This is my listening room. It 's like this for several years now. The room has acoustic treitments (ceiling, walls). Currently I am listening to the Dutch&Dutch 8C speakers and I'm used to listen to Dali Euphonia MS4 speakers with 4 JL-Audio E112 subwoofers and Lyngdorf amplification with RP and MiniDSP. I have had many speakers in my room - and I have been "around": listening to many setups, too much to count - and I am very excited to try the Dutch and Dutch 8C speakers.
In short these are active speakers and subwoofers all in one. I use their internal filters and DSP and the Lyngdorf as a pre-amp (without RP). I use a NUC streamer.
I have been reading some reviews about these speakers.. And this summons what's for me the most important about these speakers, and what makes them special:
• The frequency response is flat with neutral balance; the speaker is not an editor of the sound.
• The loudspeaker covers the full bandwidth; bass extension is very important for emotional listener engagement.
• The overall frequency response is smooth, the driver response is smooth with minimized diffraction. The combination results in a non-fatiguing sound with audible micro detail.
• The loudspeaker is devoid of resonances or stored energy. Drivers are pistonic in a semi-open midrange enclosure. The entire enclosure is solid. Together this results in a neutral sound without any specific frequencies being dominant.
• Constant frequency response in a practical listening window is provided by means of a cardioid midrange and tweeter with constant directivity waveguide. The result is imaging precision with a wide sweet spot and natural tonal balance.
6moons: audioreviews Dutch & Dutch 8c
There are many reviews to be found on the internet about the Dutch & Dutch 8C's. They explore the technical design into depth. I am not going to do this again. I am not a tech-guy. I just like good sound. For me that is a razor-sharp focus, three dimensional sound and excellent bass and a clear uncolored mid. And I really like ultra-refinement when it comes to the high frequencies. This is why I adore the excellent softdome and ribbon tweeter of the former, well received top end DALI Euphonia speakers and why I use 4 JL-Audio subwoofers. I know the MS4 are well timed speakers and they are hard to beat.
However, I am very excited to listen to these speakers. I use Qobuz and over a 1000 albums on my NAS (WAV/FLAC). Music style: from opera to electro.
I have been listening to the D&D's for a week now and still it's too early to come to defnite conclusions, besides that the focus and clearity of these speakers is unheard of. Today I've been listening to a small selection of songs. Every song has "something special". I know these songs by heart.
Willow (Uk Single Edited Version)
A Day Like Today
The Mother We Share (We Were Promised Jetpacks Remix / Bonus Track)
I Can't Wait
Johnny and Mary
Amused to death
Just A Little Lovin' (Album Version)
All in all, it's not only about a perfect sound, it's also about the sound that you like. But it is hard not to like these speakers since they are the most uncolored speakers that I've ever heard. All that you hear is the recording. Almost no room, and definitely no loudspeaker errors. And that's amazing. They are perfect imaging speakers with an extremely strong focus. The funny Q-sound effects on "Amused to Death" for example, are effortlessly being projected. What can I say. They sound much bigger then they are. The bass is extremely good.
Later today I've put my Dali Euphonia MS4 back, with the 4 JL E112 subwoofers. This setup in total is a strong competetor to the D&D 8C's. Tomorrow I'll go back to the D&D's. After this I'll try to come to a definite conclusion.
My "old" setup.
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