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Got some Airmotiv 5's today for my computer room. Paid $349 for them with free shipping and $50 in EmoBucks.

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Frequency Response
52 Hz to 23 kHz +/- 2 dB
50 Hz to 27 kHz +0 / -6 dB

Input Connectors
One single ended (RCA)
One professional balanced (XLR)

Bass Alignment
Single rear-oriented port (linear taper)

Power Source
120 VAC 50/60 Hz +/- 10% available
230 VAC 50/60 Hz +/- 10% available
(specify at time of order)
IEC standard removable power cord

Size (each)
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)

Weight (net):
26.45 lbs. (12kg) per pair
Weight (packaged):
31.5 lbs. (14.3 kg) per pair

Driver Complement
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
Amplification
Total amplifier power:
100 watts RMS

High-frequency amplifier:
50 watts RMS; S/N > 95 dB; THD+N < 0.05% @ 15W, 10 kHz

Low-frequency amplifier:
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
Crossover
Precision multi-pole phase compensated fully active crossover
Crossover frequency: 2700 Hz
Mounting
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.

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I'm looking to buy Airmotiv 5's too! I'm going to try testing Paradigm Shift A2 first, before I make the plunge though.

How do you like it after couple weeks? In the picture, you seem to have them close to the wall, but doesn't that make it too "boomy"?

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I'm looking to buy Airmotiv 5's too! I'm going to try testing Paradigm Shift A2 first, before I make the plunge though.

How do you like it after couple weeks? In the picture, you seem to have them close to the wall, but doesn't that make it too "boomy"?

Thanks for the report!

I've got them about 6" from the wall. They sound OK to me but I might experiment a little bit by moving the desk away from the wall a little bit at a time, I did angle them towards me a little bit to improve off-axis listening. I'm more than happy with them and I'm getting ready to get an XDA-2. I've been looking at the Stealth 8 now since they are finally available.

Seems like they sound best at 12" to 16" from the back wall.

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I've got them about 6" from the wall. They sound OK to me but I might experiment a little bit by moving the desk away from the wall a little bit at a time, I did angle them towards me a little bit to improve off-axis listening. I'm more than happy with them and I'm getting ready to get an XDA-2. I've been looking at the Stealth 8 now since they are finally available.

Seems like they sound best at 12" to 16" from the back wall.

It would probably help to get them up, too, so that the tweeters are aimed more at ear level.

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It would probably help to get them up, too, so that the tweeters are aimed more at ear level.

Yes. I'm looking at stands as well. Thinking about getting the Ultimate Support stands that adjust up to 45" but need to make sure they can hold the Stealth 8's as well if I decide to get them. I have them angled up a little bit using the rubber beads that came with them.

I'm going to keep the Airmotiv 5's so I put my Acoustic Research AV570's ( the ones in the bottom picture ) up for sale on Craigslist for $120.

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Yes. I'm looking at stands as well. Thinking about getting the Ultimate Support stands that adjust up to 45" but need to make sure they can hold the Stealth 8's as well if I decide to get them. I have them angled up a little bit using the rubber beads that came with them.

I'm cheap, so I use books stacked underneath smile.gif

However, that can be a good temporary solution, too, to find out if the stands would make a difference for you.

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I'm cheap, so I use books stacked underneath smile.gif

However, that can be a good temporary solution, too, to find out if the stands would make a difference for you.

I'm skilled enough at woodworking to where I can make my own stands for my desk. I'd also design them to where they can hold office stuff as well.

These look pretty good but they are $100.

http://www.acousticsfirst.com/vibration-speaker-isolation-stands-IsoAcoustics-ISO-L8R155.htm

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I'm skilled enough at woodworking to where I can make my own stands for my desk. I'd also design them to where they can hold office stuff as well.
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I wish I had your skill. My problem is that my two speakers are on different surfaces, with one about 4" higher than the other. Books work because I can get them adjusted to the same height, as opposed to commercial ones. Now if I could make some . . . smile.gif

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I wish I had your skill. My problem is that my two speakers are on different surfaces, with one about 4" higher than the other. Books work because I can get them adjusted to the same height, as opposed to commercial ones. Now if I could make some . . . smile.gif

Those IsoAcoustic stands come with all the hardware to have 3" or 8" stands. Saw another set from the same company on B&H that will do 4" and 8". They aren't bad for $100 and are sonically isolated too. It would cost me $50 to build a set using oak.

I built this just so I could play Tron, Galaga, Pacman, and Centipede. LOL

I've also built a bolt-on mount for my steering wheel and flight yoke.



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A trackball? I need that setup for Centipede. And Tempest just absolutely does not play well without a trackball smile.gif

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A trackball? I need that setup for Centipede. And Tempest just absolutely does not play well without a trackball smile.gif

The round black thing just to the upper left of the trackball IS the spinner, specifically for Tempest. wink.gif

This panel cost me about $1200 to make because of the arcade components. These are the exact same parts that you'd find in arcade machines.

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The round black thing just to the upper left of the trackball IS the spinner, specifically for Tempest. wink.gif

That's the ultimate. WOW.

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