When Emotiva started, we had one goal: to offer exceptionally designed, high performance products at prices that more people could afford and enjoy. Emotiva asked a simple question: “Why can’t we have amazing audio and video sound at prices that don’t threaten our mortgage?”As high-end audio chased an ever-shrinking market with ever-more-costly gear, the price of sonic nirvana shot out of reach. New enthusiasts shook their heads and thought, “You know, a soundbar and a receiver may not be that bad.” At the same time high-end audio prices were climbing, Dan Laufman and his team were helping some of the best names in audio manufacture their gear. Dan saw the inefficiencies in the system and the ever-climbing prices, and decided to do something about it.
Emotiva is a company comprised of true audio enthusiasts, engineers, and product specialists. We run a lean organization without excess overhead and redundant levels of management. Everyone in the company, from the engineering team, to the manufacturing group, to the support staff, has your ultimate home entertainment experience in mind. This is what makes Emotiva different from many other home entertainment manufacturers. Our people are passionate enthusiasts who enjoy the experience of using Emotiva products equally as much as designing and building them. Bottom line: We love the home entertainment experience as much as you do. When we are not designing and building Emotiva products, we are more than likely at home enjoying them with our families and friends.
We are painfully aware of how much other brands mark up their products versus what they cost to manufacture, and the striking difference between the two. There is always a direct correlation between our manufacturing cost and retail price, and with our lean business model and reasonable markups, we guarantee the best possible value. We understand what it means to be a conscientious consumer, and that is why we will always offer the best price-to-performance ratio in the business.
“I really was impressed with what I heard. Emotiva is achieving the fidelity of a much more expensive system. No qualifiers, it’s as simple as that.”
KR’s verdict: “I found the XMC-1 to be a superb-sounding pre-pro for all media.Read More
“I’m at home in a world where DSP and room correction and subwoofers and price/performance ratio and support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are embraced. This year, at AXPONA 2017, I heard how superior this approach is. At its price point, you’d be hard-pressed to find a 2-channel system that can come close to offering the same overall audio experience as what Emotiva showed off. Add Emotiva’s commitment to assembling its electronics in the U.S., and it’s an easy call to give it a Best of Show nod.”Read More
Emotiva Big Ego USB DAC
The Big Ego is an excellent value and almost a no-brainer for a regular headphone listener on their portable computer. For just over $200 bucks you get excellent build quality, easy operation and great sound in a very small package. USB powered so no wall wart required, solid build quality and made in the USA, played nice with a variety of headphones (3.5mm jack).
Carlo LoRaso, Senior Editor