Right, I have promised to myself that this review will contain no swearing, but in all honesty it’s hard not to get a little sweary in the presence of the Dynaudio Emit 30 because it is a floorstanding loudspeaker with an excellent performance and a price tag of just £1,300 per pair. I mean, I know audiophiles who have spent more ****ing money than that on fuses. So, I’m finding it hard to contain myself.
Emit is the entry point to the Dynaudio product line. It’s a conscious attempt to deliver the sort of performance that’s ‘hard’ (read: ‘next to impossible’) to find at this price, and that’s a doubly-important consideration given that for many this might be their first-ever ‘proper’ loudspeaker.
The range comprises two stand-mount models (Emit 10 and Emit 20), two floorstanders (Emit 30 and Emit 50) and a centre-channel (Emit 25C). They’ve all been designed, styled, tuned, tweaked and optimised in-house at Dynaudio Labs in Denmark. The company’s state-of-the-art Jupiter measuring facility – a vast measuring array – played a key role in their creation. We went with the Emit 30 as it seems to be in something of a sweet spot.
In fact, that sweet spot is best highlighted by just how hard it was to get a pair of these loudspeakers. Dynaudio can barely make them fast enough to keep up with demand; even before the product range was launched, dealers were pointing their bank accounts at Dynaudio knowing the Emit range will sell like a complete, well… I promised I wouldn’t swear.
Given the cost of these loudspeakers, the Emit 30 uses some downright impressive technology in its drivers, enclosure and even the port. If you judge a loudspeaker by its weight (it’s not an ideal measure, and there are a lot of exceptions to prove the rule, but generally a weightier speaker means a deader cabinet, which itself means the drivers don’t have to fight a civil war with their enclosure) then the Emit 30 will impress. It has a cabinet made from 18mm thick MDF panels, wrapped in one of three laminate finishes; we went with Walnut, but there’s also the very on trend white and black (fortunately not the black ash veneer that the 1980s would like back). There’s a magnetised grille, too, but the speaker is best used ‘au natural’.
All Emit speakers use the Cerotar tweeter from the Evoke series, which in turn is based on the Esotar Forty tweeter from Dynaudio’s Special Forty anniversary speaker. Cerotar’s custom AirFlow magnet is made from strontium carbonate ferrite+ ceramic, while the 28mm voice-coil is made from aluminium – a Dynaudio signature, that is even used in the company’s legendary Esotar 3 high-frequency driver. Meanwhile, the ingenious Hexis helps control the resonances behind the diaphragm which then helps control the movement in the dome itself. Doubtless, someone will see the word ‘strontium’ and start replaying episodes of Chernobyl. Save yourself the horrors; naturally-occuring strontium carbonate is non-radioactive and commonly used in fireworks and magnets. It’s the strontium-90 isotope (a byproduct of nuclear weapons and accidents) that is the stuff of nightmares.
Emit’s mid/bass drivers are also based on those found in the Evoke range. Their diaphragms are made from MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer) – a material developed by Dynaudio to create an ideal combination of lightness, stiffness and damping for incredible accuracy. They’re bonded directly to the copper-clad-aluminium voice-coil assembly for even more control over their movement. The driver also features a dual-stacked ferrite-ceramic magnet for greater control over the driver’s movement and excursion. Emit speakers also feature a new dual-flared bass-reflex port, optimised to reduce air turbulence and minimise unwanted ‘chuffing’, particularly with deep notes. And that attention to detail even extends to the internal damping material, which has been measured down to the gram for the right combination of damping and openness.
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