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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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Tim22nd 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?
Paul Rigby23rd 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.
Tim27th 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?
Paul Rigby28th February 2018 at 9:22 am
Thanks Tim – I’ll certainly ask the question.
stewart taylor31st 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.
Mike28th September 2018 at 4:23 pm
How many people can recognize a file that is not down sampled? I read a test by technicians in a Dutch newspaper. Nobody could tell the difference…
Ross11th February 2019 at 11:55 pm
Any review of the Dynaudio Xeo 20 upcoming?
Paul Rigby12th February 2019 at 12:19 pm
I did ask but there’s a hundred reasons why they’re not getting back to me. Currently that would be the upcoming HiFi Show in Bristol. I’ll give them a nudge.