|MartinLogan Montage Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Floorstanding Loudspeakers|
|Written by Matthew Evert|
|Monday, 01 November 2004|
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My biggest gripe about these speakers is the fragility of the transducer section of the front plastic face. Although this is a non-issue for those with secluded rooms, they are far from childproof and will not withstand much of a bump. This is not uncommon in other speakers, yet it requires careful attention.
MartinLogan Montages require careful and detailed placement in the room to hear showcase their full capabilities. This means that you may lack some flexibility in location and orientation. In many homes, this will not be an issue, because good sound is of course a high priority. However, in some homes, this could require you to sleep on the couch until you come to an agreement with your spouse. This is a strange downside: it is a bonus that the Montages are good enough to benefit from extreme tweaking, yet this is a very real consideration to purchasers who are restricted in their speaker placement options.
I felt that the binding posts seemed a bit cheaply made. The binding posts do not have holes in them, so it is much harder to securely screw down bare wire without it falling out. Instead, you have to use a banana plug or curl the bare speaker wire around the post. This also requires a third hand to hold the cable while the other person carefully tilts the speaker over.
For or against electrostatic technology, few deny that MartinLogan has been at the forefront of the high-end loudspeaker technology curve for decades. They have a longstanding reputation for providing tremendous sound quality for a price that is in many cases fractional compared to competitive products. The Montage is a new chapter for MartinLogan – a chapter that is about affordability and value. Nearly every member of the Audio Video Revolution staff have owned or currently own MartinLogan speakers. For some, they were the very spark that lit the fire of interest in high-end sound reproduction. Moving the technology aside, the Montage is a great-sounding speaker; I think that they are more enjoyable that anything I have heard in the price class. They are detailed and sweet and have an incredibly liquid sound. I was a tad skeptical about a dynamic speaker from MartinLogan, yet the Montage quickly erased this doubt and made me a believer. This is a speaker that I feel strongly enough to recommend to my closest friends – a true winner.