Built to excite
Dynaudio's Excite speaker series is accurately named. The Excite X34 is a compact floor-standing design that sounds much bigger than it looks. The key is the drivers — Dynaudio builds some of the world's finest woofers and tweeters. Whether you're listening to 2-channel music or a movie soundtrack, Dynaudio's detailed, spacious presentation takes you deeper into the mix.
Right out of the box, the X34's sound is clean, fast, and open. But give it a couple weeks to break in and you'll start to pick up on details you've never noticed before, even in your favorite recordings. The subtle touch of reverb on a singer's voice, or the way she takes a breath between phrases. Instruments are clearly separated and precisely located within a large three-dimensional soundstage.
An expanded sweet spot
You don't have to be sitting in the "sweet spot" to enjoy the X34's expressive performance. Dynaudio borrowed some of the controlled dispersion technology found in the company's pro studio monitors and flagship home speakers.
By fine-tuning the alignment of the drivers on the front baffle, as well as the crossover design, Dynaudio eliminated some of the sound colorations caused by reflections off the floor and ceiling. This focuses more sound on listeners, even improving off-axis response for folks sitting off to the sides.
Dynaudio woofers dig deep
All Dynaudio woofers use the company's Magnesium Silicate Polymer (MSP) cone material. It combines low mass, high rigidity, and ideal internal damping, enabling the woofers to stop and start on a dime. 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.
This is a full-range "2.5-way" speaker: the two woofers have different crossover frequencies to cover slightly different ranges. Dynaudio relies on high-quality 1st-order filters (6 dB/octave) in their crossovers. This type of filter is known for its excellent transient response, but 1st-order filters can only be used with the finest drivers with wide frequency response — like Dynaudio's.
A tweeter that sings
When Dynaudio's engineers find something that works, they stick with it. Core designs like Dynaudio's renowned soft-dome tweeters, have been steadily improved and refined over the course of 40 years. The Excite X34'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 dome or cone's movement, which lowers distortion.
Great for music and movies
Dynaudio's expressive, transparent sound suits every kind of music, soft or loud, acoustic or electric. And the qualities that make these speakers so enjoyable for music listening also make for immersive home theater. They can reproduce extreme dynamic range, and they dig deeper into the bass than most similarly sized speakers.
The Excite series is one of Dynaudio's lowest-priced speaker lines, but it was developed using the same exhaustive measurements and listening tests the company relies on to develop its price-no-object designs.
The X34's cabinet is ported in the rear to provide a bit of extra low-frequency oomph. A foam plug is included which you can insert in the port to tighten bass response when placing the speaker near a wall. Also, positioning the X34 at least a couple of feet out from any wall will improve the soundstage.
Four stabilizer feet are included, with rubber pads for hard floor surfaces and spikes for carpet. Dynaudio feels that the speaker should not be used without the outrigger feet installed.
Finally, like most high-performance speakers, the Excite X34 prefers a diet of high-current, high-quality amplification.
Build a complete Dynaudio system
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 or Excite X18
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.
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