MartinLogan Vista Hybrid Electrostatic Loudspeaker Reviewed

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High Points
� The Vista's compact footprint and stylish good looks make it a suitable loudspeaker for a variety of living situations and tastes.�
� Though entry-level, the Vista is a MartinLogan speaker through and through, possessing a wonderfully open, colorless and natural midrange with surprisingly taut bass capabilities.�
� The somewhat dated XStat panel proves more than adequate for the Vista and helps keep the cost of the speaker relatively low.
� The eight-inch bass driver has formidable output and mates very well with the speedy panel of the Vista.

Low Points
� While the bass output of the Vista is remarkable, given the size of the woofer and enclosure design, if you want to plunge the bottom-most registers, a subwoofer is most likely in order.��
� MartinLogan makes some of the best subs in the business.
� The Vista's traditional ported bass enclosure and bi-pole panel makes placement a bit trickier, compared to traditional speakers or front-ported designs.�
� The Vista's two no-cost finishes, while topnotch, aren't as versatile as three or four possibilities would be.� However, the Vantage has the same finish options, yet costs a grand or more over the price of the Vista, so it's a bit of a give and take.

Conclusion

While the Vista may be MartinLogan's entry-level speaker in their ESL series, it shares much of the performance and style of its big brothers.� With a retail price hovering around $4,000, the Vista is MartinLogan's most successful and affordable offering yet in bringing consumers into the fold.� Its compact size and nearly limitless finish options, provided you're willing to pay extra, make it room- and lifestyle-friendly. In fact, while I love the slightly more expensive Vantage, I would argue the Vista is the smarter buy.� Let you ears and budget be the judges, but I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

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HTR Product Rating for MartinLogan Vista Hybrid Electrostatic Loudspeaker

Criteria Rating

Performance

4.5

Value

4

Overall

4.5

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