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.
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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!
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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!
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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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