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"Whether or not you decide to use the optional PBK system, the Impression ESL 11A is one of the hidden secrets in the MartinLogan line-up. Some will miss this on the way to bigger speakers, but they shouldn't. It's a powerful, dynamic, musical fun maker with the usual MartinLogan characteristics of good imagery and great detail, but adds to that a relatively small footprint, and terrific integration between cones and panel. Factor in the benefit of subtle DSP room compensation and this electrostatic hybrid design comes extremely highly recommended!"
"Let me say it up front: The Impression 11A with its built-in ARC engaged has provided the best bass response I’ve ever heard in my room in the areas of overall smoothness of response and of clarity, definition, and pitch differentiation."
MartinLogan ESL-11A Impression Electrostatic Loudspeaker/Subwoofer: “My High-End Speaker Of The Year”
"The MartinLogan Impression shows how the evolution path of electrostatic speakers has improved the technology to the point where it is nearly flawless in its performance. They now have low bass that matches the speed of the panel’s immaculately, focused midrange/treble, and they can be played much louder than the original ‘stats. The big selling point, however, is that gorgeous spread of sound. That space impression and the ability to convey the finer details of music — it all helps deliver on the promise of musical realism through the speaker."
"Martin Logan loudspeakers in general have always had unbelievable transparency and spatial rendering that has to be heard to be appreciated. However, with the Impression ESL 11A, the company has taken a significant step forward. This is not only the most coherent hybrid electrostatic loudspeaker yet, but they also produce the absolutely best bass that I have ever heard in my listening room, period!"
"[Translated] All this made the MartinLogan Impression ESL 11A in the important disciplines of neutrality and detail reach sensationally with the great Renaissance. Their larger foil area, however, still gave them tiny advantages in spatial imaging. The more voluminous woofers were able to produce even richer levels with even deeper bass."
"The MartinLogan ESL 11A is a world-class speaker. It is revealing, accurate and has the huge soundstage one expects of a dipole radiator. The speaker can sound good with modest source components, but to hear it at its best, use the highest-quality sources and amplifiers that you can provide."
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
ARC Genesis requires an ARC or PBK Microphone, a Mac OS X (10.12+) or Windows (7/8/8.1/10) computer, and an ARC or PBK compatible audio product.
One USB port is required. If you are using a laptop computer, check power settings and battery meter before starting to ensure the procedure is not interrupted.
Best speakers I have ever owned.
Spectacular realism and checks all the boxes for me. Previously owned the Montis, which I love, but the 11a sound more detailed without being fatiguing. No easy feat.
Paired with a Cronus Magnum III tube integrated amp, both digital and analog songs come to life !!!
Perfect speakers. I have owned ML Clarity's, Vantage's, and now 11A's. The new technology has produced an incredible advancement over the Vantage. I am running then through a Naim Uniti Nova and with a Rel S812 sub. They sound awesome. I run them in 2 channel for music and 7.1 for theater. They sound great for both applications. I replaced a set of Focal Sepora No3's with these and could not be happier. Although, the Focal's are incredible speakers, I love the stage sound from ML's. I understand everyone has their own opinion and many do not like ESL speakers, but I love the sound they produce. I have tried without the Rel sub and they poduce a great deal of base and I guess the Rel is overkill, they compliment each other wonderfully. If I hasd the space I would purchase another Rel S812 and run them in stereo. I do not have the room. I decided not to go with the 13A's because I have the Rel and I still believe the 11A's produce a great deal of bottom end without spending the extra money. I promise you will not be disappointed with these speakers.
I have avoided electrostatic speakers thinking my room was to small to do them justice but after purchasing the Impression ESL 11A about a month ago I couldn't have been more wrong. My search for speakers is over they are magical! I have not tried setting them up with the ARC system yet but they sound so good I will be amazed if they can sound better. Best purchase I have made in audio land. Thanks Everyone at Martin Logan!
Impression 11A I recently purchased these pair of Impression 11A in Maple cabinet from Magnolia Best Buy. These speakers are beautiful to look at, and the fit and finish are excellent. These speakers were shipped with black covers; however, I would prefer to see a more beautiful covers to cover these beauty. I need to cover them because of my young children playing around the house. I wish they have nice beautiful cover with big ML logo on it.
These speakers sound beautifully crisp, highly detail, and very directional. I drive them with my Mcintosh pre-amp and tube amp setup. I follow the setup recommendation and set them at least 2 feet away from the wall, and their locations to my listening position form an equilateral triangle. Any deviation from this triangle, even only a few feet off, will result in unbalanced center sound stage. So let me say again, location, location, location.
There is a noticeable different between before and after ARC setup. The reason I chose these Impression speakers over the Classic for their dual balance force subwoofers with their own power amp, and also the ARC feature. However, I feel their subwoofers are not powerful enough (as compared to a dedicated subwoofer box) for my liking. I am not talking about earth shattering, house shaking bass; but at least enough bass pressure or I can feel the bass. I must increase the bass gain in my preamp just to feel enough bass coming out.
I also purchased ML BalanceForce 212 subwoofer to pair with these speakers and to augment them. Let me tell ya, they are made for each other. I can equalize the bass with the PBK, and load the phase matching software specifically for my Impression speakers. Now, I can hear and feel substantial bass coming out from my music. Even at low volume, I can still hear and feel the rich and clean bass.
Overall, I am very happy with these setup. To make the most of out them, I also acoustically treat my entire living room with bass traps and acoustic panels. Acoustically treated room makes a huge different in sound quality, it makes the best sound system sound even supper.
Speaker for a lifetime Just tested the New Martin Logan speaker Impression. The most important quality in a speaker for me is resolution and transparency. Listening to the Impression speaker is like all the filter are gone. It reaches so deep into recordings, in a way I did not think was possible. I listen to complex electronic music, and the presition and details revealed makes it possible to visualize each sound on the recording. It has a lot of air, and the sounds are never sharp. You can actually listen on good volume without risking tinnitus. The bass integration of the new Martin Logan is so much better than on the former models I have tested. I mean, the result i breathtaking. For me this is the last speaker i ever need to invest inn, and therefore the price is actually cheap!