Dynaudio Emit 10 Review

by Bruno Brozovic

The Dynaudio Emit 10 speakers offer an impressive entry into high-fidelity sound, combining affordability with high-quality components and design. I found their soundstage to be spacious and precise, though they can lose some macro dynamics during complex orchestral performances. Despite this, they excel in midrange and treble reproduction, making them a strong choice for a variety of music genres.

Intro

As models positioned at the lower end of the range, the Dynaudio Emit 10 bookshelf speakers embody Dynaudio’s vision of boxes designed to provide an affordable and at the same time high-quality entry into the world of true hi-fi sound. I know that the Scandinavian factory did not leave anything to chance even in this class, but that the components, as well as the overall design of the boxes, were carefully thought out and to a large extent inspired by solutions from higher categories and more expensive models.

Dynaudio Emit 10 Review

 

Construction & Design

In terms of design, the Emit 10 are typical Dynaudio boxes for the modern era. The accentuated front panel, for which this manufacturer has been known for decades, is still visually distinguished. Still, it has received much softer lines – instead of sharply cut edges, there are now gentle curves on the upper and lower edges. In addition, the front is visually distinguished by satin black paint, while the rest of the cabinet is finished in walnut. Although this combination represents a pure classic with which you cannot go wrong, Dynaudio has completed the offer with a black-and-white version, and the front panel of the latter is also made in white. Whichever finish you choose, the fact is that the new Emit series is a significant step forward compared to its predecessors, so it looks more contemporary and refined, with a typically Scandinavian minimalist appearance.

DYNAUDIO Emit 10 Compact Bookshelf Speaker - Pair (Black Satin)
  • Sensitivity: 86dB (2.83V/1m)
  • IEC Power Handling: 150 watt
  • Frequency response (± 3 dB): 64Hz - 25kHz (-6 dB 52 Hz - 35 Khz)
  • Box principle: Bass-reflex rear double flared port
  • Designed and engineered in Denmark

As two-system topology bookshelf speakers, the Emit 10 on the front panel contains a setup of two speaker units. In the upper part, there is a tweeter unit called Cerotar, which is directly taken from the higher Evoke series, with the application of solutions from far more expensive Esotar tweeters.

Dynaudio Emit 10 Review - Cerotar Tweeter

Dynaudio Emit 10 Cerotar Tweeter
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Inside the large frame, there is a 28 mm calotte membrane, the textile surface of which is additionally treated but the manufacturer does not want to reveal how it’s done. Under the membrane, there is another internal dome called Hexis, which serves to optimize the airflow, which results in improved frequency response and reduced resonance. A ferrite-ceramic magnet is responsible for starting, which, according to the factory, provides greater sensitivity, a clearer display, and better dynamics.

Dynaudio Emit 10 Review - Woofer

Dynaudio Emit 10 mid-bass unit with MSP membrane
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The second part of the set-up consists of a mid-bass unit that also originates from the more expensive Evoke series, as it was created based on Esotec+ drivers. This MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer) membrane has a diameter of 140 millimeters and is characterized by the absence of the classic cover in the center – now it is an integral part of the membrane, which increases the total useful surface. The motor is made of a double ferrite magnet, while the coil with a diameter of 38 millimeters is made of aluminum coils, which are coated with a copper surface layer. The designer states that this type of assembly enables better control of the flux and, in the end, has a positive effect on the precision of the membrane movement.

Dynaudio Emit 10 Review - Back side view

Dynaudio Emit 10 back side view – we can see a pair of golden-plated terminals and a label

The very modest surface of the back side is almost filled. In the upper part, there is a medium-sized bass-reflex opening, which contains two extensions and additional cuts to reduce swirling and unwanted humming of the port, while in the lower part, on a large sunken panel, there is a pair of terminals. The speaker terminals are the same as in the larger models in the series, which means a gold-plated metal base and transparent plastic plating, and the lack of space on the back side is evidenced by a label with basic information about the speaker, which is placed inside this panel.

Dynaudio Emit 10 inside view

Dynaudio Emit 10 – View from the inside

Behind the terminal, there is a hybrid crossover, with a set of the first row for the tweeter and the second row for the mid-bass, with a cutoff frequency of 3.7 kilohertz. Of the important information, it should also be mentioned that the cabinet is made of 18 mm thick MDF, with precisely measured and installed insulating material inside.

Dynaudio Emit 10 Sound Test

Although looking at their dimensions, one might think that the Emit 10 is intended for listening from a short distance or for the desktop speaker position, the sound that comes out of them is far bigger than the dimensions suggest. The room where I took this test measured 20 square meters and was filled with music. Emit 10 created a spacious stage. The soundstage is perfectly recreated in width and was presented to me with a clear setup of the musicians in the space, especially in recordings with a smaller number of instruments, and the pronounced stereo effect is complemented by positioning in depth, which is very good for speakers of this size and price class. During orchestra performances, they can lose some of the macro dynamics and clear separation of each instrument, but the tested speakers make up for it with focus and agility, so rapid volume changes are reproduced very convincingly.

Dynaudio has built diaphragms that are capable of very quick start and stop, which adds to the overall precision of the presentation. To make things even better, the Emit 10 are quite undemanding in terms of positioning and can tolerate a distance of fewer than 30 centimeters from the back wall, which makes them very practical and grateful for a smaller space. The laws of physics cannot be changed, so in this part of the spectrum, the emphasis is on the upper bass, which is extremely fast, precise, and rich in fine details.

However, the ability of the tested speakers to form a complete sound image, without trying to reproduce what they cannot stand out as the most important feature in this segment. In other words, during listening, you will not have the impression that anything is missing, nor will the lower end be ruined by attempts to reproduce the deepest bass, with all the negative effects that would produce.

On the other hand, the Emit 10 excels in the midrange and treble representation. The precision with which these speakers reproduce every tone is combined with a neutral display free of coloration, which gives the result the impression of exceptional, almost unreal lightness. Although they have a grain of warmth, just enough to make the reproduction more pleasant and the sound to move away from the brutally unforgiving studio monitors, these small speakers will show you all the shortcomings of bad production without difficulty and hesitation. If you are looking for speakers that are always more or less tame and difficult to please, the Emit 10 bring sobriety and their performance will clearly show you the differences in the quality of the recordings, with the absence of any attempt to flatter the audience. Even in this, most affordable price range, Dynaudio speakers will tell you only the truth. Precisely because of this feature, the Emit 10, despite its small dimensions, is very capable of showing differences in the quality and sound signature of the rest of the system, whether it’s amplifiers or other sources.

Dynaudio Emit 10 Video Review

Dynaudio Emit 10 Specifications

  • Sensitivity: 85dB (2.83V/1m)
  • IEC power handling: 150 watt
  • Impedance: 6 Ω
  • Frequency response (± 3 dB): 64Hz – 25kHz (-6 dB 52 Hz – 35 kHz)
  • Box principle: Bass reflex rear double flared port
  • Crossover: 2-way
  • Crossover frequency: 3700 Hz
  • Recommended amplifier power: up to 150 W
  • Crossover topology: 1ST order tweeter / 2nd order woofer
  • Midrange / Woofer: 14cm MSP cone
  • Tweeter: Cerotar soft dome with Hexis
  • Weight: 6.43kg / 14.2 lb
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 170 X 290 X 271,5 mm/6.7 X 11.4 X 10.7 in
  • Dimensions with feet/grille (W x H x D): 170 X 290 X 284,5 mm/6.7 X 11.4 X 11.2 in

You can download & view the manual here->Dynaudio Emit 10 Manual

Final Verdict

Even in the lowest class, Dynaudio’s search for truth in reproduction does not stop. The Emit 10 is characterized by a precise and neutral sound, which is complemented by a solid bass and uncompromising in the clear and authentic representation of every musical direction. If you are looking for small boxes that are capable of presenting music in its original form, without special coloring and beautification, and at the same time are affordable, Dynaudio Emit 10 is a great choice.

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