Dynaudio Focus 200 XD in the Test

The compact active speaker Dynaudio focus 200 XD amplifiers, d / a converters and signal splitter already built up. A radio transmitter wirelessly sends music HiRes resolution to both boxes. How the wireless system in the test?

A cable is sufficient for the active speaker Dynaudio focus 200 XD. That is, it must be exactly of course three cables: two electricity suppliers for the active stereo installation, but in fact only a signal cable that can come out of a CD player or streaming-converter. Only the S/PDIF specifications must be met. This is the case with most digital sources. For example, a longer Cinch cable the player enough to the left or right box.

The speaker even talk by radio: lossless up to 24 bits and 96 kilohertz. Who wants to listen Super HiRes files up to 24-bit / 192 kHz, must knit another cable between the speakers. In both cases, a speaker with a tiny switch on the back becomes the “master” explains the other to “Slave”.

Finely adjusted to the workplace

The Dynaudio focus 200 XD is a compact speaker with amplifier, integrated analog / digital converter, radio transmitter, and to do so even more intelligent soft. It has in common with the classic image of a speaker only the outer language of form of. And also only in frontal view.

The variety of ways can be guessed on the back. In addition to the digital input, there are of course a digital output and to an analogue input via RCA – for those who want to, for example, your turntable directly via a preamplifier. Add to this a surprising knob labeled ‘Speaker Position’. Indeed, it can also pretend to where the Dynaudio focus 200 XD their workplace maintains – by fine tuning “neutral” over “Wall” up down to “corner.”

The Dynaudio so continuously adjusts the bass. You can see it just as clearly as it is effective also in our measurements; It looks very good. This is perhaps because that control is not classically-analog, rather than tax information on the digital signal processor.

The game DynAudio also amounting continues – but a tiny switch, the tweeter level to, zero or minus a decibel changed. A clear recommendation here and an anticipation of the hearing test: The minus one adjustment takes the 200 XD in our estimation the struggling somewhat to jumping height and brings the necessary velvet in the game.

Outstanding the Dynaudio engineers and designers have solved a fundamental problem: If a speaker can so much – how can a feedback channel to the user to be set up? How can we the customers know that the box failed to understand him? The inelegant solution would be a large, life-radiant display. Dynaudio, however, is in the top right or left corner of the speaker a discreet LED tower that lights up only when the button on the remote control and so about the logic of the bar displays the selected volume: an elegant and noble.

“Real time coherent”

Behind the scenes, Dynaudio operates enormous effort. The signal processor controls not only the volume, but also dominates the active crossover. The developers use costly FIR filters that offer even the option to correct the Group delay. The beautiful original title is: “Real time-coherent linear phase FIR filter on vertical and horizontal dispersion optimized”. The so processed signals reach two power amplifiers with each 150 watts. Each chassis is supplied with its own power, amounting to a silk dome with a 27 mm in diameter, in the depth a magnesium-reinforced polypropylene cone.

This is almost a balancing act: from outside the focus 200 XD looks like a “typical” Dynaudio, inside, however, it revolutionized the company’s history. What about genetically to the Sonic lineage? Provocative: Formerly compact Dynaudio sounded tend to Center-weighted, strong in the physical figure, smart, smooth.

The focus had 200 XD so nothing out of this world in our test. A completely new sound ideal, rather bright, open – that appeared to us to jumping to almost even a trace. Therefore, we have played longer with the treble boost. Instead of ‘neutral’ we switched on minus a decibel in the presence of the heights. The advantage: The height of 200 XD is not really cut, the brilliance remains, but the space definition WINS.

The label Pentatone has freshly imposed a new measure of spatiality and dynamics: the Seventh Symphony by Shostakovich on SACD. The work you can conduct with the hammer and sickle or with the fine brush strokes. Paavo Järvi uses all the tools and the big room for interpretation. The Russian National Orchestra whispering, chases, and performs hilarious dynamic developments. The most compact, high standing speakers come there on the border of the image quality. The Dynaudio 200 XD managed the most difficult: the balance of the chassis. The digital time correction is perhaps the biggest pound of this speaker. That was very closed, brilliantly, punchy. The bass was not ultra deep, yet pleasantly edgy in its structures.

At the height of the dynamic development (Shostakovich designs a brute Bolero Association in the first movement) began to compress only minimally the Dynaudio. Other speakers had throttled the peaks far earlier. If you want more, should turn on the resolution – and provide a hi res stream. The academic discussion, what format differences you could hear when and under what conditions because – let these questions is accurately based on the 200 XD discuss. It features the analysis of qualities of a good Studio Monitor.

The new generation of wireless

HiRes ability of the focus-XD series was to provide so far on the wired connection variant limited or the possibility of a box via digital cable and digital high resolution wireless to transmit the signal between the boxes. The komplatible also to the XEO series hub, which transmits signals from other rooms, although offered numerous multi-room capabilities, but so far not the way HiRes-quality audio signals wirelessly to send two boxes. This function is now implemented in the new TV station called “Connect”, which makes the focus XD the first fully HiRes-capable wireless system.

The small box accepts optical or coaxial PCM 192/24 or via USB from the computer up to 96/24 digital music and sends a to select stereo signal in uncompressed 96/24 on the stereo pair focus XD (192/24 is converted internally). Who meets a standard resolution 48/16, can be as in the previous system four music streams at the same time send and then set with the remote control of the speaker, which he wants to hear about it now. The input opportunities be extended to a Bluetooth receiver (aptXund AAC compatible) as well as Wi-FI compatibility for streaming via DLNA or Spotify connect. Its own app for remote control of the broadcasting centre via iPhone is in planning.

Hearing test

Really strong and kite the Dynaudio engineers have their principle of space adaptation implemented – officially ‘Speaker Position EQ’. The small knob on the back can do more than most competing solutions, that too often in the either/or remain, so either give bass pressure or take. The stepless adjustment at the focus, however, is a horribly 200 XD to get the individual space problems and opportunities in the handle.

We put Alan Taylors ‘All is one’ from our Cod-book-CD 1/15 on: a linear mixing with best guitar sound. The strings open the space to the left and right in the stereo triangle. A precious mix of stockfish Tonmeister. The room adjusts of the 200 XD changes the presence of the lower strings and voice printing by Alan Taylor gently from the center of axis of the boxes. Too close on the wall lost the brilliance, was perfectly offset however by knob; really more than just a “tool”, but immanent to the best sound output from a focus 200 XD.

They at best, as sounds? Precise, tend to be brilliant, open – this-far beyond the format of the spatial, three-dimensional. However, this statement applies to a speaker test? Only limited. Because at its core, the competition extends further: the 200 XD replaces our established image of source, amplifier, and membranes. Smart, easy to clean, highly aesthetic and fully managed.