Of fact, the word “entry-level” is relative. However, if you want a pair of Dynaudio floorstanders, the new Emit 30 is a good place to start. Emit is a small line comprised of two lower-priced standmounters (the 10s and 20s) and two towers (30 and 50), the smaller of which is tested here, as well as a centre speaker (25C). There is no dedicated subwoofer for the series, although Dynaudio does produce a few stand-alone designs that should work fine.
The Emit 30 aren’t a terribly intimidating proposition; they stand 90cm tall without the feet and spikes and are quite slender with them. The build quality is decent, and as is typical of Dynaudio’s entry-level devices, there are few cosmetic frills. That doesn’t bother us. These speakers appear to be functional and modest, which suits us perfectly.
Dynaudio Emit 30 Specs
- Sensitivity 87dB (2.83V/1m)
- IEC power handling 180 watt
- Impedance 4 ohms
- Frequency response (± 3 dB) 44Hz – 25kHz (-6 dB 39 Hz – 35 Khz)
- Box principle 2 x Bass reflex rear double flared port
- Crossover 2.5-way
- Crossover frequency 1000/3550Hz
- Crossover topology 1st order tweeter / 2nd order woofer
- Midrange / Woofer 14cm MSP
- Woofer 14cm MSP
- Tweeter Cerotar soft dome with Hexis
- Weight 15.53kg / 34.2lb
- Dimensions (hwd) 900 x 170 x 271.5mm / 35.4 x 6.7 x 10.7in
- Dimensions with feet/grille (hwd) 946.5 x 267.5 x 335.4mm / 37.3 x 10.5 x 13.2in
Dynaudio Emit 30: Build
Dynaudio has always been about engineering, so it’s no surprise that the drive units have received a lot of attention. The Cerotar soft dome tweeter is a novel design that incorporates lessons learnt from the brand’s high-end products in order to increase performance standards at a lower price point. The Hexis element, which is located behind the dome and controls the airflow and suppresses resonances, is the technical highlight.
Both of the larger 14cm drivers feature Dynaudio’s traditional MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer) cones, and as usual, great care is taken in the chassis design and motor system construction to transmit the signal with as little distortion as possible.
The three drive units are linked in a 2 1/2 way configuration, with the bottom 14cm unit handling solely bass frequencies and the upper one handling everything from the midrange downwards. Dynaudio has chosen rather gentle slopes for the crossover, with the tweeter being first order and the specialised bass driver being second order. The crossover frequencies are quite conventional, with 3.55kHz between the mid/bass and tweeter, and 1kHz for the dedicated bass driver.
Dynaudio Emit 30: Compatibility
The Emit 30 aren’t picky when it comes to location. Because they have a pair of rear-firing ports, they shouldn’t be put right up against a back wall (or worse, in a corner), but they sound pretty balanced when allowed about 50cm of breathing area. Moving the speakers further out into the room, if you have additional space, will result in broader stereo image and a slightly more expressive bass without sacrificing much low-end weight. These towers only needed slight angling towards the listening location in our test room to lock the imaging in place.
A good source and amplification are essential for any speaker at this price point, and the Emit 30s are no exception. While we used our reference electronics (Naim ND555/555 PS DR music streamer, Burmester 088/911 Mk3 pre/power) for the majority of this test, we also used a more modest set-up with a Chord 2go/2yu/Qutest combination feeding a Naim Nait XS 3 to see how these Dynaudios perform with more affordable electronics.
Dynaudio Emit 30: Sound
Regardless of the system, the character of the Emit 30s remains consistent. In a variety of ways, these floorstanders are astounding. They’re detailed and composed, and they can handle a wide range of recordings with ease. When fed an aggressive production like Eminem’s Recovery, there is enough transparency to disclose the recording’s thin and abrasive character. Importantly, there is also refinement to prevent such defects from being overemphasised.
We have no doubt that Dynaudio’s engineers worked tirelessly to perfect these speakers. The combination of the drivers is essentially flawless, and the character is wonderful from the lowest bass notes upwards. The Emit 30 are tonally smooth without sounding lifeless, having a well-balanced full-bodied balance that performs well across musical genres. Bass is solid, punchy, and articulate when the rest of the system is up to par and proper positioning is used.
We enjoy their midrange performance as well, thanks to good vocal clarity and articulation. There’s a lot to enjoy here if you’re seeking a mature and sophisticated-sounding pair of floorstanders.
The good news continues as we turn to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. These floorstanders have good sonic authority and scale, and when things get loose, they can punch out crescendos with real force. The 30s also gather a lot of information and display it in an organised and controlled manner. Even when subjected to difficult music, these Emits remain composed performers.
- Refined and composed character
- Good levels of detail and control
- Punchy bass
- Presentation favours sophistication over verve
So it’s evident that these are accomplished speakers, right? So, why didn’t we give them all five stars? To achieve this, these Dynaudios must deliver the music with a bit more vigour. It’s not that we want the speakers to amplify the music to make it sound more thrilling; rather, parts of the music’s energy and drama appear to be reined in to help provide the sense of sophistication. The Emit 30s’ rhythmic thrust is more muted than we’ve come to expect from the brand, and they don’t attack a track with the customary sense of energy.
Regardless, these are talented performers who check most of the boxes that music fans look for, but they fall short of the best at the price by not fully delivering the intensity in music.