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ELAC Debut F5 floorstanding speakers deliver phenomenal performanceThe ELAC Debut F5 delivers astonishing performance for a very low price; budget minded audiophiles never had it so good.
If you're looking to buy speakers to use in a home theater, it makes sense to buy a set of floor standers. They take up the same amount of space, and they're usually capable of better dynamics and deeper bass. The ELAC Debut F5, for example, costs the same as one of my favorite speakers, the BNW 685 S2 But sound a whole lot better. These are designed by one of the best speaker engineers in the business today, Andrew Jones. He recently made his name making great value speakers that also sound good for Pioneer. The F5 is a three way design with a one inch tweeter and three 5.25 inch woven fiber woofers. It comes in an attractive brushed vinyl finish. But we did find it attracts scuffs much easier than a wood wrap. The speakers come with a protective grill. And, unusually, the mounting pins are on the speaker, and not the grill. These are rear [UNKNOWN] speakers, so you'll need to move them out from the wall by at least three feet to avoid boominess. Sound quality is excellent. While large towers like these can can sound overly bassy, these are very even handed. The bass that is there is very control and quite deep. There are also detailed, more so than other Andrew Jones designs, but they're not too bright. We tested these speakers with a set of B5 surrounds, the C5 center and the S10AQ sub, which also uses your smart phone for set up. At $1500 for the whole package, you have this great performance for the money. While the smaller B6's are of better value and stereo at 560 for just the towers they are competitive with designs up to 1000 bucks. These are really nice speakers. This has been [INAUDIBLE] at CNET.com