Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 review
Build and design
Originally, Elac Debut B6 first came out in 2015. In that sense, the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 makes some improvements compared to the original speaker, primarily related to its build quality. The design is somewhat a cross between the old Debut and the original Un-Fi, with better performance than before. The B6.2 has a retro design that somewhat reminds you of older British designs from Bowers and Wilkins or Wharfedale.
- Great sound for the price you’re paying
- Good build with an attractive finish
- Close placement to walls allowed thanks to the front bass port
- Big build
- Not as versatile as competitors
If you were to compare this speaker to the original Debut B6, it looks like a different product – the B6 was short and squat, while the update is taller, slimmer, and with a new addition- front bass port. The upgraded version also boasts a 6.5-inch aramid fiber woofer and a 1-inch silk dome tweeter, but this time, the implementation is different. The 2015 model had a recessed tweeter, making it more directional, while with the upgraded version, the tweeter is almost flush with the front panel. The dimensions are similar to most stand-mount speakers at 7.69 inches wide by 14.76 inches high. It has additional bracing installed to make sure that potential sonic coloration is getting reduced. In that sense, extra bracing isn’t the only change – if you take a closer look, you will realize that the manufacturer used an old-school black ash wrap, not brushed vinyl as the original model had. Also, around the back, you will notice a pair of metal binding posts.
The manufacturer recommends partnering the Elac Debut 2.0 with any receiver that reaches up to 120 watts per channel. The speaker comes with 87dB sensitivity and a 44Hz-35kHz frequency reaction, which means it’s most suitable for small to medium rooms. Thanks to the front port, you can place it close to the wall, although you should leave an inch of space to avoid boomy bass.
The manufacturer hasn’t done much to decorate its star speakers, limiting the new, upgraded version to the one finish, Black Ash Vinyl. Simultaneously, the logo is not very striking as well- there’s only a small logo below the front-firing port. This time the dust cap is convex, unlike the one on the previous version, which was concave, which does a lot to help integration with the tweeter.
Sound quality of Elac Debut 2.0
Although the original Elac Debut 2.0 critiques were generally praising, considering its cost, many believed it to be a go-to budget bookshelf speaker. However, many changes have taken part with the upgraded version – the cabinet, bass port, crossover, woofer, and tweeter.
The sound is quite different – if the original B6’s sound is more comfortable and better on the ears, the B6.2 has a livelier, more transparent sound. The B6.2’s midrange sounds more present and immediate than the original version, the latter being more laid back. The B6.2 has better established high frequencies, with a more open window on the music. The original version has a softer, blurrier sound, with a warmer tone balance, while the B6.2 has a leaner mid-bass, although better defined. The newer version has an open, well-balanced frequency range, effortless in reaching high into the treble and delivering ample bass without overdoing it by forcing more than what’s needed. In that sense, if you want a more low-end, you would have to place it in a giant cabinet. On that note, transparency- wise, these speakers don’t pretend they are more significant than they are. Also, when it comes to volume, the B6.2 are unfussy – each of its components has trade-offs in expression as you up the volume; however, Elac has somehow managed to prevent life from being sucked out of its speakers if you play the sound at a lower volume.
Considering every angle, all the positive and negative, and running a few listening tests with different music styles, you might agree as per our understanding that the original B6 is not bad of a product at all, to be that easily tossed aside and replaced with a newer model. If you have the older series and still enjoy the sound, we can’t make a definite recommendation for an upgrade to the B6.2. Meanwhile, if you are looking for more clarity, the B6.2 is a choice worth considering. Finally, we must say that the Q Acoustics 3030i is an absolute favorite, with much more bass than the B6.2.