Dynaudio Special Forty Standmount Speaker Review & Comments

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    1. Ed Selley

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      yeah heard these at bristol, seriously blown away. the bass for a bookshelf was frankly astounding, and they had a dynamism on top of that which was jaw dropping

      seriously impressive speaker
       
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      Wow. High praise indeed.
      I've had a pair of ProAc 1SC since forever, feeling smug that I've yet to come across any reason to feel I might replace them. After reading this, even unheard I'm almost sold (yeah, thanks for that)
       
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      If they sound as nice as they look should be very good. Way over any budget I would have though!
       
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      2500? high end for sure but that doesn't seem out of line with other offerings. the 705s2 are 1800 or so.
       
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      Is this 2500 a piece ?
       
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      speak pricing usually is per pair
       
    8. Paul7777x

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      They do seem able to pull excellence out of a hat do Dynaudio.

      But that finish. Gruesomely ugly :zonked:
       
    9. muljao

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      Nice review.

      Would these be an upgrade to my q acoustic 2020i bookshelf speakers :)
       
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      there are other finishes available, and having seen them in the flesh they look better in real life than that pic. i'd put them in my room
       
    11. Paul7777x

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      Now this finish is quite the tastiness.


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      Gorgeous.

      @Ed Selley any idea how the £1k Dynaudios compare?
       
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      mossym, was not suggesting they were out of kilter to others re price, they are though out of kilter to my pocket money!!! I shall have to live with my Q Acoustic Concept 20's, might upgrade to 40's one day!:thumbsup:
       
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      They must be wolves in sheep's clothing as they are a little plain looking at the front. The performance is paramount but they could've added a bit of 'Bling' around the woofer and tweeter to make them look 'real nice'. I'd love to give them a trial run :)
       
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      Bling? Seriously? Hifi is all about the sound. Personally speaking I think they look lovely. If I was looking at stand mounted speakers I'd definitely consider them but I'm in the market for a slim pair of towers. Totem tribe are currently in the lead of choices.
       
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      No bling apart from the glossy veneers,but i am not surprised they sound so good as they have the latest and greatest drivers from the Evidence range.The Contour 20 adds a better(more inert) cabinet for 4000 pounds.
       
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      They certainly stand out....striking appearance
       
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      I wish there been more testing using an high end CD player,yes some still buy and play CD :D
       
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      As I said the performance is paramount, I wouldn't dispute that. Personally they're plain looking at the front and missing something to make them stand out a bit, so yes, Bling! Seriously! Just my opinion, we all see things differently :)
       
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      I agree with that but I like them, especially in the grey. I currently have Audience 42 and they're very plain but that finish.... I think it looks amazing. If they had a floorstanding alternative I'd definitely look at them.
       
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      Yup. The grey is quite impressively attractive to me too.

      A floorstande would be something indeed.
       
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      I'm in the market for a small pair around 5k, hence my totem tribe tower obsession! They tick all my boxes tbh.
       
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      Hi,
      I attended the Bristol hi-fi show for the first time this year and for me, there were two highlights.
      First was getting into a conversation with an American guy about my love for SVS subs and the ones I had owned and now owned, without realising he was the American CEO for SVS (Gary Yacoubian) what a nice guy.
      Secondly, I spent a good 25 minutes listening to these speakers (which sounded utterly stunning). Two things brought me down to earth with a bump though, the price of £2,500 for them and also the guy sitting next to me who pointed out that around £4,000's worth of electronics were being used to demo the speakers.
      I think I'll have to follow Cornish Dave's advice and stick with my concept 20's !!
      Gregory
       
    24. Gnaghi

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      Thanks Ed for the review. I think the following sums them up:

      More importantly, this bass energy is beautifully integrated with everything else and the speaker is also commendably fast on its feet.

      When I heard them at The Indulgence Show I have to admit I had a bit of an anorak moment and took a few minutes off the listening sofa to look at the speakers properly. I put my hand over the rear port and could only feel a small amount of energy. I did this as I was having difficulty getting my head around the fact that such robust, tight and smoothly integrated bass was coming from a speaker driver and cabinet that are relatively diminuitive. I was looking at the depth of the speaker and kept expecting to see more. It was a bit of a weird feeling and is a testament to Dynaudio's engineering prowess. However, I didn't put this in my show report as it sounds a bit nutty!
       
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      Whose going to be first to put the money down ? would a Yamaha A-S2100 do them justice or something beefier more sensible.
       
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      Who's ?
      .............beefier bank account holders :) I'll make do with my Dynaudio speakers in my very nice car. (My Volvo and Abba Gold playing are my Scandinavian luxuries I will have to make do with) and the odd trip Copenhagen-Stockholm.

      Not that I wouldn't want to trial them with my Marantz PM-7005.
       
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      What front end were they using to demo them.

      How far from a rear wall should these be located. I am wondering if these will be able to fit in a 12 foot x 12 foot room for a separate hifi system.

      thanks
       
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      I certainly like the look of them and the review. I feel they would be a step up from my KEF R300s and are a perfect size for my room. Biggest problem I have is that they would have to fit in with a 5.1.2 system as well so I'd have to consider a centre at the very least. No problem driving them with a Rega Elicit R though.

      Music is slowly moving ahead in importance from film with me at the moment. Good review.
       
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      I'd love to sit down and demo these alongside ATC SCM19 & PMC Twenty25.22.

      @gibbsy

      I owned Kef R300 & R200c for 3yrs and took the chance on a second hand PMC twenty.c centre speaker at a very good price in the classifieds. I was sceptical over whether it'd be that much better than the Kef and to my great surprise it was considerably cleaner sounding and better separated different sounds. I couldn't believe how muddled the low frequencies sounded on the Kef in comparison - which up until that point I was blissfully unaware of and thought sounded very good.

      I really liked the KEF R series but the one thing that I was aware of is that they have a more laid back sound as well as slightly delicate high frequencies which probably subconsciously pushed me towards auditioning the PMC. Anyway, I was impressed to the extent that I ended up buying a new pair of twenty.22 standmounts which I love whereas I probably only ever got so far as really liking the Kefs. There is one thing that the PMCs lack however which is bass weight and require a good sub to fill the void which isn't the case with the Kefs.

      The point of my ramblings is that, in my experience, upgrading from the Kefs was a worthwhile exercise. I was wary of the law of diminishing returns but it, imo, didn't really apply and the extra spend paid off quite handsomely.

      A final observation. I love the sound of the PMC twenty series - the level of detail, separation and incredibly smooth top end. I would love a speaker that provides all of that but with more full bodied and stronger low frequencies which goes back to my opening comment that I'd love to demo the Special 40 alongside the two others.
       
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      @PC1975 Interesting, when I first went for KEF at AudioT one of the salesmen were enthusing about PMC and said I should take a listen but already having a 200C it was, at the time, just too much for me. They also did not have a centre for the range. Another stumbling block was that they did not pass the wife test.

      I sticking with the R300s for a while, my goal is Reference 1s which I think will suit the room based on how well the 300s behave. Believe it or not I've been given the green light to look later in the year.:thumbsup:
       

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