Comparing Elac UB51 and Klipsch RP-500M

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Consumer Score
In comparison:
Elac UB51 ranks #32 out of 91. It is in the top 10%.
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9.1
Great
Consumer Score
In comparison:
Klipsch RP-500M ranks #5 out of 91. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing

Elac UB51 vs Klipsch RP-500M: Experts prefer neither

On 3 Aug 2022 (16 days ago) we went through 92 Speakers expert endorsements , however neither Elac UB51 nor Klipsch RP-500M were included in any of those recommendations. Since neither Speakers received a single endorsement, as far as expert recommendations go, it's technically a tie. We do, however, recommend taking a look at Q Acoustics 3020i or other critically acclaimed Bookshelf Speakers of this month.

For reference, Q Acoustics 3020i received 5 endorsements this month, from The Master Switch (19 Jan 2022), Pitchfork (19 Nov 2020) Wirecutter (28 Jan 2022) and 2 others.

Rank Change Price Speakers
The Master Switch
SoundGuys
Pitchfork
What Hi-Fi
Rolling Stone
T3
Wirecutter
Max Your Home Time
Gear Patrol
HiConsumption
1
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Q Acoustics 3020i
5
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7
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1
1
8
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N/A N/A Check price
Elac UB51
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N/A N/A $278
Klipsch RP-500M
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Customers like Klipsch RP-500M noticeably more

At ReviewFinder we prefer to focus on professional product reviews, because customer reviews can be disproportionately affected by unrelated factors such as delivery, specific seller listing problems, and, of course, fake reviews. With that said, below is the summary of consumer sentiment.

Elac UB51
Klipsch RP-500M
Consumer score (CS) is a normalized computed representation of customers' sentiment towards a product.
CS of 10 is similar to a 4.8 star review, CS of 0 is similar to a 2 star review.

Klipsch RP-500M, the pricier option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Elac UB51.

As can be seen in the chart above, median best-selling speakers receives a consumer score of 9.1 (great). Both Elac UB51 and Klipsch RP-500M receive customer reviews that average out above that median threshold.

Elac UB51
In comparison:
Elac UB51 ranks #32 out of 91. It is in the top 10%.
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9.1
Great
Klipsch RP-500M
In comparison:
Klipsch RP-500M ranks #5 out of 91. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
Median best-selling Speakers
In comparison:
Klipsch R-14M ranks #46 out of 91. It is in the top 10%.
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9.1
Great





Elac UB51 is more popular than Klipsch RP-500M

It's fairly safe to say that Elac UB51 are more popular speakers than Klipsch RP-500M, based on their 300+ reviews. Popularity is determined based on product sales. Note that older and cheaper products tend to sell more.


To consider

Customers who view Elac UB51 and Klipsch RP-500M often consider Klipsch RP-600M, a more popular, pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Elac UB51 and Klipsch RP-500M
Klipsch RP-600M C$599
In comparison:
Klipsch RP-600M ranks #3 out of 91. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
No expert recommendations More Popular
Klipsch RB-51 II C$435
In comparison:
Klipsch RB-51 II ranks #8 out of 91. It is in the top 10%.
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10.0
Amazing
No expert recommendations Cheaper More Popular
Edifier S1000MKII C$619
In comparison:
Edifier S1000MKII ranks #29 out of 91. It is in the top 10%.
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9.1
Great
No expert recommendations
Audioengine A5 Plus C$570
In comparison:
Audioengine A5 Plus ranks #61 out of 91. It is in the top 10%.
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8.7
Great
No expert recommendations More Popular
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, in Aug 2022 neither Elac UB51 nor Klipsch RP-500M were recommended by key experts who publish Bookshelf Speakers recommendations.
Rank Change Price Speakers
The Master Switch
SoundGuys
Pitchfork
What Hi-Fi
Rolling Stone
T3
Wirecutter
Max Your Home Time
Gear Patrol
HiConsumption
1
- Check price
Q Acoustics 3020i
5
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7
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1
1
8
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2
- C$379
Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2
1
2
9
7
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5
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3
- Check price
Kef LS50
10
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1
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7
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2
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4
- Check price
Bowers & Wilkins 606 S2
3
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3
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5
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6
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.
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Expert reviews [1]

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Total expert reviews: 1
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  • without a score: 1
From Seller:
  • Custom-designed concentric driver
  • Balanced three-way design
  • Robust cabinets
  • High quality base and-Feet. Nominal impedance - 4 ohms
  • Sophisticated crossover and aluminum woofer
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From Seller:
  • 1” titanium lts vented tweeter with hybrid tractrix Horn
  • 5.25" Spun copper cerametallic woofers
  • Bass-reflex via rear-firing tractrix port
  • Premium scratch-resistant finish
  • Strong, flexible removable magnetic grille
  • Read more
From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0853720006100
UPC Numbers: 853720006100
Model Numbers: UB51-BK
EAN Numbers: 0743878035735, 0743878035742
Model Numbers: 1065807, 1065808
UPC Numbers: 743878035735, 743878035742
General Info
Number of Speakers How many bookshelf speakers are included?
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1
Speaker Design The primary components of a bookshelf speaker are “drivers,” which are the cones that actually create the sound. These cones come in three types: tweeters, midranges (sometimes called mids), and woofe ... Show more
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Two-Way
Physical Features
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12 lbs
 
Indoor or Outdoor Use Can the speaker be used outdoors?
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Indoor
Cabinet
Cabinet Material The cabinet refers to the portion that surrounds and holds all of the speaker elements together - the speaker box, if you will. The most common material is wood, but you’ll also find plastic, fiberboa ... Show more
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Fiberboard
Enclosure Type The type of enclosure, or cabinet, plays a key role in determining the focus of your sound. Do you prefer accurate bass or loud bass? There are two main types: acoustic suspension and bass reflex. Aco ... Show more
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Bass Reflex
Sound Quality and Power
Sensitivity Measured in decibels, or dB, sensitivity measures a speaker’s ability to convert power to volume. Lower sensitivity speakers require more power from the amplifier to achieve higher volumes. Higher sen ... Show more
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93 dB
Frequency Response Range Given as a range in Hertz (Hz), the frequency response is a measurement of the range of sound a speaker can produce. For reference, the human ear can hear a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz (shor ... Show more
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48-25kHz
Magnetically Shielded When sound is played through a speaker, an electromagnet is activated using the power from the amplifier to bring the driver forward, and another magnet pulls the driver back. This causes the driver t ... Show more
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Yes
Peak Power Power handling, or peak power, is the highest wattage a speaker can accept from an amplifier before it burns out or becomes damaged. This number is given in watts. It’s recorded by measuring how loud ... Show more
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300 Watts
Powered Speaker What you may not know about bookshelf speakers is that they don’t always work straight out of the box. To power the speakers, you often need a receiver and an amplifier. Amplifiers power the signal th ... Show more
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Yes
Impedance Impedance is a key electrical measurement, provided in ohms. This number describes the electrical resistance provided by the speaker to the power signal sent by your amplifier. A common analogy used f ... Show more
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8 Ohms
High Resolution Audio More and more, musicians and streaming services are offering high-resolution audio playback for music files. Like a TV, your speaker has to be high-res capable to play these high-res files. True audio ... Show more
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Yes
Tweeters

Tweeters produce the highest frequencies in sound, typically anything above 2,000 Hz. Usually located at the top of the speaker, tweeters come in different shapes (detailed below) and sizes. Generally speaking, the size of the tweeter is not as important as the shape. But, for some guidance, consider that a larger tweeter (measured by diameter in inches or millimeters) will likely be louder and able to disperse sound over a larger area.

Number of Tweeters
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1
Tweeter Type Tweeters produce the highest frequencies in sound, typically anything above 2,000 Hz. Usually located at the top of the speaker, tweeters come in different shapes (detailed below) and sizes. Generally ... Show more
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Horn
Tweeter Size Diameter of the Tweeter
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1 inches
Tweeter Material In addition to the shape of the tweeter, the material has a big impact on the type of sound emitted. The two most popular materials are metals (aluminum, titanium, etc.) and soft textiles (silk, cloth ... Show more
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Titanium LTS Vented Tweeter
Woofers

The woofer is the driver that is responsible for low frequency sounds and bass - crucial for well-rounded, booming sound. It is the biggest driver in size, and is usually shaped like a cone. When reviewing different bookshelf speakers, you will often see a measurement in the product name, starting as low as 4” and ranging to 6 ½” or more. This measurement refers to the diameter of the woofer. A general rule of thumb is a bigger woofer means louder, more powerful bass. But, as with any speaker metric, this number alone doesn’t describe the loudness of the speaker and should be taken into consideration with other measurements such as sensitivity, which describes the loudness of a speaker per watt.

Number of Woofers
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1
Woofer Size Diameter of the woofer
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5.2 inches
Woofer Material Woofers are built with a variety of materials, such as paper, plastic, polypropylene, Kevlar, or metal. Some are even made with more unique materials like wood. They key to quality in a woofer materia ... Show more
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Cerametallic Cone Woofer
Controls
Remote Control Does the box include a remote?
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No
App/Smartphone Control If the bookshelf speaker is Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-enabled (or both), you’ll likely be able to control the output through your smartphone or other device. Sometimes, this capability comes with the caveat ... Show more
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No
Connections
Wi-Fi Enabled Speakers with Wi-Fi connectivity connect directly to your home Wi-Fi network to stream audio from your devices—smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc. This may require an app from the brand, such as Yamaha’s ... Show more
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No
Bluetooth Enabled Speakers with built-in Bluetooth allow you to stream audio content directly from device (e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop) on the speakers. This feature behaves just like any other Bluetooth-enabled d ... Show more
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No
Wired Connections or Wireless Not to be confused with Wi-Fi-enabled speakers, wireless speaker set ups do not require a speaker wire or direct lines to other speakers and the AV receiver. Typically, these speakers require a wirele ... Show more
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Yes
Speaker Wire Included Speaker wire is the connection used between speakers, amplifiers and receivers. This is a special type of wire that makes an electrical connection and transmits sound signals. You will only use this t ... Show more
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Yes
Other Connections Bookshelf speakers commonly come with speaker wire inputs/outputs to connect your speaker to an AV receiver, which transmits the sound from your TV. In some cases, speakers may come with additional in ... Show more
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Bare wire
Additional Info
ENERGY STAR Certified For the environmentally conscious, choosing an “ENERGY STAR Certified” speaker may be important to you. Technology devices with this label are required to meet certain industry standards as it relates ... Show more
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Additional Features Any other features available.
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Robust input terminals
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Elac UB51 are a popular and one of the more expensive options. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Edifier S1000DB or Klipsch RP-150M .

Elac UB51 are C$141.64 more expensive than average speakers (C$319.99).

Klipsch RP-500M are a popular option at the top of the price range. They're in the top 3 bestselling speakers and have quite a few popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Audioengine A5 Plus or Klipsch RP-600M .

Klipsch RP-500M are C$254.27 more expensive than the average speakers (C$319.99).

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