Streaming is placed front and centre. With Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast, Roon, Bluetooth and local network capabilities on board, Focus 10 can play literally anything stored in digital form, from anywhere you can access it – online or on a networked hard-drive at home. Hundreds of millions of tracks, all accessible at the touch of a finger on your phone or tablet.
Thanks to their built-in WiSA technology, the speakers will also connect wirelessly to a compatible TV or USB dongle – doing away with the need for bulky home cinema electronics and freeing-up space on your equipment rack for something other than yet another black rectangle.
And the beauty is, it’s all so simple. Minimal set-up time, only two cables for the wall-plugs and an elegant, intuitive app to customise, set presets and more. Going from unboxing to hearing true audiophile sound has never been this quick or easy.
A NEW WAY TO LISTEN
‘Active’ doesn’t mean one single amplifier per speaker. It means one single amplifier per driver. For Focus 10, that means two each. Why an amp for each individual tweeter and mid/bass unit? Because that gives us more control over their performance. And that means each driver sounds as good as it possibly can, with no compromise.
It’s all kept in check with sophisticated DSP (digital signal processing) tech. We took all the lessons we learned while creating our award-winning Focus XD, Xeo, LYD and Core ranges and produced a system that’s as effective as it is simple to use. Tell the speakers where they are in your room (near a wall, in a corner or in free space) by choosing the appropriate option in the Dynaudio app, and they’ll optimise their performance for that position. If you want to delve deeper into calibration there’s optional Dirac Live technology for completely bespoke results.
Even the magnetic grille is smart. Focus 10 has specific EQ settings for when it’s in use or not (you’ll know it’s doing its thing when you see the light glow blue briefly).
There’s brawn to go with the brains, too. With a total of 390W of class-D Pascal amplification under the hood in each speaker (110W for the tweeter and 280W for the woofer), Focus 10 is primed and ready to fill even a midsize room with high-quality sound. In fact, we’d say they pack more punch than a speaker of their size has any right to.
There’s even an automatic failsafe system to ensure the speakers aren’t damaged when cranked to neighbour-bothering levels: a bespoke sliding high-pass filter reduces woofer excursion as the volume rises. Clever.
CLASSIC DYNAUDIO DRIVERS
The drivers themselves are every bit as impressive as the technology that feeds them.
Up top is a 28mm Cerotar soft-dome tweeter. It uses techniques and materials developed during the creation of our acclaimed Confidence, Special Forty and Core ranges – including the Hexis inner dome (which sits just under the diaphragm and refines airflow behind the playing surface to smooth the frequency response and reduce unwanted resonances). The optimised magnet system uses a strontium carbonate Ferrite+ ceramic design to increase tweeter sensitivity – which brings incredible detail and a sweet, natural treble response. That means an extremely low level of listener fatigue… which means you can listen for longer. Always a good thing.
The 14cm Esotec+ mid/bass driver is the best we’ve ever created in this size chassis. We created it using experience gained while developing the new Contour series – so to say it has pedigree is something of an understatement. Its new surround and improved magnet system create an extended throw length, which extends the frequency response at lower frequencies while hanging on to its stellar midrange performance. And because the box is closed, we’ve been able to extend that low-frequency performance down to trouser-flapping depths.
LOOKS THAT THRILL
Focus 10 wouldn’t be a Dynaudio speaker if it didn’t look incredible. It’s available in four beautiful finishes – Blonde Wood, Walnut Wood, Black High Gloss and White High Gloss – each developed to complement real-world living spaces.
After all, not everyone wants to re-arrange their living-room around their speakers.
Then there are the little touches you might not notice at first. The brushed anodised aluminium cover rings on the tweeter and mid/bass driver. The discreet Dynaudio logo on the grille’s aluminium top. The light on the front of the speaker, which glows gently in different colours to tell you what’s happening. Even the backplate has been given special treatment.
Focus 10 is true Danish high-end hi-fi, made wireless. If your raised eyebrows had eyebrows, they’d be raised as well. It’s time to listen to something new…