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Elac Debut B6 Bookshelf Speakers Review

First Impressions

Like many audio enthusiasts, I was drawn to the overwhelmingly positive buzz surrounding the ELAC B6 bookshelf speakers. The man behind the magic, Andrew Jones, has built an impressive reputation for crafting high-quality, budget-conscious audio solutions. Therefore, as soon as I had the chance to own a pair of ELAC B6s, I seized the opportunity. In this ELAC B6 review, I will share my personal experience with these remarkable speakers.

The Sound Range and Quality

The B6s are frequently lauded for their impressive sound range and I have found this to be entirely true. The price-to-performance ratio of these speakers is shockingly good. Yet, more interestingly, they don’t merely excel in their price bracket – a ballpark that’s difficult to pinpoint – but in broader terms, they outperform and overshadow much more expensive speakers I have owned.

I formerly owned the Bowers & Wilkins 600 series 7-speaker system and despite those being quite impressive, I ended up favoring the ELAC B6s. What about the Martin Logan LX16s with its incredibly sounding ribbon tweeter, you may ask?

The Martin Logans fell short in terms of bottom-end performance, and thus, I found the B6’s low-end response to be vastly superior. The soundstage is astoundingly wide and incredibly balanced, offering an almost live music experience. When playing well-recorded live performances, the sound seemed to emanate from way off the speaker’s axis. This caused sounds to inexplicably appear as if coming out of thin air, making it all the more immersive.

The highs are fantastic, the mids are solid, and the bass is excellent. Notably, the B6 produces a deeper and more precise bass than the Bowers & Wilkins 685. I tried experimenting with different crossover combinations, and the B6’s consistently outdid the 685.

Elac Debut B6

Value for Money

In my quest to find out whether the ELAC B6s justified their cult-like following, I pitted them against the Bowers & Wilkins 685s. The results? Simply speaking, the B6s left the 685s in the dust. But the shocking part was the price difference; the B6s cost a mere fraction of the B&W speakers. The B&W’s are priced at roughly $700, and while they do sound good for that price, the B6’s, at under $300, deliver an experience that I feel is unrivaled.

The fact that I could sell my B&W system, replace it with the B6, and still have money left over is a testament to the value these speakers offer. It’s not often that you can make such a significant upgrade without adding to your budget. It’s no wonder then why these speakers are receiving widespread acclaim and rave reviews everywhere you look.

Pros and Cons


  • Exceptional sound quality which is comparable to much more expensive speakers.
  • Deep, accurate bass response that outshines competing brands.
  • Affordable price for the sound level and performance achieved.
  • Well-balanced, offering a wide and immersive soundstage.


  • None that stand out


In conclusion, the ELAC B6s aren’t just a brilliant entry-level choice for those new to the audio world, but also a sound investment for those looking to upgrade their existing equipment. Whatever budget you are working with, you absolutely must listen to these first. I firmly believe these speakers can proudly stand against much more expensive offerings.

I’m now a proud, satisfied owner of the ELAC B6 bookshelf speakers, and based on my experience, I can confidently say that the praises and commendations they’ve been receiving are thoroughly deserved. The ELAC B6s deliver an unbeatable mix of sound quality, versatility, and affordability. Rest assured, they are well worth your consideration if you are in the market for new speakers in the under $1000 price range.

Now, on to the next possible upgrade. I am curious to see how the new UniFi bookshelf sounds, but for now, I am more than happy with the B6s and their incredible performance. So here ends my ELAC B6 review. I hope it provides some useful insight for anyone considering these excellent speakers.

Bass Response
The bass response from the Elac Debut B6 is usually good and can potentially be great when the speakers are set up ideally. However, some users note it could still come up a bit short. This is a mild setback, but it is also subject to the listener's preference.
Treble Detail
The treble detail of the Elac Debut B6 is often described as excellent, smooth, and subtle. The speakers articulate the high range well, allowing you to experience all the subtleties in the music. There can be an occasional rough edge, but with continued use, reviewers noticed a mellowing.
Midrange Clarity
The Elac Debut B6 has an impressive midrange performance, capturing the richness and fullness of the sound. Its ability to render clear, expansive and layered sound offers an immersive music experience. The distinct separation between instruments is often pointed out positively by users.
The design of the Elac Debut B6 is simple and functional. Its black box aesthetics may not turn heads, but the build quality is good which makes up for it. The speakers are compact and an easy fit for different room sizes.
Sound Quality
Overall, the Elac Debut B6 impresses with its outstanding sound quality. The speakers are appreciated for their ability to render a full and lifelike sound. They capture the essence of live music remarkably well and are particularly great at articulating small details in the sound. Poor recordings are improved thanks to the B6's adept handling, making the listening experience more enjoyable.
Value for Money
The Elac Debut B6 offers a winning combination of excellent audio performance at an unbeatable price. Its value for money is significantly heightened when you consider that its audio quality matches if not exceeds speakers priced at higher ranges (up to $1,000). This makes it a great investment not only for those new to the world of hi-fi but also for audiophiles seeking to recuperate some returns from their high-end systems.
Total Score
Rating Summary
The Elac Debut B6 represents a golden mean in the world of hi-fi speakers, offering outstanding performance at an unbeatable price. It performs commendably well in terms of treble detail, midrange clarity, and overall sound quality. In terms of live music rendering, the experience is so lifelike, it might make you raise your eyebrows. While the bass could be more powerful, it is still good for most users. The speakers' design is simple and straightforward, but their compactness and durability make them a great fit for different spaces. The setup recommendation provided by the manufacturer is effective to get a proper amount of lower frequencies, indicating thoughtful design. Slight improvement in sound mellowing over usage time adds an interesting facet. Offering superior sound that's quite comparable to its high-end counterparts, the Elac Debut B6 is a purchase you are unlikely to regret. Considering the price and the performance, it's a steal for audiophiles and beginners alike.