MartinLogan Motion® LX16
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Great speakers for the bedroom or small living room paired with a sub!
Pros: Quality speaker, well built, sounds clean and accurate.
MartinLogan's Motion® LX16 bookshelf speaker has been a smash hit with our customers — and for good reason. This compact speaker creates stunningly natural, transparent sound at a great value. Use a pair to create a high-quality stereo music system, or build a multi-channel home theater around them with a matching subwoofer.
MartinLogan's Motion LX16 combines a 5-1/4" woofer with a Folded Motion tweeter for smooth and detailed full-range sound (shown in Black Cherrywood).
The LX16 doesn't just sound good — it's a visually striking speaker as well. It sports a furniture-grade, high-gloss finish. And its magnetically attached perforated steel grille lends a stylish look to any room you put it in. Though small in size, the Motion LX16 delivers huge musical enjoyment.
This member of MartinLogan's award-winning Motion series features advanced speaker technologies like the Folded Motion tweeter.
Long-time Crutchfield advisor, writer, and audio guru Dave Bar had this to say about the LX16's unique tweeter design:
"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."
—Dave Bar, long-time Crutchfield audio expert
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.
Great speakers for the bedroom or small living room paired with a sub!
Anonymous, Chesterfield, MO
Average Customer Review(s):
Great speakers for the bedroom or small living room paired with a sub!
Pros: Quality speaker, well built, sounds clean and accurate.
Love these speakers!
Pros: Sound Quality
Cons: Low ends
The Martin Logan's sound great! I haven't completely broke them in yet, but each day the are sounding better. I tried them with and without a sub hooked up. They actually sound great without the sub, but I would recommend hooking a sub up with them. If you are using them for vocals or classical music, they sound great by themselves. I sit approximately 10-12 feet away from them and the sound stage disappears between the speakers. You can sit off center and still hear a complete field of sound. I usually listen to soft rock, country, and some classic rock and the ML have no problem reproducing the music clearly. The ML's are smaller than my previous Infinity speakers they are replacing, but sound better. I would recommend these speakers to anyone who wants a great sounding speaker at a very reasonable cost.
Pros: Beautiful sounds, great looking speaker
Excellent. An upgrade and much improved clarity over my old speakers. Listening to more of my old LP's now.
Awesome, crisp sound from these speakers. I'm biased as Martin Logan's come from my home town of Lawrence, KS, but man do they sound good. I originally bought them thinking I'd be listening to my rock records, but the classical music station here in DC sounds so good that I basically leave it on all the time.
Pros: Warm in-the-room sound, clean and crisp.
Cons: None so far.
Great speakers, especially at this price. They sound warm with crisp highs. Need to get a sub to complete the sound but the bass is good without. So happy I chose these wonderful speakers.
Pros: Small footprint, great sound
hi, after so many speakers and high end unit , I fine after 47 hr break in this type of speaker play very well and I love it. best sound speaker every play!!! don't think about it just buy it!!!!! at this price point it a prize. best speaker for the money / get it wild they last.
Pros: best sound speaker of the year / as well best price will they last.!!!!
Cons: not buying them sooner
Clarity, precise focus, and detailed high frequencies only associated with motion tweeters. Martin Logan's entry into bookshelf speakers is an obvious success. Couple beautiful aesthetics with an on sale price and this product is best summed as a "steal".
Great product for the price! Crisp dialogue and great sonic clarity. Paired with a sub for full range, they sound great.
Paired w/ Yamaha R-5500, & placed 8' apart, 10' from my listening area, these small speakers ROCK! I'll add a sub (have 3 in storage to choose from!), then turn bass down to flat. Got lucky purchasing these at discount as they're unavailable now, but I'm sure the Motion 15 speaker is as good or better. 35's must be a real treat, but too pricey for this buyer. Crutchfield is the BEST for customer support. Product choice is pretty darn comprehensive too!
Pros: highs, mids, pretty good bass.
Cons: need small sub for best quality sound
BEST BOOKSHELF SPEAKER MONEY CAN BUY/ONLY THING -YOU REALLY HAVE TO APPRECIATE THE FOLDED MOTION TWEETER/PAIR WITH ANY ML SUB AND ENJOY
Awesome sound- I have added these bookshelf speakers with my MartinLogan Motion 40 towers and subwoofer- This selection of speakers has created the best sound possible in my opinion for the money- It is hard to believe the true sound of these small speakers-
Pros: Highs are perfect- mid range is very good
Cons: needs sub-woofer
Great surround speakers complimenting MartinLogan, Motion XT 60's, Motion XT50, and Dynamo700W. Sound is terrific
Pros: Terrific sound. Compliments other MartinLogan speaker extremely well.
Due to the needs of design for our 20x19 living room, full-size floor speakers were out; so I purchased these MartinLogan speakers to act as my main front left and front right speakers in a 5.1 Atmos setup. Powered by a Denon X4200 receiver, they put out more than enough sound to completely submerse my family in fantastic sound during our weekend movies. Found the perfect balanced solution for sound vs. physical footprint.
Pros: Compact size Beautiful finish Great sound
Cons: For deep bass, sound best with separate subwoofer
Great sound ,and a great tweeter nice highs and lows. I love the sound.
Pros: Wonderful cabinets polish black and a great sound for the price.
Cons: You must used Spade logs with yours speakers cables.
I was very excited to receive these speakers so quickly from Crutchfield. My initial impression out of the box was very good. After an initial set-up the sound was very crisp and clear but there was something missing in the midrange compared to my 20+ year old Mirage m890i bipolar speakers. I had my neighbor listen as well and we both were in agreement about the lack of midrange. I broke them in for the minimum 70 hour period but still was not satisfied with the overall sound. The soundstage that the bipolar Mirage speakers put out is much broader than the Logan's. I am a little disappointed that I wasn't able to make the Logan's work in my listening room but I will say these are well built speakers overall. I know most of the reviews are very positive but this was my final overall input on the sound quality. I apologize if some folks disagree with my review but everybody has a different ear for sound. In conclusion, the Logan's are a high quality piece and I am sure if they are set up in a proper sound environment they will not disappoint.
Pros: High build quality
Cons: Lacking midrange and overall soundstage
Sweet sounding, beautifially built speaker at a great price.
Pros: Beautiful build. Very open and clear sound. Great quality at a great price.
It's hard to believe these are bookshelf speakers. They have an expansive realistic sound. I listen primarily to chamber, keyboard music, and jazz - forms of music I consider acid tests of a speakers ability to produce detailed sound. I'm a very critical listener and have multiple recordings of the same pieces of classical music. I differentiate between subtle nuances in musical performances. So, when I say these are outstanding speakers, know you are reading the opinion of a very critical listener. Piano pieces are generated the clear sound manifest to the nature of that instrument - something I have rarely heard in any sound system - and string quartets are given natural, highly defined instrumental separation and coloration. The treble and mid -range of these Martin Logan bookshelf speakers is exceptional. I find the bass response perfectly adequate for the music I listen to, but if you'd require a deeper or more resounding bass response you can always add separate woofer.
Pros: Their clearly articulated natural sound, and their extraordinary treble and mid-range. They're currently moderately priced, and they have the same specs. their replacement, the MartinLogan Motion® LX15.
Cons: None really, except an apprehension that I may scratch their stunning black piano finish.
You would be hard pressed to find a nicer bookshelf speaker for $240 that has the same qualities as this Martin Logan. I combined a pair of these with a Motion 8 center channel, Sunfire SDS 8 subwoofer and Yamaha rxv1800 for an exceptionally clear sounding, diminutive 3.1 setup. The only fault I found is that they don't seem to handle rock music very well - they sound somewhat compressed and true to their size (not very lively) versus an only slightly larger pair of Mackie 5" mr3 powered monitors I also have (and are $200 cheaper per pair.) The fit and finish (especially the magnetic grilles) make up for that deficiency. If they were priced any higher (as say with the Motion 15, a nearly identical speaker) I would probably skip them and go with a larger bookshelf or floor speaker if used as mains, even paired with a subwoofer. My 3.1 setup replaced a pair of Definitive Technology BP7004s, which I think were a bit more capable and only slightly more expensive but didn't really fit into the entertainment area in my new house.
Pros: Balanced Very clear Very attractive
This speaker has a very wide smooth sounding tweeter. It took a few attempts to set the speakers up the right way to get perfect imaging and a superb sound stage. The bass frequencies are good for a speaker this size. I have a subwoofer set up for a 2.1 listening system. I would recommend at least an 8" sub if you are getting these. The low end will be filled nicely with a sub. These speakers will take care of everything else.
Pros: Good sound, very nice looking speaker without the grill, tweeter is very smooth and detailed.
After spending many months reviewing and listening to all the brands out there, I am pleased to say that the LXI 16' s give you the most bang for your buck. Fantastic sound with a beautiful finish, and the price can't be beat. O, one more thing the service and shipping from Crutchfield was first rate, so much so that a few weeks after my first two speakers were delivered, I ordered two more.
Pros: Price,Service,and Great Speakers
I am used to magnepan speakers (1.6) and bought these as a temporary replacement. These small speakers come close to the clarity of the Maggies which is quite remarkable. I have not heard any speakers that are as good in this price range.
Pros: Excellent clarity in the high and mid range.
Cons: Need to be supplemented by a subwoofer for the full extend to low range, but this is expected.
Spend a lot of time working in my home office, so I decided to take it up a notch. Created the following scenario: Motion 16LX, NAD D3020, SVS SB-2000 all connected with quality cable products. The sound was so good I was noticing some poor quality that I finally determined was coming from the source...my iMac. Concluded my music collection was ripped 10 years ago at then .mp3 standards. All encoded in compressed formats. These speakers are so transparent with detail, I am now re-ripping my music in uncompressed formats. Nothing but Love! These speakers have super-high's. Which is to be expected so be prepared to add some lower frequency assistance. My music collection is from A-Z so it is a nice combination of having the Martin LX16 coupled with the SVS SB-2000. And the NAD D3020, really, NAD re-invented their best selling amp of all time. Using the best price to value connections puts it all together.
Pros: Crisp highs, great mid's and with some low end assistance, I am very pleased.
Cons: Would have been nice to see bi-amp capabilities.
I was about buy the Martin Logan Motion 15 when I saw these at Crutchfield and after a little research I learned that the only difference is a slight cabinet redesign for aesthetics. I think the LX16 looks just fine and sounds amazing for such a small speaker.
Pros: I haven't had an opportunity to set them up with an RTA yet but my Yamaha RX-A1050 does a good job of tuning with a little low end bump on my part for my personal preference. Good size, great acoustic delivery and an amazing speaker for the price.
These little gems are truly a great buy. Vocals are clear and they are easy going on the ears for long periods. I have them attached to a new Onkyo 646 (which is also being offered now at one heck of a deal from Crutchfield!) and a big old Velodyne sub. My wife even likes how they look.
Pros: Very clear, crisp, easy on the eyes, great price
Truly unbelievable transparency and sound stage from a very small footprint. The novel tweater technology is a real step forward. Crystal clear transparency and highs and yet no hint of harshness. I run them with a Pioneer Elite receiver that I had retired a few months ago in favor of a lovely NAD, but they sound fantastic even with the Pioneer. For the money, I can't imagine a better deal. The bass is tight and abundant and the entire package works to fill the room with sound well beyond my expectations of a pair of small bookshelf speakers and the experience when you sit and truly listen is thoroughly enjoyable.
Impressive built quality and sound. Only want to put on record our rating. Very satisfied. Breaking period really matters.
These things are my first "real" speakers. But, they are really amazing. Still in the break-in period, but loving them already.
I have a pair of peachtree D5s that I love, but I got a pair of motion LX16s for my girlfriend's house. They were significantly less expensive and somewhat smaller which was important since her system needs to be semi-portable. suffice it to say That I liked the LX16s so much that I now have a pair hooked up in my house. The highs are clear and crisp, and the speakers have an amazingly open soundstage and fantastic imaging. The base response is surprising although depending on your musical preferences you may find the lower end lacking a bit. I'm using an SVS SB-2000 subwoofer at my house and the combo blows me away, but at her house the LX16s stand alone and they are still jaw-dropping. They definitely need about 100 hours of break-in time before they smooth out and tighten up though. There may be a better deal on speakers in his price range ($400-$600 a pair) but I'm not aware of it. I'm telling anybody who will listen to grab a pair of these while they still can.
Pros: clear and crisp highs, fantastic imaging, surprising bass
They are worth the money
Pros: Sound great
Forgot what I was missing, these are awesome. I was like an impatient kid waiting for the 72 hr break in period. Crystal clear highs surprising bass, backed way down on sub volume. You would be hard pressed to find a better value.
These speakers may be small but they have big sound. The clarity is astonishing for the size . Money well spent
Pros: Big sound from small speakers
Speakers sound great..Small box speakers with a big non boxy sound...
Pros: Great sound...Small foot print allows for numerous locations..
Matched well with a 4 Ohms rated receiver.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
excellent clarity out of these speakers, same speaker as motion 15 , a absolute steal for the price
Pros: sound, fills room
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
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.
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
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
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
---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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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...
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)
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
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
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
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...
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
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
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.
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.
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
|Tweeter Type||Folded Motion|
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1.0 x 1.4|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.25|
|Frequency Response||60-25k Hz|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||28-31|
|Parts Warranty||5 Yrs w/Registration|
|Labor Warranty||5 Yrs w/Registration|
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.
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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I am looking for a speaker which handles vocals well for spoken word recordings. [ Ryan Feb 19, 2018 ]
It received great reviews, and was replaced by a newer model, so the price was excellent at Crutchfield! [ Thomas Jan 29, 2018 ]
Recommended by friends and did my due dill agents. [ Renny Jan 04, 2018 ]
Reviews of these Martin Logan are all positive. Looking at the specs, I feel these speakers will work great for me. [ ERNEST Dec 30, 2017 ]
Excellent sound and great price [ Keith Nov 29, 2017 ]
Extremely good price for a quality speaker. Your advisors are very good and helpful so I purchased from you instead of Amazon to try your company out. [ Robert Nov 27, 2017 ]
Very good reviews [ Keith Nov 24, 2017 ]
Martin Logan sound with ribbon tweeter. Great purchase and great sound. [ PEDRO Nov 25, 2016 ]
i wanted small speakers with clear highs to match my high [ Charles Nov 24, 2016 ]
Super clean sound on any style music [ John Nov 24, 2016 ]
On recommendations by Crutchfield; compatible with Yamaha RX - A860Bl 7.2 Receiver, as per Crutchfield. [ Stewart Oct 12, 2016 ]
This is an excellent speaker for the discounted price. The newer ML Motion 15 sells new for $400+ (ea). [ David Oct 07, 2016 ]
recommended by ringo, advisor and already have the ML ESL's and I bought the Yamaha A760 from you guys Ringo's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=164 [ MARK Sep 12, 2016 ]
Martin Logan has an excellent reputation for high-quality audio products. These speakers have received glowing reviews from consumers and professional reviewers. The price was unbeatable. [ WALT Aug 21, 2016 ]
Excellent product [ Rommel Jul 29, 2016 ]
Chosen for expectation of audio quality and value [ John Jul 06, 2016 ]
Fantastic sound and value. [ William Jun 13, 2016 ]
5 star reviews, price and of course the name Martin Logan. [ Rodolfo May 30, 2016 ]
Superb sound, excellent price. [ ALLEN May 22, 2016 ]
Excellent sound for a very reasonable price. Should be paired with a subwoofer for best quality. [ Antonius May 20, 2016 ]
Price point and reviews [ Tvcraig May 13, 2016 ]
Product got good reviews [ ryan Apr 26, 2016 ]
impressive clarity on the highs and mids [ Leonardo Apr 26, 2016 ]
Love MartinLogan. Love the clarity of their hi-end -- the folded motion tweeter is the best, at least what I can afford. Great mids. Adequate bass. Great for the money. I use these as "fillers" in my stereo system with another set of floor standing B&Ws. And they are great on their own. [ HOYT Mar 26, 2016 ]
Looking for quality small bookshelf speakers for our living room. Listened to these locally and thought they sounded great. The price seamed to make these a great value. [ Daniel Feb 22, 2016 ]
read reviews and feel this would work well with turntable and bluesound wireless for home office and eventually for wireless speaker system throughout home [ Beth Feb 21, 2016 ]
Reviews support good value. Will fit well in the space I have available. [ Tim Feb 15, 2016 ]
Friends recommendation. [ Chad Feb 07, 2016 ]
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 ]
I think you would be fine - I run my pair of LX16s (and a motion center channel) on a Yamaha RX1800 which has similar specs. Sounds great and runs cool - my amp has a lower ohm setting and I use that. Plenty loud for a 5" bookshelf - tweeter is awesome and bass is very tight. [ Jonathan Dec 24, 2017 ]
In the real world, 1 ohm will not make any difference. With that said, you may have an option in your receiver's settings to select various speaker loads (ohms) but I wouldn't think twice about it being problematic. Use good speaker wire and interface cabling, polarity matters and good eq matters. A real time analyzer to adjust eq for your listening space matters (you may have one built in your receiver). Enjoy! [ Paul Dec 22, 2017 ]
I'm pretty sure they will work with your amp But call Crutchfield tech-support to be 100 percent sure [ Bruce Dec 21, 2017 ]
Can't honestly answer that my receiver is rated to 4 ohms you should ask someone with a similar receiver good luck they are nice speakers [ TIMOTHY Dec 21, 2017 ]
You'll be fine . If you look at the Martin Logan literature for the lx 16 they are compatible. The lower the ohms on the speakers means they draw more power from the receiver. Good luck [ RAMON Dec 21, 2017 ]
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 ]