What's his budget? Which Apple TV does he have also? The new gen4 doesn't have optical out, only hdmi, I don't know of any active speakers that have hdmi inputs. It does have Bluetooth so perhaps they can see each other and that would work. If he has the Gen 3 then the optical out will work with the Xeo 2 direct cause it has an optical input. The Xeo 4 or 6 and the XD I believe would need a connect or hub for optical input.Hi Dynaudio fans: I accompanied a friend to MONACO a-v in Pasadena (CA), where the fellows very nicely demo'd us some M10s among other stuff. My friend really liked those, and was fairly settled on M20s (with ELAC UniFi's as dark horse contenders...but we both felt that while those are good, our feeling in the absence of a direct comparison was that the Dynaudios had more clarity).
Talking afterwards, though, it seems what would really fit his bill would be wireless active speakers. He will basically run everything into an Apple TV, and streams all his music, stereo only.
I'm looking for insight as to different Dynaudio active models, since it was not too clear to me from the website. One set-Excite, I believe-appeared to have analog inputs, which is not what he needs. Can any of the sets simply accept a streaming signal, like from his Apple TV? And if so, is there any way to accommodate a subwoofer if I decide to follow suit? (My friend is in an apartment and can't listen too loud, so he's not as concerned about that).
It kinda seems to me his optimum would be a Focus 400XD and he would need a Connect? But perhaps some other models would work? And then what is the price of the speaker(s) and the Connect?
Fortunately I have convinced him it makes sense to drop a lot of money on speakers that will last him a long time. For space and flexibility, he is NOT interested in towers, and while I'm normally their strong proponent in this case I'm fine with it.
Otherwise Hour friend could just go the more traditional route.... Speaker cables to passive speakers