Motion 8

Powerful compact center channel speaker with a Folded Motion™ tweeter and on-wall mounting versatility. Voice-matched with MartinLogan ESL speakers.

Launched in 2010

Price when discontinued:
$399.95 each

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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 8 Specifications

Specifications are subject to change without notice

Frequency Response

70–25,000 Hz ±3dB

Horizontal Dispersion

80°

Vertical Dispersion

80°

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

Two 4" (10.2cm) paper cone with stamped steel basket. Non-resonant asymmetrical chamber format. Rigid structured dust cap to reduce cone break-up modes. Sealed.

Sensitivity

89 dB/2.83 volts/meter

Impedance

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

Recommended Amplifier Power

20—180 watts per channel

Crossover Frequency

3000 Hz

Components

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

Inputs

Push style with banana jacks

Weight

8.5 lbs. (3.85 kg)

Dimensions

5.6" x 22.25" x 5.25 "
(14.2cm x 56.5cm x 13.3cm)

Customer Reviews For Motion 8

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JulianF

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Which way is up!
Great sound from such a small speaker - crisp and clean. My only quibble is that the instructions don't tell you which is the top and bottom when used horizontally - guess it doesn't matter.

GordonO

  • Thursday, August 13, 2015

Finally Clear Dialog
After going to a retailer nearby and returning 6 different receivers with different sound measurement software and trying 3 different center channels, (one of them was the klipsch reference II 52C) I still could not get the dialog in movies to sound clear. Some movies and tv would sound okay, the ones that you can tell were compressed and EQed brightly, but still about %75 of content in my living room was muffled, and muddied. Some of the software on the receivers corrected this issue and made the balance sound nice but still it lacked clear transients for the consonants. Thats the F's and the T's and the sibilance with the SHHH, they all kind of sounded similar unless the voice was making an effort to pronounce the words with more effort with his or her mouth. Also male voices require their own accuracy in a lower range which my other 3 center channels lacked. The Motion 8 fixed all of this by itself. Amazing speaker. Even those background vocals that I thought used to be filler for movie sound landscapes are distinguishable. Thank you Martin Logan. Your great.

Z93indy

  • Thursday, August 16, 2012

Clear Voice
Crystal clear voice sounds from center location. Makes people voice sounds like in your room.

D'an

  • Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Makes you want to view Blu-ray movies again and again!
The Motion 8 sure makes the movies much more interesting and exciting to watch. The sound is crisp and clear which makes you want to watch Blu-ray movies over and over again. The unit was very easy to mount on wall and the black piano finish is especially elegant. A very good price for beautiful style and quality sound!

jcortez

  • Wednesday, December 22, 2010

bueno
en cantado del sonido no hay nada mejor que estas bocinas. Translation: "There is no better than these speakers!"

Bubba

  • Tuesday, June 22, 2010

LCD TV Audio Blues
We recently purchased a new Samsung HD LED TV. When we got it home and turned it on the whole family thought we had experienced hearing loss. I called the technician to come and replace the sound board. No improvement. Technician advised that most new ultra thin TV's fall way short on audio quality and he recommended we find a home theater system. After spending close to 2k i was a little frustrated however knowing a little about the physics of sound reproduction, it only made sense that we would need to supplement our new entertainment system. I went to a local retailer, who after carefully asking what my challenges were and what I wanted to accomplish he directed me to the MartinLogan line of drivers. Bookshelf, electrostatic, ported and center channel options. I know sound is a very subjective decision, however I believe that the Motion 8 outperform all other options available at any price. we love the design, ease of setup but most of all the sound. As soon as my wife will let me I will be adding the ESL Vantage. Thank Martin Logan... Great Work.. Great Innovation!