These Martin Logan Vantage speakers are in very good working condition (8/10). Physically they are 8/10 except a patch on one of the speaker's bottom (pic attached).
One of the best ESL's made, favorably compared to Ethos and earned rave reviews online.
What HiFi: http://www.whathifi.com/martin-logan/vantage/review
Home Theater Review: http://hometheaterreview.com/martinlogan-vantage-hybrid-electrostatic-loudspeaker-reviewed/
In my experience, if you are considering planars, best budget speakers are ML ElectroMotion ESLs which retail for $2500 brand new and can get around for $1200-1300 used (in good condition). For a few hundred dollars more these have way better soundstage (believe me and a bigger panel too), best treble, beautiful midrange and powered subwoofer with base control knob available at the back of the speaker and finally in a beautiful dark cherry finish.
And I do have the boxes for them to ship.
More about these speakers from the manufacturer:
Vantage: Electrostatic Accuracy and Powerful Bass
Based on MartinLogan's state-of-the-art flagship loudspeakers, Vantage offers unprecedented performance. Key to this achievement is our PoweredForce™ active woofer technology, which generates deep, articulate, dynamic bass from an astonishingly compact cabinet. An XStat™ electrostatic panel handles the midrange up, delivering the smooth, pristinely detailed, and richly ambient sound that is the hallmark of MartinLogan speakers. No ordinary speaker comes close.
Vantage is an elegant, floor standing beauty that does it all. Combining the latest version of MartinLogan's unique "see-through" electrostatic panel (the world's most accurate method of sound reproduction) with a deep bass aluminum cone powered woofer in a clean lined cabinet, Vantage mates ideally with nearly any of your electronics, for any use.
Whether delivering stunning, accurate play back of all types of stereo music, or incorporated as the star in your 5.1 or 7.1 home theater playing film soundtracks, Vantage will look great in your entertainment space and provide years of performance and pride because of its renowned MartinLogan design and construction.
Electrostat panels ensure ultimate clarity
in an eye-pleasing, open air design
Under the Hood: The Benefits of Electrostatic Panels
What Is a CLS (Curvilinear Line Source) XStat™ electrostatic panel?
For 25 years MartinLogan has led the speaker building world in refining what experts acknowledge as the most accurate sound reproducing technology- a way of recreating sound that has been known since the dawn of audio recording and replay. The basic story is one of simply harnessing a force of nature, the world of charged particles. In their Lawrence, Kansas factory, ML builds perforated, curved steel panels (stators) which are precisely insulated. They sandwich an ultra light weight membrane (diaphragm) of highly advanced, specifically treated film. When the signal from your receiver comes through these voltage charged, elegant structures, magic happens. Decades of research have allowed ML to bring forth these nearly indestructible see-through panels with the ability to reproduce exactly every detail of sound as it was originally recorded.
Advanced MicroPerf stator technology gives MartinLogan's latest-generation CLS™ electrostatic transducer almost twice as much exposed diaphragm surface as a traditional electrostatic panel of the same size. This dramatic increase in effective radiating area translates to higher efficiency and an even more effortless, unlimited dynamic presentation.
Vantage's electrostatic panels are assembled and secured to their cabinets using MartinLogan's new AirFrame technology. AirFrames, manufactured from aerospace-grade billet and extruded aluminum alloy, make the panels extremely rigid without obstructing playable surface area or interfering with their dipole sound radiation. At the same time, they provide electrical and acoustical isolation, minimizing intermodulation distortion caused by vibration and resonance. Overall, AirFrames enhance imaging, low-level sonic detail, accuracy, and efficiency.
In the end, a speaker cannot outperform the signal feeding it. MartinLogan's state-of-the-art toroidal transformer and electrical interface engineering ensure an absolutely transparent link from amplifier to electrostatic panel. The result is sound of unparalleled purity, precision, clarity, and openness - the next best thing to sitting in on the original recording session.
The Clarity of MicroPerf Stators
Although stators are the elements of an electrostatic driver that are supposed to stand still, they carry the audio signals that do the work of propelling the diaphragm back and forth to move air and produce sound. Because the stators sandwich the diaphragm between them, they must be perforated to allow sound to pass through. Yet they must also be rigid enough to remain absolutely stationary despite the strong electrostatic forces pushing and pulling at them during operation.
MartinLogan's new, updated MicroPerf design optimizes this tradeoff by reducing the size of the individual holes and using many more of them than in the former version. MicroPerf almost doubles effective diaphragm radiating area without compromising structural integrity. The resulting increase in output capability and efficiency allows a panel to be made much smaller without sacrificing performance - or to enjoy a substantial leap in bandwidth and dynamics without growing larger. You get a cool look without over-dominating the rest of the room's decor.
Dipole Sound Radiation
The sound we hear from a loudspeaker is a combination of direct radiation from it to our ears and reflections off of room surfaces - walls, floor, and ceiling. How our brains integrate all this information is far from simple. Depending on the angle of incidence to the ears and the arrival-time difference between direct and reflected sound, reflections can either blur detail and stereo imaging or enhance the natural impression of depth and openness.
True dipole speakers, such as MartinLogan electrostatic panels, have long been noted for their near-ideal radiation patterns. They send very little sound to the sides, thereby minimizing side-wall reflections with short arrival times that tend to interfere with perception of the direct sound. Their strong rear radiation, however, produces a generous amount of ambience-enriching later-arriving reflections off the wall behind them. Add in MartinLogan's world famous curvature resulting in controlled dispersion, you get the benefit of taking even the most problematic room out of the equation so that you can enjoy nearly perfect playback.
Cutaway view of the Vantage crossover and woofer cabinet
(shown here in dark cherry with black aluminum AirFrame)
High-Quality Woofers, Crossovers, and Easy Setup Features
High - Rigidity, High Excursion PoweredForce™ Woofer
Vantage's PoweredForce woofer section harnesses an advanced 8-inch aluminum-cone driver, a 200-watt high-resolution amplifier, and a precision acoustic-control cabinet designed to deliver stunning bass, down to 34 Hz, from an enclosure not much bigger than a case of wine.
Carefully hand-built using only the finest custom wound audio transformer and air-core coils, the crossover employs MartinLogan's proprietary Vojtko topology for vanishingly low distortion and seamless driver integration. This precision-tuned network preserves even the most subtle sonic nuances while handling the full dynamics of any source. You'll swear the musicians are right there in your room.
Energy Transfer Coupler Spikes
The Vantage is supplied with sturdy 1/4-20 thread ETC spikes, which can be used in place of the standard feet to enhance stability on thick carpets or to create tighter coupling between the speaker and floor.
Toolless Binding Posts
MartinLogan's in-house, tool-less binding posts make cable connection management easy and precise.