|Dynaudio Audience 5.1 Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Sunday, 01 February 2004|
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To me, the Dynaudio Audience speakers need a fairly powerful amplifier to come alive dynamically, as opposed to other speakers in their price range. Other more efficient speakers come alive more easily that the more power-hungry Dynaudios. Can they run on a $1,000 receiver? Absolutely. Would they sound better on Sunfire, Rotel, Anthem or B&K electronics? You bet. With speakers this good, you are likely to want better electronics sooner or later.
The overall sound of the speaker is relaxed and polite, reminiscent of a smooth audiophile speaker. While the flavor of the speaker is not a downside, it is important to point out that if you are looking for really sharp imaging and crisp highs, speakers like Canton, B&W and Polk might make for better choices. I liked the laid-back nature of the speakers, especially at their price, but they simply didn’t image like my more expensive MartinLogans do. Perhaps I shouldn’t expect them to, but if lively highs and sharp imaging is what gets you off, then you might look to other speakers. If dynamics are your thing, the Dynaudio Audience system is going to be right up your alley.
Dynaudio not only knows how to make killer speaker components, but they can also put together the complete speaker package. The Audience system brings true audiophile quality sound to a reasonable price. The sound of the Audience line is reminiscent of the warm, laid-back character of my first pair of high-end speakers, Vandersteen 2Ci’s, but with a more extended high frequency response. If this is the type of sound that appeals to you, the Audience is a well-built, attractive and reasonably priced option. Despite their affordable price, don’t mistake the value of these speakers. This is a high-end speaker package priced for the masses. With the money you might save investing in this system, consider making sure you have fantastic electronics and great source components capable of DVD-Audio and SACD. With speakers this good, you will want to hear every last note of every disc you own all over again.