The Dynaudios captured Bebe’s voice with a rare quality of immediacy and razor-sharp focus that would do credit to far more expensive loudspeakers. But what was equally impressive was the way the Special Forty’s revealed not only the subtle sound of the bassist’s fingers on the strings of the instrument, but also the sound of the amplifier—clearly positioned a few feet away from the bassist—reproducing the amplified sound of the performance. The result was one of the most intensely realistic hi-fi moments I’ve experienced in quite a while. I felt almost as if I had been permitted to sit within the studio as Bebe and her accompanist rehearsed the enchanting song.
The Dynaudio Special Forty is a wonderful stand-mount monitor and terrific value. While one could arguably achieve even higher performance if one had very large sums of money to invest, the Special Forty is so good and in so many ways that it will encourage listeners to ask, “why spend more?” Very highly recommended.
Type: Two-way stand-mount monitor with bass reflex cabinet loading
Driver complement: One 28mm fabric dome Esotar Forty tweeter with proprietary DSR (Dynaudio special recipe) coating, one 17cm 17W75 mid-bass driver with MSP (magnesium silicate polymer) diaphragm
Frequency response: 41Hz–23kHz, ± 3dB
Impedance: 6 Ohms
Sensitivity: 86 dB (2.83V/1m)
Dimensions (H×W×D): 360 × 198 × 322mm
Finishes: Grey birch/black trim, red birch/black trim
Price: £2,500, or US $2,999 per pair
Manufacturer information: Dynaudio A/S
Sverigesvej 15, 8660 Skandeborg, Denmark
Distributor information: Dynaudio UK
Tel: +44 01638 742427
Dynaudio North America
Tel: +1 (630) 238-4200, (847) 730-3207