MartinLogan Motion® Vision
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Awesome however,if it had a hdmi input then I would give it 5stars...
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Looking for an audio system that can improve your TV's sound, and maybe serve up some music that's easy on the ears, too? MartinLogan's carefully engineered and solidly built Motion Vision sound bar may be all you want or need. The design goal was clearly audio performance here, rather than bells and whistles: it sports a total of seven drivers, each powered by its own independent amplifier. Built-in Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding combine with simulated surround processing to deliver engaging sound with video sources like Blu-ray movies or shows you tune in on your cable or satellite box. This slim, wall-mountable speaker turned some heads at Crutchfield headquarters when we auditioned it in our large and acoustically challenging training room. Even with no subwoofer playing, it produced full, rich, detailed sound with surprising bass punch.
Mount the Motion Vision on the wall under your TV or place it on your A/V cabinet.
The Motion Vision features three of MartinLogan's acclaimed Folded Motion tweeters for clear, musical highs.
MartinLogan went the extra mile to make sure this sound bar can do justice to your favorite music as well as TV sources. Three high-resolution Folded Motion tweeters re-create high frequencies that are precise, immediate, and effortless, using a thin-film technology that's inherently different from more common dome or cone tweeters. Their pleated diaphragms work similarly to an accordion by "squeezing" air to create sound, and their larger surface area also provides wide, yet controlled sound dispersion for a realistic, accurate soundstage.
Four long-throw woofers round out the system, delivering clear mids and rich bass. The Motion Vision really impressed us with just how much low-frequency power it was able to produce, all by itself, without a subwoofer.
But if you want to add even more bass impact, MartinLogan has made it easy to do. This sound bar has built-in wireless audio technology, so you can add a matching wireless MartinLogan subwoofer like the Dynamo™ 700W or 1000W. Or if you already own a more traditional powered subwoofer, the Motion Vision's dedicated subwoofer output lets you make a wired connection with a regular subwoofer cable.
Awesome however,if it had a hdmi input then I would give it 5stars...
Anonymous, UNION, KY
Average Customer Review(s):
Awesome however,if it had a hdmi input then I would give it 5stars...
Great sound. I have a large room 20'x21' with 17' foot ceilings. Not the same as separate speakers but pretty great for what it is.
I am NOT an audiophile and this sound bar is installed in a difficult environment... a corner. I bought a truly amazing LG OLED TV from Crutchfield and wanted the clearest sound I could get, especially for voices. I use hearing aids and my wife has excellent hearing so I needed something that would satisfy both of us. The rep (Cosmo) recommended this unit and I took it on faith. I appreciate that it comes with all cables and good instructions as well as a very heavy-duty wall mount (I didn't use it as mine sits on a flat-top TV stand). I am very happy with the result. Voices are clear and we are getting considerable surround sound effect. Given the corner location I had NO expectation of surround working but the first DVD we watched we heard an arrow whiz by over our right shoulders; pretty cool. There is plenty of bass without a separate subwoofer unit. The only caution I would offer is this: pay attention to the dimensions as this thing is pretty big.... it is only a couple of inches narrower than my 55" TV. But the problem I had was its height and depth. This sound bar Is about 6" high so it blocked the bottom part of the TV, including the sensor for the remote. I had to build a stand to raise the TV. It's also about 6" deep so it pushes the TV to the rear of the stand. Make sure you have enough room or be prepared to wall mount the unit.
Pros: Great sound; clear voices and bass is not boomy. No need for separate subwoofer.
Cons: Big and heavy. Make sure you have enough room if you're going to put this on a flat surface in front of your TV. Pretty expensive.
This was my first time ordering from Crutchfield, but it won't be the last; the staff was very helpful and very professional from the time I placed the order to the Thank You card I received in the mail after delivery. The item I ordered was shipped quickly and arrived on time with no issues. I ordered a MartinLogan Motion Vision sound bar and the sound is amazing! I am hoping to be able to order the rear sub some day and will definitely order from Crutchfield!
Thoroughly researched sound bars and this one rated highest. Now I know why. Absolutely crystal clear sound and plenty of clean bass even without a sub woofer. Martin Logan uses only the best materials and it shows. Saw it was on sale and it was a no brainer.
MartinLogan Motion sound bar delivered unprecedentedly wide and clean sound. Nice design and easy installation. I'm very satisfied with this purchase
We reconfigured our audio set-up in our den after a new TV purchase. I originally had a 3.1 sound for TV viewing and wanted to clean the area up. 1st sound bar was a Vizio based on online reviews. Had a few bugs and returned it to BestBuy because of this fact and the thin sound. 2nd bar was from Crutchfield and it was a Yamaha. Sound was thin and very directional and we have a large viewing area, the HDMI input also failed after 3 days. Decided to spend the extra money and try the MartinLogan Vision. Third time is the charm! Full and rich sound and comes closest to matching the previous 3.1 system I had. I do have the MartinLogan connected to a Klipsch sub which really fills in where the sound bar runs out of steam.
Pros: Beautiful Sound
I am giving my Martin Logan Motion Vision soundbar 5 stars because of the excellent sound quality. I replaced a receiver and 5.1 sound system with this soundbar to simplify my new setup with my new 65" LG OLED TV. I also attached my 15 year old Martin Logan Dynamo SubWoofer to the Soundbar to get incredible lows and earth shattering Low Frequency Effects in movies. The soundbar does not need a sub because it delivers good bass without it, but add a sub and it absolutely rocks. It sounds great with input from my TV and also does a great job with CD's when I want music in my family room. I do not miss the 5.1 system. What I love, first and foremost is the sound quality, excellent highs, balanced mids and decent bass. I also very much like the design and sleek lines of the soundbar. The setup menu takes some time to understand but once you get it it is easy to configure. I especially like the ability to program a remote like your TV remote or cable box remote to work the basic features of the ML Motion Vision soundbar. What I don't love, first the cheap remote that comes with the soundbar, for an expensive retail product from a premier speaker company I would expect more than the tiny bubble button remote, I have lost it twice in the sofa and had difficulty retrieving it. Lastly I wish it had a HDMI input, the 2 optical digital inputs work fine for me but HDMI is the modern connection. The price, delivery and service from Crutchfield, as always, is
Pros: Excellent balance sound Sleek design
Cons: Cheap remote No HDMI input
I really love my new Martin Logan Motion Vision Soundbar. I replaced a Yamaha Soundbar that was pretty decent but this one paired with my Paradigm wired subwoofer is spectacular. The clarity of sound is amazing. The unit has a nice weight to it and overall quality is excellent. I'm running an optical cable from my Samsung TV and the other optical connection to my Marantz CD6006 which I just purchased from Crutchfield as well. These connections are solid and sound quality as I mentioned before is amazing. The sound from the Marantz CD6006 is wonderful. The combination of these units along with my Samsung TV is beyond what I expected for a Soundbar at this price. I feel it was worth every penny and is just right for my application. I have to mention that Crutchfield's service and expedited shipping was on par as usual.
Pros: Solid build. Great sound. Attractive unit.
This Martin Logan has the best sound for my system. There are four woofers & three tweeters across this 40 inch long sound bar. This Martin Logan produces a beautiful richness of the sound field & this sound bar delivers a full range of depth & perception in the sound field also.
Pros: Outstanding Sound Quality
I don't really think that soundbars can produce beautiful sound, but this one does.
Cons: no hdmi
Outstanding sound. Speech is clearer. Excellent range. It brings the movie theater to your TV. You really do not know what you are missing with the TV speakers until you hook up this product. At a price of $799, it is a great deal.
Pros: Beautiful sound, especially classical music. Excellent bass without a separate subwoofer.
Cons: It is of such high quality, it makes you want a bigger TV screen and a better TV stand to match.
Great product, amazing sound. Works great as long as great sound is more important than great surround sound effects. I would rather have a system that sounds great at doing one thing rather than a sound bar that is trying to do the work of 5 speakers or 7 speakers or let alone any atmos system. So for me this has been great. I have a sony TV so the optical output will send the 5.1 signal through and not downmix but depending on what TV you have this could be different. With the price break the value of this system is immense.
This speaker sounds amazing. Of coarse i am comparing it to the TV speakers. But in all i would highly recommend it for anyone
If you have to use a sound bar, then this is probably as good as it gets.
Pros: Sound quality. Beautiful fit and finish.
Cons: Expensive. The remote is very small and the buttons are very close to one another.I have to turn on the room lights ignorer to see what button I'm pressing. Additionally the remote doesn't work unless it is in direct line of sight to the sound bar.
Great sound. Adds great depth to any programming. Remote leaves a fair amount to be desired. The optical cable that is included is short, which limits your reach to components. Overall, a very good product with the need for minor tweaks
Great sound in a complaint easy to use and connect package
Pros: Outstanding audio, extreme ease of use (connected and set up in less than 10 minutes), integration of control with cable remote.
Cons: Subwoofer expensive (but worth it)
the best soundbar out there. sounds really good looks very sleek and classy a little expensive but you pay for what u get.
Pros: everything is a pro with this bar
I received this product very quick. (1 Day before expected) Thank you. I opened the product and notice the beautiful finish. After hooking it up with my cinnamon audio cord, I was blown away with the quality of sound that came from this speaker. Clear and I enjoyed Netflix on the next level. I went back and forth about which speaker to purchase. I even reached to Troy on Cruthfield. He provided great info. Thanks Troy. Bottom-line if your in the market for an incredible sound bar. This is the one. I am done buying sound bars, I am so happy and impressed with my purchase, I will eventually pick up a SW. You almost don't need it. Thanks again Crutchfield for being OUTSTANDING for your customer.
Pros: Clarity. sonically pleasing. Sounds like I have two speakers.
Cons: Blue tooth but I really don't need it.
Great sound for the money
Pros: Easy to set up
Cons: Remote and not enough optical inputs
This MartinLogan soundbar is perfect for me. Well, almost perfect. Let's get the "almost" part out of the way first: the tiny "credit card" control is not close to being in the same league as the soundbar itself, and it's a mystery to me why MartinLogan wouldn't have provided a better control for this state-of-the-art soundbar. That said, the control DOES work, although it's a bit insensitive and its size makes it easy to misplace or fall between the couch cushions. So if the controller is a critical concern of yours, you may want to avoid the Motion Vision. But if you're interested primarily in a truly fantastic sounding soundbar and can afford the MartinLogan, read on -- this may be your holy grail. I first tried the Definitive Technology SoloCinema XTR, which was on sale for $400 off. I had some of the strange issues reported by many folks, but DefTech customer service was great and the Firmware update was easy to install and solved most of the problems. (And the DT control was superb.) In the end though, I wasn't satisfied with the sound and the complexity of the settings. I found myself constantly fussing with different mode settings for different discs and sources in order to get what I considered to be "the best" sound, but I was never comfortable that I had it "dialed in". And I wanted something that my wife could just turn on and adjust the volume, without having to fuss with the system. So I tried the MartinLogan and compared it with the DefTech. No contest!
Pros: Near perfect sound as-is, without the need for a subwoofer. Gorgeous design. Outstanding clarity, with crisp, articulate, smooth-as-silk highs. Very useful "Night Mode" to enhance movie dialog and subdue over-the-top sound effects. Fantastic music reproduction. Very simple operation. 5.1 sound is superb (as long as you use the optical inputs and don't use HDMI routed through your TV, which usually strips the 5.1 down to 2.0). Converts and plays high-def Blu-Ray sound formats without issue.
Cons: Control is not in the same league as the soundbar itself: small and somewhat unresponsive -- but it works. No cons at all to the soundbar itself. 'Nuff said. Good job, MartinLogan!
The Motion Vision soundbar is beautifully crafted with superb workmanship. It is elegant, complementing any television set including the high-end products. For high frequency and mid range sounds the reproduction is natural and authentic ideal for listening dialogue. It is also excellent for listening music with predominantly mid and high frequency notes. Even without a subwoofer, it does reproduce quite low frequency sounds. However, the low frequency notes tend to be somewhat muffled and unnatural. I find it hard to distinguish a low frequency note coming from, say a cello, a bass guitar or even a percussion instrument.
Pros: Overall it is a well made product ideal for listening conversations and soft music.
Cons: Without a subwoofer, low frequency notes tend to be muffled and unnatural.
|Pieces in System||1|
|Tweeter||1"x1.4" Folded Motion(4)|
|Woofer||4" Cones (4)|
|Surround Sound Decoding||5.1-channel|
|4K Video Compatible||No|
|HDR Video Compatible||---|
|Audio Return Channel||No|
|Remote IR Passthrough||No|
|Works with TV Remote (IR)||Yes|
|Control by App||N|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Yes|
|Surface Mount Stand Included||No|
|Speaker Parts Warranty||2 Yrs w/ Registration|
|Speaker Labor Warranty||2 Yrs w/ Registration|
|Amplifier Parts Warranty||2 Yrs. w/ Registration|
|Amplifier Labor Warranty||2 Yrs w/ Registration|
|System Frequency Response||43-20k Hz|
|Sound Bar RMS Power||100|
|Subwoofer RMS Power||N/A|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|Mini Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|RCA Stereo Audio Inputs||1|
|Optical Digital Audio Inputs||2|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs||1|
|Sound Bar (inches)||5-1/16H x 39-15/16W x 5-15/16D|
|Sound Bar Weight||20.5 lbs|
|Subwoofer (inches)||No Subwoofer|
Active Soundbar Speaker: The MartinLogan Motion Vision active soundbar speaker delivers a virtual 5-channel surround sound experience from a sleek all-in-one system that's stylish yet unobtrusive, simple to install, and easy to operate. The Motion Vision soundbar speaker makes a great addition to your table-top or wall-mounted flat-panel television, and is perfect for movie or music soundtracks. It offers both analog and digital inputs for connection of all your home audio/video gear. The Motion Vision comes with an IR remote control and offers integrated top-panel controls.
7 Drivers/Amplifiers: Three advanced-resolution 1" x 1.4" Folded Motion tweeters, four 4" high-performance woofers, and seven dedicated amplifiers deliver 100 watts of total system power. The Motion Vision soundbar speaker delivers front left/right and center channels via the dedicated Folded Motion tweeters and high-performance woofers, and simulates rear left/right effects channels to virtually create a fully immersive, five-channel surround sound experience throughout the listening environment.
DSP Technology: The Motion Vision was engineered with a commanding bass performance paired with precisely etched mid- and high-frequencies, creating a vivid, three-dimensional soundstage. Advanced digital signal processing (DSP) technology and industry leading surround sound decoding allow MartinLogan to replace five separate home theater speakers with a one piece solution that reproduces multichannel recordings with accuracy, resolution, and detail. The Motion Vision reproduces front left, right, an center channels via the system's dedicated tweeters and woofers. Surround channels are simulated using the Motion Vision's sophisticated digital signal processing that directs sound from the system's tweeters and woofers throughout the room.
Dual Rear Firing Ports: Dual rear-firing bass ports reinforce the bass extension for astonishingly deep bass for a compact soundbar speaker.
Analog + Digital Inputs: The MartinLogan Motion Vision active soundbar speaker is fitted with both analog (RCA) and digital (optical/coaxial) inputs. The soundbar speaker features one stereo RCA input to connect a single analog audio source. The speaker also provides two optical digital inputs and one coaxial digital input to connect your Blu-ray player, Satellite/Cable receiver, and TV. The system supports both Dolby Digital/DTS (5.1ch) and PCM (2ch) audio signals through its digital inputs. Make sure to turn your television's speakers off. If your TV does not allow you to turn off the speakers, make sure the TV's speaker volume is set to "0".
Note: Televisions are not capable of passing multichannel encoded audio signals input from another source and will downmix these signals to a 2-channel stereo mix before sending them to the television's digital output. You will want to run cables directly from the source to the soundbar while simultaneously running HDMI from each source to the TV for the video signal. This has the advantage of allowing the soundbar to receive multichannel encoded material.
Acoustic Modes: You can easily switch between three discrete acoustic modes; "Night" mode (to dial down the bass), "Bass +" mode (for those moments requiring a little extra bass), and a "Normal" mode (that restores normal listening levels). You can also manually configure the system's bass output by +/-10 dB in increments of 2dB.
Optional Powered Subwoofer: The Motion Vision's built-in SWT-2 transmitter allows the addition of a compatible wireless MartinLogan powered subwoofer (sold separately). The active soundbar speaker also provides a mono-subwoofer output for connectivity to a non-wireless powered subwoofer (sold separately).
Simple Controls: The MartinLogan Motion Vision active soundbar speaker features top-mounted controls and comes with an IR remote control. You can also program the soundbar to respond to your televisions IR remote control.
Dimmable LED Display: The dimmable LED display is hidden behind the front grille cloth and can be set to automatically vanish during operation.
Mounting Options: The soundbar speaker should be centered directly above or below your flat-panel TV. You can place the Motion Vision on a table-top, stand or shelf. You can also use the included bracket to wall-mount the speaker (mounting screws not supplied). You can then adjust the soundbar's equalization and voicing for optimal performance in on-wall or shelf top installations.
AC Power: Because the Motion Vision is an active speaker and has built-in amplifiers, it requires AC power. Simply plug the included AC power cord into the rear-panel of the soundbar speaker and an AC wall outlet or surge protector.
Note: The active soundbar speaker will automatically turn off after no audio signal is detected for approximately 30 minutes. When the soundbar detects an audio signal, it will immediately turn itself on.
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Hi quality and great price. [ Mark Mar 14, 2017 ]
Sound quality in a small footprint. [ Neil Mar 13, 2017 ]
I chose this item due to the incredible reviews and also the ML sound quality from the folded tweeters. This item I did a lot of research on and I feel it is the best "sounding" bar out there. Some maybe more compatible with wireless products, etc. but for my needs this is the perfect fit for ultimate clear and concise sound quality and clarity. [ Tim Mar 10, 2017 ]
Reviews and I own ML products. [ Richard Feb 15, 2017 ]
i've been thinking about purchasing martin logan speakers. This past weekend i auditioned them at best buy as they were on sale. Then i received a crutchfield email with a $800 reduction. I applied my rewards discount and saved $900. No brainer! [ Charles Jan 31, 2017 ]
Great Price, Great company reputation. All the features on our check list. [ Nancy Jan 23, 2017 ]
Hi, I would like to thank Bryce for his now it all on this product. He was vary helpful on my choice. Thnks Again Bryce [ elias Dec 08, 2016 ]
Reviews said it was one of the best sound bars , sale price is great. [ sarath Dec 05, 2016 ]
Exceptional performance and an unbeatable Black Friday price. Will pair with an Amazon Echo Dot to provide all of the wireless and Bluetooth capabilities I'll ever want. [ John Nov 23, 2016 ]
Based on excellent reviews from various review sites, reduced priced and Martin Logan as an audiophile quality brand. [ ED Nov 02, 2016 ]
Great price and reviews seem positive by your customers [ Jim Oct 29, 2016 ]
One amazing speaker. Seems like a lot of $$, but worth every penny. All MartinLogans are pure awesomeness. Especially if you like clarity in the hi-end. Folded motion tweeters rock. [ HOYT Mar 26, 2016 ]
There is no switch. The manual states the unit is to be used only with the AC voltages listed on the back of the speaker. Mine says 120V, 60 Hz. The manual is in both English and French and shows the same plugs/cables/specs. Hope this helps. [ Michael Jan 07, 2017 ]
While there are small rubber feet on the bottom to keep the soundbar from moving, they are pretty much flush with the bottom so that the bar is in essence flat against the surface. [ Kay Jan 04, 2016 ]
There are 4 little rubber feet under the soundbar. They rest on stand, but they do not raise it. Hope that helps! [ STEPHEN Jan 03, 2016 ]
There are rubber feet that are 1/8" or less on the bottom. They are far enough behind the face of the unit that the speaker appears to sit flat on shelf. [ Ray Jan 02, 2016 ]
Yes, the bracket is included and works very well. [ STEPHEN Jan 03, 2016 ]
yes. mine is mounted and there was a bracket set up [ john Nov 29, 2015 ]
it comes with a wall mount and template to drill holes for the mount. I have mine sitting on stand so can't speak to installation process. Sounds fantastic, however. [ Ray Nov 29, 2015 ]
Martin Logan is hands down better. [ KEITH Nov 25, 2013 ]
I bought based on reviews about musical detail, which is important to me, as I also use this system for classical music playback from my Oppo Blu-Ray player. It sounds wonderful! As far as movies-Netflix, TV, I am very happy with the feature/setting on the M-L to bring voice forward more center channel. I have not hear the Bose Systems, but the M-L is BETTER than the $2,000. B&W Soundbar I did compare before buying the M-L. I also did buy the M-L 700 watt wireless Subwoofer, for movie effects, which is amazing! (The bass on the soundbar is just fine, but i wanted the kick-ass for movie soundtracks) Also bought the Panasonic Plasma TV and am very happy to be away from LED after 7 years of a decent Sony....Plasma is AMAZING for movies. [ JONATHAN Nov 23, 2013 ]
I like the Martin Logan very much. It is very clear and crisp. It has decent bass with out the sub woofer. I would choose it over a Bose of equal value. More bang for the buck! [ ROBERT E Nov 23, 2013 ]
I can't say how they compare as I haven't heard the latest offerings from Bose. I did a comparison with Zvox and there was no comparison. Granted there's a significant $ difference and the Martin Logan should sound better. It did. IMHO the clarity for TV is superb. I attached a NuForce adapter to stream music from my phone with very satisfying results. Obviously it can't compare to my audiophile system (tube based) especially considering the music source but I think it's great. I found that connecting the soundbar directly to the sources rather than using the TV as the source/switching hub made a notable difference for me. The lack of an Hdmi connection is not an issue for me. [ MILES Nov 22, 2013 ]
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