MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker - Dreamedia AV
MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker - Dreamedia AV
MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker - Dreamedia AV
MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker - Dreamedia AV
MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker - Dreamedia AV
MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker - Dreamedia AV
MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker - Dreamedia AV
MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker - Dreamedia AV
MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker - Dreamedia AV
MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker - Dreamedia AV
Vendor: MartinLogan

MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker

High-fidelity compact bookshelf speaker with advanced tweeter
$599.99
$599.99

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MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker

Unveiling the Essence of Acoustic Perfection

Imagine a world where every note of your favorite symphony, every strum of a guitar, and every beat of the drum is captured with such precision it feels like the musicians are performing right in your living room. The MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker is your ticket to that world. With its luxurious gloss black finish and state-of-the-art audio engineering, this compact marvel transforms your home into an auditorium of sound where every listening experience becomes a live performance.

The Art of Sound Craftsmanship

The Motion B10 is no ordinary speaker. It's a testament to the art of sound craftsmanship, where attention to detail is paramount, and the pursuit of acoustic excellence is relentless.

  • High-Resolution Audio: The Gen2 Obsidian Folded Motion Tweeter is the heart of the high-frequency response, delivering detailed and clear highs that ascend to the realms of the audio spectrum, where each note is a brushstroke on the canvas of sound.
  • Articulate Midrange and Bass: The 5.5” woven fiberglass cone woofer, nestled in a cast polymer basket, articulates the subtleties of the midrange and the power of the bass with a grace that belies its compact size.
  • Optimized Sound Performance: The upgraded McCracken-Vojtko crossover network is the conductor of this ensemble, ensuring that each frequency reaches your ears at the right time and with the right intensity.
  • Three-Dimensional Soundstage: The speaker's design fosters a wide, immersive soundstage that breathes life into vocals and instruments alike, giving you a front-row seat to the music.

A Symphony of Features

The Motion B10 is packed with features designed to bring out the best in your music:

  • AMT Tweeter with a Black Finish: The advanced tweeter design is not just a feast for the ears but also a visual complement to any room décor.
  • Custom Binding Posts: Ensuring a secure and high-quality connection with your amplifier, these posts are the strong link in your audio chain.
  • Rear-Ported Cabinet Design: The cabinet's design enhances the speaker's ability to reproduce the lower frequencies, resulting in a fuller, richer sound.
  • Low Distortion: The speaker's design minimizes distortion in the critical 2 to 5 kHz range, making it ideal for high-fidelity audio reproduction.
  • Horizontal Beamwidth: The beamwidth allows for flexibility in placement, ensuring great sound across a wide listening area.
  • Sub-Bass Reproduction: While the speaker shines in the mid and high frequencies, it also handles sub-bass with finesse, though pairing with a subwoofer is recommended for those deep techno tracks.

Designed for Real Life

The MartinLogan Motion B10 is designed for the real world, where aesthetics and practicality go hand in hand:

  • Compact Size: Its dimensions make it suitable for various room configurations, whether on a bookshelf or stand-mounted.
  • Elegant Finish Options: Choose from gloss black, walnut, or satin white to match your personal style and room aesthetics.
  • Stability and Vibration Isolation: Rubber feet ensure the speaker stays firmly in place while reducing unwanted vibrations.
  • Removable Magnetic Grille: Customize the speaker's appearance and protect the drivers with ease.
  • Threaded Insert for Speaker Stand: Secure the speaker to the matching MartinLogan STAND25 for optimal placement and sound dispersion.

Performance Evaluations: Hear the Difference

The Motion B10 doesn't just promise exceptional sound; it delivers it consistently:

  • Flat Response: The speaker's flat response with minor peaks ensures a true-to-source audio experience.
  • Near-Reference Quality Sound: With the potential for near-reference quality sound after EQ adjustments, the Motion B10 stands shoulder to shoulder with much larger and more expensive speakers.
  • Good Fidelity: The speaker demonstrates good fidelity across a wide range of reference tracks, showcasing its versatility.
  • Predicted In-Room Response: The PIR amplitude response provides an estimation of real-world performance, so you know exactly what to expect in your own home.

Tailored to Your Home Theater

At Dreamedia, we understand that a speaker is only as good as the system it's a part of. That's why we're here to help you design a home theater system that brings out the best in the MartinLogan Motion B10. Whether you're looking to create a minimalist setup or a full-fledged surround sound experience, our experts are ready to guide you every step of the way.

Embrace the MartinLogan Experience

Embark on an auditory journey with the MartinLogan Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker. With its blend of technical prowess and aesthetic elegance, this speaker is more than just an addition to your home theater system—it's the cornerstone of an unparalleled listening experience. Don't just listen to music, feel it, live it, and let it move you with the Motion B10.

Our Review

Introduction

MartinLogan is a name that resonates with audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts alike, known for its dedication to high-fidelity sound reproduction and innovative speaker designs. The MB10GB Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker is a testament to this legacy, marrying sleek aesthetics with cutting-edge audio technology. As we delve into this review, we'll place the Motion B10 within the competitive landscape of bookshelf speakers, examining how it stands out in a market saturated with options.

Design

Aesthetics and Build Quality

The Motion B10, available in Gloss Black, Walnut, and Satin White, offers a premium look that complements modern and traditional decors. The gloss black variant, while a magnet for fingerprints and dust, exudes elegance and can be a striking addition to any living space. Measuring 12-1/2” x 7” x 9-3/4” and weighing 14.5lbs, the speaker boasts a compact footprint that doesn't compromise on presence or performance.

Practicality and Placement

The Motion B10’s size makes it versatile for various room configurations, whether placed on a shelf or paired with the MartinLogan STAND25 speaker stand. The inclusion of rubber feet aids in stability and vibration isolation, a crucial aspect for uncolored sound reproduction.

Features

Advanced Tweeter Technology

The Gen2 Obsidian Folded Motion Tweeter is the heart of the Motion B10's high-frequency performance. This advanced transducer delivers exceptionally detailed and clear highs without the harshness that plagues lesser designs. The Air Motion Transformer (AMT) tweeter's expansive sound dispersion creates a wide, immersive soundstage that brings recordings to life.

Connectivity and Compatibility

The custom 5-way binding posts ensure a secure and versatile connection to a wide range of amplifiers, from modestly powered units to high-current powerhouses. This flexibility makes the Motion B10 an adaptable choice for various audio setups.

Enhanced Crossover Network

An upgraded McCracken-Vojtko crossover network is employed to optimize sound performance, ensuring seamless integration between the tweeter and the woofer. This precision-engineered crossover contributes to the speaker's ability to reproduce sound with near-reference quality when properly equalized.

Sound Dispersion and Cabinet Design

The 90° x 90° tweeter dispersion pattern facilitates a broad and enveloping sound field, while the rear-ported cabinet design aids in extending the bass response. However, this design choice may require careful placement away from walls to prevent bass boominess.

Performance

Sound Quality

The MB10GB Motion B10 strikes a commendable balance in its frequency response, with minor peaks and a slight rise in the high frequencies that contribute to its detailed sound. Its fidelity remains consistent across a spectrum of reference tracks, showcasing its versatility. The speaker's Predicted In-Room (PIR) amplitude response provides a reliable estimation of its real-world performance, a boon for the discerning listener.

High-Frequency Reproduction

The high-resolution Gen2 Obsidian Folded Motion tweeter excels in reproducing the nuances of complex trebles. From the delicate shimmer of cymbals to the airy breath of a flute, the Motion B10 captures high frequencies with precision and clarity.

Midrange and Bass Response

The 5.5” woven fiberglass cone woofer, housed in a cast polymer basket, delivers articulate midrange and bass. While the speaker's low-end is respectable for its size, pairing it with a subwoofer is recommended for those seeking full-bodied bass, especially for genres like techno or orchestral pieces that demand sub-bass reproduction.

Room Acoustic Interactions

The directivity mismatch may lead to a tonal imbalance in room reflections, an issue that can be mitigated with strategic placement and room treatment. Room modes can also introduce boomy characteristics in certain frequency ranges, but this can typically be addressed with equalization and proper subwoofer integration.

Practical Considerations

Setup and Installation

Setting up the Motion B10 for optimal performance involves careful consideration of room acoustics and speaker placement. The inclusion of a threaded insert for securing the speaker to the MartinLogan STAND25 stand provides added stability and ensures the proper height for ideal sound dispersion.

Maintenance and Longevity

The glossy finish of the Motion B10, while visually striking, will require regular cleaning to maintain its luster. The removable magnetic grille and included dust covers offer protection and ease of maintenance, ensuring the speaker's longevity.

Final Thoughts

The MartinLogan MB10GB Motion B10 Bookshelf Speaker presents an impressive balance of form and function. Its strengths lie in its exceptional sound quality, expansive soundstage, and high-resolution tweeter, all housed in a compact and attractive design. While the need for a subwoofer to supplement its bass and the potential for room interaction issues may deter some, these are not uncommon challenges for bookshelf speakers and can be effectively managed.

The Motion B10's value proposition is strong, especially for listeners who prioritize clarity and precision in their audio experience. It is well-suited for a variety of uses, from critical listening to casual enjoyment, and its compatibility with a range of amplifiers and room sizes makes it a versatile choice. For those seeking a premium bookshelf speaker that delivers near-reference quality sound and can serve as both a critical listening tool and an aesthetic statement piece, the MartinLogan Motion B10 is a compelling option.

Specifications

Physical Specifications

  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 12.5” x 7” x 9.75”
  • Weight: 14.5 lbs
  • Finish: Gloss Black
  • Cabinet: