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Started in the late 70's,
Martin Logan was conceived by two Kansas engineers: Gayle Martin
Sanders and Ron Logan Sutherland. Their aim was to produce a new
generation of electrostatic speaker.
…For anyone seeking
the ultimate in sonic purity and clarity, electrostatics held enormous
appeal. Unfortunately, designing and building one that will also
produce the sound levels and bass extension most people expect from
a loudspeaker is a formidable challenge, even today. Back then,
only a relative handful of electrostatic speakers had ever been
brought to market. Although most were failures, a few, such as the
KLH Model 9 and Quad ESL, were legendary among audio enthusiasts.
The KLH probably came
closer than any other full-range electrostatic speaker of its day
to competing effectively with conventional speakers in bass and
output capability. It was very big, however, and finicky and expensive,
and it didn't fit in at all with the rest of KLH's line. Consequently,
sales were modest, and eventually the Model 9 went out of production.
The Quad ESL was much more successful, especially in its native
England, and until Martin Logan’s products came on the scene
it was arguably the only commercially significant electrostatic
loudspeaker in history. It suffered the classic limitations of the
breed, however. Though the original Quad electrostatic was widely
regarded as the world's finest reproducer of chamber music, fans
of rock and even symphonic music were inclined to look elsewhere…
Martin Logan’s Sanders
and Sutherland were convinced they could do better...
very first stator
… the first
prototype was ready in 1980. Naturally, it still had that
science-project quality - a flat aluminium panel sprouting
wires, struts, transformers, and power supplies, connected
to an amplifier in Sanders' living room. It sounded even
better than expected, but when they turned up the volume,
a lightning storm erupted across the panel and music was
replaced by a plume of smoke drifting toward the ceiling.
Still, they knew they were close.
The team began a
series of experiments with new aerospace materials that
led to a design breakthrough. Constructed with state-of-the-art
conductive coatings, insulation, and adhesives, their revised
transducer sandwiched a clear, ultra-light Mylar diaphragm
between two perforated-steel stators...
Their first hybrid loudspeaker was created
in 1983 and was dubbed The Monolith. It was a rather large
unit incorporating the new curved (see-through) electrostatic
panel and a 12” bass driver for low frequency duties.
This new speaker was well received by hi-fi critics and
music lovers alike and by 1986, a MK2 version was born.
Their first full range electrostatic was
dubbed The CLS. In 1987, we had the great fortune to listen
to music through this marvellous loudspeaker at The London
H-Fi Show and were blown away by its three dimensionality,
clarity and above all, spaciousness. It was an experience
that has stuck with us to this day.
In the early 1990’s
MartinLogan dipped its toes into the home theatre arena complete
with a range of centre channel, wall mounted and subwoofer speakers
which included the Aerius, SL3, Quest, and Cinema.
Statement Evolution 2
1997, the aptly named Statement E2 was unveiled. A pair of
twin panel electrostatics; one for mid/ bass and one for treble
plus a pair of four box eight, count ‘em, eight 12”
sub woofers in a dipolar arrangement. Each of the two main
columns stood at nearly seven feet and the two subwoofer columns
were close to six feet in height! That’s sixteen 12”
woofers in total! If anyone had the balls (and the bank balance)
to acquire these monsters and set them up in a semi-detached
house: congratulations! You'd have the option of blowing your
partition wall to kingdom come and turn two houses into one!
Such was the power of these Goliath's and the cost of these
potential home wreckers; a whopping $120,000!
In 1999, MartinLogan
unveiled the Scenario. This elegant full range (and relatively
affordable selling at approximately $2000) hybrid stands
at just under four feet tall and ten inches in width with
MartinLogan’s familiar curved ‘transparent’
will excite those who need to save space, without compromising
performance. Enlist the Scenario for stunning stereo duty,
or as a front or rear speaker for convincing cinema magic.
The latest embodiment of exclusive MartinLogan ESL (electrostatic
loudspeaker) technology projects an illusory world of sound
with depth, pinpoint imaging, and our trademark clarity
- all contained in one square foot of space.
The multi award winning
Prodigy descended from the Statement in 2000. This outstanding
relatively compact performer includes technological advances
such as ‘a new generation propriety CLS (curvilinear
line source) electrostatic drive transducer and a revolutionary
hybrid drive configuration and cabinet that eliminates room
interaction and resonances.’ Another firm favourite
with music lovers who have limited space but still crave
high resolution performance.
is a globally recognised company with a respected brand who have
continued to explore, create and develop. MartinLogan have a ‘world
of sound’ on offer to those who appreciate and expect the
Now firmly established
as a loudspeaker 'technology' company (not just an 'electrostatic'
company) MartinLogan ventured where few high-performance speaker
companies dare to tread... inside of a wall. The Voyage and Passage
in-wall loudspeakers (released 2004) challenged the entire audio
industry by releasing in-wall speakers with true high-performance
Series, ElectroMotion® Series, Motion® Series, Wireless
Architectural Series & Installer™ Series
Use the link below to read the “MartinLogan
Scenario Owner Experience” (February 2018)...
Images & main content courtesy www.martinlogan.com
Edited by Robin Francis & Andrew Griffith
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