Launched in 1992, MartinLogan has persisted in their commitment to uncompromising musical performance, accuracy, and reliability. Speakers like the Aerius are the reward of that commitment.
Arguably one of the world’s top loudspeaker systems, the Aerius is the result of incredible Electrostatic and Hybrid loudspeaker technology. These speakers create a well-balanced sound full of deep extended bass and low-level detail that beautifully reproduces a sense of having live instruments playing right there in your living room.
MartinLogan is known for having speakers with front metal sheets, and the Aerius is no exception. The front of the speakers are covered in shining black steel panels that beautifully curve over the shape of the speakers.
These panels are there to be more than just aesthetically pleasing, however. These curvilinear electrostatic panels are a durable transducer. Manufactured from a special high-grade steel, the panel is coated with a special high dielectric compound that is spread using a unique electrostatic deposition process. Inside the panel, a thin membrane (and we mean thin - 0.0005 of an inch) is hidden. This construction creates a reliable transducer and helps make these loudspeakers the powerful, high-standard system that they are.
The top half of the back of the speakers is left open to the mesh metal sheet panel, aiding in the full-range dispersion of sound. The bottom half is constructed from a high-density hardwood powerboard that ensures structural integrity. It’s finished with a beautiful black matte veneer.
The bottom of the rear panel contains the Signal Input section to connect your speaker cables, as well as an AC power inlet.
But what really makes these speakers special is the technology hidden behind the attractive panels and boards.
MartinLogan’s Aerius combines their curvilinear electrostatic transducer with a compact yet powerful subwoofer, which reproduces even the most complex audio with clarity and a deep, compelling bass.
The difference is this: while most loudspeakers rely on cones, domes, and diaphragms moved with magnetism, an electrostatic speaker is moved instead by electrostatic energy.
In essence, electrostatic energy is simply charged electrons attracting and repelling each other. In a speaker such as the Aerius, the essential bit is the electrostatic transducer. It acts in the opposite way of microphones used for live recordings. This transducer is made up of three parts: the diaphragm, the spacer, and the stator.
MartinLogan’s ingenuity comes into play with their design of the transducer. Rather than a flat square, their diligent researchers discovered that by curving the horizontal plane of the electrostatic transducer, they could create an optimal dispersion pattern. This pattern is what brings their speakers' sound reproduction to life. It’s the reason why the Aerius has a cylindrical shape and why these loudspeakers have a well-balanced, incredibly accurate musicality. Pretty neat, right?
The Aerius boasts a range of amazing technical specs as well. It has a 40 to 20,000 Hz (±3dB) frequency response, 20 to 400 watts per channel, a 30 degree horizontal dispersion, a 500Hz (12dB per octave) crossover frequency, and an impedance of 4 ohms, 2 at 20kHz compatible with 4, 6, or 8 ohm rated amps.
This isn’t a small speaker either: it measures 13.5 inches by 10.5 inches by 55.5 inches (length by width by height) and weighs a whopping 55 pounds. Yet thanks to its tower design, it only takes up a little more than one square foot of floor space.
MartinLogan’s Cinema center channel deserves an honorable mention here. Why? Because its sound complements the Aerius loudspeaker pair perfectly. It has shielded drivers so you don't have to worry about it negatively impacting picture quality, and you can use it to direct the sound to your optimal listening position.
Combined, MartinLogan’s Aerius and Cinema create a space-saving system that is a dream come true for anyone who appreciates a stunning audio experience. Trust us when we say that once you listen to these, you'll never go back to conventional speakers again.
Achieving a smooth, full-range dispersion of sound has been a hangnail for all loudspeaker designers. Yet after years of extensive research, MartinLogan achieved it without compromising sound quality. This remarkable achievement has created a new standard of music clarity and stereo power. Listening to these speakers is a mind-bending experience that’s defined by an excellent soundstage and a lack of listening fatigue.
If you’re lucky enough to listen to a pair of Aerius - or luckier still to own them - you can’t help but agree that these loudspeakers are a premier system that tops many of the world’s competing stereo systems. These beauties are an aural experience you’ll always want to come back home to.
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