Mass Fidelity has Announced its Core system. This is a new wireless speaker system that can be daisy chained with up to 9 units to make a multi-room system. The Core employs Wave Field Synthesis Technology which recreates the sound made by speakers set widely apart. The WFS is executed by 4 custom speakers and a downward firing sub. It’s also got a mic for speakerphone capabilities. This little speaker has 120 watts of room shaking power. The speaker is also driven by a full ARM CPU and 6 DSPs to do its processing. The Core connects to your phone using Bluetooth and the high quality AptX codec. It has optical and 3.5mm inputs. The speakers connect to each other easily using 5GHz wireless technology. If that wasn’t impressive enough, it has 12 hours of battery life and can be full recharged in less than 2 hours.
The Mass Fidelity Core costs as little as $349 on Indiegogo. The planned retail price is $599.
Introducing ‘The Core’ Wireless Speaker System; Mass Fidelitys Revolutionary New Product That Delivers “Better Than Stereo” Sound Using Wave Field Synthesis
Connect up to nine units to create a multi-room home music system;
Compact size and 12-hour battery make it effortlessly portable
Toronto – September 4, 2014 – Mass Fidelity Inc., creator of The Relay, an award-winning Bluetooth DAC, today introduces The Core, a product designed to be the center of users musical universe. The Core is a beautiful, compact wireless speaker that combines “better than stereo” sound with an impressive feature set including, portability, multi-room functionality and crystal-clear audio.
The Core uses a number of innovative acoustic technologies to create a stunning sound that mimics the experience of two separated Hi-Fi speakers, yet comes from a beautiful box that fits in the palm of your hand.
“What makes the Core truly revolutionary is the use of innovative Wave Field Synthesis technology,” said Ben Webster, CEO and Co-Founder of Mass Fidelity. “Wave Field Synthesis is an entirely new way of rendering audio where a sound image is produced by recreating that sound in space – similar to a hologram. This astonishing sound image can be viewed from anywhere in the room. It is purer and sounds better than traditional stereo, because it does not rely on the listeners position or on tricking the brain with psychoacoustics.”
Wave Field Synthesis (WFS)
The Core uses Wave Field Synthesis (WFS), a revolutionary audio rendering technique that produces an astounding sonic image that sounds like two widely placed Hi-Fi speakers. Wave Field Synthesis causes sound to emanate from virtual starting points (in this case, The Core) and continue to move along pathways, creating a lifelike sound image as each of the waveforms collide at a point in space. Unlike conventional stereo that is designed to trick the brain with clever psychoacoustic processes, WFS reconstructs the sound field physically, making it the purest and cleanest audio representation. It is a technology that has been touted as the obvious next step in acoustic rendering since the late 80’s but because of its demanding computing requirements, hadn’t been viae to implement as a high quality solution in a consumer product — until now.
Mass Fidelity Core
The Core brings an infinite selection of music into every part of life. Users can access and play music however and wherever they wantstreaming straight from a smartphone or tablet or via digital and analog sources using a wired connection. Without having to download apps or configure networking equipment, users can instantly connect up to nine units to create a multi-room music experience with the touch of a single button — all without the need for complicated wiring or additional Wi-Fi equipment (routers, switches, etc).
The Core provides beautiful yet powerful sound with smooth highs, crystal clear midrange and bone shaking bass, thanks to an array of four custom-designed mid/high frequency speakers and a downward-firing subwoofer, driven by 120 watts of precision digital power, all being fed by a pristine digital signal path end to end.
Digital Horse Power
Six Digital Signal Processors (DSP), and an ARM processing core work in unison to execute a series of advanced acoustic rendering algorithms, which combine to create a true acoustic tour de force.
Additionally, the Core’s 120-watt digital amplifier stage delivers high-quality music at an almost unbelievable scale for such a small box.
No More Stereo Sweet Spot With WFS, the Core creates a multidimensional sound image that can be heard from any location in the room, eliminating the sweet spot that comes from traditional stereo speakers.
Using the built-in adaptive wireless network, users are able to connect between two and nine units to create a multi-room system in a home with the press of a single button — no wires or Wi-Fi required. No matter the source, music can be streamed at CD quality in any size home.
In order to make it easy to use, there is no app, complicated setup or extra bridge components required; users simply place the units where they want to hear the music and press the multi-room button.
When multiple Cores are connected, they create a dedicated adaptive music network in the 5GHz radio spectrum, streaming at “Red book” CD quality (16-bit / 44,100 Hz), no matter the source (Bluetooth, legacy analog sources via analog input, AppleTV®, etc.). The network continually scans for interference to ensure the highest audio quality possible and in the event of any interference from other electronics, the Core will automatically move to another channel to find the cleanest channel possible for delivering the music.
Employing similar techniques used in The Relay, Mass Fidelitys award winning Bluetooth DAC, the Core utilizes signal processing architecture to guarantee the best possible sound quality from the easiest and readily available output from a smart phone or tablet. The Cores ultra-sensitive Class 1 Bluetooth receiver technology minimizes dropouts, and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and aptX® audio decoding brings out the best possible sound from any digital source.
The Cores compact 6 x 6 x 4 size and 12-hour battery life makes it very portable.
A combination of its compact size and extended battery life makes it effortless to take it out on the patio and beyond.
Additionally, the Core recharges in less than two hours and features a USB port that can conveniently charge smartphones or tablets if they are low on power. It even comes with International power adaptor tips for effortless travel.
Liberate yourself from Wi-Fi
The Core does not require Wi-Fi or a router to perform any of its multitalented tasks. This means users are never at the whim of their home internet connection, nor do they have to be within range of a Wi-Fi network to listen to music wirelessly. The Core requires no apps or complicated set-up procedures; just pair a smart phone, tablet or PC via Bluetooth and users can enjoy music in less than 60 seconds.
The Core uses Absolutely Bass Technology (ABT), a combination of electronics, software, and mechanical engineering working in unison to produce low frequency performance unmatched for its size. The Core will output frequencies down to 44 Hz at ‘normal’ listening volumes.
Dynamic Re-tuning Technology
Because there are some who want more bass, the Core automatically retunes itself when connected to any wired powered subwoofer. When connected, the Core focuses on midrange and high frequency information in the music and delivers the low frequency information to the external subwoofer, alMass Fidelity Core – Backlowing the Core to play louder than normal.
With multiple inputs, the Core allows for both digital and analog sources to be connected, whether an AppleTV®, Amazon FireTV® or Roku® via the optical input. This optical digital input can also be connected to the digital output of a TV so the Core can be used as a soundbar. Using the 3.5 mm analog input, users can connect any wired device, even a turntable (with phono pre-amp).
The elegant look of the Core is the result of Mass Fidelitys focus on intelligent yet minimal design. The Core is beautifully accented with an acrylic glass top and chromed steel base. Its bold yet simple beauty, compact size, slight embellishments and lack of unsightly wires make the Core enviable in any space.
Gesture Control to advance tracks
NFC touch to pair
The Core will be available for pre-order on September 4th via Indiegogo. The crowdfunding platform is being used in order to accelerate initial production volume by financing the setup of additional production lines.
“By offering the Core to potential buyers via Indiegogo, we will be able to increase the volume of the first production run as well as accelerate the timing for delivery, noted Webster. We are currently in the process of testing and refining the pre-production samples before moving into production.
The Core will retail for $599 USD, however will launch on Indiegogo for $349 USD for one unit, $698 USD for two or $999 USD for three and are slated to be available in early to mid-December.
About Mass Fidelity
Mass Fidelity is a Canadian technology start-up formed by audiophiles, designers and engineers to liberate modern audio through technology. We design devices that adapt to and empower the changing ways in which listeners want to access and play music. Every decision we make is with three tenets in mind: functional design, revolutionary sound and freedom for the listener.
Simplicity in design and dexterity in function make our products unlike anything youve seen or heard. Beautiful, thoughtfully designed conduits for the sounds you love, wherever and however you want to hear them. For more information visit www.massfidelity.com.