For many, a dedicated two-channel music system or multichannel home theater setup isn’t practical. Whether it’s aesthetics, room limitations, or something else, audiophiles haven’t had many options. The portable audio and streaming media revolution have served as a catalyst to a new category of audio equipment: wireless music systems.
Wireless music systems haven’t necessarily been known for their audiophile pedigree. However, just as some high end audio speaker brands have started developing their own headphones, they have also now started to venture into developing wireless music systems. MartinLogan is one such well-known audiophile speaker manufacturer who is aiming to bring audiophile sound to this category.
Their inaugural model is the bold and stylish Crescendo.
The Crescendo is a wired and wireless system with two .94″ x 1″ Folded Motion Transducers with a 2.8″ x 1.25″ diaphragm located on either side of the unit. A single 5″ x 7″ fiber cone with extended throw drive assembly rests in the center. The system is powered by a 100W (140W peak) Class D amplifier that delivers 50W to the woofer and 25W to each tweeter. The cabinet features two ported openings on the underside of the unit. The heart of the system lies in its 24-bit 48kHz DSP based preamplifier that also sports 802.11b/g/n wireless (2.4GHz) and wired ethernet connectivity 2.4GHz), Bluetooth v4.0, USB port for iPhone, iPad, iPod connectivity, and a combined analog/optical digital 3.5mm mini jack.
MartinLogan has sent us over a demo model of the Crescendo for a full review. The Crescendo arrived a few weeks ago and here’s a preview with our unboxing.
The Crescendo comes in a beautifully branded box.
In the box are all the accessories you’d need. The inclusion of a toslink cable and the 1/8 inch optical adapter are a real plus. You can use the toslink cable to provide an all-digital connection from your TV or other source component directly to the Crescendo.
Accessing the battery is done via a philips head screw on the bottom of the battery. Because of this design the entire remote has a beautiful, smooth feel to it.