With Best Buy and most big box stores, in my experience it really depends on who you work with. I am sick and tired of seeing so many thin, chintzy, cheap spikes used on even expensive speakers. Conclusions about the Martin Logan Theos Electrostatic Speakers The Theos is overall a wonderful speaker and a joy to listen to. What can I say, the Theos absolutely rocked every track on this two disc set. Another nice feature of the Ethos is the music sensing circuit, which turns the speaker on or off from stand-by mode, depending on whether music is going into the speaker or not.
I am no professional audiophile reviewer but will add my two cents about these speakers. I'd be totally happy to buy used McIntosh gear; unfortunately, even used is likely out of my price range at the moment. They also are a lot easier on the wallet. There is some basis to this criticism of past MartinLogans, to be sure, but this is definitely not a factor in the Ethos, as we will see later on. Even if it doesn't, your Theos won't sound as good as they can. I was happy before with them and my other speakers but now I am ecstatic! I don't think there are any other speakers out there within three times this price point that are any better.
Electrostats have clearly proven their place in the audiophile world, with only perhaps the advent of the berillium drivers to possibly eclipse them. If you listen to anything with decent dynamic range at normal levels, the Marantz may go into protect mode. Any way I'm not terribly eloquent, but I have enjoyed these since the day I got them, and short of winning the lottery I will enjoy them well into the future. It's even part of the set on. This was the first place where I could hear a bit of disconnected between the panel and the woofer. I will follow up with a better review once the speakers have broken in and I've lived with them for a few months.
Also appreciate that my wife loves both the sound and site of these beauties, and the footprint is quite small. They also are kind of expensive. I don't know if the same deal is still going on, or if Amazon sellers are offering it, but at the time they announced that they were phasing out this model they offered a free sub-woofer as an incentive. I was very close to dumping my Summits and moving to something else. The electrostatic membrane was made of pig intestine coated in gold leaf and required an array of expensive and dangerous electronics. Product model year is actually 2013 but Audioreview doesn't give any option newer than 2010.
Either way, they won me over, too, when I argued that I didn't anything larger in a 14x22ft lounge. That is all there is to it. The two ohm tap messed up the mid-range but increased the treble a little. No longer need to upgrade. Advanced Vojtko Filtering Proprietary Vojtko filtering technology is utilized for Theos' electrostatic transducer.
And that is an achievement repeated nowhere else in the entire audio pantheon. You might also consider used. To accomplish this MartinLogan engineers reduced the gauge thickness of the steel stators. The transparency and detail of these speakers is incredible. Is the 2 ohm tap best choice? This can be a depressing album to listen to, recorded so shortly before Cobain took his own life, and the Theos brings across the emotion in his voice that makes it even more touching. I have a funky room with hardwood and vaulted ceilings and my Theos do a great job imaging.
MartinLogan recommends that the inner third of the panel faces you, meaning that you are sitting about 10 degrees off axis. These were purchased used as a trade in from an authorized dealer. I could easily distinguish their different places in the soundstage; the male on the left, female on the right, and a drum kit in between them. Certain female vocalists would just seem to drill into my head. I'm driving them with two Carver Sunfire 300x2 amps in mono configuration - solid power 1,200 wpc 1 ohm.
The back of the non-resonant chamber is fitted with two pairs of the most sane binding posts I've ever seen, but the review sample didn't come with bridging links and I wanted to use them single-wired. The soundstage up front was huge and open, and the speakers themselves were amazingly detailed. The pricing, as has been pointed out, is due to scale and market segmentation. While utterly eliminating the Bitch Wife From Hell factor, and while turning - in stark contrast to , for example - Martin Logan has also defied a specific law of high-end audio. However, as a natural byproduct of tighter build tolerances, visual transparency of the panel is increased significantly.