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MartinLogan - Dynamo 500 10" 360-Watt Powered Subwoofer - Black

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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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    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (230 out of 255)

    Features


    10" powered subwoofer

    Delivers authoritative bass for high-impact home theater audio.

    Built-in amplifier

    Supplies 120 watts RMS (continuous) and up to 360 watts of peak power.

    10" polypropylene cone driver

    Ensures low distortion and powerful sound.

    Inputs

    Include stereo left/right and home theater LFE.

    Dual rear-mounted low-turbulence ports

    Maximize bass output while minimizing port-induced distortions.

    29Hz - 200Hz frequency response

    For faithful sound reproduction.


    Customer rating

    4.5
    91%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very Good Sub for the money

      Posted
      ChrisK19
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Clean crisp sound-enhances without overpowering

      Posted
      RAGO
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      So far, so good

      Posted
      mooret05
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      After two weeks my Def Tech ProSub 600 quit! I blew it while turning up a scene in "The Dark Knight" on bluray. I had it setup with the Pioneer Elite VSX-90 receiver at +2.0 db's (150hz) and had the volume knob (gain) on the side of the sub at "1 o'clock". I took it back to Best Buy to the Magnolia center and the manager swapped it with a new one with no hassle at all and gave me a discount on a new Martin Logan Dynamo 500 10" sub. I'm not taking a chance and I need a little more bass so I'm selling the ProSub 600. Loving the ML 10" so far! The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is it is a little "pricey" for me for no more punch than it has (but I'm use to 10's in the trunk) and the finish could be nicer (glossy maybe).. maybe it's just me. Don't get me wrong.. it's a nice sub and much crisper and smoother than the Def Tech 600 or 800. It's a nice smooth clean bass with no rattle. It has as much bass at 1/4 the gain as the Def Tech 600 had at 1/2 to 5/8's gain. I really do like it compared to the other two. I would definitely recommend it for $500 or less! (see pics for size difference of the Def Tech 600 compared to the ML)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Bad amp and experience with customer service

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

      This review is the 500D as well as ML customer support After noticing a loud "pop" when the sub doesn't receive a signal for 30-45 mins, I decided to contact Martin Logan customer service to see what could be done. The pop has been noticeable from day one but we thought it was considered normal for a relatively cheaper subwoofer (we also own the 1000W and haven't had any issues with it). The "pop" is VERY noticeable and will actually catch you by surprise. We're not easily startled, but when you're fast asleep and you hear this thing, guarantee you'll get startled awake. It's a shame since it sounds pretty good - our remedy has been to turn the unit off once we are done using it - big hassle. On to the customer service, I sent an email request 11 Apr 2017 and got a reply the same day by Adam (who I communicated exclusively throughout) - great! We went back and forth to try to troubleshoot the issue, when it was determined that it needed to be RMAd, communication stopped. I've sent them 3 additional emails since I've last heard from Adam (to what I'm assuming is the main customer service box) and still no reply. All of my Martin Logan speakers are registered with the company directly. As it is now (20 Apr 2017), I would NOT recommend anything ML that requires a powered input, as the drivers/cabinets themselves are pretty good, but the electrical components will give you problems. Shame with it being an American company, expected better service. If you buy anything other than the subs, you MIGHT be safe, but it's still a gamble - good sound, but bad service.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sonic perfection.

      Posted
      CivicMinded
      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Can Be Felt, Not Seen

      Posted
      Donald
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Flat response but underpowered, go for the 700w

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

      Let me start by saying that the 500 isn't a bad sub, but it wasn't what I would expect at this price range. Sure you can crank it and it will fill the room with boomy bass, but it will also distort. The biggest thing missing with this sub is what I call chest thump. Basically that first shockwave feeling of an explosion. It's just not there with the 500, however the aftershock BOOM will fully satisfy, albeit with some straining distortion. Music is always tough on a sub, and it is particularly tough on the 500. Bass was almost non-existent unless I cranked it. The problem here isn't that the sub is inherently bad all around, but unless you get a good discount (which I've heard happens), this just isn't worth retail. It sounds much like subs that are a few hundred less. That being said, I exchanged out for the Dynamo 700w. Why the 700? Because I was thoroughly impressed with everything else about the 500, it's a beautiful piece. The 700 is sealed and more powerful. Yes it is $200 more, and yes I understand that strains a budget, but it is 10 times the sub the 500 is. (not to mention wireless) So there you have it. If you need to see the difference between tight bass and boomy bass I encourage you to test the 500 with the Depth Charged scene in U-571. I found that the afterboom of the charges was fine, but the initial shock was gone. On the 700, it was ALL there.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great entry level mid-fi sub

      Posted
      Remmy
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Owned for two months. Its a very smooth sub. Can't quite dip low as Id like it to go but none the less its a good piece of kit. It has adequate power but can struggle at high volumes and will fall on its face sometimes. The amp heat sink will cook an egg on just one bass heavy song at moderate-high volumes ("The Mountains Will Fall" - DJ Shadow, for example) which concerns me a little considering the past reviews of amplifier failure after a year or two. It handles movies with low heat and plenty of heft with ease though. I would have given it 5 stars because its build quality leaves a little to be desired. Its construction does not seem to be any better than say a $250-350 sub. In fact, when removing the grill, the rubber feet pull out of the front face exposing MDF board. Thats doesn't leave a good impression for a company the likes of Martin Logan. Cheap rubber feet that can be glued back in, I know. But still. I paid $500 for a MARTIN LOGAN subwoofer, even being entry level. If I wanted to pick up the building process and maintenance from the factory I would have bought a Dayton Audio subwoofer kit.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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