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Review: Elipson Prestige Facet 6B

Superior workmanship

Elipson impresses with build quality and immaculate details.

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Elipson Prestige Facet 6B
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Published 2021-06-19 - 5:55 am
Our opinion
Excellent build quality. Nuanced sound and good dynamics.
More expensive than any other. Not as three-dimensional and accurate as DALI and Wharfedale.
Specifications
  • Configuration: 5″ woofer, 1″ dome tweeter
  • Construction principle: Bass reflex, 2-way
  • Frequency range: 57 Hz – 25 kHz (+/- 3 dB)
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Max. power: 70 W
  • Recommended amplifier power: (not specified)
  • Impedance: 6 ohms
  • Dimensions and weight: 17.6 x 29.8 x 22.5 cm / 5.6 kg
  • Finish: Black, white, walnut
  • Web: en.elipson.com

The Elipson Prestige Facet 6B is the little brother of the Prestige Facet 8B, which we have previously tested. And just like on it, the workmanship is more exclusive than you would expect at the price point. The edges are rounded and the dark walnut finish is almost lifelike. The piano-lacquered front plate is thick – and sound-dead like a garden tile!

The 5-inch midwoofer is equipped with a nice phase plug in aluminium. Both units are surrounded by the pyramid-shaped facets that give the series its name, and which supposedly help to curb diffractions from the edges of the cabinet (and at least look great).

The Elipson Prestige Facet 6B is the most expensive speaker in the test, but also the most exclusive. (Photo: Elipson)

The binding posts on the back are silver plated and look really exclusive. Both loose cable ends and banana plugs are firmly held in place, and bi-wiring is possible.

The sound quality

Although only a minor difference in Pounds, the Elipson Prestige Facet 6B is acoustically in a different class than the cheapest models. The sound is more natural, and the resolution better than with Eltax and Tangent. This is especially an advantage on acoustic music, where it is easier to distinguish the sound differences between the instruments. Also voices that are close to each other, like the three singers on Right Hand Man from Hamilton, get their individual distinctiveness.

The perspective is also excellent. The stage extends significantly beyond the width of the speaker setup, and one senses the depth of the acoustic stage. Without it being done as well as on DALI Oberon 1 and Wharfedale Diamond 12.1.

The dynamics are really good. The mixture of percussion and snapped mandolin strings in Bordrone with Afenginn is reproduced without much compression. The sensitivity is a few dB higher than on most participants, making the Elipson speakers easier to operate with small amplifiers.

Elipson Prestige Facet 6B is available in black, walnut and white. (Photo: Elipson)

Conclusion

The Elipson Prestige Facet 6B is the most expensive speaker in the test, but also the most exclusive. Finish and build quality are far above all others. Fortunately, some of the money has also been spent on the sound, which is harmonious and with quite good dynamics. Overall, however, Facet 6B must see itself beaten by DALI. And considering the price, both Q Acoustics and Wharfedale come higher on the podium.

Also in this test

DALI Oberon 1

Inherits from the more expensive series

DALI's smallest budget model has borrowed technology from the more advanced models.

Clean and nuanced reproduction, especially in the midrange. Draws up a nice acoustic scene.
Less effective than the others, so forget about playing loud.

Eltax Monitor III

Far better than their price

It is unbelievable that you can get so much speaker for so little money.

Insanely cheap: It costs a third of the test's most expensive! And the sound is actually pretty decent.
The sound is decent, but still far below everyone else in the test. The cabinet is thin and the build quality is poor. But what can you expect at the price?

Q Acoustics 3020i

Engaged and musical

The Q Acoustics 3020i is reasonably priced and razor-sharp priced. But also well-sounding.

Engaging and musical reproduction. Low price.
Cheapfinish. The sound could be more detailed.

Tangent Spectrum X5

Best for background music

The Tangent Spectrum X5 are not bad. But you can get more sound for the money from others.

Ultra-discreet look that will offend no one.
The sound is as anonymous as the design.

Wharfedale Diamond 12.1

Warm and comfortable sound

Wharfedale has had assistance from the other side of the Channel, and the result is a pair of well-sounding speakers.

Warm and comfortable reproduction at a really good price.
The sound is not overly detailed
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