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biggrin.gif 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.
Edited by J.Mike Ferrara - 4/6/13 at 2:51pm
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biggrin.gif 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.
Did you see the review of the smaller ones? http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/514-dynaudio-xeo-3-wireless-loudspeaker-system-review/
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Bulldogger, I initally planned to buy the XEO 3 speakers - the sound was excellent, and as I was signing the contract, I asked if they had the 5s for demo. Well, the 5s provided that last bit of low end that I love and a bigger soundstage.

I'm suprised that there doesn't seem to be much interest here in Dynaudio speakers. They are highly regarded by the audio press and the big ones - The Evidence line - are awesome.
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So last night, Steve from JS Audio showed up with my new XEO 5 speakers. I was ready for him, with cables ready to plug into the XEO transmitter. First, I played him a reference song on my current system - active Audio Pro speakers/subwoofer. He commented that they sounded full but bright and bottom heavy. Also, no sense of soundstage. I told him that over the past few years, I found that if I listened to them for an extended period, I got speaker fatigue. Well, what can one expect from 30 year old speakers. The XEO 5s were put in their place, and it took about 5 minutes for the inital handshaking to complete. Then we cranked them up. WOW - what a difference. I know that they will need 4-6 weeks of breakin, but the difference in sound quality was almost overwhelming! Everything - voice, drums, sax, bass - was clearly defined. I could place each instrument between the speakers and beyond. I had not heard anything like this since I had demoed Revel Salons many years ago. Smooth doesn't begin to decribe the sound. And the bottom end was tight, powerful, punchy - no need for a subwoofer with the XEO 5s.

Audio/video has been a hobby of mine since the early 70's. I've gone through a lot of equipment, I have auditioned tons of stuff, because I've always been searching for that one item that delivers the goods for a decent price. In my home theater, my JVC RS25 projector throws a near perfect picture. It is the 5th display device I've had, and it will be a long time befor I replace it. I expect the XEO 5s will be added to that exalted category of "best in show."

More later.
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