Danish loudspeaker company Dynaudio has announced reworked versions of their Xeo 4 (standmount) and Xeo 6 (floorstanding) active loudspeaker models. Both the outside and inside have undergone thorough redesigns, and the result are new Xeo 20 and Xeo 30 active speakers.
The new Xeo 20 takes all the things we loved about the older Xeo 4, updates them to things we love even more, and adds a few new surprises.
You’ll have already noticed the facelift. Dynaudio ‘s designers have rounded the corners and softened the edges. They’ve moved the infra-red receiver from the top to under the woofer for a neater, cleaner look. And they’ve made the metal driver parts black for a touch of Nordic simplicity.
The speakers have a 65-watt digital amplifier powering each driver (putting two in the Xeo 20, and three in the Xeo 30). A 28mm soft-dome tweeter is fitted to both Xeo 20 and Xeo 30, but where the standmounting Xeo 20 has just the one 14cm woofer, the floorstanding Xeo 30 features two.
In moving from Xeo 4/6 to Xeo 20/30, Dynaudio has overhauled the DSP crossover to add more processing power, lower EQ dosing and implement a larger overlap between drivers at their crossover points.
This new tuning has reportedly been heavily influenced by Dynaudio’s LYD 5 pro monitors with improvements to bass and off-axis response as well as the position-compensation algorithm: better sound quality whether standing in free space, against a wall or in a corner.
The speakers’ connections are also changed. The range now gets digital optical, analogue RCA and stereo minijack inputs on each master speaker (and are able to share 24bit/96kHz resolution audio to the slave speaker). For wireless connectivity, Bluetooth is on board – with aptX support for CD-standard streaming at 16bit/44.1kHz.
The Xeo 20 is priced at approximately $2,705 per pair, while the Xeo 30 will set you back about $4,425 per pair. Both are available in either white or black satin finishes.