MartinLogan Unveils Masterpiece CI Series Speakers at CEDIA 2019

MartinLogan has unveiled their new Masterpiece CI series at CEDIA 2019. The series includes four in-wall speakers and an in-ceiling speaker. Each speaker includes MartinLogan’s Folded Motion XT Obsidian tweeters, mid-frequency and bass drivers featuring unidirectional carbon fiber multi-section cones, propreitary Vojtko crossover networks, sealed back box enclosures, die-cast aluminum mounting-locks, and spring-loaded binding posts.

MartinLogan’s Folded Motion XT Obsidian tweeters utilize an extremely low mass diaphragm that “squeezes” air, thus demanding significantly less excursion than the typical 1-inch dome tweeter. Its folded design allows for a much larger surface area compared to a regular 1-inch dome tweeter, better controlled dispersion characteristics, and low distortion. In tandem with the tweeter, MartinLogan’s mid-frequency and bass drivers pair high-power magnet structures with unidirectional carbon fiber multi-section cone diaphragms with a Nomex backer to deliver massive excursion and sound output, preserve minute bass details and maximize power handling capability, all without a hint of distortion.

Just as integral to the speakers are the Vojtko crossovers. Carefully hand-built using only high-end polypropylene and polyester capacitors, custom wound and large steel laminate low-DCR inductors, and double thick PCBs, Masterpiece CI Series crossovers employ MartinLogan’s proprietary Vojtko topology for vanishingly low distortion and seamless driver integration.

These are the five models in MartinLogan’s new Masterpiece CI Series. The four in-wall speakers are:

  • Statement 40XW – featuring 40 drivers in a line source configuration; 16 Folded Motion XT Obsidian tweeters, 16 3.5″ unidirectional carbon fiber multi-section cone midrange drivers with a Nomex backer, and 8 matching 6.5″ woofers, all blended together with a Vojtko crossover network. The use of 16 tweeters, 16 mid-range drivers, and eight woofers significantly contributes to the effortless sonic presentation of the Statement 40XW. While all drivers produce distortion when pushed hard, MartinLogan avoided this issue by using a large number of drivers operating in perfect unison. In this case, the movement required from each driver is a fraction of what it otherwise would be while still achieving impressive levels of overall output.
  • Monument 7XW – featuring seven drivers; one Folded Motion XT Obsidian tweeter, a 6.5″ unidirectional midrange driver with a Nomex backer, two matching 6.5″ woofers, and three 6.5 passive radiators, seamlessly blended with a flagship-class Vojtko crossover network. A pre-installation bracket is available.
  • Tribute 5XW – featuring five drivers; one lightning-fast Folded Motion XT Obsidian tweeter and dual 5.5″ unidirectional cone woofers with a Nomex backer and matching 6.5″ passive radiators, seamlessly blended with a flagship-class Vojtko crossover network. A pre-installation bracket is available.
  • Icon 3XW – featuring three drivers; one lightning-fast Folded Motion XT Obsidian tweeter and dual 5.5″ unidirectional cone woofers with a Nomex backer, seamlessly blended with a flagship-class Vojtko crossover network. A pre-installation bracket is available.

The Masterpiece CI Series also features one in-ceiling speaker:

  • Sistine 4XC – featuring four drivers, including one Folded Motion XT Obsidian tweeter, dual 3.5″ unidirectional cone midrange drivers with a Nomex backer, and a matching 8-inch” seamlessly blended with a flagship-class Vojtko crossover network. A pre-installation bracket is available.

MartinLogan’s new Masterpiece CI Series speakers will begin shipping in early 2020. Pricing has not yet been announced.