Hi guys, new here. I am a long-time Dynaudio user, but more on their professional series. I have a home studio, where I work with headphones but also use small monitor speakers time to time. Previously I have used Mackie HR626, Dynaudio BM5A, Dynaudio BM15 passive with Rotel RB980BX, Focal Twin 6 BE, Yamaha MSP7 and HS7. I currently have the HS7. I must say I loved the BM15's for listening. Of course they were not as pretty as some of the other Dynaudio hifi products, but the sound was huge. I really regret selling those, but had to downsize due to various reasons.
This summer, it seems that I found my way back to Dynaudio speakers again. The hifi system of my dad needed to be updated from 70's Tandberg system. I found a good deal on Dynaudio DM3/7 floor standers and a budget Onkyo stereo receiver for him. He is really happy about the upgrade. While at it, I decided to get some Dynaudio speakers for myself too. I was looking for the DM2/7's or 2nd hand Focus 140. The DM's were all sold out and I did not find any Focus 140, so I was considering the new Emit M20's, but also got a nice offer on a pair of Excite X18's. After reading here and some other places about the X18, X14 and Focus 160, I ordered a pair with Walnut finish. I almost went with the Emit M20's, but the shiny black turned me away. I would have preferred the DM2/7 looks. I should receive the X18's in 2-3 weeks, as they need to be built in Denmark first. I found a good deal on 2nd hand Rotel RB1552 mk2 with balanced inputs, so picked that up. I have good experience with the RB980BX + BM15 combo, so I am expecting good results with the new amp too. I ordered the X18's without previewing them first, but did quite extensive survey online first with discussions comparing to other models. I am not looking for a huge bass extension, but require precision in mid and high frequencies. I don't want the speaker to tame or smooth out the sound. I will post here my experiences, when I receive the speakers. First, I need to break them in properly.
It is a shame that there is relatively little amount of discussion of the X18. It seems like the Emit M20, Excite X14 and the Focus 160 are more popular. For my use, the Focus 160 would have been too expensive, and possibly offering too much bass extension considering how I need to install them. I am not worried about the tweeter not being the same as the Focus 160. Considering what Dynaudio has said about the X18, it should be a lot of speaker for the money.