The MartinLogan Motion 35XT succeeds in ticking pretty much every box on the small-speaker wish list: easy to drive and easy to live with, but can really grow with your system, a sound that is detailed and open but also genuinely solid and musically convincing, and a speaker that is entertaining and informative at the same time. The perfect alternative for the high-end music lover looking for a second system or stand-in, it’s also the hair-shirt audiophile’s starter speaker par excellence – except that it might just embarrass the speakers in more than a few big, high-end systems and lacks the basic appearance so important for budget–esoteric credibility. Let’s face it, speakers this pretty (and this affordable) really shouldn’t sound this good, be this engaging, or this much fun. Like lightning striking twice in the same place, it upsets the natural scheme of things!
Type: Two-way, reflex loaded hybrid loudspeaker
Driver Complement: 1× XT Air Motion Transducer, 1× 165mm aluminium cone mid-bass
Bandwidth: 50Hz–25kHz, ±3dB
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Dimensions (W×H×D): 192 × 343 × 300mm
Weight: 8.4kg ea.
Finishes: High gloss black, white or red cherry
Price: £1,298 per pair
Manufacturer: MartinLogan Ltd
UK Distributor: Absolute Sounds Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)208 971 3909