Ive heard that MartinLogan speakers are hybrid speakers. What is a hybrid speaker?
That is correct. Every MartinLogan speaker with the exception of the CLS IIz is a hybrid design. This means that they use both electrostatic and dynamic transducers to achieve maximum detail, imaging, and dynamic range. Every MartinLogan hybrid loudspeaker seamlessly fuses a curvilinear line source electrostatic transducer with one or more specially designed dynamic drivers that are perfectly matched to provide uniform frequency response with maximum dynamic range. Where the electrostatic transducer uses a thin membrane and high voltage to produce sound, the dynamic transducer uses a paper, plastic, fabric or metal cone which is driven by a voice coil that moves back and forth through a magnetic field produced by the audio signal. Electrostatic speakers are perfect for reproducing sounds above 100 Hz, however both the size and power requirements at low frequencies make them less than optimum for faithfully reproducing very loud sounds below 100 Hz. Not so dynamic speakers which don’t h