A few years ago, products like the Dynaudio Music 5 simply couldn’t exist because the technology that underpins them didn’t exist. Even a couple of years ago, this class of product would come with such compromises, their inclusion in a high-end audio magazine would be at best ‘outreach’ and at worst highly dubious. But if anything highlights just how far and how fast the audio world is changing, it’s the Dynaudio Music 5.
The ‘5’ is one of a quartet of Music products designed by the Danish company; the Music 1 and 3 being smaller, battery-powered portable devices, the Music 7 being a larger device ideally used as the best sound-bar around, but arguably too bulky for easy transport. The Music 5, then, sits in the Goldilocks spot, as it is a sizeable, mains-driven device (so you can really give the Music 5 some beans without it running out of puff) but not so bulky that it impersonates a boulder.
The distinctive, angular look of the Music 5 isn’t just there to make it awkward to photograph. Under the grille there sits a pair of 25mm soft-dome tweeters, a pair of 75mm midrange units and a lone 128mm woofer, all fed by 250W of Class D power. The angled aspects allow the Music 5 to project a cogent stereo presentation, but also – thanks to Dynaudio’s RoomAdapt DSP – help tailor the sound to the Music 5’s position in the room. This is extremely useful in a product like the Dynaudio Music 5, because it’s unlikely to be used in more orthodox audiophile installations, and might end up being used in the corner of a room (for example). This can be adjusted using Dynaudio’s own app.
The app is remarkably intuitive to use, especially in setting up the system. Grouping loudspeakers (or turning two speakers into a stereo pair) is as simple as dragging icons into circles on your smartphone screen. Unless you have a phobia about Venn diagrams, set-up is a breeze.
The Dynaudio app also unlocks a host of functions and features that essentially transform the Music 5. Without app support, it’s a good wireless active speaker system that can connect to the outside world through Bluetooth, and a USB port for wired iDevice connectivity. Use the app, however, and it opens up on a far wider world of music, and becomes something like its own DJ. The app supports and Tidal (there’s a free nine-month trial included), but wireless DLNA connectivity, so your home music network can be accessed, or something like Spotify require third-party app support. But where the Music 5 really comes into its own is the combination of a row of five buttons along the top of the Music 5 and the Music Now algorithm within the app itself. The five buttons relate to a range of options, including user-defined – but ‘intelligently’ curated – Music Now playlists.