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  • ELAC UNI-FI UB5 Reviews

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    Manufacturer: ELAC
    Model: UNI-FI UB5
    Price $: 579

    Space constraints should never compromise great sound, and the Uni-Fi UB5 is the perfect solution when floor space is at a premium, but demand for audiophile sound is 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 Uni-Fi in a smaller package.

     

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Speaker type: 3-way, bass reflex
    Tweeter: 1 x 1-inch soft dome, concentrically mounted
    Midrange: 1 x 4-inch aluminum cone
    Woofer: 1 x 5.25-inch aluminum cone
    Crossover frequency: 270 / 2,700 Hz
    Frequency response: 46 to 25,000 Hz
    Sensitivity: 85 dB at 2.83 v/1m
    Recommended amplifier power: 40 to 140 wpc
    Peak power handling: 140 wpc
    Nominal impedance: 4 Ω; minimum 3.4 Ω
    Binding posts: 5-way custom
    Magnetic shielding: No
    Cabinet finishes: Black brushed vinyl
    Accessories included: Magnetic fabric grille
    Height:  12.75 in / 324 mm
    Width:  7.87 in / 200 mm
    Depth: 10.75 in / 273 mm

     

    Manufacturer's product page: https://www.elac.com/product/ub5/?r=us

    UniFiSellSheet-Family.pdf Uni-Fi-Manual-English-and-French.pdf



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    Phil C

       1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

    I own a pair. Designed by the great Andrew Jones, need I say more? Off the charts price to performance value. These are not budget speakers, they just have a budget price and deserve to be driven by quality electronics. Very musical with clear high notes and deeper bass than you would expect for their size and 5.25 inch driver. They rock out with rock and pop music. Particularly impressed with their reproduction of piano and guitar too. Somewhat power hungry, so mate with a quality amp of 80 wpc or more at 8 ohms for these speakers to reach their full potential. Use an amp that costs more than the speakers? In this case yes...you will be rewarded with superior sound. Some suggest that the Schitt Vidar amp ($799) is a good and economical match.  Cheers, Phil C

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    mlknez

       1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

    Pros

    Excellent sounding speaker... with good amplification

    Low cost for a good 3-way speaker

     

    Cons

    Requires good amplification

    Cheap vinyl finish

    Low efficiency and low impedance

     

    I tried this out on the Marantz NR1200 AVR and was not blown away by the sound.  It was good, but not great.  I then looped in the Benchmark AHB2 power amp and wow, what a difference!  Therein lies the conundrum.  How do you rate a budget speaker that doesn't sound amazing until you drive it with an expensive high-quality amplifier?  It does sound much better than the price would suggest, but only if you use a great amplifier.  I rated it 3 stars because the real value case isn't there.

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