Hi all, I've been looking into getting some Emotiva gear lately. Been considering especially the Stealth 8 monitors.
But what I've been wondering: If one considers sound quality alone, what would be the most bang for the bucks audio-wise - the Stealth 8 monitors, or the Airmotiv T1s plus Emotiva's best stereo amplifier, XPA-3?
The Stealth 8 would cost 100 USD more. But what would sound best? My hunch would be that the Stealth 8 would sound etter, given that they avoid the distortion that passive crossovers usually generate. But maybe I'm wrong. Has anybody had a chance to compare directly?
Stealth 8s are great. The T1 gives more down below, and are very tuneful, and dynamic. I like them because of what it is, and what the T2 is even more. The Stealth 8 for the all in one solution is tops and tough to beat. A win either way. Depends on what you want. Got a powerful amp, T1s. Going from scratch, don't want an amp around, get the Stealth 8. They are a knockout.
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I have a hard time believing the T1 has more low end then the Stealth 8. They dig down to 30hz easily in my room and do it with speed and balance. But I have never heard the T1. When the Syealth 8 was 749, which it still is at Hi Fi heaven in Wisconsin it was a great value, at $900 each its more coin for sure, but still a great monitor.
Living Room Turntable: Pro-ject RM5 SE Cartridge: Denon DL 301 Phono: XPS-1 Processor/Pre: Sherbourn PT-7030 Apple TV 4k Speakers: Emotiva Stealth 8's
5.3 Home Theater Speakers: DIY HTM-10's x3, Volt 6 LX's x2 Subs: DIY 15" Dayton Ultimax's x2, DIY SI18DS4 x1 Amps: Emotiva UPA-500, Chane 3600 Pro amp x2 Processor: Sherbourn PT-7030 Sources: Oppo 103, Apple TV 4k Projector: BenQ 2050, DIY 125" acoustic screen
Very solid. I run two BasX S10 subs with the B1 speakers and it's great. Currently paired with a USP-1 and Behringer A500 though for a bit it was a fully Emotiva system with the BasX A300 amp but that was overkill price-wise for the speakers. Nabbed the behringer for $120 and am very happy.