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This audio noob reports: Took a listen at some Martin Logan's this weekend.

David and I were price checking laser printers this weekend when the allure of a Martin Logan sign in the window of Magnolia Audio/Video, (a.k.a. we are Best Buy but we sell really expensive stuff.)

As we walked in we were wondering where the heck they keep all their really big floorstanding models. We found them in one of the listening rooms.
David is a pretty big audiophile with a big pair of Maggies and a nice listening room. While I, due to fundage and space contraints only own an Athena AS-B1 pair with matching sub and an Onkyo sr-500.

At first listen they came off as pitchy and and integrated subwoofer in the bottom sounded a bit boomy, the seperate powered subwoofer was off, as well as the center channel.
We put on a sting cd we were both familiar with and in the end both of us were not too impressed. They were missing a whole lot of midrange and the highs were too tweety.
I like the idea of the electrostatic but so far, we have not found anything that suits our tastes more then the Planars. Even I thought my bookshelves sounded better and more punchy.

Thoughts?

I forgot the model we listened too but I beleive it was the Ascent i or the Aeon i. They wanted alot for them.

Comments:2

March 22, 2005 1:47 AM Reply

I've auditioned ML's before and had them sound better (of course they were bigger) I'm sure (as with all speakers) they're highly dependent on the upstream sources. I didn't even notice what they were using to power them. Was it just (just!) a Lexicon?

I'm taking you to Shelly Stereo with me dude.

March 22, 2005 1:52 AM Reply

I've been to Shellys but I didn't get to audition the Maggies. :(

You know more then me, i'll follow your lead.

I want to rack your brain and suck up eveything you know.

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