A company striving for future heights always takes into account the achievements of its past. This is the principle of Dynaudio. Each speaker system of this brand is an example of elegant finishing and excellent quality.
Dynaudio’s history – not that long by the way – also provides food for thought. Wilfried Ehrenholz, the founder of Dynaudio, sought to create a company that combined the advantages of an industrial giant (advanced manufacturing, powerful development department) with the flexibility of a tiny company of sound-obsessed people.
The first systems were an incredible discovery for their time. The latest technological solutions are embodied inside classic cabinets finished with natural veneer. Dynaudio’s concept was an order of magnitude ahead of other manufacturers who did not perform peak and phase analysis at the time. Contrary to public opinion, Dynaudio experts argued that for high-quality acoustics, not only the linearity of frequency parameters is important, but also dynamic and temporal features.
According to one of the founders of the company, Wilfried Ehrenholz, the only way for a speaker manufacturer to produce truly good speakers is to develop their own speakers. As a result, Dynaudio speakers represent an original combination of innovative technology, true craftsmanship and modern manufacturing processes. At some point, the company realized that it was necessary to fight not with competitors, but with problems arising during reproduction, which forced the company to turn away from the path that all manufacturers usually take. Step by step, Dynaudio brought its drivers closer to the ideal, thanks to which it gained a face, a reputation, and even influence on the entire industry. Yes Yes! Almost every speaker designer uses Bruel & Kaejer technology for acoustic measurements. Now guess what speakers the Brühl-and-Kjær team now uses as a reference when calibrating microphones…
However, while making such discoveries, I still did not find an answer to the question posed at the beginning. Great, there are achievements and unique developments. But there is also a market, and it is structured completely differently. Large companies produce a huge number of popular inexpensive speakers – this is the main source of income, which finances development. How can Dynaudio make money with a product range that simply doesn’t have models for the mass market? Own production of housings, which, by the way, is located fifty kilometers from the main one, on the outskirts of the town of Vejle, is unlikely to reduce production costs, rather the opposite. It looks like a small private furniture factory, where the lion’s share of operations is performed manually: veneering, preliminary cutting, assembly, sanding, staining, varnishing, sanding again, varnishing again, and so on… The most advanced equipment here is a pair of well-functioning coordinate machines , which mill the most complex body parts using a template. The working day begins at six in the morning, and the technological chain begins with the selection and stitching of veneer sheets. From this moment on, all veneered fiberboard panels for future speakers go from one worker to another in pairs – so that the stereo system does not differ in texture, color, or varnish. Considering the qualifications of the craftsmen who have been working here for decades, such production cannot be low-cost. The body accounts for 50 percent of the cost of finished products.
Dynaudio’s main residence is in Skanderborg. There is a laboratory with listening rooms, a speaker production workshop, mechanical and assembly buildings, and warehouses. Alas, I was unable to get into the holy of holies. The owners referred to repairs and the presence of certain developments that are too early to demonstrate, for a strictly classified Volkswagen car, for which acoustics are now being prepared. They also did not allow photo and video filming in the speaker production workshop, although they walked along the entire line – from the place where the company makes all kinds of equipment for itself, and ending with the room where all the finished speakers are tested. In 1977, proprietary developments were embodied in the P series, later in the 1980s the Dynaudio 80, 100 and 200 models appeared. And already in 1983, the young company received the first fruits for its innovative efforts with the release of Consequence loudspeakers. This event received historical significance. To this day, the uncompromising Consequence loudspeakers are produced exclusively to special orders and, to this day, enjoy enormous recognition for their unsurpassed sound. This model is the best-selling high-end speaker in the history of the audio industry.
Another technological breakthrough is the now famous Dynaudio Compound series. It used unusual innovations, such as a 2nd internal woofer or variable vent in the acoustic design. The natural wood finishing is made in a factory in Denmark, so it is distinguished by sophistication. In 1989, the company introduced a unique research project that involved integrating materials, components and drivers into a compact speaker cabinet. The Special One speaker system was the first compact speaker of a compact size that could be classified as high-end. The Contour 1.3 SE was based on the same concept, but added improved speakers. This model quickly became the standard high-end rackmount speaker. The Contour series is one of the most successful audiophile series, with the first generation of acoustics being sold for 15 years before the model range was updated. At the same time, Dynaudio pleased with the Dynaudio Facette series of high-quality speakers with an original design.
In the 1990s, the Danish company entered a new market by releasing the budget Audience series, and the sound quality did not suffer from the price reduction. At the end of the 20th century, Dynaudio presented its most promising project – Evidence acoustics. Until this moment, no speaker system could come so close to musical realism. Evidence loudspeakers were soon recognized as the best in the world, and many hi-fi magazines recognized them as the standard of sound. With 2002, a new chapter began in the production history of Dynaudio. She introduced the Confidence series to the public – elegant speakers with a completely new acoustic architecture and branded Esotar2 speakers. The unusual shape of the case has become the hallmark of all speakers in this series, even subsequent generations. This series featured an anti-resonance panel with metal bracing – it sounded great even at the highest volume levels.
The Focus series, the most successful, was released in 2005. Inside it are newly modernized speakers, and outside are classic and traditional shapes. More exclusive models were released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Special Twenty-Five and the 30th anniversary of the Sapphire, a limited edition speaker. Dynaudio has expanded its range of acoustics, giving the audiophile world the MC15 multimedia speakers and the new Excite series, which easily integrates with modern audio/video systems, guaranteeing authentic home theater sound.