ELAC vs. my wallet. Both win. A review of the Uni-Fi UB5 standmount speaker.

JohnVF

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Jones said that he sacrificed a fancy finish for sound quality to do everything he could at the $500 price point. But if you want a nice shiny lacquer (?) finish in a bit better cabinet they’re available... but they’re $750. I would have bought these but they were out later. My cabinet is white, would be a good look.


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DC

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I have the fake Walnut version because that's what MD had in stock and my quasi-millenial myopia demanded that I have them now, so I didn't wait to find the back ones elsewhere. I'd probably like the black a little better...
 

DC

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I had the Denton 80th Anniversary speakers for a few months. I didn't love them and they were sold to somebody (who, like me, liked them at first and then disliked them a lot very quickly) and then he sold them; they've probably got syphilis by now...

There was something warm and cozy about their sound, and I liked the cabinet finish as well as the grills (very nice), but the sound was way too...something. (Others have said it better than I.) Like, they didn't need a veil lifted, they needed a woolen comforter lifted.

On the other hand (note: sarcasm alert!), they certainly have that "classic vintage romance" sound going for them, so there's that.
 

prime minister

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Jones said that he sacrificed a fancy finish for sound quality to do everything he could at the $500 price point. But if you want a nice shiny lacquer (?) finish in a bit better cabinet they’re available... but they’re $750. I would have bought these but they were out later. My cabinet is white, would be a good look.


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I certainly can't argue with why he did it. I just think that those speakers sound so good, that they deserve more then the ubiquitous, boring black.
 

ICTWoody

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I like the idea of the white lacquer finish... but why are the cabinet dimensions different? Wouldn't that affect the sound? Possibly for the better... if the volume is the same, then low end should be pretty similar... but I think a narrow baffle is usually better when it comes to imaging and soundstage. Just curious why they aren't the same?

- Woody
 

JohnVF

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Watching an interview with Jones on the Darko review site, the redesign of the exterior came about from the demands for aesthetics in the European market, as dictated to him by Elac. And in the interview he says indeed they look better in these new proportions and perhaps should have used those dimensions originally...though they sound, according to him, identical. They weren't launched at the same time, the "Slims" came out later.

http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2017/04/elacs-uni-fi-bs-u5-slim-is-a-righteous-contender/

It's the second video in the review.

Darko declares the comparison between the UB5s and Kef LS-50s a draw. Which I think is totally fair. I've owned both, and personally prefer the UB5. What he preferred in the Kefs in the review, I was able to handle with careful amp choice. Mine are currently on my Leben CS-300, which the Kefs did not like at all. But the best match here is actually an old Tim de Paravicini design from Heybrook, the Heybrook P-2. A small, simple and clean British amp from the mid 1980s, with 80wpc on hand. I just run the Leben because, well, I like to switch things around.
 
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JBN

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I had the Kef's on loan for a couple of weeks and I liked them but they didn't grab like the Elac's did.
 

JohnVF

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The Monitor 7s I had did have a nasty vinyl wrap on them. They looked worse than the Elacs. The Elacs don't look bad, they just aren't fancy.
 

prime minister

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The Monitor 7s I had did have a nasty vinyl wrap on them. They looked worse than the Elacs. The Elacs don't look bad, they just aren't fancy.

They sound fancy enough that I'd love for them to look fancy too!

Then again, there is always:

http://veneers.com/wood-veneers/exotic-veneers/

and this:

 

JohnVF

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I have a bunch of walnut veneer in the basement...I've thought about it. I've thought about putting them in better cabinets. I've thought about painting them white...I've...well...yeah and then I just listen to them and think, this is fine. I've got better things to do with my time.
 
I have the walnut vinyl cabs and they look just fine to me. I actually prefer them to the black. They took the "grain" of the vinyl and ran it horizontal on the side walls which makes it look a bit more modern.

I'm blessed/cursed with an abundance of wood in this old log cabin with knotty pine (or, as I call it, "naughty pine") walls, ceilings and trim and fir floors. I was thinking about the white cabs but price dictated the vinyl cabs.
 

MikeT.

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I’ll have to find the thread. I have to read more. :D
I thought Route 66 and the flu were the last significant developments. ;)
I was “this close” to buying Richard Austen’s Model Ones.
 
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