So the Audio Pro powered speakers/subwoofer that have served me well for 30 years have reached a point of functioning part time on the best of days (I rebuilt the woofers years ago and they never sounded the same). Recently, I've been hearing really good things about Dynaudio's newest speakers, the XEO 5
wireless speakers. I found a dealer in Bethesda MD - JS
Audio - who carried them, so I went for an audition today. WOW, was I knocked out by what I heard. These are small floor speakers for a medium sized room - a perfect fit for my listening area. The proprietary wireless format broadcasts at 2.4 Ghz with a 16 bit 48 kHz sample rate. The interface accepts HD digital signals but translates them to the CD format. Some of you would not accept this limitation, but since I have 1000+ CDs, it's a limitation I can live with.
I've always been a big fan of powered loudspeakers - perfect matching of power to speaker, no amps or speaker cable needed, and in this case, no wiring needed at all. At JS
, they used the Meridian Sooloos Control 15 as a front end. The sound from these speakers is amazing - full, rich, detailed with a wide soundstage. I get them next weekend and will follow up this post with an update.
Nope, didn't spend $20,000, but I can argue that I'll soon have sound in my listening area worth $20,000. WooHoo.
BTW, Steve and Joe were terrific at JS
- thanks guys. JS
has lots of expensive toys for us nutcases. I demoed the new Sony 4K projector - nice picture, but you all know how I feel about Sony.