Atlanta - MartinLogan is bringing electrostatic speaker technology below $2,000/pair in its lineup with the CEDIA Expo introduction of the $1,995/pair ElectroMotion ESL, scheduled for March shipment.
The speaker, the first in a series that will include center-channel and surround speakers, features full size 34-inch tall curvilinear XStat electrostatic transducer, whereas the current opening price electrostatic speaker at $2,195/pair features a 28-inch panel, as does a $3,295/pair model. A speaker with 40-inch panel retails for $4,295/pair. The company's electrostatic speakers are priced up to $21,832/pair for a model with 57-inch panel.
The new speaker "establishes a new benchmark for price versu performance" and represents "a bold new direction for electrostatic loudspeaker design," the company said. It's also "the most affordable full-size XStat electrostatic transducer designed," the company added.
The ESL's high- and mid-frequency electrostatic panel is coupled with an 8-inch high-excursion, doped fiber-cone woofer. The speaker features AirFrame technology similar to that of the company's flagship electrostatic speakers to make the electrostatic panel rigid without obstructing the playable surface area or interfering with dipole sound radiation, MartinLogan said. The Xtat electrostatic transducer was designed in a way to reduce the thickness of the panel's steel stators to make the panel very visually transparent, the company added.