Dynaudio DM 2/10
Wow, while I've whined several times on this forum lamenting the passing of this particular driver configuration, which was very popular from the late 60s to the early 90s, I never thought it would come back & especially from a hi-end manufacturer like Dynaudio. These were announced at this year's CES here in the States (as per a press release on Dynaudio's site) and based on prices in the U.K. these look to be around $1600 per pair over here.*
KLH and Advent pretty much started that trend back then, with the Large Advent eventually being one of the most successful speakers *ever*.
IMO a great choice for someone wanting to build a clean-n-classic 2.0 stereo system - say, a CD player (or dvd player for music and HT use), a turntable + a receiver or integrated amp - and who listens to a lot of rock, pop and hip-hop.
2-ways have only one crossover point which helps with accuracy, and keeps the price down, but unlike currently-fashionable standmount types with 4, 5 or 6 inch drivers, with its ten inch woofer this model can actually reproduce the music above with true authority.
Also, along with its smaller brother the DM 2/8 with its 8" driver, these unreasonably large loudspeakers can obviously be used with a subwoofer crossed over around 80Hz like most other speakers, but because of their much larger low frequency drivers, can actually reproduce things like kick drums and other instruments that inhabit the area around and above that frequency...........with realism! This is something diminutive 5" woofers just cannot physically handle well which IMO is why so many sat/sub systems sound so thin and unrealistic, including with movie soundtracks.
Here's a review from a British online gear site:
| On audition, the advantage of the 2/10's large main driver was immediately apparent in its superior dynamic realism and tension, and also in conveying the unmistakeable impression that this is a speaker that doesn't have to work hard for its living. |
It has serious headroom, and seems to relish reproducing complex music with busy textures, such as full-scale orchestral material, which it handles convincingly with ease, tension and a perhaps surprising transparency.
.........That said, this is certainly a speaker that really knows how to rock and roll, and if the bass alignment didn't match our listening room particularly well, this factor didn't seem all that obvious or important subjectively. Furthermore, it was good to hear full, deep bass alongside a smooth and open midband.