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Mick Tillman the North American Dynaudio rep posted this on avsforums Dynaudio owners thread on page 174
1) Yes we still OEM drivers for a very few manufacturers but they are 2-3 generations old drivers NEVER current technology. Merlin uses the old Esotar tweeter as does Eggleston who also uses the old 12" woofer(30W100). Totem uses our drivers in only two models, the Model One and the Mani 2. Duntech used our drivers in many applications and we still supply replacement drivers to Duntech owners. Wilson used our drivers back in the early 90's, Rockport used the Esotar tweeter, Sonus Faber used the Esotar tweeter in the Extrema, etc, etc.Hope that helps a little
BTW the Dyn C1 and discontinued special 25's use the esotar2 tweeter
I have heard the C-1s, and overall don't recall any significant improvement. Sometimes the older IS the better, which is why I referenced W.E. tubes.
Mfgs are always going to "upgrade" their products for sales purposes, right? If the Extrema is a collector's item as other speakers, tubes, etc. could it that the originals have the most value or quality? I'm not in the business, just a hobbyist...
Dynaudio has never been a marketing driven company, they have always focused on improving their driver technology and the Esotar tweeter is a prime example of this continual improvement.The Extrema was an incredible speaker and will go down as my all time favorite Sonus Faber but I could only imagine what it would be like with the new Esotar tweeter.
Dynaudio Confidence 3
Sonus Faber Extrema
Sonus Faber Guarneri Homage
Sonus Faber Electa Amator I
Speaker Art Proklaim I
Silverline SR17-newest version
Dynaudio Special 25
Ive owned all of them except the Proklaim I, and newest Silverline SR17. My all time favorite was the Sonus Faber Extrema. One of these days, I will buy another pair. I thought about purchasing a set of Dynaudio C1's, but I just cant get over the strange looks. I dont know what Dynaudio was thinking with their new designs.
I'm sure Dynaudio is true to their "brand"... However companies like Egglestonworks customize these drivers to fit the speakers...I can't believe the new Esotars are that much better...I'm sure the older version is 85% of the new ones, unless maybe you have a 'musicans ear'...it's hype!
There are other drivers that are equally good, too-
Are the new violins better than Stradivarius?? :-)