Dynaudio’s Modular ‘Studio’ Speakers Go Anywhere, Even Split Between Studs
At ISE 2018, Dynaudio showcases new Studio Series in-wall speakers, with tweeter and woofer modules that can be installed any place, in any direction, with custom-cut grilles to provide symmetry.
Julie Jacobson · February 8, 2018
When it comes to TV sound, Dynaudio doesn’t care about the size of the display or where the studs may fall. The Danish company’s custom-oriented Studio Series suits any situation with modular loudspeakers that can be mixed, matched and separated by studs, with custom-cut grilles to match the size of the screen or the listening space.
Even though the demo at ISE 2018 is static, it’s nevertheless impressive for A/V pros who care about aesthetics and ease of installation. Any dealer who has heard Dynaudio in its other guises should trust the new Custom Studio in-walls sound just as good.
I heard them not long ago in the company’s offices with a small group of audiophiles who confirmed my non-discerning audio judgment: These things sound great.
If you take the sonic quality as a given, you can move on to the novel design – just throw a variety of Studio Serie s modules in the van and you’re ready for any architectural or aural contingency.
The S4-LCR series includes in-ceiling and rectangular in-wall speakers in both 6.5-inch and 8-inch models. For each size, there's a S4-LCRMT mid/tweeter module and a S4-LCRW woofer (LCR65W, LCR80W).
Any arrangement is fair game, with speakers and tweeters positioned anywhere in the array – left, right, center, horizontal, vertical, sideways, upside down or split between studs.
All of the modules mount into their frames with no special tools required; integrated counter-springs prevent sonic vibrations.
The speakers employ the same materials and technologies that make Dynaudio speakers famous: softdome tweeters, MSP cones and large aluminum voice coils.
Grilles attach magnetically, and they can be custom-cut to match a display or to provide symmetry in any installation.
At ISE, Dynaudio senior manager Brian Kjaer said a U.S.-based fabricator will cut the grilles for quick turnaround.
Also at ISE, Dynaudio is showcasing for the first time its third-generation Xeo powered bookshelf and tower speakers (starting at $1,500). The New Xeo 10, 20 and 30 replace the outgoing Xeo 2, 4 and 6.
Previous Xeo models were all wireless, but the new versions add local connectivity, as well as an integrated aptX Bluetooth receiver for high-resolution streaming. Kjaer says the speakers feature updated acoustics including DSPs and drivers.
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]
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