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Well by going with a Motion C it would save me around $1000 bucks. Maybe more if they ever decide to drop the price on it.
Now sitting here with 2 Motion 12s and 4 Motion 10s and 2 Dynamo 500s and not even listened to them yet I want a set of those big boys. But If i decided to sell them and upgrade I am looking at spending a couple thousand more to have my system.
It sounds like there are many opinions which I think is good. At the end of the day I would strongly encourage you to find a shop that sells ML and go in and see if they can demo the Motion C compared to the Motif. I think this will be the best way to judge what kind of performance difference there is between the models and whether it is worth it for you.
When I get the time I will go listen to both. What sucks is I wish I could hear a movie and be able to switch back n forth and decide
Just an update, I ended up going with a Cinema i, black oak finish. The pictures of the speaker reveal a perfect condition. I should be getting it late next week or early the week after.
I spent quite a few hours looking at tv stands which would accommodate a center like this plus my 50" DLP TV. I found the perfect fit, a modular Sanus Euro AV40. The pillars can be swapped out to make larger openings, etc. I'm going to buy an extra shelf to put the center channel in. This will be at a perfect height, starting at 26" off the floor and ending at 34". Also, it will put the TV slightly higher than it is now, an ideal viewing position to optimize chill mode. Can't wait for this upgrade! I'll post pictures when I get it all set up.
Update... I got all the paint done in the Theater room this week and many other things..
I still have not ordered a center channel or a receiver..
Few options now for center channel since I see there were new ones released..
I guess the journey still continues
Holiday, that new Motion 30 looks interesting. It has the same folded motion tweeter as your Motion 12s, and larger woofers than the Motion C, so a better match IMHO.
The Motion C2 is a great center, but since it has the larger folded motion XT driver, possibly not as good a match to the 12s. It's generally best if the center high-frequency driver is identical to the front L/R units. And even better if all 5/7 speakers use the identical tweeter and primary mid-bass drivers.
I really like my Motif. The clarity is amazing--I can hear all sorts of little details such as lip noises that I never heard before, but I can also tell when actors have "looped" dialog as the acoustic environment is a bit different. It also sounds awesome with my multi-channel SACDs. I finally got around to taking some photos:
Martin Logan Theos, Motif, Abyss; Definitive Technology Surrounds; Marantz 8801 pre/pro; Parasound Halo A51 amp; Sony SCD-XA5400ES SACD player; Oppo BDP 95 Blu ray player; Stax SR 404/SRM 717