Elac SUB1010 120-Watt 10” Powered Subwoofer Review

Looking for a subwoofer that satisfies your hunger for thumping lows while maintaining impeccable performance is rather easier said than done. And with the vast ocean of subwoofers out there, it will be long before you find the best sub that matches your needs. But don’t despair; your journey may have come to an end with the Elac SUB1010.

A subwoofer accurately reproduces sounds and feelings that your home theater can’t produce. And since bass is omnidirectional, you can place your sub in the most hidden places in the room and still enjoy detailed, distortion-free lows.

Since 1926, Elac has taken pride in releasing sturdy, top-performing, and impeccable subwoofers for their esteemed customers. One of their latest releases is the Elac SUB1010, which forms part of the Debut 2.0 line of home speakers.

Elac SUB1010 driver measures only 10 inches and produces crispy clear bass at high volumes with little to no distortion. The long-throw dynamic woofer adds some juice to the driver’s movement, bringing to life a blend of frequencies that beat your expectations.

The subwoofer also combines durability, portability, and stellar performance with top-quality materials. So, other than that, what makes ELAC SUB1010 great at its job? Here are Elac’s SUB1010 features at a glance.

ELAC SUB1010 Key Specs

  • Amplifier power: 60 watts RMS /120 watts peak power
  • A continuously adjustable crossover frequency of 40Hz – 150 Hz
  • Frequency response of 37Hz – 200 Hz
  • Class AB amplifier type
  • Black-ash vinyl cabinet finish
  • Dimensions: 12.19 x 13.19 x 13.56 inches
  • Weight: 21.38 pounds
  • 0.5 watts standby power consumption
  • Textured Polypropylene woofer
  • Powered subwoofers with bass reflex ported enclosure Subwoofer
  • Subwoofer’s input: L/R/LFE/speaker level.

Other Features and Key Benefits

1. Build and Design

There’s no doubt that a subwoofer’s design heavily impacts the quality of sound produced by your bookshelf and tower speakers. For this reason, ELAC SUB1010 packs incredible features aimed at improving the sound quality.

First of all, the Elac SUB1010 subwoofer measures 12.19 x 13.19 x 13.56 inches and weighs 21.8 pounds. So, no more space issues – the sub can fit in all rooms, whether big or small. It also features rubber feet, which are responsible for absorbing the vibrations that produce muddy or distorted tones.

Lastly, the subwoofer has the bass reflex enclosure type. This type of enclosure balances the air pressure inside the box with the pressure outside. This ensures improved bass and exemplary overall performance for low frequencies at higher power.

2. Power and Energy Consumption

Elac SUB1010 houses a powerful Class AB amplifier. So, what’s the fuss about this amplifier’s class? A class AB amplifier blends features of class A and class B amplifiers. The result is a hybrid amplifier with more efficiency than class A and less distortion than class B amplifier.

Bills can be worrying and somehow limit your subwoofer options. But, that’s not the case with an ELAC SUB1010. The subwoofer comes with a 0.5 watts standby power that allows you to crank up your bass without worrying about unnecessary energy consumption.

The subwoofer’s driver has a 10-inch high excursion textured polypropylene woofer that produces clean and deep lows even at extreme volumes without damage.

3. Impeccable Sound Performance

Sound quality is the ultimate goal of every audiophile looking for a subwoofer. An Elac SUB1010 operates at 60W RMS and occasional bursts of 120W at a peak. (The higher the RMS, the louder the sound)

Thanks to the continuously adjustable crossover frequency (40Hz – 200 Hz) and a frequency response of 38Hz – 200Hz, you can finally enjoy deep and crispy clear bass without distortion.

4. Durability and Appearance

The SUB1010 cabinet comes with a black-ash vinyl finish, which adds to its ultra-modern look which complements other entertainment systems in your room. The rigid CARB2 Rated MDF material makes the subwoofer more durable and sturdy.

5. Controls and Indicators

The Elac SUB1010 also features several controls such as line-level inputs, low pass filter, phase switch, and level controls.

The level control allows you to revamp the subwoofer’s volume for perfect blending with the other home theater systems. The Line level inputs are essential when connecting the SUB1010 to your pre-amp/AV receiver. So, whether you’re planning to connect a pre-amp or an AV receiver, just purchase RCA cables and let the Line level inputs do the magic!

The available indicator in the ELAC SUB1010 is the Bi-color LED indicator which indicates the subwoofer’s state. For instance, the subwoofer is in always-on mode if the LED appears green.

Pros and Cons


  • Beautiful design with a classy finish.
  • Strong, durable, top-quality materials.
  • Top performance with minimum distortion.
  • Budget-friendly subwoofer.
  • Optimum power consumption.


  • Placing them near magnetic material causes malfunction due to the lack of a magnetic shield.
  • Slight decline in performance for frequencies below 37Hz.
  • Playing at high volumes may cause disturbance.

Final Verdict

The ELAC SUB1010 makes the cut if you’re looking for a subwoofer that will turn your room into a battlefield while playing video games and a theater if you’re watching a movie. From power saving, portability, and durability, the Elac SUB1010 is a worthy option to consider if you’re looking for a top-quality subwoofer at a pocket-friendly cost!

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Jamie K. Martin holds a degree in Audio engineering from Husson University, Bangor. Martin spends most of his time testing and trying the technology he writes about to ensure that he provides first-hand information to our customers from all walks of life.

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