ELAC Uni-fi UB5 Slim Bookshelf Speaker (Finshed Satin White Cabinet, Pair)
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|Model name||Uni-fi UB5 Slim|
|Mounting type||Table Top|
About this item
- Custom-designed Concentric driver
- Beautiful, furniture-quality finish
- Sophisticated crossover
- Sophisticated aluminum woofer
- Custom-designed binding posts
Product detailsStyle:Slim Finished Cabinet, White
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 29.46 x 17.78 x 34.04 cm; 16.22 Kilograms
- Date First Available : 21 October 2016
- Manufacturer : ELAC AMERICAS LLC
- ASIN : B01LYQD1SJ
- Item Model Number : BS U5-SW
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- 250 in Bookshelf Hi-Fi Speakers
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Space constraints should never compromise great sound, and the unit-fi BS U5 slim is the perfect solution when floor space is at a premium, but audiophile sound and refined good looks are not negotiable. Using the same outstanding driver and crossover components of its bigger brother, this compact, 3-way, bass-reflex monitor delivers the sonic signature of unit-fi in a smaller package.
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1.They are very difficult with placement, don't put them up against the wall. They need a good foot or two to breath behind.
2. They need to be perfecly aligned to the listener. To get that imaging perfection they are so renowned for, you need perfect alignment to your ears, so having multiple listeners could be a challenge for that perfect sound.
3. They lose quality fast with cheap amplifiers or low bit rate music. I use a Vincent class A amp and preamp connected to a simple 100$ dac, and they sound incredible, but I first wired them to my Marantz amp and there was no magic whatsoever. They respond well to quality but also respond poorly at the lack of it.
4. Need a sub. That statement is mostly my opinion, but be ready to pair them with a sub if you love your low frequencies.
When all that is done right, they are simply outstanding value and live up to all the hype. They do sound like 4 times the price!
The only downfall to them is that now, I can't stop sitting in front of them to enjoy there harmonics... ELAC, you're getting me fat!
I auditioned the Klipsch RP600Ms for about a week or so, clearly a favorite among discerning audiophile reviewers. I found the 600Ms to be too exuberant for my liking. I was looking for a more relaxed, even "dark" sound signature, and the Elacs seemed to have hit my sweet spot.
All things being equal, more or less, there's no right or wrong when it comes to speakers that are meeting a certain level of quality of design and execution. It comes down to your own preference. It's like a good steak: some like it medium rare, others like it rare and so on.
They have a hefty bass that's pleasant and detailed, good mids and highs that are well contained and not too bright (I run no EQ in my chain). I do however use MiniDSP for cross over to the fabulous SVS sub, and use the latter sparingly. I find that this combo works well for the many types of music I like listening too, from classical, through R&B, indie, and HipHop.
Like others who reviewed the Elacs professionally, I noticed the quality of staging they provide. I don't have enough exposure to other speakers and therefore can't put this in absolute terms, but I'm very satisfied with how wide the stage feels and pinpointing distinct location of instruments and voices. I sit in an almost ideal position in front of them though, so your mileage may vary.
I decided to go with their "European" version; a narrower, deeper design with a smooth black finish - and I'm happy I did. They're reasonably elegant.
One final comment: being 3 way design they are power hungry. Make sure your setup can drive 4ohms speakers, and depending how loud you'd like to listen and the size of your room, it recommended that you'll get at least 50wpc. My setup affords me almost 80wpc and it's more than enough.
I'm listening to "Big Thief" as I type this, and truly love how wholesome they sound. Lovely.
And for those who need this classic tip: break them in (like any other speaker) for at least 15 hours before doing critical listening. They came into their own after about 50 hours.
Really good buy for the money too.
Al final me quedé con las ELAC por el precio, (las compré a $5,800 en buen fin) las KEF cuestan casi el triple, las ELAC ofrecen mucho mas por el precio pagado, Andrew Jones se lleva mis aplausos por crear un equipo que compite con pesos pesados por un precio mucho mas accesible, muy buena compra.
Reviewed in Mexico on 6 March 2018