First Listen: Emotiva’s New T-Zero Speaker and Other Awesome Gear at CES 2019
No guts, no glory. A look inside the all-new XMC-2!(January 22, 2019) Emotiva surprised us all with a brand new 2018 Holiday release, officially announcing its Airmotiv T-Zero Floorstander just before the end of last year. Billed as a space-friendly tower design (37 ¾” H x 7 1/16” W x 10 ½” D), the T-Zero is extremely wallet-friendly with a price of $499 per pair. Yes, you read that correctly, for only $499 you can purchase a stereo pair of T-Zero speakers. That gives you access to sonic goodness generated by a folded ribbon tweeter and dual 5 ¼” woven fiber drivers, with performance measured at 48Hz – 28kHz.
As part of a geared-up demo room at CES 2019, Emotiva had a pair of T-Zeros in full demo mode, fed by the company’s affordable BasX CD-100 and TA-100 integrated amp (a complete system valued at $1,100). The T-Zero is an impressive looking speaker for the price. I had an opportunity to inspect its exterior and found its scratch-resistant satin black finish to be highly durable, and the speaker’s lines are attractive to the eye. To put it simply: the speaker has a very nice physical presence that certainly won’t dominate a room. Sound-wise, the T-Zero delivers above and beyond its $499/pair price point. It has an impressive full-range sound with a refined upper-end that breathes with class. And I thought the speaker threw a very nice image, which isn't always easy to achieve in an expo setting. Color me impressed. For the price, this speaker will perk your ears and knock your socks off!
Emotiva also had its 16-channel RMC-1 Pre/Pro ($4,999) on display, along with the forthcoming RMC-2 ($3,999) and XMC-2 ($2,999) processors. Rather than give you full details on these models here, I’ll let you get the run down from Emotiva’s Damon Steele in the video below. However, I can tell you the RMC-1 is officially shipping on a limited “build to order” status. According to Emotiva, a lot of model’s delays are a result of the software development side of production. That said, things are inline, and you can snag a spot in a pre-order batch right now.
AV NIRVANA’s Wayne Meyers is set to receive a pair of T-Zeros for review. So stay tuned for a full breakdown of the speaker’s real-world performance! And as Damon noted, we recently reviewed the T2 Tower. You can read that full review, here.