Dynaudio FOCUS 260
Price: 12 990 zł (para)
Manufacturer: Dynaudio A/S
Contact: 8660 Skanderborg, Dania
CEO: Wilfried Ehrenholz
tel.: +49 (0) 4108 - 4180 – 0
Distribution in Poland : Eter Audio
Country of origin: Denmark
Text: Wojciech Pacuła
Photographs: Wojciech Pacuła | Dynaudio
Translation: Krzysztof Kalinkowski
The very tested loudspeakers are part of a new Focus series shown for the first time on the High End 2011 show in Munich. This series is know from a few years, but its new version brings some absolutely new solutions, which – as you will see in the sound section – make us talk about a completely new series.
Dynaudio designed the new generation of improved drivers especially for the Focus series. The carcass is made from a new material – black Kapton, more durable and less prone to deformation than the classic one. This technologically advanced material is non-magnetic, thermally stable and very rigid – and at the same time extremely light. This allows for a fluent and repeatable work of the motor in ideal conditions, perfect control of the driver’s behavior, even at high volume levels.
Also especially for this series the Dynaudio engineers optimized the coating process for the tweeter dome diaphragms – this is called Precision Coating. Due to this improved formula the coating is more precise than before, and this allows it to gain better shape of the dome. This on the other hand resulted in smoother sound and ideal propagation in the full spectrum handled by this driver, and in effect better reproduction of the smallest, audible details.
The Dynaudio Focus loudspeakers are available in many natural veneers and two varnishes: maple, walnut, rosewood, black ash and high gloss white and black.SOUND
A selection of recordings used in the test:
Japanese versions of the discs available on CD Japan.
All those changes compared to the previous version of the Focus, I mean the improvements in the midwoofers (new carcass), tweeter (changed magnet, different profile of the front and a new process of coating the diaphragm), improved construction of the cabinet, etc, are important things, but in terms of common knowledge rather unimportant. Well, introducing a new line of loudspeakers to the market, and the new Focus are such loudspeakers, companies usually give new names (with a TM), new models, new concepts, etc. Here is nothing like that. So why does Dynaudio approach the new Focus with such big enthusiasm? Why did they change the company logo – a step with far reaching consequences? We have the answer in our reach, for example in the model 260.
The amount of changes in this new line is quite substantial, but each one of them is only a slight change in the accent, we could say a finalization of many years of design work. All of this together results in an absolutely new quality. The tested Focus are something completely unique, not only compared with their competition, but especially compared to what Dynaudio itself offers. Will I be wrong when I say, that I like the 260 better than the Confidence C1? Or when I say that also the Special 25, recently renewed as the Signature Edition did not give me so much joy from listening as the 260, will I be irresponsible? Or when I finally stand in front of you, and with complete calmness and raised forehead tell you, that only the mighty Temptation seem to me clearly, and indisputably, in each aspect, better than those small speakers, will I be stupid? For me, the answer for all those questions is absolutely clear, and I am telling it with complete conviction: NO!
The Focus 260 is an incredibly communicative loudspeaker, and even more, it seems to have a better tonal balance than most loudspeakers from that company I heard during my entire life, regardless its price. Maybe except for the … DM 2/6. The tested loudspeakers are small, with a more refined treble and a much nicer, lower reaching bass, but keeping the sensitive ear to the tonal balance, just like the DM did.
I believe that the loudspeakers have a slightly darker sound than other models from this manufacturer, regardless their price. We do not agree in that aspect with the people from the Polish distributor, because they think it is exactly the opposite, but I will like to explain myself. The tweeter in the new Focus is phenomenal. Maybe this is not yet the level of the tweeter, made by the same manufacturer, used in the Sonus Faber Electa Amator (I), or the already mentioned Temptation, but – and this is my opinion – the differences are not too big, and in addition this driver is fantastically sewed with the others.
Because they lack resolution and loose energy too quickly. This can be heard well comparing them to a ribbon tweeter. In such kind of comparison, hard tweeters fare much better – metal or ceramic (or diamond). It is an old stereotype (and at that time even a sensible one) is that metal tweeters sound bright. In my opinion, in good conditions such speakers are unbeatable (except by the ribbon, but this is another story and another pack of problems). But to not sound as a doctrinaire I will say, that this soft tweeter in the mentioned Sonus Faber, also due to its implementation, is for me one of the best tweeters ever.
The bass behaves similarly as is the midrange coming out from it (because this is how it sounds here). And those are elements, that were problematic for me in almost each Dynaudio loudspeaker. As it seems, most of those doubts were caused by the material used for the diaphragms. Although this is a kind of polypropylene, yet large amount of something you could call ‘plastic’ resulted in the sound – and I underline: for me, in my opinion – was a bit warmed and slightly colored. I think, that also some of the energy responsible for the higher harmonics was damped. And although I received some negative opinions from the readers about that, I could not sit silent about that.
It is different with the new Focus, I mean – not completely, but to the extent, that we do not think about that anymore. This is due to the energy of the sound, its agility, so something what is associated with speed (of the attack and sustain). I did not notice, that the new Dynaudio speakers would dampen any energy, in contrary – I think they are very communicative, repeating what was done by the company in the lower Excite series. The bass reaches very low and does not slow down. In my room, which is not acoustically adapted, yet quite ok in that aspect, I heard some slow-down on the lowest end, slightly lower control. But because I know the sound of the 260 from the well adapted room of the distributor, I know, that this is only a part of the truth, and that my room is equally important here. And besides that, this effect disappeared completely when the bas-reflex ports were blocked by the foam plugs.
With the new Dynaudio loudspeakers I listened to lots of different discs. On each of them the loudspeakers placed their mark – the sound was dynamic, coherent and energetic. The sibilants did not cut our ears, although with recordings, that were slightly boosted, even classical ones, like the Opera Proibita Cecilia Bartoli, they were accented by the denser sound on top, but not by sharpening.
The loudspeakers receive the Red Fingerprint distinction.DESCRIPTION
The loudspeakers Focus 260 are part of the newest incarnation of the series, called by the manufacturer “New Focus” or “Focus 2011”. Those are two-way, three driver floor standing loudspeakers with a back firing bass-reflex port. In those loudspeakers two new midwoofers were used with diaphragms made from one piece of polymer combined with add-ons, called MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer), rigid, cast spiders and advanced motors, with a novelty – a black Kapton carcass. Each of the drivers has a diameter of 170mm and both are connected in parallel. Treble is handled by a silk dome tweeter with a new shape. The tweeter has a diameter of 28mm. Initially the company declared, that there will be the Esotar2 in the new Focus, but finally they talk about the Esotec2. Only that… I would say, that this is some kind of trick to justify the presence of the more expensive lines on the market, but not really the truth. The loudspeaker has a rigid front with a new shape. On the back it is damped with a damping can, and it has a neodymium magnet. One of the changes to the previous version is a new process of coating the diaphragm with a damping substance, called Precision Coating.
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