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MartinLogan - Motion 35XT 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker (Each) - Black

  • Model: MO35XTGBL
  • SKU: 8343008

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Listen to your favorite music in clear detail with this MartinLogan Motion 35XT MO35XTGBL bookshelf speaker, which utilizes a 6-1/2" aluminum-cone woofer and a Folded Motion XT tweeter to create a rich and varied soundfield.

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$599.98
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Overview

What's Included


  • MartinLogan Motion 35XT 6-1/2" 2-Way Bookshelf Speaker (1 speaker)
  • Owner's manual
  • Rubber pads, binding post jumpers

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 9)

Features


250W peak power handling

Helps ensure rich, dynamic sound is projected.

6-1/2" aluminum-cone woofer

With a cast-polymer basket and a sealed chamber format delivers deep, powerful low-end tones. The rigid-structured dust cap reduces cone break-up modes.

1-1/4" x 2-1/2" high-resolution Folded Motion XT tweeter

With a 4-1/2" x 2-3/4" diaphragm offers crisp, clear highs.

Advanced topology crossover network

With a custom air-core coil and low-DCR steel-laminate inductors provides enhanced sonic quality.

Bi-wire 5-way binding posts

Featuring custom tool-less capability allow simple, secure connections.


Customer rating

4.6
89%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.0

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Speakers

    Posted
    MusicLover

    These are my second pair of Martin Logan speakers (actually my third--I have a pair of ML LX16s in my shop). I purchased a pair of Motion 15's and absolutely loved them. I wanted to upgrade from the $3300 Bose system we installed in our basement. The Bose just did not have good music sound. After listening to the ML 15s for a while, I got the thought that I wanted to try the 35XTs, because I figured they would probably have even better sound. So I purchased a pair of the cherry-finish 35XTs. For some background, I should note that for both sets of speakers, I can the Audyssey audio set up, to get them calibrated with my Martin Logan subwoofer (Dynamo 700) for the listening space. Both sets of speakers are fed by 14 ga wire, and the runs are 15 ft or less. My receiver is one of the better Denon ones. At first, I did not like the 35XTs as well as the Motion 15s. I was going to swap them back out for the M15s. I did not think the mid range, particularly the upper mid range was as clear as the M15s. However, I then remembered that these speakers need a break in period. So I left the 36Xts installed and played them for many hours--I needed to get the 35Xts broke in just as the M15s had been. I never went back and replaced the 35XTs. The sound is extraordinarily clear. I should note that I play most of my music through a Sony High Resolution player. A good (original) recording played through the Sony on the 35Xts is phenomenal. FYI: the Sony converts the source file (CD in my case) to a higher quality recording, in a similar manner (I imagine) as TVs upscale a1080P signal to a 4K signal. The feeling of "presence" (like the artist is right there in the room), with these speakers and the hi-res audio is incredible. Just for the record, I was too lazy to go back and reinstall the M15s and rerun the calibration to re-compare both speakers after break in, but I feel no need to. A friend of mine is a serious audio listener also, and he has raved about both sets of the ML speakers. As others have stated, I listened to B&W speakers for comparison prior to purchase, and to me, either ML speaker wins hands down over the comparable or even higher priced B&W speakers. If you can, go for it. I do not think you will be disappointed, but rather, amazed at the sound. I hope this was helpful to you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable sound!

    Posted
    ACEACE
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I recently upgraded from the Martin Logan LX-16 speakers which are identical to motion 15 speakers and that was a great speaker to start with. Had the Martin Logan LX-16 for more than 30days but was still found wanting for more. The 35XT gives you that extra air and clarity and deeper bass from the Motion 15 and LX-16 which are great to start with. The 35XT are much higher price but I would say these would be what I call a lifetime speakers like my INFINITY KAPPA 9.1 speakers I have those speakers since I bought them in 93.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    overpriced

    Posted
    Christian

    THis is the second time I write about these speakers which I bought from Best Buy. They are overpriced they are too bright and they will give you ear fatigue. I used to have the definite technology which I bought here as well and they where a lot better than these. I have also bought the prime which are better than this. I wish I could get my money back I am still paying for them. I would not recommend these speakers to anybody

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Audiophile quality at an incredibly low price

    Posted
    mscottring
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I recently downsized to a much smaller place and needed a smaller system for this place. I reviewed a good number of speakers before I fell in love with these. At this price point it's incredibly difficult to beat the sound, build quality and overall value you find in these speakers. I know I wasn't able to after listening to several at this location, and a few other dealers in the area. At the very least do a few A/B tests with these.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound from a small speaker

    Posted
    graciemydog
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have these speakers hooked up to a 25 year old McIntosh solid-state amp and pre-amp and they sound incredible. Matched with a sub to provide a little more bass. The high end is amazing and mid range is clear and precise. The build quality is impressive with great fit and beautiful wood finish. Highly recommend and definitely a great value for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and sexy looking speakers

    Posted
    Deuce

    Love the new design. I got to test these out at Magnolia dept. It was between these and the B&W 686. The ML 35xt sounded much better and crispy at low volumn. I wanted to get these for my apartment without blasting the volumn. Too bad they don't come with matching stands like B&W or other speakers. Overall I'm in love with the clarity and the sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than most bookshelves at hiring price point

    Posted
    MellowYellow
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The first time I listened to Hotel California on these speakers in one of Best Buy's Magnolia studio's I knew I had to have those speakers. They pair great with my Motion 30 center channel and Yamaha RX-A720 receiver. Very warm clean sound and surprisingly bassy for bookshelves. Great for my hoc and movies. Also listen to my vinyl recon da on them

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great center channel

    Posted
    Karmenrider637
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Paired this center speaker with a set of 60xt. The dialogue clarity is very nice and well matched to my 60xt. Currently running audioquest x2 speaker wires but will be upgrading to type 4 cables to get the best audio transfer. I am very pleased with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design, price, size and reliability. Editors are less positive about usability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 88/100 = Very good quality.
  • What Hi-Fi? (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5What Hi-Fi? on November 2, 2015
    Martin Logan Motion 35XT review
    A relatively affordable pair of speakers from a traditionally high-end brand, but how do these standmounters stack up against the competition?Full Review



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