A speaker equally at home in a minimalist stereo music system or a fully tricked out surround-sound home theater, the Aeon i approaches the performance of our most ambitious models while taking up significantly less space. Painstaking design of the bass-reflex woofer section was central to this achievement. Although giving up a small amount of low-frequency extension and output capability to its larger siblings, the Aeon i can still pump out plenty of high-impact, high-resolution bass from its 8-inch aluminum-cone driver.
The other critical element is the speaker's CLS™ Generation 2 electrostatic transducer, which allows the use of a much smaller panel than in traditional designs without loss of efficiency or output. This panel lends the diminutive Aeon i the unparalleled accuracy and detail for which MartinLogan speakers are legendary. To assure that the panel's relatively tight radiation pattern is not a limiting factor when broad room coverage is desired, we've incorporated our switchable Natural Ambience Compensation system. When turned on, NAC™ transparently augments the speaker's high-frequency dispersion – a particularly useful feature in home theaters with large seating areas.
Innovative manufacturing techniques enabled MartinLogan to produce the original Curvilinear Line Source panels, the first wide-range electrostatic drivers to deliver good horizontal sound dispersion without sacrificing overall sound quality or reliability. CLS Generation 2 builds on that success with advanced diaphragm and stator technologies that significantly enhance speaker efficiency and dynamics.
Our new thin-film plasma-deposition process applies an improved conductive coating to the ultra-low-mass PET (polyethylene terathylate) diaphragm for superior adhesion and abrasion resistance, as well as a better impedance characteristic. MicroPerf stators expose more of the diaphragm surface, dramatically expanding effective radiating area without increasing panel size, while ClearSpar™ spacers help maintain their stiffness without impairing the signature transparent look of MartinLogan electrostats.
NAC (natural ambience compensation) increases the amount of reflected high-frequency energy in the room, which can be particularly useful for broadening the coverage area of a small electrostatic speaker in a home theater system with a large seating area. The NAC driver – a superb 1-inch soft-dome tweeter – operates in parallel with the main drivers and can be switched on or off according to listener preference.
By eliminating cone flexure, aluminum diaphragms help our advanced-technology woofers achieve the very low distortion necessary for proper blending with MartinLogan electrostatic panels.
Carefully hand-built using only the finest polypropylene 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.
The sound we hear from a loudspeaker is a combination of direct radiation from it to our ears and reflections off of room surfaces – walls, floor, and ceiling. How our brains integrate all this information is far from simple. Depending on the angle of incidence to the ears and the arrival-time difference between direct and reflected sound, reflections can either blur detail and stereo imaging or enhance the natural impression of depth and openness.
True dipole speakers, such as electrostatic panels, have long been noted for their near-ideal radiation patterns. They send very little sound to the sides, thereby minimizing side-wall reflections with short arrival times that tend to interfere with perception of the direct sound. Their strong rear radiation, however, produces a generous amount of ambience-enriching later-arriving reflections off the wall behind them.
Aeon i has an attractive, durable, semi-gloss black cabinet finish and Meteor-colored panel stators. A variety of hand-finished trim options are available.
MartinLogan's proprietary toolless binding posts make cable connection and management easy. Two sets are supplied, one connected to the crossover section feeding the electrostatic panel, the other to the section feeding the woofer. When the two are linked using the supplied straps, a conventional single-cable connection can be used. Or you can remove the straps for bi-wiring.
The Aeon i is supplied with sturdy, 1/4-20 ETC™ 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.