I will never hear a better system in my lifetime than this one...(seriously)

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  1. Dave Dahl

    Dave Dahl Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi all,
    I have been a big fan of audio reproduction for many, many years. This past week I was fortunate to have the chance to both visit the Martin Logan speaker facility in Lawrence, Kansas and also spend some time at Gayle Sanders house and experience his personal system.
    I say experience because that is truly what it was. His main speakers are a pair of Martin Logan Statement E2's. As a pair they sell for seventy thousand dollars. Powering them were two Theta monoblocks each rated to (as I recall) 400 watts. The associated electronics ranged from a Theta control unit, Theta CD player, top of the line Sony SACD player, (some more stuff I can't quite remember) and cables that cost more than my Honda.
    The room itself was custom made for the ultimate in sound reproduction. It was about 45' long, 25' wide' and 15' tall. It was treated with acoustic sound panels and tube traps to help with overall absorbtion and diffusion. For a picture you can actually go to the Martin Logan web site (www.martinlogan.com) and look up the information on the Statements. The pictured room is his basement.
    Suffice it to say that the system was incredible. I cannot put into words what I heard. It was some sort of audio epiphany. 'Wow' does not even come close. The electrostatic design for all sound down to 200Hz allowed for an amazing experience. While the 16 woofer drivers added that little extra omph. The frequency response of the statements is rated from 18Hz to 22.5 KHz at + or - 2db up to over 120db. I felt bass roll through my body. Honestly I think it still is.
    If you ever, ever get the chance to experience the Martin Logan Statements take it. Run at it. Jump on it. It is amazing.
    - Dave
     
  2. Miles_W

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    Dave,
    I am very envious of your experience. I have been a big Martin Logan Fan since the late 80's and managed to aquire my first pair in 95, I have had 3 pairs and a centre at on time or another and I highly doubt that another type of speaker will grace my doorstep! ( Now I am just waiting for Ling_W to grace your post and give you the speech about bass discontinuity [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Miles
    ps. How did you arrange to go listen. There is no where in Canada with a pair of statements...
     
  3. Bhagi Katbamna

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    For a moment there, I thought you were going to talk about the Bose 3-2-1 system.
     
  4. Jonathan_M

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    Bhagi...
    You've got me laughing so hard I'm crying... [​IMG]
     
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    I had a similar experience a few weekends ago, but with a very different system - a $20K completely DIY SET/horn system. 1/2W per channel, 108dB Oris horns. DIY turntable, DIY phono stage, DIY preamp and amps. Simply amazing. I have no idea what an equivalent system would cost in retail dollars. I've seen pre-built speakers using the same horns (which cost $4K in kit form) retail at $12K.
     
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    Dave, never say never[​IMG] Really, sounds like you had a great time. Having heard many MLs, I'm not surprised that Mr. Sanders personal system is awesome. Wouldn't mind hearing it myself!
     
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    $70,000 for a pair of speakers??? Wow. For that kind of money give me a Porsche any day [​IMG] I wouldn't mind experiencing that system though.
    Funny side note: a friend of mine has a coworker who solemnly stated, "I can't imagine a system sounding better than mine," about his Bose cube system!
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I wonder how far his jaw would drop if he heard this one.
     
  8. ling_w

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    Never heard the Statements, but does the Bass sound disconnected from or have integration problems with the ES panel. And is the bass unbearably overpowering?
     
  9. randy bessinger

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    I wouldn't think from his statements that he felt the bass was disconnected or overpowering while he was listening to the Statements.
     
  10. Bhagi Katbamna

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    Awesome. Sounds like that is one heck of a system/experience.
     
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    Dave:

    Since I don't live to far away from Lawrence where is the speaker facility located? Do you have a number there were I could call someone?

    Parker
     
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    I've auditioned the Odysseys but only drooled over the pictures and specs of the statements.

    He could charge money to ppl for auditions. I know I'd pay $10 for an hour of listening.
     
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    Parker, as a distrubutor that carries them and having many from our company visit them i would be glad to try to assist you by providing you some inside contact numbers if you like email me.
     
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    Uh oh, road trip to Lawrence! I can't think of any other reason why I would want to go there [​IMG] .
     
  16. Miles_W

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    Hey, Ling...
    good to see you [​IMG] I knew I could count on you [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  17. Jeffrey Noel

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    Well Hi Brett! Good to see another K-Stater!!! [​IMG]
    I thought the same thing about the Martin Logan place in Lawrence. I try to dodge that town as much as possible!! Stupid Jayhawks! [​IMG]
     
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    Miles,

    I'm as just asking if it sounds that way, since I've only heard those characteristics in other ML's.

    And if Fabio got the Statements to do some serious pumping, I assume it is insanely overbaring.
     
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    No Worries Ling, just seems like we keep meeting in Martin Logan posts... you on one side and me on the other [​IMG]
     

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