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XEO 20 & 30 Active Wireless Speakers from Dynaudio

The new Xeo 20 and Xeo 30 speakers replace the Xeo 4 and 6 with updated tunings plus direct inputs for analogue and digital sources, upgraded DSP (digital signal processing) capabilities, full 24bit/96kHz hi-res support and built-in high-quality aptX Bluetooth

The range’s new firmware comes with new tunings, derived from Dynaudio’s LYD 5 professional studio monitors. The upgrade includes, “…improved compressor and limiter algorithms and an updated crossover design with a larger overlap between drivers to give improved bass and improved off-axis performance,” said the company.

Dynaudio updates award-winning Xeo range

The DSP engine has also been given more processing power (as well as being optimised) to enhance its speaker-position compensation for corner, wall and freespace placements, “We’ve tried to retain a more ‘analogue’ style of filter design when it comes to the crossover. We’ve also made sure to minimise the amount of EQ the system uses to get a good performance,” said the company.

Dynaudio updates award-winning Xeo range

The whole Xeo range now gets direct Toslink (digital optical), analogue RCA and analogue stereo minijack inputs on each master speaker. The signal is transmitted to the slave speaker at 24bit/96kHz. All Xeo speakers now support full 24bit/96kHz audio via the optical digital input and also wirelessly from the optional Dynaudio Connect transmitter box.

Dynaudio updates award-winning Xeo range

There’s also Bluetooth on board for aptX wireless streaming without the need for an external Connect box (although using one gives you more input options).

Dynaudio updates award-winning Xeo range

A new design rounds the cabinets’ corners, moving the IR/LED module from the top to below the woofers, finishing the metal driver parts in black and changing the included grilles to black. Both models are available in Black Satin and White Satin finishes.

The Xeo 20 and Xeo 30 both have a new IR remote control that works both with their direct inputs and the optional Dynaudio Connect box. The remote’s transmitting range has been improved, too.

Dynaudio updates award-winning Xeo range

Prices? The Xeo 20 is £1,999 per pair. It’ a compact stand-mounted design with a 28mm Esotec soft-dome tweeter and 14cm Esotec MSP woofer plus tuned 65W digital amplifier. The Xeo 30 is £3,199 per pair. A floor-standing model that uses a 28mm Esotec soft-dome tweeter and twin 14cm Esotec MSP woofers in a 2.5-way crossover design.

Dynaudio updates award-winning Xeo range

To learn more, click www.dynaudio.com

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Tim
    22nd February 2018 at 10:02 pm

    Why can’t you stream directly to these via wi-fi? Why do you need the over-priced Connect?

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      23rd February 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Can’t answer that just yet Tim as this is just a news piece. I hope to get review samples ASAP so will be able to investigate then.

  • Reply
    Tim
    27th February 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Looking forward to your review. I really want these speakers. But the wi-fi streaming makes no sense. You can stream 24bit/96kHz audio to these speakers from the Dynaudio Connect. You can stream 24bit/96kHz audio to the Connect from your computer. So why can’t you cut out the middle man and stream 24bit/96kHz audio from your computer to the speakers?

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      28th February 2018 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Tim – I’ll certainly ask the question.

      • Reply
        stewart taylor
        31st March 2018 at 12:17 pm

        24/96 is a con anyway there is no way anybody can tell a difference between 24/96 from a down sampled file.

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