MartinLogan has announced two new products that support the DTS Play-Fi multi-room wireless audio platform, as well as AirPlay. The Bravado ($699.95) is a powered tabletop speaker with two Folded Motion tweeters, a five-inch aluminum woofer, and a 200-watt Class D amplifier. The Forte ($599.95) is a standalone 200-watt Class D stereo amplifier that allows you to add Play-Fi and AirPlay to an existing system. Both products feature Anthem Room Correction (ARC) technology to tune speaker performance to your room, and both products will be available in December.
MartinLogan proudly announces two new products to its ensemble of luxury wireless audio products: a wireless stereo bookshelf speaker, Bravado, and a wireless amplifier, Forte. Utilizing Apple AirPlay and DTS Play-Fi technology, these exciting new wireless products provide listeners the freedom and flexibility to stream their high-resolution music (up to 24-bit/192-kHz) wirelessly over an existing Wi-Fi network.
DTS Play-Fi is a uniquely open platform, meaning listeners are able to mix and match from any DTS Play-Fi-enabled audio products from a selection of top audio brands. In addition, MartinLogan’s wireless products do not limit the listener with the need for proprietary hardware; they can use the Forte wireless amplifier to power and stream audio to traditional or in-wall/in-ceiling speakers, no matter the brand.
As an added bonus, the Bravado and Forte also feature Apple AirPlay functionality. With the inclusion of AirPlay along with DTS Play-Fi, listeners can take advantage of endless choices, from their own music libraries to online music streaming services. And they can stream their music from any device–Android, iOS, PC or Mac.
The Bravado and Forte performance is further enhanced by exclusive Anthem Room Correction (ARC) technology–included with both products. ARC Technology is the industry’s best user-controlled DSP room tuning innovation. Using advanced DSP software and a calibrated microphone, it instantly tunes speaker performance to compensate for your room’s unique characteristics, ensuring perfect sound in any listening space.
Bravado–Luxury Wireless Bookshelf Speaker
Recognized for blending science with art, MartinLogan designed the Bravado to fit into any décor. The clean and modest design approach of the black or white cloth exterior is complimented by an artistic accent on top of each speaker–walnut on the black cloth finish and gloss white on the white cloth finish. Side-mounted controls allow the user to easily adjust volume, select inputs, and power the speaker on or off.
Under the cloth exterior, the Bravado hides dual audiophile-quality Folded Motion tweeters and a five-inch aluminum woofer capable of reproducing sound with unflinching accuracy, resolution, and detail–the inspiration behind every MartinLogan design. The signature Folded Motion tweeters utilize extremely low mass diaphragms that “squeeze” air, and require significantly less excursion than the typical one-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. Fully powered, Bravado benefits from a powerful 200W peak Class D Amplifier (1 x 100W woofer, 2 x 50W Folded Motion tweeters).
Forte–Luxury Wireless Amplifier
MartinLogan’s Forte amplifier allows listeners to instantly stream high-resolution audio to any traditional loudspeakers or in-wall/in-ceiling speakers–no matter the brand. And thanks to its compact size, sleek industrial design and brushed black aluminum trim with onboard controls, you can place it anywhere you would an amplifier, even proudly on a bookshelf.
Like the Bravado wireless bookshelf speaker, the Forte wireless amplifier benefits from a powerful and robust 2 x 200W peak Class D amplifier (2 x 100W RMS per channel into four ohms). The rear panel includes RCA analog inputs, Ethernet 10/100, USB (for firmware updates) and L/R speaker five-way binding posts.
The Bravado, priced at $699.95 (US MSRP), and Forte, priced at $599.95 (US MSRP), will begin shipping December 2015.
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