MartinLogan 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System

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Introduction

I remember the first time I saw a pair of MartinLogan electrostatic speakers. It was 1993 and I was still in high-school, shopping for a new car stereo. And then I saw them, a pair of tall ominous black panels. I was immediately intrigued by the strange looking panel. Asking for a demonstration, I was politely refused, who would think a teenager with a scratched rap CD fresh off the car audio demo system could afford (or even appreciate) such a speaker?

It is now 16 years later and I have four MartinLogan products in my listening room and my musical tastes have changed considerably. Gone is the bass-thumping rap of my frivolous teenage days, now I lean towards harder heavy rock, with some world music and acoustic guitar thrown in for balance. Still like the bass though.

Lets' face it, Electrostatic, or for that matter all panel speakers, are hard to forget. Unlike the monkey-coffin shape of most box speakers, panels just ooze class. And the sound, it is as polarizing as their appearance. You either love 'em or hate 'em. And the reason the response is divided is partially because electrostatics require careful room and equipment choices. It was this that concerned me. Would my room be able to accommodate? Will my electronics do them justice?

Specifications

  • Summit X Front Main Speakers
  • Design: ESL Hybrid
  • Horizontal Dispersion: 300
  • ESL Panel: 44" Line Source
  • Woofer Driver: Two 10"
  • Built-in Woofer Amplifier: 200 Watts RMS
  • MFR: 24 Hz - 23 kHz ± 3dB
  • Sensitivity: 91 dB/2.83 Volts/Meter
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms, Minimum 0.8 Ohms
  • Crossover Frequency: 270 Hz
  • Bass Control: ±10 dB at 25 Hz and 50 Hz
  • Power Handling: 300 Watts
  • Dimensions: 60.9" H x 12.7" W x 3" D
  • Weight: 75 Pounds/each
  • Price: $13,995/pair USA
  • Vista Rear Surround Speakers
  • Design: ESL Hybrid
  • Horizontal Dispersion: 300
  • ESL Panel: 40" Line Source
  • Woofer Driver: One 8"
  • MFR: 43 Hz - 30 kHz ± 3 dB
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB/2.83 Volts/Meter
  • Impedance: 4 Ohms, Minimum 1.2 Ohms
  • Crossover Frequency: 450 Hz
  • Power Handling: 200 Watts
  • Dimensions: 57" H x 10.7" W x 16.8" D
  • Weight: 54 Pounds/each
  • MSRP: $4295/pair USA
  • Stage Center Channel Speaker
  • Design: ESL Hybrid
  • Drivers: One 1" Soft Dome Tweeter, Electrostatic Midrange, Two 6.5" Woofers
  • MFR: 69 Hz - 22 kHz ± 3 dB
  • Horizontal Dispersion: 300
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB/2.83 Volts/Meter
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms, Minimum 2.9 Ohms
  • Crossover Frequencies: 450 Hz, 2.7 kHz
  • Power Handling: 250 Watts
  • Weight: 39 Pounds
  • Dimensions: 9" H x 34.6" W x 10.3" D
  • MSRP: $2995/each USA; Stand Optional
  • Descent i Subwoofer
  • Design: Sealed Enclosure
  • Drivers: Three 10"
  • Amplifier: One 250 Watt Amplifier for Each Driver; 0.24% THD+N at Full Output
  • MFR: 18 Hz - 120 Hz ± 3 dB
  • Low Pass Filter Frequencies: 30, 35, 45, 55, 65, 80 Hz
  • High Pass Filter Frequencies: Bypass, 40 Hz, 70 Hz
  • Phase control: 0°, 90°, 180°, 270°
  • 25 Hz and 50 Hz Level Control: ±10 dB
  • Inputs: Left/Right RCA Line Level, RCA and XLR LFE, Speaker Level
  • Dimensions: 21.4" H x 20.5" W x 19.9" D
  • Weight: 105 Pounds
  • MSRP: $3495 USA
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