Originally Posted by Ngerstman
Hi. I’ve been considering buying either the motion 40s or 60s. I already own a pair of Ethos in a different location. Whenever I’ve heard the motion speakers(just a few times, not extensively) I’ve been very impressed with the very detailed sound throughout the audio spectrum, pretty impressive. They seem to always sound better than the more costly B&W or other box speakers at BB, that stuff sounds like mud by comparison. It’s interesting to note that the 60s as well as the monitors have the bigger tweeter which results in much worse vertical dispersion. Typically the smaller the tweeter the better, much less cancellation, might explain why the 60s don’t sound as “bright” as the 40s, very well may be less extended high end of larger tweeter due to cancellation, not a good thing. But there is no denying that the 60s can move way more air than the 40s, bigger woofers and cabinets, a trade off. ML should have used the smaller tweeter in the 60s as well, imo. Anyway looking to hear some feedback from those who have compared the motion 40 and 60s to other speakers and hear your thoughts. Also has anyone compared the motions to any ML els speakers? Thoughts there? Thanks. Regards. Ned.
I invested a few weeks listening to as many speakers I could get to as, in my mind, written reviews are always trumped by what my ears hear in person. I've listened to the Motion 20, 40, 60 along with three ML ESL's (ESL, ESL X and Classic ESL 9). The extraordinary tweeter sound (responsive, clean, some say bright but without wearing on your hearing) is nearly all there transitioning from the 60XT to the ESL X -- ML did a great job capturing the same family of sound signature across the two designs. The ESL's didn't work for me given their more narrow sweet spot design as I'm using them in a dedicated home theater (seeking many good seats rather than one great seat).
I, too, couldn't decide between the 30 and 50 for the center even when listening in the store's listening room. So, I bought both and trialed them at home. After about 5 minutes of 30 vs 50, it was the 50 for me (2500 cuft space).
Before settling on the ML family, I did listen compare against the full Best Buy catalog (MA Design Center has a very very nice set of listening rooms) as well as visiting a few other specialty audio dealers to see if there was something I was missing. In each visit, after an hour or so of listing across the various models, when the ML Motion 20 or 40 was rotated in, I smiled. When a 60XT was rotated in, I had a broad knowing smile -- this was the sound signature for me.
Absolutely no regrets.
I now have a pair of SVS PB-2000's coming in to fill out the low end.
Currently, my 7.1.4 HT setup is driven by a Denon AVR6300 and, while it does heat up, it doesn't get overly hot and can drive these quite loud. I'm looking forward to swapping into the 7.2.4 arrangement this weekend and doing the sub crawl.
I currently use the dedicated hometheater for straight music listening as well (nice soundproofed and acoustically tuned/dampened room). Music sounds fantastic with 2-channel content. Movie soundtracks (2-channel, 5.1 or Atmos) sound great. Center channel is always crystal clear for both male and female voices (even low-talkers). We just can't tell if a given soundtrack is using the center or not without getting up and putting an ear to the center as they blend so well across the three fronts.
Will add some picks to my build thread this weekend.