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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
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

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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