During the first few months of 2013, I assembled a wonderful ML Motion 40/30/LX16 5.1 set up that has left me feeling quite satisfied ( even with the announcement earlier this year that ML will soon be introducing a big brother to the Motion 40 :-)
With that being said ... there's a great opportunity for anyone interested in the Motion 15 bookshelf speakers to buy its predecessor - the LX16.
The LX16 is essentially the same as the Motion 15 ... the changes were only cosmetic.
Amazon has the LX16 at some great prices:
NEW in dark cherry for $240 per speaker (13 available )
USED in drk cherry for $412 per pair ( 1 pair available )
NEW in gloss black for $299 per speaker (6 available )
When I first was introduced to ML, my son and I listened to a pair of Motion 15s next to a pair of Motion 4s ... the difference was quite clear - the Motion 15s sounded fuller and much more substantial. I knew immediately that I'd be buying James the Motion 15s.
Before I bought my Motion 30, I used one of my LX16s as a center channel ( for a 3.1 set up ) and was pleased with how it performed - knowing, though, that this would be my final/"rest of my life" system, I upgrade to the Motion 30 and put the LX16s in their proper place, completing a wonderfully cohesive, entirely satisfying 5.1 system.
Last fall, I was able to get my hands on a used LX16 on eBay ( $210 ) for my son to use as a center channel, complimenting his Motion 15s.
This spring we upgraded our subs to a pair of SVS PC12+s ( one for me, one for him :-)
And just last week, I pulled the trigger on a pair of these LX16s to replace my DefTech SM45s in the exercise room ( my ML Dynamo700 will pair up nicely in a 2.1 )
Bottom line then, is that anyone looking for a nice pair of bookshelf speakers, or a modest but quite capable center channel, would be doing themselves a favor by considering these LX16s while they are available.
Other current prices on Amazon:
Motion 15 ... $399 in black / $424 in dark cherry
Motion 4 ... $249 // Motion 2 ... $199 // Motion 6 and Motion 8 center channels ... $299 & $369
The LX16s, while they last, appear to be quite a bargain compared to any of the above ML alternatives.
Finally, is there a better looking set of speakers out there than the Motion 15/20/30/40s ? They sound terrific and look great too :-)