Emotiva Airmotiv E1

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Airmotiv Passive Loudspeakers: Music Runs in the Family

Your speakers are the single most important part of your audio system. It’s your speakers that connect you to your music; they’re the part that turns simple electricity into the emotional experience that is music. Great speakers can make all the difference – and elevate an audio system that’s merely good into one that can deliver a truly transcendent listening experience. Our new Airmotiv passive speakers were designed from the ground up with this critical mission in mind. They combine excellent technical performance, sound quality that’s good enough to do justice to your finest quality recordings, elegant good looks, and excellent value. The Emotiva Airmotiv line represents the culmination of years of research and experience in producing both home and professional loudspeakers offering excellent technical performance and superb sound quality. Our Airmotiv speakers were designed from the start to be equally at home in an audiophile stereo system or a high-end home theater. Our design philosophy is simple: if a speaker can reproduce the entire audible spectrum, as accurately as possible, with very little distortion or coloration, then it will sound good - whether you’re playing classical, rock, or your favorite blockbuster movie.

Airmotiv Performance

All of the speakers in our Airmotiv passive series combine meticulous design, extensive testing, and in-depth listening tests with a wide variety of musical material, to deliver the best possible technical performance. Our Airmotiv™ high-frequency transducers deliver flat frequency response, low distortion, virtually nonexistent signal compression, smooth off-axis response, superb transparency, and uncanny imaging. Advanced woven fiber midrange drivers deliver smooth frequency response, and lifelike, detailed midrange with very low coloration and our woofers include high-temperature voice coils and vented pole pieces to ensure crisp bass at all listening levels. Carefully designed precision crossovers, crafted with audiophile quality film capacitors, air core inductors, and precision resistors in critical locations, tie it all together. And, finally, our custom cabinets are crafted from thick, heavily braced, acoustically inert HDF to ensure maximum rigidity and resistance to stray vibration, with a front panel machined from a solid slab of 25mm HDF. The faceted front panel design, borrowed from our studio monitors, not only adds a stylishly futuristic look to our Airmotiv speakers but also serves a very practical purpose - to minimize diffraction effects and room interactions.

Airmotiv Sound Quality

Of course, none of that technical excellence would matter if they didn’t sound great. And, after extensive listening tests, we’re pleased to report that our new Airmotiv speakers sound truly superb with all types of music – from classical orchestras to intimate jazz ensembles, to individual vocalists, heavy metal, and electronica. When paired with any high-quality power amplifier, all of the Airmotiv speakers will deliver clean, uncolored, properly balanced sound with very low distortion and an outstanding rendition of even the finest details. All of the speakers in the Airmotiv series were carefully timbre matched to work well together and to deliver a cohesive audio image in any stereo or surround sound installation.

Airmotiv Features

Phenomenal sound quality and great specs alone don’t make a great speaker. That’s why we’ve loaded our new Airmotiv passive speakers with a whole slew of other features. The front bezel is finished with multiple coats of attractive satin finish black lacquer, which looks elegant while resisting fingerprints and scratches, and the sides are covered with tough, good-looking textured black vinyl. And, for those of you who prefer to keep their technology under wraps, all of our new Airmotiv speakers include removable, magnetically-attached, grilles. We’ve also included bi-amp/bi-wire terminals on the T1 and C1, for even higher performance.

Sold as a pair.

Driver Complement

High frequency driver: 25x32 mm Airmotiv folded ribbon tweeter.
Low frequency driver: 4” woven fiber cone.
Cabinet type: Front ported.

Electrical Specifications

Efficiency: 85 dB (2.83V/1m).
Power handling: 60W continuous / 120W peak.
Nominal impedance: 8 ohms.
Frequency response: 65 Hz - 28 kHz (+3/-3 dB).
Crossover: 2 kHz, 12 dB / octave.


Dimensions: 13” high x 6-1/4” wide x 4” deep.
(Boxed: 18” L x 15” W x 11” H)
Weight: 6.9 pounds.
(Boxed: 18 lbs)
Mounting: Wall mounted; rear bracket with keyway.
Grille: Black cloth over a rigid frame; attaches securely with powerful magnets for easy removal.


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