• Despite being a powered design and of budget
price, the essence of what makes a MartinLogan speaker special is
apparent in spades with the Purity, which provides a rich natural
midrange and remarkable bass from smallish woofers.
• The ability to run the Purity off an iPod or other portable device
makes it a cost-effective way to get into the hi-fi game where the
speakers become the only piece of "kit" in the system.
ability to run the Purity via a line level input or by outboard
amplification gives consumers a clear upgrade or downgrade (if you so
choose) path, so that the speaker can truly evolve with the needs of
• The Purity's compact size and bass controls make it a
very stylish and room-friendly speaker for audiophiles and
• The Purity is by far one of the most
effective and proper-sounding high-end lifestyle loudspeakers on the
market today. It does not compete with the likes of B&W or
Paradigm or higher-end MartinLogan models in terms of traditional
thought about high-performance speakers, but it should be considered an
alternative to Bang & Olufsen and other style-first speaker
products. Unlike the competition, the Purity packs a double punch, as
it is both stylish and fantastic-sounding. Low Points
While the internal 200-watt amplifier is more than sufficient for
powering the Purity to concert levels, you can hear the difference when
mating it to a higher-quality amp.
• The bass controls help, but the rear-ported design and di-pole factor means placement is still a concern for the Purity.
In order to keep costs low, MartinLogan only offers the Purity in two
finishes, both dark (dark cherry and black), which may not be suitable
for all environments.
• The Purity, like all MartinLogan hybrid speakers, needs to be located near an outlet or two in order to work at all. Conclusion
just shy of $3,000 per pair and available at retail stores and online
through Amazon, the Purity is more than just another electrostatic
loudspeaker from MartinLogan - it's a statement. As a statement and as
a product, the Purity says that the future of home audio is headed
toward the iPod
, convergence and lifestyle, but instead of sacrificing
sound quality for looks, you can have your cake and eat it, too. The
Purity has all the hallmarks of a MartinLogan product, but has the
added benefit of not needing costlier components in order to achieve
its unique and special sound. I consider this to be a true
breakthrough and a sign of things to come. My only hope is that
MartinLogan doesn't abandon this approach on behalf of the purists out
there, who would have you believe that the Purity isn't
audiophile-grade because of its innovation. Rest assured, it is.Additional Resources
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