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  • Anybody auditioned Emotiva speakers yet?

    I was wondering what impressions anybody have on their speakers.

    Since Emo is phasing out the erm-1 and have marked them down, I am curious about the erm-1 vs waf-1 since they would be closer in price range than before.

    Since I have the elt525m, I may buy a set of both and get rid of the elt and use one for the bedroom and one for my office.

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    They are phasing them out?? They just released them it seems like.

    I would love to listen to them but can't really afford another $320 right now.

    Maybe look in the used market?

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    • #3
      That's surprising to hear. I actually have heard the erm-1's, at Majorloser's Florida get together a little over a year ago. I did a pretty long write-up of my observations over at audioholics, but here's the bit with my observations of the erm-1:

      Decimos and Emotiva ERM-1's - The ERM-1's are designed with yet another goal in mind. They are sealed and contain two 5.25" woofers, and are designed to integrate with a sub woofer. The ERM-1's roll off quickly after 80hz, so we had to focus on comparing the sound above that frequency while listening to these two sets of speakers together. I was very impressed with how well the ERM's performed here, and they really excelled in the area of midbass punch with their dual woofers. I thought they had a little more energy in the highs than the Decimos, but were able to present details very well, which will be beneficial in the arena where I think these speakers would really shine, which is in a home theater setting. I also felt like the Decimos had a wider sound stage with better separation of the instruments, but if you pair the ERM's with a sub woofer (or preferably two) you would have a very nice package. To me, the most impressive thing about the ERM-1's was that they were designed with maximum flexibility in placement in mind, which should allow them to be integrated into just about any environment.
      Overall, I thought they were a nicely designed set of speakers aimed at the home theater environment.

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      • #4
        Emotiva has demoed their speakers at several events in Florida that I attended, as well as the recent Emofest 2009 party that they held at their office location. They are sending equipment to RMAF as well as an upcoming audioholics event in Oregon.

        I like the electronics they make but I still haven't been wowed by any of the speaker models. My personal impression has been that I am listening to the box and not just the music. The 6.2 bookshelf was the standout choice of quite a few people at the event, even over the 6.3 and 8.3 models. All of them really should be paired with a subwoofer anyway, the 8.3 don't play as deep as you would expect because of the sealed design.

        The boundary compensation and adjustable tweeter level (-2, 0, +2) are nice features that they offer.
        Jeremy Gillow
        Gear | Prev Gear | Movies | Music

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        • #5
          I've got to agree with Jvg. I was able to go to Emofest and I listed for over two hours to three of their speaker models. The Bookshelf, the one that looks like a center channel on its side, and the floorstander. The one that impressed me the most was the $129 bookshelves. Those were nice and detailed. Lacked serious bass, but then again they were bookshelves.

          While their lineup sounded decent, I still prefer the sound of the 850's over what I heard there. That said, with the USP-1 and the sub on, I was impressed with the overall sound quality. Especially with their inexpensive bookshelves.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jerrin
            I've got to agree with Jvg. I was able to go to Emofest and I listed for over two hours to three of their speaker models. The Bookshelf, the one that looks like a center channel on its side, and the floorstander. The one that impressed me the most was the $129 bookshelves. Those were nice and detailed. Lacked serious bass, but then again they were bookshelves.
            Emo's website doesn't have any speakers listed for $129. I assume they must have had a great deal on the erm-1.

            Thanks for the reviews guys, I'm looking forward to reading more people post about them and I'm still on the fence between the erm-1 & waf-1.

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            • #7
              That's $129 per speaker not per pair?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by greg_mitch
                That's $129 per speaker not per pair?

                They really did have some crazy deals on stuff at Emofest. I honestly don't know if they were $129 a speaker or a pair, I just remember someone asking what they cost and the EMO employee said $129. He also stated that they were trying to blow them out.

                I was fortunate to have snagged 2 XPA-1's for $699 apiece. The ironic thing is that I still don't have the speakers that these will be powering. :dizzy:

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                • #9
                  The deals were pretty decent, but I believe all the speaker prices were individual units.
                  Jeremy Gillow
                  Gear | Prev Gear | Movies | Music

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                  • #10
                    I haven't posted much about them because I haven't had a chance to really sit down and listen to them, but from my initial impressions the WAF-1 is a very good speaker.
                    Originally posted by tdog
                    Emo's website doesn't have any speakers listed for $129. I assume they must have had a great deal on the erm-1.

                    Thanks for the reviews guys, I'm looking forward to reading more people post about them and I'm still on the fence between the erm-1 & waf-1.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jerrin
                      They really did have some crazy deals on stuff at Emofest. I honestly don't know if they were $129 a speaker or a pair, I just remember someone asking what they cost and the EMO employee said $129. He also stated that they were trying to blow them out.

                      I was fortunate to have snagged 2 XPA-1's for $699 apiece. The ironic thing is that I still don't have the speakers that these will be powering. :dizzy:
                      Well they are on clearance for $149 per speaker now so I would assume it was per speaker otherwise you would have been stupid to not buy a set...if they were the ERM-1's that is.

                      Saved $200 on the amps...not bad.

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