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.
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
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 Airmotiv T1 and T2 towers, Airmotiv C1 and C2 center channel speakers, and Airmotiv E2 surrounds, for even higher performance.
The Airmotiv C2
The Airmotiv C1 is a full three way center channel loudspeaker, featuring a 32 mm Airmotiv folded ribbon tweeter, dual 3” woven fiber midranges, dual 6-1/2” woven fiber woofers, and a rear ported cabinet.
The center channel loudspeaker is one of the most critical components in a high-performance home theater system. Because most important dialog is directed to the center channel, it is especially important that your center channel speaker be able to accurately reproduce both instruments and voice clearly and intelligibly, but without the slightest hint of distortion or harshness. And, in order to ensure proper positioning of sounds within the sound stage, the ideal center channel speaker must offer exceptionally wide flat frequency response, both on and off axis. With its full three-way design the Airmotiv C2 avoids the limitations of many other center channel designs, to blend perfectly with your main speakers, and deliver pinpoint accurate imaging across the entire sound stage.
The Airmotiv C2 uses the same 32 mm Airmotiv tweeter as the other speakers in our Airmotiv line, which delivers superb high frequency clarity and imaging, and ensures that the Airmotiv C2 is perfectly timbre matched to the other speakers in our Airmotiv series.
The dedicated 3” midrange drivers we use in the Airmotiv C2 features woven glass-fiber cones, and solid aluminum phase plugs, for exceptionally accurate midrange. Their powerful double magnet assemblies and long-throw design allow them to deliver clear, intelligible dialog – even at high listening levels.
The midrange drivers are located directly below the tweeter, which, combined with the Airmotiv C2’s advanced crossover, allows the C2 to avoid the irregularities in horizontal dispersion common to less advanced designs, and project balanced energy across a wide listening area.
The dual 6-1/2” woofers feature cones made from a super-strong woven synthetic fiber with excellent internal damping, and oversized double magnet structures, for clean, powerful bass that blends perfectly with the midrange.
The Airmotiv C2’s Minimal Acoustic Signature cabinet, similar to those in our other Airmotiv speakers, further helps to minimize room interactions and reduce edge diffraction, which is especially important for a center channel speaker. The front baffle features an attractive satin black lacquer finish; and, for those who prefer to keep their speakers under wraps, we’ve included convenient magnetically-attached grilles.
The Airmotiv C2 is designed to be used as a center channel speaker in high end home theater installations. Because the Airmotiv C2 is perfectly timbre-matched to our Airmotiv T1 and Airmotiv T2 towers, together they provide a stunningly precise and expansive sound stage, ideal for both music and home theater listening.