Dynaudio Emit M20 Review
In the annual selection of the British “What Hi-Fi” magazine, the Dynaudio Emit series won the 2016 product award in the “Best Hi-Fi speakers 2016” list recently released by “What Hi-Fi.”
Whether it is M10 or M20, it uses a smooth wood cabinet (black and white color options). 36cm high and 27cm deep is the classic size of Dynaudio’s excellent entry-level bookshelf box, but of course, it is far more than that for M20 to enjoy praise.
In terms of tweeters, both M10 and M20 use 28mm high-performance soft dome tweeters. But according to Dynaudio’s traditional tradition, the new box naturally needs to be equipped with the latest customized driver unit. Unlike the 14cm mid-bass unit of M10, Emit M20 uses a 17cm MSP mid-bass unit.
Besides, compared to the smaller M10 model, the performance of the compact M20 has been further improved. M20 has a linear impedance, which is convenient for system integration. The dynamic performance is excellent, and the precisely tuned low-frequency reflective speakers ensure that the M20 leads the sound performance of products of the same level.
Dynaudio has always been committed to achieving self-breakthrough based on the existing. Whether it is a significant change or a small change in detail, the changeable Dynaudio never seems to disappoint everyone. Although the M20 cannot win with its smart form like its “brother” speaker M10, we will soon discover that grandness is precisely the advantage of the M20.
The Dynaudio Emit M20 is equipped with a larger drive unit, which means that the cabinet is larger. Still, more importantly, the larger drive unit enables the M20 to enhance musicality and sensitivity. Reduce the sound’s distortion, make the sound performance more compact and lively, better interpret the purity of the music, the size of the sound field, and the depth of the bass.
This aspect has always been Dynaudio’s strong point, and its positioning is accurate and stable. M20’s sound image is relatively small, but it looks young and lively. Those who prefer this style can use the same amplifier style to push the M20, which will be the ultimate youthful and energetic. When encountering a style like Dynaudio Emit M20, audiophiles will always recommend using a thicker power amplifier to produce complementarity, so that you can get an incredible sound.
The old Dynaudio did not pursue timbre, highlighting its reflective qualities. After the new century, Dynaudio began to make changes, incorporating bright colors and lyricism. M20 is very lyrical and colorful. It is like adding some adjectives to the article. No matter what type of power amplifier is used, this color cannot be wiped out. Only faster amplifiers can release more Dynaudio traits.
Although the layering that determines the sound comes more from the environmental conditions, the equipment itself also needs to have the ability to reproduce the hierarchy of the music. M20 is a pair of speakers with a strong sense of hierarchy. When listening to Dynaudio Emit M20, you can clearly distinguish the hierarchies of the symphony band. The sound field is more open and far-reaching, and the sense of hierarchy is more prominent.
Without a suitable acoustic environment, it is a luxury for most people to get a sense of hierarchy. The speakers are placed against the wall, there is a TV in the middle, and no matter how good the sound is, there is no hierarchy. However, Dynaudio Emit M20 will one day, when you whim and pull the speaker out of the wall for one meter, and you will suddenly find that the best symphony orchestra in the world has been invited to your home!
Most bookshelf speakers have a sense of balance. Most of the low frequencies of bookshelf speakers are not robust enough. Therefore, people who use bookshelf speakers will generally make compromises and prefer their hobbies to appreciate the music of small compilations. But the M20 can handle the symphony because it has a lot of low frequencies.
However, the use of aluminum wire to wind the speaker has never been a role of high and low frequencies. M20’s low frequencies are often the sound of cabinet resonance. In this way, bookshelf speakers can also achieve a good sense of balance, and can also be used to deal with large-scale music playback. However, in this way, generally at the expense of sound quality. Not afraid, Dynaudio has excellent sound quality, which can be spent in this area.
There are many successful models for small speakers to produce high-energy sounds. The speaker’s sound energy can be divided into two aspects: the audio power of the speaker and the sound energy generated by the cabinet’s resonance. The strength of the sound emitted by the driver will be regarded as more real energy. The power of the sound emitted by the resonance of the cabinet will be considered as false energy.
One way to create tremendous energy for small speakers is to use a driver with more muscular power or install more drivers on the cabinet. Another way is to make more use of cabinet resonance. M20 belongs to the latter. Therefore, M20 can hear a lot of sound energy, and its low frequency is spectacular.
Some speakers tend to limit their suitable playing style to specific music genres, while Dynaudio Emit M20 is not. From traditional large-scale symphony to contemporary and agitated electronic music, M20 seems to be a perfect match with any style of music. The M20 is steadily expressed in a relatively pleasant and gentle way, further enhancing the music compatibility and hearing resistance of the M20 speaker.
Besides, Dynaudio Emit M20 can vividly show the conflict and explosiveness of the track, and can even find some fit and unity at the most complex and discordant moments. The sound’s interpretation is better in balance and thickness, and the sense of hierarchy is clear. Therefore, without the help of any external force, rhythmic drums, guitar accompaniment in the background, these seemingly conflicting elements are accurately presented.
Dynaudio Emit M20 Specs
- Specification sheet for Emit part 2
- Sensitivity: 86dB (2,83V / 1m)
- IEC Power Handling: 150W
- Impedance: 4 Ohms
- Frequency Response (±3dB): 50Hz – 23kHz
- Box principle: Bass Reflex Rear Ported
- Crossover: 2 way
- Crossover Frequency: 2600Hz
- Crossover Topology: 1st/2nd order
- Specification sheet for Emit part 1
- Woofer: 17cm MSP
- Tweeter: 28mm soft dome
- Weight: 7.5kg / 16lb
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 215 x 355 x 265mm, 8.5 x 14 x 10.4in
- Dimensions with feet/grill (W x H x D): 215 x 355 x 280mm, 8.5 x 14 x 11in