I would imagine it probably would not exceed the Focus level sound quality although we'll probably know for sure when the price is announced.
I wonder how powerful the amplifiers are and I think the transmitter is brilliant, small and unobtrusive, on a desk, counter, wherever and doesn't call attention to itself. I wonder if there's an option for wireless reception from a source?
Falls a bit short of hype, how surprising Not saying it isn't somewhat interesting. But still, it's just a wireless active speaker in the end. Not that much more extraordinary than say, a wireless network music streamer/amp thingamabob, such as a Naim UnitiQute. I'm not exactly sure why wireless high-end speakers weren't introduced a long ago, as I don't see a technological obstacle with that. Transferring a signal wirelessly to the speakers doesn't seem any trickier than transferring it to a standalone amplifier. But still, even with the speaker cables gone, and the less cables the better, there's still the power cables restricting things.
In any case, curious what the street prices are going to be. Unfortunately it also looks like there's only the piano lacquer finish options instead of wood veneers. But then again, realistically I'm not in a market for these so I guess it doesn't matter.
Oh, and another thing is that I guess they could've added an even higher-end Transmitter with WiFi (and even wired network connection) input streaming support so that you wouldn't need separate solutions like a Squeezebox or such.
It's not as "exciting" as a special edition model or a geek fantasy model ( Evidence bookshelf ) or some new exotic material flagship speaker but I have to say I like it a lot and I'm very hopeful/optimistic of the direction Dynaudio is taking.
I also like the idea of Dynaudio engineers crafting a nearly top to bottom system for me. Active speakers have always enjoyed the advantage of having the amplifier section being a more synergistic match with the speaker section for obvious reasons and if volume control is handled digitally similar to the NAD m2 it could be for a very good listening experience.
If Xeo takes off I could see the technology migrating upwards into the Contour level although I would imagine the Confidence level and up would still be the purview of the audiophile geek.
Not innovative or revolutionary but still a cool concept. I wonder what they will cost but I am not holding my breath for them being "affordable".
Also wondering if the drivers are from one of the current lines of speakers or if they are all new.
One thing also worth noting is that there already exists products such as the Audio Pro WF100 to make any active speaker use wireless signal transfer, even though the solution is of course not as elegant as this kind of integrated solution mostly because both the receiver and transmitter need power, so especially on the receiver side you have the speaker's power cord as well as the receiver's power cord.
But there's likely going to be at least a niche market for the Xeos, I'm sure. Xeo 3 is another option for desktop usage for example, even though many good options do already exist - integrated USB-DAC+tripath solutions for passive speakers, and DAC units for active speakers, etc.
The htbp allows the signal from the receiver to bypass the preamp section of the IA, and use the power amp section only to power the speakers. Essentially the IA becomes a power amp for the speakers. It's really only beneficial for people who have an all in one system, like me, so that you can get a better musical presentation over what you get from your AVR.
It would be really cool if it could be made to do HT duty. I guess one would have to figure out how to hook it up to a Meridian processor (likely impossible). I guess the alternative is to hook up 6 speakers to an Oppo. I wish I knew this before I did what i just did. But I could easily see putting up 6 and trying it out that way. I could get rid of just about everything, if I could figure out how to hook up my cable box too. As it is, a cheap surround sound receiver with 7.1 channel preamp outputs will do the same trick and handle all of the switching.
It is all Focus level drivers, by the way. From what I was able to piece together.