My experience with the Airmotiv T-0 speakers is that they sound lean, and sterile, and when played at medium loud levels, they are fatiguing the highs. I have only used them with a Powernode 2i and a NAD M10. I realize that these amps are iterations of class D designs.
Do there people have the same impressions? And if so, do you class A/B amplifiers?
I have read that Emotiva's line of BASX amplifiers are neutral to cool sounding. I would like that not to be true, as I am looking for a warmer sounding amp.
The basx amps are not warm. They are neutral. If you are looking for warm, you should look for tube amps. But even better, you should look for different speakers. Having said that, I have heard amps that can't power speakers very well leading to a mid-range scoop, giving a "lean" or sterile sound and things can sound shouty. The Emotiva amps do not do this soi they may sound fuller to a less capable amp in the mids. The other thing that can result in shouty sound is the room. Putting in some acoustic panels could help significantly.
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Post by stereojunkie on Feb 19, 2021 8:48:55 GMT -5
The bluesound equipment I find the sound exactly what you described above as sterile and lean. I have a node 2i and put a topping d7 dac with it to get a nice warm, natural, balanced sound out of the node 2i.
Owning the T1 I did like them, the airmotion tweeter is detailed which some can say sound bright due to having less detailed speakers previously, I did also find the T1 to be more v-shaped and lacking a nice mid presentation even with a dedicated mid driver, they had more low end and high end, I recently switched to Chane 753 towers and am much happier, they are built with Eighteen Sound and ScanSpeak drivers, they are bigger and cost more but are much more dynamic and even across the audio spectrum and detail and imaging are absolutely fantastic.
Like mentioned room treatments are good for taming reflections that will make any speaker(more some than others) sound less fatiguing, and as usual speakers are very dependent on the listener's preference.