Learn more about Magnolia Premium Installation This powerful subwoofer delivers a combination of bass extension, power and detail within a high-density cabinet with dual rear-mounted low-turbulence ports.
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Great quality sub
Posted by: SS02 from: Eagan, MN on
I have all B&W speakers on my system except the sub I pick Martin Logan. The Dynamo 500 handles the bass deeper and stronger than the B&W 200W Sub. It handles the powerful bass without shaking or moving its body compared to the B&W. The bass is deep, smooth, and clear in a normal and higher volume. Thanks to the two holes on the back that pump out the bass deep and smooth and help to stabilize the body weight and sound in contrast to the B&W sub that built without the holes. Martin Logan makes better subs than the B&W.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Very Good Sub for the money
Posted by: ChrisK19 from: Phoenix, AZ on
After several weeks of reviewing specs and opinions, I found my sub. The Definitive Tech Sub 1000 seemed just right for my budget, my needs and it had a 300 watt RMS amplifier. So I brought my Polk SW 202 sub to Magnolia and wired it into their system so i could compare it to my new sub before buying.
On my short list was the Def Tech Sub1000 (already decided winner, but wanted to do a healthy comparison), klipsch sw450 and Mirage Omni 8". I never even considered the MartinLogan Dynamo 500. That is until i accidentally flipped it on at the magnolia show room, trying to find what input I had wired my sub into into. WOW!! is all I can say. What sub is that, and how much does it cost. So i went around the room feeling the cabinets to find the monster. As i am walking around I am just blown away at the sound, fearing when I did find it, it would be $800+. But I had to find it. Once I found the Dynamo 500 and saw the price and the power rating i was blown away. How is it possible? 120 watts compared to the sub 1000's 300 watts??? How could this little monster be so much lower and fuller sounding than the Def tech. Amazing. Being a skeptic and not to be fooled easily i matched all 3 subs, My polk, the sub 1000 and the dynamo to the same levels as far as I could tell and played back the same sequence of video at least 12 times in the magnolia theater room. Switching back and forth between these three and every time, in every seen the Martin Logan matched and often exceeded the sub 1000 to my ears. I could feel the ML 500 in my chest and clothing during the torpedo seen in U-571, and bus crashing into the airplane in Speed. I could hear the bass just fine on the sub 1000, and don't get me wrong it is a fine sub...definately better than my polk. But it just did not go down to the level of the ML 500, evidenced to me by the "feel" of the bass that was lacking in the sub 1000. And that is what I was after, not just the boom but the heavy rumble of a top quality subwoofer.
After getting it home and dialed in with the help of my Pioneer VSX-03TXH I could not be happier. The bass is loud and strong when you have the volume up high, but still audible and surprisingly deep at the the lower volumes too. Excellent for movies, games and music too. Our Family room is very large, about 18x20 with 19 ft ceilings and this sub fills it. Of course you can always have more, but again for the price I could not ask for more. Very impressed and glad I happened upon this wonderful subwoofer.
In the sub $500 area, this one is hard to beat. Don't be fooled by the numbers. Let your ears do the talking, that is after all what buying speakers is all about, not how many watts the box says. Unless you are going to frame the box and put it on display, who cares. When your guests admire the sound of your home theater...they wont care how many watts were on the box, and neither will you. Buy it now so you can enjoy your movies the way they were meant to be.
12 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Clean crisp sound-enhances without overpowering
Posted by: RAGO from: MA on
I spent over an hour in the Magnolia room listening to various sub woofers. I have two homes and was looking to replace my 20 year old Cambridge Soundworks small sub in our summer house. I have a Definitive sub at our primary home. Definitive has been great but I wanted to see what my alternatives were.
I listened to two Definitives in the $400 to $600 range and compared them to the Energy sub. I was about to stay with Definitive when I noticed the Martin Logan and B&W. I had wanted to stay under $500 but started comparing the Martin and B&W to the Definitive.
I immediately noticed an incredible difference when these two were compared to the Definitive. The Martin was so clearly cleaner and crisper. The B&W was more booming at first. However, we spend a few minutes balancing the volumes of the two units and they became very close in sound. The Definitive quickly dropped off my list.
I went with the Martin Logan as I just felt it was so clean and crisp compared to the others and it was $150 less than the B&W. The B&W would have been great too but I am very happy with my choice.
Installed in my house I immediately notice a nice clean full sound that fills the room with warmth. It has greatly enhanced my very old Yamaha bookshelf speakers to the point where I don't feel a need to replace them.
I am a musician so I favor music listening when evaluating speakers. Avoiding listener fatigue is critical for me and this sub does that. But it did a great job with the surround sound while watching The Dark Night Rises on Blue Ray.
I highly recommend this product for the price
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Can Be Felt, Not Seen
Posted by: Donald from: on
All my research in subwoofers was strictly focused on the Bowers & Wilkins line of subwoofers only because I wanted to compliment their Panorama soundbar which I had purchased a year or so earlier. Although the Magnolia rep agreed with my impressions, he brought up the positive attributes of the MartinLogan Dynamo 500, adding that this item was on sale and felt that it was an overall better value and would provide me a more natural response in the lower frequency range. After a listening test between both manufacturer's line of subwoofers using the major motion picture soundtrack to Interstellar, my ears did not perceive a significant difference. The bottom line: I liked the sound, built-in amp, the volume control, the weight, the 3-year warranty and, of course, the sales price.
UPDATE: My wife & I thoroughly enjoy this product and my ears can actually hear a difference in the soundbar; more clarity and spaciousness than ever before. Tough to get off the sofa, truth be told.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Electronicsbuff from: Chantilly, VA on
My Martin Logan system consists of the Motion 40, Motion 8, Motion 6 and the Dynamo 500. The Dynamo produces bass so deep and punchy you would never guess it comes from a 10" driver. It sounds much better then my 12" JBL or the Bose Acoustimass 16. This sub is great especially if you also listen to music because the driver is very fast giving you that punch from the bass drum.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great sub - excellent response !
Posted by: proguitar from: Gainesville on
I wanted quality sub to compliment my Klipsch towers (RF-62i also excellent) and it boiled down to the B&W and the Martin Logan and although the B&Ws seemed to be slightly tighter I didn't hear anything that justified the additional $250. I bought the Martin Logan's and have been delighted by this subwoofer - which seemed to get better after break-in. I was so impressed with the company I even bought a Martin Logan center (Motion 8).
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: CivicMinded from: Woodstock, GA on
I was in the market for a full set of speakers for our home theatre system and I was pretty much set on building our system out of Definitive Technology's speakers. I was almost ready to check out at our local Best Buy store when an associate stopped me to ask if I had given these Martin Logan speakers a listen. I told him that I hadn't, and he proceeded to give me a demo. Let me tell you, I was absolutely floored. I knew right then and there that I would not be building my system out of Def. Tech, but Martin Logan instead.
The cabinet is fairly small in size considering it houses a 10 inch subwoofer. However, it is definitely NOT short on sound. This subwoofer delivers huge room filling sound that is crystal clear, with not even a hint of muddiness that you find in other "lesser" subwoofers. The installation and setup was as easy as you could hope for. If you are in the market for a subwoofer for your home theatre system, you absolutely owe it to yourself to head down to a local Magnolia store and give this one a listen. Simply fantastic.
I also added the Martin Logan Motion 4's as my front speakers and the Motion 6 as my center channel. The sound is simply mind blowing for the money spent. I plan on adding a set of Martin Logan Motion 2's for my rear surrounds to finish everything off.
4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Close, but not perfect
Posted by: MikePJ from: Bloomington, MN on
I use primarily for movies in HT and for the most part it is great in a Bruckheimer/Bay flick. But when you get into a dialogue heavy movie it will turn off and on as needed. This will lose some of the bass at the onset of the notes, and then it comes in too abruptly. Everything else is good to great about it, but this one drawback can be very annoying.
5 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great Bass sound for all programs
Posted by: jkpga from: Harwich, MA on
Did not realise what I was missing till they hooked up the Dynamo 500.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
good product for price
Posted by: buddybucks from: Sugar Land Texas on
I shopped around looking at various sound systems. I had geek squad tech come to residence to locate best placement of speakers. Researched sound systems and decided on martin logan after research and price check. Selected speakers mounted in ceiling along with subwoofers.. Sound quality and separation excellent.