MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI Angled In-Ceiling Speaker - Dreamedia AV
MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI Angled In-Ceiling Speaker - Dreamedia AV
MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI Angled In-Ceiling Speaker - Dreamedia AV
MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI Angled In-Ceiling Speaker - Dreamedia AV
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MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI Angled In-Ceiling Speaker

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MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI Angled In-Ceiling Speaker

Unmatched Audio Experience with MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI

Imagine a soundscape so vivid and precise that it transports you right into the heart of your favorite movie or song. With the MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI Angled In-Ceiling Speaker, that experience is not just a dream; it's a reality waiting to grace your home. Designed to blend seamlessly into any room, this speaker is a feat of audio engineering, perfect for the discerning audiophile looking to elevate their home theater or audio system.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Folded Motion XT Tweeter: This innovative technology ensures crystal-clear highs, providing an audio clarity that rivals live performances. The tweeter's controlled dispersion of 80x30 degrees means every seat in your room is the best seat for listening.
  • Woven Kevlar Woofers: The strength and lightness of Kevlar, combined with a special Nomex layer, create woofers that deliver tight, punchy bass and midrange free from resonance and ringing.
  • Vojtko Crossover Design: The heart of any speaker's performance, this crossover offers seamless driver integration and the lowest possible distortion, resulting in pure, lifelike audio.

Design and Installation

The MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI is as visually unobtrusive as it is sonically impressive. With a paintable, micro-perforated grille and no visible bezel, it can be customized to match any ceiling decor, disappearing into the architecture of your space. Installation is straightforward, with optional pre-installation brackets and a retrofittable back can or enclosure that enhances bass output and sound containment.

Performance Specifications

Dive into the numbers that make the MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI a standout choice:

  • Frequency Response: With a range of 51 - 25,000 Hz ±3dB, you'll hear every note as it was intended, from the deepest bass to the highest treble.
  • Sensitivity: At 91dB @2.83V/1 meter, these speakers are responsive and efficient, making the most of the power provided.

Whole-House Audio System Compatibility

Whether you're looking to create a multi-room audio setup or want to ensure your home theater system is second to none, the MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI is designed to work in harmony with other MartinLogan speakers, providing a cohesive and immersive audio experience throughout your home.

Compatibility with Advanced Audio Formats

With ideal compatibility for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro3D, the MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI is ready to deliver the most advanced surround sound formats available, ensuring your home theater is future-proofed and ready for anything.

The Dreamedia Advantage

At Dreamedia, we don't just sell speakers; we design entire home theater systems tailored to your unique space and preferences. Our team of experts will help you integrate the MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI into your home flawlessly, assuring an audio experience that's both high-end and highly personalized.

Embrace the Dream of Superior Sound

With the MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI, superior sound quality isn't just for the movies—it's for every moment you spend at home. Whether you're unwinding with your favorite album, hosting a movie night, or simply seeking an everyday luxury, these speakers deliver an audio experience that's as grand as your dreams.


Elevate your home audio to new heights with the MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI Angled In-Ceiling Speaker. With its unparalleled sound quality, discreet design, and ease of installation, it's the perfect addition to any home theater or audio system. At Dreamedia, we're ready to help you bring this dream to life. Contact us today to design the ultimate auditory experience in your home.

Our Review

MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI 8" Angled In-Ceiling Speaker Review


The MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI 8" Angled In-Ceiling Speaker, model XTC8, represents a fusion of aesthetic discretion and acoustic excellence. It's designed to appeal to audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts who are looking for top-tier sound performance without compromising on the visual coherence of their living spaces. As an in-ceiling speaker, it is positioned to deliver an immersive auditory experience while maintaining a low profile in the design-conscious home environment.

Design and Aesthetics

The XTC8 speaker boasts a sleek, unobtrusive design with a paintable, micro-perforated grill that seamlessly blends into any ceiling. The speaker's grill can be painted to match any room décor, ensuring that it complements rather than detracts from the aesthetic of the space. The overall design is thoughtful and focused on integration, with the speaker's form factor being both modern and minimalistic.

Installation Considerations

The installation of the XTC8 speaker, due to its angled design, may present a challenge for the average DIY enthusiast. The requirement for a specific wall opening and the precision needed to angle the speaker for optimal sound dispersion means that professional installation is recommended. While this may add to the cost and planning, the end result is a speaker that is perfectly positioned for acoustic performance.

Features and Technology

The XTC8 is packed with features that are the hallmark of MartinLogan's engineering prowess. The Folded Motion XT tweeter is a standout, offering enhanced clarity and efficiency, which is particularly noticeable in the crispness of high frequencies. This technology ensures that sound is not only clear but also dynamically rich.

Build Quality

Constructed with a woven Kevlar woofer and a Nomex backer, the XTC8's build quality is exceptional. Kevlar is renowned for its durability and rigidity, which translates into a more precise bass response. The robustness of the speaker's construction promises longevity and resistance to the typical wear and tear of in-ceiling speakers.

Sound Containment and Dispersion

Controlled dispersion technology is a critical feature of the XTC8, focusing the sound in a 30 x 80-degree pattern that enhances the listening experience by minimizing unwanted reflections. For those seeking to further refine their sound, the optional back can or enclosure offers an effective solution for sound containment, which also serves to enhance bass output.


The sound quality of the XTC8 is where this speaker truly shines. With a frequency response of 51 - 25,000 Hz ±3dB, the speaker delivers a full-bodied audio experience that is both rich and detailed. The performance in a home theater setup is exemplary, with the angled baffle providing an expansive soundstage that enhances the cinematic experience.

Power and Sensitivity

With an RMS power rating of 150 watts and a sensitivity of 91dB, the XTC8 is capable of delivering powerful sound without requiring an excessively large amplifier. The recommended amplifier power range of 50–300 Watts offers flexibility in system configuration, ensuring that the speaker can be integrated into a variety of setups with ease.

Sound Profile

The XTC8's sound profile is characterized by its clarity and balance. The Vojtko Crossover design plays a pivotal role, ensuring seamless driver integration and low distortion across the audio spectrum. This results in a natural and immersive listening experience, whether you're enjoying a movie or listening to music.

Integration and Compatibility

Integrating the XTC8 into an existing home theater or whole-house music system is straightforward, thanks to its compatibility with a wide range of amplifiers. The impedance is rated at 4 ohms but is compatible with 8-ohm systems, providing versatility and ensuring that the speaker can work with most amplifiers without issue.

Pros and Cons Recap

The MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI 8" Angled In-Ceiling Speaker boasts numerous advantages, including superior sound quality, an angled design for ideal sound dispersion, and a paintable grill for aesthetic versatility. The use of high-quality materials and advanced audio technologies like the Folded Motion XT tweeter and Vojtko Crossover design contribute to its exceptional performance. However, the potential need for professional installation and the additional cost for pre-installation brackets are points to consider. The limited color options for the grill may also be a drawback for some users.

Final Thoughts

The MartinLogan Motion XT Series CI 8" Angled In-Ceiling Speaker is a testament to the brand's commitment to audio excellence and design integration. It is an excellent choice for those looking to elevate their home theater or audio system with a speaker that offers both superior sound quality and a discreet appearance. While the investment in professional installation may be a consideration, the acoustic benefits and the ability to blend the speaker into any room's décor make it a compelling option for discerning listeners. Whether you're outfitting a dedicated home theater or enhancing a multi-room sound system, the XTC8 is a premium choice that promises to deliver an outstanding auditory experience.


General Specifications

  • Speaker Type: In-Ceiling
  • Model: Motion XT Series CI 8
  • Design: Angled In-Ceiling
  • Color: Paintable White
  • Weight: 9.3 lbs (4.2 kg)
  • Dimensions (Overall Size): 12.68” x 7.15” (32.2 x 18.14cm)
  • Required Wall Opening: 11.5” (29.1cm) diameter
  • Projection From Wall Surface: 0.26” (0.65cm)
  • Depth Behind Wall Surface: 7.03” (17.84cm)

Performance Specifications

  • Frequency Response: 51 - 25,000 Hz ±3dB
  • Sensitivity: 91dB @2.83V/1 meter
  • Impedance: 4 ohms (Compatible with 8 ohms)
  • Recommended Amplifier Power Range: 50–300 Watts
  • Max Power Handling: 150 Watts
  • Crossover Frequency: 2,270 Hz
  • Crossover Type: 2-way

Driver Specifications

  • High Frequency Driver: FMT Transducer 1.27” x 2.4” (3.22cm x 6.09cm) Opening 4.5” x 2.75” (11.43cm x 6.98cm) Diaphragm
  • Driver Configuration: 1 x 1.27” x 2.75” FMT, 1 x 8” Woofers
  • Woofer Specifications: One 8” (20.32 cm) cast aluminum basket, black Kevlar with Nomex backer cone, Open back chamber format, Concave dust cap

Installation and Design Features

  • Connector: Push style
  • Grilles: Micro-perforated, paintable, with no visible bezel
  • Binding Posts: Spring-loaded with large wire access hole
  • Compatible Connections: Banana plug, pin, or 12AWG bare wire
  • Cabinet Material: Black with White Paintable Grill
  • Pre-Installation Brackets: Available (sold separately)

Acoustic and Audio Features

  • Folded Motion XT Tweeter: Yes
  • Woven Kevlar Woofers: Yes
  • Special Nomex Layer: Reduces resonance and ringing
  • Controlled Dispersion: Yes
  • Vojtko Crossover: Hand-built with high-quality components
  • Retrofittable Back Can or Enclosure: Option available
  • Whole-House Audio System Compatibility: Yes
  • Versatility: Can be used with other MartinLogan speakers


  • Dolby Atmos: Ideal
  • DTS: X
  • Auro3D: Ideal

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