MartinLogan Neolith

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Neolith is not for the faint of heart. As the embodiment of our philosophy of the truth in sound, its performance is unconstrained. Prepare yourself for an astonishing new audio experience; a bigger, bolder, no-holds-bared experience of breathtakingly articulate performance. The bespoke Neolith is the culmination of over 30 years of MartinLogan passion, engineering innovation and dedication to the ultimate truth in sound.

For those who appreciate accuracy and realism in their audio, the electrostatic transducer is the grail. For those who understand this truth in sound, MartinLogan introduces their new flagship loudspeaker: Neolith.

Neolith is not for the faint of heart. As the embodiment of our philosophy of the truth in sound, its performance is unconstrained. It goes against the grain. In a world of small, Neolith says size is no impediment.

Neolith features one of MartinLogan’s largest electrostatic radiating surfaces, fully 35% larger than the Statement E2. Its proprietary curvilinear electrostatic transducer delivers an ideal wave launch; a detailed, ultrarealistic soundstage, reproducing nearly the entire mid-range and high frequency audio spectrum. It is utterly uninhibited by room limitations.

Smoothly blended low-frequencies are provided by a 15-inch rear-firing ported woofer and 12-inch front-firing sealed mid-bass woofer. Combined, they deliver powerful, extremely accurate bass.

And this is just the beginning. The details demand your attention. The exclusive advanced-topology Vojtko Crossover uses hand-selected components for optimum power handling. The passive Neolith design gives you more control, allowing single-wire or bi-amp connections with silver filigree WBT Binding Posts, plus a unique system of audio adjustment jumpers. The audaciously sculpted Neolith frame is made of non-resonant Phenolic Resin Polymer, smoothly finished in a premium automotive gloss. Its hand-crafted woofer cabinet is wrapped in elegant soft leather.

Prepare yourself for an astonishing new audio experience; a bigger, bolder, no-holds-bared experience of breathtakingly articulate performance. The bespoke Neolith is the culmination of over 30 years of MartinLogan passion, engineering innovation and dedication to the ultimate truth in sound.

 

A Powerful Dual-Woofer Section

In addition to its large electrostatic transducer, Neolith features two substantial woofers. They are specifically engineered to deliver a Neolith-sized dose of deep bass.

The front-firing 12-inch mid-bass woofer, operating from 60Hz to 250-400Hz (depending on jumper settings) boasts an extremely low moving mass relative to its size. Its non-woven carbon fiber cone, set in a cast aluminum alloy frame, is lightweight and rigid, for high efficiency when moved by its 3-inch copper-clad aluminum flat wire voice coil. The low-inductance single-layer edge-wound coil, with copper-cupped pole piece, reduces intermodulation distortion caused by the changing inductance as the woofer’s big coil moves back and forth within the gap, delivering maximum bass.

On the back of the Neolith is a 15-inch bass woofer playing beneath 60Hz. It features an extended throw assembly, with an efficiently vented triple shorting ring motor and 4-layer coil, to eliminate compression and distortion. The woofer’s rigid, extra thick anodized aluminum cone design, in a stable cast basket, is ideal for producing Neolith’s deep, naturally flat extended bass response.

Precision Vojtko System Blending

Neolith’s performance is controlled by its proprietary Vojtko™ Filter crossover section, engineered to handle massive amounts of power with the utmost precision.

In the low-pass crossover section, multiple super-efficient 100V capacitors are placed in series and/or series-parallel to achieve 200V capability. This innovation couples increased voltage-handling with exceptional heat dissipation. Aluminum-housed resistors mounted to substantial heat sinks draw off additional heat. Compact toroidal inductors keep large amounts of current flowing and eliminate magnetic interactions between the inductors.

The high-pass crossover, which governs Neolith’s electrostatic panel, features audiophile-quality polypropylene capacitors chosen for their excellent performance characteristics, and air core coils for precision inductance. Air core coils eliminate the hysteresis distortion (“magnetic memory”) effects that are common with steel based inductors.

Connect your electronics safely and securely using 5-Way audiophile nextgenWBT Binding Posts. Their fine silver filigree is highly conductive and free from “eddy current” effects. These posts are fully insulated for shock protection and topped with an impressive palladium-plated metal cap. Exploit the versatility of the fully passive Neolith system with your choice of single-wire or bi-amp connections.

Performance Art

Now look at Neolith. It is a towering achievement of bold sculptural art; performance art. To house this kind of performance, MartinLogan designers crafted a chassis that is a work of art itself.

The bridge-like beams and arching buttresses of Neolith are carved from sheets of Phenolic Resin Polymer. This dense, non-resonant material exhibits incredible mechanical strength and superior dimensional stability. With oversized Energy Transfer Coupler footings, the frame is unshakeable on any flooring. You will never hear this cabinet; you will only hear your music, pure and simple.

The non-resonant woofer enclosure is acoustically ideal. Substantial interior bracing separates and isolates the electronics from the powerful driver system, ensuring no energy is lost to vibrations, even at peak performance levels. In an elegant touch, the cabinet is wrapped in soft black leather.

The Phenolic Resin Polymer frame is offered in several standard finishes, each extravagantly hand-buffed to an opulent automotive gloss. MartinLogan is proud to offer the bespoke Neolith in custom color options, as well.

Frequency Response23–22,000 Hz ±3dB
Horizontal Dispersion30°
Vertical Dispersion48″ (122 cm) line source
High Frequency TransducerXStat™ CLS™ electrostatic transducer
» Panel Dimensions48″ × 22″ (122 × 56cm)
» Radiating Area1056 in2 (6,832 cm2)
Low Frequency TransducerRear: 15” (38.1cm) cast basket, high excursion, rigid aluminum cone with extended throw drive assembly. Extensively vented triple shorting ring motor and 4-layer coil to eliminate compression and distortion.

Front: 12” (30.5cm) round cast aluminum alloy frame, high excursion, rigid carbon fiber sandwich cone with long throw design, 3-inch (7.5cm) diameter copper-clad aluminum flat wire voice coil, and vented pole piece and under-spider opening to reduce power compression.

Sensitivity90 dB/2.83 volts/meter
ImpedanceNominal: 4 ohms, 0.43 ohms @ 20 kHz. . Compatible with 4, 6, or 8 Ohm rated amplifiers.
Recommended Amplifier Power20‒1300 watts per channel
Crossover Frequency60, 250–400 Hz
ComponentsHigh-Pass Crossover: 1% resistors mounted to heat sinks, polypropylene capacitors, air core inductors, dual toroidal audio transformers to drive electrostatic element Low-Pass Crossover: 1% resistors mounted to heat sinks, toroidal inductors, supports user options to modify sound output via jumpers
Audio ControlsBass Control:
0dB, -4dB, -8dBDistance Control:
3 meters (or less), 4 meters, 5 meters (or greater)
LightingLED intensity control: On, Dim, Off
CabinetPhenolic Resin Polymer: Dense substrate with superb mechanical strength to minimize cabinet vibrations caused by woofer cone motion counter forces to provide an ideal baffle for the electrostatic panel and woofers.
InputsWBT-0705Ag nextgen™ 5-way bi-wire binding posts feature a filigree signal conductor made from fine silver for high conductivity. Fully insulated for CE and IEC conformity providing shock hazard protection. Free from eddy current effects. Max constant current 30 A, admissible peak current 200 A. Outer metal cap with palladium plated finish.
Power DrawStandby: 1W each Max: 15W each
Weight385 lbs. (175 kg)
Dimensions74.8″ × 30.3″ × 34.2″
(189.9cm × 76.9cm × 87cm)

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User Guide

MartinLogan: Neolith Manual

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