MartinLogan CLX Art Floorstanding Loudspeaker Preview 
Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems
Written by Michael Palmer   
Monday, 08 November 2010

Premium speaker designer MartinLogan has announced a new flagship in its Reserve ESL Series of full-range electrostatic line source loudspeakers.  Living up to its name, the CLX Art is an update of the older CLX linear frame model and is a dynamic visually as it should be powerful sonically.  It features new Art Frame styling (press release-ese for "an additional piece of hardwood framing"), stainless steel binding posts, and premium power cords.  However, if the new looks aren't for you, the CLX will remain available as special order.

The CLX Art from MartinLogan uses dual electrostatic transducers (a XStat CSL high frequency, and a DualForce double diaphragm, triple stator dipole low) to vibrate air and reproduce faithful, perfect sound in unmatched detail.  I've personally heard the CLX Art's cheaper siblings and they sound rich and full, but I understand that electrostatic transduction isn't for all listeners.  Both high and low frequency transducers are 57" tall with each speaker in the pair weighing 110 lbs distributed over the total grand design (70.32" H x 25.75" W x 14.69" D).  Not only are these suckers big and bold, but the new CLS electrostatic transducers feature almost twice as much exposed diaphragm surface as traditional panels of the same size.  The panels have also been strengthened to ensure consistent tensioning of the vacuum bonded diaphragm using the company's ClearSpar technology.

The CLX Art's frequency response is 56-23,000 Hz (+/- 3dB) with a 30 degree horizontal dispersion and a 57" vertical dispersion.  Its impedance rating is 6 Ohms, but is compatible with 4, 6, or 8 Ohm rated amplifiers which are recommended to have somewhere in the range of 20-450 watts per channel.  The full range CLX Art loudspeaker's crossover frequency is listed at 360Hz, but buyers can pair the CLX Art with MartinLogan Descent I or Depth I subwoofers, and use the optional CLX low pass filter to precisely match the CLX Art's 56Hz low-frequency roll off.

The CLX Art comes standard with a gently curved Art Frame and is available in four standard hand-rubbed, real-wood finishes (black ash, dark cherry, natural cherry, and maple).  Special order, customized exotic hard wood finishes are also available, but please know they take additional time to build and deliver.

Visit a MartinLogan Reserve Dealer and build yours today. CLX ART starts at $22,995 per pair (US Retail).

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