MartinLogan has announced five new Class D-powered subwoofers ranging in price from $400 to $1,700, namely the Dynamo 400, 600X, 800X, 1100X, and 1600X. The X in the model names designates onboard wireless technologies, which will include app based controls via Bluetooth, wireless Anthem Room Correction, and wireless signal connection capability.
Inverted surround woofers pair a magnet structure with a lightweight diaphragm in each model. RCA, XLR, speaker level, and wireless signal make up versatile connectivity options. IOS and Android subwoofer control apps will allow configuration of subwoofer settings while Anthem Room Correction (ARC) on all but the 400 entry-level model, will enable customers to tailor bass response to differing listening room environments. The ARC feature will measure low-frequency sound output in any given room and compare it to optimal response curves that account for spatial anomalies to achieve what the company claims is ‘realistically blended, natural sounding bass.’
A MartinLogan Sub Control App available on iOS and Android platforms, meanwhile, uses a Bluetooth connection to simplify setup and configuration of the top four models only. The app-based controls include volume level, low-pass filter, phase, 20-30Hz level, three preset listening modes and control of ARC. A tone sweep from 20-120Hz will help users identify and rectify unwanted rattles or resonances in a room.
An SWT-X Wireless Input on the Dynamo 600X, 800X, 1100X, and 1600X includes a connection port for wireless connection, obviating the need for long cable runs of up to 50ft. MartinLogan’s new SWT-X Wireless Subwoofer System, which is sold separately for $200, incorporates in-wireless audio transmission technology, including 2.4GHz dynamic frequency selection and forward error correction. The SWT-X receiver requires no external power source or audio connections.
The Dynamo 400 and 600X’s right input doubles as an LFE input for home theater applications, while Dynamo 800X adds a discrete LFE RCA line level input. The Dynamo 1100X and 1600X go on to add both XLR and RCA inputs for LFE connection. The Dynamo 800X, 1100X, and 1600X feature 12V Trigger Inputs, allowing an external device to turn the subwoofer on and off.
Connection and control systems found in the Dynamo 800X, 1100X, and 1600X allow simultaneous connection of both 2-channel stereo music and multi-channel home theater, and allow each source to have individual crossover and level settings. LFE inputs use no low-pass filter, leaving crossover control to the processor. Left and right inputs integrate discrete user-adjustable low-pass filters allowing different level and crossover points when playing back two channel music.
When placed in a cabinet or other discreet location, Dynamo 800X, 1100X, and 1600X subwoofers can easily convert from standard down-firing to front-firing orientation, with no tools or special skills required. A grille is provided for use in front-firing applications. More information is available at www.martinlogan.com.
US Retail Pricing as follows:
Dynamo 400: $399.95/each
Dynamo 600X: $599.95/each
Dynamo 800X: $799.95/each
Dynamo 1100X: $1099.95/each
Dynamo 1600X: $1699.95/each
SWT-X Receiver/Transmitter: $199.95/each