If you’re short on time and just want the highlights of this article, here it is:
In summary, the ELAC UBR62 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers provide an enjoyable listening experience. It has enough power to fill a medium-sized room and provides clear, articulate sound. The tweeters have good extension and the midrange is punchy and detailed. The bass has good depth and presence, although I would like a bit more impact that the UBR62 can provide. The speakers provide a variety of connection options, including spring-loaded connections, up to 140W of power, 3.5mm stereo input, and Bluetooth 4.0 with AAC and aptX codecs.
The ELAC UBR62 3-Way Bookshelf Speakers is an excellent choice for those looking for a decent listening experience for less than $500. The sound performance is generally good, with clear, articulate sound, good midrange detail, and decent depth and presence in the bass. The wide range of connection options make them suitable for both wired and wireless setups. However, for those looking for a great listening experience at an affordable price, the ELAC UBR62 is ideal. On the other hand, the UBR62 might not be the best choice for bass-heads or audiophiles.
Now let’s get to its bolts and nuts.
ELAC UBR62 Review: Sound quality
Let me tell you something right off the bat.
The sound quality performance you'll end up getting from a speaker will always depend on your room acoustics - particularly room dimensions and speaker positions.
The impact of the combination of these two is actually so strong that in most cases, it doesn't even make sense to utter a single word on sound quality without speaking of them.
This is also why it's not unusual to see completely different reviews of the same speaker.
In one case the speaker might be placed in a sweet spot inside the room and hence the user might be satisfied. In other cases the same speaker might be ill placed and hence user might even have returned it.
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The point most people miss here is that it mostly isn't even about the engineering behind the speaker itself. It's about where you place the speaker inside which room.
So, in order to solve this problem, I've partnered with Acoustics and Audio Engineering PhD Andrea Cicero from AC Acustica and created Soundton - a simple, 2D, browser accessible online speaker placement calculator.
With Soundton, now there's a way to figure the sound quality of most speakers before you buy them.
Read more about its working principles at soundton.com.
The end colormap provides you the locations with the best (green) and worst (red) acoustics.