The term entry-level is relative, of course. But if you want a pair of columns from Dynaudio, it starts with the new Emit 30. Emit is a small range made up of two cheaper columns (the 10 and 20) and two towers (30 and 50), the smaller of which is is being tested here, and a center speaker (25C). There’s no dedicated subwoofer in the lineup, but Dynaudio does offer a few stand-alone designs that should work well.
The Emit 30 are not a particularly impressive proposition; they measure 90 cm without the feet or the toes, and are quite thin with them. The build quality is solid and, as is typically the case with entry-level products from Dynaudio, there are few visual frills. It doesn’t bother us. These speakers look functional and understated, which is fine with us.
Dynaudio has always been interested in engineering, so it’s no surprise that the company has put a lot of effort into drive units. The Cerotar 28mm Soft Dome Tweeter is a new design that learns from the brand’s premium products in an effort to raise performance standards to a more affordable level. The technical highlight is the Hexis element behind the dome, which controls airflow and reduces resonances.
The two larger 14cm drivers use Dynaudio’s traditional MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer) cones and, as expected, the chassis design and motor system structure are very neat in order to deliver the signal with minimal distortion.
The three drive units are connected in a 2-1 / 2-way configuration where the lower 14cm unit only kicks in at low frequencies, letting the top one handle everything from midrange to low. Dynaudio chose fairly gentle slopes for the crossover, with a first order for the tweeter and a second order for the dedicated woofer. Crossover frequencies are fairly standard at 3.55kHz between mid / bass and tweeter, and at 1kHz for the dedicated woofer to snap into place.
The Emit 30 are not particularly demanding when it comes to placement. A pair of rear firing ports means they don’t have to be placed right up against a back wall (or worse yet, in a corner), but they seem fairly balanced when given around 50cm of breathing space. If you have more space, like we do, moving the speakers further into the room will result in a wider stereo image and slightly more articulate bass without sacrificing much in terms of low-end weight. In our test room, these towers only needed a small angle to the listening position to lock the imagery in place.
Any speaker of this level will benefit from a good source and good amplification, and the Emit 30s are no exception. While we use our benchmark electronics (Naim ND555 / 555 PS DR music streamer, Burmester 088/911 Mk3 pre / power) for much of this test, a more modest setup with a 2go / 2yu / Qutest Chord combination powering a Naim Nait XS 3 was also used to see how these Dynaudios perform with more price-appropriate electronics.
The character of the Emit 30s remains consistent regardless of the system. These columns are impressive in many ways. They are detailed and composed, managing to render a wide range of recordings trouble-free. Feed them aggressive production like Eminem’s Recovery and there is enough transparency to reveal the fine, edgy nature of the recording. Importantly, there is also the refinement to prevent such flaws from being overestimated.
Dynaudio Emit 30 technical specifications
Sensitivity 87dB (2.83V / 1m)
IEC admissible power 180 watts
Impedance 4 ohms
Frequency response (± 3 dB) 44 Hz – 25 kHz (-6 dB 39 Hz – 35 kHz)
Box principle 2 x double flared rear bass reflex port
Crossover frequency 1000 / 3550Hz
Cross topology 1st order tweeter / 2nd order woofer
Midrange / Woofer 14cm MSP
woofer 14cm MSP
Tweeter Cerotar Soft Dome with Hexis
Weight 15.53 kg / 34.2 lbs
Dimensions (heavy weight) 900 x 170 x 271.5mm / 35.4 x 6.7 x 10.7inch
Dimensions with feet / grid (hwd) 946.5 x 267.5 x 335.4mm / 37.3 x 10.5 x 13.2inch
We have no doubt that the engineers at Dynaudio have worked hard to perfect these speakers. The integration between the speakers is essentially seamless and there is a nice consistency of character from the lower bass notes. The Emit 30 have a smooth tone without appearing lifeless, and have a well-judged full-bodied balance that works well in all genres of music. The bass is firm, punchy and articulate, provided the rest of the system is up to par and proper care has been taken in positioning.
We also like their performance in the mids, thanks to a good level of clarity and articulation of the voices. If you are looking for a pair of columns with a mature and sophisticated sound, there is a lot to like here.
We move on to Tchaikovsky’s Opening of 1812 and the good news continues. These columns are capable of good sonic authority and scale, and when the going gets tough they are more than capable of breaking through crescendos with real force. The 1930s also unearthed a fair amount of detail and presented it in an organized and controlled manner. These Emits are composed performers even when pushed hard with demanding music.
So, it is clear that these are very capable speakers, right? So why haven’t we given them the full five stars? To achieve this, these Dynaudios have to deliver the music with a little more energy. It’s not that we want the speakers to amplify the music to make it more exciting, it’s rather that some of the motivation and drama of the music seems to be harnessed to help that sense of sophistication. The rhythm is more subdued than we would expect from the brand and the Emit 30s don’t attack a track with the expected sense of verve.
Either way, these remain accomplished performers who tick most of the boxes that enthusiasts consider important, but by not delivering the full energy of the music, they aren’t the best at the price.
- Ring 4
- Compatibility 4
- To build 4
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