Cleer Audio has created the Crescent, a smart speaker that packs multiple technologies into an aesthetically pleasing and iconic industrial design form factor (Q3 availability; $599.99).
The design belies the technology within. There is a linear speaker array of eight 40mm full-range drivers on the front, and two 3.3-inch subwoofers in the rear, and two bass ports, as well as specially designed driver housing. The Crescent features a hand-crafted stainless steel speaker grille and a machined aluminum interface.
Company CEO Patrick Huang explains that the Crescent uses a technology dubbed beamforming that sends an “acoustic bubble” around the listener’s head. It employs Intel Capital company Dysonics’ SoundShaping DSP software. Perry Teevens, CEO of Dysonics, explains in the announcement of the product’s introduction that Dysonics’ spatial audio technology “involves the virtual placement of sound sources anywhere in three-dimensional space, including behind, above or below the listener. Now sounds can come from every direction, greatly enhancing the listener experience.”
There are three audio mode settings: Wide Stereo Mode, which provides a listening experience akin to a live orchestral performance; 3D Immersive Mode, which uses beamforming to focus the sound toward a single location; and Room Filling Mode, which is suitable for music-making in a whole room.
The Crescent is designed to work with the Cleer + App for personalized customization for specific listening scenarios. Equipped with a Voice Assistant, the Crescent incorporates an optimized mic array with noise-rejection technology. It supports Hi-Res digital audio formats and streaming from Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay 2, AAC, FLAC, WMA and Apple Lossless, and Chromecast . With Wi-Fi, a 3.5mm Aux, RJ25 and optical inputs, it also supports additional audio sources.