Best Home Theater Speakers Under $2000? Emotiva Airmotiv X Series

Best Home Theater Speakers Under $2000? Emotiva Airmotiv X Series

By CE Critic - Buy Better Tech

Table of Contents

  • Emotiva Airmotiv X: A New Standard in High-Performance Sound
  • Overview and Key Features
  • Design Innovations
    • Enclosure and Aesthetics
    • Premium Drivers and Crossovers
  • Technical Specifications
  • Customization and Flexibility
  • Availability and Pricing
  • Conclusion

Emotiva Airmotiv X: A New Standard in High-Performance Sound

Emotiva, the acclaimed Tennessee-based audio manufacturer, has revamped its popular Airmotiv loudspeaker line with the all-new Airmotiv X series. This comprehensive collection of speakers aims to disrupt the market by providing exceptional performance and refined aesthetics at accessible price points. Comprised of eight models and designed around a sonically matched folded-ribbon tweeter, Airmotiv X aims to redefine expectations for audio fidelity and design sophistication.

Overview and Key Features

The Airmotiv X lineup consists of:

  • Three floorstanding towers (Xt3, Xt2, Xt1)
  • Three center-channel/LCR speakers (Xc3, Xc2, Xc1)
  • One bookshelf speaker (Xb2)
  • One height/surround speaker (Xa2)

Key features across the line include:

  • Rotatable Folded-Ribbon Tweeter: For precise, customizable sound dispersion.
  • Woven-Cone Midranges and Long-Throw Woofers: Delivering dynamic and accurate midrange and bass reproduction.
  • Advanced Crossover Networks: Ensuring seamless integration between drivers.
  • Exquisitely-Crafted HDF Cabinets: Reducing resonance and enhancing rigidity.
  • Bi-Amping/Bi-Wiring Terminals: Allowing for performance enhancements and flexibility.

Design Innovations

Enclosure and Aesthetics

Emotiva has meticulously re-engineered the Airmotiv X series cabinets for optimal sonic performance. Notable enhancements include:

  • PVC Laminated HDF Enclosures: Provide enhanced rigidity and resonance suppression.
  • 25mm HDF Baffle: Dampens vibrations for improved clarity.
  • Beveled Tower Cabinet Edges: Reduce diffraction for more precise imaging.
  • Satin Lacquer Finish and Trim Rings: Deliver a sophisticated, modern aesthetic.

Premium Drivers and Crossovers

Emotiva engineers have carefully selected high-performance drivers and meticulously designed crossover networks for the Airmotiv X series:

  • Advanced Folded-Ribbon Tweeter: Featuring an improved waveguide and Neo Magnet System for unparalleled detail and customizable dispersion.
  • Woven Cone Midrange Drivers: Delivering smooth, natural midrange reproduction, with aluminum voice coils and milled aluminum phase plugs.
  • Long-Throw Woofers: For deep, authoritative bass featuring progressive spiders and copper shorting rings.
  • Optimized Crossover Networks: Ensuring flawless driver integration, resulting in a balanced sonic signature.

Technical Specifications

Specification Xa2 Surround Xb2 Bookshelf Xc1 / Xc2 / Xc3 Center

Xt1 / Xt2 / Xt3 Towers

Design 2-way 2-way 3-way 3-way
Tweeter 1 x 1.25" Folded Ribbon (rotatable) 1 x 1.25" Folded Ribbon (rotatable) 1 x 1.25" Folded Ribbon (rotatable)

1 x 1.25" Folded Ribbon

Midrange 5.25" Woven Cone 6" Woven Cone 4.5" / 5.25" Woven Cone

4.5" / 5.25" Woven Cone

Woofer - - 5.25" / 6" Long-Throw

5.25" / 6" / 8" Long-Throw

Frequency Response (±3dB) 80 Hz - 25 kHz 55 Hz - 25 kHz 45 Hz - 25 kHz 30 Hz - 45 Hz
Sensitivity (2.83V/1m) 86 dB 87 dB 88 dB 89 dB - 91 dB
Nominal Impedance 4 ohms 4 ohms 4 ohms 4 ohms
Recommended Amplifier Power 50 - 200 watts 50 - 250 watts 50 - 300 watts 50 - 350 watts
Dimensions (H x W x D) 10.5" x 6.25" x 6.625" 13" x 7.5" x 10.25" 26" - 51" x 8.875" x 14"

42" - 49" x 9.5" x 14"

Weight 8 lbs each 15 lbs each 20 - 43 lbs each 41 - 65 lbs each

Customization and Flexibility

Emotiva understands that audiophiles demand versatility and personalization. The Airmotiv X series offers several features to cater to individual needs:

  • Rotatable Tweeter: Adjust the tweeter's orientation for optimal sound in any environment.
  • Bi-Amping/Bi-Wiring Terminals: (Excluding Xa2) Enable performance enhancements with compatible amplifiers.
  • Flexible Xa2 Surround Speaker: Designed for wall mounting (vertical or horizontal) or on-ceiling placement.

Availability and Pricing

The Emotiva Airmotiv X series is available now, with pricing as follows:

  • Airmotiv Xa2 Height/Surround: $399/pair
  • Airmotiv Xb2 Bookshelf: $499/pair
  • Airmotiv Xc1 Center Channel: $399 each
  • Airmotiv Xc2 Center Channel: $599 each
  • Airmotiv Xc3 Center Channel: $899 each
  • Airmotiv Xt1 Tower: $999/pair
  • Airmotiv Xt2 Tower: $1,299/pair
  • Airmotiv Xt3 Tower: $1,999/pair


Building on the legacy of the original Airmotiv speakers, Emotiva has crafted a meticulously engineered lineup in the Airmotiv X series. With sophisticated design principles, high-quality components, and a focus on customizable performance, this series has the potential to redefine the standards of high-fidelity audio. We look forward to the CE Critic Scores on the new speakers.