Martin Logan vs. Everything

I have a pair of Martin Logan 13a. to me they sound incredible. The thing is I also like to spend time at hi-fi shops , whether they be brick and mortar or or online and it seems like those dealers think the Martin Logan are the weak Link in my system…


I’ve listened to Speakers twice and even three times the price and they don’t sound any better to me but I do have my room treated and everything is tuned just in my liking. my personal opinion is that Martin Logan has spent years perfecting what they do with the electrostatic speaker, and that it’s just not financially feasible for some of these smaller companies to try and do the same so they have traditional box speakers, which are great, but to me not as great as the Martin Logan .


so how wrong am I ? Fight me. 



Ignore them. There are many good speakers around, and - in my extensive experience - Martin Logan's are right up there with the very best. They aren't cheap, but they aren't hand-crafted from unobtainium by vestal virgins, which seems to be the entry-level attention getter for some dealers. I've had ML's for 23 years, and the only reason that I haven't switched to 13As or 15As is that my current Spires are just so good that I don't feel the need. People (users and dealers) who don't have any experience with electrostatics tend to simply reject the very notion, from a profound level of ignorance. Like I said, ignore 'em…

The only answer to the dilemma of "what's best" is to have at least three main systems!

Indeed - and that's how many I have, as I am reluctant to dispose of gear that I really enjoy.

One of my systems is based on original Martin Logan CLS, and they are just magical for reproducing things like strings (but forget about using them for amplified rock music).

An earlier poster indicated that they had a narrow focus and that is true, but I don't keep my systems around for anyone else to listen to - you just set it up so that your chair is in the ideal place relative to the speakers and don't worry about anyone else in the room (except to let them sit in the listening chair for a bit)



Believe me, Martin Logan makes great sounding speakers. Brick and mortar like all businesses stay in business with sales. Sure they are going to weak link you. Your ears tell you all you need to know. They are unique to you, and no to people hear exactly alike. Enjoy those great MLs. I wish I could afford them.

Great post! A dream came true for me when I was able to afford my Primaluna EVO 100 integrated. Brought my system to a whole new level of enjoyment. I could imagine your thrill, getting the MLs. I wish I had a pair. But, my DIY speakers are very good, better than the B&W by a long shot. I heard at Best Buy at Magnolia when there was one. The Martin Logans out classed everything else with a superior delivery of dynamic accurate sound. The MLs sound better than my DYIs, but they should.