MartinLogan Motion 40 Speaker System Specs

Speaker: Motion 40 Tower / Motion 30 Center / Motion 15 Monitor (Surround)
Tweeter (size in inches, type): 1 x 1.4, Folded Motion
Midrange (size in inches, type): 5.5, aluminum cone (1) / None / None
Woofer (size in inches, type): 6.5, aluminum cone (2) / 5.25, aluminum cone (2) / 5.25, aluminum cone (1)
Nominal Impedance (ohms): 4 / 4 /5
Recommended Amp Power (watts): 20–300 / 20–200 / 20–200
Available Finishes: Piano Black, White, Black Cherrywood / Piano Black / Piano Black, White, Black Cherrywood
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): 7.6 x 42.5 x 12.8 / 16.5 x 6.9 x 10.5 / 6.8 x 11.4 x 9.5
Weight (pounds): 49 / 18 / 12
Price: $1,000 each / $700 each / $850/pair

Dynamo 1000 Subwoofer
Enclosure Type: Sealed
Woofer (size in inches, type): 12, poly cone
Rated Power (watts): 500, RMS
Connections (rear panel and wireless transmitter): Line-level, left and right/LFE RCAs
Crossover Bypass: Switchable
Available Finishes: Black
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): 13.69 x 14.54 x 14.59
Weight (pounds): 34
Price: $1,000

System Price: $4,550 (updated 3/10/15)

Company Info
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COMMENTS's picture

I bought Renaissance on DVD before it became available on bluray enticed by a trailer for the movie, followed by the rental of the DVD, then the purchase of the movie. I found the movie much better than I anticipated, like you, and eventually bought the bluray for $5.99. For those who like action movies or the animation genre, this is a pretty decent movie.

Regarding the review of the Martin Logan speakers, the speakers sound like they perform well. Not sure about the price in general terms. $4,500 is a lot of money. If the speakers can be had for less than retail, they would be more enticing. For $4,500 I can buy a 60" Sharp Elite. I would prefer the Sharp Elite over these speakers, simply because I already own a 5.0 set up of good speakers. While a great TV makes for a memorable viewing experience, so do good speakers. Matching 5.0 speakers of high fidelity makes watching a movie much more enjoyable.

kent harrison's picture

Great review,Martin logans speaker would be 2nd choice for speakers,BW's speakers are my favorites,but you can't go wrong with this set up.

john hunter's picture

Excellent review which I read with great interest as having to consider downsizing from my exisiting elderly Aerius/Cinema to the M 40'S.
1.Did you have any problems positioning them. I'm having to change because in my new home, the speakers will need to go in the corner.
2. Why did you use the M15 as surround and not the aclaimed FX2? Personal preference?
Thanks again from a regular reader in the old fashioned print media.

JayhawkLaw's picture

As always, great review. I love this site/magazine.

Given that if a Goldenear Triton 2 setup with the inclusion of a ML Dynamo 1000 subwoofer is the same price as this Martin Logan set, and the two use the same (or at least very similar) Heil-type tweeter technology, the obvious question is , "which do you think is better?" If it's too close to call, how do they compare? I'd be particularly interested in how the center speakers compare since the Goldenear center has been described as a slightly (only slightly) weak link. I'd also be curious to know if the Martin Logans can fill a larger room than can the Goldenears.

Thanks for a consistently great read

ikarius's picture

My impression of the Goldenear Tritons- Awesome speakers if you have the right room and invest the effort in setting them up properly (placement, treatment, etc). The MartinLogans don't seem to reach the same point, but are more forgiving of setup/room- they tend to sound excellent without a lot of fuss. Also, last I knew, GoldenEar didn't have center/surround options, which nixed them for me.

ikarius's picture

I've got a 5.1 ML setup, though a few differences; Motion 15s (actually LX-16- same speaker, slightly different styling) for L/R, ElectroMotion C2 center, and FX surrounds. I'm using a PSA XS-15 subwoofer, which absolutely outperforms the Dynamo 1000, hands down.

Overall, the system is absolutely sublime, for both music and for Home Theater. This is a system that never feels like you're missing out or compromised on anything aurally.

First- The motion 40 towers are awesome. If you're planning on listening to stereo music content with just two speakers running, you want the motion 40s. I've listened to them in person.

If, however you like multi-channel stereo when listening to your music, for that "envelope" of sound, The Motion 15's will get the job done as L/R.

I bought the EM C2 center, as the Motion 30 center hadn't been released when I bought my system. I haven't heard the Motion 30, but their specs are very close, I'd be very surprised if the Motion 30 was anything but superlative.

As far as the surrounds go, the Motion 2/4s are good but not great to my ears. Depending on your room and the style of surround speakers you prefer, either the Motion 15s or FXs are excellent choices.

There are a lot of great choices at this price point, but the MartinLogan "Folded Motion" tweeters sound really sweet to my ears.

aagastya's picture

So, which receiver did you end up using? That adds in to the cost, and I'd like to know. It's very strange that this is the exact set up that I want to, except for the subwoofer. Maybe I'll get the next one down. Thank you for the great review!