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MartinLogan Motion® LX16

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MartinLogan Motion LX16

The Motion LX16 uses a 5-1/4" aluminum cone mid/woofer and MartinLogan's innovative Folded Motion tweeter for smooth and detailed full-range sound.

A compact speaker with a big voice

MartinLogan's Motion LX16 bookshelf speaker will reward you with stunningly natural, transparent sound whether you use a single pair to create a high-quality stereo music system, or build a multi-channel home theater around them with a matching subwoofer.  And it's a treat for the eyes. The LX16's beautiful furniture-grade, high-gloss black finish and sleek, magnetically attached perforated steel grille lend a stylish look to any room you put it in. This member of  MartinLogan's award-winning Motion® series features advanced speaker technologies like the Folded Motion™ tweeter. Though small in size, the Motion LX16 delivers huge musical enjoyment.

Folded Motion tweeter for detailed sound

MartinLogan's innovative Folded Motion tweeter uses a pleated diaphragm that works like an accordion by "squeezing" air to create sound. It requires about 90% less excursion than a typical 1" dome tweeter, resulting in quicker response time and much lower distortion. The tweeter's controlled sound dispersion creates a focused soundstage with a real sense of presence. Music sounds amazingly detailed, but smooth and effortless, without a trace of harshness.

Bass that keeps pace

The Motion LX16 uses a 5-1/4" aluminum cone woofer to supply fast, clean midrange and lower-mid frequencies that blend in seamlessly with the Folded Motion tweeter. A low-turbulence rear-firing port extends bass performance, but keeps it tight and tuneful.

Product Highlights:

  • 1" x 1.4" Folded Motion™ tweeter for exceptional musical detail with low distortion
  • 5-1/4" black aluminum-cone woofer with cast basket
  • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
  • black-anodized brushed aluminum front baffle
  • frequency response: 60-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 92 dB
  • impedance: 5 ohms
  • recommended amplifier power: 20-200 watts
  • custom binding post speaker terminals
  • perforated steel grille attaches magnetically to cabinet
  • high-gloss Piano Black finish
  • 6-9/16"W x 11-1/8"H x 9-11/16"D
  • weight: 12 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years (with product registration)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

MartinLogan Motion® LX16 Reviews

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34 Reviews

Martin Logan LX 16 speakers

Written by: Don San from marietta, GA on February 3, 2016

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Speakers sound great..Small box speakers with a big non boxy sound...

Pros: Great sound...Small foot print allows for numerous locations..

Cons: None

LOOks AND sounds GREAT.

Written by: Tameru from charlotte, NC on January 24, 2016

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Matched well with a 4 Ohms rated receiver.

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ML LX-16

Written by: KBell from New York on January 9, 2016

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After years of mediocre audio, the LX-16's have initiated an audio revival. Connected to a Marantz 1605 A/V Receiver, these speakers are bringing my love of music back to life. In the confines of a small living room with limited space for speakers, I'm more than pleasantly surprised at the quality of sound produced by this compact package. Don't let the size fool you, this package delivers. For audio clarity, this set up has me smiling again. The LX-16's also 'play well' in home theater applications, working smoothly with Polk Audio center channel and subwoofer speakers. As mentioned in other posts, I contacted Martin Logan before purchasing the LX-16 and confirmed that they are internally identical to the 15's. You won't be disappointed.

Pros: Outstanding clarity and spacial imaging in a compact package.

Cons: Haven't found any.

Plays well with Goldenear Technology...

Written by: Dvdwilly from Virginia on December 4, 2015

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My situation is probably unusual so I needed an unusual solution...and I found it! My fronts are GE Triton 7s; my center is GE; my side surrounds are GE Aon2s; my front and rear height speakers are GE Supersat 3s. I wanted a speaker for rear surrounds that would voice well (timbre match) to the GE system. While the GE Aon 2 is an obvious choice, they are also $399 each. When Martin Logan dropped the price on the LX16s to $235 each, I found my solution. The sound of the folded ribbon in the LX16 is an ideal match to the folded ribbons in the GE setup. So, I am now running a full Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 setup in my home theater, and the sound is superb.

Pros: A bookshelf speaker of high quality with a folded ribbon tweeter. And, the price...$235 each!

Cons: None whatsoever.

Great sound, but requires a lot of power

Written by: mrfearless from Oregon on November 25, 2015

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Excellent main speakers in a 5.1 system, but in order to get significant sound from a modern Samsung 4K TV, the amp volume needs to be pushed to near maximum (-19dB) in a 140 amp Yamaha AV receiver. If you don't have a powerful AV receiver, these speakers won't cut it. On the other hand, playing DVDs, CDs, streaming movies, or listening to Pandora, Spotify or others of that ilk, the sound just booms.

Pros: Great sound, ample power, easily hooked up

Cons: Requires significant power to amplify. Does not come with a bottom mounting bracket for speaker stands.

LX-16 Great Deal

Written by: willz from Miami, Fl on November 22, 2015

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Bought from Crutchfield, paired the LX16 to a Powernode 2 and Supercube 2000 subwoofer for my home office setup. I've had them for over a month and exceeded the 72 hour break in period per Martin Logan. Sound is break, speakers components are identical to Motion-15, but at a more attractive price point. Speaker have great sound quality, but for my taste they do need a subwoofer. I have listened to rock, jazz, alternative, classical, pop, electronic music, etc. The sound is great, now able to discover new subtleties and nuisances in sound from favorite personal recordings. I have enjoyed my FLAC, HD recording purchases, Society of Sounds recordings, etc. I have been blown away in some instances, particularly on HD albums like Pink Floyd Animals and the Wall, Beethoven. I've decided now to replace my 5.2 living room setup with the motion 35XT speakers and Motion 50XT center.

Pros: Great quality for the price, Crutchfield customer service

Cons: Do benefit from a subwoofer

MartinLogan Motion® LX16

Written by: Greg C from California on November 21, 2015

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i have bought other Book shelf speakers and none sound as good as good as these Martin Logan speakers. Glad I bought them. Love the smooth clean sound.

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Martin Logan motion LX16

Written by: Jimmy from Kentucky on November 12, 2015

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excellent clarity out of these speakers, same speaker as motion 15 , a absolute steal for the price

Pros: sound, fills room

Cons: none

Martin Logan X16 is a superior speaker

Written by: rick422 from Illinois on November 8, 2015

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ML makes great speakers, but I was not sure how they would translate to a bookshelf. in a word-outstanding. full range dynamics, plenty of bass for home office, clean and clear high end. I ve tried many cult speaker designs, and none compared to the X16, and this is the older model. At full price there are other competitive speakers, at the sale price they are one of the very best sound quality per dollar, and excellent cabinet finish.

Pros: well made, full range sound, very good bass, excellent smooth highs

Cons: none

ML Motion LX16 speakers

Written by: anthony m from Maryland on October 17, 2015

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These speakers just blew me away, since I was rebuilding my system with everything Crutchfield I took a shot with these speakers and my records and cd's sound great. There's another model L15 which are probably the same in which I looked up and compared and saw no difference. Excellent bass balance not too deep and the very clear clarity and warm, not what you would get from horn and metal tweeters.

Pros: To me, the sound is better your turntable being connected to a preamp and regular amp for music.

Cons: None

Awesome Value

Written by: Dan from Missouri on October 14, 2015

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Awesome Speakers... for the price I can't think of another bookshelf speaker that can compete. The ribbon tweeters sound amazing. I have a 2.1 set up with an Onkyo 8160 receiver and an SVS SB-1000 sub for use in a small room. I tested the Definitive SM55's and the B&W 685 bookshelf's and I decided to go with the LX16's hands down. I listen to mostly rap, electronic and rock music and it's met all my needs.

Pros: Attractive Speakers, Magnetic Grille, Ribbon Tweeter, Clarity, Solid Build

Cons: Can't Bi-Wire like the Motion 15's

Martin Logan LX16

Written by: Craig P from California on October 9, 2015

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Bought these to use in my home office with an older two channel Marantz receiver, and thorens turntable. Lets just say I spend a lot more time in my office these days. My office is small 10x12 and these little speakers are more then up to the job. Great room filling sound on the lower and upper end, crisp and clear. I would highly recommend for a two channel system in a smaller room.

Pros: look and sound great

Cons: none

Martin Logan LX16

Written by: CB from Maryland on August 25, 2015

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Bought these as a small set of rear speakers. My room is double high and 22x19 these speakers are amazing ! Worth every penny. Nice tight yet deep base crisp clear highs extremely hard to believe the sound out of such a small box. I can't wait for their big brother the XL35's Its been a long time since I've bought new audio equipment I'm not one for specs and cross over's or correct balancing I just know what my ears can hear and I highly recommend these to anyone especially if you need something small. My room as big as it is called for something small nice looking as great sounding Mission accomplished

Pros: Great look, big sound, small form

Cons: Now I've got to upgrade everything else. Fronts sides amp etc

MartinLogan Motion® LX16

Written by: DTR from Yonkers, NY on June 21, 2015

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---I was first introduced to the Martin Logan "Motion 15" at a listening room where I made the salesman play some Bob Marley through them past a point where he thought the speakers were going to blow(as I call it, the Lou Reed test). When they didn't blow, and still sounded warm and crisp even while being pushed to near their limits, I knew they were the speakers for me. After going home and doing more research, I found out the LX16's are the same thing, different look, and less expensive so I went ahead and ordered them up (Zac, the sales rep I ordered from is awesome). ---It's been about 10 days since I received them and I've been putting them through some pretty extensive play. I gotta say, from A Tribe Called Quest's "Low End Theory", to The Flaming Lips "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" (a great sonic test) to the Bouncing Soul's "Hopeless Romantic", and everything in between, these things sound great. So well balanced and warm. I was weary of the bass response from other reviews I've read, but I've had no issues with that. These little buggers boom. I listen to music of ALL genres, and multiple formats (CD, radio, vinyl, cassette, and 8-track) and so far everything sounds brilliant. I can't attest as to how they sound when used in a home theater, because I don't watch much TV/movies, but I'm sure they'd sound just as awesome. As picky as I am, I have ZERO complaints, and would HIGHLY recommend these speakers. (Hooked up to a Marantz 2238B in a 17'x20' room)

Pros: Well balanced, very warm, natural sounding speakers

Cons: None to date

No Buyer's Remorse Here

Written by: Mike from Maryland on June 20, 2015

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Five Stars!!!

These are perhaps the best small speakers I have ever used. I'm definately not an audiophile, but I wanted a decent system and these speakers represent a huge percentage of the total system cost. That said, I am so glad that I selected these speakers because they round out the system nicely. Initially I was looking at the L.M. Motion 15 speakers, but after a little research discovered that the differences between the 15s and the LX16s are mostly cosmetic. That would make these best small speaker deal out there - saving me about $320.

The highs are clean and responsive, the mid range is very good, and the lows.... no problem. I've read that these guys are a little weak on the low end, but I have not found that to be the case. I am using these in a small office and they are closer to the wall, so that probably helps ( since the ports are in the rear).

I would also like to thank Crutchfield for bringing these to my attention....

Pros: Quality build, responsive and clean highs

Cons: None - absolutely none.

Wow

Written by: David M from Ohio on June 18, 2015

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The definition is outstanding,even at moderate volume.The high end is crisp and clean.Sound is neutral,but not overstated.

Pros: Sound is pure and dynamic.

Cons: None

Great Speaker for the Price

Written by: SVS from Seattle, WA on May 14, 2015

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Still breaking these speakers in, but am very happy so far. Great price point when compared to the Motion 15s.

Pros: Big sound.

Cons: Nothing yet.

Martin logan lx 16

Written by: Elb from Boston, MA on March 31, 2015

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Great speaker for the price and size. Couldn't be happier! Fills the room with sound and base with no issues

Pros: Big sound, great price, great size

Cons: None as of yet

Get these while you can!

Written by: Nels from New York on March 17, 2015

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As far as I can tell the Motion LX16's have the same engine under the hood as their successor, the Motion 15's. The difference between the two models seems to be purely cosmetic. (And, the LX16's are selling at almost half the price!) I'm only 1/4 of the way through the "break in" period, and these speakers sound amazing. They really capture high-end frequencies beautifully, especially the higher ranges of the human voice. My Audyssey set up tells me that my LX16's are crossing over to my sub at 50Hz, which was a lot lower than I was expecting (thumbs up to that).

Pros: Visually striking design; these speakers really catch your eye. Handles highs, midranges, and low-mids clearly and effortlessly.

Cons: None.

love these speakers

Written by: DavidB from Tennessee on March 5, 2015

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love these speakers! not yet broken in, but love them straight out of the box. have been looking at motion 15, so glad i got these instead, sound the same, prefer the look. amazing to get such a clear, warm, well-filled in sound from boxes this size. no regrets...

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Fantastic Bookshelf speaker

Written by: gdh from Delaware on March 4, 2015

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Owned quite a few high end speakers, mostly floor standing. Original DCM Time windows, Infinity's and Large Axioms to name a few. I needed to down size and these Martin Logan LX16's were the right size so I ordered them based on the reviews. I received them from Crutchfield, set them up and burned them in for the suggested 70 hours. The results were incredible. The sound stage is great, you can pickout each instrument, nothing gets lost. I know they are small but the bass is there - it thumps instead of booms. No need for a sub IMHO. These are the best deal going right now.

Pros: Sound - Clear no colorations Fit and finish is top shelf

Cons: I would like to see different binding posts (just me)

Amazing sound for size!

Written by: Maurice from Hawaii on February 26, 2015

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I've listened to ribbon speakers before, owned an Apogee Centaur Minor, really loved it. I am truly amazed how much clean useable bass it produces and such natural midrange and highs. I love how the music doesn't sounds like it is coming out of a box, but simply disappears. It still needs to break in, but sounds wonderful already to me. I'm just using a Harman Kardon receiver and toshiba DVD player to play movies and music. Speakers needs to be toed in a little and when you sit in the sweet spot, imaging is stable and vocals snaps into focus.

Crutchfield was super fast to process order, package well, no damage to speakers, would definitely buy from them again, thanks!

Pros: Cheap, but looks expensive, sounds incredible!

Cons: None, very happy customer

Ideal surround speakers

Written by: amarkow from California on February 22, 2015

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I love the M-L LX16s as surround speakers in my home theater. They are a huge improvement over my previous speakers, and they look great as well. Whether they are supplying subtle ambience or precise information, these little wonders perform magnificently, and they were a bargain at the special price that Crutchfield offered.

Pros: Exceptional sound from a compact package. They look beautiful on the back wall of my theater room. Nicely matched to my front M-L XT 35s. Great price from Crutchfield.

Cons: A little difficult to find workable stands to securely hold these speakers -- but now that I've mounted the stands and the speakers, I have no complaints whatsoever. G

Perfect for my space

Written by: Stephanie from St Petersburg, FL on February 18, 2015

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I just moved into a ranch home with a very open floor plan. I wanted a compact system that would sound great, and that I would be able to enjoy from anywhere in the house. Especially since I'm sparse in my taste in furniture, these bookshelf speakers plus a sub is a perfect solution. Amazing sound in my living room, and good sound filtering through the rest of the house. The sub makes all the difference, but these speakers deliver really crisp sound.

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O What a Beautiful Tweeter - LX 16

Written by: Muziknutt from Nashville on February 8, 2015

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That tweeter! That folded ribbon tweeter! Holy moley! Saved my marriage to an excellent interior designer. I wanted a pair of those 6 ft. panels. Every time they were mentioned her brown hair turned a bright red that matched perfectly the flames that flew from her perfectly matched eyes and ears. She's happy cause the "lovely" black high gloss piano finished cabinets fit fashionably on the shelves alongside the finely framed Feng Shui photographs. I'm happy with the genius hybrid speaker system that performs much like the Space Odyssey Monoliths with their keen sense of spaciousness, clarity and realism.

Leann Rimes performance of "Blue" with the "Time Jumpers" is very close to perfect. Boz Scaggs saxophone coated vocal tones come across in excellent fashion for male vocals.

The LX 16's shine on with The "Steve's" Winwood and Wonder electronic keyboards. Bobby Caldwell's update/remake of his huge hit "What You Won't Do for Love" is a must hear for the same reason. (note: finger snaps on this tune are in mid-air out front left and right - Sah weet)

That smacking bass on Bella Flecks "Prickly Pear" needs no sub - The NAD 3020 and the 5 1/4" woof make it all happen.

Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon seem quite comfortable next to Joe Morello, Stan Getz and Nat King Cole as we sit and listen to a "Box of Rain".











Pros: Realism Exquisite vocal reproduction Separation Value

Cons: heavy cymbal crashes mushy sometimes (still breaking in)

what great speaker for a fantastic price

Written by: JamesG from California on January 25, 2015

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I got the chance to listen to the Martin Logan motion 15 at my local BB. They sounded fantastic. I've already had the Klipsch Icon KB-15 those speakers also sounded good but Martin Logan is on entirely different level in quality and sound. It's truly audiophile speaker once you have it in your system. I did a'lot of research and to discover the LX16 to be exactly like the motion 15 only difference is the cosmetic changes regarding the 2 models. Crutchfield customer service so far been fantastic! One of the LX16 had a scratch on the edge of the woofer rim and they sent another one right away while I was able to listen to my music till the replacement speaker arrived new in box of course. You get to try these speakers for 60 days is just unheard of. My final thought is if I return these LX16 would be only to pay the difference for the 35XT. Crutchfield has taken care of me.

Pros: great airy details. Bass is sharp and detailed the best of heard of a 5.25 woofer. Excellent construction and a gorgeous looking speaker.

Cons: None. Nothing I can even say bad about the LX16.

ML LX16 = awesome

Written by: alan from Memphis TN on January 5, 2015

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I haven't come across a set of speakers that look this fantastic anywhere near this price range. The sound is also very pleasing - They are efficient and pull every ounce of wattage from my NAD d3020 amp due to their low ohm rating. You will not need much power at all to get these to sound loud and clear! The tweeter is really what makes these so special. Break-in time is key, let them play for 70+ hours before any critical reviews

Pros: * Efficient * looks / design * price

Cons: none

Good but you could find better

Written by: Alex from California on January 1, 2015

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First, don't get me wrong. This is a very good speaker.

Get this speaker if: - It is the most you've ever spent on a speaker, and you are looking for better - You have limited space, or are picky about looks, and still want good sound - You have a good amplifier, good source, good cables, and good music files/recordings

Do NOT get this speaker if: - You already have similar priced speakers and are looking for better - You are using a vacuum tube power amplifier (they are 5 ohms, which isn't 4/8/16 ohms, so none of the taps will sound amazing) - You have the space for larger speakers

That's my advise. I like them, but my 5 year-old KRK ST-6 speakers sound more clear (these are clear, but those are even more clear) and actually costed less. My homemade speakers with F120A speakers is better with my tube amp. These speakers are definitely HiFi, but you can do better. I'll probably wind up using them for TV. An yeah yeah yeah the bass isn't there, but you already know that when you look at the dimensions. I didn't expect bass, just very clear vocals. I got clear vocals, but not the best I've heard.

Edit 4/4/15:
Changed to 5-stars
I was initially disappointed with these speakers, and they opened up so much after breaking in, and sounded so much better, that I had to email crutchfield to edit the review.
Not being compatible with tube amps is incorrect-- they sound fantastic, and actually sound better with my best tube amp than with my best solid state amp (which gave me heart burn, because the solid state was more expensive and now I don't use it).
Being 6 ohms, I tried both the 4 ohm and 8 ohm taps on the tube-amp's output transformer, and surprsingly, dispite impedance matching, both were very clear. I got slightly better bass out of the 4 ohm tap so I stuck with it but I suggest trying both. The solid state amp sounded great, too, but the tube amp was impossible to beat.

My listening distance is about 3 feet. Speaker separation is about 3 feet. Toe-in angle on the speakers (maybe 20 degrees) sounds very similar to straight out (0 degree angle) which is nice-- they have a big sweet spot.

After breaking in, I tried them with the KRK ST6 speakers and the FX120As I mentioned, and it definitely sounded better.

So, be patient. They might sound muffled at first, but they change personalities SO MUCH when they open up, it is stupid. I love these speakers.

I've found them best sounding when mounted on soft and large sorbothane feet (ditch the ones that came with it) and then pressed down onto them with pressure with a steel bracket. The feet alone made the midrange open up, and then pressing down on them with the bracket made the bass tighter as well as slightly improving midrange.

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Perfect for What They Are

Written by: happy_customer from Fayetteville, Ar on December 30, 2014

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As others have stated this is the exact same speaker as the current Motion 15 except for minor cosmetic differences.

I have these hooked up with a Denon avr 1712 in very open living room. The Denon drives them fine but they really open up at the upper limits of this receiver. I'm going to be adding an external amplifier in the future and I reccomend the same if you want to really get the full benefit of these speakers.

I also have them mated with a SVS SB-2000 sub crossed over at 80hz. They really benefit from pairing with a subwoofer.

These speakers are revealing. I use Tidal and Spotify for music and you can really tell the difference between a quality source and compressed music on the LX16's.

What else? Well, not much that other reviewers haven't covered. I orded a third one today to use as a center channel if that tells you anything.

Pros: Very revealing and "clean" sounding

Cons: Not bassoholic certified but no bookshelf is...

Great Complementary Piece

Written by: NickB from Arizona on December 18, 2014

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I purchased these speakers without ever hearing them, but based my purchase on reviews that compared favorably to the new Motion 15s. I can safely say that I am pleased with my purchase. Same sound quality and similar looks to the 15s, but a little less expensive. Sleek black finish compliments the rest of my surround system. Mine are currently set up as my rears, but could easily serve as a nice solo piece in a smaller setup. Worth the purchase if you like the Martin Logan sound.

Pros: Sleek Look, crisp sound, solid construction

Cons: Nothing, so far

Beautiful but restrained

Written by: JJF from Natick, MA on December 9, 2014

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I purchased the LX 16's having never listened to them, relying on reviews (like this one) and Crutchfields great pricing and customer advisors. For the most part , I am happy with the purchase, though there is a certain "restrained" quality to the LX 16's. That said, in conjunction with some old Cambridge Soundworks M60 bookshelf speakers, my system does sound very nice.

Pros: Wonderful build quality, strong midrange performance

Cons: Somewhat restrained sound

Great set of rear speakers!

Written by: ColbyCheese from Georgia on December 9, 2014

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These speaker were great for completing my Martin Logan surround system. The LX16s sound great, and provide a sleek modern look. I love terrible so these sound perfect with the benefit of the motion tweeters. Music and movies are crystal clear. The one thing I can say is that these speakers do need the recommended power for the best sound and benefit. If you are build a music or movie room these speakers will be a very good addition. I would recommend these speakers!

Pros: Clear sound, great looks!

Cons: Needs quite a bit of power for best performance.

Gorgeous Looks and Sound

Written by: Gordon F from Philadelphia PA on December 7, 2014

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Absolutely gorgeous in look and great accurate sound. More efficient than my old Bose system and no white cranes holding my speakers. Accurate, clear, and concise sound revealing sound not heard on my previous system (Bose).

Pros: Beautiful sound, gorgeous looks.

Cons: None

Quality at a Fantastic Value

Written by: Mark S. from Massachusetts on December 6, 2014

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After doing tons and tons of research on different bookshelf speakers, i purchased a pair of these LX16's, and so far could not be happier. I was looking at many used higher end speakers, trying to get the most bang for buck. I've heard the Martin Logan Motion 15's before and was impressed, so when i saw this incredible deal on Crutchfield for these LX16's i was quite intrigued. After reading some forum posts and professional reviews, it was confirmed that these were the same speaker as the Motion 15's just with a slightly different cabinet and the reviews were very positive to say the least, my mind was made up on buying these. I set them up for their break in period, Martin Logan recommends 70 hours or so at 90db before critical listening and so far i'm about 40 hours in. Still, right out of the box they sounded amazing. Overall very full sound, nice midrange, crisp highs, just enough on the low end, but for me these will eventually be used with a sub so that's not as important. Also, i'd like to mention the overall appearance, these are downright beautiful and extremely well crafted. I love the brushed aluminum front baffle.

Pros: Absolutely beautiful speakers, very well made, and most importantly, amazing sound

Cons: none so far

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What's in the box?

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  • Bookshelf loudspeaker
  • Magnetic grille
  • 4 Rubber bumpers
  • User's Manual (En/Fr)
  • Product Registration Card

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Folded Motion
Tweeter Size (inches) 1.0 x 1.4
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.25
Woofer Composition Aluminum
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 20-200
Sensitivity 92 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 5
Frequency Response 60-25k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 11-1/8
Width (inches) 6-9/16
Depth (inches) 9-11/16
Weight (pounds) 12
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 28-31
Parts Warranty 5 Yrs w/Registration
Labor Warranty 5 Yrs w/Registration

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Features

Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The MartinLogan Motion LX16 bookshelf loudspeaker employs a two-way speaker design and features MartinLogan's advanced resolution Folded Motion tweeter and a single 5.25" black-aluminum cone midbass woofer. Pairing these two drivers together creates a dynamic full-range sound with an expansive soundstage.

  • Folded Motion Tweeter: MartinLogan's Folded Motion tweeter helps give the Motion LX16 bookshelf loudspeaker its natural, realistic high frequency sound. Lightning fast transient response, combined with a large surface area (8x that of a typical 1" dome tweeter) creates clear, dynamic, and precise sound. The 1" x 1.4" Folded Motion tweeter works by moving air (which creates sound) perpendicular to the folded ridges of the diaphragm, similar to how an accordion works. This extremely low mass diaphragm "squeezes" air and requires almost 90% less excursion than the typical 1" dome tweeter, which drastically minimizes distortion while providing a lightning fast response time. The increased surface area also provides a wide, yet controlled sound dispersion (80°x80°) to create a realistic and carefully etched sound stage.
  • Aluminum Cone Woofer w/ Bass Port: The MartinLogan Motion LX16 bookshelf loudspeaker features a high-excursion 5.25" black-aluminum cone woofer with a cast basket housed in a non-resonant asymmetrical chamber with a rear-firing bass port. The aluminum cone woofer uses a rigid structured dust cap to reduce cone break-up and distortion. Pairing the 5.25" woofer with a rear-firing bass port provides higher output and audibly richer, deeper bass performance.

Precision Crossover: To seamlessly blend the audio output from the high frequency driver (tweeter) and the midbass driver (woofer), the Motion LX16 loudspeaker features a precision 2,700Hz crossover utilizing custom air core coil and low DCR steel laminate inductors, polyester film capacitors in series, and low DF electrolytic capacitors in parallel.

High-Gloss MDF Cabinet: Complementing the Motion LX16 loudspeaker's sonic accuracy is its solidly constructed 3/4" thick MDF cabinet. The cabinet is finished in either high-gloss piano black or black cherrywood, and includes MartinLogan's signature perforated grille. The Motion LX16 speaker's elegant and timeless look will blend into almost any decor. The speaker cabinet also features rounded edges and a gently tapered top.

Binding Posts: MartinLogan's proprietary tool-less binding posts simplify cable connection and management. The binding posts will accept bare wire (16- to 10-gauge), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana plugs (single only).

Break-in Period: Allow approximately 72 hours of break-in at 90 dB (moderate listening levels) before any critical listening.

Mounting Options: The bookshelf loudspeaker comes with 4 rubber self-adhesive feet to help secure them in place on a flat-surface, prevent slippage, and reduce vibration. The optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (121AM41B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speaker. A 3/8"-16 threaded insert on the back of the speaker can also be used with 3rd-party wall-mount brackets; however, 3/8"-16 is not a common size bolt used in wall mount brackets.

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Read numerous reviews on this speaker and it seemed the most competent to complete my 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos setup as my rear surrounds [ Reza  Jan 26, 2016 ]
I have many *FULL* sized Martin Logan speakers and needed something small for the den. ML is a name I know is quality. [ James  Jan 23, 2016 ]
They are an excellent value for the money - same components as the Motion 15 but a slightly different cabinet shape and 40% cheaper. [ Elliott  Jan 03, 2016 ]
read the reviews and the price [ Bruce  Dec 30, 2015 ]
Sound and price [ VINCENT  Dec 10, 2015 ]

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Sorry but do not have that type of Amp. But with a medium price Solid state they sound fantastic. They don't seem to be power hungry. [ JEFF  Jan 18, 2016 ]
As they have a small woofer, the bass would be a little weak unless, like me, you have a subwoofer. They are efficient but not extremely so. You would not be able play these at a high volume level with a small amp. They are an accurate speaker but seem to be more suited for jazz and classical music. [ Gordon F.  Jan 18, 2016 ]
8 watts of power will produce 101db @ 1 meter (if you believe the 92db sensitivity rating). So, as long as you're in a smaller space they should get plenty loud on 10 watts. If you like to listen really loud though 10 watts may not be enough juice. As for how these handle classic rock.... they're awesome! The folded diaphragm tweeter really does something magical with vocals. I imagine some good Led Zeppelin or Stones recordings will sound great. The only drawback, and this may not be a huge issue for classic rock, is these don't go really low. I would say 60hz is where they start to fall off and I actually cross mine over at 100hz with a sub. Hope this helps! [ Andrew  Jan 17, 2016 ]
Used with NAD C740 35W. Did Bowie dedication on Sunday. I recommend these speakers. [ BRUCE  Jan 17, 2016 ]
I would describe the sound I have obtained from the LX16's as "crisp." Not as clean, airy and precise as my M-L electrostatics (Ascents), but generally pleasant and fit tonally with the Ascents and Cinema center speaker as rear channel speakers in my surround system (the LX16's are not ideal as rear surrounds but I have very limited placement limitations for the rears) . Before putting in the surround sound system, I used them as stereo speakers in my office, 6-8' from listening position, and found them pleasant if a bit limited in bass response. Only negative for me has been that with some source material they are brutally and unpleasantly revealing but that's not the speaker's fault. [ William  Oct 19, 2015 ]
I never got those installed sorry [ GHAZALA  Sep 20, 2015 ]
Guess you could but I would not. [ JEFF  May 08, 2015 ]
Yes - not really designed for use on the side but the folded tweeter sounds so good in the voice range, which is what center channel is mostly used for, that I would definitely use it for the center, space allowing. [ JOHN F  May 06, 2015 ]
The Martin Logan Motion 6 is designed for center - it has 2 mid range speakers and that incredible tweeter that will make voices and the high end sparkle. [ JOHN F  May 06, 2015 ]
It's not really designed for this, but it would probably work very well. most center speakers are oblong with a speaker in the center. This is typical woofer on bottom tweeter on top so putting it on its side moves away from the norm. But, Depending on your space, if you have room below TV to place it there, it will deliver great sound. I haven't tried it with TV, Im just listing to music right now. For stereo it delivers the vocals as good as any speaker I've ever heard. Since center speakers are seemingly designed to deliver voice, this speaker should handle the job perfectly. [ JOHN F  May 06, 2015 ]
I will not recommend as it will not only look odd esthetically and the placement of the tweeter will not give an optimal sound quality expected from a center channel. These speakers are not optimized to work as center channel. However, technically you can connect it to a center channel output. [ Amitabh  May 04, 2015 ]
Hello Greg. I don't know very much about setting up surround sound type systems, however I can say that I am very pleased with the high and mid range clarity produced by the LX16. Lots of detail comes out of these speakers. They are awesome. Also, I don't think it would matter much if the speaker was upright or sideways. My guess is that it would still sound pretty much the same, at least to my ears. Good luck. [ brian  May 04, 2015 ]
you can, but the dispersion may not be correct from the tweeter... it would be 90 degrees from normal [ James  May 04, 2015 ]
Yes. I have 3 of these handling F C L duty w/ the center channel on its side. Lobing can occur but this is only a concern if you are sitting pretty far off center. [ Andrew  May 04, 2015 ]
The only problem I see would be the ribbon tweeter not being positioned the way Martin Logan designed. The size of the speaker is consistent with other center channel designs so I dont think fit would be a problem. I would try it but I picked up a Motion CC2 center as an open box buy and am real happy with the sound. The Motion center does have two woofers with a ribbon tweeter in the middle. Not sure how one woofer would affect the sound. I wouldn't hesitate to try it as a center if I didn't already have the Motion center channel. I kind of had to disassemble the top of my TV stand to place my center channel speaker in the right place so I can not change them out very easily or I would offer to try it and get back with you. [ PEDRO  May 04, 2015 ]
I guess, but its not designed that way? They are great speakers though. [ stephanie  May 04, 2015 ]

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