Forty years of hi-fi expertise – plus cutting-edge digital technology – in a compact stand-mounted speaker. The new Xeo 20 takes all the things we loved about the older Xeo 4, updates them to things we love even more, and adds a few new surprises.
You’ll have already noticed the facelift. Our designers have rounded the corners and softened the edges. They’ve moved the infra-red receiver from the top to under the woofer for a neater, cleaner look. And they’ve made the metal driver parts black for a touch of Nordic simplicity.
If you were to take the speaker apart (although we’d really rather you didn’t), you’d see just as many developments inside, too. The 14cm Esotec MSP driver and 28mm Esotec soft-dome tweeter (both packed with legendary Dynaudio tech, including aluminium voice-coils and innovative magnet systems) are each powered by their own 65W digital amplifiers. And because one size doesn’t always fit all, each amp is precisely tuned and optimized for the driver it’s powering – giving our engineers incredible control over their performance.
Xeo 20: tuned from our pro studio speakers
That control comes from the best. Xeo 20’s tuning is based on our celebrated LYD 5 professional studio monitors – speakers that work at the front line of music production. It gives you a direct line from performer to mixing desk to living room… what they heard is what you get.
The updated firmware includes improved compressor and limiter algorithms and a simplified crossover. That means a larger overlap between the drivers’ frequency ranges for incredible integration, improved bass and much better off-axis performance… so if you’re jostled out of the good seat, you know you’ll still have a great time. We’ve also given the DSP (digital signal processing) engine more horsepower, as well as simplifying it, to enhance speaker-position compensation for corner, wall and free-space placements. It’s a similar approach to the one we used for the new Focus XD range. A slot-type bass port, meanwhile, handles the moving-air stage to further improve, tighten and enhance low-frequency performance.
Xeo 20: direct inputs
The new Xeo 20 also gets direct inputs, so you don’t need to add any external boxes to plug in your existing equipment – although if you want even more options, including wireless 24-bit/96kHz hi-res audio, the optional Dynaudio Connect box has you covered.
Round the back of the master speaker (which can be set as either the left or right channel) you’ll find 24-bit/192kHz Toslink digital optical, stereo RCA phono and 3.5mm minijack inputs for all your sources. So, yes, you can still plug in that old cassette player or 8-track machine…
Don’t want to use wires? We’ve added built-in aptX Bluetooth so you can stream wirelessly from any compatible device. And because the Xeo 20 speakers communicate together using a full-fat 24/96 hi-res signal, you know you won’t miss a single detail in your music. If you don’t want to get out of your seat (we totally understand), you’ll also be happy to hear that the new remote control works with Xeo 20’s direct inputs and the Dynaudio Connect box – and over a longer distance than before.
Forty years of hi-fi expertise – plus cutting-edge digital technology – in a compact stand-mounted speaker
|Analogue inputs:||Mini-jack, RCA stereo|
|Frequency response (±3dB):||40Hz – 21kHz|
|Box principle:||Bass reflex|
|Tweeter:||28mm soft dome|
|Amplifier power:||2 x 65W|
|AC power input:||100V – 240V, 50/60Hz|
|Standby power consumption:||<0.5W|
|Maximum power consumption:||100W|
|Weight:||6.2kg / 13.7lbs|
|Dimensions (W x H x D):||180 x 320 x 257mm|
|Dimensions with feet/grille (W x H x D):||180 x 320 x 265mm|
“If ever there was a perfect example of win-win for the hi-fi shopper, the Xeo 20 is surely it.”
“It means that after years of being largely overlooked, (…) the undeniable upsides of active transducer tech, firmly established in the pro sector, are finally finding favour in the home.”
“Hearing finer degrees of subtlety and nuance, hearing things for the first time – both are well-worn hi-fi clichés. But I’ve seldom auditioned a two-way standmount where such descriptions have seemed more spookily apt.”
“It’s as if you really are getting an accurate earful of what the recording engineer heard at the mixing desk and with all the imaging solidity and temporal veracity that implies.”