I just received my airmotiva 5 active speakers yesterday around noon time.The speakers appear to be well made and are a little heavy for their size.Of course they are as they should be they contain two amplifiers in each cabinet.Appearance wise they are covered in a vinyl faux leatherette.They are shipped in a outer box containing the speaker box.The speakers are wrapped in a cloth or cloth like white bag and the speakers are anchored in styrofoam.There is a little cardboard box containing the power cords for both speakers and a flyer in a a zip lock bag.Emotiva has included four rubber stick em feet I guess to elevate the front of the speaker tilting it back a little to aim it towards the listener for a desk top situation.The feet are kind of tiny so there is not much of a tilt to be obtained by using them.
At least from what I can tell.
I do not have a mini to rca adapter for my computer so I set up the speakers on 24 inch sound anchor stands.They are not really ideal for a speaker this small but the stand anchored them to the floor for the best possible solidity.I have them canted towards the middle a bit after reading that they are quite sensitive to positioning.Since i do not have a dedicated preamp yet for my computer sound system I preamped out the front channels of my old denon avr 3806 receiver to the speakers.Initially I listened to them with my onkyo sacd/cd player playing cds.I played three cds through them and initially they sounded closed in a bit.Though the highs seemed pretty good even from the get go.Well I thought playing movies would be a better way of excercising the airmotivs.I pulled the cd player and hooked up my denon 3931 universal player and started playing a movie through the emotivas.I have been listening a lot to my onkyo sacd/cd player lately and when I moved the denon universal player in I forgot how well made the denon player is.This thing is a tank but I am getting away from my initial impressions of the airmotiv 5.Well I have been watching dvds since then and it is now 1:30 am.Well things seem to sound a bit more open now and the general impression is one of clarity up and down.But it is late and I am getting tired so I have shut things down for the night.
I am going to excercise these a while before I can form a real opinion of their capabilities,I know they are small but I do miss the bass extension I get from my b&w 683s but to be fair that is a much larger speaker.I think it would be interesting to use the emotivas with a balanced preamp to give them more volume due to higher output from balanced configurations.But I am hoping that there will be more volume when the speaker breaks in somewhat. at least from the single ended connection.Of course this is a small speaker that is less efficient and to ask it to play loudly in even a medium sized room is probably unreasonable.
Well thats all for now.But I do have to say that I think these will make a fine sounding home theater speaker once they are broken in some.
Edited by buson160man - 9/25/12 at 12:34pm