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Emotiva DRS-1 Subwoofer System First Look

Emotiva DRS-1

Emotiva DRS-1


  • Product Name: DRS-1
  • Manufacturer: Emotiva
  • Review Date: October 13, 2007 20:00
  • MSRP: $999
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
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Emotiva DRS-1 (Digital Reference Sub-1)
  • Price: $999.00 (includes 2 subs and DSA-1 amplifier)
  • 12” woofer (per enclosure)
  • Critically damped sealed sub-woofer enclosures with double walled baffles and extensive internal bracing
  • Composite fiber reinforced cones for light weight, rigid and low resonance
  • Asymmetrical compressed foam surround to reduce edge resonance
  • Proprietary high X-Max motor structure with patented voice coil cooling
  • Flat progressive rate spider with sub-structure venting
  • High temperature aluminum former
  • Precision cast aluminum frame
  • Frequency response: 20-200hz +/-2db
  • Dimensions: 14" W x 15" H x 16" D
DSA-1 amplifier
  • Super efficient 600 wrms/ 800 watt peak class D amplifier stage
  • 24 Bit DSP front end with digital based dynamics processing
  • Proprietary EMOQ Auto Room correction
  • Dual Mode operation (Movie and Music)
  • Digital variable low pass crossover with selectable 12 or 24db/octave slopes
  • Digital variable “True Phase” control (0-360)
  • Manual/ Auto sensing / 12 volt trigger
  • Movie mode trigger
  • Dimensions: 17" W x 17" D x 3" H

Executive Overview

At the Audioholics 2007 State of the CE Union Event,  Emotiva introduced the DRS-1 Subwoofer/Amplifier System, consisting of two subwoofers and an amplifier with auto room correction.  Known for their rock solid amps and pre/pros, Emotiva is now jumping into the market with aggressively priced speakers, including this subwoofer system.

The twin subs sport 12" composite fiber reinforced cone woofers in critically damped sealed sub-woofer enclosures with double walled baffles and extensive internal bracing.  The cabinets are finished with non-reflective black satin lacquer.

The system includes an outboard amplifier, the DSA-1.  With 800 watts of Class D amplification, it also contains Emotiva's proprietary EMOQ auto room correction processing, using an included calibration microphone.  The system boasts a frequency response of 20-200hz (+/-2db), and should be available in January of 2008.

We were blown away by the value of the DRS-1 Subwoofer System.  Two sealed high pressure boxes each featuring a high excursion 12" woofer, paired with an 800 watt RMS Class D amplifier with room correction, all for $999?  This is an amazing value, and we can't wait to get our hands on it here at Audioholics.

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Over the years J. has constantly found himself to be an "early-adopter," spending way too much money on "new" technologies such as Compact Disc, LaserDisc, and DVD. He is one of the few people who actually purchased (and still owns) a CORE programmable remote control (bonus points if you remember this product).

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Recent Forum Posts:

djreef posts on November 22, 2009 03:38
This being one of the issues of not having the massive R&D budgets of the big boys to help propel product to market. If Sony, or Matsushita, or hell, even a company like Rotel, thought this were important, then they would have a workable version in 6 months. It sucks that leading innovators still have to b hamstrung by the laws of finance.

Knucklehead90 posts on November 21, 2009 19:38
Actually they are working on 4 subs - two without the GUI and eq-ing ability - a 10“ & 12” IIRC - and the ERS112 and ERS212 subs that will have in room equalization. Not much info coming from them right now as they are focused on the UMC-1 getting to market.

I gave up too - bought an eD A5-350. Very good sub.
adk highlander posts on November 21, 2009 18:08
I gave up and bought the snell I have now. I think there was an issue with the amp which is what caused the delay. major may know more. I've seen pics of working single subs but never any release date.
STRONGBADF1 posts on November 21, 2009 16:32
Anything yet?

Really just curious I don't need subs at the moment…maybe tomorrow though.
haraldo posts on February 17, 2009 15:55
Strange thin this is….. I made a preorder of these sub's like….. I don't even remember, must be a year and a half ago, and…… what are those guys really doing….. when a product is a year and a half delayed, and after taking a bunch of preorders….
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