Originally Posted by JimWilson
Wow, that's incredible. They must have discontinued the Ultra series about a year ago. I surprised Emotiva never advertised them. Did they mention anything about the Ultra 12?
Yes, Nick told me that there were no Ultra 12 subs left in the warehouse.
That's what actually prompted my email to Emotiva!
Originally Posted by spyboy
I wonder how the Ultra 10 sub compares to the Energy S10.3 which tests very well and has been available for $200 from newegg.
I can't speak to that, unfortunately, other than to guess based on specs (which anyone can do). Nick is trying to can dig up Emotiva's R&D frequency response graphs for the Ultra 10 to send to me, and if he does, I'll post them here. There is a hometheaterhifi.com review of the Energy system which includes a lab report. If/when we get the graphs for the Ultra 10, we can compare.
Originally Posted by Audio Bob
The Emotiva Sub is quite tempting but I'm looking for some feedback. I currently have an entry level HT setup using a Yamaha RX-V567 / Panasonic DB-85 Blu-ray / Pioneer (Andrew Jones) model speakers with 2 Pioneer SW-8 subs. Strangely enough, in my small room (12' X 15' X 8' ) this setup sounds really good to my ears. I use the system for both movies and 2-channel music that is mostly classical and jazz. I will be upgrading my blu-ray to an Oppo fairly soon followed by a new receiver (probably a Marantz). Should I bite on a single Emotiva or save the money toward the upgrades? I expect the Emotiva will give me better low extension (25Hz vs. 35Hz) but I will also be loosing the evenness of having two subs in my sound field. Believe it or not, I can rattle the windows with my two eights. LOL
Any thoughts from the community? Thank you in advance as I really enjoy the information in this forum as a newbie.
PS I called Emotiva this afternoon and they were really straightforward and helpful. They said that these units are "B" stock items (customer returns and warranty issues) with some minor blemishes but DO carry the full 5-year warranty. However, there are no returns and no refunds.
I'll start by saying that I didn't actually buy the Ultra 10. I was going to, but then I found a deal on a 1 month old eD A3s-250 which is in the same class as the Ultra 10, has a narrower frequency response (on the high end, not the end that matters), but has higher spl, so I went with that. I just thought I'd share the Emotiva deal with my fellow avsforum users as a public service
I've had some very positive experience with Emotiva electronics. I own a UPA-2 power amp and an XDA-1 DAC, and both pieces of equipment are superb. Based on that experience (as well as an overwhelming percentage of other positive user reviews I've read on this site from Emotiva owners), I feel comfortable recommending Emotiva as a brand. It's a very rare day when competitors produce a superior product at a lower price-point! I imagine if you end up buying the sub, you're gonna be happy with it. You'll get better low-end extension than your SW-8s can produce, that's for sure.
Or, if your question is only should you upgrade your electronics first or your speakers/sub first, I believe the conventional wisdom is that 80%+ of your audio quality is derived from your speakers, 10% from your room, and 10% from electonics. (Others might quibble and say its 70/15/15 or 60/20/20, , but I'd be very surprised if someone were to dispute my assertion that speakers are the primary factor in driving sound quality.) Of course the sub is only part of the speaker equation, but if you're an action movie buff, it's a pretty significant part. Are there features that you'd get on your new receiver or blu-ray that you don't currently have that you really want, or are the upgrades intended to improve sonic/visual quality? If the former, maybe do the electronics first. If the latter, I'd lean toward the sub.
Here is a professional review of the Ultra 10 from audioholics:
If its user reviews you're after, I suggest posting a question in the Emotiva owners forum on this site, or else go to the "Emotiva Lounge" website and see if you can dig up any user reviews there.