Motion 15

Bookshelf speaker with a Folded Motion® tweeter and luscious high-gloss finishes. Voice-matched with MartinLogan ESL speakers.


$799.95 pair
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Engineering Genius

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® Tweeters

The signature Folded Motion tweeters utilize extremely low mass diaphragms that "squeeze" air, and require significantly less excursion than the typical 1-inch dome tweeter, which drastically minimizes distortion while providing a lightning fast response time. The increased surface area also provides a wide, yet controlled sound dispersion to create a realistic and carefully etched sound stage.

High-Gloss Finishes

Motion 15 is available in three luxurious high-gloss finishes; Piano Black, White or Black Cherrywood. The high-gloss black cherrywood finish has deep cherry undertones and appears almost black in low light, giving them a unique and understated elegance that blends into any environment.

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The Two of Them Are More Fun [RUSSIAN]

"[Translated] The ability of Motion 15 to play the vocal parts so cleanly and emotionally turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Thanks to the use of Folded Motion tweeters, high frequencies were reproduced with maximum detail and clarity. "

—Alexander Chechelyov, Hi-Fi.ru
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Martin Logan Motion 15 Standmount Loudspeakers

"...a strong and vibrant well staged sound, with crisp and controlled treble married to a strong stable midrange – for their price and size they do a remarkable job and have a sheer enthusiasm for instruments and vocals rather than punchier electronica. They won’t ever get caught in a speed trap, but the top-end has great pace and the bottom-end doesn’t lag behind or ever seem slow, balancing nicely for a more natural presentation. Overall characterisation is slightly smooth, un-offensive and particularly pleasing in a smaller sized room. The design and finish is great and the included grills protect the delicate ribbon from little hands and is also non-offensive or detrimental to the sound."

—Dan Worth, HiFi Pig
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Ribbon Development

"This is a speaker to choose with your musical heart... the mid-treble integration and smoothness is first rate and it drives rooms well. The finish and appearance are excellent. Buy this one with your heart and sit back to enjoy its exuberant musical talents."

—, HiFi Critic / Absolute Sounds
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MartinLogan Motion 15 Loudspeaker (Hi-Fi+)

"Agile, communicative, competent and complete, what’s not to like? There’s a few exciting new compact monitors appearing at present; MartinLogan’s Motion 15 could just be the surprise package that upsets the applecart. Buy, enjoy and even if you upgrade later, keep them for that rainy day; they’re guaranteed to put a smile on your face."

—Roy Gregory, Hi-Fi+
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MartinLogan Motion 15 / LX16 Bookshelf Speaker Review

"The Folded Motion Tweeter, perforated metal grill, and over sound quality are evidence of this balance. Martin Logan seems to have hit a nice balance with the [Motion 15s], the first speakers of their kind from Martin Logan, there is a lot to like here. If you really want the sound of Martin Logan’s electrostats, but want something in a smaller form factor, then look no further, go out and buy a pair of these. If you are starting to build a 2.1 or 5.1 system, the [Motion 15s] are at least worth a good listen. "

—Cliff Heyne, Audioholics
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Martin Logan Motion 15

"A pretty face and practical too – what’s not to like?... We really [like] the Motion 15s. Their delicate, detailed and agile performance impresses us, and they’re great fun to listen to."

—, What Hi-Fi?
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MartinLogan’s ESL-X Show Why Electrostatic Loudspeakers are so Beloved

"While listening, it brought to mind what may be the best part of listening to the ESL-X speakers: They are forgiving enough to deliver the traits I’ve already mentioned, without sacrificing quality. What I mean by that is that is that some speakers sound good with classical music, others sound good with rock and pop. Throw anything at the ESL-X and I think they will deliver high levels of enjoyment that will make you forget that you are critically listening. Instead, you’ll simply want to bob your head like Angus Young or stomp your feet like Neil Young when cranking up the ESL-Xs."

—Robert Archer, CE Pro
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MartinLogan Motion 4i and 8i Speakers

"If you’re not familiar with the original Motion Series speakers, their performance can best be summed up in two words: “detailed” and “dynamic.” Much like the originals, the amount of sound coming out of these little cabinets is a bit startling. "

—Dennis Burger, Residential Systems
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MartinLogan Motion 20 Loudspeakers

"MartinLogan’s Motion 20 is a compelling option for anyone shopping for speakers in the range of $1500 to $2000/pair. It conveys music in a detailed manner, with pinpoint imaging and surprisingly powerful bass for its size. And while I generally preferred GoldenEar Technology’s more expensive Triton Five for classical music, the Motion 20 was in some ways the more versatile speaker -- and better equipped to rock out. If you want dynamic, extended sound from a compact floorstander, the MartinLogan Motion 20 can deliver it."

—Al Griffin, SoundStage! Access
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Motion 15 Specifications

Specifications are subject to change without notice

Frequency Response

60–25,000 Hz ±3dB

Recommended Amplifier Power

20—200 watts per channel

Horizontal Dispersion

80°

Vertical Dispersion

80°

Sensitivity

92 dB/2.83 volts/meter

Impedance

5 Ohms Compatible with 4, 6, or 8 Ohm rated amplifiers.

Crossover Frequency

2,700 Hz

High Frequency Transducer

1" × 1.4" (2.6cm × 3.6cm) Folded Motion Transducer with 5.25" × 1.75" (13.3cm × 4.4cm) diaphragm

Low Frequency Transducer

5.25” (13.3cm) aluminum cone with cast basket. Non-resonant asymmetrical chamber format. Rigid structured dust cap to reduce cone break-up modes.

Components

Custom air core coil and low DCR steel laminate inductors. Polypropylene film capacitors in series and low DF electrolytic capacitors in parallel. Overall system thermal/current protection.

Inputs

Custom 5-way tool-less binding posts

Weight

12 lbs. (5.4 kg)

Dimensions

11.4" x 6.8" x 9.5 "
(29cm x 17.3cm x 24cm)

Customer Reviews For Motion 15

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Swanny

  • Thursday, May 3, 2018

I picked up a pair of Motion 15's about 2 months ago to go with a McIntosh 4100 receiver that I acquired. The sound is perfect in my bedroom with music from both records and blue tooth and from the TV. The finish on the speakers is second to none, simply beautiful. I would recommend these to anyone looking for a quality speaker in a smaller room.

Nejapa

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017

Great Speakers
I bought these speakers after hearing Martin Logan speakers at a friend's house. These M15 produce an incredible sound for the size, better than my Bose 901. I can hear every instrument and they handle lots of power. The best speakers I have ever had.

TSquare

  • Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Overall Execellent Bookshelf Speaker
I purchased the Motion 15 in April 2017 and listen to a variety of Jazz, 80s R&B, and Reggae. The Motion 15 is best used in a small rooms for the best sound.

jayc

  • Monday, May 29, 2017

Quality / Sound
I purchased a set of Martin Logan / Motion 15 just to reduce the amount of speakers in the room and I must admit I was not truly 100% sold at first. I thought was going to look my sound quality but after setting up my speakers, I was very pleased.

Fuce

  • Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mission Creep!
I was recently looking for cheap speakers to hook to a great old vintage receiver that has been gathering dust in the basement (from 1978, the golden age haha), and also to hook up to our bedroom tv. I was looking for an inexpensive second system. I did a lot of internet research and then listened to several bookshelf speakers at a local soundroom. The Motion 15s blew the others we listened to away and we quickly brought them home. Unfortunately, the tv would not pair with the old analog receiver despite many attempted workarounds. More internet research and then back to the store,and I came home with a decent AVR (same brand as the original receiver). Have been enjoying the system for the past month and it really sounded beautiful but I started to think, wouldn't it be nice to add a sub for better enjoyment of music and movies? Answer: yes. More research and then back to the same store, this time hoping to find a low-end sub just to fill out the sound spectrum. But that wasn't to be; we listened and quickly moved up the line, and big mistake, listened to the Martin Logan 500 which got us off of the idea of a low end sub. It clearly made a big difference in the demo music we were listening to. We eventually pulled the trigger on the 700, the wireless feature winning the day. I just finished setting it up and holy @#%*! What a sound, paired with the 15s!. I'm listening to Traffic right now - and it sounds amazing. I highly recommend the combination. This little system now sounds better than my main music system (pretty good separates with a 200 watt power amp and tower speakers from a great company). I can't believe it.

Kevin777

  • Saturday, November 21, 2015

These speakers are a lot more than anyone thinks
What an amazing pair of speakers. I bought these for a friend who needed solidly built speakers to travel with. Yet when I heard them connected into the stereo HiFi setup at home I was struck by the incredible dynamics, agility and mid-high range detail of these speakers. Its the sort of speaker that transmits the emotion of songs with the perfect pace, resolution and attack that changes your mood instantly as they sing. These speakers are just that magical. I've heard dozens of speakers but there is something rare about these little guys, someone in Martin Logan intentionally or unintentionally did magic. If you add a Dynamo sub to form a 2.1 Stereo HiFi system with these speakers and a good amplifier you will have a system which defies others costing three times more. I always respected Martin Logan for its flagship electrostatics technology, but listening to these Motion 15's made me a believer. That folded motion tweeter is pure magic. Now I am going to buy another pair for myself.

Kevin777

  • Saturday, November 21, 2015

These speakers are a lot more than anyone thinks
What an amazing pair of speakers. I bought these for a friend who needed solidly built speakers to travel with. Yet when I heard them connected into the stereo HiFi setup at home I was struck by the incredible dynamics, agility and mid-high range detail of these speakers. Its the sort of speaker that transmits the emotion of songs with the perfect pace, resolution and attack that changes your mood instantly as they sing. These speakers are just that magical. I've heard dozens of speakers but there is something rare about these little guys, someone in Martin Logan intentionally or unintentionally did magic. If you add a Dynamo sub to form a 2.1 Stereo HiFi system with these speakers and a good amplifier you will have a system which defies others costing three times more. I always respected Martin Logan for its flagship electrostatics technology, but listening to these Motion 15's made me a believer. That folded motion tweeter is pure magic. Now I am going to buy another pair for myself.

Gallarus

  • Friday, July 17, 2015

UPGRADE HEAVEN,
Moving from our loved Sansui 320w monsters was never going to be easy...well actually it was! As soon as we heard the motion 15s we were hooked. What an easy yet detailed sound from such a small dimension...they must be a Tardis! Well done ML. And they look great too - we got the black cherry high gloss. Now back to the music.....

SteveK

  • Monday, July 13, 2015

Excellent small speakers!
We have a very small apartment and therefore needed small speakers. But, we wanted big sound - just stereo, not interested in surround systems. Having owned a pair of Aerius-i ESLs for several years, we naturally turned to Martin Logan. We compared the Motion 15s to comparable models by B&W, Definitive, and several others. While I can't say the MLs blew the competition away, I will say that they sounded as good as anything else we heard, and a little better than most. And, to be honest, having grown up near Lawrence I'm just plain old partial to the Martin Logan brand (although a little disappointed that the Motion 15s are made in China). After just a week of listening (not even broken in yet) we couldn't be happier. No, these aren't reference speakers, and I'm sure nit pickers will find nits to pick. That's what they do. But for a small space, and coupled with a decent amp (bought a Rotel RA-1570 to go with then), these small speakers do in fact produce the big sound we were after. Definition, separation and presence are excellent and both highs and lows are clean and clear. The speakers also look great. Don't think you can beat the Motion 15s for the price.

RAH

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A very satisfied Motion 15 user.
I purchased the Motion 15 about 2 months ago. The Motion 15's are the replacement for my Martin Logan CLS. I upgraded my CD player from Marantz CD5004 to CD6004. I use a Denon 1510ae EISA award winning integrated amplifier. i use 2 Martin Logan CLX power cable, one for the amp and the other for the CD player. I never expected these small bookshelf loudspeakers to sound so thrilling. Before buying i auditioned KEF Q300 and Focal 800 series larger bookshelf loudspeakers. In my opinion Motion 15 reproduces low frequencies very well. A very good midrange and very good highs. How good vocals will sound through this phenomenal for the price loudspeaker in my opinion also depends on the quality of your CD player. As far as tones are concerned Motion 15 reproduces tones just like a hybrid electrostat. Motion 15 is smooth and precise and has a dynamic sound which makes it sound like a floorstanding loudspeaker. It has the wrong image of being a home theatre loudspeaker. It reproduces both Classical and rock music very enjoyably. Please audition.

iReval

  • Thursday, March 28, 2013

Invisible Sound
I've had the Motion 15 for about a month now. Amazing speakers and very immersive with the correct setup. I ended up having a hard time looking for mounts for these speakers hence the 3/18-16" thread on the back. If anyone else is looking to have the speakers mounted do not be confused. Vantage Point Sells these mounts, however the size provided says 3/8-16" which in fact is correct and does work. "http://www.thinkvp.com/products1643/BookshelfSpeakerMountsPair" Above are the correct mounts for these beautiful speakers! Also, i used an amazing service "nextdaytechs.com" They as well had the patience to mount all 4 of my speakers as well as hide cables and make sure the angle of each Motion 15 was flawless. These speakers are paired with 2 Motion 40 and one Center Motion 30. The sound is amazing and the clarity is flawless. I chose these beautiful speakers over B&W and Klipsch. I hope this Helps!

Dan Zimmerman

  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012

So, Big Things Really do come in Small Packages.
The first time I heard these speakers I was surprised. When I had entered the room the gentleman was comparing them to a pair of Ethos Electrostats. I have heard electrostatic speakers many times and I can't begin to explain how great they sound. Just as I was sitting down he switched the Ethos' on. I was shocked! I thought I had been listening to those the whole time.... I asked If he could switch back to the Motion 15. When he did I couldn't believe the sound that was coming out of those small bookshelf speakers. They carry on the high qualities that has come to be a standard of Martin Logan. These give a large sound from such a small footprint and the stereo imaging is stellar. If you are in the market for a bookshelf speaker the Motion 15 delivers exceptional performance and a beautiful design that far exceeds the price tag... You will not be disappointed.