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Has anyone ever heard the MartinLogan Scripts?

post #1 of 11
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I have been thinking about what to get this christmas. I first thought about getting some Staxes (finally!), but then I noticed the MartinLogan Scripts. For a couople more dollars (and with a nice paying plan) I think it would be a lot easier to get them than the Staxes. And the first time I heard MartinLogans, I automatically fell in love.

Problem is, I might have to buy them "sight unseen". Believe it or not, they are sold in a departmental store (kinda like JCPenney) and they aren't usually displayed on the showroom. So I have to take some risks while buying them.

All I know is that their cut-off is 70 Hz, so I'll get a sub (actually, I already have a passive one around), and that the electrostatic panel is from another series (can't remember which). But the question is, has anyone heard them? Do they have that caracteristic MartinLogan sound? Are they a good buy, or should I just save my bucks for Christmas 2003, and then get some big MartinLogans?

Thanks for your help!
post #2 of 11
Im pretty sure that martin logans would chew up and spit out the staxes (or any headphones for that matter)
post #3 of 11
I have (and love) a pair of Aerius i's and a Cinema center channel.
I haven't heard the Scripts but, if i were you I'd save a little more and buy a pair of used Aerius. You can find them on Audiogon for about $1500. The Aeon sells for about $2800-$3000. Good luck!
post #4 of 11
or, of course you could save about $5000 a year for 14 years and get yourself a pair of Statements!!!

Statement E2
post #5 of 11

Re: Has anyone ever heard the MartinLogan Scripts?

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Originally posted by fjhuerta
[...] Believe it or not, they are sold in a departmental store (kinda like JCPenney) and they aren't usually displayed on the showroom. [...]
If you think that is weird, I live in a town where
(1) Martin Logan's are sold in a dark, crappy looking (at least from outside, haven't been in there for a while) poster/painting gallery, nothing upscale I might add.

(2) The local health club uses [edit] Martin Logan's as regular speakers in all rooms. [/edit]

Legoman
post #6 of 11
aren't the scripts wall mount speakers?
post #7 of 11
skippy...yes, they are marketed as rear surround speakers ...... i've read that there isn't alot of low end, but with the smaller MLs you need a sub anyway
post #8 of 11
I listened (briefly) to some ML Requests (by way of Cal Audio and Krell) last summer. Their calibre of imaging and the soundstage they threw were spooky, but I found the sound somewhat sterile and uninvolving. It awed me, but I didn't fall in love; no no, my heart was reserved for the Thiel 3.6s in the next room (those were the opposite of the Requests in every way - lush, warm, smooth, engaging, intimate...)

To address your point, I wouldn't buy anything expensive (and these would qualify, for me at least) sound unheard. There can be variation even within a family known for a signature sound (and I think ML qualifies, here.)

I'd save for the big ones, anyway. A sub you have "lying around" probably isnt' the best, and you might need to spend money and time finding a better match, which would be a lot of hassle.
post #9 of 11
My first love in audio was Martin Logan. Spoiled for life from that day forth.

I'm told the lower end Martin Logans aren't good and that it's primarily a bass issue. What I wonder is this... what if you paired some low end Martin Logans with say, a nice pair of Velodyne subs, spent some time matching the crossover and then used a phase and frequency response timing correction unit like the Perpetual Technology P1A? I'm not saying that'd be as good as the Statements, but it just might be pretty damned good. Something to think about.
post #10 of 11
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Originally posted by skippy
aren't the scripts wall mount speakers?
uups. i would have to check whether those are scripts (but lookwise they could well be), it never even occurred to me that they could be made to be wall mounted...
so i guess the weirdness is reduced to a health club using electrostats....
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
The Scripts have wall-mounts, but I'd rather be dead than mount a dipole or bipole near a wall. I was thinking about building a solid stand for them, so that the electrostatic panel is at ear's height, and then get a really beefy sub (something like an 15" or 18") to fill in the low end.

And yes, I remember the first time I heard a set of MartinLogans. My jaw dropped to the floor, I almost forgot I was going to buy a 5 channel amp and some speakers, and I almost... almost bought them instead.

I *should* have bought them instead
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