MartinLogan Dynamo™ 1000W
Wireless powered subwoofer
Our take on the MartinLogan Dynamo™ 1000W by Crutchfield's David Brown
Deep bass power, wherever you want it
A big room can present problems for subwoofers. The MartinLogan Dynamo 1000W was designed to solve them. Worried your sub won't have enough power to fill your room with low-end rumble and bounce? The 1000W's built-in 500-watt amplifier ought to alleviate those concerns. Or perhaps you're nervous about having to place your sub far from your receiver to maximize bass performance throughout the room. With the Dynamo 1000W, you can do it easily with no long cables running between the sub and your receiver. The built-in wireless receiver and included transmitter offer wireless performance from 30 feet away for even more placement flexibility.
Easily converts from a side-firing to a down-firing setup
Out of the box, the Dynamo 1000W is configured as a down-firing woofer — perfect for placing it in corners or along side walls for maximum bass dispersion. But what if you'd rather place it someplace more discreet, like in a cabinet with your other home theater gear? No problem. You can easily convert this versatile sub for front-firing by simply removing and reorienting its detachable feet.
Add depth to movies and music
When you add the Dynamo 1000W to your full-range speaker system, your movies and music will sound fuller and more dramatic — not just louder. The sealed enclosure is constructed of high-density materials and reinforced with solid internal bracing to minimize cabinet resonance for cleaner sound. The 12-inch speaker is driven by a high-powered built-in amplifier that delivers 500 watts of continuous, clean power. Both are optimized for low noise and distortion, to produce bass that is not only bold, but detailed and tight rather than loose and boomy. That makes this sub a great performer with movies and music — not to mention a great match with MartinLogan's fine lineup of full-range speakers.
- built-in wireless receiver and included transmitter for wireless connection
- frequency response 22-200 Hz (±3dB)
- built-in amplifier delivers 500 watts of continuous power, 1000 watts peak output
- ultra-efficient variable audio tracking power supply drives a class AB output stage for lower distortion and noise than typical Class D switching amps
- 12" polypropylene woofer cone
- sealed (acoustic suspension) cabinet with convertible front- or down-firing design
- continuously variable low-pass 35-120 Hz crossover
- rear-mounted 3-position phase switch, volume level, and crossover controls
- auto on/off
- line-level/LFE RCA input for wired connection
- included Energy Transfer Coupler (ETC) spikes can be used for tighter coupling between subwoofer and floor to enhance sound quality
- satin black finish
- 13-3/4"W x 14-9/16"H x 15-1/16"D (down-firing orientation); 13-3/4"W x 15-1/2"H x 14-3/8"D (front-firing orientation)
- weight: 34 lbs.
- warranty: 3 years (with product registration)
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Powered subwoofer
- Wireless transmitter (SW-T)
- AC power adapter (w/ attached 6' DC cord)
- 10' AC power cord
- Cloth grille
- 4 Pre-installed rubber feet
- 4 Spiked feet
- 2 Right-angle RCA adapters
- User's Manual (En/Fr)
- Product Registration Card
Excellent subwoofer for the price. Tight bass that is great for music and movies. The wireless feature is a great bonus for keeping my wife off my back, she hates exposed wires.
Brian, Missoula, MT
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Features and Specs
|Woofer Size (inches)||12|
|Low-Pass Crossover Freq||35-120|
|High-Pass Crossover Freq||N/A|
|Amplifier Output (watts)||500|
|Frequency Response||22-200 Hz|
|Speaker Parts Warranty||3 Yrs w/ Registration|
|Speaker Labor Warranty||3 Yrs w/ Registration|
|Amplifier Parts Warranty||3 Yrs w/ Registration|
|Amplifier Labor Warranty||3 Yrs w/ Registration|
Dynamo Series Powered Subwoofer: The MartinLogan Dynamo 1000w powered subwoofer offers audiophile grade performance and home-friendly aesthetics. Featuring a high-current 500-watt RMS (1,000-watt peak) amplifier and a 12" cone driver, the Dynamo 1000w delivers deep, tight, effortless bass for movie and music soundtracks. It can be configured as a down-firing or front-firing powered sub. The 1000w offers both a wired and wireless powered subwoofer connection to your home AV entertainment system.
Advanced, Ultra-Efficient 500-Watt Amp: The Dynamo 1000w's ultra-efficient, high-power amplifier uses variable audio tracking power supplies to drive its class AB output stage. With lower distortion and less noise than typical Class D switching amplifiers, this advanced design allows the amplifier to operate at much higher efficiencies than a typical class AB amplifier, delivering a true 500-watts of continuous power (1,000-watts peak).
High-Resolution, Low-Distortion 12" Woofer: The Dynamo 1000w's advanced-technology driver pairs a high-power magnet structure with a 12" polypropylene diaphragm to deliver huge excursion and sound output while perfectly preserving the tiniest bass detail; and all without a hint of distortion. The exceptional damping properties of the poly cone material also ensure the smooth, non-resonant response necessary for truly seamless blending with MartinLogan's electrostatic panel and Folded Motion driver technologies found in their loudspeakers.
Inverse Mathematical Equalization (IME) Filtering: An IME filter is derived from the inverse of the unfiltered driver response. Precision IME filtering yields extremely accurate low-frequency response; far superior to that provided by the simple second-order high-Q filters typically found in subwoofers in this price range.
Sealed Cabinet w/ Internal Bracing: On the outside, the Dynamo 1000w's cabinet is constructed from the finest composite material for acoustic integrity. Inside, critically placed structural cross-bracing acts an excellent baffle for the woofer while the added rigidity keeps cabinet-induced resonances and non-linearities to inaudible levels. As a result the MartinLogan Dynamo 1000w maintains a smooth, consistent response regardless of music or movie source material.
Front-Firing or Down-Firing Configuration: To maximize performance when installed inside of a cabinet or other discrete installation, the Dynamo 1000w's standard down-firing configuration easily converts into a front-firing orientation; no tools required. A grille cover and 90-degree RCA adaptors are provided for use in front-firing applications. Dimensions:
- Down-Firing Orientation (default): 13.75" (w) x 14.5625" (h) x 15.0625" (d)
- Front-Firing Orientation: 13.75" (w) x 15.5" (h) x 14.375" (d)
Note: If placing the powered subwoofer inside of a cabinet, it is recommended that there be a minimum of 3" of open space between the cabinet and the front and back sides of the powered sub.
Seamless System Integration: Comprehensive connection options, low-pass filtering, and phase control make integrating the Dynamo 1000w subwoofer into a multi-channel home theater or stereo music setup simple and seamless. The main left/right line-level inputs feed into a precision low-pass filter with a cut-off frequency variable from 35 to 120 Hz. For systems in which the AV receiver supplies the low-pass crossover, the Dynamo 1000w offers an LFE input that bypasses its internal filters. The phase control can be set to 0, 90, or 180-degrees.
Built-in Wireless Receiver: Although correct placement plays a key role in optimizing subwoofer performance, sometimes it imposes the inconvenience of running long lengths of cable through walls, along baseboards, or under floors and carpets. To solve the problem, the Dynamo 1000w incorporates a wireless receiver (digital RF transmission) for use with the included SWT-2 MartinLogan Subwoofer Wireless Transmitter which plugs into the subwoofer or LFE output of your home receiver or active soundbar speaker via stereo RCA (cable not included).
Note: You cannot add additional wireless receivers, transmitters, or subwoofers to this system.
Energy Transfer Coupler (ETC) Spikes: The Dynamo 1000w comes with custom ETC spikes which can be used along with the pre-installed rubber feet to enhance stability on thick carpets, or create tighter coupling between subwoofer and floor to enhance overall sound quality. The spiked feet add 0.625" of height to the powered sub.
Auto Power On/Off: The powered subwoofer will automatically enter a power saving mode when no audio signal is detected. The subwoofer will automatically come out of power saving mode when an audio signal is detected.
Break-In Period: The Dynamo 1000w woofer requires approximately 50 hours of break-in at moderate listening levels before its optimal performance occurs. This will factor in on any critical listening and judgment.
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Why did you buy this?
Very happy with Martin Logan speaker/subs. Great price [ Edward Jul 20, 2018 ]
I previously had the MartinLogan Dynamo 700W and absolutely loved it. I purchased a new home with a bit of a bigger space so I wanted the same quality with a bit more power so I upgraded to the 1000W. The $300 price cut certainly helped my decision by putting a high quality product better within my budget. [ Brian Jul 01, 2018 ]
Replaced my 5 yr old 1000W that failed [ Jennifer Jul 01, 2018 ]
Recommended on Crutch's website! [ Gregory Jun 23, 2018 ]
Special offer with Martin Logan 60 XT [ John Nov 26, 2017 ]
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35 Lbs. [ Ronald May 18, 2016 ]
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