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so i came up on a good opportunity to either get the motion 40s or the Monitor audio rx6 for the same price. I can't make up my mind, but maybe some of you can chime in ?
i currently have a marantz sr 7007 receiver that i am using as a preamp for a rotel 1095 power amplifier. I would like to know what do you think is a better pick if both speakers were the same price?
I am looking for a speaker that can do both, 2 channel stereo and home theater duties as well. I have not had a chance to hear either one of them and although speaker selection is such a subjective topic, i like speakers that are not too too bright, even though the marantz has warmed up my sound right now and i actually like it.

Please, give me your thoughts and input as to which speaker is or would be a better choice give the information presented.

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They are both pretty different sounding speakers. Obviously, listening to each of them is key. But if you can''t...then I'd say the Motion 40 is more "exciting" sounding speaker, the ribbon tweeter will sound more detailed than the metal dome in the RX6. I personally find the treble too dominant on them, very "bright" or in your face sounding. I found them fatiguing. The RX6 is a well-balanced all-around speaker that's good for music or cinema; I personally own some.

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Well... I haven't heard the RX6's; however I do have the RS6's and I adore them. They are perfect for me in every way.

I would recommend Monitor (and have been recently) to anyone with a reasonable budget. They're quite similar in appearance, output, and quality to the RS's that are so well thought of.

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How'd you get the Motion 40's at the same price as the RX6? The Motion 40's are around 2k/pair and the RX6's are 1250/pair. Are you able to listen to them? The ribbon tweeters in the Motion 40 will make the highs really detailed. It's a whole different experience. Whether you like it is up to you. I first experienced ribbon tweeters in my Airmotiv 4's and I really love the sound. I still love the sound from traditional dome tweeters, but I would say that resolution from ribbon tweeters are definitely superior. That said, the RX6 is a reknowned all around performer. I don't think you can go wrong with either

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I GOT A GOOD DEAL THROUGH A FRIEND. HOWEVER, IM CONCERNED WITh THe RX6 RATINGS OF 125RMS. . . VS 300RMS FOR THE MOTION 40.
WHICH ONE SHOULD HAVE MORE BASS? IM IN A DIFFICULT SITUATION . . . ANY OPINION OR INPUT IS APPRECIATED. .
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The RS6 has relatively good bass. I am not super concerned with bass because I have subwoofer's attached to both of my systems. I think either will have sufficient bass but both will certainly benefit from having a subwoofer.
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I'm just looking at some frequency response graphs for both and the RX6 and the Motion 40. They both hit about 40hz pretty easily. The RX6 seems to have a flatter response (Motion 40 will be brighter), but I always take graphs like this with a grain of salt.

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WHAT AABOUT POWER HANDLING? ? THERES A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN BOTH. . . I DONT WANT TO END UP BLOWING THE RX6 VERY EASILY. .
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WHAT AABOUT POWER HANDLING? ? THERES A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN BOTH. . . I DONT WANT TO END UP BLOWING THE RX6 VERY EASILY. .

Heh you're not going to blow the RX6's. They play extremely loud

This guy was playing them stupid loud in this video and they survived. Look at all that driver movement. Honestly I'm very surprised they survived

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Yeah I wouldn't worry about the power ratings too much. I would venture to guess the Motion 40 will go a bit deeper and louder given the extra bass drivers and larger cabinet volume. It's probably more comparable to the RX8. The ML40 appears to be a 3-way design like the RX8. The RX6 is 2.5-way.
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I listened to the 40s, 20s and ESLs a few weeks ago.

The 20s were pretty harsh and bright.

The 40s sounded terrific, detailed but not harsh or bright. The dedicated midrange on it versus the 20 really made a difference. They had pretty decent bass.

The ESLs sounded the best overall but the 40s sound surprisingly similar. The 40s had more bass.

The new motion series have a very nice elegant look to them.

I have not heard any monitor audio speakers.

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ok, but when you say you wouldnt worry about the power ratings too much, would this be also considering i am pushing them with a rotel rmb 1095? this amp is a beast...
here is the scoop guys, i can get either the rx6 used for 750 dollars or the martin logan for 750 dollars. Both are in great shape, but he is my friend and only selling one pair to me of either one of them since he doesnt need both...
which one would you guys choose given my set up?
to be honest with you all, i am inclined to get the logans because that is a 1899 pair of speakers vs a 1200 pair of speakers so my mind says the logans must be THAT MUCH better than the rx6s....
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Go for it. Seems like it is a win/win situation
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what do you mean go for it lol.. i actually wanted feed back as in what would you do if BOTH speakers were the same price..which one would you choose? would you take your rs6 over the motion 40s right now? if someone told you which ones you want, what would you choose and why?
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What do you mean go for it? I actually want someone to decide for me what wine do i want - red or white? Same price, equally delicious. Seriously whitecmaross, go and listen to both speakers. These are not that hard to locate-majority of magnolia stores carries them both...
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I said "go for it" because you mentioned your inclinations.

I would choose Monitor because I like the brand, I like the way they look, and most importantly I'm very pleased with how mine sound. http://www.stereophile.com/floorloudspeakers/306monitor/ helped me make my decision. I see the person on YouTube try to ruin his speakers by playing Bass I Love you on them and there just aren't a lot of speakers in my mind that are as solid and well rounded as Monitor Audio RS/RX 6's.

I think the big difference is the tweeter difference and that may be the ultimate deciding factor if I were in your position. Make sure you like how ribbons sound and the more expensive ML's may be best for you.
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I would listen to both and choose the ones I like the sound of better.
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actually, i just had an old friend of mine who is also selling his motion 40s telll me the truth as to why he is selling his pair..he told me that the motion 40s are waaaaay too picky with music and that if all you have is compressed music, it will make it sound like crap.. that is the reason why he is selling them because he figures he is not going to be buying super audio cds or anything like it. i read this SAME THING on a review online and so bottom line, the motion 40s WILL make your music exactly how it is. If it is all mp3, it will sound crappy... now i can finally say the rx6 will probably be my best bet since i listen to alot of music off of my laptop through the media server and also pandora...
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I would jump at 750 for either setup. Great price your friend is giving you smile.gif But yeah because the Motion 40 is going to be a bit more transparent (probably mainly due to that ribbon tweeter), it'll be pickier with the quality of music that you will play on it. The RX is detailed, but I don't think it's detailed enough end to get outright clinical on you.

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I'm not personally familiar with the Monitor audio rx6 speakers, but I am really liking the Martin Logan Motion 40's ( and other ML motion speakers ) I recently put in my theater. You should try and audition them somewhere - outstanding sound IMO.

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I am really liking the Martin Logan Motion 40's ( and other ML motion speakers ) I recently put in my theater. You should try and audition them somewhere - outstanding sound IMO.

Just not very accurate:
http://www.hometheater.com/content/martinlogan-motion-40-speaker-system-ht-labs-measures
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DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THE FOCALS 814V? ?
HOW DO THEY SOUND? I FOUND A PRETTY GOOD DEAL ONLINE BUT I DONT KNOW HOW THESE COMPARE TO THE RX6 OR MOTION 40
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They're also fine speakers. They're quite good.

On par with RX6 I'd surmise.
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