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Elac Vs. Polk

Good morning everyone. I'm in the market to upgrade my 20 year old Energy XL-25s. I'm running a Dennon AVR 1912 with a Polk sub and a Dayton Audio sub, along with an energy center, Fluance dipoles and Bic back channel.

I have a $500 budget and am considering two speakers: The Polk Signature Series S55 and the Elac Debut 2.0 F5.2. Does anyone have any advice as to which would be the better speaker for this setup? I plan on heading to Best Buy to listen to a them this weekend, but any input would be greatly appreciated. Also, if there are other speakers that I'm not aware of in that price range, I'd love to hear about it. Thank you all in advance!
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Based on my experience, the Polk Signature line is a bit on the brighter side, at least compared to something like Elac Debut. Between the two, I'd lean toward the Elac, but that's just my personal preference.

You should definitely listen to them side by side.
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As far as other speakers in this price range worth considering, the Infinity Reference line is very well regarded. The R253 towers frequently go on sale for $200 a piece.

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Good morning everyone. I'm in the market to upgrade my 20 year old Energy XL-25s. I'm running a Dennon AVR 1912 with a Polk sub and a Dayton Audio sub, along with an energy center, Fluance dipoles and Bic back channel.

I have a $500 budget and am considering two speakers: The Polk Signature Series S55 and the Elac Debut 2.0 F5.2. Does anyone have any advice as to which would be the better speaker for this setup? I plan on heading to Best Buy to listen to a them this weekend, but any input would be greatly appreciated. Also, if there are other speakers that I'm not aware of in that price range, I'd love to hear about it. Thank you all in advance!
For music: Elac debut. For TV/HT: Polk S55. Going out to listen to them is the best way to determine which you like best.

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For music: Elac debut. For TV/HT: Polk S55. Going out to listen to them is the best way to determine which you like best.
Thanks Pase22! Interesting that you say that. I was talking with Crutchfield and they said the opposite... Elac for HT and Polk for music. Going to try to go listen to them tonight!
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Good morning everyone. I'm in the market to upgrade my 20 year old Energy XL-25s. I'm running a Dennon AVR 1912 with a Polk sub and a Dayton Audio sub, along with an energy center, Fluance dipoles and Bic back channel.

I have a $500 budget and am considering two speakers: The Polk Signature Series S55 and the Elac Debut 2.0 F5.2. Does anyone have any advice as to which would be the better speaker for this setup? I plan on heading to Best Buy to listen to a them this weekend, but any input would be greatly appreciated. Also, if there are other speakers that I'm not aware of in that price range, I'd love to hear about it. Thank you all in advance!
Not sure either would be a definite upgrade while a $500 Monolith THX subwoofer definitely would.

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Thanks Pase22! Interesting that you say that. I was talking with Crutchfield and they said the opposite... Elac for HT and Polk for music. Going to try to go listen to them tonight!
It depends on the type of sound you like. If you prefer a more mellow sound Elac may be preferred. If you like more treble energy, Polk may be the better option. Keep in mind that audio is very subjective and we all have our preferences. That's why we all have different speakers.
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It depends on the type of sound you like. If you prefer a more mellow sound Elac may be preferred. If you like more treble energy, Polk may be the better option. Keep in mind that audio is very subjective and we all have our preferences. That's why we all have different speakers.
Totally understand! Love that there are so many options out there. That's why I narrowed it down to two.. didn't want to get too overwhelmed with choices. Thank you!
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Totally understand! Love that there are so many options out there. That's why I narrowed it down to two.. didn't want to get too overwhelmed with choices. Thank you!
If you went with bookshelf speakers, you have more options and could possibly get higher speakers within your budget or slightly above.
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Not sure either would be a definite upgrade while a $500 Monolith THX subwoofer definitely would.
Now that is a great thought. Listen to all speakers with low pass filter at 100 or 120 hz. You may find your current speakers are just as good in that frequency range. If that is what our hear, use the $500 you have to buy at sub. SVS nsd sb12 is often on sale for 399.

Frequencies below 120 hz. Determine 30 percent of our preference for music and most speakers lack them.
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Good morning everyone. I'm in the market to upgrade my 20 year old Energy XL-25s. I'm running a Dennon AVR 1912 with a Polk sub and a Dayton Audio sub, along with an energy center, Fluance dipoles and Bic back channel.

I have a $500 budget and am considering two speakers: The Polk Signature Series S55 and the Elac Debut 2.0 F5.2. Does anyone have any advice as to which would be the better speaker for this setup? I plan on heading to Best Buy to listen to a them this weekend, but any input would be greatly appreciated. Also, if there are other speakers that I'm not aware of in that price range, I'd love to hear about it. Thank you all in advance!

Do you have some decent headphones you could use to try the Crutchfield Speakercompare system? It can give you a general idea of how speakers sound compared against each other. The Elac will be a little to the warmer side of neutral and the Polk will be a little to the brighter side of neutral. The Polk Signature line isn't bright, at least not to me. They are fairly neutral in most regards, but so have a slight rise in the treble upper range. Here is a good comparison that included the Polk S15 and at the end, you can see how it compared to the Elac B6, which was the first series and a bit warmer than the 2.0 series. https://www.avsforum.com/forum/89-sp...-speakers.html

Subs>RBH I-12e/I-12. HSU VTF-15H mk2. Monolith THX 12(x2)/THX 10(x2). XTZ 1X12. SVS PB-1000(x2). Speakers>JBL 270/235c/230/225c, Arena 130/125c. Jamo S807/S803. Infinity P363/163. Sony CS3/CS8/CS5. QA 3020i/3090Ci, 2020i/2000c. Monolith Cinema 5 bs. Polk RTiA1/CsiA4. Other Audio>Sony MDR-Z7m2, WH-XB700, XB32, XB31. Sennheiser HD58X, HD4.50, PC37X. SIVGA SV004. HyperX Cloud PS4 HS. Plantronics RIG500 Pro HS. LG FH6,RK8,RK7,PK5. UE Boom3.

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As far as other speakers in this price range worth considering, the Infinity Reference line is very well regarded. The R253 towers frequently go on sale for $200 a piece.
I'll have to look into those Infinitys too! Thank you.
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Do you have some decent headphones you could use to try the Crutchfield Speakercompare system? It can give you a general idea of how speakers sound compared against each other.
Wow! No, I didn't know about that. I do have some pretty good headphones at work, so maybe I'll try that tomorrow when I go in. Great idea! Thank you.
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Now that is a great thought. Listen to all speakers with low pass filter at 100 or 120 hz. You may find your current speakers are just as good in that frequency range. If that is what our hear, use the $500 you have to buy at sub. SVS nsd sb12 is often on sale for 399.

Frequencies below 120 hz. Determine 30 percent of our preference for music and most speakers lack them.
Speakers haven't changed nearly as much as subwoofers in terms of price/value.

In fact I'd venture to say that the "expensive in their day" Energy speakers, which got their share of "sound great" reviews might be better than the level of towers he's looking at which are entry level.

I think entry level towers today might be better than they were in the past but the Energies he has were better than entry level when they came out.

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Thanks Pase22! Interesting that you say that. I was talking with Crutchfield and they said the opposite... Elac for HT and Polk for music. Going to try to go listen to them tonight!

A lot of their "techs" don't really know what they are talking about. I've taken their advice before and let's just say that I'm glad they have a good return policy.

Not sure where you are at, but I'm selling a set of almost BNIB Elac F5.2's for far less than $500.
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Here is another option: Boston A360, two for $345 total:
https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...ck-each/1.html

However, I agree with others, in this price range, you're probably not going to notice much if any improvement over your current Energy towers.

Use that money toward a better subwoofer instead.
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