Well, if the dust covers are not done right, they can affect the sound. In the early days, I made my dust covers as tight as the diaphragm, and those indeed affected the sound, especially the bass. On the newer headphones I make, I crumple the Mylar and only give it a light stretch to make the dust covers. And they don't make any difference in sound.
I happen to own a pair of Martin Logan. I feel that the integration of their ESL and the subwoofer is not that great. I very much perfer my DIY Full range ESL.