Martin Logan is one of the most reputable HiFi speaker brands in the world and when audiophiles talk about the brand speakers, their electrostatic speakers will always pop up in the discussion. Yes, it is true that the Martin Logan electrostatic speakers are performance powerhouse but their traditional box speakers are also sonically impressive. This is where Martin Logan 60XT floor-standing speaker comes in, the most powerful model from their acclaimed Motion series.
Are you a proud owner of this magnificent Martin Logan 60XT and are currently searching for an amplifier to pair with them? If you say yes then please read on. We will be listing out the best amplifiers to match with the 60XT loudspeakers after we have learned more about them. This information will also be useful to you because you will be able to use them to hunt for matching amplifiers on your own.
Sonic Characteristics and Limitations of Martin Logan 60XT
The Martin Logan 60XT are large floor-standing speakers that look like they can deliver very powerful sound effortlessly. When you take off the speaker grille, you will see a total of four driver units. The most striking of the four will be the Folded Motion XT tweeter, followed by a 6.5″ (165mm) aluminum cone mid-frequency transducer and dual 8″ (203mm) aluminum cone woofers. At the back of the speaker cabinet, you will also find two rear-firing bass ports which require a sufficient distance of about 30″ (75cm) away from the rear walls. Unless you want more bass output, then you can try pushing them nearer.
The large drivers are certainly not for show, as the frequency response of Martin Logan 60XT is 35Hz-25kHz (±3dB). There is a probability that the 60XT doesn’t need a subwoofer to support them since they can dig deep into the bass extension. The speaker sensitivity is equally impressive at 94dB which is really high but the impedance is 4 Ohms which indicates it is not as easy to drive. When we look at the recommended amplifier power, it is a wide range of 20-400 Watts per channel and it is quite clear that the Martin Logan 60XT will need a high-powered amplifier to drive them.
The soundstage made by the Martin Logan 60XT is astonishing, it is vast and deep, with highly defined imaging that creates “life” onto the stage. The 3-dimensional sound reproduction is exhilarating with pinpoint accuracy as the musicians are laid out on the spacious soundstage exactly where they should be. The sounds coming from each instrument are distinctive and clear, not to mention, very detailed with plenty of clarity. The overall sound reproduction is neutral and transparent, it is also realistically sounding. Still, in terms of realism, the ESLs are better but at this price point, it is really amazing.
The 3D sound production and the lifelike performances delivered by the Martin Logan 60XT are also partly due to their exceptional bass control. The bass is taut and defined, it has the agility to keep up with the rest of the frequencies. It can go deep into the bass extension and deliver it out smoothly. These are musical quality low-frequency reproduction, it does lack the slam and impact but if you really want thunderous rumbling bass then a high-quality subwoofer will be a great addition. The Folded Motion tweeters also contributed to the vivid holographic music performance, no matter how high the volume, these tweeters will not strain and simply delivers.
The clarity and the treble energy that the Martin Logan 60XT possess do make them sound bright especially at high volumes which if you are not used to it, may cause listener fatigue. This is also an indication we need to be careful when pairing with bright-sounding amplifiers as it could make the music presentation sound overly bright. All in all, the Martin Logan 60XT are excellent loudspeakers and will be great for almost all types of music genres. They are considered self-sufficient when it comes to bass performance and so getting a subwoofer is optional. We have all the information we need and is time to list down the best amplifiers to match with your Martin Logan 60XT floor-standing speakers.
Martin Logan 60XT Specifications
- Speaker Type: 4-Way (Two Rear-Firing Bass Ports)
- Drive Units: Folded Motion XT tweeter/transducer, 6.5″ (165mm) aluminum cone mid-frequency transducer, dual 8″ (203mm) aluminum cone woofers
- Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 35Hz–25kHz
- Recommended Amplifier Power: 20-400 Watts
- Impedance: 4 Ohms
- Sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 94dB
- Dimensions: 1218mm x 290mm x 366mm | 48″ x 11.4″ x 14.4″
- Weight: 30kg (66lbs)
Best Amplifiers to match with Martin Logan 60XT
Going the HiFi separates route will be ideal since the Martin Logan 60XT requires a lot of power to sound their best. The Parasound preamp and power amp combination will be some of the best choices, for the preamplifier section, the Halo series P 6 will be a marvelous choice. As for the power amp section, we should go with the matching power amplifier, Parasound A 21, it has enough power to really make your Martin Logan 60XT speakers sing. The warm-sounding nature of the Parasound preamp/power amp combo suits the sonic characteristic of the 60XT speakers as well.
The Peachtree Audio Nova300 is an extremely powerful integrated amplifier with 450 watts per channel (4 Ohms) which could easily drive the Martin Logan 60XT floor-standing speakers. The Class D amplification uses ICEPower’s innovative HCOM feedback and control techniques that provide a clean and stable power supply to your speakers. The Nova300 preamplifier is warm sounding which matches well with the 60XT speakers without adding brightness to the music delivery and compromising the accuracy. At this price point and with so many useful features, the Peachtree Audio Nova300 is definitely worthy of your consideration.
Parasound integrated amplifiers are also amazing choices, you should check out their Halo series HINT 6, it is packed with a plethora of features and has plenty of muscles to drive your Martin Logan 60XT. It has up to 270 Watts 4 Ohms) and 45 amps peak per channel, not to mention the 40,000uF power supply. Power output is one thing, there is also the impressive sonic performance where Parasound Hint 6 is able to deliver a huge soundstage with impeccable imaging. Providing you with a lifelike musical performance and enabling you to play your music through your Martin Logan 60XT speakers at high volumes without sounding cringe. We will recommend connecting an active subwoofer as well.
The Krell K-300i is one of the best amplifiers to partner with your Martin Logan 60XT, it is also a very powerful integrated amp with 300 Watts RMS (4 Ohms) per channel. The Krell house sound is different with the K-300i which is good news for you. It is now smooth and lush sounding, where it doesn’t add brightness into the overall sound reproduction, so it won’t be cringe-sounding. The Krell K-300i produces massive details and the clarity of the Martin Logan 60XT is capable of reproducing them in spades. The bass performance is well-controlled which is a similar characteristic to the 60XT. It is a revealing and transparent amplifier but doesn’t sound clinical.
If a too warm sounding system is not really your style, then you might want to check out Arcam SA30 which uses Class G amplification. The overall sound quality is quite neutral with a tad of warmth, it is also smooth sounding with plenty of details to boot. When it comes to vocals the SA30 is terrific which complements the Martin Logan 60XT and the speakers are able to convey the musical presence that the Arcam amp produces. The subtle details are also been produced with clarity, the Arcam SA30 and Martin Logan 60XT are really a suitable match. Furthermore, this amplifier is made for modern-day use, as it comes with features such as Google Cast, AirPlay 2, uPnP Streamer, ARC input, and more.
McIntosh amplifiers are also ideal choices but they are not within the same price range as Martin Logan 60XT especially the ones with enough power output to drive them. If budget is not an issue for you, then you might want to check out some of the McIntosh valve tube amplifiers. For power amplifiers, you might also want to take a look at Emotiva as they specialize in making high-performance amps at affordable prices. If you are planning to get a subwoofer to supplement the bass performance of your 60XT, the MartinLogan Dynamo 600 X will be a good start since they are from the same company. We will also recommend SVS subwoofers as they have been making high-performance powered sub since the start.
Martin Logan 60XT scales well with power and this is why partnering with powerful amplifiers is quite essential. For most music genres the speakers are good enough but for bass fanatics and home theater enthusiasts, you might want to get an active subwoofer. These are some of the best amplifiers that can match with Martin Logan 60XT floor-standing speakers and is worth your time to audition them. Do a side-by-side comparison if possible, and include the subwoofer you are using or intending to get during the demo.