The classic passive speaker has evolved. The all-new Confidence takes Dynaudio’s most celebrated audio technologies to startling heights with new materials, techniques and technologies.
Dynaudio Confidence ÚJ (2018)
Nothing compares to the satisfaction of knowing – for a fact – that something is as good as it gets.
Sit back in your chair and listen, secure in the certainty that every detail of the speakers in front of you is dedicated to revealing every detail of the music they’re playing. Close your eyes and be delighted.
Confidence means pure performance.
It’s the best speaker range Dynaudio has ever produced, and it’s packed with science specifically developed to honour art. Brand-new drivers – including the mighty new Esotar3 tweeter – combine with a precision composite baffle, innovative cabinet design and optimised crossover to create the most advanced passive speaker in our history.
Intensive analysis in our Jupiter measuring facility has resulted in the next-generation of Dynaudio’s DDC sound-beaming technology – including the new DDC Lens waveguide system. The Esotar3 tweeter in the DDC Lens works in tandem with the new NeoTec woofers, the radical Horizon midrange driver surround and the innovative Compex baffle to ensure music goes exactly where you want it: your ears.
But you won’t focus on the tech – you’ll be lost in the music.
Experience the art of listening on a Confidence system. It’s a masterclass in audio.
Inside the all-new Confidence
The 2018 Confidence range features a raft of new technologies. They’ve all been conceived, engineered and perfected in Dynaudio Labs, the giant, state-of-the-art R&D facility at our HQ in Skanderborg, Denmark.
New Esotar3 tweeter
The Esotar3 is the pinnacle of Dynaudio soft-dome tweeter design. It’s an evolution of the renowned Esotar2 found in the new Contour and previous Confidence series, and it incorporates (and improves on) the cutting-edge airflow-optimisation technology seen in the award-winning Esotar Forty anniversary-edition tweeter.
The Esotar3’s rear chamber is much larger to reduce resonance, damping has been further optimised, and there’s a super-strong neodymium magnet on board for greater sensitivity and control.
A lower resonant frequency means a shallower frequency overlap between the tweeter and the midrange driver, which you’ll hear as better integration between treble and mids – or, to put it in musical terms – whatever you’re listening to won’t sound as if it’s been divided into distinct ‘double-bass’, ‘trumpet’, ‘triangle’ areas. You get the whole picture; it’s like listening in enhanced colour.
All these design changes mean our engineers were able to experiment with creating a tweeter that doesn’t need heat-dissipating ferrofluid (which has been used in every Esotar tweeter up to now). In the Esotar 3, the combination of the more powerful magnet and the presence of the DDC Lens (see below) means a higher tweeter sensitivity. More sensitivity means the tweeter can react with a lower input voltage. And that means it doesn’t get hot as fast – so it can play louder, just as clearly, for longer.
There’s also a special new component inside: the Hexis. This is a small inner dome that replaces the Esotar2’s felt ring for even greater control over resonances, while also smoothing out the high frequency response.
Before the Hexis, we used a felt ring in the cavity behind the tweeter dome. This did a fantastic job of reducing unwanted resonances that would bounce back to the rear of the tweeter and affect its ouput. However, thorough measuring showed that we could do better when it came to avoiding absorbing high-frequencies (something felt is also very good at, as you can imagine).
The dimpled plastic inner dome of the Hexis eliminates those unwanted standing waves, as well as doing some incredibly clever work when it comes to stopping driver movement the moment the music signal stops. If dome resonance is halted, timing improves, imaging improves, detail improves… and so does your listening experience. And – of course – it was meticulously simulated, tested and refined in Jupiter.
The effect of all this? Higher detail-resolution, improved clarity and even better dynamics. Quite simply, The Esotar3 is the best tweeter Dynaudio has ever produced.
The previous generation of floor-standing Confidence speakers had dual tweeters and an incredibly complex crossover help form a sound beam that would reduce reflections from floors and ceilings.
Why a sound-beam? Because if you’re sitting in a larger room, likely one with a lot of hard surfaces, you don’t want the soundwaves coming from the speakers to bounce off anything before they reach your ears. The room itself would colour the performance – so what you heard wouldn’t be exactly what the drivers were producing.
Shaping those soundwaves into a focussed beam that shoots straight to the listening position effectively removes the need for complicated, expensive (and potentially ugly) room-treatment.
The original system was called DDC (Dynaudio Directivity Control), and it was derived from our decades of experience in building ultra-high-end professional systems for some of the world’s most famous recording studios.
Dynaudio Labs has created a next-generation DDC platform for the new Confidence family. It uses all the same principles – every component (including the new Compex baffle) is integral to its success – but now we’ve taken it even further.
The latest DDC speakers need only one tweeter and a far simpler crossover, thanks to the DDC Lens. This is an intricate, precision-formed aluminium waveguide that hones the vertical audio image while maintaining wider horizontal dispersion than before.
The DDC Lens works in conjunction with the Esotar3 and the speakers’ midrange drivers and woofers to greatly reduce unwanted reflections from the floor and ceiling, and to focus the stereo image on the listening position.
But because our engineers are never satisfied with merely ‘excellent’, they took it a step further. They’ve figured out a way to increase the horizontal dispersion while maintaining a tight vertical beam – meaning a bigger sweet-spot, a happier audience and more musical enjoyment all-round.
During development, the DDC Lens was computer-simulated, modelled and 3D printed in a mind-boggling array of combinations. It was slotted into prototype speakers, hoisted 6m into the air in our Jupiter measuring facility, and painstakingly analysed. Then it was listened to, with real ears and real music, before being refined again. And again. Finally, after an extensive prototyping process, it emerged in this exact shape. It’s a shape borne of acoustic necessity – and, as is often the case with all things engineering, the correct solution is often the best-looking one.
The Confidence’s all-new woofers use neodymium magnets for greater power, more finesse and improved dynamic range.
The new drivers have brand-new voice-coils that use up to three layers of glass-fibre in their formers for optimum stiffness, along with developments in airflow and venting (particularly in the bottom of the yoke).
We don’t believe in ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to making new parts. That’s why our engineers decided to use different materials for the actual voice-coil wire, depending on the speaker model and the context in which the driver will be used. It means the speaker’s tuning is more complete, and each driver’s performance is completely optimised for its purpose.
The Confidence 20 uses an aluminium voice-coil in its woofer, while the Confidence 30, 50 and 60 use copper. Our engineers wanted to increase the force-factor of the woofers in the larger, floor-standing Confidence models to give them more sonic punch. Using copper here gave slightly higher moving mass to align with the cabinet tuning. The diaphragms in the floor-standers’ woofers are also slightly heavier to provide more stiffness – because they’re used purely as bass units. The new midrange driver (see below) can handle the rest.
The magnets themselves build on the lessons we learned from the Special Forty’s neodymium/ferrite hybrid units (which used two materials in order to shape magnetic flux around the voice-coil to better control its movement). The all-new Confidence range uses pure neodymium, along with some hyper-optimised shaping in the air-gap, and different positioning, to achieve the same effect. One machined magnet per speaker, one incredibly elegant solution.
And, of course, all the Confidence’s NeoTec woofers’s diaphragms are made from Dynaudio’s celebrated MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer) material. It’s a proprietary composite that we’ve been using, refining, perfecting and enjoying for decades.
New midrange driver with Horizon surround
The Confidence’s brand-new MSP midrange driver is a big departure from previous Dynaudio designs.
It has a radical surround design that follows the cone’s shape right to the edge of the driver. This reduces the surround’s first resonant mode to effectively increase the entire playing surface area and improve performance. It also sits flush with the baffle to reduce diffractions from the diaphragm and the adjacent tweeter.
Behind the scenes, the basket has been given a new lightweight organic design – one that’s resulted from extensive topology-optimisation simulations. It increases airflow, maintains its stability and rigidity and reduces weight simultaneously without sacrificing performance.
The Confidence’s signature baffle has also been revamped. It’s now crafted from an advanced composite, Compex, that’s not only very light, but extremely strong, not to mention rigid and well-damped to absorb unwanted resonances. Lift one up and tap it, and you’ll hear that it’s acoustically very dead. Exactly as it should be.
The drivers are integrated into the baffle with special gaskets. There’s an alloy mounting plate on the back containing the screws – which means the woofers are very tightly coupled, and the tweeter and midrange drivers are decoupled as much as possible to avoid vibration.
The Compex baffle has been developed, simulated and machined to work as part of the DDC Lens – so they both, along with the drivers and crossover, all mesh perfectly into the DDC platform.
Why composite? The MDF of the previous Confidence’s baffle wouldn’t be able to handle the precise angles, curves and edges that the updated DDC technology demands. Compex can. Plus, it can be designed with specific mechano-acoustical properties that won’t change over time.
Hybrid down-firing bass port
Confidence’s bass-port is more than just a tube. Each model has a port that’s been listened to, measured and specified individually to suit that exact speaker. True bespoke engineering. The only way you’ll see it is if you disassemble the speaker (please don’t), but you’ll definitely appreciate its effect when you listen.
It travels from deep inside the speaker down through the bottom, where it passes through the plinth and flares out – effectively creating a two-port system. Meanwhile, a dense silicon port diffuser – carefully shaped to complement the flare – divides and controls the airflow, directing it out to the sides.
The whole speaker sits on a solid steel base-plate, which is always in the same position and effectively takes the place of the floor (or, for Confidence 20, the top-plate of the stand). That never-changing foundation, the constant gap between it and the bottom of the hybrid port – plus the fact that there are no holes on the back of the speaker – means you can place Confidence on any surface (hard floor or deep-pile carpet) and in any position (next to a wall or in free space) without affecting the port’s performance.
When designers and engineers push each other to the limit to strike the perfect balance between form and function, the result can’t fail to be striking. And there’s no denying that Confidence’s look grabs you by the lapels and demands attention.
Our design team spent months researching shapes, colours, finishes and materials to create a speaker family that looks every bit as arresting in a small listening room as it does in a palace. They worked hard to make sure its character stayed true to the original Confidence range, but displays a new, imposing character in keeping with its powerful performance.
From the beautifully curved cabinet and the distinctive baffle shape to the sumptuous finishes and veneers, Confidence fully lives up to its name. In every way.