Dynaudio Emit M20 £600
Versatile and sonically complete, the M20s are our clear winner
The Danish: masters not only in the art of pastries but, as Dali and Dynaudio have shown over the decades, hi-fi speakers, too. Once again, for the second speaker Group Test running, it’s the day of the Danes.
However, in this particular three-way test it is very much Dynaudio’s win. As the star ratings show, it’s a clear victory – the Emit 20s are the only five-star review. But in reality this was a highcalibre competition, with each pair proving themselves worthy of a place atop your speaker stands.
The promising start for Wharfedale’s new mid-ranging Reva series was hinted at by our first sight of the Reva-2s, then confirmed by their impressive execution: wonderfully focused, clear and precise – all familiar attributes of the Diamond 200 Series speakers from which they originate. An authority boost and more fun-loving attitude would make them more accomplished all-rounders – but, with certain music and in smaller rooms, they’re a hard proposition to ignore.
Good night out
Dali is like the larger-than-life friend you can rely on to guarantee a good night out, delivering speakers that are, among other things, entertainingly lively and enthusiastic. So it hardly comes as a shock that the Opticon 2s, like their smaller siblings, stick to the script. Spending your money here is even more beneficial if starting a hi-fi system from scratch: partner carefully with refined, full-bodied rather than bright or lean-sounding kit and there’s no reason to warn you o these talented standmounts.
Wait and see...
The most versatile and sonically complete of the trio, though, are the Dynaudios, which combine the Dalis’ scale and energy with the precision and poise of the Wharfedales. It seems that Dynaudio has cemented a return to form, and looks to have a great chance of scooping a What Hi-fi? Award this October. We’ll have to wait and see…
It looks like a timely return to form for Dynaudio. Could the M20s scoop an Award this year?