MartinLogan Upgrades Two Motion Speakers


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replaced two floorstanding speakers in its Motion series of speakers to bring the company's brand to a wider customer base.

The Motion series, which was launched in January 2010, incorporate Folded Motion thin-film tweeter technology in lieu of the company's more expensive electrostatic drivers. The technology is said to deliver fast transient response and a surface area that is eight times that of a 1-inch dome tweeter to deliver high levels of realism, MartinLogan said.


The two new models mark the beginning of a "full remake" of the Motion series, which are priced less than the company's electrostatic speakers, a spokesman said.

The two new floorstanding speakers are the Motion 20 at a suggested $749 each and the Motion 40 at $949 each. Both models improve performance over their predecessors, in part through larger drivers as well as through a cabinet redesign, said marketing director Mark Aling. Both models, which are shipping, are voice-matched to the series' Motion FX surround speakers and to a planned new Motion 30 center-channel speaker, which will be released soon, the company said.

The two replace floorstanding models priced at $995.95/pair and $1,499.95/pair.

The Motion 20 is 36.6 inches tall and designed for small- to medium-sized rooms with a recommended amplifier power of 20-200 watts per channel. It features thin-film 1- by 1.4-inch Folded Motion tweeter with 5.25- by 1.75-inch diaphragm. Two 5.5-inch aluminum-cone woofers are housed in a non-resonant asymmetrical chamber. The woofer's rigid dust caps reduce cone break-up.

 The Motion 40, which is 42.5 inches tall, makes use of the same tweeter but pairs it with an oversized 5.5-inch aluminum mid-bass driver, dual 6.5-inch bass drivers, and a rear-firing bass port. The oversized woofer is said to increase cone area and therefore deliver higher output and deeper bass performance than the Motion 20. The dedicated midrange woofer promotes a more open soundfield.

Other features include high-gloss piano-black finish and five-way, bi-wire push-style binding posts.

The Motion series also includes the Motion LX16 bookshelf speaker, Motion 4 and 2 compact bookshelf speakers, Motion 8 and 6 center-channel speakers, a surround speaker and the Motion SLM ultra-slim on-wall/on-shelf speaker.


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