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01-28-19 05:55 PM
oolalajp
Re: MartinLogan Classic ESL 9 Discussion Thread

greetings,

have purchased a pair of ESL 9s and am wondering if the denon avrx7200w will be powerful enough to drive them. what think y'all?

much thanks in advance for your input!
02-22-17 01:50 AM
AudiocRaver
Re: MartinLogan Classic ESL 9 Discussion Thread

That was your best question yet.

Partially for laziness. I have set up numerous ML pairs as well as other speaker types (non-dipole) using the same process enough times that I understand the theory and am confident in the final result. It is VERY time-consuming, though, and would have forced me to move my ESLs out of the way, so it would have meant 2 time-consuming setups. With the Classic ESL 9s, it was clear that the basic speaker performance was exceptional, and I was comfortable that the review would tell the needed story without that extra setup trouble. I am 100% sure that the more detailed setup process would have given the impact and density of soundstage that was referred to in the original ESL review.

More to follow.
02-21-17 10:55 PM
Primare Knob
Re: MartinLogan Classic ESL 9 Discussion Thread

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?
02-21-17 04:59 PM
craigsub
Re: MartinLogan Classic ESL 9 Discussion Thread

Six day biz trip ... 1 province, 3 states, 1 auto show, 3 client meetings .... and come home to a FOOD FIGHT !!!

Life just doesn't get better than this
02-17-17 10:59 AM
theJman
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And the only reason Faber College was ANY fun was Delta House.
02-14-17 10:58 AM
craigsub
Re: MartinLogan Classic ESL 9 Discussion Thread

And the only reason Faber College was ANY fun was Delta House.
02-14-17 10:40 AM
AudiocRaver
Re: MartinLogan Classic ESL 9 Discussion Thread

Dennis and Jim have been here a long time... Valuable long-term members of the staff... Just sayin...
02-12-17 05:15 PM
craigsub
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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 ... You AND Jim Wilson are moderators here? That's like Delta House taking over Faber College.
02-12-17 02:30 PM
tesseract
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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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02-12-17 12:33 PM
AudiocRaver
Re: MartinLogan Classic ESL 9 Discussion Thread

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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.
Nice!

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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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