Plug them in, turn them up, and then get a friend round. We’d put money on your pal asking where’s the rest of the speakers are. That’s when you smile, shrug and invite them to sit down in the sweet-spot on your sofa. And then turn it up a bit more.
Dynaudio Evoke 10 Bookshelf Speakers
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Over 30 years ago in the small Danish town of Skanderborg, a group of engineers who shared a passion for music came to the conclusion that even the best loudspeakers available at the time were incapable of playing music without coloration. Distortion, timing differences, phase shift, weak power handling and a slow impulse response were not only audible, but also clearly measurable.They established a new company to change this: Dynaudio.
To this day, the heart of any Dynaudio loudspeaker is a Dynaudio drive unit. No company has perfected loudspeaker drivers to the same extent as Dynaudio. The Dynaudio R&D team relies on its own innovations for material selection, manufacturing processes, and component matching. Even the smallest details receive maximum attention. Dynaudio loudspeakers are a unique combination of innovative technology, state-of-the-art precision manufacturing, and true hand-craftsmanship, the latter being an innate Danish characteristic. Such passionate awareness and effort is unheard of with almost any other loudspeaker company, but for Dynaudio it is a fundamental requirement in order to achieve the highest possible sound quality.
Today, music lovers not only listen to Dynaudio at home: In many ten thousands of studios worldwide, sound engineers rely on Dynaudio monitors, and the high-end sound systems in Volkswagen, Volvo and Bugatti cars are regarded as the very best in the automotive sector.
We’ve been creating speakers that perform out of all proportion to their physical size for over 40 years, and Evoke 10 is no exception. These are serious hi-fi… built for serious entertainment.
Classic Dynaudio heritage… with a twist
Each speaker’s single 14cm long-throw mid/bass driver is made from MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer), just like all Dynaudio speakers have used for decades. They use new surrounds to extend their throw, their frequency response and their low-frequency dynamics – all while maintaining stellar midrange performance.
Want to know the woofer’s secrets? The diaphragm is 0.4mm thin, which provides exactly the right combination of lightness, stiffness and damping to ensure optimum performance. It’s made of one piece (the dust-cap is part of the playing surface), and is bonded directly to the rigid glass-fibre voice-coil former directly under the Balance Ribs you’ll see around the centre dome. That means the whole unit moves as one, in a predictable (and carefully tuned) way, for a performance that strikes the ideal balance between bass and midrange.
The 38mm voice-coil itself is made from aluminium, making it extremely light. That means we can use more windings. More windings gives us more control over the cone’s movement, which means more control over the sound – even at high volumes and high frequencies. It’s kept stable, centred and true by the Nomex spider (the circular spring assembly that stops the cone moving when it shouldn’t, and lets it move when it should).
And the whole assembly is driven by one of our new, powerful strontium carbonate Ferrite+ ceramic magnet systems.
Cerotar: a brand-new tweeter
Up top is the brand-new 28mm Cerotar soft-dome tweeter. Our engineers looked behind the curtain of the award-winning Special Forty and money-no-object Confidence tweeters and cherry-picked some key technologies to bring to Evoke. The headline-grabbing component is the Hexis – an ingenious inner dome that refines the airflow behind the playing surface to smooth-out its frequency response and eliminate unwanted resonances.
The Cerotar, like the woofer, is powered by a powerful Ferrite+ ceramic magnet assembly.
Linking the drivers together is a high-grade second-order crossover that uses the Confidence’s design with different components. So, yes, when we say you’re getting high-end tech, we mean it.
Honest Danish design
Evoke 10 is available in four beautiful finishes: Black High Gloss, White High Gloss, Walnut Wood and Blonde Wood. The shiny versions really are just that: new lacquering techniques have resulted in a sumptuous, almost glass-like finish. The wood versions use a tactile, open natural veneer for either a warm, dark tone or a light apricot look.
You might notice that you can’t see any mounting screws. Evoke has simple, clean trim rings that emphasise the cabinet’s finish as well as the moving parts of the drivers. The rings are one-piece moulded, with the surface finish embedded in the moulding process – so what we make is what you get.
Clean, beautiful and honest. How very Danish.
It means you can take them with you when you move… and, we trust, enjoy them for a lifetime.
THE NEW DYNAUDIO EVOKE RANGE
Evoke is for you. It’s for living rooms. Home cinema rooms. Listening rooms. Even bedrooms. It’s serious hi-fi, everywhere.
This brand-new speaker range takes advanced technology directly from our top-of-the-range speakers – including finishes, driver technology and design. And that means each of the five Evoke models can vibe with you, grow with you, and stay with you – however you listen.
Every single part has been looked at from the ground up. Every driver has been optimised in Dynaudio's state-of-the-art Jupiter measuring lab. And every finish has been painstakingly formulated and executed to reflect those on our most exclusive speakers.
Music should last a lifetime. With Evoke, it will.
The new Evoke family will be on-sale in Europe in February 2019. It will arrive in other markets in April.
A brand-new Dynaudio speaker range
Creating an entirely new family of loudspeakers is something our designers and engineers relish. At the start the whole process is a sandbox – one that’s full of out-there ideas, wishlists and ingenious solutions that had been percolating in brains and notebooks.
And because they have four decades of established research and legendary products to draw on, our engineers know they’re on pretty much the right track before they even put the first prototype together.
With Evoke, they landed right in the Goldilocks zone. After months of intense R&D it became a five-strong family of speakers. All that experience meant the team could combine cutting-edge technology directly from the Contour and all-new Confidence ranges – not to mention ultra-high build and finish quality and traditional, elegant cabinets designed to look great in any listening environment – with exceptional value for money.
Listen to your favourite album for the first time. Again.
We created Evoke because we want everyone to be able to enjoy genuine hi-fi – the thing we all aspire to – without having to rearrange rooms, replace much-loved equipment, or agonise over the price.
We created Evoke for the people who agonise over what to listen to next.
And when they finally decide, we know they’ll hear something new in their favourite music. It could be the tiniest sound of a hand moving up the neck of a nylon-string guitar in an LA recording studio, or the shuffle of a cello player’s feet on-stage at the Berliner Philharmonie. It might be a backing vocal that suddenly makes that pre-chorus sparkle, or that extra bit of heavy-metal punch that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up (and sets off the neighbour’s dog).
Listen to Evoke and you’ll rediscover everything you love about music. Use them in stereo. Use them as part of a multi-channel home cinema system. Add one of our optional subwoofers. The family is designed to grow and change with you.
“I didn’t know there was a tambourine part in that song”
How do we do it? Experience, technology, intensive analysis in our Jupiter measuring facility… and good, old-fashioned listening. Hundreds of hours of it.
The entire range uses trickle-down technology from our top-of-the-line loudspeakers.
Take the Cerotar tweeter, which makes its debut in Evoke. It’s a brand-new, ground-up design based on our award-winning Esotar Forty anniversary tweeter and the mighty Esotar3 found in the new, money-no-object Confidence series. Underneath the 28mm soft-dome diaphragm sits the Hexis inner dome (something you’ll currently only find in Confidence). This refines the airflow behind the tweeter’s playing surface to smooth-out its frequency response and eliminate unwanted resonances. Behind it all, the new motor system uses strontium carbonate Ferrite+ ceramic magnets to further increase tweeter sensitivity.
It all took a very long time (and more than one effervescent ‘discussion’) to refine and tune the Cerotar. But we think you’ll agree it was time well spent. Its developments give you a detailed and natural high frequency response that’s smooth enough to take you through many albums’ worth of music in one sitting without feeling tired. Exactly as it should be.
Ace of bass
The Esotec+ woofers use MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer) in their diaphragms – just like all Dynaudio speakers have done since we started in 1977.
The versions used in Evoke 10, 20, 30 and 25C use new surrounds and improved Ferrite+ magnet systems to extend their throw, their frequency response and their low-frequency dynamics – all while maintaining stellar midrange performance. And the 18cm driver in Evoke 50 borrows technology from both the Contour and Confidence ranges to deliver eyebrow-raising low-frequency dynamics and timing.
You’ll hear that as full, precise bass with all the clarity you could want. Perfect for anything from intimate classical music to full-throttle rock or dance.
The Evoke 50’s midrange driver is directly derived from the design developed for the renowned Contour 60. It uses a powerful neodymium magnet, plus lightweight materials (including an aluminium voice-coil) specifically optimised for midrange duties.
It’s all marshalled by high-grade crossovers between the tweeter, midrange and low-frequency drivers.
But we can’t perfect all that without some seriously long listening sessions. And that, for us, is the key: we listen like you do. No song is off-limits. Nothing is too cheesy, or too high-brow. We love music, so there’s no other way we can design our speakers other than for fellow music-lovers.
What will music sound like in 30 years? Awesome.
Evoke is built to last. Each of the simple, elegant cabinets (themselves the result of months of painstaking prototyping, refinement and care), is available in four finishes: Black High Gloss, White High Gloss, Walnut Wood and Blonde Wood.
New lacquering techniques mean the gloss versions have a stunning, almost glass-like finish, while the wood versions have open veneers for a warm, natural feeling. And they’ll only look better over time.
Our designers wanted Evoke to be the kind of speaker you take with you from student residence, to apartment, to house. The kind of speaker you’ll rediscover your favourite music with – and then pass it on.
Listen up: Evoke is for you.
More about the Evoke Technology:
How Dynaudio’s most exclusive technology found its way into Evoke’s new tweeter
The new Cerotar harnesses key technology and new engineering techniques from Confidence and Special Forty
2018 has been pretty busy for the Dynaudio team – something you’ll know already if you’ve been following our various happenings in Dynaudio Magazine. But the most exciting stuff is the technology we haven’t been able to talk about until now.
A warm welcome, then, to the brand-new Evoke range. Evoke is a family of five new hi-fi speakers that brings a true audiophile-level experience to music-lovers, from dyed-in-the-wool enthusiasts to total hi-fi newcomers.
All the things you’d expect from Dynaudio are present and correct – clean, melt-away design only our genius team could dream up, components and features derived from far more expensive equipment, and audio quality of a level that will genuinely raise your eyebrows for this kind of money.
But what makes Evoke so special? Possible answers include the extensive testing undertaken in Dynaudio’s world-class, custom-built Jupiter testing facility, or the aerospace-derived airflow-management techniques used in the all-new tweeters. Fortunately we’re able to go straight to the horse’s mouth by going next door into Dynaudio Labs, the top-secret R&D department where our latest creations take shape.
Introducing the new Cerotar tweeter…
The Evoke range has plenty of features carried over from other, higher-end Dynaudio products. Take the Cerotar tweeter, for example. Based on the formidable Esotar Forty anniversary tweeter in the award-winning Special Forty anniversary speaker and the new Esotar3 (seen in Dynaudio’s all-new Confidence speakers), developing the Cerotar wasn’t just a case of taking an existing design and dropping it in a new enclosure.
Unlike the Esotar Forty, for instance, its AirFlow Magnet isn’t made from neodymium. Instead it’s a new strontium carbonate ferrite+ ceramic design that provides the ideal balance between power and finesse for this particular speaker family. Ferrite-ceramic magnet; ‘Cerotar’ on the nameplate. Simple.
Like all other Dynaudio tweeters, it has a 28mm precision-coated soft-dome diaphragm. The coating – applied in the right places, at the right density – helps the tweeter’s frequency response reach north of 20,000Hz without distorting, without delivering unwanted resonances and without experiencing wavering or compression in its transient response. It’s a technology that’s been proven to work since Dynaudio’s inception, and has been refined and improved ever since.
That’s a solid foundation from which to work. The true advances came from the idea of basing the Cerotar on advanced airflow-management technologies developed for the Esotar Forty. Behind the diaphragm in the magnet is a new pressure conduit – a specially shaped vent that lets us devote more space to the rear chamber and controls how the air moves from the back of the diaphragm into that space. The chamber itself, in conjunction with the pressure conduit, helps to reduce back-pressure on the rear of the tweeter diaphragm.
… and the Hexis
There’s also another very special ingredient in the mix: the Hexis. Until Evoke, this ingenious device was only found on the new (and money-no-object) Esotar3 tweeter in the new Confidence range.
It’s an inner dome that replaces the felt ring behind the playing surface, and has been engineered to optimize airflow even further. It has the effect of further smoothing out the tweeter’s frequency response and refining resonances – so all you get are the desirable ones.
If you look very closely you can see it just under the soft-dome diaphragm. It’s dimpled in a very specific pattern to do its job. And it does it incredibly well compared with just using felt alone, or nothing at all.
Alex Newman was an acoustic designer on the Evoke range, and no sooner had he been allowed out of the impulse-measurement room, we wrestled him into a comfy chair and demanded answers about how it works.
“We spent a lot of time listening to the tweeter,” says Alex. “At first, there was something bugging me when they started doing tuning and testing.” Much work later and the problem became clear. “We didn’t have absorption material behind the Hexis. If you don’t have any in there, you get some resonance.”
A piece of foam and the Hexis. That’s what made the difference between ‘no, it isn’t right yet’, and ‘shut up and take my money’. It’s that attention to detail in the measuring room – and hundreds of hours in the listening room – that make this kind of advance possible.
Alex’s eureka moment – and plenty of others like it – was the results of hundreds of hours of testing and many different development prototypes. How many versions did they make? “I don’t even remember,” he laughs. “I don’t really want to!”
Extended driver integration
All this technology – materials science, airflow dynamics and magnetic flux optimisation – result in the Cerotar having a very low resonant frequency. It sits at around 700Hz, in fact – the lowest we’ve achieved to date in this type of magnet system. A low resonant frequency means the tweeter’s performance is much easier to control around the point it crosses over with the next driver (either the woofer or, in the case of Evoke 50, the midrange unit).
The frequency overlap is much smoother because the tweeter can play lower – and because the woofer or midrange driver is still capable of amazing performance at higher frequencies, that handover is all but imperceptible. It’s a seamless transition, and it’s all done with cutting-edge materials and knowledge – not by adding more components in the crossover.
And that’s just the tweeter. There are also two types of woofer, a midrange driver, the crossover, the design and construction themselves… no wonder the team’s been busy.
Melodic metal: delving inside the new Evoke’s woofer motors
A loudspeaker is extremely simple in principle. In practice, it’s about as complicated as it gets… especially when you’re inventing new ones
Most discussions about metal concern Black Sabbath vs Judas Priest, or David Lee Roth vs Sammy Hagar. Step into Dynaudio Labs and, alongside those two perennially raging debates, you’ll hear another (perhaps more relevant) one: aluminium vs copper for voice-coils.
And in this, at least, everyone is on the same side: the best one is the one that’s best for the job. That’s why Evoke uses both for its woofers and midrange drivers.
How to build a loudspeaker
If you think back to your school physics lessons, you’ll remember that if you pass an electric current through a coil of wire surrounded by a magnetic field, that coil will move. Connect the coil to the back of a cone and make the electric current come from an amplifier in the form of a musical signal, and you’ve just built a loudspeaker motor.
Traditionally, Dynaudio engineers have favoured aluminium wire for our speakers’ voice-coils. It’s extremely light, which means it’s possible to use more windings for a given total weight. More windings gives finer control over the cone’s movement, which means its sound can be manipulated in different ways at high volumes and high frequencies.
While all Evoke speakers share the same Cerotar tweeter – a brand-new design, which you can read about here – their woofers differ in the wire they use for their voice-coils. Why? Because each speaker is unique, and needs to be designed individually for optimum performance.
The Evoke’s woofers all have diaphragms made from MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer), a proprietary material formulated, refined and developed by Dynaudio over the past four decades. MSP provides exactly the right combination of lightness, stiffness and damping for the most faithful sound reproduction.
But behind the cones, there are all sorts of exciting things happening – including some direct trickle-down technology straight from the high-end Contour series, Special Forty and the all-new Confidence range…
Which speaker uses what?
Let’s start with Evoke 50, the large floorstander and flagship of the range. Its dedicated 15cm midrange driver is based heavily on technology from Dynaudio’s high-end Contour range. It uses a wafer-thin 0.4mm diaphragm and a neodymium, rather than Ferrite+, magnet – and it uses aluminium in its 38mm voice-coil. That means extremely low weight and incredibly fleet-footed performance.
Why neodymium? It’s all a question of flux; magnetic energy. The more magnetic flux you have, the more detailed the midrange becomes because it helps the super-sensitive voice-coil take advantage of vanishingly small signals and convert them into vanishingly small driver movements… detail, in other words.
But its 18cm woofers use 52mm copper voice-coils and ferrite+ strontium carbonate magnet systems instead. That’s because they have one job: delivering bass. Copper is heavier and gives more moving mass; Evoke 50’s full-on bass drivers need a low resonance frequency and more mass – and where better to add that than in the coil, where it has the added benefit of improved sensitivity?
Evoke 30, with its twin 14cm woofers, takes a slightly different direction. It uses aluminium in its 52mm voice-coils. That’s because the lower woofer works in parallel with the upper one, but cuts out at a lower frequency to reinforce bass performance.
The 52mm aluminium voice-coil at the heart of Evoke 20’s 18cm woofer was paired with a Ferrite+ magnet because it needs to provide finessed midrange as well as the weight required to reproduce the level of bass listeners expect from a large standmount speaker. Evoke 10, likewise, uses a 14cm diaphragm, a 28mm aluminium voice-coil and a Ferrite+ magnet for the same reasons. And Evoke 25C, the centre-channel, has dual 14cm, 38mm aluminium drivers. You can see, then, how everything is precisely tuned for its individual speaker. It’s a long job. And it hasn’t been without controversy.
The big decision
Using copper is new for Dynaudio, and it was a huge step to make after exclusively using aluminium in our hi-fi speakers for so long. It wasn’t a knee-jerk decision, or one driven by marketing. It was driven purely by science… and ears. We spent many months researching, measuring and, most importantly, listening to aluminium and copper voice-coils in a variety of configurations.
We’d already been experimenting with copper on the all-new Confidence series (you might have seen it previewed at Munich’s High-End show earlier this year). So we took those lessons and discovered that, for certain drivers, we preferred the sound of a copper coil with a thinner diaphragm than an aluminium one with a thicker cone. Both had identical moving masses; the numbers were the same on paper. But our ears had the final say.
In the end, it’s all about balance. It’s about optimising a driver for its particular purpose to get the very best performance from it. So, when we’re asked whether we use aluminium or copper in our drivers, the answer is, simply, “yes”.
(Oh. It’s Sabbath and Roth, by the way.)
Measures of success: how Jupiter delivers Dynaudio’s trademark quality
At the heart of Dynaudio Labs in Denmark, our engineers have teamed up with a giant robot that only tells the truth…
Daniel Emonts, Dynaudio’s Senior Acoustics Designer, gets warmed up when he speaks about our new Evoke speakers. “They’re not only great speakers,” he says proudly. “They’re by far the best speakers in their category Dynaudio has ever produced.”
Which is nice. But how do you get to that point? Designing a new speaker and testing it is incredibly laborious, particularly when it’s done by perfectionists. The only way to get it right is through testing. Lots of it. “Developing a good speaker is very time consuming,” says Daniel. In fact, testing is only part of the package. Fine tuning, designing and actually listening to the speakers (the most important thing of all) all add time to the process.
It’s tempting to describe Dynaudio’s measuring facility – Jupiter – as a secret weapon. But it would be tough to keep such a big installation secret, particularly one with a huge robot at its heart. There are a lot of things you could do with a colossal room and a giant robot. Build spaceships, plan world domination, that kind of thing. We use Jupiter for something else, and it made a universe of difference when it came to designing, refining and delivering Evoke.
Size really does matter
Jupiter is big. Very big. It’s a giant, hollow cube, measuring 13 metres in every dimension, that forms the core of the dedicated Dynaudio Labs building. Jupiter is packed with technology that allows the room to provide infinitesimally small measurements of every Dynaudio product we put in there. The monolithic new Confidence 60, Evoke, even the bijou Music 1… it’s all been in there.
The way the room works is fascinating. A speaker can be measured individually or, given the room’s size, engineers can install several speakers at once to simulate the typical home audio setup (not many high-end hi-fi owners have just one speaker). Then, the robot arm – with its 31 microphones – takes a 360° measurement. So we end up knowing how a speaker sounds not only in the sweet-spot, but from everywhere else too.
The old-school way of doing that would’ve been to use an anechoic chamber – a room full of sound-dampening material that almost completely eliminates echoes and reverberations. Clap your hands right now; unless you’re actually in an anechoic chamber this very second (and if you are, then why?), you’ll hear the sound tail off. Anechoic chambers get rid of that by absorbing that extra energy and remaining totally quiet (some to the point where you can hear your own heartbeat and joints creaking).
The problem is, anechoic chambers don’t tend to work so well when you delve down really deep into the frequency range. Their weird wedges and foamy bits only really work well in the midrange and treble. The only way to get around that is to make the room bigger – which means more acoustic treatment, much more cost, and not that much gain.
Instead, we’re able to simulate the good effects of an anechoic chamber inside Jupiter without having to deal with the undesirable ones thanks to its sheer size. Simply put, we shut off the microphones between their measuring the impulse sound (an instantaneous ‘click’ that contains all frequencies) and the reflection coming back off the walls. It’s split-second stuff, but it effectively takes the room out of the equation.
Bring Jupiter up with Dynaudio folk and you’re in for a fascinating time. “I would say the development process is sped up by at least three or four times,” says Daniel. Jupiter’s scale is chiefly responsible for that. Before Jupiter, the team needed to make a three-hour round trip from its base in Skanderborg up to Aalborg, where a much smaller facility made a three-day meal of measuring a speaker. “Jupiter’s big,” says Daniel, “so two teams can work at more or less the same time, using different equipment. Also, because of its size, some speaker setups can stay together so we don’t have to move them around all the time.” A measuring job that used to take days can now be finished in half an hour.
Daniel isn’t the only person at Dynaudio to evangelise about Jupiter. Alex Newman is just as enthusiastic. “Jupiter’s amazing because of how fast we can do these things,” he adds. “I might have spent hours in there refining Evoke, but if I was doing it any other way I would be in there for weeks.”
The appliance of science
The system allows for a huge number of measurements. That robot? Mounted with 31 microphones at 6° intervals, it measures 180° of sound in a single go. The arc can rotate, and the stand that the test subject is on rotates too, allowing for 360° of measuring. The software that drives Jupiter is an in-house creation by Dynaudio’s engineers.
The importance of rigorous, scientific testing shouldn’t be underestimated. “Measurements are indispensable in audio,” says Daniel. “Anyone who says they’re not necessary is ignorant. We need a lot of data to estimate the range of use of a driver.”
But, he adds, experienced ears are still critical to the end product: “Two equally flat curves made with different crossover topologies could sound quite different – here, the engineer’s expertise is a major part of a successful speaker.”
Testing that took weeks now takes days, and testing that took days has turned into minutes. And, you could argue, that’s a double-edged sword in the hands of perfectionists – the temptation is to tweak, and tweak and tweak (and tweak), in the name of an ever more perfect speaker. A better product. Something of infinitely high quality to grace the living rooms of the world’s most demanding hi-fi listeners.
“We run out of time,” says Alex. “There’s always something else you can do.” Everything from the cabinet size to the supplier of the internal damping material is up for grabs, and every test performed by Jupiter and its team of engineers yields interesting, actionable results. “That’s why it’s good to have a deadline,” says Alex. “It forces you to finish it.”
A good engineer is never satisfied. We all know that. But that’s the way they like it. “I wouldn’t be doing this any more if I was satisfied,” he tells us of his constant quest for audio excellence. “If I was, what would I be trying to achieve after that?”
Alex and his cohort of engineers might lament that they’re not allowed to test forever, constantly whittling, refining, testing and repeating until the process yields a speaker that produces details even the most detail-oriented producer would never imagine. But their loss is our gain, and with the Evoke systems locked and ready to ship, they can move on to the next set of incredible Dynaudio products.
In the ears of our engineers, nothing will ever be perfect – but Jupiter allows us to get breathtakingly close.
|Short Description||Dynaudio Evoke 10 Bookshelf Speakers - Available in Walnut Wood, Blonde Wood, High Gloss Black or High Gloss White|
|Product Name||Dynaudio Evoke 10 Bookshelf Speakers|
|Model||Dynaudio Evoke 10|
|Colour(s)||Rosewood, Satin Black, Satin White, Walnut|
|Frequency Response||47 Hz–23 kHz (± 3 dB)|
|Power Handling RMS||160 Watts|
|High Frequency Driver||28mm Soft Dome|
|Mid/Bass Driver||MSP Driver|