Martin Logan Motion 12 Test

Martin Logan doesn’t starts a series with the “motion 12” of the House. Unusual silhouette, unusual chassis, unusual prizes. But one thing remained the same: the posh sound.

  1. Martin Logan motion 12 test
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As an AUDIO editor you can trust even his ears. But that confidence has been shaken recently during a telephone conversation with the German Martin Logan importer of audio components. AC Chairman Adib Khavari, best associated for decades in the high end business and also with large numbers, insisted, the author had not interrogated. No, the new motion 12 by Martin Logan taste really only 1880 euros. The pair. And Yes, the largest and most expensive (!) Representative of a whole new series would be ready immediately to the test.

Flights of fancy: The high-frequency range above 3000 Hertz Martin Logan consigned to an air motion transformer, the Americans folded motion transducer call.

Seldom unanimous, the entire editorial staff responded enthusiastically. Because, there is no doubt: after long preparatory work, Martin Logan in this country has a reputation; No, not like thunder Hall, but like fine radiating sound flashes. What the US experts owed above all its more and more perfected hybrid electrostatic: just in AUDIO 2/2011 had Martin Logan ethos once again the successful combination of active, dynamic bass and fine resolution, quickly reacting films midrange proved.

The motion series is because at first glance, because only electrodynamic forward directed, as a break with the electrostatic Dipole tradition. She entrusted two parallel 16.5 cm cones which quite conventional conduct the sound radiated backward into the body asymmetrically tapered upwards over a bass reflex tube outwards with slender built under 20 centimetres wide motion 12 bass.

And yet dipole

But from 300 Hertz ML boss Gale Sanders remains faithful. Because the separate dwelling of the midrange area is acoustically open back – here is the dipolar principle so. And it is rare that at least if it’s a ‘normal’, dynamic 13 midrange cone.

However, backwards and forwards, Martin Logan quite free rein denied the double beaded chassis designed not for too long strokes. Front panel hides a waveguide, which ensures that in the lateral area of the speaker forward and backward radiated sound not so completely erases itself as that would be the case with pure-bred dipoles – see also the 90-degree measurement right down.

A little steering function accepts also the front cover from the air motion transformer (AMT), which passes the upper three octaves of audible range from 3000 Hertz. This developed transducer type is salvation by Oskar on the magneto-static principle home from a Dipole: the accordion-like folded membrane pushes the air from all its wrinkles in the cycle of the alternating current flowing through the meander-shaped printed traces in the kon superlative magnetic field.

In our laboratory, and also in the room showed that Martin Logan wanted to achieve the so indispensable for electrostatic fans, lightning-fast and ultra precise pulse kick, the shimmer of the overtones so fascinating of spatial narrowness and the space figure that is detached from the converter with the motion of 12. Sober technician observe the but significant increase in the frequency response curve around five kilohertz – an old Indian trick although suspicious to sparkling high-frequency energy to make believe.

And yet balanced

Music lovers and Logan fans but will seek better, something to help the supposed flaws by optimum placement – Finally, the ridge is strongest on axis. The tweeter and thus the box should be directed so as not quite directly on the handset. And that you can spend quiet a few exciting hours with the distance from the rear wall and the distance between the speakers, as well as patient input, Loganisten know only too well.

And they are rewarded, as well as the rest of the Hi-Fi world also by the motion of 12. Wonderful finely resolved instrumental height, precisely articulating instead of kieksende female voices made the Vivaldische “Laudamus” (digital AUDIO masters 3) the true song of praise. A razor-sharp Telecaster, how she blessed Roy Buchanan could bring the wine (ZOUNDS-Gold-CD “Hendrix hits”), formally jumped into the hearing room without corrosive take on drum heads.

Nothing there, nothing, boomed hissed – coherent, pure pleasure started to grow. Where: Towards a balanced musterknäblich Canton karat 770.2 but audibly more spectacular was the ML. Violinist would say: more Rosin dusty steel string with the motion, more together with buzzing gut at the carat.

How relatively in the non-musical aspect of the aggressiveness is, shows up when she is invited in Bela Bartok’s ironically titled purflings “Romances”. On SACD (Hungaroton / classic Center) you want to hear just so incredibly differentiated conserved showpieces. Just in time-typical overly produced, glossy Studio-side with extra brilliance pop/rock the ox Logan presence of but the poor can show too much.

Conclusion

Martin Logan looks good on the new line. The Americans have proved impressively with the motion that they can build speaker with that certain something also for the not so bulging money bag. For understandable reasons forgives no price performance-“Buying tips” AUDIO Editor “AUDIOphile”. The motion of 12 Gets a – lines so much infidelity must be in this case.

Martin Logan motion 12

Manufacturer Martin Logan
Price €1880.00
Rating 86.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

 

 

 

 

Technical data and test results

General data
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17.8 x 106,6 x 35.8 cm
Weight 16.3
Surfaces Veneer
Color Black
Technical characteristics
Bass principle Two-way bass reflex
Number of ways 3
Working principle of full Active
Facilities
Connections single wiring
XLR connectors
Space adaptation
Surround complementary.
RCA
Laboratory characteristics
Maximum volume upper value 102 dB
lower cut-off frequency (-3dB) 43 Hz
Lower cut-off frequency (-6 dB) 36 Hz
Nominal impedance (audio) 2 ohm
Review
High-resolution box with explosive brilliance and neutral voice reproduction.
Need stable power amps and care when setting up.
Bass quality 70
Bass depth (bass Foundation) 80
Attention to detail (precision) 100
Dynamic 85
Maximum level (vitality) 70
Neutrality 90
Imaging 85
Spatial (airiness) 90
Processing well
Sound judgment very good 86
tested in issue: 3 / 11

 

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