Dynaudio was started up in 1977 in Denmark by a group of engineers and developers who had a love for music and speaker design. They claimed even expensive speakers sounded coloured and that there were timing differences. This was not only audible but also measurable.
At first they made cabinets using drivers of other manufacturers. Dynaudio found they did not achieve the desire result because the drivers were not performing enough. In terms of dynamics (compression), precision, homogeneity and linearity. Because of this they started developing own drivers, which became so famous that a large number of cabinet producers used them for their renowned quality. The first driver developed by Dynaudio was the famous 28mm soft down with acoustic chamber that efficiently dampens the backwards energy produced. To cool the voice coil Dynaudio invented ferro fluid 30 years ago.
In later years the Esotar T330D became world famous and it is currently still being used in high end designs by other speaker manufacturers, such as Eggelston Works.
Dynaudio is currently being distributed in more than 60 countries and is used in the most advanced studio's of the world, eg ‘BBC Radio and Music'. The car industry also used Dynaudio, Volvo, Volkswagen and Bugatti for example.
Dynaudio DM 2/6
This review tests the entry level range of Dynaudio, the DM-range, of which the smallest of 4 siblings is tested: the DM26. The range also houses the DM2/7, a floorstanding speaker, the DM 3/7 and a matching center speaker. The small Dynaudios are very well finished and are equally beautiful, or maybe even more, without their fronts. It's a classic two way system with bass port at the back. With a 29cm height and 17cm width they can be considered as small speakers. Whether they sound big, we'll know soon. The technical specs state the Dynaudio's can handle up to 150 Watts (IEC), which is very high for such a small cabinet. Even with higher volumes they remain firm. The cabinet houses a 14cm low/midrange driver and a 28mm soft dome tweeter, a real two-way.
Quite unique is that the cone and dust cover of the midrange are made as one part, using MSP or Magnesium Silicat Polymer. The magnet housing is opened at the back to achieve perfect ventilation at backwards movements of the cone. This technology is normally only used in more expensive, professional driver. The reflex ports at the back warn you not to position the speakers too close to the wall. However it is good to know that even when discarding this warning, the bass line remained as clear. Perfectionist can find plugs to close the ports when wanted. Very handy when using them as a bookshelf for example. The speakers are available in rosewood or black. The fronts are very reliable, and so are the speaker terminals. I wouldn't have expected otherwise with Dynaudio.
I'm starting off with a number by Raymond Van het Groenewoud: ‘Dit is mijn verhaal'. His voice sounds lifelike, and the relaxing atmosphere meant by this number is present. If a speaker manages to give tranquillity, it's already very positive. Even when cranking up the volume, it shows no signs of aggressiveness. Great! The highs are detailed but to me could be a bit brighter. The typical Danish neutrality shows.
Next up: ‘Clocks' van Coldplay. The recording quality is not super, that is what the Dynaudio's reveil to me. The song misses dynamics and punch and sounded kind of flat. Another track that underlines the qualities of the DM 2/6: The Fray met ‘How to save a life'. Personaly I like dynamic presentations the most. The Dynaudio DM 2/6 presents the music in a well ordered way. It would have been absolutely great if I was invited to jump out of my chair to start to dance.
A song by Peter Gabriel: ‘Sledgehammer'. His voice was homogenous, authentic and realistic, the instruments sounded natural. Never there was any aggressiveness. If you want the music to leave the speakers properly, do pay enough attention to a careful placement. Experimenting is key! Don't position them to low, a 60cm height is the very minimum. The Dynaudio Stand 3, which matches perfectly, can provide the proper solution.
Time for the ultimate judgment using audiophile discs and classical music. I'm starting off with Giovanni Picchi. The violins are layed out with a natural glow and never bite. If you look at the price tag, it amazes me what the small monitors can do.
For €575 a pair Dynaudio markets the DM 2/6 with surprising price/quality performance. Their 29cm height give you a compact cabinet that however still manages to have decent low end performance. You get a pair of pleasant sounding speakers that are less fatiguing than a lot of speakers in this class and ever higher price ranges. They are allround speakers, who shine with voices and classical instruments. The bass line is solid and pretty deep, especially for such a small cabinet. Dynaudio claims 50Hz at -3dB. If you look at the small speakers and experience the low end, amasement is the right word to describe it. If you want even more, you can add the Dynaudio Compact Sub, increasing the range to 27Hz. For me personally they can be a bit more dynamic, and a bit more powerful at lower volumes. Of course this is relative, looking at the size and price. They are a Recommended Buy because for a small budget you get a speaker that is not fatiguing, reproduces classical instruments correctly and manages to produce a sound larger than mini-speakers.
Pro and Con
Finding a pro was easier than a contra. Therefor my remarks with the cons. For me the Dynaudio's have only one drawback, and it's that they require quite some power.
+ neutral, non-fatiguing sound
+ rich in detail
+ solid bass that extend beyond what you expect from the cabinet's size
+ sound is larger than the size
+ very good finish
- lacks dynamics and requires power
- stereo image width could be better