This category is both entertaining and exciting, in no small part because it didn’t exist a decade ago. In fact, Dynaudio was one of the first with the original Xeo range, but the market is growing at a fair lick now, with DALI, ELAC, KEF, and brands that don’t capitalise their whole name like Aurender and Devialet creating something that already seems more than just a niche. This feels like the start of a movement toward high-performance active wireless speakers. Dynaudio has been a part of that from the outset, and just moved back to the flag-waving position with the latest Xeo models.
I’m not going to call out which of these models is the most flexible because, by the time you finish reading this sentence, three more systems will have appeared to challenge the performance of these three designs, such is the rate of change in this field. But I am tempted by the overall package offered by Dynaudio here. It seems more level-headed than most, yet without being too level-headed or bland. And thanks to that wide dispersion DSP crossover, the Xeo 20 is that bit more listener-friendly than most of its rivals. And it has that studio-like clarity and precision of detail and focus. In all, the Dynaudio Xeo 20 may just be the active DSP speaker to beat!
Type: Active two-way ported stand-mount loudspeaker
Analogue inputs: Mini-jack, RCA Stereo
Digital inputs: Toslink
Wireless: 24bit, 96kHz (via optional Dynaudio Connect box)
Drive units: 28mm soft dome tweeter,
140mm MSP mid/woofer
Crossover: DSP-based, crossing over at 4.7kHz
Frequency Response (±3dB):
Amplifier power: 2×65W Class D
Finish: Black, white
Dimensions (W×H×D): 180 ×320 ×257mm
Price: £1,999 per pair
Manufactured by: Dynaudio A/S
Tel: +44 (0)1638 742427