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MartinLogan Motion 15/ LX16 Bookshelf Speaker Recommendations

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LX16 - actual - edit.jpgThe LX16s are versatile speakers because they have enough bass to work decently as a standalone system, but are also timbre matched to work with the rest of the MartinLogan Motion Series. Paired with smaller Motion Series speakers, the LX16s would do a great job at anchoring down a surround sound as the main speakers. They could also be used as height (Does anyone actually use ProLogic IIz?), surround, or surround back speakers in a larger system with the Motion20s ($749ea.) or Motion40s ($949ea.) as the main speakers. The speakers look modern, but still have enough class to fit well in almost any room. But, be careful, these speakers might make the rest of your system look ugly!

If you are going to use these speakers for anything other than casual listening, then you will want a subwoofer. I never had problems with distortion, but the speakers are relatively small and because of an annoyance called physics, they can’t produce that much bass. By crossing over the speakers around 80Hz, they will open up and be able to sustain higher playback levels with much less strain.

Conclusion

It is evident that MartinLogan is going after a new demographic with their Motion series. At the same time, they are trying to maintain their image as a premium loudspeaker manufacturer, and as the leader in hybrid electrostats. The Folded Motion Tweeter, perforated metal grill, and over sound quality are evidence of this balance. Martin Logan seems to have hit a nice balance with the LX16s, the first speakers of their kind from Martin Logan, there is a lot to like here. If you really want the sound of Martin Logan’s electrostats, but want something in a smaller form factor, then look no further, go out and buy a pair of these. If you are starting to build a 2.1 or 5.1 system, the LX16s are at least worth a good listen. 

Review Update Nov 5, 2012: The Motion 15's have just been released which are identical in performance to the LX16's but cosmetically refreshed.  Expect the same performance and even better looks. 

 

MartinLogan Motion 15 / LX16 Scorecard
MSRP: $799/pair

MartinLogan
2101 Delaware St.
Lawrence, KS 66046
(785) 749-0133


About Martin Logan
Martin Logan is a premium loudspeaker manufacturer, based in Lawrence, KS. They make a full array of home theater speakers, but their claim to fame is there electrostatic hybrid speakers. They have made many advances in loudspeaker technology, including their Xstat Transducer, Curvilinear Line Source (CLS), Advanced Thin Film (ATF) tweeter, and Folded Motion Tweeter. Martin Logan is well respected in the audio community, with a very loyal following largely of their Electrostatic speakers. For more information visit
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The Score Card

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Audioholics.com note: The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing of the product in question. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings.

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About the author:
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Cliff, like many of us, has always loved home theater equipment. In high school he landed a job at Best Buy that started his path towards actual high quality audio. His first surround sound was a Klipsch 5.1 system. After that he was hooked, moving from Klipsch to Polk to Definitive Technology, and so on. Eventually, Cliff ended up doing custom installation work for Best Buy and then for a "Ma & Pa" shop in Mankato, MN.

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Tomorrow posts on June 13, 2012 23:21
kmpurc56, post: 886191
Can you give me a comparison to the Aperion Grand Versus Bookshelf speakers?
I'm trying to shorten a list for purchasing a 4 bookshelves and a center for an system using the SVS PC12-NSD subwoofer. I'm also intrigued by using a bookshelf as my center for a matched set. I can always use the extra as a rear speaker in a 6.1 system. Could you help me here as well.

Thanks

Here is a detailed comparison of a half-dozen internet direct (ID) speakers, one of which is the nice Aperion Verus Grand Bookshelf speaker. The entire thread is a good read if you have the time…but you can start with post #95. Post #87 will tell you a little about the format used in doing the comparisons. Good luck with your search. http://forums.audioholics.com/forums/general-av-discussions/67150-2010-great-northwest-gtg-10.html
gene posts on June 12, 2012 13:55
kmpurc56, post: 886191
Can you give me a comparison to the Aperion Grand Versus Bookshelf speakers?
I'm trying to shorten a list for purchasing a 4 bookshelves and a center for an system using the SVS PC12-NSD subwoofer. I'm also intrigued by using a bookshelf as my center for a matched set. I can always use the extra as a rear speaker in a 6.1 system. Could you help me here as well.

Thanks

I did a detailed review of the Verus Booshelf speaker. Great little speaker but you need a sub if you want fullrange sound.

see: Aperion Audio Verus Grand Bookshelf Speaker Review — Reviews and News from Audioholics
kmpurc56 posts on June 12, 2012 12:39
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Cliff, Thanks for you input. It was very helpfull.
Cliff_is posts on May 26, 2012 16:20
kmpurc56, post: 886191
Can you give me a comparison to the Aperion Grand Versus Bookshelf speakers?
I'm trying to shorten a list for purchasing a 4 bookshelves and a center for an system using the SVS PC12-NSD subwoofer. I'm also intrigued by using a bookshelf as my center for a matched set. I can always use the extra as a rear speaker in a 6.1 system. Could you help me here as well.

Thanks

I have not had the opportunity to listen to the Versus Grand bookshelf speaker, but Tom Andry was very impressed in his review. If you order them and don't like them, you can send them back for free.

Aperion Verus Grand Loudspeaker System Conclusion — Reviews and News from Audioholics

They are both relatively small speakers. The motion series is probably not as good of a value, if budget is your main concern. I would recommend stopping by your local AV shop, or a Magnolia HT, and listening to the rest of the Motion series. They all use the same Folded Motion tweeter, and are voiced the same. I can't tell you which speaker is better, but they are both good speakers. I can tell you that the Motion series is very forward sounding, a little bright at times. Otherwise, I really liked the speakers and would generally recommend them. But, go listen to them and see if you like them. That is the most important part.

Matching your front three speakers is a great idea. If you have the ability to use the same bookshelf speaker upfront, then go for it. It is a great idea.

However, you may consider dedicated surround channels. Martin Logan makes a Motion FX and Motion FX2 that are designed to be the matching surround speakers for the LX16s. Aperion doesn't make a dedicated surround speaker.

As far as 6.1, it typically doesn't do much good over 5.1. Ultimately, that depends on your room and receiver.
kmpurc56 posts on May 21, 2012 17:01
Comparison

Can you give me a comparison to the Aperion Grand Versus Bookshelf speakers?
I'm trying to shorten a list for purchasing a 4 bookshelves and a center for an system using the SVS PC12-NSD subwoofer. I'm also intrigued by using a bookshelf as my center for a matched set. I can always use the extra as a rear speaker in a 6.1 system. Could you help me here as well.

Thanks
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