Martin Logan Motion 35XT

$2,200

Brand Martin Logan

Beautiful inside and out


The Motion 35XT uses MartinLogan's innovative Folded Motion XT tweeter and a powerful 6-1/2" aluminum cone woofer.

With its flawless high-gloss finish, gently tapered cabinet, and handsome perforated magnetic steel grille, one could be forgiven for mistaking the MartinLogan Motion 35XT as a beautiful piece of furniture. But one listen will tell you this speaker's beauty runs far deeper. As MartinLogan's most potent bookshelf speaker, the 35XT dazzles with its dynamic, impactful, and transparent sound. And as a member of MartinLogan's award-winning Motion® series, this speaker takes advantage of advanced technologies like the Folded Motion™ XT tweeter, sophisticated crossovers, and custom bi-wire binding posts.

Folded Motion XT tweeter for detailed sound

MartinLogan's innovative Folded Motion XT tweeter uses a pleated diaphragm that works similarly to an accordion by "squeezing" air to create sound. Because it requires almost 90% less excursion than the typical 1" dome tweeter, response time is drastically reduced along with distortion. The diaphragm's increased surface area also provides wide, yet controlled sound dispersion to create a realistic and highly accurate soundstage. Music sounds amazingly detailed, but smooth and effortless, without a trace of harshness. And the XT tweeter boasts a 40% larger radiating surface area than that of ML's standard Folded Motion design, for even greater bandwidth and efficiency.

Bass that keeps pace

The Motion 35XT uses a low-distortion 6-1/2" aluminum cone woofer to supply fast, clean midrange and powerful bass performance that blend in seamlessly with the Folded Motion XT tweeter. A low-turbulence rear-firing port extends bass performance, but keeps it tight and tuneful.

Praise for the MartinLogan Motion® 35XT from The Absolute Sound

The sonic character of the 35XT is first and foremost, refined. There is a relaxed quality to the 35XT that takes a natural acoustic recording like Stravinsky's Pulcinella and delivers wind sections and upper strings with sweetness and openness. Transients, low-level resolution, and micro-dynamics are likewise also very good-I always listen for the soft tapping of the keys of the oboe midway through this ballet. The 35XT never missed a cue.

All told, the Motion 35XT offers some stiff competition to battle-hardened rivals like the Sonus faber Venere 1.5 with its espresso midrange, or the Focal Aria 906 with its punchy bass response and all-around dynamism. But of these contenders only the ML has the virtue of its sweet tweet, and offers such a high level of overall transparency and musicality. The 35XT is a worthy heir to the proud tradition at MartinLogan.

— From Neil Gader's February, 2015 review in The Absolute Sound [Read the full review]

Product Highlights:

    • 1.25" x 2.4" Folded Motion™ XT tweeter for exceptional musical detail with low distortion
    • 6-1/2" aluminum-cone woofer with cast polymer basket for powerful, accurate bass
    • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
    • high-precision, audiophile-grade crossover network
    • frequency response: 50-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
    • sensitivity: 92 dB
    • impedance: 4 ohms
    • recommended amplifier power: 20-250 watts
    • custom 5-way bi-wire binding posts
    • perforated steel grille attaches magnetically to cabinet
    • 7-11/16"W x 13-9/16"H x 11-13/16"D
    • weight: 9 kgs.
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