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Motion 40 Customer Reviews
by mychael.houck, 3 days ago
I've lived with the Motion 40 loudspeakers for three years now. Currently they are being driven in a bi-amp configuration using a Marantz NR1603 AVR to drive the highs and mids, and a Marantz MM7025 to drive the bass. Sound is indescribable. They are setup in the living room of my 900 square foot condo and the sound is full and articulate.
The motion tweeter is in an absolute class of its own, and more than enough reason in itself for buying these. The clarity isn't quite as transparent as you might find on their electrostatic loudspeakers, but it is clear that the idea was to get as close as possible.
ML rates these as 40-20k Hz, and in my room (18x20, ceramic tile floor) rarely do I long for a sub, and almost never while listening to music. The NR1603 is a class AB amplifier rated at 50 wpc, and that alone isn't quite enough to drive them to their limits. I'd recommend at least 100 wpc to truly get everything out of these. My plan at some point is to replace my MM7025 with a Marantz PM-11S3 integrated.
Many reviews will say these perform above their price point, and I agree. $2,000 a pair is a steal. You won't be disappointed. I routinely fall in love with these over and over again.
by BrianLee, 1 month ago
After a long hiatus from making any substantial core purchases to my system, my time had come. I had recently purchased a Sony XBR70 4k television so I needed to "graduate" to the next level with my audio set up. After much research, I discovered that ML was the only way to go for me. I went with the Motion 40's and Dynamo 1000W. I will be purchasing a ML center channel soon! These 40's sound amazing. The tweeters are picking up nuance and creating an image that I didn't know existed. They provide enough punch, but the Dynamo 1000W provides real bottom end that's enough to shake the windows. We have a large Great Room and this little setup will fill the entire room with quality sound throughout. I love it and so glad that my eyes (and ears) were open to ML. Thank you for making a quality product.
By the way, the wife even approves and really likes the look of the 40's. The grille, the angled lines, and piano finish keep it classy!
by Tbgchi, 3 months ago
For quite some time, I've been considering making an investment in full range tower speakers. considering my love of music and all things related to High Quality sound, it's a bit of a mystery that I've never made the leap to reference quality before. I've read a ton of reviews and articles pointing to tower speakers as a must for any serious audio enthusiast. We currently own a couple Polk theater package matched speakers and Focal Sib & Cub.
About a week ago, I came across my first big speaker purchase sitting in some corner of our basement.... A pair of Klipsch KG4's with the passive radiator Woofer....
Could they still work after lying dormant all these years??? i had to find out.
So, I carried them upstairs to compare to our Focal Sib and cub Speaker system. I snagged the wires out of my front Focal's and connected them to the Klipsch KG4s. I slapped the Soundtrack to Schindlers List into the BluRay player, and pressed play....
You gotta be kidding me! Did I really just leave these things sitting unused for 15 years?
The sound filled the room with a combination of warmth and clarity that reminded me why I fell in love with the KG4s in the first place. the KG4s have a fullness I'd not heard from our current speakers in quite some time. Even my non-audiophile "don't spend money on that stuff" wife could hear the difference. Had the speakers not been so bulky and beat up, I'd would've tried to convince my non-audiophile wife to let me keep them in our living room.
Instead, I did what any impulsive self-proclaimed audiophile would do....
I hopped in the car and beelined to the nearest highend audio store to demo some towers!
with the help of a very knowledgeable salesman, I was able to test a wide range of speakers in a highly efficient manner. we went back forth testing BW C2- C5, Martin Logan Motion 15s through 40, sonus faber venere 1.5-3.0, Martin Logan Electrostatic, etc.
It didn't take long for me to conclude that the Martin Logan Motion 40s were at the top of the list of speakers in consideration. Vs other speakers in the 2k range, the ML 40s possessed a sound quality that haunted me all that night after leaving the store. i couldn't get the faithful sound reproduction created by the ribbon tweeter out of my head.
Two day later, I called the store, purchased the speakers, and went to pick them up later that night. Once home, as instructed, I hooked them up to my Denon AVR 1911 receiver in bi-amp fashion, slapped in the Soundtrack from Schindlers list, and pressed play....
Whoa!! Best speakers I've ever heard in my own home. Brilliant sound reproduction. I'm convinced we've missed out on portions of our music in the midrange for years. Looking forward to getting these things broken in. The ML 40s can compete against speakers that are much more expensive.
No regrets on this purchase.
Thanks for reading.
by Thomas M., 10 months ago
I did a lot of shopping before selecting the Motion 40's to fill my 20x20 room. They replaced a pair of vintage Advents. I considered Sonus Faber, Bowers & Wilkins, Vienna Acoustics, KEF, etc.
I am simply amazed with the motion 40's. They are highly efficient and easy to drive. The sound is quite stunning coming from the smartly sized and well placed drivers. The folded style tweeter is amazingly clear and accurate. The design and build quality are first rate even though they are manufactured in China. I especially like the Gloss black finish, fine details like rounded edges, the metal grills, the rear port, and the artistic binding posts.
Lastly, I like that Martin Logan is based in Lawrence, Kansas where the designers seem to have anticipated my every request. Well Done!
by Ryan S., 10 months ago
After listening to every floor standing & bookshelf offering from B&W, PSB, and ML in the $2K - $3.5K range, the Motion 40 & Dynamo Sub combination simply has the best sound. I preferred the voicing of these speakers even over the Motion 60XT and redesigned B&W CM series.
I am using these in a 2, occasionally 2.1, channel music-only setup. ML marketing has put a good deal of emphasis on the aesthetics of these speakers - they do look beautiful though the silky ribbon highs and articulate low end are far more stunning. My budget far exceeded the cost of this system, but as audio engineers say, "what sounds right, is right". An incredible product even at twice the price.
To put my view in perspective, I was a professional studio engineer for many years and still regularly listen to music / mix / master on everything from Yamaha NS-10s up to the B&W Nautilus 802s. I chose the Motion 40s for the casual listening room in my home and could not be happier within the budget for that room.
by Edward D., 1 year ago
First, I am not an expert reviewer, just someone who loves good sounding speakers. I had auditioned speakers from Bowers & Wilkins (CM9s), Monitor Audio Silver 8s, and the Motion 20s.
Actually, it was a little difficult because I could not listen to them at the same time. However, the clarity of the highs and the speed of the bass are what won me over to the 40s. I have them bi-amped with a Denon A-3000 receiver, and have driven them to over 100 spls (short bursts) with no problem. For home theater, I have a motion 12 speaker, which is also excellent. The only problem now is that I will need Martin Logan speakers for the rear surrounds.
The initial sound was only fair which worried me, but after a few weeks, the sound just opened up to something beautiful. You really need the 72 hours break in period for these babies to shine. I won't say that I heard sounds that I never heard before, as I have always had decent speakers. However, acoustic guitars, female and male vocalist gave me a sense of being at a live concert, IMHO. I now listen to music much more than I watch movies now.
Finally, they look gorgeous in my listening room.
by Tou Lo, 1 year ago
I originally went into BB Magnolia to purchase a pair of B&W 683 S2's for my home theater setup. My budget was in the $2k range so I knew I could get a great pair of floor standing speakers that would last me for years.
Now keep in mind that before I settled for a pair, I stopped by Magnolia during lunch break for an entire week before making my decision.
I started off with the B&W 683 S2's paired with a Pioneer Elite SC-81, the B&W 683 S2's sounded warm (which is my preference), full and powerful as expected. I then thought to myself, why not try the Motion 40's? I've heard nothing but the best from reviewers online who actually have them with a more than capable receiver. So what did I do? Switched the setup over to the Martin Logan Motion 40's and my ears were blown away! The sound reproduction coming from the Martin Logan Motion 40's were just insane and out of this world, I couldn't believe what I was hearing! What I loved the most about the Martin Logan Motion 40's were the high crisp details that I didn't even know existed until I heard the sound reproduction straight from these awesome speakers, compared to the B&W 683 S2's it was a no competition, the Motion 40's wiped the floor and it wasn't even close in my honest opinion.
With that said, I bought a pair, hooked them up to my Pioneer Elite SC-71 AV Receiver and couldn't be happier with my purchase. I initially thought I'd need my subwoofer but with these babies bi-amped there was no need for a subwoofer at all. The Pioneer Elite SC-71 provides more than enough juice with it's Class-D amp.
Go buy these speakers NOW, Martin Logan outdid themselves on this one, truly one of the best speakers that I've ever heard in my life!
by Paul M., 1 year ago
The Martin Logan 40 Towers produce a clean, crisp, clear sound that is exact!
The quality of the build is excellent with a great looking finish. I also like the bi-amping connections for superior performance.
With the arrival of Dolby Atmos receivers, I would really like Martin Logan to offer a Dolby Atmos capable speaker add on that could be mounted on the top of the Motion Series to enable present owners the additional top mounted reflected sound possible with Dolby Atmos. Hopefully a solution will arrive soon.
Keep up the great work and innovation Martin Logan! You are tops on my speaker list
by orderedanalog, 2 years ago
The Motion 40 was not my initial pick when browsing for a system, considering Martin Logan's rich lore and reputation is focused on their electrostatic speakers. But when I listened to them and realized how closely the Motion 40s reproduce that airy crystalized sound that Martin Logan is famous for, I had to do a double take. It hard to make speakers that are truly transformative in this day in age, but I feel like every song, every movie, every piece of content I listen to with this system (2 ML 40s, 1 ML 30, 2 ML4s, 1 Dynamo 700w) is now a special experience.
If you haven't considered these speakers for your high quality system, don't hesitate.
A side note, I almost feel as though Best Buy is not worthy to sell these, but if they didn't sell them, I may have never heard them so there you go.
by Flash, 2 years ago
These Motion 40's replaced Infinity Reference Standard Kappa 7's a 3 way speaker system purchased in 1992. NO comparison ! Besides newer technology, the craftsmanship is superb ! The Kappa's had a wonderful wood enclosure. These are the black wood finish, just beautiful. They are part of a 2 channel system in my home. I am thrilled with the sound, obviously and the quality. Thank You ML for proving that Quality & Craftsmanship is alive and well in the USA!!!
PS: I believe that audio box stores should remain a part of the retail main stream in America. One cannot know how a sound system appeals to their discriminating taste unless you hear it for yourself. The internet cannot do that for you.....
by DavidH, 2 years ago
These speakers put out the most crisp sound of any speakers I have listened to. The Folded Motion Tweeters produce sounds I never would have known existed in the music or movie.
by Djohansyah S., 2 years ago
Just bought this speakers - Motion 40.
Wonderful for home theater 5.1 - I paired it with NAD and Stereo with my vintage Carver stereo system.
I would recommend to anyone who want to upgrade his/her home system.
by iReval, 3 years ago
I walked in to my non-local Magnolia Theatre set with a mind that id be buying speakers finally after two years of looking. I was set on Klipsch RF-82 I had heard them and spent enough time with them to almost be married.
Here comes the twist! As my personal Magnolia Designer asked me "Have you ever heard of Martin Logan?" I said "Have I!" I'd love to get me a pair but I'm sure their pricy. So as I started listening to Chopin and Pavaroti on these beautiful delicate and finesse sounding but deep and crisp speakers; I asked for he price. I was amazed. They were definitely higher then that of the Klipsch however their reasons for being did not leave me with any doubt!
So I bought them! With an accompanying Motion 30 center and four Motion 15 to compliment the surround. Since I already had a Dynamo! There was nothing else to complete!
I've had the system for 24 hours and I can't stop saying this I love them!
Yet theres only one bad thing I can actually complain about. Not Martin Logan's fault or maybe, but finding mounting brackets for the Motion 15's has been horrible due to the thread and size of 3/18-16 with the weight of 12 pounds.
Overall though. Beautiful, elegant, sincere sound. I have my Chopin and Pavaroti giving a concert in my theatre now nightly.
Thank you Martin Logan!
by John C., 3 years ago
I went to BestBuy to find floor speakers that I could pair with a new Sony Bravia 55" TV...and use for listening to music as well. I didn't want to set up surround sound - just 2 channel. The sales person recommended the Martin Logan Motion 20's or 40's. After listening to both speaker set ups for music and a blueray movie I selected the 40's. I couldn't be happier with the performance for both listening to music and watching movies. The clarity, sound reproduction, and full sound stage are unsurpassed by any speakers anywhere near the price range. Highly recommend these speakers...they are amazing!!
by Pedro J., 3 years ago
I haven't had heard any speakers as these before. The bass is incredible and the twitter marvellous so the quality of the sound is amazing. I congratulate ML for this piece of technology and art. After I hooked the Motion 40 to my Hi-Fi set (HK 990/HD 990/JBL E250P), my house filled with a profound sound and I jumped to another listening dimension. I'm not kidding; try them in your Hi-FI dealer and discover it by yourself.
by tomtjp, 3 years ago
I own a pair of ML Motion 40's and have been breaking them in for the past 2 weeks. I tested them on both Music and HT...my room is 24x24 9'ceiling. I am amazed how how effortlessly and relaxed the sound fills my room from my Onkyo TX SR 805. The sound stage is large, clean and un-colored. I hear thing I never heard before from my old music collection. I just love these Piano Black Beauties and the smile it puts on my face.
Oh...they pass the spouse test too...catch her cranking em when I get home from work...well worth the price!!!
by Z93indy, 3 years ago
Crystal clear sound from all around. Makes a 5.1 System sound even better than most.
by Pardhip S, 3 years ago
I originally came into my local Best Buy Magnolia HiFi center to listen to another pair of speakers. These little gems were not even on my radar. The look of the speakers lead me to believe they were several times more expensive than what the actually price was. A beautiful piano gloss black finish and speaker grills that dictate there is something sinister underneath. Needless to say I was shocked when these were fired up and played sound that was just amazing. I did not believe that the bass response from these and even looked for a subwoofer that my have been on at that time, but these little gems were the only speakers playing. The Highs, Mids, and Lows from this speaker seem to defy what should be allowed to be produced from a loud speaker this size and at this price point. I took them home and now am a proud owner of a pay of ML Motion 40. They complement my system well and I still cannot stop staring at these beautiful works of art. Amazing accurate bass, solid Mids, and High frequency response that will amaze you, all from one sexy package.