feature bi-amping/bi-wiring.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Debut 2.0 F6.2 has a rear firing port whereas Debut 2.0 B5.2 has a front firing ports. ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2's front-firing port gives more flexibility in placement in regards to proximity to walls compared to ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 with its rear-firing port.
Size of a speaker can sometimes become an important decision factor due to space constraints or in some cases purely for esthetic reasons. In this section, we are going to compare ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2's and ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2's external dimensions. ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 has external dimensions of 1126.0 x 207.0 x 296.0mm ( 44-5/16 x 8-1/8 x 11-5/8inch) whereas ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 has external dimensions of 341.0 x 180.0 x 234.0mm ( 13.4 x 7.0 x 9.2inch) .
ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 is clearly the larger of the two speakers. Its body is 27mm wider, 785mm taller and 62mm deeper than ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2.
Below you can see the front view size comparison of ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 and ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 in scale.
Base Surface Area Comparison
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base surface area of the ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 is approximately 612.7cm2 / 95.0inch2 and base area of the ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2 is approximately 421.2cm2 / 65.3inch2. The Debut 2.0 F6.2 requires 45% more surface area than the Debut 2.0 B5.2 which gives it a small disadvantage on placement in tight spaces.
What's in the Box of ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2?
Here are the items that are included inside the box of Debut 2.0 F6.2:
Floorstanding loudspeakerGrille4 Spikes (hex-nuts attached)Operating Instructions
What's in the Box of ELAC Debut 2.0 B5.2?
Here are the items that come with the Debut 2.0 B5.2:
2 Bookshelf loudspeakers 2 Grilles Operating Instructions