Free Subwoofer with Multi-channel Music Package
Enjoy a superb multi-channel music system based on MartinLogan’s acclaimed ElectroMotion EM-ESL. You get a pair of these for front channel duties, one MartinLogan Motion 6 center channel speaker, two MartinLogan Helos 12 In-ceiling speakers as surrounds, and for a limited time only, a FREE $695-value MartinLogan Dynamo 700 powered subwoofer.
MartinLogan ElectroMotion ESL Floorstanding Speaker
MartinLogan's ElectroMotion EM-ESL represents a brave new direction for electrostatic loudspeaker design. Featuring a full-sized 34" tall curvilinear XStat electrostatic transducer, the ESL performs more like a mini-flagship than an entry-level audiophile speaker.
This bold loudspeaker establishes a new benchmark for price versus performance. Pushing thin film transducer technology to its limit, the ElectroMotion ESL features the most affordable full-size XStat electrostatic transducer ever designed.
"I think the EM-ESL is one of the best bargains going in an audiophile music speaker," raves Brent Butterworth in the October 20, 2011 issue of Sound+Vision magazine. "It gives audiophiles all the things most of us seem to want (huge soundstaging and a dramatic presentation) and all the things we should want but sometimes neglect (like neutral tonal balance and natural sound)."
Is There a More Exciting Speaker at This Price?
"If there's a more exciting loudspeaker out there at this price, I certainly haven't heard it," marvels Jeff Dorgay in the May 2011 issue of ToneAudio magazine. "While the year isn't yet half over, the EM-ESLs are on our short list for a Product of the Year award."
"The ElectroMotion ELS system is the least expensive way to join an exclusive (and very ecstatic) club," reports Darryl Wilkinson in HomeTheater.com for October 31, 2011.
MicroPerf and AirFrame Technology
ElectroMotion ESL's XStat electrostatic MicroPerf panel is housed within a radical aluminum and composite AirFrame similar to those found on MartinLogan's flagship products. AirFrame technology rigidifies the electrostatic panel without obstructing playable surface area or interfering with ambience enriching dipole sound radiation. At the same time, an AirFrame provides electrical and acoustical isolation, minimizing intermodulated distortion caused by vibration and resonance while enhancing imaging, low-level sonic detail, accuracy, and efficiency.
MicroPerf design optimizes the individual holes of The EM-ESL's electrostatic panel. MicroPerf design substantially increases diaphragm radiating area, compared to early generations, without compromising structural integrity. The resulting increase in output capability and efficiency allows The EM-ESL's panel to enjoy a substantial leap in bandwidth and dynamics without growing larger. For example, The EM-ESL's XStat electrostatic panel features 129 square inches of sound radiating surface on both the front and back and a sensitivity of 91dB into 6 Ohms.
CLS XStat Transducer
One of MartinLogan's original breakthroughs, CLS (Curvilinear Line Source) technology, has been an essential ingredient of every electrostatic loudspeaker the company has ever produced, and the ElectroMotion ESL is no exception. Proprietary manufacturing methods enable construction of electrostatic panels as cylindrical sections. Their gentle horizontal curvature solves the problem of obtaining good high-frequency dispersion from a large radiating surface without compromising overall sound quality or reliability.
A unique XStat transducer was developed for the ElectroMotion ESL to reduce the gauge thickness of the electrostatic panel's steel stators. The reduced gauge does not alter the performance characteristics of the panel. However, as a natural byproduct of tighter build tolerances, it does increase the visual transparency of the panel. The EM-ESL's new XStat panel is so visually transparent it nearly vanishes when you're sitting and listening.
Controlled Dispersion Sound Radiation
Another key attribute of the ElectroMotion ESL is its naturally dipolar radiation pattern. A true dipole, The EM-ESL radiates sound with equal intensity from the front and back of its diaphragm, but the outputs are in opposite phase. As a result, sound waves rippling out toward the sides meet at the speaker's edge and cancel.
That and the relatively large size of the ElectroMotion ESL's electrostatic panel cause output at the sides to be very low relative to that of a conventional loudspeaker, which in turn minimizes side-wall reflections that tend to muddle sonic detail and stereo imaging. While the reduction in output to the sides contributes to the astonishing clarity for which electrostats are revered, the energy reflected off the wall behind the speaker opens up and deepens the sound.
Superb Bass Integration
To seamlessly blend audio output from the high- and mid-frequency electrostatic panel to the low-frequency woofer, the ElectroMotion ESL features a proprietary Vojtko topology filter utilizing custom air core coil and low DCR steel laminate inductors, polyester film capacitors in series, and low DF electrolytic capacitors in parallel.
A precise 8" high-excursion, perfectly balanced, audiophile grade, doped fiber cone woofer was custom designed exclusively for The EM-ESL by MartinLogan's in-house engineering team. This woofer precisely optimizes cone suspension and magnetic flux field to produce high levels of bass output and simultaneous precise midrange. The custom woofer's rigid light-weight diaphragm eliminates cone flexure and maximizes response time to achieve remarkably low-distortion approaching that of MartinLogan's award-winning electrostatic panel design.
Easy Connections, Solid Adjustable Footing
Convenient push-style speaker terminals and curved inserts help guide speaker wire effortlessly into place. The rubber end caps on the terminal are also removable for the use of banana plugs instead of bare wire. The EM-ESL is supplied with sturdy, 1/4-20 ETC™ spikes, which can be used to fine tune vertical wave launch, enhance stability on thick carpets, and create tighter coupling between speaker and floor to provide a tighter and detailed bass performance. Each spike is conveniently covered by removable rubber end caps if you prefer not to use spikes.
The Second Coming of the Aerius?
Longtime MartinLogan enthusiasts are sure to describe ElectroMotion ESL as the second-coming of the legendary Aerius electrostatic speaker which debuted in 1992 and went on to sell in record numbers. The new ESL boasts 40 percent more radiating surface, a superbly integrated and authoritative bass performance, and a sensitivity rated at 91 dB. In addition, the ESL is capable of being effortlessly powered by both receivers and high-end amplifiers alike.
"Switching between the Aerius i's and EM-ESLs repeatedly revealed the latter's tremendous refinement," reports Jeff Dorgay in ToneAudio magazine. "Regardless of musical choice, the current model possessed an increased level of resolution that its predecessor couldn't touch."
MartinLogan Motion 6 Center Channel Speaker
Sometimes less is definitely more. MartinLogan's Motion 6 packs a huge amount of center channel speaker performance into a compact cabinet. Place Motion 6 under your set or mount it on the wall for a huge leap forward in sound quality. Inspired by the clarity and detail of MartinLogan's ultra-high-end electrostatic loudspeakers, Motion 6 features a Folded Motion™ tweeter and powerful bass technology in a compact and affordable package.
Key to Motion 6's performance is the lightning fast response of the tweeter's lightweight diaphragm combined with a large surface area (eight-times that of a typical one-inch dome tweeter). Motion 6 also has dual 3.5" poly cone low-mass woofers for bass response down to 120 Hz.
The MartinLogan Motion Series
Inspired by MartinLogan's ultra-high-end electrostatic loudspeakers, the Motion Series was created to provide stunning sound for your ultimate-performance home theater or stereo. MartinLogan's dedicated in-house engineers carefully crafted the Motion Series to create an extremely affordable and compact product line that seamlessly blends the company's exquisite Folded Motion™ transducers with powerful, compact bass technology. The result is a smooth, refined sound with stunning dynamic range and jaw-dropping clarity.
What makes the Motion Series sound so amazing? MartinLogan's dedicated in-house engineering team started by utilizing and refining the most advanced, compact technologies and combining them with innovative engineering. The result is an emotionally engaging sound that rivals (and most times trounces) traditional loudspeakers of similar size and price.
Folded Motion™ Tweeter
MartinLogan's exclusive and highly innovative Folded Motion™ Tweeter helps gives Motion speakers their fantastically realistic highs. Lightning fast transient response, combined with a large surface area (eight-times that of a typical 1" dome tweeter) creates clear, highly dynamic, and precise sound.
The Folded Motion™ Tweeter works by moving air (which creates sound) perpendicular to the folded ridges of the diaphragm, similar to how an accordion works. This extremely low mass diaphragm "squeezes" air and requires almost 90 percent less excursion than the typical 1" dome tweeter, which drastically minimizes distortion while providing a lighting fast response time. The increased surface area also provides a wide, yet controlled sound dispersion to create a realistic and carefully etched sound stage.
Contributing to the superb performance is the legendary Vojtko™ crossover. It is carefully hand-built using only the finest polyester film and low DF electrolytic capacitors, custom air-core coils, and low DCR steel laminate inductor for vanishingly low distortion and seamless driver integration. This precision-tuned network preserves even the most microscopic sonic nuances while handling the full dynamics of any source.
Complementing Motion's sonic accuracy is elegant yet understated styling. Flawless high-gloss, piano black finishes and subtle curves, along with MartinLogan's signature perforated grille, gives Motion Series speakers an elegant and timeless look. Tower models feature a real-wood veneer finish and a stylish aesthetic certain to blend with any decor.
Convenient push-style speaker terminals and curved inserts help guide speaker wire effortlessly into place. The rubber end caps on the terminal are also removable for the use of banana plugs instead of bare wire. So simple, you'll actually enjoy hooking up these speakers.
MartinLogan Helos 12 In-ceiling Speaker
MartinLogan's Helos 12 is a high-resolution in-ceiling loudspeaker featuring a 1" neodymium soft dome tweeter mounted in an aimable stem, a 6.5" aluminum cone woofer, and proprietary Vojtko crossover topology.
Helos high-performance in-ceiling speakers are ideal for use in multi-channel home theaters, in kitchens as two-channel stereo speakers, and in hallways as single-channel distributed audio speakers. The Helos 12 and Helos 22 deliver legendary MartinLogan quality and performance in compact, high-resolution in-ceiling loudspeakers. Featuring aimable neodymium soft dome tweeters, high-rigidity aluminum cone woofers, and proprietary Vojtko crossover topology, Helos 12 and Helos 22 effortlessly provide extreme sonic accuracy.
Both Helos models feature an ultra-low profile, micro perforated grille with no visible bezel. And they are paintable for near invisible integration into any ceiling. A magnetic system secures grilles easily into place, reducing the risk of warping or damage during installation.
Designed to Aim at the Listening Position
Helos 12 features a high-resolution neodymium tweeter mounted on a pivoting tweeter stem that easily aims at your primary listening location. This design allows you to enjoy the highest levels of in-ceiling audio performance, while still providing rich, detailed sound throughout the entire room.
A robust mounting-lock system allows quick, trouble-free installation. When not in use, the constant-control mounting locks are held securely within a self-contained housing. When moved into place during installation, they couple the speaker's chassis firmly to the ceiling. And if the speaker is ever removed, the locks retract and latch themselves back in their housings.
Each Helos 12 speaker comes with a full-size installation template that features quick-reference instructions, and die-cut guides for marking the cutout hole.
MartinLogan's new architectural speakers feature ultra-low profile, paintable micro perforated grilles with no visible bezel for near-invisible integration into any wall or ceiling. A magnetic system secures grilles easily into place, reducing the risk of warping or damage during installation.
Precision-Built, Advanced-Topology Vojtko™ Crossover
Carefully hand-built using only the finest polyester capacitors and air-core coils, the crossover employ's MartinLogan's proprietary Vojtko topology for vanishingly low distortion and seamless driver integration. This precision-tuned network preserves even the most microscopic sonic nuances, while handling the full dynamics of any source.
Multi Application Use
Helos 12 is suitable for any application in average to small rooms. Ideal for use in a multi-channel home theater as a front, center, or surround speaker, in a kitchen as two-channel stereo speaker, or in a hallway as a single-channel distributed audio speaker.
MartinLogan Dynamo 700 Powered Subwoofer
Building on the success of the original Dynamo powered subwoofer, MartinLogan's designers went on to create the compact, powerful Dynamo 700.
Featuring a high-current 300-watt RMS, 600-watt peak amplifier and 10" cone driver, the Dynamo 700 delivers deep, tight, effortless bass for home theater or stereo music. Its standard down-firing configuration quickly converts into a front-firing setup for folks who prefer a "hidden" installation.
The finishing touch is Dynamo's built in wireless receiver wireless receiver, which works with the included SWT-1 wireless transmitter for cable-free hook-up. This great features is just the ticket for bass aficionados who want an uncluttered, minimalist look in the room.
Affordable Low-Bass Muscle
MartinLogan never lets up! Thanks to the high-end loudspeaker manufacturer's ceaseless research into driver, amplifier, cabinet, and control technologies, it has developed a highly affordable solution for enthusiasts of deep bass. The new family of Dynamo powered subwoofers delivers the low frequency muscle that today's movies and music requires, with an emphasis on highly accurate reproduction.
Front-Firing or Down-Firing Flexibility
Dynamo is user-configurable for either front- or down-firing operation. Just pick up the sub, flip it over 90 degrees on the included stand, and you've changed front front-firing to down-firing, or vice versa. Whether in a corner, behind furniture, or installed in a cabinet, your Dynamo will sound superb.
Inverse Mathematical Equalization
An IME (inverse mathematical equalization) filter is derived from the inverse of the unfiltered driver response. Precision IME filtering yields extremely accurate low-frequency response – far superior to that provided by the simple second-order, high-Q filters typical of competitively priced subwoofers.
Seamless System Integration
Dynamo's connections and controls are designed to enable easy, seamless integration with any stereo music or multi-channel home theater system. It's main left/right line-level inputs feed into a precision low-pass filter. For systems in which a surround processor supplies the crossover, Dynamo provides an LFE input that completely bypasses its internal filters.
This capability together with flexible crossover controls ensures that Dynamo can deliver excellent bass from any location in your room. No other subwoofer in its class offers Dynamo's combination of bass extension, power, and detail.
Go Wireless with Your MartinLogan Sub
Although correct room placement plays a key role in optimizing subwoofer performance, it can impose the inconvenience (not to mention unsightliness!) of running long lengths of cable through walls, along baseboards or under floors and carpets.
The MartinLogan SWT-1 Subwoofer Wireless Transmitter solves the problem. It allows you to place your Dynamo 700 or Dynamo 1000 subwoofers subwoofer in the exact location where it will deliver the best bass. Cable clutter becomes a thing of the past and actual system setup time can be dramatically reduced. Need to system troubleshoot at a later time? When you go wireless, there will never be an untidy mess of wires to sift through in order to find the right cable.
Solving the Placement Puzzle
While it's true that bass waves are non-directional and, in theory, you should be able to place your subwoofer anywhere in the room without affecting bass performance or the performance of your other speakers, it's never quite that simple. Bass is dramatically affected by the room itself. Dimensions, dead spots, archways, even furniture placement can cause bass to sound bloated or boomy with a lack of definition.
Achieving optimal bass almost always requires experimenting, with the sub in various parts of the room. Ah and there's the rub! While experimenting, you may discover the best place for the subwoofer is all the way across the room, far from the amplifier or receiver. Or maybe a "hidden" install is required. Both situations impose the inconvenience (not to mention unsightliness!) of running a long length of cable through walls, along baseboards or under floors and carpets. That's where the MartinLogan SWT-1 Subwoofer Wireless Transmitter comes in.
MartinLogan Dynamo 700 and Dynamo 1000 subwoofers are designed for wired or wireless operation. A wireless receiver built into each of these subs can be used to establish connection with the SWT-1. The SWT-1 allows you to experiment with subwoofer placement to your heart's content. Unsightly wiring becomes a thing of the past and the actual reduction in system set-up time can be dramatic.
The SWT-1 couldn't be easier to use. Just plug it into the wall, and connect your audio to the left and right / LFE RCA inputs. Press the sync button on the bottom of the transmitter, and you're done. You're ready for stunning bass performance, wirelessly.
Skeptical About Wireless Audio? Relax!
Skeptical about wireless audio? You can relax! Following extensive research and testing, MartinLogan engineers designed the SWT-1 with an uncompressed 16-bit, 48 kHz sampling rate (exceeding the current CD standard of 16-bit, 44.1 kHz), which proved more than adequate (and accurate) for use in the wireless transmission of low-frequency information below 200 Hz. And since the RF transmission is digital, it is error-checked to ensure no deviation from the original signal.
The MartinLogan SWT-1 operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency range. Often, users of wireless technology complain about interference from other noise sources in the room (such as wireless local area networks, portable phones on the same frequency, even microwave ovens). MartinLogan engineers included an integrated RF power amplifier that provides a 15 dBm RF power level to reduce interference. Stray RF interference is also reduced through our use of Adaptive FHSS operation. Think Bluetooth technology; it's similar.
In a typical room situation, the SWT-1's RF transmitter has a maximum unobstructed operating range of 40 feet (12.5 meters) depending on placement of course, and if desired, its compact dimensions allow it to fit neatly into an A/V rack.
MiniETC™ (Energy Transfer Coupler) Spikes
The Dynamo is supplied with sturdy, 1/4-20 MiniETC™ spikes, which can be used in place of the standard feet to enhance stability on thick carpets or to create tighter coupling between speaker and floor.
Although ports are a convenient and cost-effective way of increasing low-frequency output, they rely on resonant energy in a way that impairs bass quality. A good sealed system will exhibit less transient-blurring group delay while maintaining smooth, consistent response regardless of output level or voice-coil temperature. Listen carefully to the sound of a bass drum, and you'll hear the difference.
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MartinLogan ElectroMotion ESL Floorstanding Speaker
"I think the EM-ESL is one of the best bargains going in an audiophile music speaker. It gives audiophiles all the things most of us seem to want (huge soundstaging and a dramatic presentation) and all the things we should want but sometimes neglect (like neutral tonal balance and natural sound). If stereo music listening is your priority, I highly recommend these. And you can add the EM-C2, the EM-FX2, and the subwoofer of your choice for those occasional nights when you want to relax with a movie instead of digging deep into your music collection."
- Brent Butterworth, Sound+Vision magazine, October 20, 2011
"On Tab Benoit's Medicine disc, the music hangs in the air like the calls of crickets and owls during a humid night on the bayou. There are few speakers at this price that can so clearly define each instrument and place Benoit's leathery voice in space in such a way that you feel almost as if you were sitting in front of the band while they played a live set. When I listened to Gregory Alan Isakov's 'Light Year' (This Empty Northern Hemisphere), I perceived an especially wide soundstage that extended beyond the speakers with pinpoint placement of drums to the far left, Isakov's voice slightly to the left, one guitar almost in the center, and another guitar to the right. It's almost eerie the way the guitars and vocals never seemed to touch the ground. Likewise with Clare Torry's wailing voice on Pink Floyd's classic, 'Great Gig in the Sky' from Dark Side of the Moon."
"The ElectroMotion ELS system is the least expensive way to join an exclusive (and very ecstatic) club."
- Darryl Wilkinson, HomeTheater.com, October 31, 2011
"Considering what an amazing value the Aerius offered back in 1992… the fact that MartinLogan has hit the same price with its ElectroMotion is nothing less than a major miracle in 2011."
"Switching between the Aerius i's and EM-ESLs repeatedly revealed the latter's tremendous refinement. Regardless of musical choice, the current model possessed an increased level of resolution that its predecessor couldn't touch."
"If there's a more exciting loudspeaker out there at this price, I certainly haven't heard it. While the year isn't yet half over, the EM-ESLs are on our short list for a Product of the Year award."
- Jeff Dorgay, ToneAudio magazine, Issue 37, May 2011