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!