This speakers are good and react well to some light EQ:
Pref Score is 5.8 and goes to 6.5 with a light EQ. If you boost the bass (it will cost you -8dB on max SPL, score goes to 7).
Since the speaker is well designed, the LW is very good out of the box. Here the EQ is optimising for a flat PIR and that makes the speaker less good on axis (and on the LW). Depending on your room that may be a good idea or not. I don't think I would EQ the speaker based on this measurements, improvements are marginal and the original PIR is already very good.
For 1k, they did a very good job, add Dirac or similar and you have very good speakers. The sweet spot will not be very large but depending on what you like (wide v.s. narrow) dispersion that could be a plus.
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Looks decent. Particularly for the price! But I just find it so very annoying that Emotiva and other companies insist on continuing with making loudspeakers passive. Emotiva have done good actives in the past, so they know how to do it. It's really trivial these days to make speakers active, with all the benefits it entails. Do we really give audio companies a pass on this in 2021...?
Can you please explain to me why the slope goes down so much (~-8 dB @ 20KHz) with your EQ? When the 'Ideal' has a much more gentle slope?
Yep. Also, a lot of Emotiva gear is purchased for home tgeater/living room use with AVRs.Many of us are deeply invested in passives, including sources, DACs, amps, and DRC solutions, etc. Speaking for myself, I do not want to change that, as I like the gear I have selected, and getting to where I am has been an enjoyable journey. Just buying Genelecs for the same money is a boring experience by comparison.
There is also the fact that passives are easily repairable for decades, where actives may not be.
DealI don't really have an equation or think it exists. I just used webplotdigitizer to get the plot of the Predicted room response from that graph (hypothetical speaker with 9.6 preference score) and i use it for my speakers in my room. I would love to see how the with EQ score would change if you adapt your entire collection to this.
SPK v1 v2 ---------------------- NBD ON 0.43 0.37 0.37 NBD LW 0.38 0.31 0.31 NBD PIR 0.37 0.27 0.27 SM PIR 0.76 0.92 0.85 SM SP 0.88 0.96 0.92 LFX 32 32 32 LFQ 1.28 1.28 1.28 ---------------------- Score 5.8 6.6 6.4 ----------------------
The ideal PIR slope depends on the ERDI of the speaker.What's the equation of the ideal PIR?
T1+ are starting to be available in the used market for dirt cheap. I wish we had a preference score for them. The T1+ and T2+ look very similar but the specs are different enough that I'm not sure they would get similar scores.Not liking the aesthetics either, reminds me of some ridiculous stealth fighter tacticool stuff.
But really nice test results. Since the B1+ did well I think it's quite safe to assume the smaller T1+ is a good buy too.
Depends on your room size, listening distance and how loud you like to listen.For stereo listening, should they be paired with sub or better on their own?
Thank you!Depends on your room size, listening distance and how loud you like to listen.
Erin said they can handle 'about 100-102dB at 4 meters (stereo pair)' which is loud. 104-106dB at 2.5 meters.
Towers + subs are potentially better, since you can place the subs for optimal <80Hz response. You can also reduce the woofers' IMD in the 80-350Hz band.
And of course, these are -6dB at 47Hz, with subs you can get <20Hz. How much this is an issue depends on what type of music you like to listen. You mentioned 'stereo listening', if this includes movies as well then definitely subs.
If you decide to get subs since these have 4x 8" woofers per pair I would go for dual 12" (or bigger) subs.