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MartinLogan BalancedForce 210 and 212 Subwoofers Preview

MartinLogan BalancedForce 210 and 212 Subwoofers

MartinLogan BalancedForce 210 and 212 Subwoofers


  • Product Name: BalancedForce 210 ; 212
  • Manufacturer: MartinLogan
  • Review Date: October 31, 2006 08:25
  • MSRP: $2,995 ; $3,995
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool

Model: MartinLogan 210

Drivers: 2x 10" aluminum cone woofers

Amplifier: 800 watts

Inputs: XMR, RCA, & speaker level

Finishes: Multiple

Price: 2,995 ; $3,995

UPDATE: We now have a full review of the Dynamo 1500X and video of the BalancedForce 210 and 212

MartinLogan announced two brand new flagship subwoofers at CES this year. The BalancedForce 210 and 212 models are slated to replace their current top of the line subwoofers, the Depth and Descent. They also recently announced the Dynamo 1500X, the replacement of their Grotto subwoofer. All together, this means that MartinLogan's top three subwoofers are being replaced with new models.

The Depth and Descent use 3 drivers which are arranged in a triangle so the back waves of each driver cancel each other out. The BalancedForce series uses the same principle, but with 2 drivers instead of 3.  The 210 has dual 10” aluminum woofers, an 800 watt amplifier, 25Hz level control, and is compatible with XLR, RCA, and speaker level inputs. It is also compatible with MartinLogan’s new Perfect Bass Kit (PBK), which takes its lead from Paradigm's PBK. The most innovative feature is a USB input and included USB flashdrive. The flashdrive comes pre-loaded with the proper EQ settings for seamless integration between MartinLogan speakers and the subwoofer. By loading the file for a specific speaker into the subwoofer using the flash drive, the lowpass filter and basic EQ settings are automatically setup. We don’t know what speakers this feature will work with, but MartinLogan hopes to make it compatible with current and discontinued lines. The only difference we know of between the BalancedForce 210 and 212 is that he 212 has 12” drivers as opposed to 10” drivers. Although MartinLogan has not released any pricing information, the two models they are replacing retail for $3,495 and $2,195, so expect pricing somewhere in that range.


 MartinLogan CES 2013

 MartinLogan CLX and Dual BalancedForce 210 Demo

We were able to sit down and listen to the MartinLogan CLX speakers paired up with dual BalancedForce 210’s, needless to say, we were impressed. The bass was tactile, imaging was great, and the sound was natural. All in all, many of the qualities we liked in our review of the MartinLogan Theos, made better.

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Cliff, like many of us, has always loved home theater equipment. In high school he landed a job at Best Buy that started his path towards actual high quality audio. His first surround sound was a Klipsch 5.1 system. After that he was hooked, moving from Klipsch to Polk to Definitive Technology, and so on. Eventually, Cliff ended up doing custom installation work for Best Buy and then for a "Ma & Pa" shop in Mankato, MN.

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