Official Emofest 2011 Thread! Sept 7, 2011 12:35:05 GMT -5
Post by monkumonku on Sept 7, 2011 12:35:05 GMT -5
Sept 7, 2011 12:18:14 GMT -5 @islandman2020 said:
Thanks for your impressions of the gear at Emofest, especially for the Airmotiv speakers. If you wouldn't mind, could you compare and contrast the 3 models - the 4, 5, and 6? I'm wondering what the main differences are in sound between them. Thanks!
Sorry for the delayed response here Monku! Went white water rafting on the Ocoee with some buds right after the fest.
Anyway, I never got to hear the 5's. On the 6's, I started listening to them focusing on the just the highs. Again, like the 4's these tweeters just have to be heard to be appreciated. They are so articulate, and clear in the upper ranges that it's like the frequency of your own ears have been extended. My Polk Audio Lsi's have the Vifa dual ring raditor tweeters that are amazing. I believe that some of the Krell's use this same tweeter. All I can say is that after hearing these Airmotiv's I am now left wanting. I believe this maybe the best high end I have ever heard come out of a tweeter. Additionally, the off axis is much better on the Airmotiv's. The Vifa's are great, but you definitely have to be in the sweet spot. The sweet spot on these folded ribbons is wider. At least they are on the Airmotiv's.
The midrange seemed a little meatier, or chestier to me without losing any clairty or presence. Thicker sounding. The lows were very impressive on the 6's. I remember the Emotiva rep. saying that they were about four times the power of the 4's.....big difference. (Digressing here a bit I also learned that all Airmotiv's are internally biamped with separate power amps for the highs/lows) I asked the rep to crank the 6's a little....and wow. These things can move a lot of air. They can punch some bass when called on to do so. One thing that I noticed is that these were set up about 3ft+ from the rear walls vs the 4's in the other room being about 10-12" from the rear wall. All Airmotiv's are rear ported, so the impressive bass response from the 4's in this setup is more understood. But the 6's being this distance from the rear wall, and having this great low end was just great to hear. They extend pretty low. Seems like I was hearing lows pretty clearly in the the 40-50hz range. Also, impressive was the fullness and clarity of the lows even when the volume was reduced. I could still hear some bass impact at way lower volumes. The words that come to mind to describe these are "balance" and "range". Balance between frequency ranges low to high is exceptionally good even when the volumes levels are greatly changed. And, the frequency range, especially in the high end, is to die for. As I was hearing these, my mind was racing a 1000 mph trying to remember/compare if I have ever heard anything anywhere near this price range that sounded as great as these? I don't think I have. If Emotiva had a powered center to match these I would be tempted to try them as a surround sound system. Of course these were being demoed in a "eqed" room, but still, if I had these at home they just might be the best sounding speakers I've ever owned. I definitely believe we will see this tweeter design in Emotiva speaker design in the future! Take care!
Thank you so much for posting your detailed impressions - that was very helpful! Although it really was not helpful to me in the sense that I had just about convinced myself that I really don't need these speakers, and then I just read what you wrote and all that convincing flew out the window. ;D