"My first impression when putting the new Dynaudio LYD 48 monitors on my speakers stands something along the line of “I’m back home!” They sound like the Dynaudios that I know and love, but there is also something much greater to them."
- Don Gunn (TapeOp Magazine)
TapeOp Magazine's reviewer, Don Gunn, gave our 3-way LYD 48 a very thorough test in his studio and came to several conclusions. Apart from 'feeling right at home', others included 'non-fatiguing', fantastic stereo imaging', 'mid range presence' and 'that they are probably the best bargain in this monitor range today!'
"My first impression when putting the new Dynaudio LYD 48 monitors on my speakers stands something along the line of “I’m back home!” They sound like the Dynaudios that I know and love, but there is also something much greater to them.
(...) Playing music through the LYD 48s for some proper listening, I ran through some of my usual test playlists. John Vanderslice’s Pixel Revolt is always a good torture test for low-end extension, as there’s plenty of tasty Moog bass that lesser systems have difficulty reproducing. I found that the LYD 48s sounded smooth and deep, whether I was hitting them with some really well-produced rock/metal, Chris Thile and Yo-Yo Ma’s The Goat Rodeo Sessions, or Jóhann Jóhannsson’s soundtrack to Arrival. Bass-wise, the speakers were definitely getting down to “brown-note” territory. (I’m nothing if not classy.)
(...) But enough of the pleasure-listening, it was time to actually mix on them and see how things translated. I mixed an unreleased song from The Lonely Forest that I recorded at Studio Litho here in Seattle a few years ago, just before the band broke up; and it was quite effortless to pull a basic mix together on the LYD 48s quickly, while zeroing in on the problem frequencies that come from dense layers of guitars and bass over a thick vocal arrangement. Soloing the drum tracks, I was transported back to the day we spent tracking and could easily hear the large room at Litho that I know so well. The kick spoke with punch and authority, and I was able to make it and the bass guitar work together as a single unit driving the lows, while still maintaining definition for each part. The imaging of the LYD 48s was particularly impressive and helpful for positioning the multiple guitar parts into a perfect panorama, so that each guitar performance had a place to inhabit, but each supported the whole of the arrangement. Vocals were my favorite thing to work on with the Dynaudios, as the 3-way system of drivers gave the midrange frequencies a presence that is sometimes lacking on 2-ways.
(...) LYD 48s are non-fatiguing monitors that are enjoyable to work on for long days. They have fantastic stereo imaging, and a wide, even frequency response that not many other monitors in this price range can approach. Given their street price of $2300 per pair, for a 3-way active monitor made in Denmark with bespoke Dynaudio drivers, these may be the best bargain in mid-range monitors today!"