Dynaudio Focus 600 XD


Another speaker in the list of digital actives that attempt to do things more-or-less right: DSP linear phase crossovers, sealed enclosures.

A magazine review of this model contains the familiar descriptions of incredible bass, clarity, dynamics and coherency that seem common to all such speakers. No negatives are mentioned. Why would anyone want to do it any other way?


4 thoughts on “Dynaudio Focus 600 XD

  1. > they are entirely self-contained, with no need for amplifiers and garden-hose-thick
    > speaker cables. Just connect a source and AC power, and you’re in business.


    Shame about the PC, placed far enough away that I can’t hear the induced hum, and the rather large number of cables going to the PC and back out of the soundcard, to the AV processor acting as remote control volume, and then the similarly large number of cables going to the power amps, and then, Oh Noes!!! – the three sets of speaker cables going to each speaker.


    I’m gonna need a lot of ceramic pots for this baby …


  2. Just read to the end of the review. Wow. $13k? It would be interesting to know how it shapes up against a modern Meridian system, though. Or in fact a real SCM50ASL, which is $15k at sweetwater. If its better than the ATC I would be properly gobsmacked. The ATC has rrp of $17k so maybe the Dyn is available discounted too, and they aren’t in the same cost league anyway. You need a decent pair of stands for SCM50s too.

    You get an awful lot more bang for the buck if you can stretch to 8″ woofers, and I would have thought the mid is rather large – the power response is already poor at 3.1 for that size. If you have smaller woofers and can go to 250 without the problems you see in AV LFE oriented subs, I’d have though a rather smaller mid and possibly cross at 2.5 max. A 5.5 can cross lower than 270. Maybe get a Wavecor or decent SB tweeter and go for 1.5 to 1.8 if you want the larger mid.

    I used to have a pair of ProAc Studio 3s – essentially passive (but tri-amp-able) ATC SCM50 clones. Wonderful midrange from the ATC driver, despite having to cross at 350-400 or so. I suspect that the midrange makes the speaker, especially with an active 3-way system. Using a midrange that can do duty as a midbass seems a bit of a wasted opportunity, unless you need a mono sub system and to have very small satellite enclosures.

    (And yes, I know, I’m building something with PL18s as mids – its a learning experiment for passive XO too. And temporary. Honest!)


  3. Thanks for the comments James. You examine these things in much more detail than I do! My eyes have already glazed over whether it’s $130k, $13k or $5k – they’re all astronomical sums to me but pocket money for many audiophiles, it seems. ATC have a great reputation, and I like the idea of matched dispersion and all that, but the thing that leaps out at me about the model you mention is that they’re ported. This is one of my prejudices. Maybe I could tell the difference in a blind test, or maybe I couldn’t, but it’s the principle you see,,,


    1. I’m not sure I’d be too worried, at least not from the lack of control below port resonance – on a big 3-way. The room modes are going to be a big pain and unless you are listening to special effects (or solid organ recital stuff) there’s not much content down there anyway. Since I sold the proacs years ago I’ve periodically gone to listen to some SCM50s as a reminder, but I can’t last long before I start to think I could sell a child or something and buy them, and I have to scarper. Saw some big active Harbeths on EBay recently, I’d really like to hear what well sorted poly cones are like in comparison. Cheaper to sort my fear of routing and just buy some drivers though! I think that’s my attraction to active DSP – you don’t need a massive collection of electrical components, just tweak some sliders and params and you can play with new drivers.


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