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MartinLogan - Dynamo 1000 12" 1000-Watt Powered Subwoofer - Black

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Experience powerful bass in your own home with this MartinLogan Dynamo 1000 DYN1000WD 1000-watt powered subwoofer that features a 12" low-distortion cone woofer to deliver impressive volume and sound quality.

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Overview

What's Included


  • MartinLogan Dynamo 1000 12" 1000-Watt Powered Subwoofer
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (33 out of 34)

Features


From our expanded online assortment; not available in all Best Buy stores

12" powered subwoofer

Delivers authoritative bass for high-impact home theater audio.

Built-in amplifier

Supplies 1000 watts peak power (500 RMS) for crushing volume with minimum distortion.

Front- and down-firing configurations

Allow customized placement in your home.

Sealed cabinet design

Maximizes bass output while minimizing distortion.

Built-in wireless receiver

Offers cable-free use (SWT-1 wireless transmitter required, not included).

22-200Hz frequency response

For faithful sound reproduction.


Overall customer rating

4.8
98%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

4.3

Pros

Cons

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great overall purchase

    Posted
    JohnnyBeGood
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I bought this sound unheard from BB but I did profile the lesser Dynamo 600 at Magnolia. In an in-store comparison, the Dynamo 600 lost to the smaller DEFTECH SuperCube because the speaker excursion in the down firing position caused a rattle in the store so I couldn't get a good discern on audio quality. The DEFTECH filled the room with more sound but also has a different configuration (dual radiators). But since I was building a ML Motion system (I bought the Motion 40 fronts, 6 center and FX surrounds) I wanted to stick with the brand to ensure "sound equilibrium", if you will. When I eventually received it, it's as aesthetically innocuous as most other subs. You have a very appealing variable downward or side firing positions which is great, but not really necessary (bass is not nearly as directional compared to other higher frequencies like voices). Setup & mating to my AVR was a snap even in a wireless configuration for any non-techie (not like myself - I know my way around these 'electrical parts'). I didn't use the floor spikes since this was going on a tile floor and this is the point where my experience with the sub begins to fork. So neutral on aesthetics and +1 for setup if you're keeping score. Plugging it in and ripping it for the first time, my 20' x 40' space was lit up with amazing bass from almost every position (there's a few dead spots as can be expected). The bass is deep-toned but tight because of the sealed enclosure and you're able to adjust the gains to suit any condition of audio listening. I sampled movies (Avengers) and audio tracks from hip-hop to reggae, EDM to country and for most genres, it did awesome (a little 'shy-er" on EDM type music). Overall, a +2 awarded on audio quality. Now, where things get a little annoying for me is anytime you crank up the volume, the speaker will start to "walk" across my floor because the vibrations from the speaker excursion just simply are greater than the downward weight of the sub which cause it to move. So I find myself constantly having to re-position my subwoofer during high volume experiences. The provided floor spikes are great in a carpeted environment combat this but the rubber feet simply don't cut it on tile. Not sure about wood floors nor have I tried the sideways firing condition because I have kids and dogs and don't want to risk damaging the speaker over a careless accident. So -1 awarded for usability. Lastly, I've had it for a few months now and from the numerous times I've had to re-position my sub, fingerprint oils are quite noticeable on the matted finish. So while it's not an arduous task to wipe clean - it's nothing I should truly be worried about in terms of speaker care. It should be a quick feather dust and move on really. 0 further awarded for usability. Overall, I've come to overlook the annoyances because sound quality always trumps and if you're looking for a big sub to power a large room, this wins. This is a hands down a remarkable sub. Sure there's other comparables out there, especially outside of what BB sells but for what you're getting, the customer service from BB (which I must say is a large reason why I return and why I was able to purchase this sub in the first place), this is money well spent in my books. I live by the mantra of you get what you pay for - and when you pay for Martin Logan, you get Martin Logan. The brand, the sound and the quality. But don't take my words for it. Judge for yourself in store and make your own decision. Hope this helps!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Bass!

    Posted
    SomeGuy2742
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This subwoofer is amazing. I bought this to accomodate my MartinLogan soundbar and will use it with my MartinLogan towers when I buy them in April. It is extremely powerful yet not overbearing. It has a good rumble to it yet is very accurate, crisp, and clear audio. Besides the sound being spot on, it has the option to be wireless or connected with a sub cable. Currently I am using the wireless set-up and it works amazing. I can't really tell much of a difference between AQ between the two settings. It is a great sub!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Worked great for 8 months and then the thumping

    Posted
    NWFLORIDA
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I bought this with my Bowers and Wilkins speaker system. It worked great for 8 months and then I started hearing low thumping sounds randomly. I noticed it more of course when I muted my system and the thumping would be in the background for 5-10 seconds at a time. We live near a large Air Force base that does bombings quite a bit and thought this was it for awhile. Nope, it was the subwoofer. Best Buy was great about providing a gift card to allow me to buy another. I chose the Bower and Wilkins subwoofer and look forward to hearing it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent component for home theater or sound sys.

    Posted
    steviedee
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    While I was unable to hear the ML Dynamo 1000 in the Best Buy Magnolia studio, they had other Martin Logan products and an ML 10" subwoofer. The 1000 was ordered and delivered ahead of the promised date. I installed the system down-firing and settings as recommended with my Yamaha HTR 5990 AV Receiver and used the YPAO automated setup. The room is a 24x17 family room. I find it to be very clear, with excellent punch and tightly controlled bass.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sub for any home theater

    Posted
    Karmenrider637
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Did an extensive research before buying this sub. Initially went to BB to buy definitive bp8080 but I was so impressed by this sub and it's motion floor speakers. My final decision came to DYNAMO 1000 Motion 60xt towers Motion 50xt center Pioneer elite SC-89 receiver Spend more than what I intend to, but the outcome was worth every penny. Will be buying the 35xt for the rears in the future. Thank you, BB for great services and product availability.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sub

    Posted
    Bruce
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    We returned an SVS subwoofer and upgraded to this Martin Logan since it had 4 times the power at 2 times the price. We have a concrete slab foundation and the SVS just couldn't cut the mustard but this one, once installed we had to turn down to close to the lowest level, so it has plenty of "juice". Highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid production

    Posted
    Stan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This subwoofer intensives the home theatre experience. I first got the MatinLogan speakers without the subwoofer and the sound was too bland. The Geek Squad team that came to my home to install my products suggested getting this product and I now understand their rational. Great sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best

    Posted
    BigMOJO
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    Well I have to say it looks good and feels good. My wireless set up was free it was included with my 1000, need I say you have to Pay For It with other Models “DEF TECH SUPER CUBE” and others but the Martin Logan Dynamo 1000 and my 700 do the BEST!

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about usability and design. Editors are less positive about price and have mixed opinions about size.
  • Digital TrendsRating, 4.3 out of 5Caleb Denison on February 12, 2016
    MartinLogan Dynamo 1000w Review
    This is one of those few subwoofers that can nimbly navigate the divide between the nuanced music performance and explosive movie tracks and successfully meet the demands for both.Full Review
  • Reviewboard MagazineReview Crew on August 30, 2010
    MartinLogan Dynamo 1000 Subwoofer Preview
    The Dynamo 1000 is the largest subwoofer in the Dynamo line, and is especially suited for those with larger viewing rooms.As the name implies, MartinLogan's massive sub has a peak Full Review
  • avrev.comDick Ward on November 12, 2009
    MartinLogan Dynamo 1000 Subwoofer Preview
    The Dynamo 1000 is the largest subwoofer in the Dynamo line, and is especially suited for those with larger viewing rooms. As the name implies, MartinLogan's massive sub has a peak output of a full 1,000 watts, double that of the 500 watt RMSFull Review



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