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MartinLogan Perfect Bass Kit

Room correction system for compatible MartinLogan subwoofers

4 Reviews | 2 questions - 4 answers

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Our take on the MartinLogan Perfect Bass Kit

Every room has unique acoustic characteristics, so placing a subwoofer and dialing it in can sometimes be tricky. That's why MartinLogan offers this Perfect Bass Kit, for use with compatible subs like the Dynamo™ 1500X.

Get perfect bass for your space

Every room has unique acoustic characteristics, so placing a subwoofer and dialing it in can sometimes be tricky. That's why MartinLogan offers this Perfect Bass Kit, for use with compatible subs like the Dynamo™ 1500X.

MartinLogan Perfect Bass Kit microphone on included stand

Perfect Bass Kit microphone on included stand

This kit includes a microphone and stand, USB cables for connecting the mic and your compatible sub to your compatible Windows® computer (requires Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7), and room correction software. Run the program on your computer, and it will direct you to take measurements of the sound from listening positions in your room. Then it uses your computer's processor to automatically dial in optimum settings on your subwoofer. The result? Pinpoint-accurate bass response, tailored specifically to your room and setup.

Product Highlights:

  • uses your Windows® PC to measure sound and automatically adjust compatible MartinLogan subwoofers
  • provides perfectly dialed in bass, tailored to your specific room and setup
  • compatible with the MartinLogan Dynamo 1500X
  • includes microphone with stand and clip, 2 USB cables, and room correction software
  • computer requirements: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 operating system; 2 USB ports (2.0 or higher)
  • warranty: 60 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Microphone
  • Microphone clip
  • Tripod
  • Two 12.5' USB cables
  • Perfect Bass Kit Installation CD
  • Operating Guide (En/Fr)

Worked well, great instructions and easy to execute

Jack, Jacksonville, FL


MartinLogan Perfect Bass Kit Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Not able to perform ARC

Kvr from Tampa on 10/29/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

i am happy with Dynamo 1100x sound and wanted to use PC based ARC kit if any improvements i can get over mobile ARC. After receiving that i surprised to see micro USB cable not compatible with their own sub woofer USB input. so they told me to use normal standard cable to connect sub woofer with computer. Also Initially Microphone serial number not recognized by Anthem software download website however after contacting them, they updated their database. After all i could not able to run ARC and it keep giving message like microphone interfering with other application . Martinlogan customer support was very responsive , tried all of the settings but none of them worked and i can not appreciate them . i purchased Dynamo 1100x because i could run proper PC based ARC and i could see my room bass response graph. highly disappointed after spending 1200$.(Sub+bass kit)


Cons: USB cable not compatible with sub woofer USB input After all not able to perform ARC and Returned it

MartinLogan Perfect Bass Kit

Jack from Jacksonville, FL on 3/30/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Worked well, great instructions and easy to execute

Pros: excellent tool to have subwoofer optimized for your room

Cons: cost

It does what it is supposed to do.

Roy from Grass Valley, CA on 9/14/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works as advertised. Essential kit if you want to take full advantage of what the Martin Logan Renaissance hybrid electrostats have to offer.



MartinLogan Perfect Bass Kit

Michael from Lacaster PA on 11/18/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great

Pros: EZ to setup and use

Cons: none


Hands-on research

Product Research


Perfect Bass Kit (PBK): Even when a MartinLogan subwoofer is ideally placed, the dynamics of each listening environment present a unique challenge for bass performance. The Perfect Bass Kit (PBK) learns vital information about your unique space, maximizing the subwoofer's performance. The PBK system employs your PC, connected via USB to a microphone and your MartinLogan subwoofer, to identify problem areas in your listening environment. The PBK processes information from multiple data points and configures the optimal solution, achieving pinpoint-accurate room response.

Compatibility: The Perfect Bass Kit (PBK) is for use with a MartinLogan powered subwoofer with a PBK Interface (such as the Dynamo 1500X, sold separately) to correct the effects of room boundaries on sound quality. PBK can be used with up to four MartinLogan subwoofers. The included PBK software installation CD requires a Windows PC running XP, Vista, or 7; and two free USB (type-A) ports.

Note: If your home theater receiver also has a Room Correction system, PBK should be set up and running before setting up your system's 'EQ', especially if more than one PBK subwoofer will be in use.

PC Software: The PBK included software disc employs your PC's processor to calculate correction curves for each measurement point, substantially minimizing the rounding errors of less sophisticated "calculators", like those used in standard room equalization systems. PBK uses proprietary processing to compute the subwoofer's in-room frequency response and then computes a target frequency response for the subwoofer to yield optimal in-room sound.

Note: Check MartingLogan's website for the latest PBK software download.

Multiple-Measurement Points: Current room equalization systems are capable of taking a single measurement at the primary listening position. PBK utilizes multiple measurement points, at least five (up to ten) individual data positions, allowing PBK to learn the individual characteristics of your room.

Mic & Stand: The Perfect Bass Kit (PBK) includes a microphone and telescoping stand. During the measurement process, the microphone must be pointed toward the ceiling and be positioned at ear level when you are seated.

USB Cables: The included 12.5' USB cables connect the PBK's microphone and your compatible MartinLogan subwoofer to your Windows PC.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I have their 15" sub [ G  Jun 14, 2018 ]
To assist in bass room correction [ Linda  Mar 30, 2018 ]
Selected ML PBK to fine tune ML Dynamo 1500X subwoofer in a Martin Logan home theater system. [ Michael  Apr 20, 2017 ]
I chose this along with the ML Dynamo 1500X subwoofer to better adjust and optimize the bass operation in the dedicated room that I use for my home theater. This was one of the specific reasons that I chose the ML Dynamo 1500X subwoofer as it was the only Dynamo model to have PBK support. The next option is the ML Balanced Force series. [ KEITH  Mar 03, 2017 ]
I don't have any auto-adaptation or equalization to balance the subwoofer response in my system. So this Perfect Bass Kit should work to better adapt the frequency response in my listening area. Plus it beats dragging heavy subwoofer around the room to find the "perfect spot" [ Jon  Feb 03, 2016 ]

2 questions already asked

Yes [ brian  Sep 18, 2018 ]
Yes, it does. A fairly decent one at that. [ Jack  Sep 18, 2018 ]
?? [ PETER  Sep 18, 2018 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Per Martin Logan this is only compatible with the Martin Logan subs. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  May 05, 2015 ]  Staff