Elac Debut by Andrew Jones

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    So I've read some great things about these from the guy over at noaudiophile.com during his RMAF impressions. He then recently reviewed the B5, the cheapest of the lineup, and found them to be pretty good. However, I didn't get the same excitement from the review as I did during the RMAF impressions. He seems to recommend them, but not for desktop or near-field use. Thoughts? Anyone going to try these out?
     
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    The reviews seem good but the question I've been asking myself lately is what level of speaker is the highly scaling hd650 equivalent and what level is the audio technica m50 that are only good for throwing newbs at who are sticker shocked by even $100. I'm actually about to upgrade from psb image b5 to the new philharmonitors probably so I'm curious what level of speaker would satisfy someone used to he560 or other nice headphones
     
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    I'd love to find that hd650 equivalent. There are just so many speakers out there and it's impossible to try even a fraction of them. Then there's the problem of speakers sounding different depending on the room they're in. I'd like to think that my overnight sensations scale well but I have no idea because I only have 2 speaker amps and they're the most expensive speakers I own. They do scale well with the different dacs that I've had though, so that's probably a good sign.

    The Pioneer Andrew Jones have always been a budget option for many people. Maybe the micca MB42x can be considered sort of the m50 for speakers. They're very cheap, small, and sound good for the price. They don't scale too much but they're only $89 (They seem to have gone up in price over time). An Elac B4 with 4" or 4.5" woofers at maybe $150 would have been a pretty nice budget if Andrew Jones makes it happen one of these days.
     
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    @Mamba What were your impressions hearing them at RMAF? And as compared to the JBL SR305's or 308's? I've been considering both these speakers but in the end price may be a major determining factor...
     
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    I just gave the Debut B6 a listen at a store near me today for about twenty minutes. I haven't heard many speakers so the impressions will be limited.

    The low end was really nice, very impressive for their size. They were also placed pretty close to a back wall, so that probably helped. The midrange seemed pretty accurate, no major issues there. It was engaging when the song called for it. The highs were lacking for me. They almost had a lo-fi headphone sound to them, where you can hear there's information that's trying to get through but it's rolling off early so you're not getting it. Maybe this would have been improved had I had the tweeters at ear level, but the speakers were far too low for that to be possible, so I'm stuck feeling underwhelmed.

    Although they're known for being not too efficient, they got plenty loud off the 35W Marantz amp that they were being driven by. They really filled the room with sound. Another customer walked in during Massive Attack's Angel and exclaimed how those little things were putting out that much bass. (If there had been a sub, though, it would have been wayyy more intense.)
     

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