Cinema i is an amalgam of technologies, carefully balanced to maximize performance and installation flexibility while keeping the price on a short leash. MartinLogan hybrid speaker engineering augments an advanced CLS™ Generation 2 electrostatic midrange panel with high-resolution dynamic low- and high-frequency drivers to optimize sound dispersion and output capability. The result is rich, lifelike, stunningly detailed sound that blends seamlessly with our other electrostats and enhances any home theater. Cinema i's dynamic drivers are magnetically shielded to prevent picture interference when the speaker is placed next to a CRT display. And an integrated bracket/stand eases installation. The Cinema i can be mounted on a wall or ceiling, placed on a shelf or on top of a TV set, or put just about anywhere else, including on the floor.
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.
Although stators are the elements of an electrostatic driver that are supposed to stand still, they carry the audio signals that do the work of propelling the diaphragm back and forth to move air and produce sound. Because the stators sandwich the diaphragm between them, they must be perforated to allow sound to pass through. Yet they must also be rigid enough to remain absolutely stationary despite the strong electrostatic forces pushing and pulling at them during operation.
MartinLogan's MicroPerf design optimizes this tradeoff by reducing the size of the individual holes and using many more of them than in a traditional electrostatic panel. MicroPerf almost doubles effective diaphragm radiating area without compromising structural integrity. The resulting increase in output capability and efficiency allows a panel to be made much smaller without sacrificing performance – or to enjoy a substantial leap in bandwidth and dynamics without growing larger.
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.
A low-voltage DC power supply eliminates the need for a traditional, heavy IEC power cord.
The Cinema i includes a versatile multifunction bracket/stand that enables wall or ceiling mounting or placement on any surface, such as a shelf, TV set, or floor. The stand is adjustable to allow easy aiming of the speaker.
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.
Cinema i features an attractive, durable semi-gloss black cabinet and shimmering, dark gray Meteor-colored panel stators.
MartinLogan's proprietary toolless binding posts make cable connection and management easy.