martin logan speakers


i live in los angeles county california. in the outskirts there is whittier where there is a mcintosh dealer which has been there since like 1950. they like martin logan speakers mated to mcintosh equiopment. i never asked them why but is there anyone out there who might know if martin logan speakers are a good match for mcintosh equipment.
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Your post already provides the pathway to the ultimate litmus test ...... simply drive out to Whittier to your beloved  McIntosh / Martin Logan dealer for an ez-peezy onsite personal audition and let your own ears make the assessment.
http://www.martinloganowners.com/forum/

Ask your question there. It appears to be a very popular pairing. I'm very happy with mine.
That just happens to be what they sell so it is always going to be the best and for most people it will be as they have not heard anything better.
My personal opinion is ML does not pair well with tube power amplifiers as the panel is a capacitive load.  Mac SS power I'm sure would work well, especially with a tube pre.
I know someone who is selling their Martín Logan Montis pair of Speakers in Santa Ana.  Email me if you want his number.  He is downsizing and is liquidating his audio gears.  He might also have some gear here for sale.   [email protected]  
ML helped me a lot to make a decision to go with Maggie in less than ten minutes.  It seems ML is targeting mass market. 
I have a pair of ML Vantage speakers and yes I did have them modified for biamping to get deeper bass but the panels are powered by a Rogue 90 tube amp with a tube pre and the sound is fine, in fact better than fine.
I really like Martin Logan, not only because their speakers are fantastic, their service is top notch.

When I bought my ML Impression 11As, I paired them with a McIntosh Mc452 amp.  For me, the combination was a bit too warm.  Great for some genres of music, not so great for others, particularly classical where I prefer some sparkle and crispness to make the instruments sound more natural.

From my experience ML panels can be a tad on the warmer side.  Pairing with a more neutral amp will make things more natural sounding.  Of course all of this is personal preference. I spent a long time trying to get the sound right and decided to try other manufacturers.  Ended up sitting down and demoing a bunch of different amps with my exact speakers and found the sound I was looking for.

Many like ML with McIntosh.  Problem is, I am also from the Los Angeles area and it is definitely hard to find ML dealers with McIntosh products to demo.  I still want to hear a few of their tube amps with the MLs.
exiggy, there;s 'hi fi haven' in whittier that is a 'mcintosh' dealer that use ml speakers hooked up to their macintosh equipment.

Thanks, good to know. Have you gotten a chance to stop by yet?
  I use Martin Logan Summit X speakers with McIntosh amplifiers and preamplifiers. I think they are a great match, highly recommended. Let you own ears decide!
When I bought my ML Impression 11As, I paired them with a McIntosh Mc452 amp. For me, the combination was a bit too warm. Great for some genres of music, not so great for others, particularly classical where I prefer some sparkle and crispness to make the instruments sound more natural.
This is because the ML’s go down to 1ohm in that area and even with 450w amp it’s not the right amp because it’s transformer output, you’ll find if you did a response graph of it into the ML’s load the top end would roll off as would most tube amps as well.

To get get that "sparkle and crispness" back that make thing "sound more natural" you need an amp that maintains it drive current into that low impedance load that the ML’s have.
Thant means looking at amps that can "almost" double their 8ohm wattage for each halfing of impedance EG: 100w at 8ohm, 200w at 4ohms 400w at 2ohms

From my experience ML panels can be a tad on the warmer side.
They are with the wrong amp as I explained above, they are perfect with the right amp.

Cheers George