Next-generation DDC sound-beaming technology leads the way in the smallest of the all-new Confidence floor-standers
The tricky thing about producing the best is that at some point you have to beat it. The good thing is that when you’re working with the team that created the original, the job becomes easier – and more fun.
So, when the new Confidence 30 three-way floor-stander rolled out of Dynaudio Labs in Skanderborg, there was much rejoicing. It tips an affectionate nod to Confidence models past while taking their innovations and their performance to the next level.
Like the rest of the range, the Confidence 30 features the brand-new Esotar3 tweeter . This takes lessons learned during the development of the award-winning Esotar Forty anniversary tweeter – including optimised airflow technology, a new neodymium magnet design and the ingenious Hexis resonance-busting inner dome – and takes things up a notch or three.
Also on board are two all-new 18cm NeoTec MSP woofers (which also feature powerful neodymium magnet systems and some intensely clever airflow tech); the new, ultra-stable, ultra-rigid Compex composite front baffle; a completely new 15cm midrange driver with the new airflow-correcting Horizon Surround ; the new down-firing bass port … and the next generation of the DDC (Dynaudio Directivity Control) sound-beaming technology, including the brilliant DDC Lens around the tweeter.
All the Confidence 30’s components (even the screws and gaskets that hold the baffle in place) work in perfect harmony as part of the DDC platform to vastly reduce floor and ceiling reflections while maintaining an accurate horizontal image. It means you can place the speakers in a larger space without needing room treatment, special rugs or ceilings or… well, anything. It just works. (Something you can learn more about in our six-part podcast series on the new Confidence).
And it means you hear only what the artist intended.
|Sensitivity:||88dB (2.83V / 1m)|
|IEC power handling:||350W|
|Impedance:||4 Ω (Minimum 2.8 Ω @ 85Hz)|
|Frequency response (± 3 dB):||38Hz–22kHz|
|Box Principle:||Bass reflex down-firing port|
|Crossover frequency:||290, 3700Hz|
|Crossover topology:||2nd/3rd order with DDC|
|Woofer:||2×18 cm MSP|
|Midrange:||15 cm MSP|
|Tweeter:||28 mm Esotar3|
|Weight::||44.2 kg / 97.4 lbs|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)::||222 x 1337 x 399 mm|
|8 47/64 x 52 41/64 x 15 45/64 Inches|
|Dimensions with feet/grille (W x H x D):||364 x 1382 x 424 mm|
|14 21/64 x 54 13/32 x 16 11/16 Inches|
Long-time hi-fi experts Wilfried Kress and Chief Editor Olaf Sturm reviews the Dynaudio Confidence 30 for the leading hi-fi magazine hifi & records. The two seasoned reviewers put the speakers through thorough testing and find delight in the results. We’ve translated our favourite quotes.
“How can the average listener appreciate the lack of any emphasis in the bass or treble? How to appreciate that a truthful tonality is much better for gratifying listening? The answer is: With time. The longer I listen to this beautifully finished speakers, the more I realise their enormous capabilities, independent of the record played.”
“For example with ‘Got To Get Moving’ by Hans Theessink there are some new un-heard details. More interesting though is the fact that even the better known parts of this song seem better aligned. Additionally there’s a fascinating resolution of the finest details which give the whole composition of this song more inner tension. I’ve never heard it like that before, and after this experience I never want to miss it again.”
“‘You Are Too Beautiful’ is full of emotion and it’s absolutely impressive how Sonny Rollin’s saxophone is reproduced without even the slightest exaggeration or overemphasis – and that’s typically Dynaudio.”
“Fascinatingly playful is how the Confidence 30 performs Donald Fagen. The speaker follows the demanding beat with a lightness and sophistication which I surely don’t experience every day.”
“Dynaudio once published ‘The Book Of Truth’ and it’s quite an achievement how the chapter ‘truthful loudspeaker’ is continued in such a straight way. While design is always a matter of taste, there can’t be two opinions about this speaker’s cabinet quality, driver technology, and the resulting sound performance. Dynaudio knows how to create loudspeakers.”