Dynaudio Excite X14
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Very clean sound!
Recently I took home a pair of Dynaudio's pint-sized Excite X14 speakers. Over the course of a few weeks I listened to dozens of favorite tracks on CD and vinyl, marveling at the X14s' detailed, lively presentation. Depending on the recording, the big three-dimensional soundstage sometimes extended from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. I can't remember another speaker that makes listening so much fun.
Praise from Stereophile
"The Excite X14s' dead-neutral, detailed, and holographic midrange made them a perfect showcase for well-recorded voices.... The X14's reproduction of high frequencies was extended, pristine, uncolored, and delicate with all recordings I listened to.... And for its price, the Dynaudio did a spectacular job of laying out inner details.... It has become my favorite bookshelf speaker for under $2000/pair.”
— Robert J. Reina, Stereophile, October 2014
Class B rating in Stereophile's "Recommended Components," October 2018
All Dynaudio woofers use the company's Magnesium Silicate Polymer (MSP) cone material. It combines low mass, high rigidity, and ideal internal damping, to respond instantly to music's constant ebb and flow. An 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.
The X14's 5-1/2" woofer cone is also shallower than conventional cones. That improves off-axis response, so the sound you hear when sitting off to the side is closer to what you hear directly in front. That makes for a wider "sweet spot" so more people in the room can hear the speakers at their best.
The X14 enclosures are ported to provide a bit of extra low-frequency oomph — but not enough to ever make these speakers sound boomy. A pair of foam plugs are included which you can insert in the ports to optimize bass response when placing the speakers near a wall.
When Dynaudio's engineers find something that works, they stick with it. Core designs like the company's renowned soft-dome tweeters have been steadily improved and refined over the course of 40 years. The Excite X14's tweeter features a silk dome with a special coating that improves dispersion while eliminating high-frequency breakup. It sounds effortlessly detailed, neutral, and non-fatiguing, even when you crank up the volume.
Both tweeter and woofer use aluminum-wired voice coils that are lighter than traditional copper coils. That means Dynaudio can make larger voice-coils for a given weight. Larger coils exert better control over the driver's movement, which lowers distortion.
Dynaudio speakers love music as much as you do, and their expressive, transparent sound quality suits every kind of music, soft or loud, acoustic or electric. They're as comfortable floating a solo voice dead center between the speakers as they are belting out rock or dance music.
The qualities that make Dynaudio's speakers so enjoyable for music listening also make for immersive home theater. They can reproduce extreme dynamic range, and dig deeper into the bass than most similarly sized speakers. They also throw a big, seamless soundstage.
The Excite series is one of Dynaudio's lowest-priced speaker lines, but it was developed using the same rigorous measurements, listening tests, and attention to detail that the company lavishes on its price-no-object models.
Although Dynaudio calls the X14s "bookshelf" speakers, they will sound best placed on a pair of high-quality stands, and positioned at least a foot away from any walls. Like most other high-performance speakers, the X14s love high-current, high-quality amplification. And while the X14s go surprisingly low for their size, for truly full-range sound, try pairing them with a high-quality subwoofer.
A pair of Excite X14s will fill your small to medium-sized room with clear, robust stereo sound. If you're interested in a voice-matched surround sound system, check out these other Dynaudio models:
Center channel: Excite X24 Center or Excite X28 Center
Surround speakers: Excite X14
Floor-standing speaker: Excite X34, Excite X38, or Excite X44
Powered subwoofer: Sub 3 or Sub 6
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.
Average Customer Review(s):
Very clean sound!
While this is my first experience with a Dynaudio speaker and I've listened to a lot of bookshelf models, I've gotten to know somewhat what I like and don't like in a speaker and while I knew that the X14 was small and understated size-wise, I still wanted to give them a shot though they cost dearly. I didn't mind at all shelling out more just to get my hands on them. Obviously, curiosity got the better of me, knowing that the Danish company not only put out quality stuff but the very expensive quality stuff like the $55K Evidence Temptations. Now, how could I go wrong? So, where to put these roughly 11 inch tall and 10 in. deep, rear ported bookshelves? Well, judging by the cabinet volume, I figured they would need some wall reinforcement to get the lows sounding right, so I placed them about a foot and a few inches, not to close and not to far out. O-K. I'll let them run for a few days all by themselves without me fiddling with them to see what a good first impression they would make. They are 14 lbs each, pretty heavy for a passive mini-monitor and the finish on them is impeccable. I got the Walnut but the Rosewood finish is also awesome. The put it succinctly, the X14's are warm, open, detailed and refined. Another nice thing about this model is that they're rated for 8 ohms so they will sound good with even a modest receiver. I hooked mine up to a 70 watt Denon and they just sing pretty.
Pros: Crystal Clarity, Beautiful Refined Mids and Highs, Tight Bass though not a lot of it
Cons: Best in small to medium sized rooms
|Tweeter Size (inches)||1.1|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||5.5|
|Woofer Composition||Magnesium Silicate Polymer|
|Frequency Response||50-23k Hz|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||24-28|
|Parts Warranty||5Yr (8Yr registered)|
|Labor Warranty||5Yr (8Yr registered)|
Two-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: Dynaudio's Excite X14 bookshelf speaker features a 1.1" precision-coated silk soft-dome tweeter and one 5.5" magnesium silicate polymer (MSP) mid-woofer for true high-end sound with great dynamic range, expansive soundstage, exceptional accuracy, and a natural tonal balance. The minimal distance between tweeter and mid-woofer serves to improve timing and phase.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Furniture Grade Cabinets: Dynaudio's high-quality, furniture-grade cabinets are painstakingly assembled and finished by experts in Skanderborg Denmark to make sure the enclosure perfectly matches the custom drivers. The Danish tradition of craftsmanship drives the meticulous process of selecting and matching veneers from the finest woods available, followed by careful sanding, polishing and coating. 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. The Excite X14 cabinet also features a magnetically-attached, acoustically-optimized front grille.
Bass Reflex Port w/ Foam Port Plug: The Excite bookshelf speaker features a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bigger bass response. 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 Excite X14 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 Excite X14 bookshelf loudspeakers are designed to offer advanced performance in both stereo and multichannel applications.
Excite Series: The Excite family of loudspeakers by Dynaudio combines high-end sound quality with an elegant, slim-line design. The Excite series consists of Floorstanding loudspeakers (X34/X38/X44), bookshelf loudspeakers (X14/X18), and center channel loudspeakers (X24/X28).
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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After reading reviews and chatting with Jenny, I decided to give these a try. [ Jerome Jul 14, 2018 ]