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Motion LX16 Customer Reviews
by alemarvi, 7 months ago
I went to MAGNOLIA at best buy, looking for Definitive Technology SM55 or SM65 bookshelf speakers. I have 2 Definitive BP6 stand floor (living room) which are amazing. I am on my way to replace my BOSE's home theater (study/family room) speakers which -I have learn by experience- are not good enough for music listening. I was looking for front L/R new speakers.
A salesman told me that SM55/65 were very good, but pointed the MARTIN LOGAN's LX16, a brand that I had never hear about before. At first, since I was expecting de DT's bass, I found them a little too shiny/bright without body. But a second and a third salesmen came in and separately they advice me to listen to MARTIN LOGAN's speakers. There was not a price difference, since the MARTIN LOGAN were on a 50% sale.
So, I compare them carefully leaving aside my preconceptions, and was able to identify the sharpness of the LX16. Highs and mediums are so clear, so rich, so full of sound, that I couldn't believe it. But, still, I was missing DT's bass. The senior salesman ask me about my subwoofer, which is a Definitive Technology as well, very powerful so I understood that I already have bass at home.
So I bought them. At home, listening to them I can tell you that I have made an excellent purchase. Music is alive, songs are so clear, I can't believe it. So I change my subwoofer configuration and I hide it, if you know what I mean. Now my home theater sounds "integrated", I have crisp highs, full mediums, and strong but "invisible" bass. A downs side: I must by the whole MARTIN LOGAN's speakers system which is expensive but worthy every penny.
by Jason W., 1 year ago
I did my due diligence on this purchase and was fortunate to locate a pair of factory refurbished LX16's that were sold to me through Audio Advisor.
I am happy to say the speakers arrived without a single flaw that I could see.
Today is day 1 with the speakers in my system...(IMac -Audirvana- Peachtree Idecco...LX16's with Polk subwoofer) and I can only describe what I am hearing as "astounding". I am not an audiophile in terms of understanding how all the components work together to achieve their sound signature, but I can say that these speakers are a marked improvement over the onws they are replacing....Polk RTi A1 bookshelves.
The sound is much more dynamic and crisp. I assume the Folded Motion tweeter is to thank for that. The sound is cleaner and much less "muddy" than the Polk's....I was happy with the Polk''s, but there was just something I could not put my finger on that seemed to be holding them back....now I know what it was...upper frequency accuracy. The LX16's have plenty of detail packed in the upper frequencies that just creates a more pleasing listening experience. Vocals just seem to leap out at you.
My title is "Ear Candy", but it should have "Eye Candy" as a subtitle because these things are absolutely beautiful! The magnetic grill is a nice touch and the gloss black finish just screams high end.
I could not be happier with this purchase and look forward to seeing how the sound improves with age, this being only day 1.
Thanks Martin Logan for creating a superior product!
by bacbuddy, 2 years ago
I am no audiophile, but trust my ears with little basic understanding to the technical jargon. Over the years tried a few towers and book shelves. Did recently auditioned many high-end speakers in a specialty audio shop. Got to hear the motion 15 at a friend's place a little bit and was impressed by how crisp and clean these bookshelves sounded. I saw an deal on a pair of LX16 which I understood comparative in most all aspects with the 15 series book shelves and order them. Still in the break-in period and already could not believe how distinct the quality of sound are from these from my previous speakers. I am still exploring different speaker placement to find the optimal quality, but what I am hearing is beyond what I have ever heard before. I currently hooked these to my denon-d38, but shortly plan to pair them with a vintage Linn classik. I primarily intend to use these pair of my bookshelves for music listening. I do have athenna FS2 and FS1 towers with matching center with a Sony powered sub, Sony str-dn1040 receiver for my home theater needs, which seem to quench my need in that area.
This pair of LS16 bookshelves are a keeper for sure. Not to forget, love the dark cherry cabinet along with its simple exterior aesthetics.
by Jeffrey Asher, 4 years ago
The Martin Logan LX16 design seems to have transcended the laws of physics. Those third cubic foot boxes deliver every music detail and tight, defined bass.
A friend claimed that they sounded as transparent as my ML Vista electrostatics. Yes, surprisingly close.
Place two LX16s away from room walls and music reproduction is clear, precise and offers depth! You will rediscover your CD library. LX16 detail appears to improve your TV picture.
Over many years, I auditioned numerous compact monitors, but none offer the clarity of the LX16s. In my home, they are a daily delight.
by zmoore83, 4 years ago
After a moderate break-in period(be aware that the ribbon tweeter needs a little longer to fully break-in than standard tweeters)i was blown away by the transparency and accurate detail! A steal at the pricepoint. I woud highly recomend these to any discerning listener.
by bismarck, 4 years ago
I use these as secondary system to my Theos. I wanted a smaller, good looking speaker that didn't sacrifice quality. They sound great! The stereo imaging is precise. The highs are never harsh, and the sound is very life like. People sound like they are in the room.
I was waiting for ML to follow up the Motion 4's with a bookshelf speaker for added bass response, and these do a great job!
If these are being used as part of a theater system, don't hesitate to back them up with a good sub, the Dynamo 700 is a great match. For strictly music, they are perfect as a stand alone system.