"Excellent Low-Level Detail And Transient Response"Includes $75 Wall Bracket at No Charge!
An engineering masterpiece, Fresco i blends innovative design, advanced materials, and the latest technology to produce signature MartinLogan sound from a compact and versatile package. ATF™ (Advanced Thin Film) midrange and high-frequency drivers, a precision Vojtko™ crossover, and proprietary dual long-excursion, low-mass woofers combine to supply astonishing performance in any stereo or multi-channel audio system, whether used as a center, left, right or surround speaker. From top to bottom, Fresco i delivers precision and detail, with firm, agile bass and impressive dynamics.
Fresco i's paintable, super-dense, low-mass cabinet is just 6 inches deep, blending perfectly with wall-mounted flat-panel displays. Each Fresco i comes standard with a low-profile, single-pivot wall bracket that allows vertical or horizontal mounting next to a plasma or LCD display or in any other location. Also standard are Fresco i's high-gloss Elite Black faceplate and black grill cloth. Optionally available are table and floor stands.
In his review of a MartinLogan system consisting of Purity floorstanders, Fresco i surrounds, Matinee center channel speaker, and the Abyss powered subwoofer, Steve Guttenberg writes in the December 8, 2008 review for The Perfect Vision magazine, "The clarity of the MartinLogan Purity system is breathtaking - and yet I never felt the sound was too aggressive or overly bright. To the contrary, the system's overall bass / midrange / treble balance was superb. I have to admit, I was having such a good time with the Purity system that I was truly sorry to ship it back to MartinLogan."
"Fine-grained Sound Quality with Excellent Low-level Detail"
"The MartinLogan Fresco i speaker has a distinctly delicate, fine-grained sound quality with excellent low-level detail and transient response," reports Gary Altunian in the June 2008 issue of Home Theater magazine. "Their high-resolution sound qualities and contemporary style are a nice complement to a high-definition flat-panel or big-screen television, and the Fresco i will easily satisfy the passionate purist who appreciates MartinLogan's electrostatic speakers."
"Not only does it look stunning and provide a high level of installation flexibility, but its ATF mid- and high-frequency transducers deliver the kind of clarity and detail listeners have come to expect from the company's other speakers," notes the January 2004 Sound and Vision magazine on the original version of the Fresco.
"A Remarkable Speaker"
"The Fresco i is a remarkable speaker, delivering an exceptional level of flexibility for those who wish to create a stylish system for AV use with the option of wall-mounting, but without compromising sound quality," reports Alvin Gold in the March 2008 issue of England's Home Cinema Choice magazine.
High-resolution ATF (Advanced Thin Film) Drivers
High-resolution ATF™ drivers (based on RADIA planar technology) approach the clarity and detail of MartinLogan's electrostatic panels while permitting the use of a compact cabinet. Each MartinLogan ATF transducer has a micro-thin, low-mass diaphragm with an ultra-light, etched aluminum conductive surface, suspended between two opposite-polarity, high-field-strength neodymium magnet arrays. When the electrical audio signal from an amplifier passes through the diaphragm's surface, it creates an alternating electromagnetic field that interacts with the fields of the fixed magnet arrays, forcing it back and forth to produce sound waves in the air. The strength and polarity of the diaphragm's field varies according to the audio signal.
ATF transducers and MartinLogan's award-winning electrostatic transducer share several key performance enhancing features that ensure precise, accurate reproduction with vanishingly low distortion. Each ATF transducer diaphragm is sandwiched between and simultaneously driven by magnet arrays of opposing polarity to create an inherently linear push-pull effect similar to that of an electrostat. Another similarity is that the diaphragm is driven uniformly over its entire surface, rather than at just a small contact area as in a conventional cone or dome driver.
The ATF diaphragm substrate is DuPont Kaladex® PEN (polyethylene napthalate). This material is chemically akin to the PET (polyethylene terathylate) film used for the diaphragms of MartinLogan's renowned electrostatic panels, but capable of handling the heat generated by the current passing through the ATF diaphragm's conductive aluminum etched skin.
Fresco i is suitable for use in any stereo or multi-channel audio system, mounted either on- or off-wall. And it blends well with other MartinLogan speakers in both sound and appearance, which allows mixing and matching to meet specific installation requirements.Installation Versatility
Single-pivot Wall Bracket
Each Fresco i comes standard with low-profile, single-pivot wall bracket that allows vertical or horizontal mounting next to a plasma or LCD display or in any other location. Optionally available are a table stand and floor stand.
Carefully hand-built using only the finest polypropylene capacitors and air-core coils, the crossover employ's MartinLogan's proprietary Vojtko topology for vanishingly low distortion and seamless driver integration. This precision-tuned network preserves even the most subtle sonic nuances while handling the full dynamics of any source.
On-Wall / Off-Wall Acoustic Contour Switch
A unique 'on wall / off wall' acoustic contour switch tailors Fresco i's low-frequency response appropriately for on-wall or off-wall placement, ensuring total system matching in even the most diverse setups.
Low-Distortion Aluminum-Cone Woofers
By eliminating cone flexure, aluminum diaphragms help our advanced-technology woofers achieve the very low distortion necessary for proper blending with MartinLogan electrostatic panels.
"The MartinLogan Fresco i speaker has a distinctly delicate, fine-grained sound quality with excellent low-level detail and transient response. These qualities are evident with many music genres but are most clear with guitar, piano, and wind instruments. Anthony Wilson's electric guitar accompaniment (somewhat reminiscent of Wes Montgomery's style) in Diana Krall's Live in Paris (Verve Records) is fast and articulate, and each note sounds crisp and detailed. The Fresco's transient response easily keeps up with the tempo in Krall's piano solo in "Devil May Care," from the same recording.
"The shimmering percussion reveals a truly transparent, unveiled quality that remains clean and uncongested in Spyro Gyra's "River Between" from their In Modern Times SACD (Heads Up International), despite the numerous percussion instruments in the track. Ana Caram's signature airy voice comes across with stunningly delicate detail in "Anos Duorados" from her Rio After Dark album (CD, Chesky Records)."
"The Fresco i speaker has a "not in your face," easy-listening sound quality that is easy to appreciate and often hard to come by. One of my all-time favorite speakers is the Dahlquist DQ10, of which I still own four. Although from a different era, circa 1970s, the DQ10s let you listen instead of forcing you to listen. They let the listener perceive and appreciate subtle details, and theMartinLogan Frescos remind me of this enjoyable quality. The Frescos are capable of adequate sound-pressure level, but they sound the best at moderate listening levels where details, transparency, and clarity are superb.
"I've made it no secret that planar, ribbon, and electrostatic speakers are among my favorites, and I don't hesitate to include the MartinLogan Fresco i in that group. Their high-resolution sound qualities and contemporary style are a nice complement to a high-definition flat-panel or big-screen television, and the Fresco i will easily satisfy the passionate purist who appreciates MartinLogan's electrostatic speakers."
- Gary Altunian, Home Theater magazine, June 2008
"The clarity of the MartinLogan Purity system is breathtaking - and yet I never felt the sound was too aggressive or overly bright. To the contrary, the system's overall bass / midrange / treble balance was superb. I have to admit, I was having such a good time with the Purity system that I was truly sorry to ship it back to MartinLogan."
- Steve Guttenberg, The Perfect Vision magazine, December 8, 2008 review of a MartinLogan home theater system (Purity, Fresco I, Matinee, Abyss)
"The Fresco i is a remarkable speaker, delivering an exceptional level of flexibility for those who wish to create a stylish system for AV use with the option of wall-mounting, but without compromising sound quality. In tandem with the little Dynamo, the result is articulate for a speaker system of its type, as capable with music as with movies. Style without compromise -- flat screen TV owners with discerning ears should form an orderly queue!"
- Alvin Gold, Home Cinema Choice magazine, March 2008