|MartinLogan Descent Subwoofer|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Subwoofers|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Thursday, 01 January 2004|
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One concern is that the connections and controls on the Descent may not allow it to integrate as well with all systems. With stereo-only systems, the lack of high-level inputs may be a hindrance, as there are many high-end integrated amplifiers that do not have a preamplifier output.
One concern about the Descent is that it shares a price point with subs (Revel and Velodyne) that have more advanced features, such as room correction and equalization. These features help solve the problem of room integration, which is the single biggest issue in making a subwoofer sound great in a system.
The MartinLogan Descent was worth the wait for all the MartinLogan owners who have been yearning for a completely integrated system. Although many have purchased subs to complement their electrostats, you can hardly do better in matching the quickness and tone of the Descent. It incorporates a well-thought-out design and comes dressed in a stunning package. I suggest that all MartinLogan owners who are the least bit frustrated with the match they are receiving from their current sub venture out to their retailer to give the kid a try. In the time I had the Descent, it make my MartinLogan package sing. At nearly $3,000, the Descent is not a cheap piece, but then again, neither were the MartinLogan speakers that it augments. I personally applaud MartinLogan for providing a synergistic solution for the many owners of their speakers. Those who own ML speakers know they have some of the most detailed and sweet midranges in the business; now they can know the sub bass as well.