Summary: I lucked up and got these gems for $500.00 for the pair brand new from Magnolia in Best Buy in Annapolis MD. They where closing out the Martin Logan line in the store and where the last pair in the store, and also got the Encore center speaker for $150.00. I did the 70 hour break in period for all three speakers and paired them with a Onkyo TX-NR 807 av receiver and a pair of Polk Audio surround speakers.
Summary: I bought these speakers three years ago and never submitted a review about them. As I was watching a movie this last weekend, it had occurred to me just how much I appreciate these speakers. It is almost as if they get better with age. Bottom line, they sounded great out of the box three years ago and continue to sound great today and hopefully for years to come.
Summary: I bought them in 2009 and I love them more than ever. Now I am looking for a new receiver since the Onkyo I got at the same time failed, by the way I will never buy anything from Onkyo again, any recomendations on receivers for these great speakers?
Summary: I've had my Preface speakers for about 3 months now, and they are simply outstanding. The highs are very clear, but not fatiguing. Midrange comes through very clean, and bass is tight. I think the best way to describe these speakers are "well balanced". As another reviewer said, they will definitely show you which songs in your library are not recorded well. I have been extremely pleased with my purchase, and would recommend these highly.
Summary: In considering speakers, prospective buyers should be thinking in terms of the investment they are making. The aesthetic experience of listening to music is one of life's meaningful experiences. When the experience leaves you feeling that you are in contact with the musicians and are feeling some of what they are feeling when they created their work, then you are experiencing the music. These speakers--coupled with other good components--take you to that place.
Summary: I've had my Martin logan Preface speakers for 2 years and they just keep getting better. Letting these speakers bed in is really important. the sound will continue to improve for quite some time with use. For the money its really hard to beat. Yes they are pretty large but the combo of the ATF tweater and good mid range and bass has meant that lyrics and treble sparkle unlike most speakers and the balance and warmth across the range is wonderful.
Summary: These were purchased as a "background music" bedroom system, and driven by a Sonos ZP120, wireless low powered music server (55 wpc). The speakers are adjacent to the sides of a large plasma TV, in a room that is likely a bit boomy. My wife was out of the country, and I travel so I put on Pandora Music Service, and let them break in for 1 week before I really listened. Used the speaker wire that came in the box with the Sonos hardware.
Summary: I thought that I was buying quality with Martin Logan, but the Preface speakers arrived with grills that were over an inch out of spec top to bottom, and so fit poorly, if at all. The sound seems to be of good quality. I also thought that I was buying an American made product, only to find that they are made in China. Very disappointing. I hope the replacement grills are of better quality, or I will return them and shop for something else.
Summary: The Martin Logan Preface speakers are excellent! They produce much clearer sound than our old budget-priced speakers. Also, the use of a heavier gauge speaker wire (as recommended by Martin Logan) did make a noticeable improvement.
Summary: The grills didn't fit the cabinets correctly. I'd press the top in and the bottom would pop out. Press the bottom in, the top pops out. One of the speakers didn't even work. I tested it several times and it produced no sound. Martin Logan told me to open the cabinet up and try to fix it. I opted to return the speakers and try something else. In my opinion, $1,000 speakers should work and the grills should fit. I've been more satisfied spending much, much less.