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Hey folks!
Which option would you choose for a 5m x 5m room.

Dynaudio Focus 20XD actives or

Dynaudio Special 40 paired with Lyngdorf TDAI-1120 amplifier

And why would you choose one over another?
Thanks for the replies.

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I know it is hard in these times, but if you can, listen before buying.

Current:  Daphile on an AMD A10-9500 with 16 GB RAM

DAC - TEAC UD-501 DAC 

Pre-amp - Rotel RC-1590

Amplification - Benchmark AHB2 amplifier

Speakers - Revel M126Be with 2 REL 7/ti subwoofers

Cables - Tara Labs RSC Reference and Blue Jean Cable Balanced Interconnects

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In this case, it's not just about active vs passive.

 

The Focus 20 XD has analogue inputs, but also includes DACs that accept a wired or a wireless connection.

 

So it's worth checking if these additional features fit into your configuration and plans. The wireless connection could give you new possibilities for the placement of your sources.

 

Personally, I'm a bit reluctant to buy speakers with built-in DACs, because I tend to keep speakers for 10 years and more, and it's not sure the DACs and the connectivity will still be up to date then.

 

For example, the wireless connection of the Focus 20 XD is limited to 24/96 PCM signals. The digital input accepts PCM only, not DSD. After some years, the speaker software may become limited, with no update available. But at least here there is the analogue input fall back solution in case the DACs become too limited.

Claude

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On 4/19/2021 at 9:55 AM, CatManDo said:

In this case, it's not just about active vs passive.

 

The Focus 20 XD has analogue inputs, but also includes DACs that accept a wired or a wireless connection.

 

So it's worth checking if these additional features fit into your configuration and plans. The wireless connection could give you new possibilities for the placement of your sources.

 

Personally, I'm a bit reluctant to buy speakers with built-in DACs, because I tend to keep speakers for 10 years and more, and it's not sure the DACs and the connectivity will still be up to date then.

 

For example, the wireless connection of the Focus 20 XD is limited to 24/96 PCM signals. The digital input accepts PCM only, not DSD. After some years, the speaker software may become limited, with no update available. But at least here there is the analogue input fall back solution in case the DACs become too limited.


Thanks for your input! And how do you think they compare in terms of sound quality?
 

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Sorry Rafael, I can't help you with that.

 

I'm a big fan of Dynaudio (I have a pair of Confidence C2), but I haven't heard any of the newer models.

 

You'll have to take account of the amp you have or are planning on buying when comparing the passive and active versions.

 

Since your room is of quadratic shape, there is the risk of standing waves, which lead to boomy bass. This could be better corrected with active speakers that have bass level controls, whereas most amps today no longer have tone controls.

Claude

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