January 30, 2014 by Rachel Cericola
MartinLogan is pretty well known for its electrostatic speakers. What it isn’t known for is wireless speakers. The company is hoping to change that with the newly announced Crescendo.
The Crescendo is a curvy little tabletop speaker. It’s also the company’s first to support Bluetooth and AirPlay. That means that you can stream all sorts of audio selections to the speaker from iOS or Android smartphones and tablets connected to the network, as well as other compatible devices.
It’s also important to note that the Crescendo will work with other devices via wired Ethernet, USB, a 3.5mm headphone jack, or a digital optical output. It also comes with a mini-Toslink optical adapter.
Of course, MartinLogan isn’t the first to release such a speaker, so they are hoping to stand out by giving the Crescendo the company’s own Folded Motion tweeters and a 5-by-7-inch mid/bass woofer. Other features include a 24-bit 48kHz DSP (digital signal processing) based preamplifier, a class-D closed-loop 100-watt (140-watt peak) amplifier, and an optional subwoofer output via an analog RCA connection.
Featuring a solid MDF enclosure that boasts low-frequency bass performance with less vibration, the Crescendo ships with an aluminum stand and its own remote control.
MartinLogan will start shipping the Crescendo in high-gloss piano black paint or real-wood walnut veneer sometime in the first quarter of 2014. Expect the speaker to be priced with an MSRP of $899.95.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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