MartinLogan Introduces Crescendo X Wireless Speaker System with DTS Play-Fi

The new version of this luxury speaker system includes seven wired and wireless connectivity options, 100-watt DSP based amplifier, and optional subwoofer output.

New York, NY - The London NYC Hotel - October 6, 2015 - MartinLogan, the world's leader in electrostatic and Folded Motion loudspeaker technology, proudly announces a new version of their wireless speaker system, the Crescendo X. Like its predecessor, Crescendo X is a luxury wireless speaker featuring Bluetooth and AirPlay, taking wireless connectivity to the next level with the addition of DTS Play-Fi technology. Under the grill, the Crescendo X includes dual audiophile quality Folded Motion tweeters and a 5x7-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.

Unmatched Performance

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 5x7-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.

Inspired Design

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 each (US MSRP).

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