ISE 2020: Elac showcases Debut Reference, Vertex 2 speakers and more

ISE 2020: Elac showcases Debut Reference, Vertex 2 speakers and more
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ISE 2020, the world's biggest pro audio show, is under way in Amsterdam, and we've spotted a few interesting products on the Elac stand. 

First up, the Elac Debut Reference speakers, the latest creation from renowned speaker designer Andrew Jones, most recently responsible for the Award-winning Debut B5.2

The Debut Reference (pictured, top and below), available in a bookshelf (DBR62, $499), floorstander (DFR52, $1199) and centre channel (DCR52, $399) has received a 'soft launch' so far, but they are now in the market and looking rather smart.  

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Looking to build on the work of the entry-level Debut speakers, they have an updated waveguide and grill design, a new cabinet architecture that aims to further reduce vibrations, an updated woofer and redesigned port.

The 2-way bass reflex bookshelf speaker has a 1-inch cloth dome tweeter and a 6.5-inch Aramid Fiber mid/bass driver, while the 3-way floorstander has a 1-inch cloth dome tweeter, 5.25-inch Aramid Fiber midrange and 2 x 5.25-inch Aramid Fiber bass drivers. Both are available with a white baffle, oak cabinet or black baffle with a walnut cabinet. Sadly they weren't on demonstration but we look forward to hearing them, and reviewing them, soon.

Elac Vertex Series 2

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ISE is primarily focused on the pro audio business and Elac has new custom install speakers, too. 

The Elac Vertex Series 2 (pictured, above) is perhaps the stand out, an upgrade on the first-generation Vertex that's designed to work seamlessly with the extended Debut family, giving consumers an in-wall option they can partner with the standard stereo speakers.

ELAC Integrator Series 3

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Also new is the Integrator Series 3-channel digital amplifier, which is designed to fit in tight spaces and offer analogue, digital and wireless connectivity, in a 2-channel or 3-channel layout for driving a stereo system or stereo and subwoofer. 

Dolby Digital, remote learning, and app-controlled room correction and speaker calibration make it a smart little solution.


ISE 2020 news and highlights

Elac Debut B5.2 review

Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).