In a time when consumers are constantly inundated with new technologies and products, brands really have to do something special to capture attention. When Dynaudio released their Xeo 2 speakers earlier this year, our interest definitely piqued. For one, we were already big fans of the Danish brand, but to hear their latest offering came in the form of wireless bookshelf speakers got us pretty excited. Keen to see what they were like, I picked up a pair and put them through their paces.
First thing’s first; the Xeo 2 speakers look pretty sexy. Being Danish, they naturally possess a minimalist aesthetic. The speakers come in either a black or white finish. I went with the white to suit my living room and they were a nice contrast against my TV, which is where they’ll get the most use. You can set up the speakers as is, or combine them with either wall mounts or desk stands. I decided to get the stands, which cost a bit more but I think add a nice dimension to their appearance.
Pretty much all the music I listen to these days is stored either on my phone or computer, and the Xeo 2 speakers easily connected to my devices via Bluetooth to play at an incredibly high quality. I was super impressed by how good the sound was as it blared through my pretty substantially sized living room. It was actually fairly surprising given the relatively small size of the them. The thing with these speakers is they produce high fidelity sound wirelessly. When wireless speakers first became popular, the convenience was welcomed, however there was a loss in quality that was far from ideal. With the Xeo 2, wireless sound quality is not an issue, in fact it’s a seriously impressive feature.
Already happy with how the speakers were performing wirelessly, what really sealed the deal for me was when I hooked them up via the optical input to my TV. A couple of episodes of Game of Thrones later, I knew that these speakers were keepers. Like the music played via Bluetooth, the sound coming from the wired connection was also fantastic and turned an ordinary TV viewing session into a real experience. I actually find myself turning them down at some points in an effort to avoid any complaints from the neighbours in the apartment below due to the bass performance. The speakers are also compatible with a 3.5mm mini-jack and stereo RCA so you’ve got a few different options when you want to connect different sources.
The best thing about these speakers for me, aside from the sound quality, is how frustration-free they are. The switch between having them play wirelessly to via a cabled connection and vice versa is seamless and the compact remote is really intuitive.
Another nice feature is you can set a switch on the back to neutral, corner or wall positioning depending on where the speakers are placed. This is really important because a speaker placed against a wall will sound drastically different to the same speaker placed in the middle of a room. So the Xeo 2s adjust their sound accordingly to avoid certain frequencies being boosted due to speaker placement.
When you buy Dynaudio gear, you know you’re getting a premium product and even though the Xeo 2s may appear pricey to some, they’re well worth it for their unobtrusive design and how easy they are to use with different sound sources. I feel as if I’m 100% sorted for speakers now and completely happy with my setup, which is a feeling I’ve never really had before. The quality of sound they produce is truly impressive and turns all listening experiences into a pleasure.
For more info check out dynaudio.com.