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MartinLogan Motion® 8

Center channel/multi-purpose home theater speaker

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Our take on the MartinLogan Motion® 8

MartinLogan's elegant Motion 8 was designed for maximum performance and flexibility. This versatile speaker comes with brackets for easy wall-mounting. And because you can orient it horizontally or vertically, it makes a great center channel companion to other wall-mountable members of the Motion series, such as the Motion 2 or Motion 4. You can also use a trio of these speakers across your front left, center, and right channels for a seamless front soundstage.

Dynamic home theater performance from MartinLogan

MartinLogan Motion 2 tweeter detail

The Motion 8 uses MartinLogan's acclaimed Folded Motion tweeter for smooth, effortless highs.

MartinLogan's elegant Motion 8 was designed for maximum performance and flexibility. This versatile speaker comes with brackets for easy wall-mounting. And because you can orient it horizontally or vertically, it makes a great center channel companion to other wall-mountable members of the Motion series, such as the Motion 2 or Motion 4. You can also use a trio of these speakers across your front left, center, and right channels for a seamless front soundstage.

Folded Motion™ tweeter for detailed sound

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 and movie soundtracks sound amazingly detailed, but smooth and effortless, without a trace of harshness.

A stylish, curved cabinet

MartinLogan Motion 8 in living room environment

The Motion 8, shown here as a wall-mounted center channel speaker

The tweeter is flanked by two 4" doped paper cone woofers that supply accurate mids and bass. All three drivers are mounted in an eye-catching curved cabinet that's finished in classic high-gloss piano black. The Motion 8's subtle, modern lines complement just about any décor.

Be sure you get enough bass

For even better bass — and especially for high-impact home theater — we recommend a powered subwoofer, like one of MartinLogan's excellent models.

Product Highlights:

  • versatile home theater speaker can be positioned horizontally or vertically
  • includes brackets for wall mounting
  • elegantly curved cabinet with high-gloss piano black finish
  • 1" x 1.4" Folded Motion tweeter
  • two 4" doped paper cone woofers with rigid dust caps
  • frequency response 70-25,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • handles up to 180 watts
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • impedance: 4 ohms
  • acoustic suspension (sealed) cabinet
  • perforated metal grille
  • custom-designed push-style binding posts accept pins, banana connectors, or bare wire
  • 22-1/4"W x 5-5/8"H x 5-1/4"D
  • weight: 8.5 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years (with product registration)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • LCR loudspeaker
  • 2 Wall-bracket
  • 2 Shoulder bolts
  • 4 Mounting screws
  • 4 Wall anchors
  • 4 Rubber bumpers
  • User's Manual (En/Fr)
  • Installation template
  • Product Registration Card

Great speaker at a great price. I have it paired with Martin Logan Motion LX LR speakers. A much better upgrade from the Motion 6.

Raj, San Diego, CA


MartinLogan Motion® 8 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(20 Reviews)

MartinLogan Motion® 8

Crutchfield customer from Lisle, IL on 10/4/2018

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The sound of this speaker is amazing! The sound is so full and crisp! The moment you unpackage this speaker the quality Is amazing and stunning. It's a show case for a speaker and stunning.



Great Sounding Speaker

Raj from San Diego, CA on 10/2/2018

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Great speaker at a great price. I have it paired with Martin Logan Motion LX LR speakers. A much better upgrade from the Motion 6.


Cons: Oddly long for the size and power.

MartinLogan Motion® 8

Crutchfield customer from Manhattan Beach, CA on 9/17/2018

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What a great center channel! I am very glad I was torn between this and a Definitive Technology unit, I am glad with this decision. Wall mounting was easy enough, however I feel like spacers should have been provided as with the Motion 4 speakers.



Crystal clear dialogue

D from Broomfield, CO on 8/7/2018

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Exceptional sound, and the versatility of the mounting options worked perfectly for my specific situation. Highly reconnend

Pros: Crisp, clear sound for dialogue; multiple mounting options

Cons: None

MartinLogan Motion® 8

Norman from Yulee, FL on 8/3/2018

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Still in first 2 weeks of use. Nice center sound. Good dialogue control. Initially the tweeter was a bit harsh,but it seems to be mellowing out. Getting better with every use. Beautiful finish with nice hanging hardware.

Pros: Price, finish, well balanced sound.

Cons: If you're not use to the ML tweeter, it does take some breaking in to my ear anyway.

MartinLogan Motion® 8

Crutchfield customer from Mancos, CO on 6/12/2018

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Absolutely perfect fit, sounds superb. Clarity is amazing and the unit blends in well with my system set up.



MartinLogan Motion® 8

Crutchfield customer from New York, NY on 5/7/2018

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excellent clarity for a very reasonable price. great help as always from Crutchfield



Well pleased with selection

James from Magnolia, TX on 12/11/2017

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Great center channel for the price and matches up well with my ML ESL main and surround speakers. Clarity is much improved over my older Polk CS 400i has

Pros: Clarity, size and fit with my system.

Cons: None at this time, still playing with the new system.

Excellent dialog clarity

Geoff from Santa Rosa, CA on 4/5/2017

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I plan on testing this in my main Home Theater in a few weeks but for now, in my secondary room, in 3.2 for the once in a while TV watching do in there it works great. Melds well with the Martin Logan LX16s I have in there and while it lacks a little heft in the bottom registers, which is understandable for such a small center, it is nonetheless crystal clear with dialog which is its main role. The LX16s play about 15hz lower than the Motion 8 which is not that noticeable when paired with sub(s). I broke it in playing music through it in 1.1 and it did very well. In a few weeks I'll put it in my main Home Theater room to see how it compares to the much larger center I have in there which is 40lbs in weight with two 7" main drivers. If it can even come close to that it will prove it can work in small AND large rooms but for now, it is working well at 10 feet at medium volume levels in my secondary room. Very nicely made and matches the LX16s very well

Pros: Vocal Clarity, well made, though meant to pair with the Motion 4, worked well with LX16s.

Cons: Way too expensive at full price which is why I bought it when it was discounted.

MartinLogan Motion 8 GB ea

Adrian from Arverne, NY on 12/5/2016

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Perfect match for motion 20 front and motion 16 rear/paired with Marantz 5.1 receiver gives you the sound of a much more expensive setup/motion 8 really pulls the dialog together and it's not too shabby for music too



Great match for the human voice

Jonathan from Thornton, CO on 6/18/2016

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I really like how clear this center channel speaker is, especially for the price. The size is just right - not to small, not too large, recedes nicely into my entertainment console. The sealed enclosure is a big plus in this respect. I like that you can move the Martin Logan logo around or remove it all together.

Pros: Clarity Imaging Sealed enclosure

Cons: None, really!

MartinLogan Motion® 8

Stratton from Melrose Ma on 3/19/2016

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I needed to upgrade my center channel! I have been using a Tivoli center channel for 12 yrs! It was just OK! I ordered this Motion 8 and it opened an entire new dimension for me! Every sound that generates from there is clear and intelligible! I watch many older movies from the 30's and 40's. Lots of them are encoded with DTS HD Master audio (1.0), meaning the center channel is the lone operator in that respect! It's perfect! This gem is a stellar performer and the results are exemplary! Also a perfect match for my front Tivoli towers! They blend very well!

Pros: Able to increase volume to higher levels without distortion!

Cons: None

MartinLogan Motion® 8

Don from Michigan on 1/4/2016

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The clarity from this center channel speaker is everything as advertised. This speaker not only sounds great but it looks great also.

Pros: Clarity is unsurpassed, both at higher volume and lower volume. I love this speaker

Cons: None

Great little speaker

Mike H from Illinois on 1/3/2016

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I was looking for a replacement for PSB center speaker as it was not giving a clear dialog in my sorround system. I was looking for a small size speaker which does not take up space like Polk speaker which I looked at first. Clear mid range for good voice reproduction.

Pros: Small size. Clear dialog.

Cons: None.

Motion 8

Scott from Virginia on 12/5/2015

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I was looking to replace a Definitive center channel, after upgrading my mains to ML Motion 40s. The Motion 30, although a better speaker, seemed to be a bit of overkill given the size of the room. So far, I believe I chose wisely... It's crystal clear, matched dynamics, and has the groovy folded motion tweeter. Quite happy, and the soundstage is starting to widen and deepen as they break in.

Pros: Nice match for Motion 40s. Crystal clear

Cons: None

ML Motion 8

Chad from North Carolina on 3/24/2015

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I listened to several and was won over by the Motion 8 when I heard it at a local home theatre installation store. The sound was detailed and crystal clear. They had it hooked up to some serious electronics and paired with the Motion 4s for the front sound stage. Sound was spectacular. It sounds almost as good in my home theatre pushed by an entry level Yamaha AVR. Really not much difference to my ear at all. This center channel was exactly what I was looking for - clear dialogue (I mean crystal clear), easily wall mountable, and reasonably sized. Pair this with the Motion 4s and a subwoofer and you will be set.

Pros: Clear detailed sound, mounts easily, light weight

Cons: Pricey but better than most at this price range

Great sound from center channel

Gordon from Philadelphia PA on 12/7/2014

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Recently purchased sub (Dynamo 500) and L/R speakers (LX-16) and this matched perfectly with them. Speech from movies was clear and sound from movies and music sources was clean and accurate.

Pros: Beautiful cabinet with the more important beautiful sound.

Cons: None

Concert in the family room

Calvin from Delray Beach, Fl on 4/18/2014

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Very nice, it can hold its own. Dialogue is strong and clear

Pros: Crystal clear

Cons: Non so far

motion 8

mebe from Everett, WA on 9/29/2013

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This speaker "woke" up my listening, I had not realized how muddy my Polk speakers were. Dialogue Was clear and crisp, midrange was excellent. Now I am replacing all my speakers, albeit slowly, with the ML motion series. They are made in Kansas, support is excellent and product is superb.

Pros: Great sound and looks

Cons: Pricey?

MartinLogan Motion® 8

Crutchfield customer from Portland,or on 9/5/2013

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Nice center, a bit small as a match to the motion 40's




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
Tweeter Folded Motion Transducer
Midrange size (inches) N/A
Woofer size (inches) 4
Connector Type Spring post
Power Range 20-180
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Frequency Response 70-25k Hz
Height (inches) 5-5/8
Width (inches) 22-1/4
Depth (inches) 5-1/4
Weight 8.5 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Yrs w/ Registration
Labor Warranty 5 Yrs w/ Registration

Product Research


2-Way LCR Speaker: The MartinLogan Motion 8 LCR loudspeaker employs a 2-way speaker design and features MartinLogan's advanced resolution Folded Motion tweeter and two 4" paper cone woofers. Pairing these three drivers together creates a dynamic full-range sound with an expansive soundstage.

  • Folded Motion Tweeter: MartinLogan's Folded Motion tweeter helps give the Motion 8 LCR 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.
  • Dual Paper Cone Woofers: The Folded Motion tweeter is flanked by two 4" paper cone woofers with a stamped steel basket housed in a non-resonant asymmetrical chamber. The paper cone woofers use a rigid structured dust cap and butyl rubber surround to reduce cone break-up and distortion. These two 4" paper cone woofers provide rich, detailed midrange/midbass.

Precision Vojtko Crossover: To seamlessly blend the audio output from the Folded Motion tweeter and two 3.5" woofers, the Motion 8 loudspeaker features a precision Vojtko crossover (3000Hz) 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 8 loudspeaker's sonic accuracy is its elegant, yet understated styling. A high-gloss piano black finish, along with MartinLogan's signature perforated grille, give the Motion 8 speaker an elegant and timeless look that will blend into almost any decor. The speaker cabinet also features rounded edges and gently tapered top/sides. The cabinet is an acoustic suspension design (sealed) for tighter, accurate midbass.

Spring-Post Connectors: The MartinLogan Motion 8 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.

Applications: The MartinLogan Motion 8 LCR loudspeaker can be used as a center-channel speaker or paired with another Motion 8 speaker for a stereo or home theater front/rear application.

Mounting Options: The MartinLogan Motion 8 speaker can simply be placed horizontally on a flat-surface; such as a table-top, stand, shelf, or cabinet. Four rubber self-adhesive feet are included to prevent slippage and reduce vibration. Because of its curved cabinet, this speaker cannot be placed vertically on a flat-surface. The included wall-mount brackets and hardware let you mount this LCR speaker on the wall, horizontally or vertically.

Note: The MartinLogan logo badge on the Motion 8's grille can be re-position based on how you have the speaker mounted.

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

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Why did you buy this?

I own Motion 40s and LX-16s and love the sound. [ MICHAEL  Sep 11, 2018 ]
By comparison, the motion 8 was a clear choice. [ Saul  Aug 14, 2018 ]
Great Speaker at a great price [ BRETT  Feb 28, 2018 ]
To complement my Motion20 Tower speakers in 3.1 setup [ Rik  Dec 28, 2017 ]
Great sounding and aesthetically pleasing center channel speaker. [ John  Dec 28, 2017 ]
I love the MartinLogan Motion series. The Motion 8 was perfect for the room/ setup it will be in. [ Randy  Dec 18, 2017 ]
Was actually looking at the Motion 30 and the advisor evaluated my system and use and said the 8 would work well for me. I went with his recommendation and if I am not pleased, I will use the 60 day return policy [ Jim  Nov 27, 2017 ]
Match for other speakers [ ARTHUR  Nov 11, 2017 ]
have other Martin Logan products, this is next step to having all Martin Logan products. [ Peter  Mar 17, 2017 ]
Adding to a system with other MartinLogan speakers. Very pleased with MartinLogan. [ Edward  Apr 16, 2016 ]
Best sound ever. Very satisfied with a pair of motion 15 Martin Logan book-shelf. [ Emmanuel  Mar 13, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

I believe that would depend on the sound level adjustments you have in your receiver. The MartinLogan is quite powerful as I needed to turn it down to balance my 7.1 system. Overall, I would say no problem [ Michael  Mar 12, 2018 ]
Yes [ JOSEPH E  Mar 12, 2018 ]
Thought I'd add to many of these answers are just flat out wrong! Martin Logan's literature says this regarding design... "Application: Stereo speaker or home theater center/front/surround ideal for large, medium, and small rooms." I use a pair of these with an in-wall subwoofer and they sound and look great! Use a receiver with the ability to simulate/phantom center channel and you'll probably be happy. They roll off -3dB below 70Hz...thus the reason for having a sub. Regarding mounting, they come with hardware and instructions for both horizontal and vertical mounting and the logo is removable and repositionable depending upon your choice. Both of mine came with the logos on the bottom short edge set up for vertical mounting. [ tdr21  Nov 24, 2015 ]
Roby, Depending on the size of your room, the MartinLogan Motion 8's would work fine as front-main speakers, as long as you combine this set-up with a subwoofer. These Motion 8's have incredible high and mid-end clarity at all volumes because of the combination of the folded motion tweeter and 2 woofers but I think you'd be lacking in fuller bass without a sub. I run my Motion 8 center-channel speaker with 2 MartinLogan ESL's for front-main speakers, 4 x MartinLogan Motion 4's as Surround and Surround-Back speakers, and the MartinLogan Dynamo 700W as my subwoofer, (with a JBL as a second subwoofer.) [ Douglas  Dec 03, 2014 ]
I doubt it would sound very good as main front speakers but it would work. [ Michael  Dec 03, 2014 ]
I don't see why not. If you are planning to have them vertical, they would have to be mounted because the sides are angled. [ David  Dec 03, 2014 ]
Don't know. It is designed as a center. Doesn't have any bass making ability to speak of. [ CHARLES  Dec 03, 2014 ]
i'm guessing it would work, but it's not a good choice. The Motion 8 is a great speaker and I love it as a center speaker. But, as a front it'll be lacking in the low area(bass) and I wonder if it's too directional and would throw a small sound stage. I have Martin Logan Theos as my front mains. [ CALVIN L.  Dec 03, 2014 ]
I can assume that you would need two to create the stereo effect. This is not a dual channel speaker that I am aware of. [ Gordon F.  Dec 03, 2014 ]