Originally Posted by david3772
I may be hitting a Magnolia store this weekend. I'm hoping to check out some receivers and hear the ML Motion 10's and 12's. Do you know which ones you heard?
The MLs I heard were the Electromotions with the membrane speaker, but I was really impressed by the Motion 4! It is only $250.00/speaker but it sounded incredible! It is small, only has power up to 75W, but again the sound was unreal. The center I liked was the Motion 8 ($400). Very clear, very good sound. I would sample all the Martin Logans, as the Motion SLM 4 didn't sound that much better, but was twice the cost.
What I also liked about the ML Motion 4 was it was reasonable to get all four (or five, six) speakers to "match", as we hear about it so much. They were also small so the "wife factor" gets a big plus there! They sounded great with music, movies, everything.
I add that "new" is not always better; my favorite speakers are my oldest ones. For some reason they seemed to make them better in the old days. However, you do have a point about technology, and that is where you have to be careful. Who is using technology, and who is not? Companies have cycles, as do the products. In this case I discovered that Martin Logan is now one of the leaders, where my old favorite "Polks" are going the way of "Bose", relying on marketing and price points.
Again, objective listening is the answer, and try not to look at prices before you listen. For example, I "wanted" the $1,500 B&W speakers to sound better, but they didn't.
I do understand the mindset that "my system is old, therefore it must need improvement". I think we all do this, but I would kill to get back my old Marantz receivers I gave away as a kid. But be careful in this day, as there are so many choices, and many poor values.