Originally Posted by Mr_Hifi
I just remembered i read the review of these speakers and they recommended going with beefier amp. Please have a read and don`t kill the messenger.
The Uni-Fi UB5s were better than the B6, but the Uni-Fi UB5s still seemed to be holding back, so we hooked up a pair of Klipsch RP-160M speakers, and they brought the Stones back in full force! Dynamics were much more alive over the RP-160Ms. .... The Uni-Fi UB5s had more weight and low-end punch, but missed too much of the RP-160M's dynamics. What was going on?
That's like saying that the sun shines in the day time. The ELAC speakers are reputed to be on the laid-back side. The Klipsch are reputed to be on the brighter more forward side, so anyone could have predicted that the Kipsch would sound more forward and more dynamic. The Klipsch is also a speaker with a higher sensitivity rating.
But, this does not tell us that the ELAC needs more power, only that it is voice a little differently than the Klipsch, and that it is a bit less sensitive, which anyone could have anticipated.
If you want speakers with a bit more presence, then Monitor Audio, Dali, Tannoy, and others would be considerations. If you want speakers that are a bit more laid-back -Elac, Wharfedale, B&W, Martin Logan Motion would be considerations.
Laid-Back or Forward is not a quality judgement, each appeals to someone, It is just different voicing. A different opinion of how a speaker should sound.
While some will claim the Klipsch has more dynamics, others will claim it is more harsh and fatiguing, and they are both right under the right circumstances. As I said before, Klipsch is not a speaker you want to use in an acoustically bright room.
I think you can choose any piece of equipment, regardless of what it is, and you will find just as many people who love it as you will people who hate it. That's why they make so many different types of equipment.
However, that is neither here nor there. It seems the OP has bought the ELAC Uni-Fi UB5,
so that is what we have to work with.
The goal now is to find a suitable amp, in the very roughly $600 range.