Martin Logan Depth i Black Subwoofer - DPIBLBAD
Deep, Powerful, and Detailed
Packing all of Descent i's innovative technology into a cabinet 40% smaller,
Depth i brings deep, powerful bass with electrostatic-like detail to any audio
system, whether for high-end stereo music listening or multi-channel home theater.
Its three-driver, force-canceling configuration virtually eliminates cabinet
resonance and the resulting bass blur that plagues conventional subwoofers,
while sophisticated amplifier and triple-servo control technology ensure the
purity and accuracy of the sound from the drivers.
Depth i deploys the full array of MartinLogan's advanced subwoofer technologies
to achieve deep, rich, satisfying bass while preserving electrostatic-like accuracy
and detail. Its TriLinear™ BalancedForce™ alignment, advanced low-distortion
switching amplifier, and sophisticated triple-servo control systems extract
the very best possible performance from Depth i's high-resolution 8-inch aluminum-cone
TriLinear BalancedForce places the subwoofer's three drivers precisely 120
degrees apart from each other in the cabinet. Their reaction force vectors meet
at the center and exactly cancel, virtually eliminating cabinet resonance and
vibration. Gone with them are the cabinet-radiation coloration and bass blur
that afflict even the best conventional subwoofers. The triple-servo system,
meanwhile, ensures that the output from the drivers themselves – the output
we want – is always an absolutely faithful replica of the audio input signal.
Depth i provides much of the performance of our flagship Descent i subwoofer
from a cabinet 40% smaller. It blends easily into any high-performance stereo
music or multi-channel home theater system. In fact, with its easily accessible
top-mounted controls and separately configurable LFE and two-channel inputs,
Depth i's performance can be independently optimized for home-theater and stereo
operation in the same system.
- Rigid, Low-Mass Aluminum-Cone Diaphragms By eliminating cone flexure,
even at long voice-coil excursions, low-mass yet extremely rigid aluminum
diaphragms help our advanced-technology bass drivers achieve the very low
distortion necessary for proper blending with MartinLogan electrostatic speakers.
- TriLinear™ Driver Array By operating three drivers in parallel, Depth
i benefits from the low distortion and optimal control of their 8-inch diaphragms
while achieving the displacement and acoustical output of a 15-inch drive
unit. And because the thermal load is distributed over three voice coils instead
of concentrated in one, the system is less influenced by to temperature-induced
- BalancedForce™ Driver Alignment Conventional subwoofer enclosures
vibrate in reaction to driver activity, creating a secondary and highly colored
sound source. In extreme cases, the cabinet may even "dance" on the floor.
The typical expedient of adding mass can make the problem less obvious, but
it doesn't really make it go away. Resonant bass smear is inevitable unless
cabinet vibration is drastically attenuated. MartinLogan's BalancedForce design
places multiple identical drivers in exact opposition to one another, so that
their forces on the cabinet almost perfectly cancel.
Employing a novel application of the BalancedForce principle, Depth i locates
the three drivers of its TriLinear™ array precisely 120 degrees apart on
the cabinet. Their reaction force vectors exactly balance at the center
point for near-total cancellation, reducing spurious cabinet radiation by
as much as 25 dB (a power factor of more than 300:1).
- Triple-Servo Correction System A highly sophisticated triple-servo
control system for each driver compares input to output and applies automatic
electronic correction for any deviation. These advanced servos combine with
the drivers' inherent low distortion and their BalancedForce™ reaction-canceling
alignment to yield the cleanest, most accurate bass possible.
- Comprehensive Inputs and Outputs with Simultaneous-Connection Option
Depth i provides a direct, unfiltered LFE input for connection to surround
preamp/processors and receivers with built-in subwoofer crossovers as well
as line- and speaker-level stereo inputs that connect to its internal crossover.
The LFE and stereo inputs can be connected simultaneously with separate level
and crossover settings for each, enabling precise optimization for home-theater
and stereo music playback in the same system. For those who desire a multiple
subwoofer setup, line-level outputs include a mono jack that carries the sum
of all inputs. Further, stereo outputs pass a signal from the stereo inputs
either directly or through switch-selectable high-pass filters.
- Top-Mounted Controls It's a lot easier to dial in exactly the right
settings when you don't have to get down on your hands and knees to reach
the controls. Depth i's top-mounted controls, discreetly hidden beneath an
aluminum cover inset into the cabinet, take the drudgery out of performance
- Precision Low- and High-Pass Crossover Filters Depth i offers six
switch-selectable low-pass crossover frequencies between 30 and 80 Hz, implemented
with filters precision-designed for optimum attenuation slope and minimum
group delay. This ensures cohesive integration with smooth response through
the crossover range with any type of main speaker. The similarly designed
high-pass filters on the line-level outputs can be switched between 40- and
70-Hz settings or bypassed. An optional internal module will be available
with low-pass filtering custom tailored to the MartinLogan CLX full-range
- Custom CLX / Subwoofer Filter Seamless blending between a subwoofer
and full-range loudspeaker is, at the best of times, challenging—and when
you're dealing with a no-holds-barred reference level product such as the
CLX there is no room for error. The addition of an optional custom 'CLX filter'
to the Descent i and Depth i subwoofers takes the headache out of achieving
superb low-frequency performance.
The optional Descent i/Depth i CLX filter board contains an optimized low
pass filter that precisely matches the 56Hz low-frequency roll off of the
CLX. Once this custom board is installed inside of your subwoofer, setup
is only a matter of adjusting the phase and level of your sub.
This custom filter is applied only to the left and right inputs of your
subwoofer. The sub's LFE input remains unfiltered, which allows surround
preamp/processors to send low-frequency information for the center, surround,
and LFE channels without compromising the performance of your CLX.
25-Hz Level Control At very low frequencies, all rooms exhibit a
phenomenon known as room gain, which produces a mild bass boost. The smaller
the room, the higher the frequency at which this starts. Depth i's 25-Hz
level control enables you to compensate for excessive room gain by cutting
output in the 20- to 30-Hz range or, if you prefer, to accentuate the feeling
of deep-bass energy by augmenting those frequencies.
Extended-Range Master Level Control Crave a little heavy-metal thunder
from time to time? Ordinary level controls top out at '10'; ours goes to
Full-Rotation Phase Switch Depth i's phase control can be switched
from 0 to 270 degrees in 90-degree increments, allowing precise adjustment
for optimum blending with the main speakers.
Advanced Proprietary Vojtko™ Switching Amplifier Depth i's amplifier
belongs to recently developed class of switch-mode designs that incorporate
a variety of innovative techniques to reduce noise, distortion, and heat
to the lowest possible levels. In particular, the switching frequency is
much higher than in typical subwoofer amplifiers of this type. It can produce
a true 350 watts continuously and 900 watts peak.
Sealed Cabinet with Asymmetrical Driver Chamber Depth i's sealed
cabinet eliminates port and passive-radiator resonances and minimizes low-frequency
group delay. And its internal asymmetry breaks up standing waves within
the enclosure to further minimize resonance and coloration.
Asymmetrically Configured Energy Transfer Coupler Spikes Depth i
is supplied with sturdy, 3/8-inch ETC™ spikes, which can be used in place
of the standard feet to enhance stability on thick carpets or to create
tighter coupling between subwoofer and floor. The spikes are arrayed asymmetrically
in a configuration designed to minimize the chance of grille damage if the
cabinet is tipped.
Aesthetically Extraordinary (Yet Practical) Cabinet Design Let's
face it – most subwoofer cabinets are just nicely finished boxes. That leads
people to hide their subwoofers in corners behind plants or to buy models
that look like end tables. Depth i's cabinet is the anti-box, with a unique
architectural look that is both visually engaging and easy to integrate
into a room. It features a selection of wood finishes for the top, which
enable the Depth i to blend into any décor. The cabinet body, meanwhile,
has a durable, black tough-coat finish, with rubber bumpers at the bottom
to minimize damage from stray impacts, such as vacuum cleaners and errant
footsteps. Durable, crushproof grilles complete the package.
- Frequency Response 20–120 Hz ±3dB; Anechoic through LFE effects input
- Low Pass Filter Frequency 30, 35, 45, 55, 65, 80Hz
- High Pass Filter Frequency Bypass, 40Hz, 70Hz
- Low Frequency Transducer Three 8" (20.3cm) high excursion, aluminum
cone with extended throw drive assembly, sealed non-resonant asymmetrical
- Amplifier 350W (at less than 0.5% THD) 900W (peak)
- Impedance Line level RCA: 20,000 Ohms. Compatible with 4, 6, or 8
Ohm rated amplifiers.
- Audio Controls ±10dB at 25Hz
- Inputs Left/Right RCA Line Level, RCA LFE, Speaker Level
- Power Draw Max: 300 Watts Idle: 15 Watts Standby: 10 Watts
- Unit: 70 lbs
- Shipping: 75 lbs
- Depth: 16.5"
- Height: 17.9
- Width: 17.1"
- Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 3 Year Limited Warranty