Kan. - MartinLogan extended its top-end Reserve series of
electrostatic speakers down in price point to $6,495/pair with the launch of
the Ethos speaker.
previously consisted of four models priced from $8,495 to $25,000/pair. In the
U.S., the series is available only through a limited group of dealers
specifically franchised to sell it.
The new 59.33-inch
by 10.73-inch by 18.23-inch Ethos features a 44- by 9.2-inch electrostatic
panel that's the same height as the panel used in the series' Summit X but is
more tightly curved to achieve its 9.2-inch width while delivering a 30-degree
dispersion pattern. To achieve the curve, the company had to reduce the gauge
of the steel stators sandwiched between the panel's flat diaphragms, yielding a
more visually transparent panel, the company said.
MartinLogan speakers featuring XStat electrostatic technology, the speakers
deliver a dipolar dispersion pattern that generates "ambience-enriching
later-arriving reflections off the wall behind them," the company said. At the
same time, the panels distribute "very little sound to the sides, thereby
minimizing side-wall reflections with short arrival times that tend to
interfere with perception of the direct sound." The combination produces
"incredible detail and clarity while maintaining unprecedented depth of sound,"
the company added.
Ethos speakers, each electrostatic panel is stacked on top of an 8-inch
200-watt powered woofer with 8-inch passive radiator to deliver bass down to
34Hz. The woofer features Class D amplifier and 24-bit DSP engine
will initially be available in three hand-rubbed real-wood finishes: black ash,
dark cherry, and flamed teak. Additional finishes will be made available at a