Emotiva's self-powered speakers have long been Audiophiliac favorites, but he's just now getting acquainted with the midsize Airmotiv 5s.
The Airmotiv 5 has a 5.25-inch polypropylene composite woofer, and instead of a dome tweeter, there's a specially designed folded-ribbon tweeter. Like all of Emotiva's Airmotiv and Stealth speakers, the Airmotiv 5 is a bi-amplified design, each speaker has two 50-watt power amplifiers inside.
One amp is for the tweeter, the other one is for the woofer. The speaker's back side has a bass port (a wide slot near the top of the cabinet), along with RCA and XLR input connections. Controls on the rear panel allow for some degree of tonal balance fine-tuning; the speaker also has a front panel volume control.
The Airmotiv 5 sounds like a bigger Airmotiv 4, with better and deeper bass.