Four new MartinLogan products on display at CEDIA are the brand’s first with DTS’s Play-Fi wireless multiroom-audio technology.
They are $999-suggested Crescendo X wireless speaker, $699 Bravado wireless speaker, $599 Forte streamer/amplifier, and the $1,699-suggested Motion Vision X soundbar, which will replace a current soundbar lacking Play-Fi.
The 100-watt soundbar features Wi-Fi and Ethernet, improved surround-channel simulation, a new full-size extruded-aluminum remote to replace a credit-card remote, and a cosmetic change that adds brushed-aluminum metal accent around the on-board controls. In addition, the wall bracket has been reduced in size to reduce its visibility when the soundbar is wall-mounted. The new model also adds 3.5mm IR input and five navigation buttons instead of four to improve menu navigation.
It also features surround decoding and built-in wireless transmitter to add a wireless subwoofer. It lacks HDMI ins and outs.
Also due in the fourth quarter is the $999 Crescendo X speaker shaped like a semicircle with flat top. Besides Wi-Fi and Play-Fi, the 100-watt two-way speaker features Ethernet, AirPlay, DLNA, and Bluetooth. A wired subwoofer output is included, along with 48kHz/24-bit DSP. It’s available in high-gloss piano black or real walnut veneer.
The $699 Bravado wireless speaker and $599 Forte streamer/amplifier ship in December with AirPlay, Wi-Fi, and Anthem Room Correction technology to compensate for the negative influences of a room’s acoustics. The two-way Bravado speaker and the amp/streamer are rated at 200 watts peak.