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M A R T I N L O G A N®
the loudspeaker technology company
Contents and Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Horizontal Installation
Installing the Ticket
Removing the End Caps for Painting . . . . . . . . . . .8
Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting . .9
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Warranty and Registration
Glossary of Audio Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Congratulations! You have invested in a new world
of high performance audio!
The MartinLogan Ticket represents the culmination of an
intensive, dedicated group research program directed
toward establishing a world class reference monitor utilizing leading-edge technology, without compromising
durability, reliability, craftsmanship or aesthetic design.
The materials in your new Ticket speaker are of the highest quality and will provide years of enduring enjoyment
and deepening respect.
This User’s Manual will explain in detail the operation of
your Ticket speaker and the philosophy applied to their
design. A clear understanding of your speaker will insure
that you obtain maximum performance and pleasure from
this most exacting transducer. It has been designed and constructed to give you years of trouble-free listening enjoyment.
In accordance with the European Union WEEE (Waste
Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive effective
August 13, 2005, we would like to notify you that this
product may contain regulated materials which upon
disposal, according to the WEEE directive, require special reuse and recycling processing.
The lightning bolt flash with arrowhead symbol within
an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to
the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within
the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in
the literature accompanying the appliance.
The fire within an equilateral triangle is intended to
alert the user to the potential of creating a fire hazard
if they do not follow the instructions.
The dollar sign within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user that they run the risk of causing
damage that could be potentially expensive to repair
if they don't follow the instructions.
Contents & Introduction
For this reason MartinLogan has arranged with our distributors in European Union member nations to collect
and recycle this product at no cost to you. To find your
local distributor please contact the dealer from whom you
purchased this product, email or
visit the distributor locator at
Please note, only this product itself falls under the WEEE
directive. When disposing of packaging and other related shipping materials we encourage you to recycle these
items through the normal channels.
•Refer servicing to a qualified technician.
•To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not
expose this module to moisture.
•Turn amplifier off should any abnormal
conditions occur.
•Do not drive speaker beyond its rated power.
To achieve maximum performance, it is recommended that
the Ticket not be installed near a room corner or directly
behind furniture. When used as a front left/right channel, it
is recommended that the listening position be no closer to
the wall then the distance between the speakers.
Horizontal Installation
Although most users will mount the Ticket in a vertical
orientation, it can also be mounted in a horizontal orientation (for use as a center channel). Although the Ticket
is designed to fit horizontally between studs with standard
16-inch spacing, if you plan to use the Ticket in such a
location that it will cross drywall studs, the wall will require
modification and a bonded contractor should be contacted to mount the Ticket in such an installtion.
Installing the Ticket
NOTE: These instructions must be carefully followed to
assure that your Ticket is safely installed. Study them thoroughly before installing your Ticket's.
NOTE: The following instructions assume the mounting
surface is of standard wood frame and standard sheet rock
construction. If you wish to mount the Ticket to another
type of material, you should consult a bonded contractor.
Warning! Before installing check
for obstructions behind the drywall
(electrical, plumbing and other
fixtures). To do this make a small
hole, cutting at a 45° angle (this
will make the hole easier to patch
if obstructions are found). Only
cut the mounting hole after
you have verified there are no
obstructions behind the wall.
Figure 1. The Ticket is designed for both vertical and horizontal installation.
Required tools (included):
4mm Allen bit
(2) Push pins
Required tools (not included):
Stud finder
Sharp pencil or pen
Dry wall knife/saw
Wire strippers
Electric drill (with clutch)
Tape measure
Depth required behind wall surface:
3 9/16" (9cm)
Required wall opening (includes tolerance):
5 7/8" x 14 1/4" (14.9cm x 36.2cm)
Figure 3. Side view.
Figure 2. The Ticket is designed to mount anywhere between studs.
Figure 4. Top view.
Figure 5. Installation steps 1–3.
Figure 6. Installation step 4.
Using a stud finder, locate the final speaker position
between studs.
Use a dry wall knife/saw to cut out the opening.
WARNING! Absolutely no part of the template
should overlap a stud.
Insert top push pin (provided). Level template. Insert
bottom pushpin (provided). Recheck level.
Mark cutout through slots in template. Remove Template.
Figure 7. Installation step 5.
Figure 8. Installation step 6.
Connect speaker cable. Be consistent when connecting
speaker leads to the terminals on the back of the Ticket.
Take great care to assign the same color to the (+) terminal on both the speaker and the amplifier.
WARNING! Turn your amplifier off before
making or breaking any signal connections!
Place speaker in hole.
Figure 9. Installation step 7.
Figure 10. Installation step 8.
Use a 4mm Allen bit (provided) and an electric drill to
lock all 4 mounting locks in place. Use a low clutch
setting on the drill.
Gently press the grill cover into place.
Figure 11. Removing the end caps step 2.
Required tools (not included):
Philips head scrwedriver
Prepare a flat surface with a cushion and/or blanket to
protect the Ticket. Place the Ticket driver side up.
Using a Phillips head screwdriver remove two screws
from the bottom edge of the Ticket (see figure 11).
The end cap may now be safely removed (see figure 12).
NOTE: It is important that the end caps are lifted
straight up and away from the speaker body.
Repeat steps 2–3 to remove other end cap.
Removing the End Caps for Painting
Figure 12. Removing the end caps step 3.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I clean my speakers?
Just use a dust free cloth or a soft brush to remove the
dust from your speakers. We recommend a specialty
cloth (available at the Xtatic shop at www.martinlogan.
com) that cleans your speakers better than anything
else we have tried. Do not spray any kind of cleaning agent on or in close proximity to the drivers.
• Check that all your system components are turned on.
• Check your speaker wires and connections.
• Check all interconnecting cables.
What size amplifier should I use?
We recommend an amplifier with 100 watts per channel
for most applications. Probably less would be adequate when used in home theater where a subwoofer
is employed.
Could you suggest a list of suitable electronics and
cables that would be ideal for MartinLogan speakers?
The area of electronics and cable choice is probably
the most common type of question that we receive. It is
also the most subjective. We have repeatedly found that
brands that work well in one setup will drive someone
else nuts in another. We use many brands with great
success. Again, we have no favorites; we use electronics
and cables quite interchangeably. We would suggest
listening to a number of brands—and above all else—
trust your ears. Dealers are always the best source for
information when purchasing additional audio equipment
or cables and will be well versed in the subject of special
safety requirements for in-wall cable.
Will exposure to sunlight affect the life or performance of my speakers?
We recommend that you not place any loudspeaker
in direct sunlight. The ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun
can cause deterioration of grill cloth, speaker cones, etc.
Small exposures to UV will not cause a problem. In
general, the filtering of UV rays through glass will greatly
reduce the negative effects.
Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting
Warranty and Registration
System Frequency Response
75–20,000 Hz ± 3 dB
Your Ticket speaker is provided with an automatic Limited
90 Day Warranty coverage.
88 dB/2.83 volts/meter (mounted on wall)
You have the option, at no additional charge, to receive a
Limited 5 Year Warranty coverage. To obtain the Limited
5 Year Warranty coverage you need to complete and return
the Certificate of Registration, included with your speakers,
and provide a copy of your dealer receipt to MartinLogan
within 30 days of purchase.
8 ohms
Crossover Frequency
2900 Hz
Air core coils
Woofer Type
Two 4” (16.5cm) cast basket, high rigidity aluminum
cones with extended throw drive assembly
Power Handling
150 watts
5 lbs. each (2.3 kg)
Overall Size
7.25” inches W × 4.69” inches D × 15.67” inches H
(18.4cm W × 11.9cm D × 39.8cm H)
Required wall opening (including tolerance)
5.875" x 14.25" (14.9cm x 36.2cm)
Projection from wall surface
1.125" (2.9cm)
Depth required behind wall surface
3.56" (9cm)
For your convenience MartinLogan also offers online warranty
registration at
MartinLogan may not honor warranty service claims unless
we have a completed Warranty Registration on file!
If you did not receive a Certificate of Registration with
your new Ticket speaker, you cannot be assured of having
received new units. If this is the case, please contact your
authorized MartinLogan dealer.
Should you be using your MartinLogan product in a country
other than the one in which it was originally purchased,
we ask that you note the following:
1 The appointed MartinLogan distributor for any given
country is responsible for warranty servicing only on
units distributed by or through it in that country in
accordance with its applicable warranty.
2 Should a MartinLogan product require servicing in a
country other than the one in which it was originally
purchased, the end user may seek to have repairs performed by the nearest MartinLogan distributor, subject
to that distributor’s local servicing policies, but all cost
of repairs (parts, labor, transportation) must be born by
the owner of the MartinLogan product.
3 If, after owning your speakers for six months, you
relocate to a country other than the one in which
you purchased your speakers, your warranty may be
transferable. Contact MartinLogan for details.
General Information
AC. Abbreviation for alternating current.
Active crossover. Uses active devices (transistors, ICs,
tubes) and some form of power supply to operate.
Amplitude. The extreme range of a signal. Usually measured from the average to the extreme.
Diffraction. The breaking up of a sound wave caused by
some type of mechanical interference such as a cabinet
edge, grill frame or other similar object.
Diaphragm. A thin flexible membrane or cone that vibrates
in response to electrical signals to produce sound waves.
ATF. The abbreviation for advanced thin film.
Distortion. Usually referred to in terms of total harmonic
distortion (THD) which is the percentage of unwanted harmonics of the drive signal present with the wanted signal.
Generally used to mean any unwanted change introduced
by the device under question.
Bass. The lowest frequencies of sound.
Driver. See transducer.
Bi-Amplification. Uses an electronic crossover, or linelevel passive crossover, and separate power amplifiers for
the high and low frequency loudspeaker drivers.
Dynamic Range. The range between the quietest and the
loudest sounds a device can handle (often quoted in dB).
Arc. The visible sparks generated by an electrical discharge.
Capacitance. That property of a capacitor which determines
how much charge can be stored in it for a given potential
difference between its terminals, measured in farads, by
the ratio of the charge stored to the potential difference.
Capacitor. A device consisting of two or more conducting
plates separated from one another by an insulating material and used for storing an electrical charge. Sometimes
called a condenser.
Clipping. Distortion of a signal by its being chopped
off. An overload problem caused by pushing an amplifier beyond its capabilities. The flat-topped signal has
high levels of harmonic distortion which creates heat in a
loudspeaker and is the major cause of loudspeaker component failure.
Efficiency. The acoustic power delivered for a given electrical input. Often expressed as decibels/watt/meter
ESL. The abbreviation for electrostatic loudspeaker.
Headroom. The difference, in decibels, between the peak
and RMS levels in program material.
Hybrid. A product created by the marriage of two different
technologies. Meant here as the combination of a dynamic woofer with an electrostatic or ATF transducer.
Hz (Hertz). Unit of frequency equivalent to the number of
cycles per second.
Imaging. To make a representation or imitation of the
original sonic event.
CLS. The abbreviation for curvilinear linesource.
Crossover. An electrical circuit that divides a full bandwidth signal into the desired frequency bands for the
loudspeaker components.
dB (decibel). A numerical expression of the relative loudness of a sound. The difference in decibels between two
sounds is ten times the Base 10 logarithm of the ratio of
their power levels.
Impedance. The total opposition offered by an electric
circuit to the flow of an alternating current of a single frequency. It is a combination of resistance and reactance and
is measured in ohms. Remember that a speaker’s impedance changes with frequency, it is not a constant value.
Inductance. The property of an electrical circuit by which
a varying current in it produces a varying magnetic field
that introduces voltages in the same circuit or in a nearby
circuit. It is measured in henrys.
DC. Abbreviation for direct current.
Glossary of Audio Terms
Inductor. A device designed primarily to introduce inductance into an electrical circuit. Sometimes called a choke
or coil.
Linearity. The extent to which any signal handling process
is accomplished without amplitude distortion.
Midrange. The middle frequencies where the ear is the
most sensitive.
Resonance. The effect produced when the natural vibration frequency of a body is greatly amplified by reinforcing
vibrations at the same or nearly the same frequency from
another body.
Sensitivity. The volume of sound delivered for a given
electrical input.
Stator. The fixed part forming the reference for the moving
diaphragm in a planar speaker.
NAC. The abbreviation for natural ambience compensation.
Passive crossover. Uses no active components (transistors, ICs, tubes) and needs no power supply (AC, DC,
battery) to operate. The crossover in a typical loudspeaker is of the passive variety. Passive crossovers consist of
capacitors, inductors and resistors.
Phase. The amount by which one sine wave leads or lags
a second wave of the same frequency. The difference is
described by the term phase angle. Sine waves in phase
reinforce each other; those out of phase cancel.
Pink noise. A random noise used in measurements, as it
has the same amount of energy in each octave.
Polarity. The condition of being positive or negative with
respect to some reference point or object.
RMS. Abbreviation for root mean square. The effective
value of a given waveform is its RMS value. Acoustic power
is proportional to the square of the RMS sound pressure.
Resistance. That property of a conductor by which it
opposes the flow of electric current, resulting in the generation of heat in the conducting material, usually expressed
in ohms.
THD. The abbreviation for total harmonic distortion. (See
TIM. The abbreviation for transient intermodulation distortion.
Transducer. Any of various devices that transmit energy
from one system to another, sometimes one that converts
the energy in form. Loudspeaker transducers convert electrical energy into mechanical motion.
Transient. Applies to that which lasts or stays but a short
time. A change from one steady-state condition to another.
Tweeter. A small drive unit designed to reproduce only
high frequencies.
Wavelength. The distance measured in the direction of
progression of a wave, from any given point characterized
by the same phase.
White noise. A random noise used in measurements, as it
has the same amount of energy at each frequency.
Woofer. A drive unit operating in the bass frequencies only.
Drive units in two-way systems are not true woofers but
are more accurately described as being mid/bass drivers.
Resistor. A device used in a circuit to provide resistance.
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