|MartinLogan Announces Montage Floor Standing Main/Surround Loudspeaker|
|Home Theater News Floorstanding Loudspeakers News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Friday, 19 December 2003|
MartinLogan has just announced the introduction of the compact new Montage floor standing loudspeaker featuring ATF (advanced thin film) transducer technology, ultimate crossover design, high-excursion, high-resolution woofers, curvilinear wood cabinetry, and dipole radiation.
In addition to ATF transducer technology, MartinLogan’s design team developed the Montage utilizing woofers and cabinetry based on the MartinLogan Clarity and Mosaic loudspeakers. The innovative, high-performance Montage excels as a stereo main, home theater main or effects channel in a myriad of room sizes and configurations. The Montage is supplied with toolless binding posts for effortless cable attachment and management.
The MartinLogan ATF transducer consists of a micro-thin, low mass diaphragm with an ultra-light, etched conductive aluminum surface suspended between two high field strength neodymium super magnet arrays. When an electrical current (music signal) passes through the etched aluminum on the diaphragm’s surface it is simultaneously pulled towards one of the neodymium arrays and pushed away from the opposing. When the direction of current is reversed the diaphragm is simultaneously pushed and pulled in the opposite direction, thus producing sound. This concept is called push-pull and is a major contributor to the linearity and sonic superiority of ATF transducers.
ATF diaphragms are constructed of extremely low mass Dupont Kaladex PEN (polyethylene naphthalate)—a material chemically similar to the low-mass PET (polyethylene terathylate) film used in MartinLogan's generation 2 electrostatic transducers, yet capable of handling the high thermal requirements needed for stable magnetic thin film operation. Full surface drive capabilities allow this durable, low mass diaphragm to remain discretely sized, yet achieve extremely low-distortion levels with superior resolution, according to MartinLogan.
Utilizing the same motor, cone and chassis structure as the innovative Clarity loudspeaker, Montage’s 8-inch, high-resolution woofer, according to MartinLoagan, delivers a low-end with accuracy and authority.
Montage’s cabinet consists of multiple laminates sonically welded for extreme rigidity. It is available in two distinctive cabinet finishes (natural cherry and black).
The audio industry has long recognized that late arrival reflective information significantly enhances the ambient nature of sound reproduction. This ambient reflective information dramatically contributes to a realistic, “you are there” listening experience. MartinLogan’s dipole radiation pattern (radiating out of phase information from both the front and back) ideally interacts with your listening environment to create this realistic sound stage. The Montage’s radiation pattern has been contoured to emulate the same dipole characteristics as MartinLogan's standard setting electrostatic technology, resulting in the same sound staging and 3-dimensionality.
The Montage is now shipping for at a retail price of $1,495 per pair.