Martin Logan Electromotion ESL, with Velodyne DEQ-8r
Dr. Charlotte Jensen "Audio-Video systems des..., Amazon
17 April 2014
Summary: The Martin Logan Electromotion ESL hybrid electrostatic loudspeaker is a great, mainly because it is the first Martin Logan electrostatic speaker at a price most can afford. The speaker is a real surprise, as it has the electrostatic quality of the more expensive models. The integrated 8” woofer is quite decent, although it takes awhile of play to bring out its sound potential. At this point, it is the integrated woofer, which does most of the lower frequency.
Summary: Running a trial pair currently. VERY impressed. I won't go at length into all the pros that so many have listed including fantastic imaging position left to right, transparency, scale, speed on the upper ranges (lower half (500hz and below) is still a rather large cone), relatively soundstage etc. They can also be tilted up pretty radically if need be and still be coherent. Why one star off?
Summary: These are my first electrostatic speakers, but I did listen to the top end models in the show room. Simply put, the higher end models get louder with good clarity- just like with most other speakers. These speakers, pair with a Marantz 5008 amp, produce the perfect top end volume for movies and music- for my taste. There was a day when I wanted to be able to blast my stereo to live concert levels, but not so much any more.
Summary: Bought them with a Yamaha AS500. Still waiting for the famous 72 hours settle period, but as of now, music is awesome. Movies as well sound better, though for that case usually a 5.1 system is better, due to heavy surround effects. I'm still working on getting it to the maximum level possible of quality (dampening my back wall, placing properly according to owners manual, and trying a quality DAC/flac files). Bass sound is not lacking.