Floor-standing speaker (High-gloss Piano Black)
Item #: 839THGBLD
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Item #: 839THGBLD
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $2,249.99 each
When MartinLogan recently visited to show off a pair of their Theos electrostatic floor-standing speakers, they lit up our cavernous, notoriously speaker-unfriendly product training room with sound that simply blew us away. And they did it using a moderately priced receiver that never even broke a sweat! Rock, Jazz, and acoustic music unfolded from the Theos' tall, sleek panels with a sense of immediacy and presence that felt as if the musicians were sitting there in the room. Our takeaway: you don't need a rack full of uber-expensive components or a fancy, dedicated listening room to enjoy fantastic sound with these speakers.
Unlike speakers that use domes and cones to reproduce treble and midrange, the Theos features an ultra-thin polymer film, or diaphragm, suspended between two electrically charged, perforated steel plates. The diaphragm's ultra-low mass allows it to move very efficiently back and forth between the plates thousands of times a second in response to the music signal, creating enticingly transparent, low-distortion sound. The panel is visually transparent, too, so it makes an unforgettable impression when seen in person.
Controlling a speaker's sound dispersion in a room is crucial to creating realistic sound. MartinLogan's signature 30º curved electrostatic panels allow for ideal dispersion in your home listening environment and minimize reflected sound off of the side walls that can muddy detail and stereo imaging. This design helps take the room out of the sonic equation.
Even the best crossovers can add distortions that negatively impact sound quality. The Theos' hybrid design uses its electrostatic panel to operate all the way from the highest audible frequencies down through the crucial midrange (where our ears are most sensitive) to 425 Hz without a crossover for the purest possible music reproduction. A high-excursion 8" aluminum cone woofer takes over from there, seamlessly blending in to provide taut, precise bass that rounds out the speaker's low-end end response.
From its hand-built cabinet with a gorgeous, hand-rubbed finish to its custom, bi-wire capable binding posts and heavy-duty floor spikes, the Theos exudes quality. Adding further to its refined sound is a precision hand-built crossover network with point-to-point wiring and premium parts. Inside and out, the Theos is one beautiful speaker that can complement virtually any listening room.
Sure, floor-standing tower speakers buck the industry trend toward smaller, visually inconspicuous speakers, but they're hard to beat if great sound is your primary goal. Tower speakers produce powerful sound with excellent bass, making them a great choice for serious music lovers and for folks who want high-impact home theater.
Wonderful service,as always.Shipped well packed.Sound out of box compared average next to my B&W studio monitors,but after a few weeks of running (suggested by docs with the spkrs),they sound very nice,all types of music played flawlessly!!
Pros: love design,sound NOT colored!
Cons: didn't get them sooner,lol
Better than I expected. Speakers are about 40 hours into break-in. The sound is warming and the bass tighting. I'm still experimenting with positions. I started with the ESL's, the sound was so clear and detailed that I returned the ESL's and ordered the Theos.
Pros: Hearing details in my music never heard before.
Cons: None so far.
|Tweeter Size (inches)||9.2x44|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||8|
|Woofer Surround||Butyl Rubber|
|Built-in Powered Sub||No|
|Connector Type||Binding post|
|Parts Warranty||5 Yrs w/ Registration|
|Labor Warranty||5 Yrs w/ Registration|
|Frequency Response||43-23k Hz|
Hybrid Electrostatic Speaker: The MartinLogan Theos is a hybrid electrostatic loudspeaker that features a XStat CLS electrostatic transducer panel, an optimized Vojtko crossover, and a passive 8" woofer. Electrostatic panels are perfect for reproducing high, midrange, and midbass frequencies. However, both the size and the power requirements of deep bass frequencies are best served by traditional cone woofers. A phase and amplitude optimized Vojtko crossover (425Hz) ensures a seamless transition between the two sound reproduction philosophies. As a result, this speaker offers the best performance for high, mid, and low frequencies.
XStat CLS Transducer: The MartinLogan Theos features a 9.2" (w) x 44" (h) XStat CLS Transducer. This new XStat transducer builds upon the legacy of MartinLogan's electrostatic heritage with the incorporation of a myriad of technology and design innovations including CLS, MicroPerf, Generation 2 Diaphragms, ClearSpars, Vacuum Bonding, and AirFrame technology. Through rigorous testing, this curvilinear electrostatic panel has proven itself to be one of the most durable and reliable transducers available today. Fabricated from a custom tool punched high-grade steel, the patented panel is then coated with a special polymer that is applied via a proprietary electrostatic bonding process. This panel assembly houses a membrane just 0.0005" thick. Ruggedly constructed and insulated, the panel is rated to easily handle 20 to 400 watts of power.
Controlled Dispersion Sound Radiation: A key attribute of the MartinLogan Theos is its naturally dipolar radiation pattern. A true dipole, the Theos radiates sound with equal intensity from the front and back of its diaphragm, but the outputs are in opposite phase. As a result, sound waves rippling out toward the sides meet at the speaker's edge and cancel. That and the relatively large size of the Theos' electrostatic panel cause output at the sides to be very low relative to that of a conventional loudspeaker, which in turn minimizes side-wall reflections that tend to muddle sonic detail and stereo imaging. While the reduction in output to the sides contributes to the astonishing clarity, the energy reflected off the wall behind the speaker opens up and deepens the sound.
Full-Range Operation: Another significant advantage of MartinLogan's exclusive electrostatic transducer technology is that no crossover networks are used above 425Hz, because they are not needed. The Theos consists of a single, seamless electrostatic membrane reproducing all frequencies above 425 Hz simultaneously. This eliminates the crossover phase aberrations that are associated with traditional tweeter, midrange, and woofer systems. The result is a dramatic improvement in imaging and staging performance.
Passive 8" Woofer w/ Ported Cabinet: The MartinLogan Theos employs a passive 8" high-excursion aluminum woofer w/ butyl rubber surround, a 425Hz low-pass crossover, a non-resonant composite/real-wood veneer cabinet, and an ultra-low turbulence down-firing bass port to generate unyielding, detailed bass down to 43Hz. The MartinLogan Theos is available in a black ash or gloss back finish.
Note: When you first begin to play the Theos speaker, it will sound a bit bass shy. This is due to the high-quality, long-life components used in the passive woofer. The custom-made woofer requires approximately 72 hours of break-in at 90 dB (moderate listening levels) before any critical listening. The break-in requirements of the crossover components (and, to a lesser degree, the stator) are equivalent.
Advanced Vojtko Filtering: Proprietary Vojtko filtering technology is utilized to transition between the Theos' electrostatic transducer and passive 8" woofer. This audiophile quality network is carefully hand-built using precision point-to-point wiring, polypropylene capacitors, massive air-core coils, and a custom wound E-I core transformer; flawlessly preserving micro-acoustic subtleties while effortlessly handling the broadest range of dynamics contained within even the most demanding sonic sources.
Bi-Wirable Binding Post: The Theos features bi-wirable binding posts and provide the ultimate level of flexibility for connection and setup. MartinLogan's proprietary tool-less binding posts simplify cable connection and management. Two sets are supplied; one connected to the electrostatic panel and the other feeding the woofer. You can choose to bi-amp the Theos, or use jumper clips between the binding post sets for a single wire-connection. The binding posts will accept bare wire (16- to 8-gauge), pin-connectors, spade-connectors, and banana plugs (single only).
Low-Voltage DC Power Supply: The Theos speaker uses an external low-voltage power supply to energize its electrostatic panel. The included power supply firmly inserts into the "DC Power In" receptacle on the rear-panel of the speaker and then to an AC wall outlet. The Theos speaker features a signal sensing circuit which will switch the Theos off after a few minutes of no music signal, and requires less than two seconds to recharge the panels when a music signal is present.
Applications: The MartinLogan Theos floor-standing speakers can be used as stereo speakers or home theater front/surround speakers. The Theos speakers are ideal for medium and small rooms.
Placement: The Theos speaker should be placed approximately 2' to 3' from the front wall (the wall in front of the listening position) and about 2' from the side walls. Your sitting distance should be further than the distance between the Theos speakers themselves. This will allow you to attain good center imaging and stage width. Generally, it is found that the ideal listening position is with the speakers slightly toed-in so that you are listening to the inner third of the curved transducer section.
Note: The front wall surface ideally should be one long wall without any doors, windows, or other openings. If you have openings, the reflection and bass characteristics from each channel can be different.
Interchangeable Feet: The MartinLogan Theos floor-standing loudspeaker includes four pre-installed rubber feet for tile and hardwood floors. You can replace the pre-installed rubber feet with four metal spiked feet for carpeted flooring. Both the rubber and spiked feet are threaded so they can be adjusted to non-level floors.
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Lewis, As with most premium speakers they are sold singularly for quality control and expansion possibilities. As well as ease of shipping. My babys arrived unscathed and individually packaged. I feel that a package containing both speakers would've been extremely difficult for shipper to send the package safely. Let alone for me transport and to position in my home theater. Hope this helps. Excellent choice of speakers I have no regrets. ~Good luck~ [ MIKE Mar 28, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Martin Logan speakers are sold separately to allow maximum flexibility to the audiophile who may want to have more than two in their system. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Mar 24, 2015 ] Staff
I'm sorry that I am not familiar with the Peachtree Nova. I use the Theos in bi-amp mode, combined with the Martin Logan Dynamo 700 woofer, driven by Yamaha upper mid range model. They present a enormous soundstage, pristine electrostatic speed and extremely clean sound. I love them! 5 stars. Also, Crutchfield was helpful and cooperative. Steve [ Stephen May 02, 2015 ]
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