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MartinLogan Motion® Vision

Powered 3-channel home theater sound bar

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MartinLogan Motion® Vision

Overview

Our take on the MartinLogan Motion® Vision

Looking for an audio system that can improve your TV's sound, and maybe serve up some music that's easy on the ears, too? MartinLogan's carefully engineered and solidly built Motion Vision sound bar may be all you want or need. The design goal was clearly audio performance here, rather than bells and whistles: it sports a total of seven drivers, each powered by its own independent amplifier. Built-in Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding combine with simulated surround processing to deliver engaging sound with video sources like Blu-ray movies or shows you tune in on your cable or satellite box. This slim, wall-mountable speaker turned some heads at Crutchfield headquarters when we auditioned it in our large and acoustically challenging training room. Even with no subwoofer playing, it produced full, rich, detailed sound with surprising bass punch.

High-performance sound from a single slim speaker

Looking for an audio system that can improve your TV's sound, and maybe serve up some music that's easy on the ears, too? MartinLogan's carefully engineered and solidly built Motion Vision sound bar may be all you want or need. The design goal was clearly audio performance here, rather than bells and whistles: it sports a total of seven drivers, each powered by its own independent amplifier. Built-in Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding combine with simulated surround processing to deliver engaging sound with video sources like Blu-ray movies or shows you tune in on your cable or satellite box. This slim, wall-mountable speaker turned some heads at Crutchfield headquarters when we auditioned it in our large and acoustically challenging training room. Even with no subwoofer playing, it produced full, rich, detailed sound with surprising bass punch.

MartinLogan Motion Vision sound bar

Mount the Motion Vision on the wall under your TV or place it on your A/V cabinet.

Folded Motion™ tweeters for open, dynamic, and detailed sound

MartinLogan Motion Vision sound bar tweeter detail

The Motion Vision features three of MartinLogan's acclaimed Folded Motion tweeters for clear, musical highs.

MartinLogan went the extra mile to make sure this sound bar can do justice to your favorite music as well as TV sources. Three high-resolution Folded Motion tweeters re-create high frequencies that are precise, immediate, and effortless, using a thin-film technology that's inherently different from more common dome or cone tweeters. Their pleated diaphragms work similarly to an accordion by "squeezing" air to create sound, and their larger surface area also provides wide, yet controlled sound dispersion for a realistic, accurate soundstage.

Four long-throw woofers round out the system, delivering clear mids and rich bass. The Motion Vision really impressed us with just how much low-frequency power it was able to produce, all by itself, without a subwoofer.

Adding even more bass

But if you want to add even more bass impact, MartinLogan has made it easy to do. This sound bar has built-in wireless audio technology, so you can add a matching wireless MartinLogan subwoofer like the Dynamo™ 700W or 1000W. Or if you already own a more traditional powered subwoofer, the Motion Vision's dedicated subwoofer output lets you make a wired connection with a regular subwoofer cable.

If you have to use a sound bar, then this is probably as good as it gets.

Patents, Florida

What's in the Box:

  • Active soundbar speaker
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
  • 39" Stereo RCA cable
  • 39" Minijack-to-RCA cable
  • 59" Optical digital cable
  • Wall-mount bracket
  • Cleaning cloth
  • User's Manual (En/Fr)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Installation template
  • Product Registration Card

Product Highlights:

  • delivers engaging home theater sound and detailed music playback with a single slim, wall-mountable speaker
  • three 1" x 1.4" high-resolution Folded Motion tweeters for precise, realistic high-frequency detail
  • four 4" long-throw cone woofers for surprising bass punch, even without a subwoofer
  • 7 dedicated amplifiers (one per driver) delivering 100 watts RMS total system power
  • Dolby® Digital and DTS® surround decoding, with digital signal processing for simulated 5.1 surround sound
  • built-in wireless transmitter for adding a compatible MartinLogan wireless subwoofer (sold separately)
  • includes wall-mounting bracket for easy mounting underneath wall-mounted TVs
  • ported enclosure is not video-shielded (not for use with older tube-based TVs)
  • frequency response: 43-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • 39-15/16"W x 5-1/16"H x 5-15/16"D
  • 20-1/2 lbs.
  • requires AC power
Connections:
  • 2 optical digital audio inputs
  • 1 coaxial digital audio input
  • 1 analog RCA stereo audio input
  • mono RCA subwoofer output for adding a powered subwoofer (not included)
General:
  • remote control
  • optical digital and analog RCA cables included
  • top-mounted push-button controls
  • warranty: 2 years (with product registration)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

MartinLogan Motion® Vision Reviews

Average Customer Review:

8 Reviews

Martin Logan Motion Vision

Written by: Patents from Florida on December 28, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Dialogue Clarity
  • Ease of Use
  • Movie Performance
  • Music Performance

If you have to use a sound bar, then this is probably as good as it gets.

Pros: Sound quality. Beautiful fit and finish.

Cons: Expensive. The remote is very small and the buttons are very close to one another.I have to turn on the room lights ignorer to see what button I'm pressing. Additionally the remote doesn't work unless it is in direct line of sight to the sound bar.

MartinLogan Motion® Vision

Written by: * from Illinois on December 17, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Dialogue Clarity
  • Ease of Use
  • Movie Performance
  • Music Performance

Great sound. Adds great depth to any programming. Remote leaves a fair amount to be desired. The optical cable that is included is short, which limits your reach to components. Overall, a very good product with the need for minor tweaks

Pros:

Cons:

Wow. Unbelievable quality and simplicity.

Written by: RDZ from Pittsburgh, PA on October 21, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Dialogue Clarity
  • Ease of Use
  • Movie Performance
  • Music Performance

Great sound in a complaint easy to use and connect package

Pros: Outstanding audio, extreme ease of use (connected and set up in less than 10 minutes), integration of control with cable remote.

Cons: Subwoofer expensive (but worth it)

Martin Logan is the man

Written by: Best Soundbar from New York City on October 21, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Dialogue Clarity
  • Ease of Use
  • Movie Performance
  • Music Performance

the best soundbar out there. sounds really good looks very sleek and classy a little expensive but you pay for what u get.

Pros: everything is a pro with this bar

Cons: nothing

Martin Logan very impressive

Written by: Ogsan1 from Charlotte. North Carolina on August 15, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Dialogue Clarity
  • Ease of Use
  • Movie Performance
  • Music Performance

I received this product very quick. (1 Day before expected) Thank you. I opened the product and notice the beautiful finish. After hooking it up with my cinnamon audio cord, I was blown away with the quality of sound that came from this speaker. Clear and I enjoyed Netflix on the next level. I went back and forth about which speaker to purchase. I even reached to Troy on Cruthfield. He provided great info. Thanks Troy. Bottom-line if your in the market for an incredible sound bar. This is the one. I am done buying sound bars, I am so happy and impressed with my purchase, I will eventually pick up a SW. You almost don't need it. Thanks again Crutchfield for being OUTSTANDING for your customer.

Pros: Clarity. sonically pleasing. Sounds like I have two speakers.

Cons: Blue tooth but I really don't need it.

Martin Logan sound bar

Written by: Anonymous from Coralville, IA on February 4, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Dialogue Clarity
  • Ease of Use
  • Movie Performance
  • Music Performance

Great sound for the money

Pros: Easy to set up

Cons: Remote and not enough optical inputs

Almost Perfect

Written by: DenScan from Waterbury, VT on March 23, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This MartinLogan soundbar is perfect for me. Well, almost perfect. Let's get the "almost" part out of the way first: the tiny "credit card" control is not close to being in the same league as the soundbar itself, and it's a mystery to me why MartinLogan wouldn't have provided a better control for this state-of-the-art soundbar. That said, the control DOES work, although it's a bit insensitive and its size makes it easy to misplace or fall between the couch cushions. So if the controller is a critical concern of yours, you may want to avoid the Motion Vision. But if you're interested primarily in a truly fantastic sounding soundbar and can afford the MartinLogan, read on -- this may be your holy grail. I first tried the Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR, which was on sale for $400 off. I had some of the strange issues reported by many folks, but DefTech customer service was great and the Firmware update was easy to install and solved most of the problems. (And the DT control was superb.) In the end though, I wasn't satisfied with the sound and the complexity of the settings. I found myself constantly fussing with different mode settings for different discs and sources in order to get what I considered to be "the best" sound, but I was never comfortable that I had it "dialed in". And I wanted something that my wife could just turn on and adjust the volume, without having to fuss with the system. So I tried the MartinLogan and compared it with the DefTech. No contest!

Pros: Near perfect sound as-is, without the need for a subwoofer. Gorgeous design. Outstanding clarity, with crisp, articulate, smooth-as-silk highs. Very useful "Night Mode" to enhance movie dialog and subdue over-the-top sound effects. Fantastic music reproduction. Very simple operation. 5.1 sound is superb (as long as you use the optical inputs and don't use HDMI routed through your TV, which usually strips the 5.1 down to 2.0). Converts and plays high-def Blu-Ray sound formats without issue.

Cons: Control is not in the same league as the soundbar itself: small and somewhat unresponsive -- but it works. No cons at all to the soundbar itself. 'Nuff said. Good job, MartinLogan!

MartinLogan Motion Vision

Written by: DannyC from Sydney on December 1, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Motion Vision soundbar is beautifully crafted with superb workmanship. It is elegant, complementing any television set including the high-end products. For high frequency and mid range sounds the reproduction is natural and authentic ideal for listening dialogue. It is also excellent for listening music with predominantly mid and high frequency notes. Even without a subwoofer, it does reproduce quite low frequency sounds. However, the low frequency notes tend to be somewhat muffled and unnatural. I find it hard to distinguish a low frequency note coming from, say a cello, a bass guitar or even a percussion instrument.

Pros: Overall it is a well made product ideal for listening conversations and soft music.

Cons: Without a subwoofer, low frequency notes tend to be muffled and unnatural.

Details

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download the MartinLogan Motion® Vision manual

  • Active soundbar speaker
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (CR2025 3V battery installed)
  • 39" Stereo RCA cable
  • 39" Minijack-to-RCA cable
  • 59" Optical digital cable
  • Wall-mount bracket
  • Cleaning cloth
  • User's Manual (En/Fr)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Installation template
  • Product Registration Card

Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Design Bar
Pieces in System 1
Color Gloss Black
Tweeter 1"x1.4" Folded Motion(4)
Midrange None
Woofer 4" Cones (4)
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver None
Features
Surround Sound Decoding 5.1-channel
Dialogue Enhancement No
Auto Volume No
4K Video Compatible No
Audio Return Channel No
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) Yes
Control by App N
Bluetooth Connectivity No
Wi-Fi No
Wall-mountable Yes
Mounting Bracket Included Yes
Surface Mount Stand Included No
Speaker Parts Warranty 2 Yrs w/ Registration
Speaker Labor Warranty 2 Yrs w/ Registration
Amplifier Parts Warranty 2 Yrs. w/ Registration
Amplifier Labor Warranty 2 Yrs w/ Registration
Specifications
System Frequency Response 43-20k Hz
Powered System Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power 100
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Inputs and Outputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs 1
Optical Digital Audio Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs 1
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs None
USB Port No
Subwoofer Output 1
Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches) 5-1/16H x 39-15/16W x 5-15/16D
Sound Bar Weight 20.5 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A

Product Research

Features

Active Soundbar Speaker: The MartinLogan Motion Vision active soundbar speaker delivers a virtual 5-channel surround sound experience from a sleek all-in-one system that's stylish yet unobtrusive, simple to install, and easy to operate. The Motion Vision soundbar speaker makes a great addition to your table-top or wall-mounted flat-panel television, and is perfect for movie or music soundtracks. It offers both analog and digital inputs for connection of all your home audio/video gear. The Motion Vision comes with an IR remote control and offers integrated top-panel controls.

7 Drivers/Amplifiers: Three advanced-resolution 1" x 1.4" Folded Motion tweeters, four 4" high-performance woofers, and seven dedicated amplifiers deliver 100 watts of total system power. The Motion Vision soundbar speaker delivers front left/right and center channels via the dedicated Folded Motion tweeters and high-performance woofers, and simulates rear left/right effects channels to virtually create a fully immersive, five-channel surround sound experience throughout the listening environment.

  • Folded Motion Tweeter: MartinLogan's Folded Motion tweeters help give the soundbar speaker 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 Folded Motion tweeters work 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.
  • High Performance Woofers: The Motion Vision active soundbar speaker features four 4" fiber cone woofers with extended throw drive assemblies housed in a non-resonant asymmetrical chamber for crisp, detailed midrange and richer, deeper midbass performance.

DSP Technology: The Motion Vision was engineered with a commanding bass performance paired with precisely etched mid- and high-frequencies, creating a vivid, three-dimensional soundstage. Advanced digital signal processing (DSP) technology and industry leading surround sound decoding allow MartinLogan to replace five separate home theater speakers with a one piece solution that reproduces multichannel recordings with accuracy, resolution, and detail. The Motion Vision reproduces front left, right, an center channels via the system's dedicated tweeters and woofers. Surround channels are simulated using the Motion Vision's sophisticated digital signal processing that directs sound from the system's tweeters and woofers throughout the room.

Dual Rear Firing Ports: Dual rear-firing bass ports reinforce the bass extension for astonishingly deep bass for a compact soundbar speaker.

Analog + Digital Inputs: The MartinLogan Motion Vision active soundbar speaker is fitted with both analog (RCA) and digital (optical/coaxial) inputs. The soundbar speaker features one stereo RCA input to connect a single analog audio source. The speaker also provides two optical digital inputs and one coaxial digital input to connect your Blu-ray player, Satellite/Cable receiver, and TV. The system supports both Dolby Digital/DTS (5.1ch) and PCM (2ch) audio signals through its digital inputs. Make sure to turn your television's speakers off. If your TV does not allow you to turn off the speakers, make sure the TV's speaker volume is set to "0".

Note: Televisions are not capable of passing multichannel encoded audio signals input from another source and will downmix these signals to a 2-channel stereo mix before sending them to the television's digital output. You will want to run cables directly from the source to the soundbar while simultaneously running HDMI from each source to the TV for the video signal. This has the advantage of allowing the soundbar to receive multichannel encoded material.

Acoustic Modes: You can easily switch between three discrete acoustic modes; "Night" mode (to dial down the bass), "Bass +" mode (for those moments requiring a little extra bass), and a "Normal" mode (that restores normal listening levels). You can also manually configure the system's bass output by +/-10 dB in increments of 2dB.

Optional Powered Subwoofer: The Motion Vision's built-in SWT-2 transmitter allows the addition of a compatible wireless MartinLogan powered subwoofer (sold separately). The active soundbar speaker also provides a mono-subwoofer output for connectivity to a non-wireless powered subwoofer (sold separately).

Simple Controls: The MartinLogan Motion Vision active soundbar speaker features top-mounted controls and comes with an IR remote control. You can also program the soundbar to respond to your televisions IR remote control.

Dimmable LED Display: The dimmable LED display is hidden behind the front grille cloth and can be set to automatically vanish during operation.

Mounting Options: The soundbar speaker should be centered directly above or below your flat-panel TV. You can place the Motion Vision on a table-top, stand or shelf. You can also use the included bracket to wall-mount the speaker (mounting screws not supplied). You can then adjust the soundbar's equalization and voicing for optimal performance in on-wall or shelf top installations.

AC Power: Because the Motion Vision is an active speaker and has built-in amplifiers, it requires AC power. Simply plug the included AC power cord into the rear-panel of the soundbar speaker and an AC wall outlet or surge protector.

Note: The active soundbar speaker will automatically turn off after no audio signal is detected for approximately 30 minutes. When the soundbar detects an audio signal, it will immediately turn itself on.

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One amazing speaker. Seems like a lot of $$, but worth every penny. All MartinLogans are pure awesomeness. Especially if you like clarity in the hi-end. Folded motion tweeters rock. [ HOYT  Mar 26, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

While there are small rubber feet on the bottom to keep the soundbar from moving, they are pretty much flush with the bottom so that the bar is in essence flat against the surface. [ Kay  Jan 04, 2016 ]
There are 4 little rubber feet under the soundbar. They rest on stand, but they do not raise it. Hope that helps! [ STEPHEN  Jan 03, 2016 ]
There are rubber feet that are 1/8" or less on the bottom. They are far enough behind the face of the unit that the speaker appears to sit flat on shelf. [ Ray  Jan 02, 2016 ]
Yes, the bracket is included and works very well. [ STEPHEN  Jan 03, 2016 ]
yes. mine is mounted and there was a bracket set up [ john  Nov 29, 2015 ]
it comes with a wall mount and template to drill holes for the mount. I have mine sitting on stand so can't speak to installation process. Sounds fantastic, however. [ Ray  Nov 29, 2015 ]
Martin Logan is hands down better. [ KEITH  Nov 25, 2013 ]
I bought based on reviews about musical detail, which is important to me, as I also use this system for classical music playback from my Oppo Blu-Ray player. It sounds wonderful! As far as movies-Netflix, TV, I am very happy with the feature/setting on the M-L to bring voice forward more center channel. I have not hear the Bose Systems, but the M-L is BETTER than the $2,000. B&W Soundbar I did compare before buying the M-L. I also did buy the M-L 700 watt wireless Subwoofer, for movie effects, which is amazing! (The bass on the soundbar is just fine, but i wanted the kick-ass for movie soundtracks) Also bought the Panasonic Plasma TV and am very happy to be away from LED after 7 years of a decent Sony....Plasma is AMAZING for movies. [ JONATHAN  Nov 23, 2013 ]
I like the Martin Logan very much. It is very clear and crisp. It has decent bass with out the sub woofer. I would choose it over a Bose of equal value. More bang for the buck! [ ROBERT E  Nov 23, 2013 ]
I can't say how they compare as I haven't heard the latest offerings from Bose. I did a comparison with Zvox and there was no comparison. Granted there's a significant $ difference and the Martin Logan should sound better. It did. IMHO the clarity for TV is superb. I attached a NuForce adapter to stream music from my phone with very satisfying results. Obviously it can't compare to my audiophile system (tube based) especially considering the music source but I think it's great. I found that connecting the soundbar directly to the sources rather than using the TV as the source/switching hub made a notable difference for me. The lack of an Hdmi connection is not an issue for me. [ MILES  Nov 22, 2013 ]
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