Incredible Motion 40's
I have been into quality home hi-fi since 1969. I have owned over 15 sets of very decent speakers since that time. I remember first hearing the ESS-Heil speakers (Air Motion Transformer tweeters) in the early 70's, and being absolutely blown away! But at that time, the Heils were out of my budget range. But as time passed I moved from Massachusetts to Vancouver British Columbia, Canada; and my budget went up.
Some of the best speakers I've had were from Totem, B&W, Vandersteen,& Monitor Audio. But they all had one thing in common---fairly traditional tweeters. I always was aware of the fact that after an hour or so, I would regularly experience listener fatigue. They all sounded too bright eventually, and reminded me of the differences between digital & analogue sound.
So when a recent move to downsize to a townhouse, from a house with cathedral ceilings and large listening area, I had to replace my large B&W Nautilus 803's (NOT diamond tweeters), I decided that I would do a bit more research to see if I could find not only something smaller, but speakers that had excellent tweeters that would not sound overly bright, no matter how long I listened. Enter the Martin Logan Motion 40's! I was hoping that the Air Motion Ribbon like tweeters would be the ticket---and all I can say is RIGHT ON!
I now realize that for me, speakers should be constructed from the top down. I've always loved female vocals, good drumming (e.g. Joe Morello), piano & other sounds that had warm & clear highs. The Motion 40's are without question the BEST (and NOT most expensive!) speakers I have owned. In fact, I bought a used set of ML 15's for my bedroom about 2 months before I got the 40's, and I was very impressed with the soundstage and the highs, that were never too bright & fatiguing.
Everything about the 40's is first class. The bass is tight & full despite the size of the woofers. The finish is absolutely beautiful & the footprint is quite small. My wife loves these speakers and that is way more important than I had ever realized! But it's the tweeters that are the most amazing. I have a Joe Morello CD that he plays an extended solo right at the beginning of TAKE 5. He hits the rims of the drums a lot, and makes full use of the cymbals. When I close my eyes, it feels like I'm sitting right there in front of Joe! I also have some Reference Recordings of classical music & a couple of SACD's of Jonathan Bell on violin, that are absolutely breathtaking with the Motion 40's.
The fact that I was able to negotiate the price to just under $2,000 CANADIAN (that's about $1,400 U.S.!!!), makes this piece of equipment the BEST hi-fi deal I've ever made, and that includes my purchases of used equipment as well! I've always liked the sound of electro-statics like the other Martin Logans & the Magneplanars, but they have always been way too big in my living room. I can only imagine the reaction from my normally very accommodating wife.
So...PLEASE, if you're in the market for some great speakers at a very reasonable price, you owe it to yourself to check out the ML Motion 40's. I am SO grateful for all the people who took the time to review them online, which propelled me to go have a listen. That's why I have taken the time to write this review. I hope it helps you in your decision.