Perpetual Motion
Sound & Vision|August - September 2023
MARTINLOGAN, you know the name. They've been around since 1983 so pretty much everyone has heard of them.
Jim Wilson
Perpetual Motion

Renowned for its statement electrostatic speakers, the company also offers a full line of traditional cabinet speakers, subwoofers, wireless systems, architectural speakers, soundbars, even discrete outdoor systems. For this review I'll be focusing on the Motion speakers and BalancedForce subwoofer in the following configuration:

Motion F20
Motion C10
Motion B10
BalancedForce 210

Befitting MartinLogan's upscale reputation the packaging was well thought out and executed. The Motion speakers were protected by 2-inch foam, plastic bags covered the cabinets which in turn were cover The BalancedForce subwoofer was double boxed with the same foam, as well as the cloth and plastic bags the speakers used. The sub comes with a printed owners manual; for the speakers you'll need to download a PDF version from MartinLogan's website.

MartinLogan provides a threeyear warranty on subwoofers and a five-year warranty on its speakers. No registration is required but the purchase must be through an authorized dealer.

IMPRESSIONS

As soon as you start unboxing this system you can't help but be impressed, evidently MartinLogan has spent some time making sure everything is right. And why not, when you spend over $9,000 you should feel confident it is money well spent. Supply chain issues meant the F20 and C101 received were finished in matte white, the B10 wore gloss black. The BalancedForce 210 was also gloss black. This actually had a benefit, it allowed me to see what 2 of the 3 finish options looked like (the other is walnut). The subwoofer comes in Gloss Black or Black Ash and the top can be custom ordered with the buyer's choice of paint color.

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