Dynaudio were present at Sound & Vision in Bristol with a dimly lit room showcasing their latest speakers designs. A large black & white mural of David Bowie adorned the front wall, flanked either side by by a pair of Dynaudio Contour 60. I find it interesting to see what other manufacturers a hi-fi brand uses to demo its own products. In this case, Dynaudio were using Naim electronics, a very good match indeed.
Dynamic Headroom grabbed a spare seat and sat down for a listen.
Dynaudio Contour Range
The pairing of Naim and Dynaudio produced an engaging, warm and ryhthmic sound which is right up my alley. This is a sound that you can live with in the long term, not just be impressed with during a demo. The Contour 60 can be yours for £7500.
Along the side of the room was a cut away Contour 20 showing the internals of the speaker. The Contour 20 retails at £3750 in the UK. Sitting in between the 20 and the 60 in the Contour range is the floor standing 30, available for £5750.
Also on show was the Dynaudio Xeo range of active speakers. There were a lot of active speaker designs at the Sound & Vision Show 2017. Dynaudio are perhaps the best around because of the unique wireless operation of the Xeo range.
Other than a power cable, the Xeo are truly wireless – many other hi-fi brands are using the term “wireless” very liberally right now! A small hub (similar in size to an Arcam irDAC) acts as the access point to the Xeos. You connect your CD, streamer, whatever to the hub and then its links wirelessly to the speakers. Very neat and clever.
Finally there was the Emit range comprising of two stand mount designs (Emit 10 and Emit 20) along with a floor stander (Emit 30). These represent the entry-level products for Dynaudio and start at £499 for the Emit 10, £599 for the Emit 20 and £1250 for the big Emit 30.