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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than $4,000 speakers and I heard 10+ brands

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    AudiophilePersonified
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    Dollar for dollar you are going to have a hard time beating the MartinLogan Motion 40. I auditioned over 10 different speakers in the $2,000-$5,000 price range and I'll be honest, these worked extremely well for every single genre of music. Some speakers sound great with acoustic or orchestral or vocal tracks, while some sound great with rock but very few are forgiving and pleasing when it comes to all genres and compressed music. The reason I mentioned compressed music that they play nice to mp3 files (192kbps and higher) but they're not overly critical of them either. However if you can feed it high res tracks (CD quality 44.1khz/16-bit or higher), you'll be rewarded in spades. I found a pair of open box ML M40 for $1200 at Best Buy. Basically at that price nothing came close. I auditioned B&W CM10 S2, B&W CM9, Focal Aria 926, Revel F206, GoldenEar Triton 5, Paradigm 75F, Klipsch Reference R-26F, Sonus Faber Chameleon, Sonus Faber Venere 2.5 and Polk Audio LSiM705. I ended up loving the ML 40 over all. A very close second I could go with either of these B&W CM10 S2, Revel F206 or Focal Aria 926. But the ribbon tweeter on the ML40 is just so smooth. Not a hint of harshness, not overly bright and this is a speaker you can pair with pretty much any receiver. They're easy to drive and sound equally great no matter where they're plugged in. I run them through a Harman Kardon HK 3490 (but I did test them with Yamaha stereo integrated and the Peachtree Nova 150). It sounded wonderful with all of them. The speaker doesn't have the widest or deepest of soundstages compared to the few that do, and it has enough, but the imaging is superb though. It's hard to isolate the sound to one speaker. Bass is plenty although for the EDM, Rap, Hip-hop genre a sub is essential and I do plan to add two to my setup down the line. But for most everything else you'll make an easy emotional connection with your music. This is a speaker I can live with for a long time, WAF is high and the listening experience never gets fatiguing. And the price was too hard to pass up. What's not to like?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers, at a fair price!

    Posted
    RobC

    Updated, and UPGRADED, my entire speaker set up. Went from some Klipsch Heresy IIs (mains) and non-timbre matched Klipsch center (KSF C-5) and surround (SS-1) speakers to a completely new Motion speaker set up. The Heresy speakers will be missed for their classic rock sound, but the Motion 40s are my new love. It is like comparing a 70’s muscle car to a finely tuned sports car of today. Both have value, but the demands of today music and HT requires high-performance machines. I bought the Motion 40s (mains), Motion 50XT (center), Dynamo 700 (sub) and Motion FX 5-1/4 (surrounds) all in one go. The speakers are being driven by a Marantz SR7005 (AV receiver), which seems to be very good match for Martin Logans. My listening is 70 percent music (rock, blues, 90’s alt and some jazz on Sunday mornings) and 30 percent TV/HT. Okay, for the quick review: The recommended break in period is no joke. After 50+ hours of two channel playback, the sound warmed up and some harshness in the tweeters began to relax. I think the center channel took the longest. Bi-amping the Motions 40 is a “must do” unless you have some sort of high-end, high wattage power amp. The Motion 40s will thank you for removing the jumper clips! Some may want a more power subwoofer than the Dynamo 700 if you like to cause structural damage to your house during movies. But for me, the sub is more than adequate. The piano black finish is a very nice, adding a tough of classic to any living space – wife accepted! Bottom-line, I am completely happy with my purchase. Years of listening pleasure are ahead! The only downside with these speakers, you may start seriously considering a high-end pre/pros arrangement to maximize the capabilities of these beauties. I am!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple amazing, just amazing...

    Posted
    TL24
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I originally went into BB Magnolia to purchase a pair of B&W 683 S2's for my home theater setup. My budget was in the $2k range so I knew I could get a great pair of floor standing speakers that would last me for years. Now keep in mind that before I settled for a pair, I stopped by Magnolia during lunch break for an entire week before making my decision. I started off with the B&W 683 S2's paired with a Pioneer Elite SC-81, the B&W 683 S2's sounded warm (which is my preference), full and powerful as expected. I then thought to myself, why not try the Motion 40's? I've heard nothing but the best from reviewers online who actually them paid with a more than capable receiver. So what did I do? Switched the setup over to the Martin Logan Motion 40's and my ears were blown away! The sound reproduction coming from the Martin Logan Motion 40's were just insane and out of this world, I couldn't believe what I was hearing! What I loved the most about the Martin Logan Motion 40's were the high crisp details that I didn't even know existed until I heard the sound reproduction straight from these awesome speakers, compared to the B&W 683 S2's it was a no competition, the Motion 40's wiped the floor and it wasn't even close in my honest opinion. With that said, I bought a pair, hooked them up to my Pioneer Elite SC-71 AV Receiver and couldn't be happier with my purchase. I initially thought I'd need my subwoofer but with these babies bi-amped there was no need for a subwoofer at all. The Pioneer Elite SC-71 provides more than enough juice with it's Class-D amp. Go buy these speakers, Martin Logan outdid themselves on this one, truly one of the best speakers that I've ever heard in my life!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good for Home Theater and Music

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    TheaterDude
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    When finally ready to equip my media room, I found myself challenged to find speakers that would give me good sound for both movies and music, as well as fit a relatively tight space around my screen. I had initially looked at bookshelf speakers, thinking any tower speakers would be too big. I listened to the Martin Logan Motion 15's and really liked the sound, especially the folded ribbon tweeters. They are bright (after hearing these, I finally understand what that means) but without the harshness that I found with other speakers. Then, I noticed the Motion 40's nearby. The top is essentially a Motion 15 with the additional woofers, cabinet space, and enhanced crossovers. Even without a subwoofer, I appreciated the full range sound they offered on several demo tracks. I brought them home to put them head to head against a few other speakers I considered. I had them all hooked up to a selector switch, so I could quickly cycle between them. I found that, as I listened to the others, the sound was good...until I switched to the Motion 40's and realized all that I wasn't even hearing with the other speakers. These were the most expensive speakers in my test set and I do think they stood out enough to justify the expense. I went ahead and stretched my budget to get these as I wanted a speaker system that I could be happy with for a long long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth every buck!

    Posted
    nanjing1
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    I was already the owner of a Martin Logan Motion 12 speaker which I was using as a center speaker. It sounded so much better than my main speakers that I began to check out the Motion 20's and 40,s. I was fortunate to be able to visit a Magnolia Design Studio to audition the Martin Logans and other speakers. I am not a novice to Hi-Fi, and was able to converse with the knowledgeable staff weighing the pros and cons of other speakers on display, some costing much more than the 40's. I already had my mind made up my mind on the Martin Logan 40,s, mostly because I knew how the 12's sounded in my home. After installing the 40',s, it really did take a month for the speakers to shine. I have them hooked up to a Denon AVR-X3000 in the bi-amped mode, as these really are 4 Ohm speakers, and benefited from the extra power bi-amping provided. I was also able to procure the Motion 15's for the completion of a 5.1 system. I won't write that I heard sounds that I never heard before, as my other speakers were also high end. However, the Martin Logan's just had that edge that appealed to me. The system is used 70/30 for music and Home theatre. I use a subwoofer for home theater, not necessary for music. In conclusion, if you are able to get an all Martin Logan Motion system, you will not be disappointed. Regardless, you cannot go wrong with either the 40's, 20's or 15's as main speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable Sound!

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    Pardhip
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I originally came into my local Best Buy Magnolia HiFi center to listen to another pair of speakers. These little gems were not even on my radar. The look of the speakers lead me to believe they were several times more expensive than what the actually price was. A beautiful piano gloss black finish and speaker grills that dictate there is something sinister underneath. Needless to say I was shocked when these were fired up and played sound that was just amazing. I did not believe that the bass response from these and even looked for a subwoofer that my have been on at that time, but these little gems were the only speakers playing. The Highs, Mids, and Lows from this speaker seem to defy what should be allowed to be produced from a loud speaker this size and at this price point. I took them home and now am a proud owner of a pay of ML Motion 40. They complement my system well and I still cannot stop staring at these beautiful works of art. Amazing accurate bass, solid Mids, and High frequency response that will amaze you, all from one sexy package.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ML Motion 40 - Superb Speaker

    Posted
    garyp
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    I researched speakers in the $2,000 - $2,500 / pair range quite extensively for about a month before deciding on the ML Motion 40's. My use is strictly music so my thoughts are only on that basis. I have other brand speakers in the theater room. I listened to the ML's as well as a few other brands, including the also excellent-sounding B&W CM8. Realizing that the Magnolia showroom may not provide similar sound as my listening area at home, I made my choice based partially on the reviews I had read as well as my own listening. I chose the ML's mostly because of the much better high frequency capability plus what sounded to me to be a tighter bass than the other speakers I listened to. Once I got the ML's installed, listening at home confirmed my choice as being a good one. Just a simply fantastic soundstage, frequency response, and downright enjoyable sound. Aside from the listening, it is obvious that the quality assurance at ML is top notch in both materials and workmanship. These speakers -- I got the piano black -- are beautiful, and for my listening area they are the perfect size. These are superb speakers. You won't go wrong choosing them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Speakers

    Posted
    KilgoreTrout1
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    I'm using these speakers in a 5.1 home theater with the Motion 30 and Motion FXs, and I really enjoy them. Writing about speakers is difficult, as feelings about them are very subjective, but these are my favorite speakers I've owned. I've had Polks (both the very low end and some higher-end), Paradigms (Monitor series), and a couple of Internet-direct companies' offerings, and what stands out about the Motion 40s is the high frequencies, which are fantastic. I've never owned speakers with any sort of ribbon transducer, but they live up to the open, airy hype that I've always heard about. On top of the great sound (which is impressive from bottom to top), the Motion 40s' physical attributes were welcomed by my fiance, who has always put up with my speaker choices, but this time embraced them. If you'd like to read a much more professional and eloquently-written review of these speakers, I'd highly recommend the one on Home Theater Magazine's website (I found pretty much everything in that review to be accurate).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best for the money..

    Posted
    Medictrode
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've been eyeing these speakers for years and the wait was worth it. Every time during this period when I stopped into the Magnolia section I would audition them, along with other brands and were always blown away by the clarity they provided for both the changing movie and music selection they would have. The only speaker that came close in this price range was the B&W 683's however the non conventional design, and the softer sound of the folded tweeter always won me over time and time again on the Martin Logans. The sound really brings you in, and if you need to really crank them you will feel like you are at a concert. Just amazing non pretentious chest thumping sound. The Motion 40s to me sounded similar to the 60s, so I opted to save the extra few bucks. The 40s also physically fit better into my setup, but please take you time and listen to these speakers on different days and different moods.. You will see how amazing they are

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Astonishing sound...remarkable depth and clarity

    Posted
    Brazman
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    When I first disconnected my Cerwin Vegas and Big old Pioneer CS907's, I felt a little sad and awkward as if I were making a mistake with my system. Once my new ML's were out of the box, I felt an overwhelming sense of hope as these speakers look and feel fantastic...even my girlfrined agreed. I fired-up my Amp and selected 'Anastasia' on the new Slash CD. I admit that I was not prepared for the fullness and depth that came from my stereo system. Immediately I was filled with joy and a sense of achievement that my decision to buy these speakers was probably the best decision I could have made. I've listened to some pretty high end systems and mine sounded as good as a 30K$ equivalent. If anyone should ever ask me what speakers they should buy, I will not hesistate to tell them to buy these ML's. Happy listening!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Word of caution with these speakers

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    Iverr6
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I have these hooked up to a Marantz 5008 receiver, which is a pretty respectable piece of equipment. After about a month it started shutting down into protection mode while using these speakers. What I found out was (by Marantz) that these speakers, in fact all ML's are, truly 4 ohm speakers even though they say they are compatible with 8 ohm receivers. In short they are power hungry and your receiver will try to push them at 4 ohms eventually causing clipping, overheating, etc. One solution, Bi-amping, Ive never been a fan of that but in this case it worked. I immediately noticed a difference, it was a WOW moment for me, they outperform my B&W's and Def Tech super towers and this point. My Marantz seems to be running cooler now as well.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow!

    Posted
    Ecorsbie
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    I originally had a pair of Viena Acoustic Bach Tower Speakers that I picked up at an estate sale and fell in love with these speakers...unfortunately they blew on me and I was sad. So I went to Best Buy thinking I would find a decent pair for now till I could afford a new pair of Viena Acoustic. I went to Best Buy and saw that the Marin Logans were on sale and I could not pass up the deal as I had always wanted a pair. I have been in the break in period right now but even so these speakers are just as amazing as the Viena Acoustic but at a cheaper price range. The highs are very crisp and detailed. I can hear just about every instrument or acoustics. Sound stage is wide specially that I have it in stereo configuration via a Yamaha AS500 integrated amp and Marantz CD6006 CD player. I am one again in love with speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    clean and accurate sound

    Posted
    sparky2150
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    very happy with the purchase of the martin logan motion 40s. put them up against the best speakers in the magnolia showroom. to my ear they sound nearly as good as the B&W CM9s at half the price. if you drive them they will produce a surprising amount of bass. i am using Marantz PM8005 integrated amp CD6005 cd player. very soon to add SVS SB2000 powered sub to the mix.my listening preference is singer/song writer, jazz, rock. the vocals are are crisp and accurate. my room is medium size 1600 cu. ft., hardwood floors with a rug in the middle. my fear was that they might be a little bright in this room. i was very pleased when i got them home. they sound great ! still in the break-in period so i expect them to only get better ! I highly recommend !

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound

    Posted
    MLYamSystem
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    I went to BB to put together a moderate Klipsch 5.1 system but they sounded to 'tinny' to me. I increased the budget, decided on just a good 3.1 'front stage' system and went to Magnolia, entertaining the ML ESL's. Their 'sweet spot' is amazing, but it's to small for my multi position seating area. My only option was traditional towers for my intended purpose. I included B&W to compare with the ML 40's and the 40's just sounded better to me. The 40's also included a free ML 500 sub. After bringing them home I'm certain I made the right choice and they're even better after adding the 30 center to compliment them. I now have a solid system that can only be upgraded by adding speakers, not replacing them. Now that's a worthy value!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice!

    Posted
    McKenzil

    These are the best looking speakers on the market but that's not why I bought them. I bought them because of their clarity. I actually listen to movies and music at a lower volume because these speakers sound so clean. Well worth the purchase. I bought at Best Buy with a Best Buy Credit card and a 10% off coupon off of one item. Best Buy has these for 949 and online they are going for 999 but no tax. If you use. The Best Buy CC you get at least 4% back, and easy returns. I went with Best Buy because they were about the same price after all said but I didn't have to worry about shipping damage or return hassles. Ohh and instant gratification.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb Sound!!!

    Posted
    Nathan
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    Excellent speakers, i love the sound the motion 40's produce, i have tried many different speakers including ML ESLs, B&W CM9s, Polk RTi line and many more, and i can say without a doubt that these speakers are the best (at least to my ear) The only other speaker that sounded clearer and a little more detailed to me were the ML ESLs, but they have a very narrow "sweet spot", and outside the "sweet spot" they sounded muffled to me. If you are looking to buy new speakers definitely go to your locac BB Magnolia center and hear them out. You can check out my video of the Martin Logan Motion 40s on youtube.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Speakers

    Posted
    Reviewer63
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    I considered myself a bit spoiled having had an original pair of Legacy II speakers. They were starting to show their age so I shopped for some speakers that might be close to these. I went in considering the B&W's but something didn't quite strike me about the sound of them. I asked the salesman to give the Motion 40's a go. Using one of my CD's, it hit a key sonic moment that hit me that these were the ones. I tried a couple of other music sources and genres and was still pleased with the sound. I then found out they were 4 ohm speakers but that they would work on up to 8-ohm receivers. My receiver is rated 6-16 ohms and has not been a problem. Excellent speakers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Speaker

    Posted
    ButOfCourse
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    First I'd like to say that I've owned many speakers in my life from Energy, JBL, B&W, Bose, PSB, to name a few. I popped into a Best Buy/Magnolia to listen to various speakers and as I was about done the sales rep said "take a listen to these Martin's"...I was instantly hooked. They had the clearest highs, articulate mid-range and perfectly rounded bass of the speakers in the listening room. They're beautifully finished in a high-gloss black and are simply an outstanding value. I'm driving mine with a Parasound Pre-Amp and Amp, AudioQuest Dragonfly and various uncompressed music formats and the sound couldn't be any sweeter. Give them a listen, you won't be sorry.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for Movies/Music/Looks

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    PIX3LPUSH3R
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    I've owned the smaller Motion 4's along with Motion 6 Center Channel & Dynamo 700 Sub for a few years now. The Motion 4's were used as my stereo speakers in a smaller Condo - Recently moved into a new home and wanted the "big brother" Motion 40's to fill the space. They've delivered at every level - They sound exceptionally clean/detailed, and they're pretty to look at. I have them hooked up to a Yamaha RX-A760 Reciever along with the Dynamo 700/Motion 6/and ML Installer series in-ceilings. There's nothing I love more than cranking the volume up and letting these bad boys shine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best out there

    Posted
    Deek29
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    These speakers deserve their fanfare and their price. I've had these speakers for almost a year now and I'm still blown away with the precision of the sound field, the amazing frequency reproduction, and their beauty.... Honestly, there are songs that I can only listen on these speakers... I play them in my car (which has a fantastic B&O stereo) and I cannot hear the same musicality, the same sound stage. These speakers are made for the audiophile. On top of that they handle loud volume like I've never seen before. They don't become harsh at high volume, they sound as smooth as silk, almost taunting you to turn them up louder...

    I would recommend this to a friend