Building on the groundbreaking technology of the original Descent, the Descent i incorporates new features and enhancements that simplify system integration while improving performance. Its signature three-driver, force-canceling configuration virtually eliminates bass-blurring cabinet resonance. And each rugged, custom-built aluminum-cone driver is servo-locked to its own sophisticated, high-power amplifier. The result is dynamic, unrestrained output to the very lowest frequencies, yet with clarity and definition approaching that of electrostatic transducers.
Chances are you've read or heard at some time that adding a subwoofer to a system built around electrostatic speakers is nearly impossible. Although that's not necessarily true (and we have the subwoofers to prove it), the idea is grounded in experience. For many years subwoofers and electrostats did not blend very well. Turn on the sub and maybe you got the deeper, stronger bass you were looking for but that wonderful electrostatic snap and midrange clarity were, if not gone, now smeared and disconnected.
Our goal, when we began our subwoofer projects, was to deliver the good stuff - deep, tight, powerful bass - and none of the bad. We wanted to build subwoofers that, when combined with ultra-fast electrostatics or conventional cone speakers, would blend seamlessly to the very bottom of the frequency extreme. Descent i is the full realization of years of engineering by the MartinLogan team.
No matter how well a subwoofer performs on its own, ultimate satisfaction depends on seamless integration with the rest of the audio system. With that in mind, we've outfitted Descent i with easily accessible top-mounted controls and with LFE and two-channel inputs that allow separate optimization for home-theater and stereo operation in the same system. Descent i is a truly no-compromise subwoofer, regardless of application.