CES 2011: MartinLogan Expands and Reinvents Motion Series Line

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MartinLogan LX26 TowerMartinLogan‘s Motion Series is barely a year old, a point at which most manufacturers would still be touting its newness, but the company not only massively updated it at this week’s CES in Las Vegas — they also introduced a massive reinvention of the line in the form of the new LX line.

Two new models — the ElectroMotion EM-C2 and ElectroMotion EM-FX2, definitely fit with the aesthetics of the existing Motion Series, but boast the new, 40% larger Folded Motion XT high frequency driver and a heck of a lot more mass than existing Motions. Details are as follows:

ElectroMotion C2
Priced at $799.95 each (US), the powerful EM-C2 center channel provides a detailed, articulate, and authoritative center channel audio presence. Sized similar to a traditional audio/video receiver the EM-C2 is designed to fit discretely within any standard audio-video cabinet. The EM-C2’s perfectly balanced dual 5.25-inch high-excursion, doped fiber-cone woofers are seamlessly blended with the Folded Motion XT tweeter with a high-precision, advanced topology audiophile-grade crossover network. The EM-C2 is rated at 94dB.

ElectroMotion FX2
Priced at $649.95 each (US), the EM-FX2 features dual Folded Motion XT tweeters in a wide-dispersion array ideally suited for surround channel applications. A single 6.5-inch doped fiber-cone woofer provides powerful low-frequency extension. Available in either black or white, the EM-FX2 is designed to corner mount, wall mount or angle-wall mount for versatile surround sound placement in any room.

In a radical departure from the existing Motion Series, two additional models — the LX16 bookshelf speaker and LX26 tower — sport a more traditional speaker design (and yes, I get the irony of describing a speaker as both radical and traditional, but this is MartinLogan we’re talking about; for them, “traditional” is radical). Behind the floating steel grille, though, these beauties feature virtually the same technology we’ve come to know and love from the Motions. Price for the LX16 is $799 per pair, while pricing hasn’t been finalized for the LX26. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess it’ll come at roughly the same price as the Motion 12, or perhaps just a little more (or less, who knows?).

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MartinLogan EM-C2 center channel

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