Two 14cm long-throw mid/bass drivers and a 28mm tweeter in a striking floorstander make a strong visual and sonic statement
The slimline Excite X34 stands less than 95 cm tall and is only 17 cm wide, but its dual MSP mid/woofers, coated soft dome tweeter and special dispersion character serve up unmistakably high-end sound.
With its extremely lightweight aluminium voice coils and greater driver membrane radiating area and larger enclosure volume than a compact speaker, it can produce deep, powerful bass even in spacious rooms from its twin 14cm long-throw MSP mid-bass drivers and 28mm tweeter. Precise fine-tuning of the crossover optimises dispersion for incredibly an accurate, three-dimensional presentation of the recording. Just as the artist intended. The X34 is also extremely amplifier-friendly due to its ultra-linear 8 Ohm impedance.
The exquisitely finished cabinet includes a cloth grille secured by concealed magnets, and has a smart base construction: on hardwood floors, the X34 can stand on four resonance-absorbing feet, while four adjustable integrated spikes may be used to achieve a perfect foundation on carpeted surfaces.
|Sensitivity:||86dB (2,83 V /1m)|
|IEC Power Handling:||200W|
|Frequency Response (±3dB):||37Hz – 23kHz|
|Box Principle:||Bass Reflex Rear Ported|
|Crossover:||2 1/2 way|
|Crossover Topology:||1st/2nd order|
|Woofer:||2 x 14cm MSP|
|Tweeter:||28mm soft dome|
|Weight:||17kg / 37lb|
|Dimensions (W x H x D):||170 x 900 x 260mm|
|6.7 x 35.4 x 10.2in|
|Dimensions with feet/grill (W x H x D):||228 x 928 x 281mm|
|9 x 36.5 x 11.1in|
If there’s anything that gets my back up it’s the lament that all the sexiness and excitement in audio resides at the extreme high end of the market. That is just so wrong. In fact so absurdly wrong that I will happily argue that the high end has been enjoying a most golden age of affordable gear. Exhibit one: the Dynaudio Excite X34 loudspeaker.
At a little over three feet, the X34 is not an especially tall floorstander particularly for American audiences. And, oftentimes the combination of a lower tweeter height and that driver’s dispersion characteristics creates an impression of a low acoustic ceiling having descended over the orchestral venue. However, that impression never materialized in my time spent with the X34. During Laurel Massé’s Feather and Bone the massive space of the Troy Savings Bank venue retained most of the vast acoustic reverberant cues that I’m familiar with. (The Dynaudio Directivity Control at work, perhaps?)
Strings could be sweeter—they tend to be a little dry, and violin section layering is not quite fully explored. This comports with my view that low-level image resolution, micro-dynamics and focus could be more revealing—a conclusion I reached listening for the softly tapped cymbal embedded deep in the soundspace during the March section of Vaughan Williams’ The Wasps or the delicate harp theme that follows the main melody in the opening section of the same piece.
Bass response is very good, audibly descending into the mid- thirty-cycle range and rock-solid to 40 Hertz. It’s fairly uniform in output although it does thicken and diffuse somewhat in the midbass. (Foam port plugs are supplied to reduce bass out- put if required.) Still, the X34 maintains a firm grip on orchestral bass drum and other low-frequency resonances and decay information, even within the complexities of a full-blown symphonic performance. The tight, acoustic bass line during Holly Cole’s “Take Me Home” was controlled and unwavering with a convincing sense of pace and rhythm. In such moments I hear clean stops and starts, devoid of tim- ing artifacts or hangover from the port. I should add that this level of LF perfor- mance should make the X34 particularly attractive to home-theater enthusiasts (especially in concert with the X24 center channel) who aren’t prepared to go the LFE/subwoofer route.
The Excite X34 is one versatile little number that was willing and able to get down and party with the best of them. With few exceptions, it touches all the musical bases and does so with a footprint no bigger than an average-size compact—food for thought monitor- fans. An authentic crowd pleaser in the most musical sense. READ MORE