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    Martin-Logan Summit-X fans here ? ...

    I've been looking at the Summit-X speakers and wonder if anyone can tell me about your experiences with them.

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    Summit X


    Unparalleled Sound Inspired By the CLX

    Amazing mid-range clarity and openness inspired by the CLX loudspeaker is only half of the story. Summit X is the first hybrid electrostatic speaker to bring controlled dispersion to low frequencies. Using a precision Vojtko Voiced™ crossover network to apply variable phasing near the crossover point, Summit X's Controlled Dispersion PoweredForce™ technology provides seamless blending with the XStat™ transducer. Four innovative modular feet adjust vertical dispersion over a 12 degree range, while the 25 and 50Hz level controls fine-tune woofer output to provide smooth, clean, and powerful bass throughout the listening environment.

    Frequency Response 24–23,000 Hz ±3dB
    Horizontal Dispersion 30°
    Vertical Dispersion 44" (112cm) line source
    High Frequency Transducer XStat™ CLS™ electrostatic transducer
    » Panel Dimensions 44" × 11.3" (111.8 × 28.7cm)
    » Radiating Area 497 in2 (3,209 cm2)
    Low Frequency Transducer Two 10" (25.4cm) cast basket, high excursion, aluminum cone with extended throw drive assembly, non-resonance asymmetrical chamber format
    Amplifier Woofer: 2 × 200 watts/channel (4 ohms)
    Sensitivity 91 dB/2.83 volts/meter
    Impedance 4 Ohms, 0.8 at 20kHz. Compatible with 4, 6, or 8 Ohm rated amplifiers.
    Recommended Amplifier Power 20‒600 watts per channel
    Crossover Frequency 270Hz
    Components Custom-wound audio transformer, air core coils, polypropylene capacitors
    Audio Controls ±10dB at 25Hz
    ±10dB at 50Hz
    Lighting Control knob to adjust illuminated blue hood logo, back control panel lighting & ground effects lighting
    Inputs Custom 5-way binding posts
    Power Draw Standby: <1W/channel
    Max: 350W/channel
    Weight 75 lbs. (34 kg)
    Dimensions 60.9" × 12.7" × 21.3"
    (154.8cm × 32.2cm × 54cm)
    Specifications are subject to change without notice.
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    Re: Martin-Logan Summit-X fans here ? ...

    I've had Martin Logan speakers in my room (Vantage) and used to listen to the CLX at my local dealer quite a bit. Probably got the most positive reaction aesthetically from my non audiophile friends and family. I found them really difficult to place and in my room and to my preferences had its strengths and weaknesses. Strength was how the sound just seemed to float in the air, transparency was excellent and imaging superb. Downsides were I could not get the balance right, meaning the bass and sometimes the mid-range seemed detached from the higher frequencies. There was also this slightly artificial quality to the sound. Then again, I heard the same speaker with McIntosh Tube Amps and a lot of these downsides were mitigated. Very fun speaker to listen to.

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    Re: Martin-Logan Summit-X fans here ? ...

    I demo'd a pair of ML's a while back and was pleased with their sound. Pretty fast sounding. Bass was strong too. I would be intrigued to hear what others have to say as well.
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    Re: Martin-Logan Summit-X fans here ? ...

    Joe....It's funny you brought this topic. The Martin Logan was the speakers that I first fell in love so much and got me in to this wonderful hobby about 20 yrs ago but never had a chance to own one yet. I've been thinking to getting one of these for my self as well. however after research I found that the Montis ( one below SummitX) has been good reviews and some people even told me the Montis is better than Summix overall. ( Not sure coz never had a chance to comparison side by side )

    If you go to Martin Logan site the Montis has a more information page including more gallery pics and video when the Summit X page has really nothing.

    They really shine on mid range and excellent sweet spot.

    Good Luck .

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    Re: Martin-Logan Summit-X fans here ? ...

    Thanks Paul. I'll definitely look at them. I have a few other speakers in mind and will be asking opinions as I discover where I am headed. Overall I love the Studio2 and am finally thinking about selling the TAD CR-1 and I am looking for their replacement once my EAR 890/868 and Conrad Johnson GAT/ART gear comes in.
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    Re: Martin-Logan Summit-X fans here ? ...

    One of my local friends here, have the Montis and they sound much better than the summit
    only one problem, they go very low, less than 1ohm
    You will need Krell or MC to drive them

    The sound is one of the best I heard but they need a lot of setup to sound at best
    Highly recommend it to check them out

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    Re: Martin-Logan Summit-X fans here ? ...

    Joe, I had the Summit X & the Strads at the same time, my vote is don't go it.

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    Re: Martin-Logan Summit-X fans here ? ...

    Quote Originally Posted by sharkmouth View Post
    Joe, I had the Summit X & the Strads at the same time, my vote is don't go it.
    It was a kind of fleeting thought. I had Apogee Duetta II ribbon speakers and think these would be similar.
    Joe

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    Re: Martin-Logan Summit-X fans here ? ...

    Hey Joe. The Summit X was one of my finalists before I got the Salon2's. I heard them at a local LI dealer. I love panels, and have always had a sweet spot (but not a physical spot, lol) for the first speakers I ever fell in love with: Maggie's (loved both the 3 and 20). I thought the Summits might be my answer, but, although there were certain sonic aspects that were awesome, they just sounded a bit thin in midrange and a bit metallic sounding (in a slightly unnatural way). Enough so that, while I agonized, I just couldn't pull the trigger on them. Still wish I had the room to put in a pair of Maggie's or, better yet, Soundlabs.
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    Re: Martin-Logan Summit-X fans here ? ...

    If properly positioned and excellent upstream equipment synergy, your jaw would drop hearing a world class reference playback performance. If anyone would like, come on over to experience it yourself.
    George
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    Custom C.A.P.S. Reference Music Server with UpTone Audio JS-2 External Linear Power Supply > Aqua La Voce S3 R2R Ladder DAC > Pass Labs XP-20 Preamp > Pass Labs XA160.5 Class A Mono Blocks > Martin Logan Summit X Speakers

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