MartinLogan Ships Affordable Electrostatic Speaker

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Lawrence, Kan. - MartinLogan has begun shipping its most affordable electrostatic speaker to date, targeting it to budget-conscious audiophiles.

The $1,995/pair ElectroMotion-ESL with 34-inch-tall electrostatic panel compares in price to a $2,195/pair model with 28-inch-tall panel, a 28-inch $3,295/pair model, and other models priced up to $30,000/pair for a model with 57-inch panel.

In the spring, the ElectroMotion-ESL speaker will get matching center and surround channels with Folded Motion XT technology in lieu of electrostatic panels.

The new model features a new XStat MicroPerf panel developed to reduce the thickness gauge of the electrostatic panel's steel stators to increase the pane's visual transparency without reducing performance, the company said.  The MicroPerf panel is held by an aluminum and composite frame similar to that found on the company's flagship products. The frame technology is said to make the panel rigid without obstructing playable surface area or interfering with dipole sound radiation. Sensitivity is 91dB into 6 Ohms

 The electrostatic panel is paired with an 8-inch rigid, lightweight woofer designed to optimize cone suspension and the magnetic flux field to produce high levels of bass output with low distortion, the company said.

 The company previously offered a sub-$2,000/pair electrostatic speaker, the $1,999/pair Aerius, beginning in 1992, but the product hasn't been available for some time.


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