Emotiva Airmotiv T1 review

Moderate pinnacle speaker kicks ass, takes names



The Good / The Emotiva Airmotiv T1 is an expansive, moderate three-way speaker highlighting top of the line arrangements including a collapsed lace tweeter. The T1’s sound quality offers near the blessed trinity of sound quality: full punchy bass, expressive midrange and breezy highs. The bass reaction is sufficiently profound to swear off the requirement for a different sub in littler rooms.

The Bad / Bulky appearance, utilitarian dark wrap up.

The Bottom Line / The Emotiva Airmotiv T1’s dynamic sound will interest audiophiles on a spending who are craving for a major speaker sound for music and home-theater frameworks.

Today we’re seeing a renaissance for spending home-theater parts. Passage level apparatus is dangerously great nowadays, as displayed by extraordinary sound-for-the-cash contributions from organizations like Elac America, Fluance and Emotiva.

While Elac is seemingly the most predictable and unquestionably the most unmistakable, we have additionally been awed by the items we’ve seen from Emotiva. The organization’s Airmotiv 4 was maybe the best close field/work area speaker for the cash, and its gadgets are first rate as well.

Presently the same can be said of its T1 tower speaker. It has that huge speaker sound that kicks butt over littler models, with a distinctive, drawing in nearness that gives a false representation of its reasonable cost. Truly, the Elac Uni-Fi UF5 is even better, yet it is likewise $300 more costly. On the off chance that you need to wring the most incentive out of $700, at that point the rock’n’roll Emotiva T1s are a superlative decision.

Outline and highlights

One thing is for sure: the Emotivas seem as though they mean business. With their sharp points and “none more dark” shading plan, these are the stealth contender planes of the speaker world. You can stop them in the storage appropriate alongside your Netgear AC1900 switch and Alienware Alpha PC. (On the off chance that the calculated modern look is excessive, you can mellow it with the included attractive grille.)


The towers are prolonged forms of the B1/AirMotiv 5S, standing around 38 inches high by 8.5 inches wide and 12 inches down. Like the more-costly GoldenEar extend, Emotiva’s items utilize a collapsed lace tweeter – a collapsed bit of metal that “presses” out high frequencies. The speaker includes two additional 6-inch woven fiber woofers to the B1’s single 5.25-inch midrange. Know that the speakers are raise ported and don’t accompany bungs on the off chance that you intend to put them near a divider. As far as execution details, the speakers have a guaranteed recurrence reaction of 37Hz – 28kHz, an ostensible impedence of 4 ohms, and are sensibly delicate at 88 dB.

Tuning in

It didn’t take too long to find the Emotiva Airmotiv T1’s can-do demeanor; it’s an energizing, powerfully alive speaker. We had them snared to a Rotel RA-1592 stereo incorporated speaker and an Oppo BDP-105 Blu-beam player for the greater part of our listening tests. There’s a major round bass port on the speaker’s posterior, abject close to the floor, so the Airmotiv T1 will sound its best a couple of feet from back or side dividers. Like about all pinnacle or extensive bookshelf speakers, the Airmotiv T1’s sound enhances when set much farther into the room.

The sound initially helped us to remember the SVS Prime Towers, however tragically, we never again have them close by for coordinate correlations. We immediately found the Airmotiv T1 can shake out with imposing ability, and in the meantime it’s sufficiently refined to sparkle with Frank Sinatra fronting a major band. Our best single word depiction of the Airmotiv T1 sound would be “clear.” True, it’s brighter than nonpartisan, however because of its collapsed lace tweeter, it’s so spotless the Airmotiv T1 never added brutality to the sound of music and motion pictures.

At that point there’s the huge speaker advantage. The Airmotiv T1 conveys “scale”; it sounds greater and closer to the sound of unrecorded music than most littler speakers can marshal. Delighting in the agile bassline that pushes Norah Jones’ “Every one of the A Dream” from her “Little Broken Hearts” collection, the Airmotiv T1s were in their component. The adjust of bass oomph and driving edge definition was better than average. Her vocals sound somewhat prepared on this collection, however common on her “Foreverly” collection, and the Airmotiv T1 made the distinctions superbly clear! This speaker comes out with the plain truth.

At that point we drew out the ELAC Uni-Fi UF5 tower speakers for a couple of rounds of examinations. It didn’t take long to hear that the Uni-Fi UF5 was a more full, bassier speaker. The Airmotiv T1’s low-end was less fatty, yet at the same time fulfilling. As we proceeded with, we noticed the Uni-Fi UF5’s soundstage was better engaged, with predominant dimensionality. With Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop’s perfect “Love Letter For Fire” collection, the acoustic kind of the tunes sounded more normal over the Uni-Fi UF5.

In any case, coming back to the Airmotiv T1 the sound was livelier, while the Uni-Fi UF5 packed down flow. For example, take Radiohead’s “A Moon Shaped Pool” collection. Its motor heartbeat kicked harder on the Airmotiv T1, the taking off foundation vocals on “Decks Dark” were airier, and Thom Yorke’s lead vocal was all the more completely introduce over the Airmotiv T1s.


We next tried the Airmotiv T1’s home-theater stamina with the “Hacksaw Ridge” Blu-beam. This World War II activity flick’s grim fights with cannons impacts, assault rifles and blasts were altogether taken in walk, and exchange stayed clear amidst the pandemonium. In the little CR listening room we had a lot of low bass and didn’t miss not having a subwoofer.


We preferred distinctive things about the Emotiva Airmotiv T1 and the Uni-Fi UF5. Not to put too fine a point on it, the Emotiva Airmotiv T1 is a delight to tune in to, and even more a gathering disapproved of speaker than the Elac would ever be. Subsequently, the T1 is extraordinary compared to other floorstanders in its value range and comes exceptionally suggested.


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