Originally Posted by mogrub
... Will post some listening feedback once we've got things sorted.
This has been fun. Here are some observations from our first weekend of listening, after roughly 50 hours of break-in time:
We started with "Immortal Beloved", Gary Oldman's 1994 movie about Ludwig van Beethoven. The BluRay has a Dolby TrueHD soundtrack, which we thought might give the ML's a decent chance to show themselves.
The Theo's and Stage-X gave everything from piano solos to symphony performances a depth and clarity we hadn't heard before. The tones of each note, each instrument, sounded different. More accurate. Richer.
It was night and day from what we'd ever heard before. I'd always assumed the master of that soundtrack must have been mishandled somehow. Nope. It was just exposing the limitations of our old speakers. Now, the same soundtrack reveals the much higher capabilities of the ML's. Sweet.
Then we had a surprise from a random scene we didn't even intend to play. Just two characters having a short conversation. I'm not even watching at first. Then I put down whatever was distracting me, notice the characters talking to each other, and become aware of this clicking sound. It's subtle, but its absolutely everywhere. I'd never heard that before, at least not like this. Clicking noises aren't usually a good sign. What's wrong?
Then the camera sweeps, and I see the conversation is taking place in a clock repair shop. The sound I'm hearing is the detailed, accurate, immersive sound of all those clocks clicking. I'm sure we'd heard some kind of clock noise in the past, but we had never been sitting inside the repair shop like that before. Wow.
Lord of the Rings gets tossed in next, and Saruman is up to no good. Avalanches here, ripping trees out of the ground there, Gandalf telling the Balrog that it shall not pass, with the soundtrack soaring everywhere in between. Superb. We are more immersed, and there is a new precision to everything we hear.
Last night, we closed the weekend with True Blood. We've heard Jace Everett's "Bad Things" -- the song that plays during the opening credits -- a hundred times before. But it never sounded anything like it did last night. The soundstage the ML's produced, and the individual clarity of each instrument being played, just kind of left me shaking my head.
I'll stop rambling. High five to Martin Logan.
High five also to forum sponsor AVScience. Craig Peer did a fabulous job. Answered every question quickly and accurately. Walked me through the whole process. Made the purchase experience easy and fun. Our new speakers arrived on time, and in perfect condition. If you're shopping, and don't at least talk to AVS, you're making a huge mistake. Just my two cents.