DYNAUDIO ENTERS MULTI-ROOM AUDIO MARKET
First, there was Sonos, then came Denon's HEOS and Bluesound shortly followed, bringing with it 24Bit Hi-Res Audio capability before the market exploded with brands eager to cash in on the lucrative category that is wireless, multiroom audio.
And while one of the biggest names in HiFi, Bowers & Wilkins, is yet to reveal their own multi-room audio offering which is expected to take place at CES in Las Vegas in early 2018, Denmark's Dynaudio has last week quietly entered the market with a four-model lineup, dubbed merely, 'Music'.
Music 1 ($699 RRP) and Music 3 ($999 RRP) are both battery and mains powered while Music 1 is rated at 80 watts and features a 4" woofer and 1" soft dome tweeter. Music 3 is rated at 120 watts and features a 5" woofer and two 1" soft dome tweeters. Battery life is said to be up to eight hours.
Music 5 ($1,299 RRP) and Music 7 ($1,599 RRP) are mains powered only, while Music 5 is rated at 250 watts features a 5" woofer, two 3" midrange drivers and two 1" soft dome tweeters. Music 7 is rated at 300 watts and features two 5" woofers, two 3" midrange drivers and two 1" soft dome tweeters.
All models use class-D amplifiers for each driver, and Dynaudio's RoomAdapt technology is said to automatically sense where a speaker has been placed, for example, in a corner, up against a rear wall or in free space and optimises the performance to "always deliver the best sound possible. "
Dynaudio's Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and their NoiseAdapt technology automatically adjusts the sound for clear music, "even when the room is noisy, and the speaker volume is low." There’s no need to crank the volume to hear tunes properly when the conversation gets louder, and there’s no need to tweak the tone controls either, apparently.
The four stylish models available in the range include a choice of colours including Light Grey, Dark Grey, Red and Blue cloth finishes and have been custom made by Danish textile house Gabriel. Featuring a one-piece brushed aluminium surround, the Music 5 and Music 7 offer interchangeable grills allowing you to change the look with your mood or as your room's decor changes. Both these models can also be wall-mounted.
Unique to Dynaudio's Music range is "one-touch simplicity." Dynaudio says:
It adapts seamlessly (and automatically) to any room or position, and to surrounding noise levels – so music always sounds its best. It even gives personalised playlists featuring only the music its users love with Music Now. All at the touch of a button.
Users simply download the free iOS and Android 'Music Now' app, and Dynaudio's algorithm learns musical tastes and automatically plays generated playlists from one touch of a button on the speaker.
Music also features Wi-Fi, Spotify Connect, TIDAL, Bluetooth AptX and Apple AirPlay.
All four models have USB inputs for iOS audio and charging iOS devices, and can accept 3.5mm analogue inputs. Moreover, the Music 5 and Music 7 models add digital optical inputs to the mix (both
supporting signals up to 24-bit/96kHz), while the Music 7 also has an HDMI connector with Audio Return Channel to turn it into a soundbar.
Creating a whole-home wireless audio system has never been easier, and Dynaudio's Music platform allows for up to six speakers to be connected at any time and arranged into multiroom groups.
For more information visit Dynaudio.
StereoNET's Founder & Publisher and still buried deep in the review room auditioning everything from docks to soundbars, amplifiers and headphones. Marc is also the founder of the annual International HiFi Show.
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