In the first of a series of loudspeaker reviews, the Dynaudio Focus 600 XD
full range tower is first up. This “all in one” full range, DSP optimized active 3-way floorstander, is a techno tour de force of computer aided design optimizations. In my review of the Vancouver Audio show
, there were a handful of advanced loudspeaker designs that use Digital Signal Processing to optimize the performance of the offering. The Dynaudio’s were one of those speakers that I was curious to listen to and measure. In this review, I provide subjective listening impressions and objective measurement results.
Loudspeakers reviews are difficult to write as it comes down to personal preference, aside that everyone’s listening environments and equipment are different. However, this approach is designed so that my listening experiences and objective measurements results, as compared to industry guidelines, should translate almost 1:1 to virtually anyone’s listening environment. I show an example of this from half way around the world.
One goal is to characterize each loudspeaker against a set of industry guidelines, and build up a library of subjective listening impressions and objective measurements. The industry guidelines referenced in this article show a high degree of correlation to listening preferences and objective measurements, spanning 40 years of research and development. Covering not only the loudspeakers, but also the listening environment.
For the acoustic listening environment, as long as one is within the specs as described in the industry guidelines, then the review characterization and measurements should translate to one’s environment with a high degree of confidence. My stereo setup is offset to the left of center, along the long wall, firing across the short width of the room. In addition, not the most favorable room ratio and my room is quite lively. Still, with a little ingenuity, I am able to meet the industry guidelines for early reflections and reverb time and so can you.