Description

We don’t think a speaker’s size should dictate how good it sounds… so we don’t let it

The compact Confidence 20 takes the performance, the passion and the power of the range’s larger speakers, and puts it on a stand.

We’ve spent years looking at how we could improve on the previous range of Confidence speakers. And, after almost countless hours in design labs, our state-of-the-art Jupiter measuring facility, modelling and simulation suites – and, of course, listening rooms – we’ve done it.

Like the rest of the range, the Confidence 20 features the all-new 28mm Esotar3 soft-dome tweeter, plus a new 18cm NeoTec MSP woofer and an innovative down-firing bass port. Its drivers feature cutting-edge developments in airflow technology (including a much larger rear chamber and optimised venting in the tweeter, plus the new resonance-stabilising Hexis inner dome); simulation-derived diaphragm thickness; super-powerful neodymium magnets; and the new Compex front baffle.

The new 28mm Esotar3 soft-dome tweeter takes over 40 years of Dynaudio expertise, plus plenty of new learnings from the award-winning Esotar Forty unit – and rolls it all into the finest tweeter we’ve ever created. A powerful neodymium magnet system, innovations in airflow routing, the new resonance-busting Hexis inner dome… it all combines to increase detail, clarity and sensitivity.

The new 18cm NeoTec MSP woofer also has neodymium under the hood, and uses glass-fibre in its voice-coil former for optimum stiffness. The voice-coil itself is aluminium, which lets us use the ideal weight (or lightness, depending on your point of view) for powerful and controlled bass as well as refined midrange. And the entire woofer motor has been designed to harness airflow using an innovative new venting system that’s been machined directly into the magnet. (Something you can learn more about in our six-part podcast series on the new Confidence).

We’re guessing you want to know how it sounds… and the answer is, simply, “like your favourite artist”. Nothing more, nothing less

 

 

Specifications

Sensitivity: 87dB (2.83V / 1m)
IEC power handling: 250W
Impedance: 6 Ω (Minimum 5 Ω @ 155Hz)
Frequency response (± 3 dB): 42Hz–22kHz
Box Principle: Bass reflex down-firing port
Crossover: 2 way
Crossover frequency: 2325Hz
Crossover topology: 2nd order
Woofer: 18cm MSP
Midrange:
Tweeter: 28 mm Esotar3
 
Weight: 15.2 kg/33.5 lbs
Weight including stand: 27 kg/59.6 lbs
Dimensions (W x H x D): 223 x 520 x 414 mm
8 25/32 x 20 15/32 x 16 19/64 Inches
Dimensions with feet/grille (W x H x D): 223 x 520 x 444 mm
8 25/32 x 20 15/32 x 17 31/64 Inches
Dimensions including stand: 368 x 1134 x 458 mm
14 1/2 x 44 5/8 x 18 inches

 

Reviews

“This tweeter began to reveal itself as an extraordinary driver (while making notes, I wrote the words “sweet, sweet, sweet” in emphasis). Yes, Esotar3 tweeter is something quite special. And delightful actually as demonstrated by any cymbal or bell work on percussive instrument compositions. And wait ‘til you hear a well-captured rim shot… snappy and real as…”

“The C20s were timbrel wonders, their tonal capabilities being among the best I’ve heard. The complexities of all manner of acoustic instrument, from the extended harmonics of strings, to the ‘blattiness’ and transient speed of brass, to the span and power of percussion and then on to the humanity of the voice… wow!”

“The combination of individual drivers, their expert blending via intelligent crossover implementation and the engineering behind the baffle design provided a massive soundfield which would normally be associated with larger designs. Soundstage width, depth and height spread across a very wide 3D panorama with excellent image placement and focus.”

“Now… acoustic physics 101. For big bass you need large cabinet volume and wide-diameter or multiple dedicated low frequency drivers, right? Well… in the case of the Confidence 20, Dynaudio does not entirely agree, nor adhere strictly to that law. I use italics for the words, “entirely” and “strictly” for a reason. No matter how skilled the engineers at Dynaudio are at designing world-class loudspeakers – and they truly are that skilled – the laws of physics are unwavering. Having said that, what the C20s can do with bass is nothing short of extraordinary.”

“Yes, Dynaudio’s Confidence 20 is among the upper echelon of standmount speakers price-wise. However, consider the collective elements in its construction and design, the superb drivers, the highly-developed baffle/cabinet construction and the excellent specifications and you’ll no doubt realise that, when looking for a top-shelf, upmarket standmount speaker, you’d be committing a crime against your love of music if you were to neglect auditioning this most extraordinary, nay, glorious loudspeaker creation.”