Help me choose: B6 or UB5?

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  • #9747


    Our Pioneer Andrew Jones soundbar happened to die while I’d been looking into the Debut line for music at home. Now I need to make a selection that can double duty between home theater and music use (vinyl, FM tuner and Apple TV streaming). The living room is an open floor plan of about 15×12′ and the seats are about 10′ away from the screen/speakers.

    I plan to use a Yamaha Aventage RX-A760 receiver, the pair of Elac bookshelves and an S10EQ.

    Later down the road I’m open to adding a UC5 and/or a pair of A4 if we decide the Atmos would work well in our room, but no true surround/rear speakers are in my future. The B5 or B6 would leave much more room in the budget for a center/Atmos addition sooner than later, but I’m happy to go UB5 if it really outshines them at both tasks I have in mind.

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    Charles Mallari

    The Debut B6/B5 is easily the best value speaker in our line up and is by no means a “compromise”. But if you have the means, we always recommend upgrading the Uni-Fi line.

    There are plenty of great reviews of the Debut B5/B6 describing their sound.

    Many find that UB5 them overall smoother with clearer vocals and dialogue. The UB5 with it’s concentric driver, it is a true 3 way speaker. So the mid-range doesn’t have to produce the bass frequencies. Also the tweeter and mid-range have better blending, because of the concentric layout.

    The higher price isn’t the only deciding factor. Your Amplifier also needs to be able to handle the lower impedance of the Uni-Fi speaker. Like most higher end speakers the Uni-Fi are 4 ohm speakers. Most mid to higher end amps can handle 4 ohm speakers and if not there are ways to use the Uni-fi with those amps when using a subwoofer as most do.

    That Yamaha receiver can handle 4 ohm speaker on the main left and right channel, but for the rest is can only handle 6 ohm speakers. So if you choose to use that receiver, don’t running the speakers in full range(this is not recommended anyways) and have a subwoofer. On the receiver set the speakers to small and set the crossover point at 80hz. All speakers have different impedance at different frequencies and the nominal impedance is based on the lowest impedance at certain frequencies. At full range the Uni-fi is a 4 ohm speaker, but only focusing on the frequencies at 80hz the speaker looks like a 6 or 8 ohm speaker.

    Sorry for the long reply.

  • #16460


    Uni Fi5 or Debut B6.2 Which is “better”. Will a Uni Fi5.2 be coming anytime soon? Thanks

  • #16467


    I should also say my felling is the Uni B5 would have to be very much better than the Debut B6.2 It is somewhat daunting that there is nowhere in Connecticut where I can hear these speakers. Power is not an issue foe me as my older amp is good to 300 RMS per side @ 4 olm.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  Docfletcher.
    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  Docfletcher.
    • #16510

      Charles Mallari

      Hello Docfletcher.

      The Uni-Fi is still a superior speaker. The Uni-Fi still has a concentric driver, aluminum cones, a cabinet that separates the mid and tweet from the bass woofers. and a much more sophisticated crossover. Yes the Debut 2.0 has a wider frequency response and has more bass and treble extension, but that isn’t everything.

      I still prefer the sound of the Uni-Fi. The DB62 is a great speaker, but when A/B testing the DB6.2 and UB51. It reveals the advantages of a 3 way design and all upgraded parts.

      I will mention that the wider dispersion and the front vent port makes the Debut 2.0 a much more forgiving speaker in terms of placement.

      Charles Mallari

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