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Martin Logan SL3

Martin Logan SL3
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5 reviews

Apr, 2014

We have collected and analyzed 1 expert reviews and 4 user reviews from international sources. The average review date is Oct 29, 2003. We have compared these reviews to 400150 reviews from other Speakers. Last update: Apr 24, 2014.

Review analysis

(Based on 5 reviews)

1 expert reviews

4 user reviews

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Consumer review by:

Stunning

 

I have been a hi-fi enthusiast for 40 years, but don't have the money to switch around a lot. But I have listened to many systems. I recently bought these used, from a dealer in immaculate condition for £1200 ($1800) which is probably high for their age, but no regrets at all. I tried them with two valve amps, both Radford. The 25W per channel was not quite "there", but when I got my 50W STA50 back from overhaul there was that bit more headroom - not for volume, but for bass clarity and general resolution. It's not the most bass I have ever heard, and if you were into heavy metal it might not suit you, but I listen to classical, jazz (e.g. Bela Fleck), rock (e.g. Little Feat, Santana, Floyd) acoustic, vocal and haven't heard anything that I don't like (though it has exposed weaknesses in some of my older classical CD collection. I am listening in a very small room, and am sure they would do better with more space. Visually they are quite dominant, but they don't have to be a long way from the wall like ported designs, so actually work better than many would in my space. All my speakers have been chosen for minimal coloration and high resolution. These are well ahead of anything that I have owned before and I believe I can get more from them with improved source - not that mine is so bad. And I haven't spiked them yet either. I may keep these for decades, and if I change it would only now be for an even better Martin-Logan like the Summit. I am that convinced. So why am I writing here, and not listening to them? Time to go.

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MartinLogan SL3 Loudspeakers

 

In the eye of the beholder My first encounter with MartinLogan electrostatic loudspeakers came years back. Like most newcomers to this genre of speaker, I greeted them with amazement. I found the sheer glamour of this futuristic speaker to be simply...

Consumer review by:

Martin Logan SL3

 

I waited a long time to get these and have not been disappointed. I paid GBP750 on the bay and had to get both of them in a saloon car to get them home (possible- just). Make sure you try before you buy as if run on cheap amps they will be wrecked by...

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Consumer review by:

Martin Logan SL3

 

Having bought these gems 11 years ago, I can honestly say that nothing else comes close-not Kappas, not Monitor Audio, nor Mission. Ihave to unplug and vacuum them every 8 - 10weeks, but driven with a humble Nak PA5 mk II they are, like the baseball...

Location, location, location

Non switching ES power supply

Consumer review by:

Martin Logan SL3

 

I actually owned an SL3 a few years ago. Then, to try somethingdifferent, I replaced them with a highly regarded cone/dynamic speaker.I purchased these used, mint condition.. Although the cone speaker was quite nice, I soon missed that open,airy,...

Open, airy, transparent, natural placement of instruments and detail

Tough to place in a smallish room. A bit large

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Martin Logan SL3

 

Quite possibly the sweetest sound I have ever heard. These speakers are quite possible the culmination of perfect sound and, as a nice side effect, look amazing, if bulky. The weight pushes its luck somewhat, and setting it up takes some time and...

Amazingly tranparent with simply beautiful sound

Price, weight, setup

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