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I have heard the big Martin Logan speakers...

They sound good but you need a good amp that can drive loads as low as 1 ohms. The Momoliths and the CLS sounded great until pushed hard and then started to break up. I heard these back in the late 90's. Then I bought some Carver Amazing Silvers and these just killed the Martin Logan's. Plus the Martin Logan's had a small sweet spot. The bass has a hard time keeping up with the rest of the speaker. They couldn't do all types of music well either which really surprised me.

The Carvers are dipole and must be set up per the Carver speaker placement instructions. I heard all the horror stories about the Carver's not being a good sounding speaker with weak bass. This is not the case, when properly setup and powered by a amp that can push these and doesn't have to have monster power ratings either. My Edge M8 @ 175 watts had no problem pushing these. The natural cancelation of the side reflections work great and there was no side reflections of sound from the side walls.

The bass was strong and deep, so much that it was rattling the Windows. The bass is just not blouted like box speakers

So there are good dipoles out there that will better the Martin Logan's. I Even preferred the Magnapan's 3.6's over the Martin Logan's. The 3.6's were being driven by a McCormack DNA-3.0 if I remember correctly. I asked my friend to crank it up and they still sound good at higher volumes which the Martin Logan's didn't.




Edits: 02/18/17

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