For decades though, audiophiles have loved the sound of electrostatic speakers as they have this sense of pure effortless sound with zero coloration from a speaker cabinet or the speaker driver itself. If you have never heard the way great electrostatics can float music right in front of you, it is quite the musical experience. Over the years, MartinLogan has become the clear leader in electrostatic speaker technology with the constant innovations in their speaker technology to overcome all of the inherent disadvantages of electrostatic speakers.
Their new Masterpiece lineup can produce deep bass, plays to concert levels, and no longer has that one sweet spot where you must sit for great sound. They truly are an audio masterpiece!
In today’s article, we thought it would be fun to go over the best sellers in their Masterpiece series. We will not be talking about the 100K Neolith or the 30K CLX, although a lot of the great tech in the new models came from the development of these state-of-the-art speakers. Today, we will go over the Renaissance ESL 15A, the Expression ESL 13A, the Impression ESL 11A, and the Classic ESL 9A. These range in price from around $25,000 to $6,500 a pair. We will also briefly go over some home theater add ons to the Masterpiece collection.
First, we’ll discuss the technology they all share, which is actually quite a lot, then get into the differences between the models and give you some insight as to which might work best for your system. As we said earlier, electrostatics have a large panel, so if you are looking for a small bookshelf or desktop speaker, you can probably stop reading. These speakers are not small by any means. However, if you want to learn about some of the best sound on the planet, let’s dive in!