I was in awe. They sound very big but not HUGE like a set of Cornwalls that are the size of small refridgerators. I feel it is also more liquid than the Dynaudio C20 and not as dry sounding as those more expensive speakers. Overall, the Special Forties offer a refined and natural sound on the polite edge of neutral. Using the PS Audio Direct Stream DAC with the latest OS “SNOWMASS” I was so impressed with the sound of these speakers that I thought for sure that I found the elusive pair of under $3k bookshelves that could keep me excited listening to them day after day. (tested a Raven Nighthawk III, Octave V40 SE, McIntosh 252, PS Audio Sprout 100 and a Luxman 590 AXII. I was so curious about them and seeing that I have my room and equipment so dialed in these days I knew these Dynaudios would, or should shine. Yes, speakers like Dynaudio’s flagships take the sound experience to another level by offering an increased prowess reproducing musical nuance, refinement, detail, depth of soundstage, and deep bass recreation. ... Our first impression of Dynaudio’s 40th anniversary speaker is more one of mild disappointment than anything else. The silk dome tweeters offer a high level of detail but do not overly-accentuate sibilance or stridency inherent in some less-stellar recordings. These are NOT hard to drive but do not try with a cheap receiver or home theater receiver. The e-journal of analog and digital sound, Bowers & Wilkins 702 Signature Loudspeakers, Andover Audio Songbird Hi-Res Music Streamer – First Look, The LSA T-3 turntable from Underwood HiFi. Of course, those characteristics and enhancements come with a much higher price tag. Compared to my old faves, the Sonus Faber Guarneri Evolutions, these are lighter and smaller sounding, not as full in the mid bass, have more detail and do not exaggerate any frequency..BUT THIS IS A GOOD THING IN THIS ROOM. Also note I use quality cables from power (Audioquest Tornado and Hurricane) to interconnect (Valhalla) to Speaker. Combine that with a level of delicacy, tonal accuracy and resolution that you’d expect to pay $10k/pair for and you can see why I’m so excited. The Hasselblad 907x Continues to Impress. For those with a tight budget though, a more modest and less attractive pair of aftermarket stands can solve the immediate need. These speakers do so much so well at their price point I am hard-pressed to offer major criticisms. They seem to have a sweeter treble too though not as big sounding as the old EVO’s. Goodbye Photokina? I owned special 40’s, and they are a great all around speaker that do every genre quite well. I was told by the dynaudio rep that there would be a break in period so I knew what I was getting in to. Percussive elements dance around the room contrasting the solidly-imaged saxophone. Here we are in 2018 (as I write this) and last year in 2017 Dynaudio released the new Special 40 Speakers to celebrate 40 years in the business. Without it, great speakers or a great amp may sound horrible. If the cabinets were larger they would be even bigger sounding but if that was the case, then would also be much more money and I feel take away from some of the magic these hold. The new Special Forty anniversary speaker draws on 40 years of cutting-edge research – and brings it totally up to date with Dynaudio’s most celebrated techniques and technologies. Accompanying the advanced drivers resides a freshly-designed crossover too. Like new set of Dynaudio Special 40 in grey listed for $2200 on USAM today. If you can, I have yet to find it. If not love a piece of gear I do not waste my time writing about it as who wants to read a negative downer review? THAT has never happened. Time sure does fly. They do most of the things audiophiles love..huge soundstage width, decent depth, precise imaging, detail without being etched or bright, smooth tweeter and a rich midrange that excels with the human voice..smooth, clear and spacious and HOLOGRAPHIC with the right amps, cables, stands, etc. (Scratching my head) Now I will say my Cornwalls put out a much bigger wall of sound that is more flowing but the Dynaudios shine in the MIDRANGE where there is gobs of magic pouring through the speakers and they made the mighty corns sound…a bit muffled or veiled. If they retain the Dynaudio house sound and my Luxman 590 AXII, Nordost Cables and DirectStream DAC have synergy with them I knew I would be in for a treat. I live in an apartment so big bass response is not a priority. The Focal Sopra 1 will have a lighter sound though, and a more recessed thinner midrange. Well, both beat each other in some ways and on others they do not. The Dynaudio Special Forty speakers are an absolute bargain for their beguiling looks, great sound, and the pedigree of the company’s 40-year history building stellar speakers. Fortunately for budget-conscious audiophiles worldwide, Dynaudio chose to pursue the latter. Before I go on and talk about how they compare in my room to speakers that cost 2X, 5X and even 10X the cost I would love to share a story about the first time I heard Dynaudio speakers. Dynaudio Xeo 2 $1299 The Xeo 2 is a wireless, internally bi-amplified/DSP’d two-way speaker system in a svelte cabinet. Mirrorless Central – My reviews of all Mirrorless Cameras. The Special Forty are expensive little speakers, but sound and build quality are commensurate with the price and celebration of the company's 40th anniversary. Dynaudio just unveiled its brand-new 40th anniversary loudspeaker – the Special Forty – at the 2017 High End Show in Munich. DynAudio Special 40 DynAudio has always given unique attention to detail in regards to their anniversary speakers, and the all new Special 40 is no exception. Wow, 40 years. The Special Fourty features a unique ve The only limitation with these seem to be the smaller cabinet but even that is not so small. It was many many years ago (maybe 2003) in Phoenix AZ at a HiFi shop that no longer exists. So did the 50 or so people at the event. Sound is dynamic and energetic. They were reminding me a little of my old magical Sonus Faber Guarneri Evolutions but they were lighter in the bass, which was good as those EVO’s sometimes overloaded my room with certain tracks. I fact, I like the S40 better than the Focal Sopra 1, though I prefer the style and looks of the Sopra. Listening to “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine demonstrates the Dynaudios’ ability to rock. If Dynaudio did not handle every aspect of design and production in-house, the speakers would cost significantly more. Sweet? Nothing sticks out, but they do play beautiful music and if I were to nitpick after they were broken in I would say at times their bass is too plentiful. It’s interesting as these may be some of the most well balanced speakers I have heard in my life, no matter the size, or cost. Useful Articles, Featured Photographers and more! What lies underneath is breathtaking. YES. I have also tested the Stand 6 with these for my 2nd pair and prefer these to the newer Stand 10’s as well. With a rep for being hard to drive, and still pricey even when used, I never did get a pair but these new Special 40’s? The sound seems to emit from everywhere around the speakers, independent of the physical speaker bodies. Our room where we listen in indeed the #1 factor in how our system sounds, or I should say the room is the #1 component in your system! Dynaudio A/S celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017 with, among other things, the presentation of a loudspeaker system that was one of the first to directly benefit from these new possibilities in development, and which, according to Dynaudio A/S, would combine all the company’s virtues, the Dynaudio Special Forty. Down to the low end of their audio frequency specification — around 40Hz — bass remains tight and tuneful. The Special Forty is classic Dynaudio: all the craftsmanship, attention to detail and total love of authentic sound you’ve come to expect. For the money, I do not think you can beat these. One can get them new for under retail if you search around. Highly recommend these 40’s but make sure you have quality stands. But over these last 25 years or so I have learned quite a bit about this HiFi game and realized that sometimes, it can be the little things that really leave an impression on me. Here I am so many years after hearing my 1st Dynaudio speaker and while I have not loved all of their speakers over the years these special 40’s are quite different from the usual Dynaudio’s. Their team faced a choice: design a new flagship speaker or make a top-shelf bookshelf at a price point accessible to many more music fans. A newly-developed silk dome tweeter dubbed the “Esotar Forty” offers low resonance and increased airflow. I went home with a new pair of Audioquest interconnects that day (and no speakers) but I never forgot that demo, even to this day. The sound was big, open, clear and had snap, dynamics and weight. So good I bought them twice, in each color. At a price of $3,000 for the pair, the Special Forty speaker defies its modest price tag in every way. The Luxman all class A design brings a special magic to the sound in the form of an ease, a detailed yet warm leaning layering of sound that is breathtaking. Only the floorstander of the Focus line uses the esotar IIRC. Or maybe not. I have the RED and they are striking in the flesh (or the wood). The last “special” I remember was the Special 25 and that speaker is well loved by many audiophiles. But it’s also a quality bass as Dynaudio is using their most advanced drivers here in the S40. Others gave them rave after rave. With the 40’s I do hear things the CWIII’s just can’t seem to get out. Woah, they’re big. Forget about “watts’ but go for current. In fact the 20 WPC Raven Nighthawk delivered a sweet romantic sound, the Octave V40 SE delivered dynamics and a huge wall of sound with more transparency and the Luxman was just magic with these speakers, in my room. To my ears, various Dynaudio speakers always do a great job with voice reproduction, putting it up front and center. Sweet. I bought these from Dedicated Audio in Scottsdale AZ. These have the latest tech from Dynaudio, and they are not anywhere near their flagship range in price. Especially since a local dealer, Dedicated Audio, had a brand new red pair in stock. These need current more so than watts. Sampling several decades of Funk music, the Special Forty’s voicing gives Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Dance Little Sister,” and “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars a very engaging quality and overall musically-satisfying experience, making it difficult to sit still in the listening seat. They provide China Forbes’ marvelous voice the range and realism it deserves. A good tube design that puts out 40WPC is perfect and the Octave drives these with authority, transparency, huge bass, big midrange and lively top end. Nicely finished in the piano black, so that goes some way … It’s the connoisseur’s choice – a simple pair of passive hi-fi speakers. Tweeter covers were never removed. I do not write reviews for all gear I use, test or own. The Octave V40SE powered these to deafening levels while remaining composed and sounding amazing. Dynaudo special 40 Red birch Prefer local pickup but can ship Buyer pays shipping cost Cash, bank check or PayPal shipping to United States only 400 hours is a significant amount of time. ... a medium size two-way built to celebrate Dynaudio’s 40th anniversary last year. Spacious. No matter the music I threw at these, they played it well. Please note that all TONE Audio copy and photography is © 2005–2018 TONE Magazine LLC. So these are near or at full range sound in some rooms. Do the Cornwall’s beat the Special 40’s that I paid $2600 for? A new video on the Special 40’s – October 2019. I’ll have plenty of time, I bought the review pair. To me, the Dynaudio Special 40 seems very clearly to be less than the sum of its parts. Hence a local sale is much preferred NJ, 08648 Lots of great reviews on these speakers, here's one for you :-) One reviewer found them to sound slightly "glassy" at times, but with my NAD M32 and the right cabling, I don't have that problem. Hardware Review. The Dynaudio Special Forty speakers are an absolute bargain for their beguiling looks, great sound, and the pedigree of the company’s 40-year history building stellar speakers. Some start out with a WOW but long term seem too shrill. I tested everything and with these speakers about 2 feet from my back wall AND using the foam plugs I get the most 3D sound I have had in this room and still have amazing bass. No issues at all powering the S40’s as they are NOT hard to drive, and no, they do not do better with 200 WPC of solid state. Going up to $8k or so will get you something comparable (Focal Sopra 1 for example) but that’s quite a jump from the $2600 that I paid for these truly special speakers. They are easy to drive with a quality amp that has HIGH CURRENT. The RSS feed provided is for personal, non-commercial use only. SME Model 10 with SME V and Model 10 tonearms. Dynaudio didn’t just plonk in the units from the C1 - the drivers have been fettled, with markedly improved results. YES YES YES! I was still listening, never a hint of fatigue… just sweet room filling music that seemed to have more weight than what my Cornwalls deliver. Unlike any other speaker drivers outside the Dynaudio factory, an in-house developed Magnesium Silicate Polymer material offers the tenuous balance of rigidity and dampening which result in a more organic sound. A Look at the NEW Sigma 35 and 65mm Contemporary DG DN f/2 Lenses on a Panasonic S5. The motor system has also been tweaked. Those who say you need massive watts for these to come alive are wrong. I do not remember what the price was but may have been around $6000-$6500. As I listen to song after song that memory from 2003 was creeping back in but I was saying “THIS IS EVEN BETTER”, and it was. UPDATE 10/2019 – I now feel you can’t get better than these unless you spend over $10k. I emailed Dan at Dedicated audio the 2nd day I had these and said “These sound like $5000 speakers” and I still feel that. BTW, You can get a great deal on a red pair HERE. Detail, spaciousness, and a much more 3 dimensional soundstage emerge from the Special 40’s. The sum of these elements certainly puts the “special” in the Special Forty’s namesake. Not sure what they are typically going for new, there was a sale at Amazon for $2399 a couple weeks ago with free shipping, so maybe it's not a great deal for a used set, but does include shipping and paypal. Dynaudio Special Forty deals. While not as detailed as most audiophile speakers they play music, not sounds. Bass, guitar, and drums pull no punches. Thought I’d share my thoughts on the Kef R3’s that I have demoed at home today, providing some comparisons to the other top-contender at the moment, the Dynaudio Special 40s. This deliberate voicing choice gives the speaker a chameleon-like ability to mate with many upstream components. Huh? Great group there with some great brands like Focal, Dynaudio, Monitor Audio and VPI. These speakers DO change over the 1st few weeks as they loosen up and break in (yes it’s a real thing). Worst was the McIntosh. When they do, brace yourself for a wonderful ride. It’s not that there is a lot wrong with the Special Forty - it's just the design seem a little too familiar. When they finally arrived here, I did the same, putting them front and center, squarely in the middle of my 16 x 26 foot listening room, powered by a big stack of Pass Labs gear and the dCS Rossini Player/Clock combo. With my Luxman 590 AXII warmed up,  I press play and WOWZERS. Everything comes into play, even my amp (Luxman 590 AXII) to DAC (PS Audio DirectStream w/Snowmass).. The engineers worked on improving airflow and damping behind the 28mm tweeter dome - the idea is to reduce back-pressure as the diaphragm moves, increasing detail and lowering distortion. To me, these sound better in my room than the C1’s sounded (they were way more laid back and too smooth) and they sound equally as good as my old $20k Sonus Faber’s. No. Except for less ultimate low bass power, they felt like the $100k/pair Evidence models. These made the cut and inspired me to spend a little time writing this for anyone who has interest in these speakers. Bass is there when in the recording but never artificial. The dealer sold 4 pairs from that night. I have been wanting to add a pair of small speakers to my large Klipsch Cornwall III’s when I wanted that more magical experience only a small speaker can give you but the only problem is, every one I try sounds so bad compared to my Cornwall III’s I just never can stand to listen to them! Back when I had those C1’s here I did not have the best amp or cables for them, which is why they did not win me over like they did in 2003. The Special Forties are no exception. While photos of these speakers showcase the beauty of the speaker finish, they have trouble doing it true justice. These went though a transformation over the weeks and when they stopped changing I realized what the final sound character was of these very Special 40’s. Dynaudio Special Forty. However, the small Dynaudios do pack a surprising punch. The Dynaudio Evoke 20 is a highly capable and revealing loudspeaker that let’s you know exactly what’s going on in the music but does so in a warm, relaxed fashion, this doesn’t stop music that’s frantic or intense sounding the way it was intended but it means that less refined recordings don’t sound harsh or … It’s a three-way design. After digging one’s way through the sturdy cardboard and foam packing materials, a white cotton bag represents the last barrier between the speakers and the new owner’s eyes. That said the special 40 is kind of a weird animal, it uses prototype Esotar3 drivers, even more advanced than what's available with the Confidence C1 or Contour C20, but has a noisy, poorly braced enclosure, whereas I would expect the Focus 160 to have better build quality. These play music, and can touch your heart. Update 10/19 – As stated I also tested these with 20-100 watt amps. The new Special Forty anniversary speaker draws on 40 years of cutting-edge research – and brings it totally up to date with Dynaudio’s most celebrated techniques and technologies. Our 40th anniversary speaker might look simple, but there’s some serious tech lurking inside… all designed, engineered and assembled in Denmark. As I listened to more and more music I was drawn in to the sound and even at night with low volume these were doing so much better than I imagined using only minimal power from my Luxman 590 AXII. The high end seemed a tad recessed if anything for the 1st 2 weeks but in this room these were beating the C1 Signatures without question which made me realize that for what I paid for these, it may be the best deal of the last few years for me in HiFi. They’ve got bass response that fools you into thinking you’ve got a pair of floorstanders. Both low and high notes seamlessly transition among the Dynaudio drivers creating a single, very cohesive picture. Enjoying Pink Martini’s “Dansez-Vous” the track features a variety of instruments which accompany multiple vocalists. Saxophone retains all the woodiness one expects to hear. A single set of gold-plated binding posts on the back make connections easy for speaker wires with a spade, bare wire, or banana termination. I love these Cornwall III’s and they are one of the most satisfying speakers I have ever owned in life. Dynaudio Special 40 for sale. They offer a “flow” and a wall of sound that is hard to describe. The Special 40’s are indeed very special. I get them home set them up and away we go. To fix this just move them into the room more or use the foam plugs if need be. Dynaudio is … In all my years into HiFi I have never seen a deal such as what you can get with these speakers. UPDATE! I try many pieces of HiFi and listen to way more than I write about. The best sound came from the low wattage HIGH CURRENT designs. Watch for another full review in the Audiophile Apartment section shortly, when I’ve had more time to try them with a few different, more reasonably priced amplifiers. The new Special 40’s follow in their tradition of releasing “special” speakers when they hit certain anniversaries. Before I write more, most should be aware that how these speakers sound in my space may be wildly different to how they sound in your space. Speakers also … At home I had a pair of the original Avantgarde Uno’s and these Dynaudios just sounded so much more pure, so magical and smooth…and I wanted them so bad. Most Danes are fairly modest people. “Oh would you like to listen to the 40s?” Would I? Grills are still sealed in the box & never used. I also updated the review in some areas with more thoughts after buying a second pair. The drivers of the Special 40 do exhibit better control in certain respects; the Buchardts tend to slightly soften detail. Some sound dull, boring and flat. Most high quality amps will do. Dynaudio's Special Forty wins this year's award for the best speaker. Find a Special … The drivers of the Special 40 do exhibit better control in certain respects; the Buchardts tend to slightly soften detail. Will ship original box and packaging with everything included. A Look at the Leica 90mm Summilux f/1.5 Lens on the M10-R and 907x. The Special Forty can fit in with any decor, with a sound that's similarly low-key, but that's why they'll wear well over time. These pump out more quality bass then the Focal Sopra 2 I had in here, and those were some big speakers! I recently acquired a pair of Dynaudio Special 40 Speakers. So I email Dan the owner and tell him I will head out and buy a set of these from him. When I first heard the 40's I new they were something special. The best sound I had from these has been with low wattage tube Amos between 20-40 watts. For their 40th anniversary, Dynaudio endeavored to make something very special. To me, the Dynaudio Special 40 seems very clearly to be less than the sum of its parts. These are the real deal Dynaudios, Esotar 40 tweeter (which is better than what is in their C1), a nice big woofer and a beautiful cabinet that is small (but not tiny) and looks so much nicer in person than in photos. With a retail of $3000, even that seems low for a new set of “special” Dynaudio speakers. But unlike many commemorative models, the Special Forty is not being produced in a limited edition, nor is it a member of one of Dynaudio’s many series of models. The time is NOW and something Special arrived.. I did manage to have a pair of C1 Signatures in my home for a couple of weeks a few years back and for me, in my room (and my gear at the time which was McIntosh) they did not recreate that magic I remember (I think the McIntosh was too warm and dull, as well… McIntosh is indeed a tad dull in their sound signature). Do these speakers beat my Klipsch Cornwall III speakers that retail for over $5500 new? Condition is Used 9.5/10 great condition! Dynaudio does sell matching stands which are designed to complement the inherent beauty of the speaker cabinets and give the speakers a rigid base to optimize their voice. Dynavector 17D3 and Denon DL-103R cartridges, Digital Sources         Mac Mini, Roon Music Service, Simaudio MOON 780D DAC, Oppo BDP-103, Amplification           Conrad-Johnson ART150, Power                       Torus AVR 15 Plus, RSA Mongoose, and Cardas Clear power cords, Accessories              ASC tube traps, Mapleshade Samson audio racks, Coffman Labs Equipment Footers, AudioQuest Jitterbug, Atomic Audio Labs Mac Mini stand.
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