Originally Posted by swartzy.baby
Just placed the order, went with one of their "Factory Renewed" pairs for a little bit less (aesthetics is not something I'm concerned with when it comes to these things).
I was seriously close to going with the T1, and part of me is still like "What have you done??? 4 8" woofers about 10-11' from your face???" But I was also going to buy them from Amazon, and the difference in price between the refurb T2 from Emotiva and a new pair of T1s from Amazon was less than $100 (taking into account tax + shipping).
Question: The T1 efficiency is 88dB, and the T2 is 91dB, yet the minimum power recommendations are higher for the more efficient speaker (100w vs 75w). Why is that? Just curious.
I understand your hesitation to spend a little more for the T2s, but trust me with larger drivers it will make a difference
You actually kinda future proof yourself from wanting more
Remember, with the T1s they have many bookshelfs with 6" drivers, you cant find many books with 8" drivers, at least not that cost less than 2K
I listen to T2s without subs for music all time and feels like I have subs playing along....doubt you would get the feeling with T1s
Trust me, you made the right decision
Its heavier, more dynamic, better low end.....you did good
2nd part--I cant answer but.....here...taking a guess is there is a lot more that needs to be pushed with the T2s
So let's assume we have a speaker with a sensitivity of 90dB @ 1W/1m and a power handling capacity of up to 100W. If that speaker is powered with 1W of power, it will generate 90dB when measured at a distance of 1 meter. If we double that power to 2W, the SPL measurement will increase to 93dB. If we increase the power to 10W, then the SPL measurement will increase to 100dB, which is "twice the perceived loudness" when compared to 1W. So it actually takes 10 times more power to give us a perceived doubling of volume level. Since this imaginary speaker is rated to safely handle up to 100W, we could double that volume level yet again, and in theory, hit up to 110dB SPL by increasing the power all the way up to 100W. One watt=90dB. One hundred watts, or 100X more power=110dB. That's a huge increase in power but only a "doubled double" (4X) increase in terms of perceived volume levels!
As you can see, it takes considerable increases in power—in the wattage of the amplifier—to "double" the perceived "volume." This is where speaker sensitivity/efficiency comes into the equation. If we replace that 90dB @ 1W/1m speaker with a model that has a sensitivity of 100dB @ 1W/1m, the numbers change dramatically. For starters, 1W of input power will give us 100dB SPL. Remember, the first speaker required 10W to achieve that same volume level! So by installing a more efficient speaker, we can get the same perceived volume level from a 1W amp as we could from a 10W amp that is coupled to a less efficient speaker. Again, this applies all the way up to the maximum power handling capacity of the speaker. Assuming our 100dB @ 1W/1m speaker can also handle up to 100W, it can give us up to 120dB SPL; again, that's double the perceived "volume level" of the 90dB @ 1W/1m 100W speaker's maximum level of 110dB SPL.