Summary: Pristine, clean sound reproduction from this exceptional hybrid electrostatic speaker. Blends well with any type of speakers in a surround sound system to produce clear, natural vocals and dialogue. The Matinee center gives you 95% of the sound reproduction provided by the ML Stage at half the price and in a much more compact package. Highly recommended, especially when used with other MartinLogan electrostatic speakers.
Summary: This speaker, the ML Matinee, is discontinued, but it was replaced with an acoustically identical speaker, so I'll do the review anyway. I gave it four stars only to warn people not to buy this speaker for the wrong use. It is a five star performer, but I'm hoping dropping a star will get more attention to the warning below. I am using this as a center speaker with a set of ML Spires and an HSU subwoofer.
Summary: The Matinee is essentially identical to the Motif in terms of sound. There are three differences, none of which justified $300 price difference for me: 1. Matinee has last gen electrostatic panel - virtually identical in sound. 2. Matinee = vinyl finish only (matches my Sources), no stand (don't need one) 3. Matinee = paper cones (like sources), Motif (aluminum cones) All the technical specs on the martin logan page are identical between the two. Happy Listening!
Summary: I recently bought a pair of Sources and was stunned at the difference versus normal speakers. I had to complete the system, and in talking to people, they told me how important the center is. Since I had electrostats that showed me so much pleasure, I splurged and went for the Matinee so I have stats for the most important channels. What a revelation! Talking that was always hard to hear became so much clearer, I started to hear things I didn't know was there.
Summary: I bought a Matinee to pair with my Martin Logan Puritys. It made for a seamless integration, the sound stage flows as if you are actually there. A work of art to look at and superlative to listen too, a real treat. If you want to feel like your in the movie this is the center channel for you.
Summary: I've been a Martin Logan owner for years. Recently I decided to make the move to a complete Home Theater system and bought another set of Martin Logan speakers for the rear channel, a sub woofer and a Matinee for the center channel. Oh my goodness, what an awesome performance this speaker gives. I give this product my highest praise. Martin Logan, you've done it again!