Playback That Borders on the Sublime: MartinLogan ElectroMotion ESL X Tower Loudspeakers Feature Eight-Inch Woofers and Curvilinear Line Source Electrostatic Panels
Step up to the crystal clarity and startling realism electrostatic designs produce with MartinLogan's dipolar ElectroMotion ESL X tower loudspeaker. A large XStat transducer, twin eight-inch excursion woofers, and serious power-handling capabilities combine to produce listening experiences that border on the sublime. Indeed, bass slam this quick, holographic thrills this dimensional, and soundstaging this immersive were once the exclusive province of five-figure models. No longer.
Employing trickle-down technology from MartinLogan's flagship models, ElectroMotion ESL X arrives equipped with handmade Curvilinear Line Source (CLS) electrostatic panels whose sound dispersion is so wide and signal transmission so accurate, you'll be tempted to believe performers have been transported to your room. Specially designed doped-cone woofers optimize cone suspension and the magnetic flux field to deliver a taut, controlled low end replete with vanishingly low distortion. Rigid and lightweight, the woofer diaphragm minimizes response time all the while each electrostatic panel seamlessly blends with the dual woofer system via a proprietary Vojtko topology filter – a crossover network involving a custom air coil, steel laminate inductors, and polyester film capacitors. No wonder ElectroMotion ESL X begins to disappear as soon as you're drawn into the drama of your favorite recordings and soundtracks.
Compatible with a wide variety of low- and high-powered amplifiers, ElectroMotion ESL X radiates sound with equal intensity from both the front and back of its diaphragm, enabling it to generate fields distinguished with remarkable height and depth. And since its outputs are in opposite phase, sound waves that ripple from sides of the speakers get canceled out, drastically reducing sidewall reflections. Which explains why ElectroMotion ESL X remains extremely easy to position even in challenging environments. Speaking of setup, five-way bi-wire binding posts and adjustable ETC spikes expand your options, going as far as letting you fine-tune vertical sound waves and coupling with a greater range of floor surfaces.
If you needed another reason to love ElectroMotion ESL X, MartinLogan takes any worry out of the matter with a five-year warranty. Our 60-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee takes care of the rest.
"Like most electrostatic speakers, they have great clarity of sound with a vivid midrange. Add that the EM-ESL X's improve on the dynamic presentation. This, along with enhanced dispersion and staging qualities means you have a very worthy product for just about any system that needs floorstanding speakers."
– Jim Clements, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
"[The] ESL X towers revealed greater density...than I had experienced previously with other speakers."
– Al Griffin, Sound & Vision, Top Pick Award
"The MartinLogan Electromotion ESL X is an exceptional performer for the price, especially for anybody who likes to listen at modest levels (the larger models are more accommodating for the unrepentant headbanger). What the speaker offers is something that both sounds – and looks – distinctly and genuinely ‘different' from the norm, and for many that's a good thing."
– Paul Messenger, Hi-Fi+
"[This] loudspeaker presented a very special time for me when set up in my audio space. I constantly felt the musicians were in my house, whether playing pop or classical, orchestral or electronic. Not many speakers can own up to this."
– Jenine Elliot, HiFi Pig
"The first thing I want to point out is the ESL-X's throw a huge, immersive soundstage, which makes the speakers easier to integrate into a room."
– Robert Archer, CEPro
Recommended Amplifier Power: 20-400 watts per channel
Horizontal Dispersion: 30°
Vertical Dispersion: 40" line source
Sensitivity: 91 dB/2.83 volts/meter
Impedance: 6 Ohms, 1.6 @ 20kHz Compatible with 4, 6, or 8 Ohm rated amplifiers.
Crossover Frequency: 400Hz
High Frequency Transducer: XStat CLS electrostaic transducer
Panel Dimensions: 40" x 8.6"
Radiating Area: 344 in²
Low Frequency Transducer: Two 8" high excursion, high-rigidity paper cones
Components: Custom-wound audio transformer, air core coils, large steel laminate inductors, polyester capacitors, and low DF electrolytic capacitors
Inputs: Custom 5-way bi-wire tool-less binding posts
Weight: 52 lbs.
Dimensions: 59.2" x 9.4" x 20.7"
User Manual (PDF, 4.0 MB)