The 2019 SoundStage! Network Buying Guide features summaries of all stereo and home-theater products reviewed in the calendar year across all of our publications. The Buying Guide is subdivided by product and price, with each article including pricing details, a review summary, a full-review link, and product-award indicators.
All prices are in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.
Vince said: easy to set up, easy to live with, sounds great, has multiple connections, and comes with two apps -- ARC Mobile and MartinLogan Subwoofer Control -- that make it easy to dial in and change parameters, all from the comfort of your listening seat.
The gist: Ease of setup is the key with this one.
Hans said: At $549 with its 10” woofer and decent overall power output, it can work in a wide variety of applications, and provide legitimate extension down to 30Hz -- which means you don’t give up much to bigger, pricier alternatives.
The gist: Better bass has never been so affordable.
Diego said: It filled my room with tight, ample, powerful bass, with headroom to spare.
The gist: Doesn’t even cost a grand to get great bass these days.
Roger said: It faces stiff competition from many manufacturers, including some that provide outstanding value through online sales, such as SVS and Hsu Research -- but few of those subs, if any, offer a room-correction system as advanced as ARC, which makes the X12 stand out in a crowded field.
The gist: More Paradigm subwoofer for your money is always a good thing.
Diego said: It’s a snap to install, delivers the goods with rumbling authority, and can be modified to suit your needs and tastes in real time, from the comfort and convenience of your listening and/or viewing chair.
The gist: The app is the difference maker.
Diego said: The bass I heard from this small box, unassuming yet nice to look at, bordered on the difficult to believe -- very fast, very tight, very deep, with more than enough output to fill my 15’L x 12’W x 8’H room with sound-pressure levels that would satisfy all but the most demanding bass heads.
The gist: Hard to believe you could do better in the sub department for the money.
Price: $3250 per pair
Diego said: If you’re in the market for a minimonitor to mate with a high-quality sub, I urge you to seriously consider the AudioSolutions Figaro B.
The gist: Good speaker, but not much bass.
Price: $1800 USD per pair
Philip said: Yes, you do get a lot of speaker in the Bowers & Wilkins 603. This big speaker in a stout cabinet is built to produce high outputs in big rooms.
The gist: Lot of B&W speaker for the money.