Got some Airmotiv 5's today for my computer room. Paid $349 for them with free shipping and $50 in EmoBucks.Specs from Emotiva
52 Hz to 23 kHz +/- 2 dB
50 Hz to 27 kHz +0 / -6 dB
One single ended (RCA)
One professional balanced (XLR)
Single rear-oriented port (linear taper)
120 VAC 50/60 Hz +/- 10% available
230 VAC 50/60 Hz +/- 10% available
(specify at time of order)
IEC standard removable power cord
273 mm high x 180 mm wide x 210 mm deep
(10.7" high x 7.1" wide x 8.3" deep)
Size (pair, packaged)
473 mm long x 291 mm wide x 373 mm high
(18.6" long x 11.5" wide x 14.7" high)
26.45 lbs. (12kg) per pair
31.5 lbs. (14.3 kg) per pair
One 26 x 32 mm airmotiv high-frequency folded-ribbon transducer
One 135 mm (5.25 inch) airmotiv low-frequency transducer with Curv® polypropolene composite cone structure
Total amplifier power:
100 watts RMS
50 watts RMS; S/N > 95 dB; THD+N < 0.05% @ 15W, 10 kHz
50 watts RMS; S/N > 95 dB; THD+N < 0.05% @ 40W, 100 Hz
Adjustments and Calibrations
High frequency tilt control:
4 kHz hinge frequency; 0 (calibrated), +2 dB, -2 dB @ 20 kHz
Low frequency shelving control:
150 Hz turnover frequency; 0 (calibrated), -2 dB, -4 dB @ 20 Hz
HF gain, LF gain, and overall gain calibrated to standard within 1.0 dB
Precision multi-pole phase compensated fully active crossover
Crossover frequency: 2700 Hz
The airmotiv 5 has mounting points on the bottom for use with our (optional) mounting bracket.
I still need to break them in for about 100 hours, but I'm impressed so far. I had some pretty good monitor speakers before ( Acoustic Research Powered Partners AV570 ) but these produce a tighter sound and better upper and lower end. Can't say they are that much louder but they are certainly more accurate and the AR 570's were several magnitudes more accurate than even the best computer-only speakers from Logitech, Creative, Klipsch, or Altec-Lansing. They take up slightly more room on my desk so they are tucked behind my monitor a little bit. I used the stick-on rubber feet to point them up a little. The angle isn't that much, maybe 5°. Emotiva provides 4 small rubber beads and 4 large rubber beads.
They are made with MDF that has a textured laminate over it. The front looks like it is painted aluminum but it could be a hard plastic. The power switch, power receptacle, and Low/High adjustment knobs are in the back. It has RCA and XLR input. The volume knobs are up front. They are click-push buttons that pop out for easy volume adjustment. It would have also been nice for them to be power buttons as well -- pop out to turn them on and adjust volume. I might have to look into seeing if I can run the power switch to them as well for dual power control -- like a computer.
These are about 6 dB louder than what I had before. I measured a 99 dB peak when playing some reference music I use for measurements. I measured from my normal sitting position about three feet away with a Radio Shack SPL meter on fast sampling and C weighting. The volume on the speakers was in their maximum setting and my computer's volume was set to 70%. I normally listen to music at between 25% and 35%. The Airmotiv didn't seem strained at all and there is certainly more there. None of my PC's have dedicated audio cards, so I was just using the RealTek/Analog Devices chips that are on-board. I don't even use the digital outputs because my DVI switch is analog audio only. I think the Airmotiv can sound much better if I get an HDMI switch and a DAC.
These look identical to the QMS Q5 speakers. Not sure what, if anything, is different but the QMS speakers would be a lot easier to find in Europe, Asia, etc. The US pricing for the QMS Q5 was $400. Emotiva is an hour away from where I live in the USA. These have the standard 5-year Emotiva warranty. Also just noticed that the Stealth 8 is finally available for those that want a large pair of monitor speakers.
Acoustic Research Powered Partner AV 570 -- These are 18 years old and STILL are a great pair of monitor speakers.