Using and caring for speakers
Amplifier power and speaker power handling
Every Dynaudio speaker has a power-rating specification, and we always suggest using this for guidance on maximum amplifier power. As a rough guide we suggest a minimum amplifier power of around 20% of a speaker’s power rating per channel to ensure the amp can drive hard without producing potentially speaker-damaging distortion. Your Dynaudio retailer will always be able to offer advice on suitable amplifiers for your speakers.
The golden rule is to reduce the volume if ever the sound becomes distorted. Distortion is a sure sign that damage to either speakers or amplifier is likely.
Many Dynaudio speakers have removable front grilles. Their use is really a matter of personal preference, but there are a few factors to consider. First, drive-unit diaphragms, especially tweeters, are delicate and can easily be damaged by inquisitive fingers. If you have young children, grilles are probably best left fitted. Second, even though grilles are designed to have a minimal influence on performance, the sound quality of your speakers may be marginally improved without them. We suggest removing the grilles for serious listening and replacing them at other times.
Some Dynaudio speaker grilles are attached magnetically while others are use plastic plugs and corresponding sockets. In either case, grilles are removed simply by gently pulling them away from the cabinet front panel. Grille replacement is the reverse procedure.
The moving parts of a newly manufactured Dynaudio loudspeaker have been acoustically checked after production, but nevertheless are not as flexible as they need to be for optimum results to be realised. The higher the quality of any driver system, the more demanding the loudspeaker will be regarding time for running in the system.
A newly unpacked Dynaudio loudspeaker therefore requires several weeks running/ playing to reach its optimum performance capability. After that period, a couple of minutes before every listening session will be helpful to “warm up” the loudspeakers.
Care and maintenance
Dynaudio speakers don’t require any special treatment apart from the kind of care that you would invest in any valuable items in your home.
Use a soft, dry or very slightly damp cloth to clean the cabinet and other non-functional components. You should always avoid touching the tweeter dome. Dust can be removed from bass and midrange driver diaphragms using a soft brush. Fabric grilles are best cleaned with a soft brush. We do not recommend use of any cleaning or polishing fluids or sprays. If you do use such things, however, they are best applied to a cleaning cloth rather than directly to the speaker cabinets. It is wise also to test cleaning products on a small area of either the back or underside of the cabinet first. Don’t let any cleaning products touch the driver diaphragms.
Follow these links to Dynaudio support articles for more information on speaker care:
Dynaudio provides a transferable limited manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty only covers faults or defects in materials and production. Damage caused as a result of abuse, misuse or defective electronics isn’t covered.
All warranty claims must be accompanied by a copy of the original purchase invoice, and warranties are only valid in the country or market of original origin or distribution. Should warranty service be required, it must be arranged for in the country of purchase by an authorised Dynaudio dealer.