This was such a great thread to read! I am currently in the middle of considering ML versus B&W to round out my system.
Essentially I have a Meridian 561 Processor and a Meridian 557 2 channel amplifier powering 2 Martin Logan Clarity's. The amp bit the dust back in March and my local audio repair store finally quit trying to fix it after 6 months (Meridian no longer supports their amplifiers). SO, because I want to add surround speakers to get 5.1 (and eventually 7.1) I am looking at speakers.
This week I purchased a Denon AVR-X4000 to replace the Meridian's and it is coming in a few days. A little concerned about powering the Clarity's but it seemed to be the best choice from receivers power-wise for the money.
First question: What do you think about the Denon sound processing capabilities as compared to a 17 year old Meridian processor? If I were to continue using that I would need to find a 5 channel amplifier with minimum 200 watt / channel output, and those get VERY pricey so to me this seemed like a decent trade-off.
Second, adding speakers. Looking at the Motion 30 center, Motion 15s for rear, Motion 4s for rear high, and Dynamo 7 for sub. OR B&W CMCC center, CM1 rear, and then Motion 4 / Dynamo 7 again for same placement. There's only a $200 price difference between the 2 setups.
My space is a condo so the ML's seem to lend themselves a little better size wise. Any concerns around having an ESL paired with B&W in terms of sound?
Good to see emcdade loves his Motion's!
Well some might say that it's the brand and others are about the speakers them selves. Personally for me the CM9's are not bright enough and they are not up to my hearing standard. Again sound is subjective even talking about what is loud is subjective. However, i prefer the Martin Logan's they have a beautiful clear sound gorgeous mid's and thunderous low's. I'd recommend to go check out the speakers and make your own audio comparison!
Hope this helps!