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MartinLogan Motion® 2

Bookshelf speaker with wall mount bracket

Item # 839MO2GB

MartinLogan's Motion series speakers are known for sound that's realistic and immediate without being overbearing...

MartinLogan's Motion series speakers are known for sound that's realistic and immediate without being overbearing...

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About the MartinLogan Motion® 2

A versatile performer from MartinLogan

MartinLogan's Motion series speakers are known for sound that's realistic and immediate without being overbearing or harsh. The elegant-looking Motion 2 bookshelf speaker is a great way to enjoy signature MartinLogan performance in a wide variety of rooms and systems where space is tight. This versatile speaker is the smallest member of the Motion series, and it fits easily on a shelf or A/V cabinet. Or you can take advantage of its included wall bracket and mount it beside a flat-panel TV. Use a pair for stereo music or for your front or rear channels in a surround sound home theater system.

A versatile performer from MartinLogan

MartinLogan's Motion series speakers are known for sound that's realistic and immediate without being overbearing or harsh. The elegant-looking Motion 2 bookshelf speaker is a great way to enjoy signature MartinLogan performance in a wide variety of rooms and systems where space is tight. This versatile speaker is the smallest member of the Motion series, and it fits easily on a shelf or A/V cabinet. Or you can take advantage of its included wall bracket and mount it beside a flat-panel TV. Use a pair for stereo music or for your front or rear channels in a surround sound home theater system.

Folded Motion™ tweeter for detailed sound

MartinLogan Motion 2 tweeter detail

The Motion 2 uses MartinLogan's acclaimed Folded Motion tweeter for smooth, effortless highs.

The distinctive sound of the Motion series starts with MartinLogan's Folded Motion tweeter. Rather than a dome or cone driver, this 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.

A stylish, curved cabinet

The tweeter is coupled here with a low-mass 3-1/2" poly cone woofer that supplies accurate mids and midbass. Both drivers are mounted in an eye-catching curved cabinet that's finished in classic high-gloss piano black. The Motion 2's subtle, modern lines complement just about any décor. If you're mounting this speaker high up on your wall, you can invert it to aim the high frequencies downward toward your listening position.

Be sure you get enough bass

This speaker shines when it comes to accurate mids and highs, but for any kind of bass we strongly recommend a powered subwoofer, like one of MartinLogan's excellent models.

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Product highlights:

  • elegantly curved cabinet with high-gloss piano black finish
  • 1" x 1.4" Folded Motion tweeter
  • 3-1/2" poly cone woofer with rigid dust cap
  • frequency response 110-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • handles up to 100 watts
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • impedance: 4 ohms
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) design
  • perforated metal grille
  • custom-designed push-style binding posts accept pins, banana connectors, or bare wire
  • includes wall mount bracket
  • 5-5/16"W x 11-5/16"H x 4-1/2"D
  • weight: 4 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years (with product registration)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # MO2BL

What's in the box:

  • Bookshelf loudspeaker
  • MartingLogan logo badge (installed)
  • Wall-bracket
  • Two 1.5" screws
  • 2 Drywall anchors
  • 1/4"-20 Shoulder bolt
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber pads
  • Cleaning cloth
  • User's Manual (En/Fr)
  • Installation template
  • Product Registration Card

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Features & specs

Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Finish Piano Lacquer
Color Gloss Black
Tweeter Type Folded Motion Transducer
Tweeter Size (inches) 1 x 1.4
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 3.5
Woofer Composition Poly
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 20-100
Sensitivity 86 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Frequency Response 110-25k Hz
Connector Type Spring post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 11-5/16
Width (inches) 5-5/16
Depth (inches) 4-1/2
Weight (pounds) 4
Mounting Bracket Included Yes
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 26-31
Parts Warranty 5 Yrs w/ Registration
Labor Warranty 5 Yrs w/ Registration

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Folded Motion Tweeter: MartinLogan's Folded Motion Tweeter helps give the Motion 2 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.

3.5" Poly Cone Woofer: The MartinLogan Motion 2 loudspeaker features a 3.5" poly cone woofer with a stamped steel basket housed in a non-resonant asymmetrical chamber. The poly cone woofer uses a rigid structured dust cap to reduce cone break-up and distortion. This 3.5" cone woofer provides rich, detailed midbass.

Precision Vojtko Crossover: To seamlessly blend the audio output from the high frequency driver (tweeter) and the midbass driver (woofer), the Motion 2 loudspeaker features a precision Vojtko crossover (2800Hz) utilizing custom air core coil and low DCR steel laminate inductors, polyester film capacitors in series, and low DF electrolytic capacitors in parallel.

Curved High-Gloss Black Sealed Cabinet: Complementing the Motion 2 loudspeaker's sonic accuracy is its elegant, yet understated styling. A high-gloss, piano black finish and subtle curves, along with MartinLogan's signature perforated grille, give the Motion 2 speaker an elegant and timeless look that will blend into almost any decor. The cabinet is an acoustic suspension design (sealed) for tighter, accurate midbass.

Spring-Post Connectors: The MartinLogan Motion 2 speaker features two spring-post connectors to attach your speaker wire. The spring-posts will accept bare wire (16- to 10-gauge), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only). The rubber caps on the spring-post connectors must be removed to use banana plugs.

Versatile Mounting Options: The MartinLogan Motion 2 bookshelf loudspeaker can simply be placed on a table-top, stand, shelf, or other flat surface. Four self-adhesive rubber feet are included for safe and secure placement. Using the included keyhole-slot bracket, you can wall-mount the speaker at two different angles. This means you can point sound directly toward the desired listening area for high or low wall mounting applications. In addition the Motion 2 is fitted with a 1/4"-20 threaded insert which allows you to hang the speaker on the wall using optional articulating wall-mount brackets (sold separately).

  • If the Motion 2 is being mounted at approximately ear-level, the speaker should be oriented with the tweeter at the top. This will disperse sound directly towards the desired listening area.
  • If the Motion 2 is be mounted above ear-level, the speaker should be oriented with the tweeter at the bottom. This will disperse the sound down at a 20° angle towards the listening area.
Note: The MartinLogan logo badge on the Motion 2's grille can be re-position based on how you have the speaker mounted.

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Are these speakers good for music listening as well as surround sound?
[ Bob Doherty  Oct 26, 2017 ]
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Absolutely, though I would adjust the settings on your receiver appropriately (I'm not a fan of listening to music in surround settings, like I would have on for TV/movies). These have fantastic sound for such a relatively small speaker, but know that they need to be paired with a sub. All in all, if you're building a surround theater setup these are great options...if all you care about it music, there's probably better / bigger options, but they sound amazing in my 5.1 setup regardless the media playing through them.
[ Mike  Oct 26, 2017 ]
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I put a pair in my car. There was no room to add conventional speakers. They are sweet and very nice. You are getting a very nice midrange and precise tweeters. Like any small speaker, you do best when pairing them with a subwoofer. That's what I have and come to think of it, they aren't even being sent low range (the cross over filters it out) so I would try them first without a subwoofer and see if you like it. They get louder than I need even at speed with the top down.
[ Michael  Oct 26, 2017 ]
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I am no audiophile but I have been very happy with them... I listen to a good bit of music and have been happy... That said I bought the speakers primarily for their compact size and ability to mount them on wall... So good alternative where space is an issue... if you have room and can go with a larger cabinet or tower that is going to get you better sound... simply a mater of physics/acoustics Good news is that Cruthfield is great @ customer service and will work with you to swap to something else if you are not satisfied w/ sound...
[ Glenn  Oct 26, 2017 ]

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