Dynaudio Excite X34
If there’s anything that gets my back up it’s the lament that all the sexiness and excitement in audio resides at the extreme high end of the market. RETAIL: $2,200.
$1,999 FLOOR SAMPLE (in walnut)
PRICED PER PAIR
Available in Black Satin, White Satin, Rosewood, or Walnut.
For the uninitiated, the Excite range is the affordable sweetspot of the broad Dynaudio line and a short step beyond the entry-level DM Series. It’s also Dynaudio’s gateway product to lure enthusiasts along the road to upscale offerings like the Focus and Contour series. Excite is represented by four updated models, the X34 considered here, a larger floorstander the X38, the compact X14, and the X24 center channel.
Even avid Dynaudio enthusiasts might be forgiven for confusing the $3400 X34 for its predecessor the Excite X32 (reviewed by Kirk Midtskog, Issue 205). Yes, the basic bones are the same. It remains a slim two-way floorstander with crisp, clean understated lines, identical dimensions, and a very small footprint. At a mere 36 inches tall, its silhouette is on the shorter end of the scale for a floorstander. Some visual tip-offs for the updates in the X34 include magnetically attached grilles, a fully veneered natural wood front baffle and plinth, and high-quality Torx metal screws in the same color as the driver frames. Stability has also been enhanced with the addition of die-cast aluminum outrigger feet fitted with integrated damping rings and adjustable spikes.
The latest Excite drivers retain the long-throw woofer and smaller, lightweight voice coil that was featured in the Excite X32 model. Bass port tuning has been updated, and thanks to a more amplifier-friendly crossover the X34 draws less current from the amp. The X34 is now a true 8-ohm impedance loudspeaker compared to the 4 ohms of its predecessor.
86 dB (2,83 V/1 m)
IEC Power Handling:
37 Hz – 23 kHz (± 3 dB)
Bass Reflex Rear Ported
2x 14 cm MSP
27 mm soft dome
17.0 kg / 37 lbs
Dimensions (W x H x D):
170 x 900 x 260 mm
6.7 x 35.4 x 10.2"
Dimensions with feet/grill (W x H x D):
228 x 928 x 281 mm
9 x 36.5 x 11.1"