Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ is a 2-way Passive Bass reflex Bookshelf speaker by Emotiva. It features a 25×32 mm" folded ribbon Tweeter and 1 x 6.25" woven fiber cone Woofer. The speaker has a frequency range of 40-28k Hz and a sensitivity of 86 dB. Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ has an MSRP of 499$ per pair.
What size of room is the Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ speaker good for?
The size of the room in which you are planning to use the Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated its suitability to various sizes of environments considering its size and max power parameters:
|Very Large Room
(* Approximate Room sizes: Small < 100sq. ft / 9 m2, Mid-size: 100-220 sq. ft / 9-20 m2, Large 220-400 sq. ft / 20-36 m2, Very Large: > 400 sq. ft / 36 m2.
Average Floor Height: 9" / 2.7m. Typical room sizes differ from country to country, and the actual listening experience changes depending on floor height, room shape, surface materials, listening position, speaker locations, etc.)
Emotiva later replaced Airmotiv B2+ with Airmotiv XB2. Follow the link to read our in-depth comparison of these speakers:
Compare Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ vs Emotiva Airmotiv XB2
What are the speakers in Emotiva's Airmotiv Series?
Airmotiv B2+ is a member of Emotiva's Airmotiv series of Passive speakers. Below you can see the main specs of these speakers.
Emotiva Airmotiv Series Speakers
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What is the Frequency Response of the Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ speaker?
Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ has a Frequency response range of 40-28k Hz at ±3dB and Power Range of Up to 125 watts. At a minimum frequency of 40 Hz, Airmotiv B2+ will provide a deep bass that will probably satisfy majority of listeners, especially for music. Movie lovers and music listeners who like to experience a full range response will still benefit from the use of a subwooofer though.
To focus on the subwoofers that are in a similar price range with Emotiva Airmotiv B2+, check out the Powered Subwoofers under $599. Alternatively, find the Full list of Powered Subwoofers regardless of the price.
Here we have a comparison of how Airmotiv B2+'s Low and High frequency values compare with the average, max and min Low and High frequency values in its class.
What is the Crossover frequency of Emotiva Airmotiv B2+?
The Crossover frequency of the Airmotiv B2+ is set to 2000Hz. This is the threshold frequency where the higher frequency signals over this level are sent to the tweeter and the lower-frequency signals are sent to the woofer by the crossover component.
What are the Impedance and Sensitivity of the Emotiva Airmotiv B2+? Is it an easy-to-drive speaker?
Emotiva Airmotiv B2+'s nominal impedance level is 4 ohms
and has a sensitivity of 86 dB
Nominal Impedance of 4 Ohms means that the Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ is a difficult to drive speaker from nominal Impedance perspective, make sure that you choose an amplifier than can provide 4 Ohms for this speaker.
Many AVRs (audio/video receiver) in the market may have difficulty when the speakers dip below the 4 Ohms levels (this may cause clipping or even physical damage), so we recommend to not pair the Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ with an AVR but use an Integrated Amplifier instead.
With a sensitivity level of only 86 dB, Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ is a difficult to drive speaker from Sensitivity perspective, make sure to choose an amplifier with a high output if you like listening to your music at high volume levels. You may especially have a hard time using Tube amplifiers which are traditionally very low power compared to Class A/B or Class D amps.
Check the amplifiers that are in a similar price range to the Emotiva Airmotiv B2+:
Airmotiv B2+ has Binding post type connectors and lets bi-amping/bi-wiring. Bi-wiring can provide improvements in the overall transparency of your loudspeakers by running separate speaker wires to the low & high frequency drivers from a single amplifier. Bi-amping allows the use of separate amplifiers for the high & low frequency drivers of your loudspeaker which may result in greater dynamic range & lower distortion.
Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ External Dimensions and Weight
Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ has external dimensions of (Height x Width x Depth) 12-3/4-inch x 8-1/2-inch x 11-1/2-inch (324.0 x 216.0 x 293.0mm ).
Base Surface Area
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base area of Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ is approximately 632.9cm2 / 98.1inch2.
To get a better perspective on the real life size of Emotiva Airmotiv B2+, let's compare it with a standard size Compact Disc which has a diameter of 4.7inch (120mm).
Here we place the Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ virtually next to a standard width amplifier and turntable on a BDI Octave Media Cabinet to get a better idea about the size.
The Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ weighs 7.10kg / 15.6lbs per piece. Here is a comparison of how Airmotiv B2+'s weight compares with the average, max and min weights in its class.
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Cabinet type and Materials
Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ has a Bass reflex
type cabinet and a HDF finish.
Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ comes with shock absorbing rubber bottom pad
which you can use to secure your loudspeaker on the surface that you are putting on. It is always recommended to use some kind of feet under all types of speakers. Besides limiting the movement of the speakers, it also compensates for non-flat surfaces and limits the contact surface area of the speaker. Rubber based feet also help isolating the vibrations within certain frequency ranges.
Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ is a rear-firing port speaker so you have to make sure you leave enough space between the back of the speaker and wall or bookshelf so that it has room to breathe.
Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ is available in Black.
Airmotiv B2+ doesn't sport any built-in mounting bracket, so you need an external structure to mount it on walls.
Does the Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ come with a Grille?
Airmotiv B2+ comes with magnetic grilles in black color choices. The purpose of the grille is to protect the delicate driver elements from external impacts while still allowing the sound to pass as clearly as possible. Since the included grille of the Airmotiv B2+ is magnetic type, it is very easy to put it on and off.
Here is a list of accessories that we think you may need for the Emotiva Airmotiv B2+.
- Speaker Cable and Connectors
- Vibration Isolators: IsoAcoustics isolators more affordable options too.
- Acoustic Panels and Treatments: Your room is as important as your stereo equipment so acoustic treatments goes a long way in improving the overall performance.
- Speaker Stands: Stands bring your bookshelf speakers to ideal height (rule of thumb is to have the tweeter level with your ear in your listening position), helps stability and acoustical isolation.
For more information about how to setup, use and maintain the Emotiva Airmotiv B2+, use the direct link below to download the official manual document:
Download User Manual for Emotiva Airmotiv B2+
Official Product Page
Official manufacturer's product page for the Emotiva Airmotiv B2+ speaker can be found below:
Official Product Page for Emotiva Airmotiv B2+
5 Years of parts warranty and 5 Years of labor warranty is generally provided by the manufacturer.