Dy­nau­dio Emit M20 £600

Ver­sa­tile and son­i­cally com­plete, the M20s are our clear win­ner

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Stereo Speakers -

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?

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