Outfit your living room for surround sound bliss with ELAC’s new Debut 2.0 line

ELAC Debut 2.0

After encountering ELAC’s Uni-fi UB5 bookshelf speakers — the best pair of $500 bookshelf speakers we’ve seen to date — and being wowed by the company’s Argo B51 speakers at CES, it’s fair to say that when ELAC releases new speakers, we pay attention. This week the company announced the Debut 2.0 line of home speakers, which builds on the original Debut lineup with new materials and technologies.

There are a total of nine new models in the line: two models of 2-way bookshelf speakers, two models of 2-way center speakers, two models of 3-way floorstanding speakers, two 2-way on-wall speakers, a concentric Dolby Atmos add-on speaker, and a 400-watt powered subwoofer. The bookshelf, center, and floorstanding speakers each come in two different sizes, letting you tailor them to your room. Paired with a Dolby Atmos-capable A/V receiver (which most are these days) you’ve got all you need for a truly awe-inspiring home surround sound system.

“Based on feedback from dealers and end-users, along with changes in the market, we have completely re-designed the entire lineup with newly developed drivers, waveguides, cabinets, and networks resulting in a line that is easier to set up and offers significant performance improvements,” ELAC vice president of engineering Andrew Jones said in a statement.

The Debut 2.0 line uses a new woven aramid-fiber woofer that ELAC says offers improved stiffness and damping, while the silk-dome tweeters now offer response up to 35.000 Hz for clear, glassy highs. As these are high-quality but not ultra-expensive speakers, ELAC redesigned the center channel speaker to minimize the power requirement from the receiver, making for more dynamic impact from lower-cost A/V receivers.

Not all of the improvements are strictly for sound quality; some instead focus on usability. The black ash vinyl finished MDF cabinets have had the bass port moved to the front, letting you place the speakers closer to the wall or even in bookshelves without negatively affecting the sound quality. ELAC has also addressed one of the most common requests from customers: With the new SUB3010 subwoofer, customers can now control multiple subwoofers from SUB Control app, available on iOS and Android.

The ELAC B5.2 and B6.2 bookshelf speakers sell for $250 and $300 per pair, respectively, while the C5.2 and C6.2 center speakers differ more in price at $200 and $280 per individual speaker. The F5.2 and F6.2 floorstanding speakers sell for $300 and $400 each, respectively, while both the Dolby Atmos add-on speakers and 2-way on-wall speakers sell for $250 a pair. Finally, the SUB3010 subwoofer sells for $450.

All of these new models go on sale beginning March 15. For more information, see the ELAC website. In the meantime, if you’re looking for an A/V receiver to use with them, make sure to check our list of the best receivers available right now.

Home Theater

Smart speakers are about to get an IQ bump thanks to new Qualcomm chips

Qualcomm announced a new chipset that is designed to make the next generation of smart speakers sound, listen, and connect better than ever before, and it could soon be in your living room.
Deals

Building a 4K home theater? Grab a discounted Denon A/V receiver from Amazon

Denon makes some of the best 4K A/V receivers on the market, and a handful of Denon’s latest models are on sale on Amazon now. If you’ve been thinking about building a home theater and are looking for a 4K receiver that doesn’t cost…
Computing

Great PC speakers don't need to break the bank. These are our favorites

Not sure which PC speakers work best with your computer? Here are the best computer speakers on the market, whether you're working with a tight budget or looking to rattle your workstation with top-of-the-line audio components.
Home Theater

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater sound as good as they look

If you've got your hands on some sweet Dolby Atmos gear, the next step is to find films that take advantage of it. These are our picks in several genres for the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available on Blu-ray and streaming services.
Home Theater

Still listening on tinny, muffled TV speakers? Try one of our favorite soundbars

You no longer have to sacrifice sound for size when selecting home audio equipment. Check out our picks for the best soundbars, whether you're looking for budget options, pure power, smarts, or tons of features.
Home Theater

What year is this? Apple might drop a new iPod tomorrow

After two days of surprise hardware releases that have brought us new iPads and iMacs, rumor has it that we may see an update of Apple's iPod as soon as tomorrow, sparking a mixture of nostalgia and curiosity.
Home Theater

Dish TV customers can access up to 13 NCAA March Madness games in 4K

If you're a basketball fan looking to get your fix of NCAA Championship action in 4K, Dish TV will be airing up to 13 of the tournament games in the ultra high-def format, starting on Tuesday.
Movies & TV

Stranger Things season 3 teaser proclaims it's almost feeding time in Hawkins

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season, premiering in July 2019.
Movies & TV

Disney completes its $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox

Now that Walt Disney Company has closed its $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's movie and television assets, what does this future hold for franchises like X-Men, the Fantastic Four, The Simpsons, and the rest?
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what movies and shows are leaving in April 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for April 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.
Home Theater

Pandora now lets you mess with the secret sauce for its music playlists

Pandora introduced a new feature called Modes, allowing subscribers to pick between six different algorithms that determine what the popular music streaming service will decide to play.
Movies & TV

No TV? No problem. Here's how to watch the Final Four online

Whether you want to watch the Big Dance on your phone or on your smart TV, we have the lowdown on all the ways to watch March Madness you can handle. Grab your foam finger and some nachos.
Movies & TV

Study up for season 8 with the best Game of Thrones theories

Season 8 of Game of Thrones is still on the horizon, meaning there's still time to brush up on the best theories about the show. Whether you're one of the last adherents of the Cleganebowl or a King Aerys truther, here are our top theories.
Home Theater

Apple’s new AirPods bring only minor updates to the much-loved originals

Apple has announced its new AirPods, the much-anticipated follow-up to Apple's wildly popular AirPods. With optional wireless charging and hands-free Siri, it's a minor update, but a welcome one.