Conclusion: In his conclusion, Bob Reina mentioned that the Dynaudio Excite X12 has become his new benchmark for loudspeakers costing under $2000/pair. I am not surprised. For $1200/pair, a well-engineered speaker like this makes it hard to justify spending more on a bookshelf speaker unless you can afford one of the cost-no-object models.
Summary: In some ways, Dynaudio’s Excite X12 won’t seem
, at least for its price. It’s very well built and nicely
finished -- but at $1200/pair, it should be. It has a fairly neutral tonal balance and is
very well extended in the highs, but its size limits its bass extension. The X12 is fairly
easy to drive and should work well with a wide variety of amps, but it will play only so
loud, and is better suited to a small- or mid-sized room than to a large one.
Excerpt: Like the dinner guest who invariably brings a bottle of fine wine and flowers for the table, Dynaudio is welcome in these pages. The suave Danish manufacturer never fails to entertain with its scintillating conversation—both musical and cinematic. Yet its products are down to earth and mindful of the fundamentals. You don’t need to be a golden-eared audiophile with years of critical listening skills to “get” Dynaudio.
Excerpt: This pair of X12 standmounters is our first taste of Dynaudio 's replacement for its successful 'Audience' series, and it's the entry level of a four-strong range. Though they're compact cabinets that seem ideal for putting on a shelf, we found the X12s happiest out in free space. Firing dead ahead rather than toed-in towards your listening position seems to suit them, too – though these niceties are academic until you've got at least 50 hours' playing time under their...
Pros: Fine build and finish, smooth, dynamic, sound, plenty of scale for such tiddlers