MARTIN LOGAN: BalancedForce 212 subwoofer test review

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John Iverson (Stereophile) writes: 

Some folks put a pair of bookshelf speakers on stands in their room and are happy as clams. I imagine that they imagine the missing bass and never give it another thought. Not me, and perhaps not you. Some of us want to hear it and feel it, just as we would real instruments. We want sex in the room.

My quest for realistic bass began a quarter of a century ago—I bought my first subwoofer, a Velodyne ULD-15, in 1989. The ULD-15 featured an outboard amplifier and crossover, and servo-control design to tighten everything up. What fun it was. With the right music—for example, the Doors' "Waiting for the Sun" or Genesis's "Squonk"—the Velodyne added a physical dimension that simply went MIA from most full-range or bookshelf speakers. It cranked up my listening adrenaline.

When, a few years later, I traded up my smallish speakers for a pair of MartinLogan Quests, I let the Velodyne go, thinking that the 'Logans' 12" woofers would be fine (also, I needed the cash). But no—though the bass was adequate, the physical impact was largely gone, and along with it, some of that excitement.

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