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What Happens When You Marry Top End Hi Fi With Wireless?

By David Richards | Thursday | 01/08/2013

During the past 12 months we have seen a significant change take place in the Hi Fi market.

Several major brands have launched wireless audio systems, looking to combine sound output with new delivery systems such as Bluetooth and the latest in wireless technology.

Initially the Hi Fi industry was sceptical that wireless Hi Fi could deliver quality Hi Fi and wireless distribution combined, but the Danish company Dynaudio has proved that the combination of top end Hi Fi audio knowledge and the latest in wireless technology can work together to deliver an exceptional sound experience.

This new system, which is already winning global awards, is excellent when compared to what is available in the market today. With the Dynaudio Xeo range you not only get high quality output without having to run cables, but you can plug in a smartphone or tablet and immediately get access to your content. The Dynaudio Xeo 3 and Xeo 5 wireless speakers are already being labelled "the world's first high-end wireless loudspeakers," by European reviewers.
The compact bookshelf and floor standing active speakers connect wirelessly to Dynaudio's Xeo wireless transmitter, which is wired to your music source.


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The Xeo transmitter has digital optical, USB, stereo analogue and 3.5mm mini jack inputs that allow users to connect to three sources, with selection between optical, USB and analogue.

The Xeo transmitter can wirelessly support up to three pairs of speak- ers, giving owners the potential for a three-room, multi-room system or to play music from three separate sources.

While this set up is not cheap at RRP $2, 499 for the Xeo 3 system and RRP $4, 799 for the Xeo 5 system, it is not unreasonable when one takes into account the audio technology that has been wrapped around the wireless technology. Each set of speakers comes with  its own remote, allowing you to switch between inputs on each set of speakers and adjust the volume.

When connected via USB the Xeo transmitter requires no mains power, drawing what it needs from a PC or Ultrabook. The transmitter supports files up to 24bit/48kHz and sends audio at full CD resolution up to 16bit/48kHz.

It connects to the speakers via a 2.4GHz A-to-B connection and promises a range of up to 50m. The speakers themselves use Dy- naudio's 27mm soft dome tweeter designs and 14.5cm mid/bass driv- ers with the company's proprietary magnesium silicate polymer cones.


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Dynaudio CEO and founder Wilfried Ehrenholz has remarked, "Dynaudio aims to bring the high performance sound that the audiophile market requires in line with today's demands of a wider audience who is interested in intelligent designs, the latest technologies and a simple and convenient platform  to listen to music in higher sound quality." Xeo is a new way of listening to mu- sic and can be used with anything that plays music: your Hi Fi audio system, computer, smartphone, personal audio player, video system, docking station, network player, streaming client, TV, anything. Xeo frees you from set-up problems with amplifiers, cables and converters because it frees you from amplifiers, cables and converters altogether. And what's not there can't get into the way of the music. Unplug and play.

When Dynaudio was founded over 35 years ago, the engineers who built the company collectively strove to create loudspeakers performing on a much higher level than every- thing else available at that time; speakers that would reproduce mu- sic naturally and authentically.

Over the years Dynaudio has always stayed true to these original roots while developing the company's core technologies even further to create many exceptional loudspeakser models. Today the Company is marrying 35 years of audio expe- rience with a new generation of wireless technology.

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