Speaking of multi-speaker shootouts, I got my hands on a pair of each B4, B5 and B6 for a short time. Long story short, my brother asked for speaker recommendation to put on his vacation-minivan which came without decent audio system. For the current closeout price of B4, B5, and B6 I suggested the Elacs as it won't hurt to put them under the seats given their rugged vinyl wrapped construction
This may be the wrong thread to share my thoughts, but this is the current most active Elac thread.
So I was lucky to find these babies new in box at closeout price from local store (thus not have to suffer from post traumatic Amazon delivery syndrome).
I broke them in gently for several hours before comparing them to my current speakers.
The HK stereo receiver (above) is my spare garage amp which I use for speaker break-in when the situation arise. For side by side comparison I used the Parasound Halo Integrated (below) and played the speakers in full range with subwoofer turned off.
(Elac B5 sits on top of the B&W 685 S2)
The Elac B5 beats the B&W 685 S2 (the one with yellow driver) hands down in presentation, clarity and detail. They are impressive for the price paid indeed, especially for the closeout price that my brother will eventually pay me
Great job Andrew Jones.
The B6 is too warm for my taste and and inferior to B5 in overall tonal balance. A B5+sub sounds fuller than a B6+sub or a standalone B6. That's because the B6 tries too hard to generate low frequencies, whereas the B5 focus on mids and highs which it does best. In my room, the bass from standalone B5 (2.0 ch) is sufficient for most music types.
Now if the B6.2 sounds the same as B5 in my living room, then then the B6.2 is definitely worth the $. I only heard the B6.2 @ Best Buy demo room, and they were very different from B6, but closer to B5 in tonal balance.