Originally Posted by bofa89
I am close to completely switching and goign ID. BUT, it seems like the box store subs have all this technology built in, is it all a bunch of BS?
And finally, a very important aspect is ease of use and setting up. I dont know nearly as much as you guys and i need somethign that is almost brainless to setup. Would you still recommend ID?
Like ack said, it's not a matter of BS or not, it's just a matter of the ID brands offering slightly more bang for the buck, even when you are considering the discounted retail price. I've never ever heard anybody complain about the sound *quality* of the ML subs, in fact some people choose them just because they are well known for good sounding subs. And you get to take it home the same day.
To be fair, the Martin Logan 1000 shouldn't really be compared to the ID subs mentioned above. The ML 1000 is a sealed box compact sub, and to be fair, you should compare it to the SVS SB12-NSD http://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/sealed-box/sb12-nsd
which is a comparably sized sub that also used a sealed configuration. If you can get the ML for half price, that makes it cheaper than a comparably sized ID sub.
Now, if you can stretch your dollar to get a SVS PB12-NSD, http://www.svsound.com/subwoofers/ported-box/pb12-nsd
which is a large ported sub, you will be much better off. Size matters, and in this case, the PB12 NSD offers considerably more deep bass output than the ML or the smaller SVS. The weird thing about the Grotto is that it actually has weaker specs than the Dynamo 1000, maybe it's because it's a much older model than the D1000. The Grotto is still a sealed sub, and the ported PB12 will still have more deep bass output while sounding clean. I don't think you'd go wrong with the Grotto, but I'd still take the SVS. The PB12 is good to medium sized rooms and it should be more than capable in a slightly open small room like yours