Legend Acoustics was founded in 1995 by Dr Rod Crawford to design and manufacture world-class speakers in Australia. The decision was based on a wide range of experiences from around the world.
After growing up in Tasmania, Rod won a scholarship from the Electrolytic Zinc Company to study physics and metallurgy at the University of Melbourne. He obtained first class honours and the Melbourne University Travelling Scholarship to continue his studies in the Department of Materials Science at the University of Oxford. There he was awarded a D Phil for his research into the fundamental properties of ordered alloys using X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy.
In 1986 he again returned to the UK where he worked four years at Linn to design a range of speakers replacing the aging and agricultural-looking Isobarik and Kan. His role-model was BMW cars – high performance and good looks were not mutually exclusive. In collaboration with a highly talented team, Rod’s designs included the Kaber, Nexus, Helix, Index 2, Tukan and Keltik loudspeakers. They were well-received, often beating highly regarded competition such as B&W, Mission, Tannoy and Celestion in reviews. Linn’s loudspeaker sales almost trebled in this time.
After returning to Australia, Rod studied for a 2-year full-time MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney to improve his business skills before setting up Legend Acoustics. Legend has since grown to become one of Australia’s most innovative and successful loudspeaker companies, winning a number of awards. Its Kantu 4 was regarded by many as one of the best loudspeakers available irrespective of price. In 2006 Legend launced a new top-of-the-range Kumbar Wirri (Big Red) reference monitor loudspeaker, then one of the most accurate loudspeakers in the world. At the Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2008 the new DEQX-active Tikandi ("live") loudspeaker system was greeted with much acclaim. Since then the company has further improved many of it loudspeakers including the Tikandi Be, Kantu 8 and Kanga 7.
Legend’s design philosophy & practice
Legend Acoustics' mission is to make world-class loudspeakers, both in build and sound quality, so that you can experience maximum and long-lasting emotional enjoyment from your music and home theatre.
Our cabinets are made in Australia by a cabinet-maker who has long practice as well as innovative manufacturing techniques. Our drivers are carefully sourced from leading manufacturers before extensive modification by us. And our crossovers employ the finest electronic components from around the world, each component soldered directly together with the crossovers soldered to the drive units using high quality cable. Finally each loudspeaker is assembled in Australia at a single work-station and rigorously tested both by listening and by computer-controlled measurements.
But world-class loudspeakers require designing a whole that is more than the sum of the parts. Achieving such synergy requires, firstly, a passion for what live music really sounds like and, secondly, a deep understanding of loudspeaker design that comes from long experience and comprehensive knowledge of the physics involved.
Thus we create in Australia the famous "fast, open, natural sound" of Legend loudspeakers. They enable you to hear your music & home theatre through a "clear open window" as it was recorded and not through a layer of hard distortion - or with 3 tea-spoons of sweetener added to everything! Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” will sound raucous; and Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” ephemeral. Your emotional enjoyment will depend only on the content and quality of your CDs, DVDs and other sources.