Dynaudio Evoke 10 Bookshelf Speaker Review

4.34 Mixed Usages
4.4 Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy:
4.4 Treble Accuracy:
4.4 Bass Accuracy:
4.3 Imaging & Soundstage:
4.3 Dynamic Range:
Release year: 2019 Rating: 4.7 Warranty: 5 years 1” Cerotar soft dome tweeter 5.5” Magnesium Silicate Polymer stereo speaker surround speaker home theater usage: music and movies

Dynaudio Evoke 10 is an expensive passive bookshelf speaker. The speaker is balanced and rich, and can play any type of content. Low ends is clean and packs a punch but don’t expect room-shaking bass. For that, you can upgrade to 2.1 with a subwoofer that connects via an amp. The tone remains uniform no matter where you are in the room. It sounds natural and transparent. It is great for music with smooth highs. If you are looking for a quality monitor speaker, Dynaudio Evoke 10 is best for you.

Our Verdict

Dynaudio acknowledges the issue of room layout and acoustics. The Evoke 10 model is designed to perform at its best regardless of the acoustics. It is suggested to leave a gap of 18” from rear and side walls. The speakers are musical and have good transparency. Although they are costly, if price isn’t an issue for you then they are worth buying.

PROS
  • Great clarity and detailed sound
  • Deep, clean bass
  • Well-designed cabinet
  • Good sound at low volumes
  • Good for compact spaces
CONS
  • Expensive
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Specification

GENERAL:

Speaker Type Bookshelf Speaker
Number Of Channels 2.0 way speaker
Amplification Type Passive Speaker (External Amp)
Power Source AC Powered

DRIVERS

Drive Unit 2x2
Tweeter Type Cerotar soft dome with Hexis
Tweeter Size (inches) 1.1
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Midrange Type N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 5.5
Woofer Type Magnesium Silicate Polymer
Other

SPECS

Power Range 160W (max range)
Sensitivity 86dB
Impedance 6 Ohms
Frequency Range 47-23,000 Hz (±3dB)
Crossover Frequencies 1400Hz

CONNECTIVITY:

Speaker Level Input N/A
Speaker Wire Input: Yes
Line Level Input N/A
Digital Input (Optical) N/A
Digital Input (Coaxial) N/A
RCA Input N/A
3.5mm Stereo Analog Input N/A
Aux Input N/A
HDMI Input N/A
Bi-amp Input: N/A
USB Port N/A
Subwoofer Output N/A

WIRELESS FEATURES

Bluetooth N/A
Wi-Fi N/A
Other

CONNECTOR:

Connector Type Gold plated binding post
Compatible Connector Types bare wire, in-connectors, and banana plugs (single only)
Speaker Wire Compatibility 16 gauge

AUDIO QUALITY ( TESTED )

Bass Accuracy: Deep, clean and tight bass but not room shaking
Dialogue & Vocal Accuracy: clear vocals
Treble Accuracy Pleasant, detailed and rolled off highs
Imaging & Soundstage: Great imaging
Dynamic Range: Good dynamic range
Power Handling: Decent power handling
Frequency Response: Wide frequency response
Transient Response: It has quick transient response.

BUILD MATERIAL

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish MDF
Color Walnut wood, White High Gloss, Black High Gloss, Blonde Wood

SIZE & WEIGHT

Height (inches) 12.5
Width (inches) 7.125
Depth (inches) 11
Weight (pounds) 14.8
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 24-28

CONTROL

Handheld Remote N/A
Control by app N/A
Amazon Alexa N/A
Google Assistant N/A

IN THE BOX

Accessories: 2 Bookshelf speakers, 2 Grilles, tweeter cover, 2 Foam port plugs, Manual, Safety instructions, Warranty Card
User manual: Yes
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Details Review

Design:

Dynaudio Evoke 10 has good build quality. It is made of good quality wood and goes through extensive procedures of sanding, polishing, etc. The bracing in the cabinet is used to minimize any standing waves. The front baffle of the speaker is made of CNC machining. To protect the delicate tweeters, Dynaudio suggests the use of magnetic grilles. However, they also state that if you are an enthusiast, listen to the audio by removing it as it slightly improves the sound.

Performance:

 

Dynaudio Evoke 10 has 1” tweeter and 5.5” woofer. Cerotar soft dome tweeter is unique and comes from Dynaudio’s Confidence series. It has an inner tweeter dome known as Hexis that works to remove any vibration or distortion resulting in smoother highs. With the vented chamber, the highs are accurate. This brings out details in music that otherwise would have been missing. The woofer has a thin diaphragm that is lightweight but rigid and provides good damping.

It can deliver well controlled sound at all volume levels. Low ends from the long throw Esotec+ 5.5” woofer driver is deep, clean and accurate. It has impressive mids and the performance remains accurate in all cases. Dynaudio Evoke 10 sounds lively, energetic with good dynamics. To further boost the low ends, there is a bass port on the rear side. Both these drivers use Strontium Carbonate Ferrite+ ceramic magnet system. This results in better balance and sensitivity.

They sound warm and rich. Vocals and instruments are loud, clear, and accurate. It has a good balance between tweeter and woofer. Between the drivers, Dynaudio uses ‘high-grade 2nd order crossover’. So, the roll off from tweeter to woofer is smooth and easy. If you don’t have space in your room and want to place the speakers against the wall, use the included foam plug to insert into the rear port. This will allow you to enjoy deep and articulate bass.

The manual suggests placing the speakers 6-13’ apart. User to speaker distance should be equal or a bit longer. The placement calculations are precise and easy to follow. For front left and right setup, place them on both sides of the TV or screen. Leave a gap of 6” to 2 ft from the screen. They can also be used as surround or rear setup in a home theater. Also, make sure to elevate them so that they are at head level.

Connectivity and control:

While connecting the Dynaudio Evoke 10 to an amplifier, use 16-gauge wires. Don’t forget to match the colors of the speaker with the amp. The types of audio sources you can connect to the Evoke 10 will depend on the amp you use.

Use case:

Dynaudio Evoke 10 is good for small to medium sized rooms. We loved how the Dynaudio Evoke 10 excels with a wide variety of contents. You can play jazz, electronic, hip hop, R & B, rock and roll etc. It can play good or bad recordings quite well. Online music tracks sound good as well.

Compatible device:

Choose one from the following list: Parasound Halo A23+, Rotel RB-1582 MkII, Cambridge Audio CXR 200, NAD 388 150W, etc. You can also choose another model from other brands. The following speakers will work seamlessly with Dynaudio Evoke 10: floorstanding loudspeakers (Evoke 50 / Evoke 30), bookshelf loudspeakers (Evoke 20), a center-channel loudspeaker (Evoke 25C) and powered Sub (Sub 3 / Sub 6). You are also free to mismatch and pair speakers or subwoofers from other brands.

Cost

The price of Dynaudio Evoke 10 is very high. It uses high end driver material, has unique design and amazing performance.

FAQ

 

How to make sure Dynaudio Evoke 10 sounds the best?

Follow the placement guideline in the user manual that is also discussed shortly in this article. Perform some trial and error. Toe in the speakers at different position to find a good spot. While placing the subwoofer, the best method is to follow the subwoofer crawl technique.

Is Dynaudio Evoke 10 good for music or movies?

Dynaudio Evoke 10 is good for overall use. It can handle music very well and you can play any type of genre. So, a 2.0 setup or a 2.1 is good for music. For movies go for a 3.1 system.

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