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MartinLogan Introduces New $2,500 Descent Subwoofer  Print E-mail
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Written by AVRev.com   
Wednesday, 12 September 2001

MartinLogan announces the introduction of the Descent, a reference powered subwoofer system. The Descent delivers low frequency information using advanced servo monitoring and control, BalancedForce bass configuration, low-mass aluminum element drivers, a low distortion amp and highly evolved enclosure technology.

"MartinLogan set out to engineer the Descent subwoofer by developing standards beyond traditional subwoofer design. Designing to the higher standards of superior electrostatic transducers became the MartinLogan challenge. New low levels of distortion and accurate levels of system integration accuracy result in the highest levels of performance available today," said Gayle Sanders, president and founder of MartinLogan.

The Descent's advanced servo monitoring and control system combined with state-of-the-art driver and cabinet technologies reduce intermodulated and harmonic distortions to a new level of precision. Servo control operates via a control circuit that constantly monitors and corrects for any deviation within each driver.

By operating three 10-inch drivers in parallel, the Descent benefits from aggregate low-distortion and optimal control achieving the effective cubic displacement of an 18-inch driver while maintaining the control and low-distortion resolution of a next-generation 10-inch driver.


BalancedForce bass configuration resolves cabinet vibrations found in other subwoofer topologies, resulting in the generation of the ideal—only pure bass energy. Originally engineered for the cost-no-object, state of the art Statement E2 system, BalancedForce uses two or more drivers mounted facing away from each other. The Descent's three drivers, spaced 120 degrees apart, operate in exact opposition resulting in maximum vibration cancellation.

The Descent uses a recently developed class of switching amplifier rated at a true 400 watt RMS (800 watt peak) with a total harmonic distortion of 0.07% at all levels. The MartinLogan team designed the Descent with an input architecture that easily integrates in both 2-and multi-channel systems. LFE input effectively uses no low-pass filter, instead leaving crossover control to the processor. Left/Right line level inputs integrate an audiophile grade 40 or 70Hz low-pass filter. RCA output allows multiple Descent's to operate in a serial configuration.

Handcrafted and designed by MartinLogan's engineering and industrial design team, the Descent features a quick-change wood finish top and MartinLogan ETC™ spikes for maximum bass performance.

US Retail $2,495







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