It made a significant and easily noticeable difference in the two pairs of speakers I tried it on. Soon I was marveling at how good these speakers actually sounded! One can believe what one wants, but if one does the maths, they tell the story. If you really want the sound of Martin Logan’s electrostats, but want something in a smaller form factor, then look no further, go out and buy a pair of these. Even if you are stuck with the speaker’s built-in crossover, you will still get benefit if, for instance the two amplifiers you are using have vastly different sonic signatures. This cable is 12 Ga, 259 strand, OFC cable and in such short runs, changes the overall impedance of the system by less than a quarter of an Ohm. MartinLogan Motion 40 are $200 more expensive than the average speakers ($499). I agree that cables are subtractive, but they can also be used to flavour the stew, with subtle but important changes in tonality, detail, soundstage and PRaT.Â. The major point of my review was the AMT tweeter used in this diminutive speaker. The AMT used in this speaker is identical in size. Having heard multiple demos of the company’s speakers over the years, I’ve always been a fan, yet never had the opportunity to review a pair. I ended up purchasing the entire ML system, Motion 40 fronts, Motion 8 center, Motion … #7: Martin Logan Motion 60XT. Some frequencies will be attenuated more than others, and this depends upon the cable’s AC characteristics. Also, while we’re on the subject, bi-amping a speaker that won’t let you bypass the built-in cross-overs, is also, mostly futile. This will affect the frequency response curve of the speaker by attenuating the signal less. Today we are going to compare the MartinLogan Motion 60XT, Motion 40, and Motion 20. At a $2,000 price tag, the MartinLogan Motion 40 loudspeakers could be either. My opinion is that using cables, either interconnects or speaker cables as a fixed “tone control” is wrong-headed.Â. Judging by the number of speaker companies both in the USA and in Europe who utilize AMT tweeters, I’d say that the technology has become quite popular of late. MartinLogan makes an entire line of loudspeakers employing the AMT tweeter, and they range in price and size from the Motion 2i, a small bookshelf model starting at $US200 each all the way up to the large floor standing “flagship” 60XTi at US$1750 each. With the top grill removed, the speaker looks like a typical small bookshelf or desktop speaker with the low frequency driver topped with the tweeter. Therefore, some portion of the tweeter’s passband has to be attenuated. Am I not right? Consider that the MartinLogan Motion 40 is in a competitive price point. When they do that at an audio rate, sound is produced. That might just cinch the deal. Again, different brands of cables affect the speaker sound differently. Using an audio spectrum analyzer, I found that in the case of the speaker cable I was using at the time (Symo), the lower treble region was  attenuated about 1.5 dB from around 4KHz to about 6.5KHz compared to single wire. But in any case, the amount that any speaker cable will affect a speaker’s sound will be minuscule, often less than a dB over any given frequency range. I have no doubt that speaker cables can change the sound of a speaker. That adds resistance, capacitance and  inductance. and although the company is still based in Kansas, its speakers are now made in Canada. Back to Anne-Sophie Mutter’s violin on the Williams film soundtrack album, it is as sweet as a mother’s kiss with soaring highs and resinous bowing that sounds utterly realistic. ML’s new Motion Series speaker, to be priced at around $3000/pair when it is available in the late summer, is a big brother to the Motion 40 tower. There are significant and easily heard differences between them, all in favour of the more expensive options. Most likely it will makes the speakers sound worse than they did with single wiring. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Still listening to my own recordings, made with a pair of Sony C37P FET microphones mounted on a stereo T-bar about 8 inches apart at a 45° angle to each other and about 10 feet over the conductor’s head and slightly behind him, the listener can close his eyes and point to every instrument in the ensemble. The Motion 20’s top panel gently slopes down from front to rear. I would want to block the ports and cross over to my subs. Of course, the same thing is occurring inside the bellows as well and that out-rush of air is what powers the instrument and vibrates the various reeds to play the notes.Â. Sure, capacitance, inductance and added resistance do, indeed change the sound, but measurement wise, not for the better  (unless it is taming a peak in the speaker's frequency response). fraudulent), but I will say that it’s engineering provenance is “dubious” at best. I know that there are many, very good speakers in the $2000.00 a pair range. It has to take something away. Sometimes you get what you pay for and sometimes you get more than you pay for. I had breakfast with him at AXPONA once. These base parameters are enough to change the sound, IMO, but there are other potential factors as well, e.g. The ‘XT’ stands for ‘extreme’ and the 35XT lives up to that moniker with a bigger 16.5cm aluminium cone driver (up from 13cm in the 15 mo… Dr. Heil invented this concept in the early 1970’s and applied it a line of speakers built by the firm of ESS in South El Monte, California. Conductor Type: Golden Ratio, Constant Q, Crossfield, Pure Copper, Litz, I am 100% confident that the Cardas cables let info through that your inexpensive cables lose. IME, it's pointless to argue with someone who believes there's "one true way" to build a audio system, and this is all off-topic, so I'll leave it at that.Â. I mean you have replaced a very short strap with a long piece of wire. Instead, the Motion series is a cone-based speaker system that employs Oskar Heil’s “Air Motion Transformer” (AMT) technology for it’s high-frequency driver unit. Not saying he is not smart enough, his business acumen is stellar, but not sure of his engineering background. The elegant Motion 20 & 40 tower speakers are the newest additions to MartinLogan's award-winning Motion Series. Cable awg: 8.5 One could, contemplate the ElectroMotion ESLs for about the same price, but I have friends who have these speakers and as good as they are, in my opinion, the Motion 40i’s are a better value. I was surprised by how much clearer the ML was compared to the other 2 brands. The Motion 40 was not my initial pick when browsing for a system, considering Martin Logan's rich lore and reputation is focused on their electrostatic speakers. But you really should know what’s actually going on. Small but perfectly formed, it was the musical performance that really impressed: here was a hybrid AMT/dynamic speaker that really worked, a miniature that really delivered – a rare beast indeed. Lately, we are seeing a resurgence in people who are interested in larger, full range floorstanding speakers. I intend to start a new thread on this topic, as I find it fascinating and complex. For instance, if you prefer the bass of a solid-state amp, you might want to put that on the woofer, but if you prefer the sweet open high-end often attributed to tubes, then you might want to use a good-sounding tube amp on the tweeter (perhaps even a low wattage SET). If a cable does something poorly, it will become evident with extended listening. The upgrades on the Motion 35XTi speaker ($649.99 each) are subtle, and termed “housekeeping” by the company’s Peter Soderberg. The 35XTs have more in common with the Motion 15s when it comes to looks. Mr. Vandersteen is a wonderful person to talk to. This pinpoint image specificity and wide, deep soundstage is, as far as I’m concerned, the only justification needed to recommend true stereo miking on acoustic music recordings! The price is reasonable and the AMT tweeter is an amazing device. Dispersion is aided by the driver unit’s design which has a drive-stabilizing dust cap on the bass units, a stiffened motor sus… In short, they’re gorgeous. Every time I sat down to listen I noticed an improvement. The Motion 40i are a full range floorstander that uses a Folded Motion tweeter, 5.5-inch aluminium cone midrange driver, dual 6.5-inch aluminium cone woofers with a rear-firing bass port, and a proprietary Vojtko crossover network, named after Joe Vojtko who is their chief designer on the technical side. If you like that better, well, that’s up to you. User's Manual (PDF 3.4MB), Hi George - Thanks for the review. Remember, wire is a passive component. If you like that better, well, that’s up to you. There is an exception to that. Yes, those are moving-coil woofers. They still sound great and Dirac Live takes care of any room issues. Product Brochure (PDF 6MB) When one pulls the bellows back apart, those spaces re-appear. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that different cables let different amounts of “info” through or that price has anything to do with it. Bi-amping with a low level adjustable crossover before the amplifiers, of course, is a different kettle of fish altogether.Â. I was replacing my beloved MartinLogan Aeon-i electrostatic hybrid speakers with these and found them thin and forward in the midrange with a slightly nasal quality. As far as cable is concerned, it’s like upping the gauge to the wire, but if you are splitting the woofer and tweeter by removing the shorting straps at the speakers and connecting them back together at the amplifier, all you are really doing is moving the place where the woofer and tweeter are joined from the back of the speaker with just a very short, low-resistance strap to a long, higher resistance cable. Using an Air Motion Transformer (AMT) for the tweeter instead of a conventional dome, the Motion series looks like what most people think of when they think of a speaker. The AMT works on that principle. Which one you want?” My first response was no, because I’m not really a sub guy—even though I like messing around with them on the odd occasion that I have one on hand. I assume that you have not tried, and are therefore working with limited information. When Home Theater Review’s editor called to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing MartinLogan’s new Motion 40 speakers, I jumped at the chance. Next, the bass improved by leaps and bounds and the speakers’ overall balance became more neutral. Dielectric Type: Teflon®, Air Thanks for your review,they sound much better than there previous models. https://audiophilestyle.com/ca/reviews/martinlogan-motion-40i-review-r864 For proper bi-amp performance you want a small signal crossover BEFORE the amplifiers. It crosses over at a slightly lower frequency but the result is the same – effortless ESL-like upper midrange clarity and high frequency extension.Â. Measuring 42.5" x 7.6" X 12.8"(107.9cm X 19.2cmX 32.6cm), it consists of two woofers in the bottom part of the cabinet and a midrange and tweeter in the top. ... Three speakers in the new Motion Series (the Motion 60XTi, 50XTi, and 35XTi) feature upgraded Folded Motion XT tweeters, which boast a 40% larger radiating surface than the standard model. Quite a few designs used an AMT at the Toronto audio fest. But when I listened to them and realized how closely the Motion 40s reproduce that airy crystalized sound that Martin Logan … I have 12ga zip wire, Linn K400 single and biwire runs and Cardas Neutral Reference bi-wires. Both the 5.5” midrange and the two 6.5” woofers have an aluminum cone in a non-symmetrical chamber format and a cast polymer basket with a rigid, structured dust cap to reduce cone breakup and any modal resonances. It's … But again, we are dealing with an AC signal so, no speaker cable is not going to affect the entire audio spectrum linearly. > "bi-wiring if one believes in such a thing". If you, like me, tend to associate MartinLogan with electrostatic transducers, you may be surprised to learn that their more traditional Motion line accounts for most of their sales. Going up the spectrum the aluminum coned midrange is clean and well balanced. Martin Logan Motion 40 Tower Speakers As I mentioned earlier, when you can look at speaker options between $500 and $1,000 it opens up the opportunity to explore different speaker designs. all cables are lossy, so in reality, all cables do something poorly if they change the sound. The Cardas speaker cables, which I purchased second-hand, provide a complementary tonal balance, along with resolution that allows subtle depth details to come through. Below, we will see the contrasts and comparisons between the two models, so continue reading! It is commonly stated that long interconnects with short speaker cables is preferred over the opposite. “How about a sub? The Martin Logan’s will reward the listener when care is paid to matching the components of the system. Mostly, with cable swaps, and bi-wiring schemes it's a crap shoot, and I have found that many audiophiles, impressed that the sound changes, automatically assume that it's a change for the better, whether it is or not because in their minds, different is always better. I forgot to tell you about the subwoofer, the Dynamo 800X. My opinion is backed by decades of listening in my room, with my system and my music. For instance, if you prefer the bass of a solid-state amp, you might want to put that on the woofer, but if you prefer the sweet open high-end often attributed to tubes, then you might want to use a good-sounding tube amp on the tweeter (perhaps even a low wattage SET). Each pair of the four connection are strapped together but are separable via metal straps for bi-amping, (or bi-wiring if one believes in such a thing). 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