Press & Reviews

Scaling The Mighty Neolith: The Top of the MartinLogan Mountain

Some big speakers can only play big, while some small speakers can only play small. The MartinLogan Neolith does it all. A solo vocalist or instrument is rendered just right, with the tiniest of musical nuances never blown out of proportion. Yet when you need to rock, they will blow you away. Few speakers at any price can do this, putting the Neolith into the rarefied air of the world’s finest.

—Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio
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The Sword in the Stone

MartinLogan's Neolith is a world-class product, taking its place in the upper echelon of today's best loudspeakers. The Neolith's transparency to sources, resolution, coherence, transient fidelity, and lifelike sense of presence and immediacy are as good as they get.

—Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound
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Vancouver 2015: Mark Levinson and MartinLogan

These are baller speakers... The soundstage is huge and all-encompassing, and literally makes you feel like you’re sitting in the front row of a concert... Plenty of dynamics... Leading edges of notes were lightning fast... Spatial imaging of every ‘whack’ on a drum’s skin was etched into the air between the speakers... I laughed several times at how enjoyable this system sounded and how it gave you absolutely no choice but to rock out with it. To me, this wasn’t hi fi per se, it was an experience like no other I’ve had from a two-way stereo. And at this price point, it should be. Performers were presented completely life-sized and exuded all the air, breath, punch and visceral individuality of a live band right in front of you.

—Rafe Arnott, The Audio Traveler
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The "Best Of" AXPONA 2015

Once I was exposed to them, there was little doubt that they were hands-down the “Best Two Channel Sound” at the show... The Neolith’s sound was alive and shockingly large. It was perfectly balanced and transparent. Dynamic and delicious... As much fun as it was to listen to the Neoliths effortlessly deliver sonic grace, I began to wonder if listening to them was a mistake. Experiencing perfection can make everything else seem so ordinary and that becomes frustrating when perfection comes from a speaker that falls in the realm of unobtanium. Ah, whom am I kidding? I loved it. My only regret is that I didn’t have more time to spend with them.

—Todd Anderson, Home Theater Shack
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MartinLogan Neolith Loudspeaker Review

Over the years I have had the pleasure to audition many different loudspeaker technologies and systems from the best names in the business ranging in price from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Without question the Neolith ranks among the best full range speakers I’ve heard. Pair the Neoliths with the right amplification, put them in the right sized room, and you’ll have a recipe for countless evenings of musical bliss. At $80,000/pair for the Neoliths plus $50,000-$120,000 for electronics and amplification, you are talking about a serious investment for a very select audience. However, if you have the funds, love the magic of electrostatics, and want one of the best loudspeakers on the market today (not to mention serious bragging rights among your friends), then the MartinLogan Neolith deserves your urgent attention.

—Theo Nicolakis, Audioholics
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Audiophile Review! MartinLogan Neolith Electrostatic Loudspeaker: “Delaware Demo Impresses EAN”

The demo was well worth my time.As an owner of MartinLogan Montis electrostatic, I can personally attest that the much-larger Neolith takes that detailed, sonic layering and dispersion and exponentially increases it by a factor of 10 — especially in a big room... the combination of the custom-designed, rear-mounted 15-inch and front-firing, 12-inch passive bass drivers delivered stunningly tight, low bass — to a loud level that perfectly matches the electrostatic panel’s balance. The Neolith’s low end is tight, forceful and imposing... If you have the cash and a big-enough room to let the speakers breathe, the MartinLogan Neoliths will reward you with hour after hour of gorgeous music. I can’t wait to hear a pair with hi-res... it is an honor to give the Neolith the EAN Stellar Sound Award, and I also selected it for the EAN 2014 Luxury Class Audio Product of The Year.

—John Gatski, Everything Audio Network
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This high-end speaker costs the same as a Mercedes Benz CLS - The Audiophiliac is shaken and stirred

The Neoliths's huge sound field projected forward into the room and well out to the sides of the speakers, so with my eyes closed I couldn't tell where the sound was coming from. Soft-to-loud dynamics were tremendous, and the bass power from the Neoliths' front 12-inch (30.4cm) carbon fiber woofer, and rear-mounted 15-inch (38.1cm) aluminum woofer were truly visceral in their impact... The proof is in the listening, and even a cursory audition of the Neolith reveals its extraordinary performance capabilities... The Neolith is a statement product, designed to advance the state of the art of sound reproduction

—Steve Guttenberg, CNET
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What are the Best Loudspeakers in the World?

Neolith is a bold new loudspeaker, the product of an ambitious 3-year-long development process that combines the very best technology MartinLogan has to offer. Neolith features MartinLogan's largest-ever electrostatic radiating surface. Its proprietary curvilinear electrostatic transducer is allows the speaker to deliver an enveloping three-dimensional soundstage. Unique Controlled Dispersion Technology gives each transducer the ability to reproduce nearly the entire audio spectrum in any room. Neolith loudspeakers embody the MartinLogan ethos, and achieve "living sound"; revealing audio as it was originally performed.

—Gene DellaSala, Audioholics
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MartinLogan's Ambitious Neolith

I came away mighty impressed with the American company's latest offering. The speed and effortlessness normally associated with the rest of MartinLogan's line was easily audible, while their bass performance portended a truly full-range sound without any of the plodding, boomy character one might imagine such a well-endowed loudspeaker would possess... I think there will be plenty of demand for this statement loudspeaker.

—Hans Wetzel, SoundStage! Global
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Martin Logan Demonstrates Neolith Speaker System

The first sounds to come out of the Neolith were sublime... The huge electrostatic panels produced a thoroughly convincing soundstage with speed and accuracy that made for a very detailed listening experience... The sense of space and depth created by the Neolith was a compelling audio illusion... I understand why Martin Logan built the Neoliths—they make a statement—and I certainly don't begrudge anyone who has the money to spend on such excellent speakers. If price were no object, I'd own a pair...

—Mark Henninger, AVSForum
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MartinLogan's Big, Beautiful Neolith Debuts in Delaware

MartinLogan's Neolith is a 75-inch tall, 385-pound superspeaker... Where they went is a truly amazing speaker, with a huge, bold sound, that very clearly wowed the small group of hardcore audiophiles in attendance... They probably need about 600/700 hours before they reach their full potential. But even at this stage they are very impressive. The panel integrates well with the bass drivers. Resolution and tonality are excellent, and the dynamics are very impressive.

—Stephen Silver, Technology Integrator
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Martin Logan’s Neolith dwarfs mere mortals with its largest electrostat ever

"The stunning piece of technology above is not the cockpit guard from an X-Wing fighter, nor some sort of teleportation device plucked from the future. No, this curious, screened contraption is the latest breakthrough from the audio gurus at Martin Logan, a new speaker called the Neolith. And that screen rising from that stout anchor of speakers at the base isn’t for show — it’s the company’s largest-ever electrostatic radiating surface."

—Ryanm Waniata, Digital Trends
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