The CLX model, represents what ML have learned over 25 years of design and build electrostatic speakers. There are so many little details in the construction and the sound quality. This is the culmination of engineering and searching how to provide the best of the best.
A little history of the CLXs, this model was presented for the first time to the world at the Munich Audio Show. Two finalist remain at the end of the show, and the CLXs won the Best Sound Of The Show award. Not only that, they won by the 11 judges, and for the first time of the Show, unanimously!! This might tell you something regarding the CLXs.
Good decision Paul, you can't go wrong here. To my ears, they are the best full range electrostatic speaker. Period! Have a listen, and let your ears decide!
The CLXs love tube gear. I highly recommend to you, Conrad Johnson gear, with teflon caps, and metal foil resistors. A wonder with the CLXs!.
Thank you Roberto,Yes, they can, they have a sturdy construction. Just put then on their side and you are ready to go. Use some pillows and cushions to protect their finish and to shim them for not moving around. You need the help of a friend to move them. Also a Van is much better for transportation. The CLXs are big speakers. They are not too good on deep bass, the use of a sub is must. Once you have them in your room, their position is very important. At the beginning, use the flashlight technic. The separation between them should be equal or less than the seating position. Also, the back wall should be at least 3 feet away from the center of the CLXs.
You are going to have a very nice surprise regarding their sound quality. You can't go wrong with them. They exhibit the recording exactly. A good recording shines, a bad one, that's what you get.
In a general way to speak, they are for jazz and classical music. They do play loud and rock. But a sub is a must. They are the most natural speaker that I ever heard, and been in the business, I have to listen a lot of different speakers and electronics.
The first thing that you are going to notice, is the extension at high frequency. Also, they need less power for the same SPL if you do comparison to the Odyssey model. The Odyssey has about the same height. The CLXs are bigger.
I have been a ML dealer for 33 years by now here in Costa Rica. I just love ML sound quality. Also, I am in charge for the line service too.