Detailed sonics, along with ample bass, make the Vision one of the best soundbar options available.
+ Motion Vision soundbar ($1,500)
(4) 4-in woofers, (3) 1 x 1.4-in Folded-Motion tweeters; 100 watts total amplifier power;
5 x 60 x 5.9 in; 20.5 lb
+ Dynamo 700w subwoofer ($695) sealed enclosure; 10-inch woofer; 300-watts RMS amplifier; stereo/LFE line-level inputs; variable sub gain, low-pass controls; sub phase (0/90/180°) control; LFE crossover bypass; wireless-sync button; SW-2 wireless transmitter included; 13.5 x 11.75 x 12.4 in; 26.5 lb
Here are two words I never thought I’d use together in a sentence: audiophile soundbar. Yet MartinLogan’s new Motion Vision model indisputably qualifies. The Kansas speaker maker is certainly audiophile-approved, with hybrid speaker designs whose electrostatic panel mid/tweeters and cone woofers — the current range peaks at $25,000 per pair — made their bones among serious audio buffs decades ago. More recently, ML’s Motion family of more conventional box speakers employing cone woofers and “Folded-Motion” accordion-pleat tweeters (an update on the Heil “Air-Motion Trans former” high-frequency transducer first seen on ESS speakers in the 1970s) has won broad approval.
MartinLogan’s newest addition to the Motion speaker family is a one-piece, DSP-surround soundbar — known as the Motion Vision — combining hardware front-left, -right, and center channels with virtualized surround. MartinLogan also sent along with it a companion subwoofer, the conventionally coned Dynamo 700w, which is a nicely compact, eminently tossable (27 pounds), 10-inch sealed job, to extend response to legitimate home theater regions.
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