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Overview

Our take on the Dynaudio Emit M20

The Emit M20s are a fine example of the incredible sound that Dynaudio can squeeze out of a modestly sized bookshelf speaker. I had the opportunity to audition the M20s during a training at our headquarters, and was impressed by the rock-solid center image, tightly controlled bass, and huge soundstage they produced.

Compact but mighty

The Emit M20s are a fine example of the incredible sound that Dynaudio can squeeze out of a modestly sized bookshelf speaker. I had the opportunity to audition the M20s during a training at our headquarters, and was impressed by the rock-solid center image, tightly controlled bass, and huge soundstage they produced.

Use the M20s with confidence as part of a stereo music system, or as the front or rear channels of an Emit Series home theater system.

Dynaudio Emit M20 Bookshelf speakers

Use the M20s as the front or rear channels of an Emit Series surround sound system.

A fast, responsive woofer

The M20s' 6-3/4" woofers use Dynaudio's Magnesium Silicate Polymer (MSP) cone material, which combines low mass and high rigidity. This design allows the woofers to respond quickly and accurately to the dynamic peaks in the music. 

The MSP cone is molded in one geometrically perfect piece, which helps to optimize sound dispersion. It also eliminates the need for a separate dust cap, further enhancing the cone's structural integrity.

To port or not to port...the choice is yours

Each Emit M20 cabinet is ported in the rear to provide a bit of extra low-frequency oomph — but not enough to sound boomy. A foam plug is included, which you can insert in the port to optimize bass response when placing the speakers near a wall.

Highs that sound natural and smooth

The Emit M20s use a soft dome tweeter that's just over an inch in diameter. This tried-and-true design has been refined over Dynaudio's four decades in the industry, which allows it to produce detailed, neutral, and non-fatiguing sound — even when you crank up the volume.

You'll want a powerhouse amp to drive it

A friendly heads-up: Dynaudio speakers perform at their best when fed high-current, high-quality amplification. With a sensitivity rating of 86 dB and a 4-ohms nominal impedance, the Emit M20s are a lot like a high-performance sports car that needs "premium gas" to reach its full potential. If you'd like personalized advice on matching these speakers with an amp, give one of our Advisors a shout for a free expert recommendation.

Build a complete Dynaudio Emit system

A pair of Emit M20s can fill your room with clear, robust stereo sound. If you're interested in a voice-matched surround sound system, pair them with these matching Emit Series models:

Center channel: Emit M15C
Bookshelf speakers: Emit M10
Floor-standing speaker: Emit M30
Powered subwoofers: Sub 3 or Sub 6

Dynaudio's DNA

Founded in 1977, Dynaudio is one of the world's premiere speaker companies. Their wide range of speakers for home, car, and pro audio applications are the result of a unique combination of innovative driver technology, state-of-the-art manufacturing, and true hand-craftsmanship. Dynaudio designs and builds all of its drivers at the company's HQ in Skanderborg, Denmark.

Product Highlights (each):

  • 1-1/8" soft-dome tweeter
  • 6-3/4" MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer) cone woofer
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet with rear-firing port
    • included port plug lets you seal the cabinet for placement against a wall or shelf
  • frequency response: 50-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • impedance: 4 ohms
  • maximum amplifier power: 150 watts
  • gold-plated binding post speaker terminals
  • removable grille
  • 8-1/2"W x 14"H x 11"D
  • weight: 16 lbs. each
  • designed, engineered, and assembled in Denmark
  • warranty: 5 years (8 years with registration)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 2 Bookshelf loudspeakers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Foam port plugs
  • Owners Manual
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Extension Card
Reviews

Dynaudio Emit M20 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Jack of all trades, master of none.

robert from Tallassee, AL on 9/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Being involved with hi-fi gear for 40 years, I was eager to invest in some modern gear to supplement my vintage gear. I wanted some stands mounts to compliment my newly acquired Peachtree Nova 150 Integrated amplifier. I researched many brands and read many reviews. From those reviews, it seemed the Emit 20's would be an ideal match. In the interim, I was auditioning my 20 year old B&W Matrix 1's. When I received the Emit 20's I was eager to see how they compared. I was optimistic from the reviews rating them above the B&W 600 series. Needless to say, I was underwhelmed. The mids sounded grainy. The speakers come supplied with a foam plug to utilize in the passive port as an option depending on placement. My opinion is, it's a cheap, if not a gimmicky feature. Based on the reviews and product info, the speakers offer "versatility" for different genres. In so many words, "a jack of all trade" speaker. Translation, it does many things OK, but not very well. Bottom line: I have to believe there are better speakers in the same price range. I will be returning mine.

Pros: small?? loud?? May be suitable for a college student dorm room.

Cons: Devoid of dynamics.

Awesome sound

Dave from Katy, TX on 6/4/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I auditioned several bookshelf bookshelf speakers for an office that has an entire back wall of glass, a high sloped ceiling, a side set of French doors and a layout that forces me to use the short wall with glass doors in the corner to set up my gear- obviously an acoustic nightmare. Amanda at Crutchfield suggested the Emit M120. These Emits are amazing. They are designed to eliminate up to 75% of the sound that radiates off the floor and ceiling and create a very large "sweet spot". I must say that although I don't fully understand the tech, it does work . The cabinets, although nice, are not as glamorous as some other bookshelves. Dynaudio is designed, manufactured and assembled in Denmark. Other HiFi speakers use Dynaudio drivers and components. The money spent in the manufacturing of these speakers goes towards sound quality. When I close my eyes I can imagine a sound stage twice the width of my room. They are crisp, incredibly detailed, natural, warm and accurate. I have them on stands filled with rice, about 1' off the wall, slightly toed in. I run an SVS SB1000 to catch everything below 60hz. Dynaudio is honest (most are not) and calls these 4 ohm. Leaving my Yamaha R-N803 amp with YPAO on 8 ohm setting for hours doesn't even get it warm. Amanda told me that these speakers gave her goosebumps, and not to worry about 4 ohm- they drive easy. You will have to play these many hours for them to really start opening up. They just keep getting better.

Pros: Tight, accurate, uncolored and full sound comparable to much more expensive speakers.

Cons: 4 ohm- but don't be scared of it. Most small bookshelves rated higher are fudging, and these speakers are really easy to drive on the 8 ohm setting (less THD) on my Yamaha R-N803 with zero heat or issues. Dynaudio keeps it honest. Try them! Thanks Amanda!

I have stopped looking for speakers!

Brian from Colorado Spgs, CO on 5/2/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Absolutely stunning. I'm done looking for bookshelf speakers. I was initially looking for bookshelf speakers in the $500 range for my living room. The use is 75% music and 25% movies. I have a vintage Pioneer integrated amplifier that sounds pretty good. I tried out KEF Q100, Q150, Q350 and ELAC UB5. From my listening, I think the KEF Q100 are the best speaker under $500. Not much low end but the detail is fantastic. The ELAC was a close second. Made the music fun to listen to but there was an artificial quality to it. I didn't care for the KEF Q150 or 350. A lot of punch from these, but not enough detail- a little veiled. I own Focal Twin 6be powered studio monitors that I use for my music production. These are world class speakers. I have used Dynaudio's studio monitors in the past and know their standing. When I read about the EMIT series I thought I should try them out. I realize these are almost twice the price of most of the speakers I was auditioning but my itch was not being scratched. The moment I hooked up the Dynaudio's I was done looking. Seriously. The EMIT M20 are perfect for my room. The larger woofer and crossover frequency are designed really well. Detail AND punch AND low end. I really don't want a sub with my setup and these speakers deliver. I would HIGHLY recommend these speakers to anyone looking for absolute hifi goodness.

Pros: Stunning detail. Powerful punch and low end. Natural sound.

Cons: A little big for what I was looking for in a bookshelf, but come on. These are amazing!

Dynaudio Emit M20

Russell from San Jose, CA on 3/15/2018

Everywhere I went I always seemed to find people saying that the Dynaudio speakers sounds great. I wanted to get some bookshelf speakers for my bed room but not too big in size. I have had many powered studio monitor speakers from Genelec 8020D 4" to Adam Audio A7X, and even the KEF LS50 in my living room as if now. So I bought these Emit 20 in White but at the time I could not find them in the USA so I bought them off eBay new from Italy. I always buy my gear from Crutchfield if I would known I would have waited. So I finally received them and decided to give them a try in my living room where my LS50's are on stands. I am running a Athem Integrated 225 amp. And to my surprise these guys really have some HUGE CLEAN BASS with very nice high's. Not as detail and clean as the KEF LS50's but better larger bass. The LS50's are better overall but what I find with the LS50's is they DO NOT play all MUSIC GENRES very well. Like not all Rock Music sounds great coming from LS50's, but with the EMIT 20's I extremely happy with. These guys are a nice edition to my audio gear and I will be running them with a Cambridge Audio Azur 851A amp and for the DAC I will use my Oppo UDP-205 via Roon. I would highly recommend on giving Dynaudio a try I really think they can keep up with KEF speakers depending on the models.

Pros: Large Clean BASS Big Sound Stage Clean High's Very well made Plays all music Genres well

Cons: If you decide not using the cover because they are not magnet they show 4 x plastic holes in all corners. KEF LS50 are still better in the price range way way more detailed and cleaner sounding.

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Soft-dome
Tweeter Size (inches) 1.1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.6875
Woofer Composition Magnesium Silicate Polymer
Woofer Surround Rubber
Power Range 150
Sensitivity 86 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Frequency Response 50-23k Hz
Connector Type Post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 14
Width (inches) 8-7/16
Depth (inches) 11-1/4
Weight (pounds) 16
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 22-26
Parts Warranty 5Yr (8Yr registered)
Labor Warranty 5Yr (8Yr registered)

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Features

Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The Dynaudio Emit M20 bookshelf loudspeaker utilizes a two-way driver design with a 1.1" precision-coated, silk soft-dome tweeter and one 6.6875" Magnesium Silicate Polymer (MSP) woofer for greater precision, power-consistency and control. The Emit M20 delivers a natural midrange character, exceptionally detailed and clear high frequency reproduction, and accurate bass performance with incredibly low distortion.

Precision-Coated Soft-Dome Tweeter: Dynaudio has relied on a silk soft-dome tweeter for recreating high frequencies since the company was founded, continuously improving and perfecting the soft-dome principle over the years. Dynaudio tweeter designs require a time consuming, labor-intensive manufacturing process where the fine fabric diaphragm is shaped into a dome and is then treated with a specially formulated coating. As a further refinement, the tweeter's aluminum voice-coil is suspended in a magnetic oil, which increases power handling while also improving the dome's excursion. The result is the celebrated Dynaudio tweeter, featuring a balanced and natural frequency response.

  • Damping Chamber: The tweeter includes a special damping chamber integrated into the rear of the construction, deadening any back-wave energy through an acoustic absorber. The advantages include high power handling and unimpeded excursion of the soft-dome dome tweeter.
  • Ferrofluid Magnet: The voice coil is positioned within the magnetic field of the tweeter magnet. When the loudspeaker reproduces sound, the voice coil, powered by the amplifier current, moves at a speed of up to 25,000 waves per second. To achieve a uniform movement, a magnetic fluid called ferrofluid is used around the voice coil. Ferrofluid works like a subtle shock absorber and eliminates excess energy. Due to the relatively high current and extremely fast movements, the voice coil is under constant thermal stress. The ferrofluid dissipates this heat, while also increasing power handling capabilities. The frequency range of the tweeter can thus be expanded while the frequency response remains smooth and linear, delivering the highest resolution and most neutral sound reproduction.
Note: The surround of the tweeter is inversed to improve dispersion. This leaves nowhere for the lead wires to go behind the tweeter, so the lead wires are positioned above the surround.

Magnesium Silicate Polymer (MSP) Woofer: For bass and midrange drivers, the Dynaudio uses a proprietary composite of magnesium silicate polymer (MSP), a material that combines low mass, high rigidity, and ideal internal damping properties. This exclusive driver membrane is an immediately visible and characteristic feature of Dynaudio loudspeakers. Formed in a special manufacturing process, this membrane is a unique design with the distinctive, geometrically optimized form of the cone further enabling smooth sound dispersion.

  • Aluminum Voice Coil: A distinct and major Dynaudio innovation is the use of pure aluminum wire for voice coils. In comparison to the more commonly used and much heavier copper alternative, aluminum allows for more windings and extraordinarily large diameter coils that remain extremely light. By using aluminum instead of copper for a bass driver, it is possible to effectively double the coil's diameter without increasing its mass. Due to the thermal properties of aluminum, cooling of the voice coil is dramatically improved as well. In combination with the equally light voice coil former and powerful magnet materials used in Dynaudio designs, cone excursion is much more controlled and the driver follows the music signal from the amplifier with a remarkable sense of dynamics and accuracy.
  • Die-Cast Aluminum Basket: The Dynaudio MSP woofer utilizes a low-resonance, highly warp-resistant basket made of die-cast aluminum. Due to the stiffness of this non-magnetic material, the basket can be designed with aerodynamically formed ribs to reduce air compression behind the moving membrane. Another advantage is its long-term resistance against thermal, mechanical or other external influences.

High-Quality 1st Order Crossover: Only the highest quality components, selected for their sonic properties, are utilized in Dynaudio loudspeaker's crossover network; carefully wound pure OFC (oxygen-free copper) air-coils, select capacitors, and temperature-stable ceramic resistors. The Dynaudio crossover features a pure 1st order filter (6 dB/octave), which enables a superior transient response and can only be effectively used with the ultra-linear frequency response of the Dynaudio drivers.

Dynaudio Directivity Control (DDC): With Dynaudio Directivity Control (DDC), Dynaudio has created a technology that effectively reduces the negative effects of reflections from floor and ceiling boundaries in a room. The vertical symmetrical driver array and elaborate crossover topology of a Dynaudio loudspeaker reduce the energy dispersed to the floor and ceiling by approximately 75%. The controlled vertical dispersion makes the loudspeaker far less dependent on the room and much less influenced by positioning as compared to conventional designs. DDC isn't simply arranging the drivers in a symmetrical array. For DDC to succeed, every single detail (from each drive unit to the crossover) must be individually tailored and optimized for this concept. Each driver needs to complement its identical counterpart in frequency response and phase relationship in such a manner that a carefully defined dispersion characteristic is achieved. This intricate matching is repeated once again for each loudspeaker pair to work together in tandem.

Rigid Bass Reflex Cabinet: The Emit M20 bookshelf features a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. The Danish tradition of craftsmanship drives the meticulous process of selecting the perfect cabinet for the combination of custom drivers. The front-baffle is manufactured using CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) machining. Computer-programmed and controlled by ultra-responsive sensors, precision to within a single micrometer (ìm), multi-axial drilling machines produce the acoustically optimized baffle shape and unique design details. Additional internal damping, strengthening, and bracing in critical sections of the cabinet substantially reduce unwanted resonance.

Note: To minimize low frequency reflections, which will be heard as a thickening of the sound, the loudspeaker can be adapted to the room's acoustic character by using the included foam plug in the bass reflex port. This will essentially attenuate the room induced boost in the low frequency range by dampening the deep frequencies, yielding a more clear and tight sound when the loudspeaker is positioned near rear walls.

Heavy-Duty, Gold-Plated Binding Post: The Dynaudio Emit M20 bookshelf loudspeaker is outfitted with a set of heavy-duty, gold-plate binding post terminals for secure connectivity and excellent signal transfer. The binding posts will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only).

Applications: The Dynaudio M20 bookshelf loudspeakers are designed to offer advanced performance in both stereo and multichannel applications.

  • Placement Options: The distance between each loudspeaker and your listening position should be the same; try to achieve an isosceles triangle. The distance between the loudspeakers should be the same or slightly less than the distance between each loudspeakers and your listening position. The closer the listening position is in relation to the loudspeakers, the closer the speakers can be positioned to each other. As a starting point, it is recommended that the speakers be about 6.5' apart from each other for the best results. To minimize potential influences from the back and side wall boundaries, it is recommended that the distance from the speakers to each is at least 1.625', and ideally the distance from each speaker to the back and side wall should not be equal. Depending on your personal listening environment and room dimensions, the loudspeakers may be angled in towards the listening area to focus the sound radiation; this positioning will typically improve imaging.
  • Mounting Options: The Dynaudio M20 bookshelf loudspeakers are designed to be placed on a speaker stand, shelf, table, or other piece of furniture with a solid flat-surface. The M20 doesn't provide a mounting bracket, keyhole slot, or threaded insert to wall-mount the speaker. However, you can use the PinPoint side-grip wall-mount bracket (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) to mount the M20 loudspeaker to the wall.

Emit Series: The Emit family of loudspeakers by Dynaudio is an entry-level series developed and built with the same attention to detail and passionate craftsmanship as Dynaudio has come to be recognized for around the world; an entry-level series in high-end audio that truly captures the Dynaudio experience. The Emit series consists of a Floorstanding loudspeaker (M30), two bookshelf loudspeakers (M10/M20), and a center channel loudspeaker (M15).

Dynaudio Fine Tuning: Every Dynaudio speaker model is fine-tuned in extensive, time-consuming listening tests. Dynaudio even developed its own amplifier, the Arbiter, solely for this task, to ensure that they are not restricted by any one manufacturer's design. Extraordinary power reserves, a frequency bandwidth at the edge of what is technically possible, the exacting use of absolutely sonically accurate components and circuits, and a unique power supply that remains completely free from mains noise are just a few qualities of Dynaudio's ultimate amplifier development. The true sound quality of a loudspeaker can be judged using this virtually priceless reference amplifier. After a Dynaudio design has been fine-tuned, it is subjected to the Arbiter. Only after passing this most difficult test is it ensured that the authentic sound quality of a Dynaudio loudspeaker can be experienced at home.

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Why did you buy this?

I'm very new to the Dynaudio brand and having heard a bookshelf pair of Excite X14's in my own home, I wanted to try a Dyn bookshelf with the larger woofer so I decided to go with a pair of Emit M20's. These quality Danish-made speakers are also well-constructed and though they're not inexpensive, they're but entry-level for this brand. [ keegsav  Jul 17, 2018 ]
Phenomenal reviews, Dynaudio has a fantastic reputation. [ Steve  May 19, 2018 ]
I wanted high quality bookshelf speakers that actually be placed on a bookshelf, not on a stand out into the room. The decor in my home takes precedence over the speaker placement. [ Steven  Aug 23, 2018 ]
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