Surround Sound Speaker Systems

Emotiva ERT-8.3 Tower Speakers, ERM-6.3 Monitor, and ERD-1 Surround Speakers

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Emotiva ERT-8.3 Tower Speakers

Introduction

Emotiva has been recognized as a value/performance leader in amplifiers for quite some time. Now, they venture into the speaker arena with several models. In this review, we cover the new ERT-8.3 Towers, ERM-6.3 Monitor (used as the center channel), and ERD-1 Surrounds. I enjoyed these speakers about as much as any I have ever had in my system. They are well-designed and solidly constructed. They represent an excellent value as well.

This five-channel surround sound system retails for $2,496 at Emotiva. This system is based on the ERT-8.3 towers, which serve up a smooth yet powerful performance as a stereo pair. The supporting cast for surround sound purposes includes the ERM-6.3 monitor for the center channel and a pair of the ERD-1 surrounds. They all offer solid construction, utilitarian styling, high output capabilities, and extended frequency response.

Specifications

  • ERT-8.3
  • Design: Three-way, Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: One 1" Cloth Dome Tweeter, Two 5.25" Midrange, Two 8" Woofers
  • Sensitivity: 89 dB (2.83volts @ 1 Meter)
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 50-500 Watts RMS
  • MFR: 45 Hz - 20 kHz ± 2 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Selectable switches:. Tweeter Level, Tweeter Extension, Midrange Level, and Boundary Compensation
  • Dimensions: 43.75" H x 10" W x 13.25" D
  • Weight: 75 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $799/each USA
  • ERM-6.3 (Used as Center Channel)
  • Design: Three-way, Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: One 1" Cloth Dome Tweeter, Two 4" Midrange, Two 6.5" Woofers
  • Sensitivity: 89 dB (2.83volts @ 1 Meter)
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 50-350 Watts RMS
  • MFR: 80 hz - 20 kHz ± 2 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Selectable switches:. Tweeter Level, Tweeter Extension, Midrange Level, and Boundary Compensation
  • Dimensions: 26" H x 8.5" W x 9.5" D
  • Weight: 38 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $599/each USA
  • ERD-1 Surrounds
  • Design: Two-way, Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: Two 1" Cloth Dome Tweeters, One 5.25" Woofer
  • Sensitivity: 89 dB (2.83volts @ 1 Meter)
  • Recommended Amplifier Power: 50-200 Watts RMS
  • MFR: 80 Hz - 20 kHz ± 2 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 4 Ohms
  • Four possible switch postions: Left/Right Bipole, Left Dipole, Right Dipole and Left/Right Inverted Dipole
  • Dimensions: 9.5" H x 13" W x 4.25" D
  • Weight: 11 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $299/pair USA
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