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The World's Finest Full-Range Electrostatic Line Source Loudspeaker.
The CLX delivers the truth – the culmination of everything we have learned about electrostatic technology since we brought our first product to market in 1983. Purity of sound permeates your entire room and satisfies even the most critical ear. The new industry benchmark for resolving detail, CLX utilizes dual electrostatic transducers to render the most complex musical passages as faithfully as a crystal prism disperses the full color spectrum. This is the limitless spectrum of the CLX – the absolute truth in musical reproduction.
Launched in 2008
Price when discontinued: $25,000.00
MartinLogan CLX Full-Range Electrostatic Loudspeaker: A New Standard of Transparency
"Because they are so neutral in balance, so “not there” as sound sources, so low in distortion and high in transparency, they make my better and best recordings, particularly of smaller-scale music, sound more realistic than any other speaker I’ve had in my home (at low to medium-loud volumes)."
"[Translated] Loudspeakers of reference level, both in sound and performance, which deserve an honorable place in the audio Hall of Fame. artinLogan CLX Art, literally stuffed with advanced technological innovations, is a sample of holography and three-dimensionality: the most important parameters to which any high-end system can aspire. It is simply impossible to not fall in love with them."
"It's this sense of completeness, the way that everything you get is presented as part of a single, coherent and contiguous whole that makes the CLXs so special; that and the fact that they do so without reducing the music, the musicians or their range of colours"
"CLX's are everything I could've hoped for and more. They exceeded my aural expectations in ways I was prepared for having owned the older CLS'. These are not an update, no sir, the CLX are a whole new animal, one that if you're lucky enough to let them out of the cage, will astound you with their sonic beauty and grace but be able to maul you with their bass. Seriously, I can think of no other speaker I'd rather own right now than the CLX's"
"...what Martin Logan have achieved with the CLX is impressive; they are a near perfect exponent of the art. Technically and subjectively their tonal balance is convincing, sound from the Mylar film is unobstructed by the stators for unrivalled insight, detail retrieval and clarity, bass power is plentiful and maximum volume very high..A meticulously crafted electrostatic that's free from traditional limitations, this is one of the very best loudspeakers money can buy."
Running In I am still running in my new CLX's and previously ran a pair of Summit's. Another week will cover the 100 hour mark and I can already hear a big change to the warmth and depth of bass. Wow they produce an intense sound that is so much more alive and detailed with an energy and drive to the sound never before heard with the Summit's.
I am listening to them in a small room which is only 11 foot wide and 16 foot long and the speakers sit only eight inches off the side walls but about 3 feet from the rear wall. I was concerned that the bass response might be too strong with a large speaker in a small space but room interaction seems to be almost non existant. Although the speakers are fairly close together at 6 feet I am still able to get very good imaging but the sitting position is very critical.
I am running a Descent sub with the CLX as changing from the Summit's bass response to the CLX's was quite a contrast. I will see how well the sub works first before considering a possible upgrade to the Descent i. So far so good but I am missing about 15hz with the sub swithed to 40Hz. I will let you know how I get on after a few more weeks running in.
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