Dynaudio Evoke 50 Review
Evoke is a new series of Dynaudio, which plays the role of advanced entry models. With outstanding product technology, manufacturing technology, and exquisite appearance, it can flexibly adapt to different space environments and lifestyles to meet music lovers and Hi-Fi enthusiasts’ needs. In this post, I will review the Dynaudio Evoke 50 floor-standing speakers for you.
The Evoke series has been designed and developed by the experienced Dynaudio technical team from the beginning. From unit technology to acoustic design, Evoke brings together the crystallization of Dynaudio’s latest speaker technology. This means that the Evoke series has excellent genes that were not available in previous Hi-Fi products at the same level.
Newly Redesigned Entry-level Series
Dynaudio’s traditional passive speakers are currently divided into six major product lines, from high to low, namely Confidence, Contour, Evoke and Emit. For the 40th anniversary Special Forty, a single speaker forms its series because of its commemorative value. Finally, a series of Subwoofer subwoofers are added, allowing users to create a 2.1 two-channel system or construct a multi-channel system. If we exclude, the special Special Forty Dynaudio home speakers have been reorganized into four series.
There are five speakers in the Evoke series, the largest Evoke 50. The same family also has the Evoke 30 floor speaker, which is smaller in size. Bookshelf speakers have Evoke 20 and Evoke 10, plus Evoke 25C centre channel. You can flexibly match the Evoke series multi-channel system.
Dynaudio has separated the subwoofer into a series. Currently, there are two options for Sub 3 and Sub 6. It is not difficult to choose the combination. It is easier to choose Sub 6 for large spaces and Sub 3 for small spaces.
Dynaudio Evoke 50 looks like a traditional Dynaudio speaker, with simple and clean lines and a non-fancy design. But there are many advanced technical designs hidden behind the Evoke 50. In the past, Dynaudio’s entry-level models probably did not have any generation, which has more high-end technology decentralization than Evoke 50. The technological content is as high as the newly revised high-end Confidence series.
So, if you have the opportunity to listen to Dynaudio Evoke 50 tower speaker, please take a closer look at the Evoke 50 speaker cabinet. It is not a traditional Dynaudio square box, but a wide, thick and narrow trapezoidal design to remove the parallel surfaces on both sides of the speaker and reduce the box’s standing wave. This is a common design technique.
I want to emphasize the meticulous artistry of Dynaudio. The wood grain of Evoke 50 fits perfectly, and the joints are not flawed at all. Even if it is only an entry-level advanced style, Dynaudio still insists on the fineness of production. The design style is always simple, with few design elements, but everything is exquisite, just like high-end Danish furniture, with a simple appearance, but Exquisite artistry in detail.
New Cerotar Tweeter
The classic elements of Dynaudio speakers are silk soft hemispherical tweeters and MSP diaphragms. But it is a newly developed monomer of the Evoke series, which is slightly different from the design orientation of Dynaudio in the past.
Let’s start with the tweeter. Dynaudio calls it the Cerotar tweeter. That is from the Esotar Forty of the 40th-anniversary and the Esotar 3 of New Confidence. The new tweeter is a decentralized technology from advanced Dynaudio speaker series. Though the appearance is still a soft silk hemisphere, there is a new structure of Hexis inside.
If you look at the Cerotar tweeter’s surface, it isn’t easy to see the Hexis inside. But if you look closely, there is a hemispherical structure behind the hemispherical diaphragm. The surface is full of holes, a bit like the surface of a golf ball, the Hexis structure. This is a new design used to break up the back wave of the tweeter, plus the sound-absorbing material inside the tweeter, to remove the tweeter’s back wave. Moreover, Hexis made of hard plastic material also provides an extra layer of support and protection for the soft silk hemisphere.
Built-in Hexis Dome Makes High-Frequency Purer
Why break up and absorb the back wave of the tweeter? When the moving coil driver works, the piston moves forward and backwards by the diaphragm, and at the same time, it generates forward and backward sound waves. The forward sound waves directly reach the ears. But the backward sound wave will bounce forward, which is not good. Because the single back wave bounces back, the time is slower than the forward sound wave. If the single back wave is not eliminated, it will cause the sound’s time phase error. At high frequencies, the sound and image form becomes blurred, and the positioning becomes not precise.
In fact, in the past, Dynaudio’s tweeters had cavities filled with sound-absorbing materials to absorb the unit’s back wave. However, the newly added Hexis structure uses holes on the hard plastic shell’s surface to effectively disperse the back wave. The internal sound-absorbing material can more easily absorb the dispersed back wave, further reducing the rear wave’s interference, removing the time phase difference of the treble, and making the Evoke The high frequency is cleaner, transparent, and lower distortion.
Besides, the magnetic engine used by Cerotar tweeter is not made of ordinary Ferrite ferrite magnets, but Ferrite+, which is more magnetic. So the size of the magnetic engine can be reduced, but the control is better.
Further Optimize the Sound Source Configuration
Let’s talk about the treble and midrange driver configuration of Dynaudio Evoke 50. The two positions are closer. The frame of the midrange unit even touched the lower edge of the frame of the tweeter. Narrowing the distance between the tweeter and the midrange unit is not to look good, but to make the sound of the point source more concentrated. The Evoke 50 adopts this design. The entire Evoke series adopts the same configuration of the tweeter and midrange unit.
The midrange unit used in Dynaudio Evoke 50 floorstanding speaker has a diameter of 15 cm, and its core technology is the same as the midrange unit of the Contour series. The internal magnetic engine uses powerful neodymium magnets. Generally speaking, neodymium magnets are mostly used in tweeters, and midrange and bass are less common. The main reason is that neodymium magnets are sensitive to temperature. If the temperature is too high, the magnetic force will decrease, while midrange and bass units are easier to generate heat. Therefore, neodymium magnets in the midrange unit mean that the heat dissipation system must be done well. This 15cm diameter neodymium-magnet midrange unit has been used on Contour for several years, and its performance has been verified.
Equipped with the New Esotec+ Woofer
The last thing I want to talk about is the woofer of the Evoke 50. Although the diaphragm material is MSP material that Dynaudio has used for many years, the structure is different. In the past, Dynaudio preferred a large voice coil and internal magnetic design instead of the typical small voice coil and external magnetic design. Hence, the central dust cover of the woofer has a large size and a small sound area. Therefore, compared with the same size woofer, Dynaudio bass has a lower working efficiency and a slightly less sense of volume, but the low-frequency response speed is bright, and the control is excellent.
However, the Evoke series’s woofers are all changed to external magnetic design, the voice coil is reduced, the sound area becomes more extensive, and the long-stroke design is changed, which is called Esotec+ woofer. Its magnetic engine also uses the new Ferrite+ hybrid ceramic material. From the significant changes in the creation of these woofers, it can be inferred that Evoke’s low-frequency sense should be significantly improved.
Therefore, the woofer was changed from an internal magnetic type to an external magnetic design and switched to a long-stroke design. It can be seen that Dynaudio’s attempt to enhance the low-frequency sense of volume so that the same 18 cm-caliber woofers can squeeze out more low frequencies. From the specs, Evoke 50 can reach a low-frequency extension of 35 Hz. For a floor-standing speaker of this size, this data is indeed quite powerful.
Versatile Bass Port Functions
Evoke 50 is a standard three-way speaker; the crossover points are 430 Hz and 3.5 kHz. The low frequency uses a third-order crossover, and the mid-to-high frequency uses a second-order crossover. Compared with the first-order crossover that Dynaudio liked to use in the early years, the crossover is more complicated.
Another Dynaudio Evoke 50 worth noting is the oversized bass port. The larger the opening, the lower the low-frequency airflow noise, but the low-frequency will be more fluffy, with lower density and slower speed. So Dynaudio includes a special soft foam for the bass port plug, you can use it to reduce the bass reflex hole size. Or it can be plugged entirely and turned into a sealed speaker. This foam design used to adjust the bass was previously available in the Contour series. The Evoke 50 continues to use this practical design.
When the bass port is completely open, you can feel the low-frequency volume of Evoke 50 regardless of any music. Compared with the traditional Dynaudio speaker, it is more powerful and fuller. Still, if you prefer the conventional Dynaudio, the more compact low frequency, the cylindrical foam plug can come in handy.
The cylindrical foam plug of Evoke 50 can be changed in two ways. One is to “plug the bass reflex hole” to make Dynaudio Evoke 50 a sealed speaker, which will make the low-frequency volume less. But the sound density is improved, and more Close to the sound appearance of traditional Dynaudio speakers. Another mode is to take out the foam plug in the centre of the cylinder, leaving only the outer circle, so that the channel diameter of the bass reflex hole will be reduced. And the foam also provides additional damping to avoid air friction noise.When only the foam outer ring is used, the low-frequency volume of Evoke 50 will be less, but the speed will be faster, and the density will be better.
Compared with the bass reflex hole of the high-end Contour 60, because the volume of the Contour 60 speaker is much larger than that of the Evoke 50, it uses double bass reflex holes. The combined area of the two reflex holes is larger than that of the single large-diameter reflex hole of the Evoke 50.
The technical aspects of Dynaudio Evoke 50 have been shown, and it is time to listen to its sound performance. This time it is equipped with T+A’s R1000E integrated amplifier. R1000E is an integrated amplifier and has a built-in CD player, USB DAC, and digital streaming functions. Quite convenient, save a lot of wiring trouble.
Many people thought that although Dynaudio speakers are good, they are challenging to drive. Dynaudio has not been difficult to drive in recent years. For Dynaudio Evoke 50, the working efficiency is 87 dB, which is considered medium efficiency. The amplifier of about 100 watts should be able to drive efficiently. For the R10000E I used this time, the output power of 8 ohms is 115 watts, and the output power of 4 ohms is 180 watts. Corresponding to the 4-ohm impedance of Evoke 50, the R1000E of 180 watts can handle it easily.
Dynaudio speakers, with better amplifiers, Dynaudio speakers will have better sound performance.
Low-frequency volume enhancement
In Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous”, the volume went straight to 60, and the first track “Jam” was unpredictable with a clear and loud glass cracking sound. The violent sound of glass shattering from Evoke 50 is precisely the same as the real one.
With dual woofers and long-stroke design, the low frequency of Evoke 50 is much more potent than the Dynaudio series previously known. There are two reasons. The first is a new generation of Esotec+ woofer, which has a lot of increased low-frequency energy. The second is the oversized bass reflex hole, which helps a lot with low-frequency volume. When listening to music like Michael Jackson, turn on the volume, the low-frequency feel is really powerful!
Jazz can be loose or compact
Although listening to Michael Jackson, I like to keep the reflection hole in the “full fire” state, if listening to jazz, I like to insert the cylindrical foam outer ring, leaving the central hollow. In this way, the Evoke 50 is still a bass reflex speaker, and the low-frequency volume is still large and loose enough.
For example, I listen to “Cookin’ With Miles Davis Quintet” and the classic jazz standard “My Funny Valentine”. If the foam is fully plugged, the music’s openness will be reduced, the mid-to-high frequency sound will be darker, and the taste of Swing will be less.
But the bass reflex hole is not filled with foam. Although there is a lot of low-frequency volume, the strength is not strong enough. We choose to plug the foam outer ring to achieve a balance between low-frequency volume and sound density.
“My Funny Valentine” starts with Bill Evens’s exact piano decomposition chords. After the jazz drum came in, the speed slowed down. Miles Davis’ trumpet played the familiar “My Funny Valentine” theme, showing the mid-to-high frequency charm of Evoke 50. Miles Davis also often uses a mute to enhance the tone tension of his playing. When you encounter other high-frequency and sharp speakers, you will immediately become intolerant, and there is no way to listen loudly because the small speakers are too harsh. But the music reproduced by Dynaudio Evoke 50 floor standing speaker is not harsh at all, but has a vivid tone.
Mid and high frequencies are more vivid
The new Cerotar tweeter, the high-frequency sound seems to be more brilliant than the past Dynaudio speakers. But it is not the appearance that stimulates the ears, but the impression that makes the small speakers brighter and more vivid. When the music comes to an end, the double bass is rubbed with the bow to create a subtle noise. You can fully grasp the recording details of “My Funny Valentine” on the Evoke 50.
Classical music is Dynaudio’s strengths
This round of classical music came on stage and selected “Nocturnes: C sharp minor Op. posthumous” by Irina Mejoueva (Irina Mejoueva). The piano music starting in minor brings out the most romantic minor nocturne melody. The notes climbed higher and higher, and the Evoke 50 was still in a jazz state at this time. The foam’s central hole was not plugged, and the space was adequate, but the piano’s density seemed to be loose. When I filled up the bass reflex hole, I listened again. It was perfect. The sound became denser, and the low-frequency volume was slightly less, but it improved the piano notes’ line and fluency a lot.
Dynaudio Evoke 50 floor-standing speaker becomes a sealed speaker mode, listening to classical music is the most interesting, especially chamber music. Irina Mejoueva’s recordings are all live concert recordings, and his Japanese husband is responsible for the recording project. Use Evoke 50 to listen to this live recording. The sound field is transparent, and the piano notes are distinct. The slight sense of hesitation when touching the keys is the musician who creates Chopin’s hesitation. The musical notes are going forward, but stagnant. The slightly obstructive appearance is a musician’s interpretation of the music score. Dynaudio Evoke 50 reproduces these performances’ details, allowing us to get closer to the music scene.
Especially when the theme was reproduced, Irina Mejoueva deliberately stopped the piano for a long moment. The piano resonance was almost cut off, and the theme’s reappearance suddenly saved the minimal sound. The last few bars of the music, from the minor to the end of the major, as if seeing the glory from the melancholy. Eventually, the piano notes fell, and the performer never let her fingers leave the piano. Evoke 50 reproduced the slowly dissipating piano rhyme, and also vividly showed the performance of Irina Mejoueva.
The violin is still the strong point of the tweeter
How about listening to violin performance? Take out Lakatos’s album of the same name “Lakatos: La Boheme” and listen to Brahms’s “Hungarian Dance No. 5”. The vicissitudes of piano sound with gipsy style, richly presented from Evoke 50. The details of violin performance can be said to be the strength of Dynaudio’s silky soft hemispherical tweeter. Lakatos’s “Hungarian Dance” is specially matched with the dulcimer, the flexibility and speed of percussion instruments, Evoke 50 is easily presented. My setting at this time is to fill up the foam so that when listening to Lakatosu’s violin, the sound is more prosperous and rounder and the low-frequency lines are better.
Control the low frequency, control the Evoke 50
Dynaudio Evoke 50 floor-standing speaker has more low frequencies, and it feels better. With the adjustable bass reflex hole foam, Evoke 50 has a reasonably high sound quality. Everyone can play their favourite Evoke 50 sound. The key is the control of the low frequency. Evoke 50 can be played until the low frequency is full, or it can become a compact and robust low frequency. It depends on how you set it up!
Dynaudio launched a new Evoke series, the largest of which is the Dynaudio Evoke 50, which uses three-way bass-reflex speakers and adds a newly designed unit. Although the appearance maintains the Danish refined and straightforward lines, the technology of Evoke 50 is very high.
You can use Evoke 50 for a stereo system or build a multi-channel home theatre system based on the Evoke series. No matter how you use Evoke 50, the “epic” listening experience will be at your fingertips.
Dynaudio Evoke 50 Specs
- Sensitivity: 87dB (2.83V/1m)
- IEC power handling: 260W
- Impedance: 4 Ω (3 Ω minimum @100Hz)
- Frequency response (±3dB): 35Hz–23kHz
- Box principle: Bass reflex rear ported
- Crossover: 3-way
- Crossover frequency: 430/3500Hz
- Crossover topology: 3rd/2nd order
- Woofer: 2x18cm MSP cone
- Midrange: 15cm MSP
- Tweeter: 28mm Cerotar with Hexis
- Weight: 26.9kg/59.3lb
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 215x1140x307mm/8.5×44.9×12.1in
- Dimensions with feet/grille (W x H x D): 305x1162x373mm/12.0×45.7×14.7in