Summary: I was traveling down the gas lamp lit streets of Europe when I saw a street performer playing a glass armonica. For those unfamiliar, this is a collection of glass goblets each of different sizes that play a pure note. This was invented by Ben Franklin. The same amazement at such pure sounds coming from a transparent object were rediscovered in a high end audio shop in NY city when I saw the Martin Logan Purity speakers.
Summary: I recently purchased the MartinLogan Purity's from Audio Advisor. Audio Advisor was great. Joe was helpful answering my questions. He even helped find a phone number for support of a different product made by a company that no longer exists. The Purity's are flat out amazing! I hadn't heard electrostatic's before and was concerned that the directional nature of electrostatics would be a problem. It turns out not to be a big issue.
Summary: After a week with my Puritys one of them began to distort after about 15 minutes of play. I contacted Martin Logan and they walked me through the initial tests and I was able to work with them and change out a bad amp without a lot of trouble. These speakers arrive via freight and are not the kind of things you would want to return for any reason. ML built them so they can simply ship parts and they snap in place after a bit of disassembly.
Summary: just checked the martinlogan website and didn't find the purity, just a message that this model was intoduced in 2007 and is now discontinued. According to Martin Logan, this speaker line had no problems, does have alot of enthusiasts, and that they just 'turn the line over every 4 or 5 years' and that they see no problem in the forseeable future with parts or repairs...
Summary: Comparing Maggies to ML is apples and oranges. ML's are not full band electrostatics, they use standard cones to produce bass. Maggies demand power. If you sit off axis or stand up....you lose the sound. Maggies demand that sit square in front of the speaker. I just auditioned the maggie 1.7. wonderful speaker......but if you have an amp, receiver or int. amp with power produced at 100 watts, buy the ML's. Maggies suck current.
Summary: I purchased them after hearing few high end speakers like Vienna Acoustics, High End JBLs. But the ESLs panels just sound so much better and life like than regular Cone speakers. Build in high end mono amps in each, Plus Double woofers makes them actually a very good deal.
Summary: I have been a long-time user of Martin-Logan products and knew both partners when they sold stereo equipment in Lawrence, Kansas back in the early 80's. My first product to hear was the Monolith and I owned the original Quest. When buying M & L you must realize that you are buying a piece of scientific equipment.
Summary: I had great expectations for this innovative speaker's sound, but was greatly disappointed. It is sleek and cool looking, but as far as sound is a concern, the audiophile level quality it's not there. I was trying them next to Definitive, and for less money, DEfinitive made them sounding cheap. I expected that for $1500+ sound should be much better. I actually liked their smaller speaker much better. It had better definition, better mid lows, better upper mids.
Summary: I have a pair of Magnepan's Magneplanar MG-IIIs (~$3k) that I love, but I have to tell you I was extremely impressed with the Martin Logans. Don't take anyone's word for it, if you're looking to spend >$1000 on speakers: listen to them yourself. Besides, everyone's taste is different; lots of people (even) like the Bose sound. Okay, so I'm a snob. But the bigger Martin Logans do sound terrific, and are much smaller and somewhat less temperamental than Maggies.