At heart, Dynaudio remains a Scandinavian company so let’s have the subliminal reassurance of some Scandi architectural style for the back-drop.
As a speaker driver manufacturer, and one of considerable repute at that, Dynaudio are able to have full control, top to bottom, of the manufacture of their products. Despite the new Chinese majority ownership, the vast majority of the manufacture remains in Denmark.
Unsurprisingly, the new Music range of portable all in one systems is manufactured in the Far East. The electronics nouse has come from Goertek but they come stuffed with Dynaudio’s own and very distinctive loudspeaker drivers.
More ‘crossover products’, such as Xeo and Focus XD combine traditional loudspeaker build with networked or wireless electronics.
For now, the Special 40 anniversary is the high point in our Dynaudio range. We can access models at every point and will gradually develop our involvement.
This compact, moderately high end stand-mount is a stunning ambassador for the brand.
Stealing the text from Dynaudio themselves, “what you won’t find here is anything revolutionary. Instead, you’ll discover a look at Dynaudio’s past – along with some special sneak-previews of the future.
The Special Forty is classic Dynaudio: all the craftsmanship, attention to detail and total love of authentic sound you’ve come to expect. It’s the connoisseur’s choice – a simple pair of passive hi-fi speakers. But it isn’t about looking back, misty-eyed, at past glories and leaving it at that. It’s about using those glories as a platform from which to launch the next set of breakthroughs.”
Sounds about right . . .
All we can add is that we think these are genuinely special, that the edge-cut birch ply veneer in either grey or red looks sensational and that the performance belies the comparatively modest price. You can match the Special 40s with high end electronics. They’re worth it!