Martin Logan is a high-end manufacturer best known for its hybrid electrostatic speakers, which will set you back thousands. With the Motion series, the company is bringing some of that know-how and design expertise down to a more traditional, more affordable speaker. And now it’s back with a refreshed design for 2019 across a seven-strong speaker range, which the company says is a “close relation to MartinLogan’s legendary ultra-high-end electrostatic loudspeakers”.
Launching at this week’s CEDIA Expo, the new Motion i speakers feature the Folded Motion and Folded Motion XT, low mass tweeters, which aim to deliver speed and power, plus super-low distortion, from a small, ‘folded’ driver. They also sport aluminium midrange and bass drivers, promising high output and accuracy, plus seamless integration with treble frequencies.
You’ll also find proprietary Vojtko crossovers, named after Martin Logan’s chief audio technologist (great job title), Joe Vojtko. These are claimed to be as much as part of the company’s sound as electrostatic speakers, and use polypropylene and low-DF electrolytic capacitors and custom-wound inductors. Importantly, final sound testing is conducted in ‘real-world environments’, which sounds good to us.
There are three floorstanding speakers, the Motion 20i ($849 each), which features a Folded Motion tweeter and dual 5.5-inch mid/bass drivers, the Motion 40i ($1099 each), which has the same tweeter, one 5.5-inch midrange driver and dual 6.5-inch bass drivers, and the Motion 60XTi ($1599 each), which ups the ante with a 6.5-inch midrange and twin 8-inch bass drivers.
For bookshelf speakers, you have the Motion 15i ($399 each), with tweeter and 5.25-inch mid/bass driver, and the Motion 35XTi ($649 each, pictured above), which has a 6.5-inch mid/bass.
There are also two center channel speakers, the Motion 30i ($749), which features a tweeter and two 5.5-inch drivers, and the Motion 50XTi ($999), which increases the mid/bass drivers to 6.5 inches.
The new Martin Logan Motion speakers are set to begin shipping in October.