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Emotiva Airmotiv C1

So many people in here seem to love the C1.

My question, why? I'll bet there isn't a review of this speaker I haven't read, but the thing is...that's an easy statement to make. There are hardly any.

The reason I'm asking is, because based on the hype in here, I tracked down a 3 month old C1 for $230 CA, and purchased it.

What is driving the high opinion of the center? Virtually no reviews on line.

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Since you have it there is nothing that will compare to you're ears and listening to it. If you enjoy it that's really all that matters.

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Since you have it there is nothing that will compare to you're ears and listening to it. If you enjoy it that's really all that matters.

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I hope I love it. Won't know for a few more days.

Took the advice of all the posters in here.

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Agreed. Reviews are good to sort of get the ball rolling but ultimately you are the one who has to live with it. The best speaker is simply the one you like the best!
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I hope I love it. Won't know for a few more days.

Took the advice of all the posters in here.

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My question, why? I'll bet there isn't a review of this speaker I haven't read, but the thing is...that's an easy statement to make. There are hardly any. Virtually no reviews on line.
Speakers that are widely reviewed online like the Pioneer Andrew Jones (which we now know are not all that great based on actual user feedback here) usually enjoy a coordinated marketing effort on behalf of the company behind them, especially bigger and deeper-pocketed companies. Some even employ "brand management" contractors to use bots to plant glowing shill reviews on Amazon and the like.

If YOU were a professional speaker reviewer, what do you think you're more likely to end up reviewing:

1. A widely known, big brand speaker whose name on your magazine's cover or website front page would be sure to generate clicks, buzz, and sales?

2. A speaker whose manufacturer has kindly sent you a pair to listen to (either a loaner pair or a "free" review pair), and perhaps has even designated a PR staffer to follow up with you and develop an amicable relationship?

3. A speaker company that advertises in your audio publication/website, or COULD potentially advertise in your audio publication/website?

4. Some combination of #1 , 2, and 3?

or

5. A small, relatively new and obscure speaker company that doesn't do #2 or 3, and whose products aren't carried in big box stores or even on Amazon?

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So many people in here seem to love the C1.

My question, why? I'll bet there isn't a review of this speaker I haven't read, but the thing is...that's an easy statement to make. There are hardly any.

The reason I'm asking is, because based on the hype in here, I tracked down a 3 month old C1 for $230 CA, and purchased it.

What is driving the high opinion of the center? Virtually no reviews on line.

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It's a well designed speaker that will perform well above it's price point. Reviewers aren't being paid to review it so you won't see much on the web.
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Any updates or impressions on the C1?

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Any updates or impressions on the C1?
Loved them when I had them with some B1s. Wish I hadn't sold them. Very nice full sound, lots of satisfying detail even at low/moderate volumes, zero harshness.

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Loved them when I had them with some B1s. Wish I hadn't sold them. Very nice full sound, lots of satisfying detail even at low/moderate volumes, zero harshness.
Would you still consider the C1 + a pretty significant upgrade over the CLR 2000. The only reason I ask is the 2000 I have has two 6.5 inche drivers where as the C1 has 5.5s.

I always wanted to try a 3 way design for a Center and the C2 plus just looks ginormous compared to the C1 and other Center's out there. Wife would probably not like the C2.

I just dont want to miss out in scenes like the one in War of the Worlds where the Fighter Jet flies right over my my head.



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Would you still consider the C1 + a pretty significant upgrade over the CLR 2000. The only reason I ask is the 2000 I have has two 6.5 inche drivers where as the C1 has 5.5s.

I always wanted to try a 3 way design for a Center and the C2 plus just looks ginormous compared to the C1 and other Center's out there. Wife would probably not like the C2.

I just dont want to miss out in scenes like the one in War of the Worlds where the Fighter Jet flies right over my my head.
C1 is a 3 way design, which is generally preferred over 2 way MTM centers.

However, the safest bet due to free return shipping would be the Infinity RC-263, also 3 way but with 6.5" woofers and back in stock at the gob-smacking sale price of $160. Grab it while you can!

https://www.harmanaudio.com/loudspea...NCE+RC263.html

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Would you still consider the C1 + a pretty significant upgrade over the CLR 2000. The only reason I ask is the 2000 I have has two 6.5 inche drivers where as the C1 has 5.5s.

I always wanted to try a 3 way design for a Center and the C2 plus just looks ginormous compared to the C1 and other Center's out there. Wife would probably not like the C2.

I just dont want to miss out in scenes like the one in War of the Worlds where the Fighter Jet flies right over my my head.



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I had the CLR-3000 (and CLR-2002 before it) for a good while and, after getting my C2, don't miss it. I feel my C2 sounds much more natural and even bigger, so I'd expect the C1 to exhibit more natural sound but be comparable in volume/scale to the CLR-2000. The C2 IMO would be a definite upgrade for you.
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c1 is a 3 way design, which is generally preferred over 2 way mtm centers.

However, the safest bet due to free return shipping would be the infinity rc-263, also 3 way but with 6.5" woofers and back in stock at the gob-smacking sale price of $160. Grab it while you can!

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out of stock
Too slow, my friend. The Infinity sale seems to be over now.

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Too slow, my friend. The Infinity sale seems to be over now.
Been out a couple of days.
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Been out a couple of days.
It was back in stock yesterday afternoon when I posted that link in this thread...probably the last bit of inventory they found, and only accessible through the slickdeals.com website. Wonder if JBL/Harman are still getting their normal shipments despite the c19 lockdown disruptions...maybe this will be the last big sale like that for a long whiles.

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Any updates or impressions on the C1?

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Been using it for a couple of months and really like. Fills the room that is approx. 20 x 10.

Very happy with my purchase.

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Been using it for a couple of months and really like. Fills the room that is approx. 20 x 10.

Very happy with my purchase.

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Glad to hear that. I may be looking to upgrade very soon! I hoped they had an option in white but no luck. I called Emotiva last week and confirmed.

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I had the CLR-3000 (and CLR-2002 before it) for a good while and, after getting my C2, don't miss it. I feel my C2 sounds much more natural and even bigger, so I'd expect the C1 to exhibit more natural sound but be comparable in volume/scale to the CLR-2000. The C2 IMO would be a definite upgrade for you.
Thank you for the response. That make a lot of sense and I'm definitely interested in a 3 way Center Channel now!

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