Cool. I wonder how good the floor stander is?
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I've heard the Xeo's and owned some other active Dyn's (Focus 110A's and BM5A's). The Xeo's are interesting though I'm not sure they're as good as the others.
A good alternative to the 3's are the AVI ADM9T RS. They have 2 digital inputs, 1 analog, a sub out and are remote controlled. Pair them with a decent sub and you have an excellent, relatively discrete system that is tough to beat for the price.
My local hi fi guy was telling me how much he liked dynaudio based on a pair of dynaudio bookshelf speakers they had a few months back. Then I heard a factory installed dynaudio system in the new v.w. Golf R. Best car stereo I've ever heard. Then, just today, I visited Rob (local hi-fi guy) again and we listened to a pair of wireless, self powered floorstanding dynaudio speakers (can't remember the model) for a good hour and let me tell you, these speakers are incredible. They came with crap power cords so they swapped them out with some that were $150 a piece. They also have a cheap plastic remote. Other than that no complaints. Seriously though, these speakers sounded incredible. Very smooth, detailed, black background, and incredible bass that filled a large room no problem. I haven't heard many really high end speakers but they did compare to some b&w 802 diamond series being powered by $7500 worth of Classe amp / pre-amp. Just think too, no expensive interconnects, xlr's, speakerwire etc. and your "system?" will look way cleaner and you don't have to worry about the synergy of multiple pieces.
The xeo does not need a DAC the DAC is part of the transmitter in fact I dont see how a great DAC could even come into play with these. I guess you could feed the analog inputs from the DAC but that seems weird to not just run a straight digital signal to the transmitter.
Once again after a little more time with these I am still blown away. I would almost consider just replacing my main rig with a set of the floor stander xeo 5. They might just be lacking a little air on top but these little guys are seriously amazing for the price.
Yes, my impression is that all one needs with teh Xeo products is a source, either digital or analog. The wireless transmission is done using a digital signal. That is a good thing, although it sounds like the wireless technology used might be Dynaudio proprietary. That has advantages in terms of being usable out of the box, but an option using wireless LAN similar to a network music server and player would be desirable to make the system more open with less lock in to what might be Dynaudio proprietary technology. Not sure about that. I would need to read some more.
I guess you could use an external dac and then run analog inputs into the wireless transmitter. I suppose you don't "need" an external dac, I've just heard that an external dac does improve the sound quality. This is coming from someone who I feel is fairly knowledgable about this, since he is a dealer of dynaudio.
Double Wow! Santa just brought me a pair of Xeo 3 and an Arcam rDAC. My Ipad was set up and all day listening to tons of free music and very very impressed. This system is in my living room, small, sunny and comfortable living room. My main system (Retail around 70K+, anchored by Verity Audio Parsifal's) is in a dedicated music room, and I love these little speaker and getting music on line. For lack of a better term, COOL!