MartinLogan Motion 60XTi Floorstanding Speaker Review

4.44 Mixed Usages
4.4 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.5 Treble Accuracy:
4.5 Bass Accuracy:
4.4 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.4 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2019 Rating: 4.7 warranty: 5 years 1.25” x 2.4” tweeter 6.5" midrange 8" woofer stereo speaker home theater best for: large rooms usage: music and movies

Vocals and instrumental sounds are clear and loud. We listened to both music and movies through these speakers. We were impressed by the quality of sound and its clarity. For movies, a 3.1 system is a much better choice. Out of the box the accuracy of these speakers is quite good. They have good separation and powerful soundstage.

Our Verdict

MartinLogan 60 XTi has a balanced sound profile. They sound musical with a good punch in the low ends. We listened to them for long hours without any ear fatigue. They sound clear at all volume levels without any noticeable distortion. Although they are bit costly, the sound is impressive and worth this high price. Even if you consider yourself an audiophile, you will be pleased with these.

PROS
  • Strong built
  • Engaging sound
  • Good tonal accuracy
  • Highs and mids are good and satisfying
  • Deep and punchier bass
  • Well defined sound
CONS
  • A bit costly
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Floor standing speaker
Number Of Channels 3.0 speaker system
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 3
Tweeter Type Folded Motion Transducer
Tweeter Size (inches) 1.25” x 2.4”
Midrange Size (inches) 6.5
Midrange Type aluminum cone
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Type aluminum cone
Other

SPECS

Power Range 20–400 watts
Sensitivity 94 dB
Impedance 4 ohms
Frequency Range 35–25,000 Hz ± 3 dB
Crossover Frequencies 400 & 2,200 Hz

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Level Input N/A
Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
HDMI Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: Yes
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A
Other

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type 5-way bi-wire tool-less binding posts
Compatible Connector Types banana plugs, pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and bare wire
Speaker Wire Compatibility 16 gauge speaker wire

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Deep bass that packs a punch
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: Clear and loud vocals
Treble Accuracy Detailed and rich highs
Imaging & Soundstage: Powerful imaging and broad soundstage
Dynamic Range: Decent dynamic range
Power Handling: Easy to drive
Frequency Response: Broad frequency response
Transient Response: Fast transient response

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Ported
Finish MDF
Color gloss black, matte white, red walnut

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 47.95
Width (inches) 11.42
Depth (inches) 14.38
Weight (pounds) 66 lbs
Recommended Stand Height (inches) none

CONTROL

Handheld Remote
Control by app
Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant

IN THE BOX

Accessories: 1 pair of tower speaker, Grilles 4 Rubber feet, Spike feet, Manual, Warranty/Registration Information
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design and build:

MartinLogan Motion 60XTi has an MDF body that has thick front baffle along with internal bracing. It is designed to eliminate any vibration or resonance. Use the magnetic cloth grille to protect the drivers. It comes with rubber and spike feet that you can use based on the room floor type.

Performance:

 

MartinLogan Motion 60XTi is a 3-way tower speaker that has Folded Motion XT tweeter with low mass diaphragm. The tweeter is designed to have dispersion throughout a wider area. It has efficient highs that are detailed and dynamic. It has a 6.5” midrange driver, has good rigidity and, the mids are clean and precise. Low ends fron dual 8” woofer driver packs a punch needed to enjoy music and movies. They can deliver room-filling sound that is powerful enough to fill up big sized living rooms.  

To ensure more accurate sound, the woofers are located at the lower side of the cabinet. It has an intelligent crossover design, and this low positioned woofer design ensures a flat response. To improve the bass response, the speaker has dual bass port on the back side of the speaker. This also means they are placement sensitive, and you need to leave a certain gap from the back wall.

Allow the speakers to run continuously for 72 hours. This is also known as a break-in period that allows the speaker drivers to play with full potential. While placing them leave a gap of 24” from back and side walls. Toe-in the speakers with the user to improve the imaging. The distance between speakers and speaker to user should be the same. If you have a CRT TV, place the speakers 2 ft. away from them.

Use case:

MartinLogan Motion 60XTi floorstanding speakers can be used for music and movies. You can use it for TV watching, news or even for games. That said, a theater like experience includes creating a 3.1 or 5.1 sound system.

Compatible device:

 

It allows you to perform bi-amp or bi-wire with the amplifier. The manual shows detailed connection method with images. As you connect an amplifier or receiver, make sure to match polarity between them. Some matching amplifier/receivers are: Denon x2300w, Marantz sr7012, Marantz 6011, etc.

Pair the following speakers with the 60XTi speakers: floor-standing loudspeakers (MO20i / MO40i), bookshelf loudspeakers (MO15i / MO35XTi), and center channel loudspeakers (MO30i / MO50XTi). Some examples of powered subwoofers are SVS pro SB1000, Peachtree 300, Dynamo 800x, SVS PB 1000, etc.

Cost:

The 60XTi from MartinLogan is a pair of expensive speakers. The total price will increase further as you buy an amplifier and subwoofer.

FAQ:

 

What is the best alternative to MartinLogan Motion 60XTi speakers?

One of the best alternatives to MartinLogan 60XTi speakers is Ascends Acoustics Sierra Tower V2 tower speakers. They use Raal tweeters and have a neutral and balanced sound profile. Consider them high-performance hi-fi speakers designed for true music lovers.

How can I perform room calibration with MartinLogan 60Xti speakers?

Use a receiver that supports room calibration feature. Use their microphone to perform room calibration in order to improve the room acoustics. This is the easiest method, but you can also use carpets and curtains to correcting the room issues. These methods will definitely have a positive impact on the sound performance.

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