Dynaudio introduces a new passive monitor speaker that will be delivered in a limited edition: the Heritage Special.
Dynaudio’s Heritage Special is top-to-toe, inside and out, made entirely by hand in Skanderborg, Denmark, according to the manufacturer’s press release: ‘The development of the Heritage Special project began in the greatest secrecy, as an ‘off-the-radar’ project within Dynaudio Labs, and is now ready to be unveiled. The Heritage Special is a tribute to some of Dynaudio’s most legendary speakers – including the Crafft, Contour and Special Twenty-Five. The look is lovingly retro, but make no mistake, the inside is ultra-modern.
In the press release we also find more details: ‘The Heritage Special, delivered in a limited edition of 2500 pairs worldwide, uses a 19 mm thick MDF cabinet finished with a sustainably produced American walnut veneer. The cabinet is internally reinforced and coated with a thick layer of bitumen to minimize unwanted resonances. Each sheet of veneer (including the thin trim around the front panel) entering the factory is matched to its companions – and precisely matched for each speaker pair – to ensure full consistency across the range. After veneering, the enclosure undergoes three more meticulous sanding and varnishing processes. It takes just over three days to build a Heritage Special enclosure from start to finish.
Premium tweeter technology
Dynaudio continues: The metal front panel is identical to that of the still very popular Esotar T330D tweeter. Behind this front panel, however, is a modern Esotar 3 tweeter (the same as in the top-of-the-range Confidence series). It’s the best, most advanced tweeter Dynaudio has ever produced – with a larger absorption chamber, a powerful, aerodynamically shaped neodymium magnet system, the unique resonance-reducing Hexis inner dome and Dynaudio’s signature, precision-coated soft-dome diaphragm.
Top-of-the-range woofer design
The Heritage Special’s mid/low unit is a supercharged version of the unit you could find in the now discontinued, nearly €65,000 Evidence Platinum series. Striking detail is that the rim of the woofer protrudes over the distinctive groove in the front panel, just as it did in the past. This 18W75 XL Heritage Special MSP Woofer (not all names need to sound sexy) has the same, very recognizable aperture construction (with the well-known large voice coil cover) as the Evidence version, but takes the underlying technology to a new level,” says the manufacturer.
Internal magnet system
Dynaudio also explains exactly what this new level means: The woofer has an internal magnet system. The required ‘oversized’ voice coil uses the familiar hexagonal aluminum voice coil wires, but in the Heritage Special version it has a fiberglass voice coil carrier. The new magnet system uses both neodymium and ferrite magnets to accurately control the flux around the windings of the voice coil. This drastically reduces the so-called second harmonic distortion and improves the transparency of the reproduction. The new asymmetric Nomex spider, as also found in the Confidence and Contour i series, gives even more control over the long stroke woofer windings’.
The ‘brain’ of the loudspeaker, the crossover, has been designed entirely in-house: ‘It’s a classic Dynaudio 1st-order crossover, and is entirely constructed with high-quality components from the German manufacturer Mundorf (including the well-known Evo Oil capacitors), supplemented by custom-made parts specified by Dynaudio Labs. The crossover uses impedance correction and time-alignment technologies for each individual driver to ensure a smooth transition between the two drivers.
Cabling and terminals
In the speakers you’ll find ‘Van den Hul’s CS12 12 AWG’ cabling and Swedish-manufactured damping material. To leave absolutely nothing to chance, Dynaudio has chosen the very high quality ‘710 Cu mC NextGen’ speaker terminals from the German manufacturer WBT.
We absolutely love them
“It’s been a labour of love for our R&D, production and marketing teams,” says Otto Jørgensen, Dynaudio’s Director of Product Management. “Our initial listening session with the first playing pair of Heritage Specials was meant to last 20 minutes. It ended more than two hours later. I think that says everything you need to know about these speakers. We absolutely love them
Not for everyone
Each pair of Dynaudio Heritage Special speakers has a unique pair number engraved on the brushed aluminium backplate. The lucky owners of a pair of Heritage Special speakers can rightly claim to have a unique piece of Dynaudio history in their listening room. The Heritage Special has a suggested retail price of €6,000 per pair and will be available from a select number of dealers starting November 19. You can search for a dealer in your area using this page. Owners who register their Heritage Special speakers on the Dynaudio website receive a 10 year warranty.