MartinLogan’s Dynamo Subs Deliver Robust Controls and Unique Placement Versatility
(MartinLogan) The all-new Dynamo 1600X
(June 19, 2018) Today’s subwoofer market is a competitive landscape that’s littered with high-performance models that are priced right. While this benefits buyers, manufacturers are faced with an increasingly difficult task: offering more while keeping pricing in check. Recently, MartinLogan unveiled its latest market answer – the all-new Dynamo series – as a collection of subs packed with tempting technologies and versatile designs.
Priced from $399 to $1699, MartinLogan’s five new subwoofer models (Dynamo 400, 600X, 800X, 1100X, and 1600X) are crafted to deliver big sound while keeping character intact. At the most basic of levels, each sub features left and right RCA inputs for 2-channel operation, advanced low-noise Class-D Amplifiers with robust MOSFET transistors, transformers, and control circuitry, and an IME (Inverse Mathematical Equalization) filter designed to deliver an accurate low-frequency response. They also house a new generation of drivers with inverted surrounds and powerful magnet, motor, and suspension designs.
The separation among models begins with the “X” designation which signifies the addition of wireless functionalities (found on all models but the Dynamo 400). These functionalities include Bluetooth enabled app controls, wireless Anthem Room Correction (ARC), and the ability to pair with the company’s new SWT-X Wireless Receiver/Transmitter that delivers 50-feet of wire free connectivity ($199.95). Onboard ARC carries PC, iOS, and Android compatibility (effectively eliminating the use of Mac OS computers) and relies on Bluetooth connectivity for handheld devices and a USB connection for PCs. In addition, the Subwoofer Control app (iOS and Android) simplifies setup and configuration procedures, allowing users to set volume levels, low-pass filters, phase, preset listening modes, and control ARC functionality.
One unique feature found on the Subwoofer Control app is a rattle finding mode. This mode engages the subwoofer in a tone sweep (20Hz – 120Hz) that’s meant to expose in-room rattles and resonances. If, during the sweep, an owner hears a rattle, they can pause the sweep at a suspect frequency, allowing for easy discovery and elimination.
The 800X, 1100X, and 1600X sealed models carry the series’ top features, including both XLR and RCA inputs for LFE connection, 12V trigger inputs, and the ability to simultaneously connect the sub using 2-channel and multi-channel methods. The latter of which allows owners to set unique crossover and level settings for specific sources. These three models can also be oriented in down-firing and front-firing positions (grille included), allowing them to be placed on a floor or inside a cabinet, utilizing movable rubber feet that can be separated to reveal ETC carpet spikes.
The Dynamo Series is shipping now. Here are specific MSRP pricing and specifications for each model:
- Dynamo 400, ported, 8” down-firing driver, 150 Watts (peak) amplifier: $399.95/each
- Dynamo 600X, ported, 10” down-firing driver, 240 Watts amplifier: $599.95/each
- Dynamo 800X, sealed, 10” down/front-firing driver, 800 Watts amplifier: $799.95/each
- Dynamo 1100X, sealed, 12” down/front-firing driver, 1,300 Watts amplifier: $1099.95/each
- Dynamo 1600X, sealed, 15” down/front-firing driver, 1,500 Watts amplifer: $1699.95/each
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