|MartinLogan reQuest Loudspeakers|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Floorstanding Loudspeakers|
|Written by Bryan Southard|
|Sunday, 01 August 1999|
The Martin Logan Re-Quest is a hybrid electrostatic - dynamic loudspeaker system that uses a 30 degree curved electrostatic panel mounted to a dynamic subwoofer enclosure featuring a 12 inch, cast mounted driver crossed over at 280 Hz. Re-Quests are quite large, standing a little under 6 feet tall, 18 inches wide and about a foot deep. The panel's diaphragm is made of a super light proprietary vapor deposited polyester film and housed in a perforated, insulated steel frame. This diaphragm moves back and forth in small increments when fed an audio signal, thus creating Martin Logan's signature mid and high frequency sound.
While the dynamic low frequency driver is not rear ported, the electrostatic panel does fire both ways making the Re-Quest quite room and placement sensitive. Re-Quests come with bass equalization, which proves to be very useful in tuning them to your listening environment however room treatments and speaker placement come first in making the Re-Quest sound best. Slight adjustments of the loudspeakers in your listening room make huge improvements to the sound. Adjusting the height of the spikes for the height of your ears in your listening position is critical in maximizing your musical experience. Ultimately, Re-Quest determine how your room is to be setup in that they use the room as a sort of enclosure for the mids and highs via the bi-polar nature of the electrostatic panel. Know ahead of time, you will need a medium to large sized, well treated room to elicit the ultimate performance from your Re-Quest.
Martin Logan Re-Quests have about the best mid range I have ever heard in a loudspeaker. For low level, late night listening sessions the Re-Quests excel above all dynamic speakers I have heard in that they can resolve details in the highs and mids that only can be heard from the world's most revered loudspeakers costing many thousands of dollars more than these Martin Logans.
On Lyle Lovitt's duet "North Dakota" featuring Rickie Lee Jones from the record Joshua Judges Ruth (MCA), the vocals are centered, layered and beautifully positioned in space on top of the accompaniment. Who knows (and, honestly, who cares) if this is the absolute most accurate reproduction of the actual musical performance... it was simply fascinating to audition. Re-Quests are like un-speakers. They really define transparency for the industry.
"Blue Rondo a'la Turk" from Dave Brubeck's Time Out (Columbia re-issue) provided a completely different listening experience on the Re-Quests as opposed to a dynamic loudspeaker system. Imaging was tight as was the low end on the stand up bass, which took a little work to EQ properly on the back of the Re-Quests. The cymbals sounded hot and sizzled on the ultra high frequencies. This was not a plus, however the rest of the instrumentation floated in mid air providing, again, a better-than-life musical experience.
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