MartinLogan Crescendo X Wireless Speaker System with DTS Play-Fi


MartinLogan Crescendo X Wireless Speaker System  with DTS Play-Fi (Custom)

MartinLogan has just announces a new version of its wireless speaker system, the Crescendo X.  Like its predecessor, Crescendo X is a luxury wireless speaker featuring Bluetooth and AirPlay, and now introducing DTS Play-Fi technology.  Under the grill, the Crescendo X includes dual audiophile quality Folded Motion tweeters and a 5×7-inch mid/bass woofer for a deep, extended bass response. The Crescendo X is capable of reproducing sound with unflinching accuracy, resolution, and detail—the inspiration behind every MartinLogan design.

Crescendo X is the ultimate table-top speaker system with a sleek, compact design that doesn’t compromise sound quality. Taking a “no-compromise” approach, the Crescendo X features premium construction and design elements not typically found in similar speakers.

At the core of the Crescendo X is an advanced 24-bit 48kHz DSP (digital signal processing) based preamplifier in conjunction with a powerful class-D closed-loop 100-watt (140-watt peak) amplifier. Crescendo X’s digital amplifier creates powerfully detailed sound from a custom designed front-firing 5×7-inch matte black polypropylene cone woofer with extended throw drive assembly in a non-resonant asymmetrical chamber format. Low frequencies are seamlessly blended with two of MartinLogan’s high-performance Folded Motion™ tweeters for an astonishing, room filling experience.

The signature Folded Motion tweeters utilize extremely low mass diaphragms that “squeeze” air, and require significantly less excursion than the typical 1-inch dome tweeter, which drastically minimizes distortion while providing a lightning fast response time. The increased surface area also provides a wide, yet controlled sound dispersion to create a realistic and carefully etched sound stage.

Crescendo X is crafted with a solid MDF enclosure that strengthens and intensifies low-frequency bass performance while minimizing vibrations. To further enhance bass performance, Crescendo X features an optional subwoofer output via an analog RCA connection. This option, not typical of tabletop speaker systems, customizes the crossover between the Crescendo X and subwoofer to give true audiophiles the ability to supplement the low-frequency performance of their system.

MartinLogan has always blended Science with Art, and the Crescendo X is no exception. Designed to fit a modern décor, MartinLogan utilizes high-quality materials and finishes to give Crescendo X a furniture and artwork like appearance. The result is striking.

The dense cabinet enclosure, wrapped in either high-gloss piano black or real-wood walnut veneer, floats atop a sturdy aluminum base and looks comfortably at home in any décor where aesthetics are as important as sound quality. A cleanly integrated, front mounted control panel allows quick access to power, input and volume controls. For across the room control, Crescendo X includes a custom remote control built from black anodized extruded aluminum.

Advanced Connectivity

The Crescendo X features seven input methods to allow for connection of virtually any device:

o   DTS Play-Fi – via the DTS-Play Fi app, stream audio from capable devices over a Wi-Fi network (iOS, Android, PC or Kindle Fire)
o   AirPlay – connect capable devices wirelessly (iPhone, iPad, iPod, or a computer with iTunes) to stream audio.
o   Bluetooth – connect Bluetooth capable devices wirelessly to stream audio. Bluetooth V4.0 supports SBC, MP3, AAC, and apt-X.
o   Wired Ethernet – audio information can be sent over a LAN to the Crescendo X using various protocols (such as AirPlay or DLNA)
o   USB – connect compatible Apple devices and use the Crescendo X as an audio dock and charger. The USB connection was designed to rapidly charge a variety of devices.
o   3.5mm Analog – any device that has an analog audio output can connect to the auxiliary analog input via a 3.5mm headphone style jack.
o   3.5mm Optical Digital – any device that has a digital optical output can connect to the auxiliary digital input with the included mini-Toslink optical adapter (analog and digital connections share the same input).

Finish Options & Availability

The Crescendo X will ship Q4 of 2015 and will be available in high-gloss black with chrome base or real-wood walnut veneer with black anodized aluminum base, priced at $999.95 US.

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