These french guys apparently visited Dynaudio's facility in Denmark, and shared their experience in both words and pictures. If you can't read french, I suggest you either use Google Translate, or just look at the pictures (watch out for the porn calendars, btw).
Nous sommes très heureux, Ludwig et moi-même, de partager avec vous ce sujet sur la visite de l'usine Dynaudio. Je vous souhaite pour ma part un excellent moment de lecture.
Petit mot d'introduction par Ludwig...
As you may or may not know, Dynaudio is a danish speakers manufacturer best known in the audiophile world for designing and releasing the Esotar tweeter, acclaimed as possibly the best tweeter in the world by critics and enthusiasts alike. After ceasing the sale of individual parts and drivers to DIYers to focus on the manufacture and sale of their own speakers, they stopped the production of the Esotar (now a rare and costly piece) and designed the Esotar2, which can be found on their higher end lines. Whereas some claim the original Esotar still has an edge over the Esotar2, all agree on the latter being the best tweeter currently available for its smooth, natural sound and revealing capabilities.
Dynaudio Confidence C4 on the left, and Dynaudio Contour S 5.4 on the right. The latter is slightly smaller than a medium sized man, and the Contour S 3.4 look like dwarves in comparison. This should give you an idea how big the Confidence C4 are (the Confidence series has double Esotar2 tweeters, by the way).
It's only considered porn over here. It's art and women's appreciation over there.
These are the guys you want to buy speakers from. They are comparing their speakers to the pinup calender (which still says "2008" btw) and trying to decide which one is more sexier. My kind of company!
man, yaw guys got nude beaches and the girls can take their top off at public places/beaches.
Thanks for the article. Those speakers in your post are just gorgeous.
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Cool article. I have a soft spot in me for Dynaudio.
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I have seen lots of factory tour shots but never that many from a single company.
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One good thing about them is that they still design and manufacture their every product in Denmark, with scrupulous cure for detail. It really shows their commitment to delivering high quality, compromiseless products even in their more affordable lines. Check out this promotional video of theirs (part 1/3; the others can be found on YouTube if you feel especially inclined):
took 10 minutes to find the damn calendar
Denmark is home to Dynaudio, one of the world's finest speaker manufacturers. After beginning modestly as a maker of speaker drivers, Dynaudio rapidly gained accolades from OEMs and the international do-it-yourself speaker-building conspiracy. But don't let their industrial background mislead you. Dynaudio's Contour and Confidence speaker lines are among the most classically striking speakers in the market today: business and beauty bundled together, in a high-end showroom near you.
Judging absolute sound quality under the unfamiliar circumstances of an audio show is always fraught with difficulty. If a system sounds bad, there are so many possible reasons for it to do so that pointing a finger of blame at the components is possibly unfair. Conversely, when a room sounds good at a show, it is probable that the components being used deserve some recognition. Such was the case at Home Entertainment 2002 in New York last May, when Dynaudio's Confidence C4 made its debut.
The Dynaudio Confidence C4 is a distinguished, musical loudspeaker that reminds me of why I got involved with audio in the first place: to visit faraway lands, experience exotic places, and reminisce with old friends -- all without leaving my listening room. I bet they’ll do the same for you.
I'm actually an audiophile who is now dipping into videophile territory. Coming from a Dynaudio 2-channel setup (with Simaudio front end and amplification), the thought of doing a 5 channel Dynaudio theater setup makes my wallet cry.
Dyn's really fly under the radar of a lot of buyers. I really don't know why as they make excellent products. Their tweeters are top notch and some of the soft dome midranges they have are butter smooth. A lot don't like how neutral they can be but they are highly accurate and poor source material will be exposed.
From the minus side, what I've found is that they are quite power hungry and require beefy amplification (lots of power to sing and at 4 ohms to boot). In addition, unlike many of the hocus "break-in" requirements that some manufacturers insist on, the lengthy break-in period for new Dyn drivers really does change their sound, especially in the mid-bass region (this is a positive thing, midbass output increase dramatically). The one thing I haven't been impressed with is their subs. They require really large enclosures and are not designed for excursion in mind. Tight accurate bass that you will feel in your gut, but not super loud.
They hold up pretty well too. I went with a home theater setup in the audience line as I couldn't afford the confidence line back then, and about 12 years later they're still sounding terrific. Only driver I had to replace was from mover damage a few years back. I've still got the set boxed up ready for our next house/ht setup and some leftover drivers from my car audio days. Maybe it's time to build a cabinet for those drivers!
For the record, Dynaudio has just recently updated their Focus and Confidence line ups. The new Confidence Signature are really sexy with the black front plate - too bad they only come in those laquer finishes (I like my speakers opaque).
Btw, today I caught a glimpse of the very limited edition (1000 pieces worldwide) Dynaudio Sapphire in cobalt finish. Yes, it is blue. It was the 999th pair (they're numbered in the rear). I must admit in real they look a lot sexier than you'd think. Of course you can't put blue speakers in a multi-channel setup with no fitting rears and center channel, but in a dedicated stereo setup with black electronics they would look good imho. We couldn't audition them because they were hooked up to Chord electronics that require at least one hour warm-up to sound good, and they didn't want us to hear them cold LOL Oh, well
Here's a video of the new Focus 380 flagship model from Munich High End 2011:
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