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Larger bookshelf speaker with a Folded Motion® XT tweeter and luscious high-gloss finishes. Voice-matched with MartinLogan ESL speakers.
Launched in 2014
Price when discontinued: $1,199.95
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® XT 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.
The low distortion Folded Motion XT tweeter boasts a radiating surface 40% larger than those found in the award-winning Motion® Series products. This substantial leap in size increases the bandwidth and efficiency of the high-performance tweeter for effortless performance.
"... the extra size adds a handy amount of low-end punch to what was already a refined and articulate packaged... More than the sum of its parts? Absolutely. This is one system that really will appeal to both your heart and your head... There's a richness and lovely tonality to the sound that makes music flow with an easy gait."
"The MartinLogan Motion 35XT succeeds in ticking pretty much every box on the small-speaker wish list: easy to drive and easy to live with, but can really grow with your system, a sound that is detailed and open but also genuinely solid and musically convincing, and a speaker that is entertaining and informative at the same time. The perfect alternative for the high-end music lover looking for a second system or stand-in, it’s also the hair-shirt audiophile’s starter speaker par excellence – except that it might just embarrass the speakers in more than a few big, high-end systems and lacks the basic appearance so important for budget–esoteric credibility. Let’s face it, speakers this pretty (and this affordable) really shouldn’t sound this good, be this engaging, or this much fun. Like lightning striking twice in the same place, it upsets the natural scheme of things"
"The gloss-finished wooden cabinets and metal speaker grilles alone give the outward impression of a more expensive design. And of course, fantastic sonics for their price point reinforce that assessment. Used as a stereo pair, the ML 35XT speakers offer a lot of sound for the dollar.""
"What I look for in a speaker is one that not only makes the full range of music I listen to sound as good as it can, but that also looks good in my home, occupies as little space as the laws of physics allow, and represents supreme value for the money. All of that is offered by the MartinLogan Motion 35XT, in addition to a natural-sounding integration of tight, truthful bass and graceful highs... I believe I’ve found what I’ve been looking for."
"With the 35XT, MartinLogan has managed to upscale its Motion Series bookshelf speaker offerings. The new speakers play impressively loud and sound clean, with excellent detail, clear mids, and good dynamics. Imaging is about as good as I’ve experienced from bookshelf speakers, and I’ve heard some good ones in my time… its performance made me want to keep listening to music late into the night, which is what good hi-fi is all about — and it’s very much HRAC Approved."
MartinLogan Motion 35XT Loudspeaker - Sweet and Lowdown
"Imaging, on the other hand, was exceptional... startling in their movement and clarity... The 35XT proved its mettle to my ears. It managed to strike a canny musical balance. An impressive achievement, to say the least... only the ML has the virtue of its sweet tweet, and offers such a high level of overall transparency and musicality. The 35XT is a worthy heir to the proud tradition at MartinLogan."
After hearing these compared to the multiple assortment at the Magnolia Room, this was my "come back to sound" selection, over a wide assortment of music selections, multiple visits and even bringing my own cd music. And there was some tough competition in the Magnolia Room with KEF, Martin Logan, Bowers & Wilkins & Definitive Tech. I had the salesman really work for this sale, but he was patient with the hand signals 1 thru 4 for the variety of speakers. The 35XT makes listening to music enjoyable all over again without requiring much space. My ears really enjoy the sound that comes from this set of speakers. The connections are with the bi-amp on a Pioneer SC-77 receiver. Great Job Martin Logan!
Kevin F Pyle
Great Speakers I previewed these in a room that had about 25 different bookshelf speakers and about 25 different floor standing speakers. Some over $8000.00 a pair. The Martin Logan's blew them all away.
Unbelievable sound! I recently upgraded from the Martin Logan LX-16 speakers which are identical to motion 15 speakers and that is a great speaker to start with. Had the Martin Logan LX-16 for more than 30days but was still found wanting for more. The 35XT gives you that extra air and clarity and deeper bass that I was searching for. I have been a tower speaker person all my life in fact my first speakers is still with me, a 1993 Infinity Kappa 9.1 purchased new back than. So I didn't need a large speaker to start with. Downstairs I just had my Harman Kardon AVR 80 MKII service back to new the reciever is in mint condition and was looking for worthy speakers to sound great with. I never thought I would be owning a Martin Logan. Martin Logan to me meant a out of reach speaker company I have admired a long time. I am happy to see their line ups like the motion series speakers that can be now in reach for most audiophiles in more modest budget. But I have to say I thought the world of my Kappa's and still do but the 35XT sounds so well that I find myself listening to it more.