MartinLogan Designs Motion AFX with Dolby Atmos in Mind

The compact speaker can deliver multi-dimensional sound, all thanks to Dolby Atmos.

MartinLogan Motion AFX Dolby Atmos speakers

Recently, we were talking up Blu-rays worth the upgrade to Dolby Atmos. Each of these amazing movies has an amazing soundtrack to match. However, you will need specific components to experience that Dolby Atmos sound.

The necessary equipment includes an Atmos-enabled receiver and extra speakers. These speakers are typically mounted to the ceiling—or you can opt for something like MartinLogan’s Motion AFX. These little speakers can deliver multi-dimensional sound with Dolby Atmos, without having to install them in a high spot. No ladders are needed!

The reason why you’d want to mount speakers to the ceiling is that Dolby Atmos can deliver sound from above, so you can experience those birds, planes, helicopters, explosions and other content flying overhead. It’s a sound format that adds a whole new dimension to your home theater experience. For more about this technology, check out “Dolby Atmos is About to Invade Your Home Theater.”

However, Motion AFX speakers are designed to reflect sound off the ceiling to create that Dolby Atmos experience. Just place them atop floorstanding and bookshelf speakers with a flat top. (Of course, MartinLogan made them to go with models in the Motion series, including the Motion 15, 20, 35XT, 40 and 60XT.)

Each Motion AFX has a 0.75-inch aluminum dome tweeter and a 5.25-inch polypropylene cone bass/midrange driver with a stamped steel basket. The enclosure is just as important, since it has been designed to angle the drivers toward the ceiling.

MartinLogan will start selling Motion AFX Dolby Atmos speakers in November 2015. This model will be sold in pairs, priced at $599.95.

Looking to add this new sound format into your home theater? Check out our selection of “Top AV Receivers for a Dolby Atmos Home Theater.” Of course, there are plenty of models for the budget-minded as well. Read “3 Dolby Atmos Receivers for Under $500” for a few less expensive options.


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