Martin Logan ElectroMotion ESL X review: a tempting alternative to conventional speaker designs at its price

Well, these Martin Logans are a little different, aren’t they? But Martin Logan’s reputation is built on doing things differently.

The ElectroMotion ESL X is just the latest in a long line of hybrid speaker designs from the company that combine an electrostatic panel with moving coil drivers to handle the bass. Why not just a single electrostatic panel covering the entire frequency range? On paper, a single electrostatic driver makes perfect sense in terms of technical purity and delivering sound as cohesive as possible, but there are drawbacks in terms of speaker size (it will be large) and bass response (it will be relatively limited). That’s where Martin Logan’s hybrid approach comes in.


Floorstanding loudspeakers: Martin Logan ElectroMotion ESL X

(Image credit: Martin Logan)

Here, the 102 x 22cm electrostatic panel covers everything from 400Hz and above, leaving the dual 20cm bass drivers – housed in the slanted box enclosure – to handle the low end. Such a configuration allows the electrostatic panel to be slim and keeps the speaker footprint manageable while still providing good coverage of the full frequency range.

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