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Excellent review, Wayne. Our pair of almost 2 year old ESL's are still rocking the house. I added a 40 year old Marantz 250M power amplifier to the mix, and it is sheer sonic bliss. The only "down side" is you need to be in the "sweet spot" with Martin Logans. That being said, in the sweet spot, they are close to wearing headphones for clarity, but a lot more comfortable and realistic in presenting soundstage.

Keep in mind the ESL's are about half the price of the ML's you reviewed ... the ESL's, in the sweet spot, challenged the Legacy Signature SE's and Axiom LFR-1100's for making music.

Next winter, it will be time to try out some Magnepans.

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Our pair of almost 2 year old ELS's are still rocking the house. I added a 40 year old Marantz 250M power amplifier to the mix, and it is sheer sonic bliss.
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The only "down side" is you need to be in the "sweet spot" with Martin Logans. That being said, in the sweet spot, they are close to wearing headphones for clarity, but a lot more comfortable and realistic in presenting soundstage.

Keep in mind the ESL's are about half the price of the ML's you reviewed ... the ESL's, in the sweet spot, challenged the Legacy Signature SE's and Axiom LFR-1100's for making music
Those ESLs are sweet speakers for sure, and in their sweet spot can challenge a lot of the more expensive models out there. They can handle a medium-to-large room just fine as well. The Classic ESL 9 does so with a bit more refinement and output capability, and better off-axis FR consistency. The little ESL is definitely a mighty contender. I believe the classic ESL 9 hits a pretty good spot in the price lineup, too.
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Next winter, it will be time to try out some Magnepans.
Hey, Craig! I have to agree, the EM-ESL is a fantastic speaker, having heard Wayne's and Sonnie's. I feel it is the ML sweet spot for performance/value.

Got a chance to hear the review pair of Classic 9, I have to say they are a notch or two up across the board, with the quad 8" woofers bringing a surprising heft to the table.

I, too, want to try some Maggies in the near future. Hope to read your Maggie impressions soon, Craig.



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Hey, Craig! I have to agree, the EM-ESL is a fantastic speaker, having heard Wayne's and Sonnie's. I feel it is the ML sweet spot for performance/value.

Got a chance to hear the review pair of Classic 9, I have to say they are a notch or two up across the board, with the quad 8" woofers bringing a surprising heft to the table.

I, too, want to try some Maggies in the near future. Hope to read your Maggie impressions soon, Craig.



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Dennis and Jim have been here a long time... Valuable long-term members of the staff... Just sayin...
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I have been reading up on your Martin Logan reviews with great interest.

I did not find any dimension measurements about speaker placement as you did in the Montis review. And I was wondering after going through so much trouble with reflection slats in the EM-ESL review, why you haven't used this room again for the review of the ESL9?
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