Three-way bat­tle for the right to as­sault your ears

Be­neath the wood ve­neer and lac­quer fin­ishes, speaker tech­nol­ogy has evolved. Here, three of­fer­ings from Dy­nau­dio, Dali and Wharfedale bat­tle it out for the right to as­sault your ears

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On pa­per, evo­lu­tion isn’t al­ways as ap­par­ent in hi-fi speak­ers as it is in other prod­ucts that reg­u­larly pass through our test-room doors. TVS and stream­ers, for ex­am­ple, rely on quan­tifi­able one­up­man­ship with, say, res­o­lu­tion or stream­ing ser­vice count.

But be­hind closed doors in a lab­o­ra­tory some­where, there is a diehard speaker engi­neer buried away, con­stantly tweak­ing and fine-tuning cross­over com­po­nents and fash­ion­ing new cone ma­te­ri­als with the goal of get­ting pun­ters more per­for­mance for their pound than ever be­fore.

Con­se­quently, the stan­dard of sound qual­ity con­tin­ues to rise. You need only look at the Dy­nau­dio Emit M10 stand­mounts, which in the July edi­tion of out­classed the B&W 685 S2s that had dom­i­nated the £500 com­pe­ti­tion for the past two years.

Now, for an ex­tra £100, we have their big broth­ers, the Emit M20s, pit­ted against ‘larger stand­mounts’ from Dali and Wharfedale, the lat­ter the com­pany that brought us the best desk­top speak­ers of 2015.

Big­ger stand­moun­ters typ­i­cally make gains in bass and scale over smaller en­try-level ones, so if that’s where your (or your liv­ing room’s) am­bi­tions lie, your next pair of speak­ers could well fea­ture in the next few pages.

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