Originally Posted by emcdade
As a Martin Logan Motion 40 owner, I could only read the description of the Motion 12's and smile. It is amazing how close they get to electrostatic greatness without being half as picky in setup/placement. I've seen numerous people (probably commysman) write the ML motion series off, as if Martin Logan doesn't know the first thing about making a traditional speaker...lol.
To describe the 40's, read the 12's review and then imagine improved bass response and furniture grade cabinetry that looks like it would be at home on a speaker costing twice as much. Simply can't recommend the Motion line enough, those damn ribbons are fantastic!
I got to do a quick BB Magnolia demo of the ESLs, 40s and 20s a month or so ago.
For some reason the 20s sounded harsh and overly bright. Can't figure out why. The 12s I listened to a few years ago sounded terrific.
As for the 40s. Switching as fast as the BB employee could between that and the ESL it was eerie how similar they sounded to the ESLs. The ESLs sounded a little bigger but both sounded quite a bit a like as they were set up. I only slightly preferred the ESLs. The 40s had more bass and what it had sounded a little tighter than the ESLs though.
I liked them both.
Klipsch RF-62II, RC-500, RS-400, SVS PC12+,
Def Tech SC8000
Harman Kardon AVR 1600
PS3, Apple TV, Sharp 70" Qattron