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I am planning to upgrade the bookshelves to my office (currently cheap Polk T15s & a T30 center), and have heard great things about ELAC but I'm not sure but the difference is between their lines or what the matching center would be. With these be a decent pair for a mixed-use primarily home theater and occasional music use?
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I am planning to upgrade the bookshelves to my office (currently cheap Polk T15s & a T30 center), and have heard great things about ELAC but I'm not sure but the difference is between their lines or what the matching center would be. With these be a decent pair for a mixed-use primarily home theater and occasional music use?
From what I know about Elac is that this line is a step or two a over their Debut lineup. I hear great things of many of their lines and this is a good price. I have not had any personal experience listening to them.
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From what I know about Elac is that this line is a step or two a over their Debut lineup. I hear great things of many of their lines and this is a good price. I have not had any personal experience listening to them.
Delightful is right. These are a notch above the ELAC debut line that people rave about. The Unifi UB5 is a touch smaller, with a little less low end but remarkable mids and highs. It would be best paired with an SVS sub, pb1000 pro or SB1000 pro are fantastic starters. PB series better for home theater, SB more for music. A step up to 2000 pro series of either line is nice if you got the extra bucks.

These are excellent speakers and punch at the 700-1000 price range by most accounts. I have debut B6s, B6.2s, and Debut Reference speakers. I love this era of ELAC stuff. This is a hot deal.

As for center channel, you always want to match it to the front mains so dialogue blends correctly. Get the uni-fi center channel if you want one. For my 60% home theater/40% music setup I don't have a center channel and I don't feel like I'm missing much aside maybe some extra dialogue lift in high dynamic range movies.
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I am planning to upgrade the bookshelves to my office (currently cheap Polk T15s & a T30 center), and have heard great things about ELAC but I'm not sure but the difference is between their lines or what the matching center would be. With these be a decent pair for a mixed-use primarily home theater and occasional music use?
Definitely an upgrade for music, not sure it will matter a whole lot for HT unless you are trying to pay attention to the speakers instead of the movie. I used to watch this audiophile reviewer on Youtube, Joe N Tell. You can watch some of his reviews - IIRC, the UB5 were his all-time favorite speakers.

One key difference also is that the Polk T15 are front-ported whereas the UB5s are rear-ported. The typical convention is that you need some additional distance between the wall and rear-ported speakers, compared to front-ported.
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Looks like the slim versions are on sale at the Elac site for $300/pair. Center and floorstanding speakers also part of the sale.

https://www.elac.com/lp/uni-fi-slim
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torn between these/jbl 530/klipsch rp-160m. anyone have experience with these?
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torn between these/jbl 530/klipsch rp-160m. anyone have experience with these?
The Elacs are smaller and less efficient, but the most impressive if you can provide them with clean power (in a sense, they have good traits from both of the two others). To over-simplify -- the JBL is better at the way it presents its musical soundstage/image, and the klipsch is more detailed, but I think I prefer the elac overall; BUT if you don't invest in signal path and clean power some of that is lost.. go Klipsch for theater focused, JBL for music focus.

(not sure where this "restock" came from, but this line is discontinued, and finding the center channel that matches, etc will be difficult I haven't heard them, but it might be worthwhile going the "slim" cabinet route which, as others mentioned, are on sale.)
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How do these compare to the Tech Ingredients "world's best speakers"?
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torn between these/jbl 530/klipsch rp-160m. anyone have experience with these?
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