With the Xeo series Dynaudio builds a bridge between audiophile sound demand and contemporary operation. On paper, the Xeo 30 offers everything you expect from a wireless active system. Does it convince in the test?
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Classic pit construction or modern hi-fi technology? Not all manufacturers manage this difficult balancing act as well as Dynaudio. For a long time, active speakers in the hi-fi segment were having a hard time: there were great reservations about the complete systems because they did not allow speakers and amplifiers to be combined according to their own taste. But now the active concept is becoming increasingly popular. This is probably due to the fact that companies like Sonos and Co. have drastically changed the way they listen to music today with their wireless multiroom systems .
Active speakers can also be tonally tuned much better than is possible with passive speakers. In the latter, only an analogue crossover splits the high-level signal of the amplifier to the individual paths. This requires large-dimensioned components that can cope with correspondingly high currents. In addition, the filter design in analog technology are relatively narrow limits. If you want to realize steep-edged transitions between the paths or detailed corrections in the frequency response, the circuits are very quickly quite complex and take up a lot of space. An extreme example is the switch in the new pyramid of Nubert, which fills the entire base of the loudspeaker with an edge length of at least 45.7 cm x 45.7 cm.
In the case of active concepts in the strict sense, which are not just a passive box with built-in power amplifier, on the other hand, the un-amplified AF signal is split by a crossover in the different ways. The chassis can then be driven by appropriately tuned amplifier modules, whereby the amplifier power can be provided much more targeted. In addition, active systems usually use digital switches, which can be designed to be much more versatile. In addition to the actual turnout filters, which can then also be higher order (that is, they are steeper), depending on the computing power of the digital signal processor (DSP), larger interferences in the frequency response can be realized. That’s why active speakers usually provide a powerful equalizer,
The two cone drivers, one of which functions as a pure woofer and one as a woofer / midrange driver, carry Dynaudio DNA: the Danes rely on lightweight aluminum voice coils, sophisticated magnet systems and on-site membrane material magnesium silicate polymer (MSP).
Often too great is the temptation of the developers to use digital technology to compensate for electroacoustic inadequacies of the loudspeaker, for example, by using a digital filter in the bass to help it to jump or trying to iron out annoying resonances by equalization. However, this rarely leads to success. As before, a solidly engineered caseAdvertisement: Among the best technology products on Amazon [powered by contextR] with powerful drivers and clean tuning is an important foundation for any high quality active system. Fortunately, as a classic box builder, Dynaudio has access to a wealth of expertise in loudspeaker design.
The basic design of the Xeo 30, which is essentially based on the predecessor model Xeo 6 , is also correspondingly patented . The pure housing dimensions of 18 cm x 82.5 cm x 24.6 cm have remained virtually the same, only the design has been slightly revised. While the infrared receiver in the Xeo 6 still enthroned on the box, it is integrated in the Xeo 30 now below the woofer in the front wall. In addition, the drivers are now no longer framed in metal gray, but in black and the edges of the case more rounded.
Proven and new
Likewise, the design was maintained as a 2.5-way speaker with bass reflex tube and the driver assembly – two 14-cm Esotec woofers with Dynaudiotypischen magnesium-silicate polymer membrane and a typical 28-mm Esotec tissue dome. For the developers there was no reason to question the proven basic construction.
But what was the difference between Xeo 6 and Xeo 30? The changes mainly affect the electronics and the DSP programming. First, the small stand box has 30 percent more amplifier power to offer, instead of 3 x 50 watts are now three amplifier modules of 65 watts installed. Second, there is now a better signal processor with more computing capacity on board. This gave Dynaudio the opportunity to make some signal processing optimizations. Here, both experiences from the higher-class Focus XD series as well as from the studio monitor LYD 5 flowed in.
In essence, this concerns the integrated limiter, which promises more dynamics through a smarter control algorithm, as well as the crossover, which is supposed to produce a particularly closed and consistent sound image through smoother transitions between the individual paths. With cut-off frequencies of 200 and 4300 Hz Dynaudio leaves the midrange in the Xeo 30 also a much larger field than in the previous model, where the transitions were at 600 and 2800 Hz.
The motherboard is located behind the rear panel of the master and includes all the key features of the active system: a power supply, separate amplifier modules for each of the three drivers, A / D and D / A converters, and a powerful DSP, as well as all the wireless technology in addition to a Bluetooth receiver module also includes the transmitter for the HiRes radio link between master and slave. It’s amazing how little space the electronics need for such a wide range of functions.
Right at the start
The third innovation comes from the compact Xeo 2. The Xeo 30, like the Xeo 2, has two analogue and one digital input as well as a Bluetooth receiver, if the Xeo 6 was only able to receive music signals wirelessly via the Dynaudio’s own transmitters Hub or Connect. The box can therefore also be controlled directly, the two transmitters, after all beat with 250 or 350 euros extra charge, are no longer necessary. One only needs the transmitters if one plans to control the speakers wirelessly not via Bluetooth, but in high quality (PCM 24/96), or to operate several Xeo and Focus XD pairs in the multi-room mode.
Commissioning the Xeo 30 is therefore extremely easy. The system consists of master and slave, which can each be assigned a stereo channel via the selector switch. So it does not matter if you put the master on the right and the slave on the left or vice versa. The boxesClick here to buy at Amazon connect after switching automatically via radio and automatically begin playing when they detect an audio signal to one of the inputs. The master sends the second stereo channel in 24/96 over the radio link to the slave. This is modern hi-fi technology par excellence!
What could finally mobilize this petite floor box to sound violence, nevertheless surprised us. Although the built-in limiter kept them clearly in check, the Xeo 30 played impulsive pop music so convincingly that one would have expected a larger speaker. In the bass, she was so emphatic that we finally even decided, despite a freestanding lineup on the bassabsenkende Ortsentzerrung fall back. After this small adaptation, the Xeo 30 delivered a very good idea, which we almost could not tear off at the end. A successful active system for beginners, which sets high standards in terms of ease of use as well as sonic.
For its size, the Xeo 30 plays surprisingly deep and deep, but at high levels it has to fit. But it shines with an extremely stable image and unbelievably convincing spatiality.
- plays emphatically and deeply
- extremely stable image
- convincing spatiality
8/10 points, sound: absolute top class), price/quality: outstanding